Tuesday, September 21, 2021

“Queen Of Clubs” by KC & The Sunshine Band

KC & The Sunshine Band dropped this electrifying dance track in 1974. This hot cut displayed the Miami-based disco-funk outfit’s considerable talent at crafting potent booty-shaking dance grooves. The song is about an avid clubgoer who’s a legend of the club scene due to the excitement she always brings to the dance floor. This track has a rawer, grittier sound than the band's more polished disco chart-toppers that would come later. The groove pulsates with energy and funk; it’s driven by a ferocious beat that’s complemented by a dirty bass line. And the sizzling rhythm guitar licks significantly increase the groove’s funk level, while the horns blast tight salvos of brass fire. Frontman Harry Wayne Casey, better known by his stage name K.C., delivers an enthusiastic and soulful lead vocal performance. And the irresistible chorus takes the track over the top.

“Queen Of Clubs” was the third single from KC & The Sunshine Band’s debut album, Do It Good, released in 1974. It was co-written by Casey and producer, songwriter, percussionist Willie Clarke. It peaked at #66 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and it climbed to #25 on the Billboard’s R&B singles chart. The song performed extremely well in the UK, rising all the way to #7 on the charts. 

Do It Good, produced by Richard Finch, is a solid collection of R&B and funk tracks. In addition to “Queen of Clubs,” other album highlights include the super-funky title track and the infectious grooves “Blow Your Whistle” and “Sound Your Funky Horn.” The full band lineup for the album was Casey (keyboards, vocals), Jerome Smith (guitar), Richard Finch (bass, drums, percussion), Ken Faulk (trumpet), Oliver Brown (percussion), Vinnie Tanno (trumpet), Mike Lewis (tenor saxophone), Fermin Goytisolo (percussion), Whit Sidner (baritone saxophone), Beverly Champion (background vocals), Margaret Reynolds (background vocals) and Jeanette Williams (background vocals). And guest musicians included Jimmy “Bo” Horne, George McCrae, Gwen McCrae and Betty Wright, all of whom provided background vocals. 

Following Do It Good, KC & The Sunshine Band rode a string of global dance smashes to superstardom, becoming one of the hottest disco acts on the planet. The band was the first act to have four number-one singles on the pop charts in a 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964. They won a Grammy in 1978 for their contribution of “Boogie Shoes” to the massively popular Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. And the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.