KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band is an American disco band from Florida, the mixed Contemporary R & B with funk and Latin grooves to party music in the Miami sound. It was in the second half of the 1970s, mainly through their hits Get Down Tonight, That's the Way ( I Like It), ( Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, I'm Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin ' Love and Please Do not Go known. Although the group was made up almost entirely of seven to eleven ( mostly black ) musicians, the core of the band, however, made the two ( white ) music producer and songwriter Harry Wayne Casey (nicknamed KC ) and Richard Finch.

  • 2.1 Singles
  • 2.2 albums
  • 3.1 1970
  • 3.2 2006

Band History


Harry Wayne ( HW) Casey and Richard "Rick" Finch worked in 1973 under the record label TK Records by Steve Alaimo in Hialeah, Florida. Because they wanted to make music and even wrote songs for other TK artists allowed to stay, occasionally to use the recording studios. Jerome Smith, Fermin Goytisolo and Robert Johnson soon came to it, and created the first recordings of the Sunshine Band. Their models range from Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and Billy Preston to Blood, Sweat & Tears - these influences are most clearly heard on their first LP Do It Good. Blow Your Whistle ( September 1973 ) and Sound Your Funky Horn ( February 1974 ) reached as single releases first success in the U.S. R & B music charts.

The breakthrough for Casey and Finch came but with a different artist. They had recorded in the studio together with guitarist Smith in a free hour on unused tapes a song, Casey played keyboards and Finch E- bass and drums. However, the vocal was too high for Casey's voice; the band decided to let the song take from another singer, as well as their second single was on the market. The next day George McCrae happened to be passing; in two batches ( takes) the recording was finished. Rock Your Baby was founded in 1974 in the U.S., the UK and in many other countries, a number one hit; more than five million singles were sold. Casey and Finch were also co-authors of Betty Wright's Grammy - winning song Where Is the Love, and they produced Gwen McCrae Move Me Baby and Jimmy " Bo" Horne Gimme Some.


The success of Rock Your Baby made ​​famous not only McCrae, but also Casey and Finch. Their next single, Queen of Clubs, was a hit in the UK and Europe; Sound Your Funky Horn was re-released and also went into the charts. The band went on a successful 1975 tour of Europe.

During this time, their record company released new recordings on LP with the band name KC and the Sunshine Band as the title; as a single Get Down Tonight was disengaged. The group arrived just in time back from Europe, to experience that their single 1975 number one on the Billboard charts on August 30; the LP peaked at number four. In the same year, on 22 November, followed by the second chart - toppers That's the Way ( I Like It). In 1976, the music album Part 3 three more U.S. top hits, one of which ( Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty ( September 11 ) and I'm Your Boogie Man ( 11 June 1977) is once again number 1 conquered position. The U.S. B-side of Shake Your Booty, Boogie Shoes, sold even better - on the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever. The success continued, slightly weakened, until their fifth album continues. Your last number one in the U.S. was the ballad Please Do not Go, on January 5, 1980 the first top hit of the 1980s.

The 1980

The disco - wave was over ( Casey, however, had always been convinced that disco had been just another label for sale Contemporary R & B), the TK label went bankrupt, KC and the Sunshine Band dissolved. But Casey took on under the band name on, signed in 1980 a contract with Epic Records and released the album The Painter.

On January 15, 1982 Casey was in a car accident; He suffered a concussion and a nerve crush, which paralyzed his entire right half of the body. He spent some time in a wheelchair and had to painstakingly learn to walk again.

But even during his rehab came out in 1982, the LP All in a Night 's Work, for which he had written with Debra Carter a song called Give It Up. In Europe, this was released as a single - and soon had KC & the Sunshine Band their biggest hit on the east side of the Atlantic. Give It Up reached on August 13, 1983, the top of the British charts. Epic in the U.S. refused to release the single in America. Casey broke his contract and then founded his own label Meca Records, on which he give it up newly released - and thus in 1984 a remarkable place for an independent label 18 reached the Billboard charts. Since the LP but did not meet expectations Casey, he retired into private life. The songs of KC and the Sunshine Band but remained earwigs - they heard in advertising jingles, including General Motors and Burger King as well as in movies such as Forrest Gump, Space Jam and The Nutty Professor.

The 1990s and 2000s

The year 1991 brought renewed interest in disco music, and Casey formed the Sunshine Band new. The group took in 1993, the album Oh Yeah! and went back on tour. At Super Bowl 1999, she played a medley of her greatest hits. It published several best -of albums until 2001 - after eight years - on the album I'll Be There for You released new songs; but the album did not chart. 2003, the band appeared in the movie The In-Laws ( The In- Laws). Also in 2006, KC & the Sunshine Band were on tour again.

Jerome Smith, longtime guitarist of the Sunshine Band, came in August 2000 when an accident.






  • Harry Wayne Casey ( born January 31, 1951 Hialeah, Florida) - keyboards, vocals, songwriter, producer
  • Richard Finch ( born January 25, 1954 Indianapolis, Indiana) - bass, drums, percussion, songwriter, producer
  • Jerome Smith ( born June 18, 1953 Florida; † August 10, 2000, West Palm Beach, Florida) - guitar
  • Robert Johnson ( born March 21, 1953 Florida, † 1976 from cancer ) - drums
  • Ronald Louis " Ronnie " Smith ( born 1952, Florida; † 21 January 2012) - Trumpet
  • Charles Williams ( born November 18, 1954 Rockingham, North Carolina) - Trombone
  • James Weaver - Trumpet
  • Denvil Liptrot - Saxophone

Later, the brass section was composed of:

  • Mike Lewis - Tenor Saxophone
  • Vinnie Tanno - Trumpet
  • Ken Faulk - trumpet
  • Whit Sidener - Alto Saxophone

Choral singing: FIRE ( Margret Reynolds, Beverly Champion & Jeanette Williams ) and HW Casey


  • Harry Wayne Casey - vocals, keyboards, songwriter, producer
  • Rusty Hamilton III - Keyboards
  • Zeljko ( Nick ) Marinovic - Keyboards
  • Jeffery Reeves - Guitar
  • Steve Lashley - Bass
  • Jody Hill - Drums
  • Steve Reid - Trumpet
  • Rick Benedetto - Trumpet
  • Tim Pitchford - trombone
  • Kenny Hamilton - Saxophone
  • Maria De Crescenzo and Charlotte McKinnon - choral singing
  • Kenetha Morris and Mikie Duran - Dancer

Links / sources

  • Site of the current band
  • Band History
  • Band History
  • Fred Bronson: The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, 3rd ed, New York 1992, ISBN 0-8230-8298-9
  • Disco Band
  • American band