Thursday, June 11, 1970

Musical Artist - KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band is an American disco band best known for its string of popular dance hits in the 1970s. Originally founded in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey, the groups initial lineup consisted of Richard Finch, Jerome Smith, Robert Johnson but it soon grew much larger: It currently has fifteen active members and just under a dozen former members. The band hit it big in 1975 with the release of its second album titled KC and the Sunshine Band which included the hit singles Get Down Tonight and That's the Way (I Like It). They followed this success up in 1976 with the album Part 3 featuring hits like I'm Your Boogie Man and (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty.

As a product of the disco era, KC and the Sunshine Band had a relatively short shelf life as a successful act. They scored a final top hit in 1980 with Please Don't Go, but by 1981 the music world had mostly passed them by and internal dissention caused key members of the band to leave. The band limped on and was even able to score a top hit in the U.K. in 1983 with Give It Up, but Casey retired in 1985 and the band went into hibernation until 1991 when Casey returned and revived the band with a new lineup to tour on the disco nostalgia circuit.

The band has an official website named KC and the Sunshine Band. They can also be found on Facebook.

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