KC & The Sunshine Band
KC & The Sunshine Band are still as widely popular today as they were when they first danced into the music scene 30 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – KC for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, giving us an impressive string of hits like Get Down Tonight, Thats The Way (I Like It) and Shake Your Booty. With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, KC & The Sunshine Band Band was one of the most progressive bands of the 70’s and is credited with changing the sound of modern pop music!
H.W. Casey started working in the music business at age 17, performing menial tasks around the T.K. Records/Studio complex in his hometown of Miami. The Sunshine Band originated in 1973, at which time he began writing songs with bassist Richard Finch. Their first record, Blow Your Whistle, made the top 15 on the R&B chart. Their second album, KC & The Sunshine Band, was released in 1975, went triple platinum and contained the #1 hits Get Down Tonight, Thats The Way (I Like It), Boogie Shoes and Rock Your Baby. The Sunshine Band became the first act to score four #1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964. Three of those singles crossed over to become #1 R&B, as well.
KC’s third album, Part 3, released in 1976, also went triple platinum and contained the #1 singles I’m Your Boogie Man, Shake Your Booty and Keep It Com’in Love. The band’s string of hit singles continued with Boogie Shoes, which was included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Please Don’t Go and Yes, I’m Ready with high school friend Teri DeSario. KC returned to the charts in 1983 with Give it Up, which also hit #1 in the UK.
KC won a songwriting Grammy in 1976 for best R&B song for Where Is The Love, which was recorded by Betty Wright. He also received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, as well as Producer of the Year in 1978 for his work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. In 1975 he won the American Music Award for Best R&B Artist. In 2001, KC was honoured with the NARAS Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy.
KC’s songs are regularly heard at sporting events, including the NBA Playoffs between San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets. No stranger to the small screen, KC’s songs have been featured in such shows as “Ally McBeal,” “American Bandstand’s 50th Anniversary Party” and has the distinction of having made more appearances on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” than any other artist in the program’s history!
Music acts like White Zombie, Baha Men, Beyoncé Knowles and American Idols Kelly & Justin have covered his music. Additionally, KC & The Sunshine Band’s grooves and bass lines have been sampled in everything from R&B by R. Kelly to Rap by Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy to Dance by Ultra Nate and many, many more.
From the time of his biggest hits, KC has toured regularly in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South American and Australia. In 1995, he recorded Get Down Live, a concert album that was gleaned from his performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Peru and Melbourne, Australia. KC’s The Best of KC and The Sunshine Band went gold in 1999. KC & The Sunshine Band celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2009.
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