At Kowalski Heat Treating, we’re all about hard work, problem-solving and having some fun. Sharing our 40th anniversary celebration this month is a famous disco song, “The Hustle”, by songwriter and arranger Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony. Sweeping the nation it hit #1 in July 1975 on Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and top 10 playlists around the world. Creating a buzz on dance floors as “the must play” dance tune of the summer, it went on win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1976. Said one song lover – “there’s no way you can sit still after playing that tune…”
A little history, (compliments of Wikipedia) McCoy composed the song after his music partner Charles Kipps watched patrons do a new dance called “the hustle” in the Adam’s Apple nightclub in NYC. The band consisted of McCoy on piano, Gordon Edwards on bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Richard Tee on keyboard, Eric Gale and John Tropea on guitars, and Philip Bodner on the lead melody piccolo. Years later, after McCoy passed away, a longer version was remixed, using synthesizers and is often the version played today.
So next time you are faced with a “PIA” (pain in the #@$) problem, give us a call and send it our way. We’ll “hustle” on it, while you can sit back and enjoy the music.
Bonus – if you know of another top hit from the summer of ’75, or have a favorite dance tune to share, send me an email or give me a call, and I’ll send you one of our KHT “disco” shirts you can wear when boogieing at home. Come on, sing it “do, do, do, do do do do do, do, do do ……”