When Doves Cry
"When Doves Cry" is a song by American musician Prince, the lead single from his 1984 album Purple Rain. It was a worldwide hit, his first American number one single, topping the charts for five weeks. According to Billboard magazine, it was the top-selling single of the year, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, shipping two million units in the United States. It was the last single released by a solo artist to receive such certification before the certification requirements were lowered in 1989; the song ranked number 52 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number eight, its first appearance in the top 10 since the week ending September 1, 1984; as of April 30, 2016, it has sold 1,385,448 copies in the United States. According to the Purple Rain DVD, Prince was asked by the director to write a song to match the theme of a particular segment of the film – one which involved intermingled parental difficulties and a love affair.
The next morning, Prince had composed two songs, one of, "When Doves Cry". According to Per Nilsen, Prince's biographer, the song was inspired by his relationship with Vanity 6 member Susan Moonsie. Prince composed "When Doves Cry" after all the other tracks were complete on Purple Rain. In addition to vocals, he played all instruments on the track; the song's texture is remarkably stark. There is no bass line, unusual for an'80s dance song; the song features an intro of a guitar solo and a Linn LM-1 drum machine, followed by a looped guttural vocal. After the lyrics, there is much longer guitar and a synthesizer solo; the song ends on a classical music-inspired keyboard piece backed by another synthesizer solo. Keyboardist Matt Fink revealed in 2014 that the baroque synthesizer solo was recorded by Prince at half speed and an octave lower against a half-speed backing track sped up to create the final version. Fink was tasked to learn and perform the solo at the album's speed. On versions edited for radio, either the song fades out as the long guitar and synthesizer solo begins, or the solo is eliminated altogether and the song skips to the ending with Prince's harmonizing and classical finish.
During live performances of the song on the Purple Rain Tour, Prince's bass player Brown Mark added bass lines in this song as well as other songs without bass lines. The song is in the key of A minor; the song was number one in the US for five weeks, from July 7, 1984 to August 4, 1984, keeping Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark", from reaching the top spot. "When Doves Cry" was voted as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll. Billboard ranked it as the number one single of 1984. In 2016, after Prince's death, "When Doves Cry" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 20, back in the top 10 at number 8; the B-side was the cult fan favorite "17 Days", intended for Apollonia 6's self-titled album. A 12-inch single issued in the UK included the album track, "17 Days", two tracks from Prince's previous album, 1999, namely the title track and "D. M. S. R." The entire title, "17 Days", is now the longest titled flipside of a Hot 100 number one, with 85 letters and/or numbers.
"When Doves Cry" has gone on to become one of Prince's signature songs. Spin magazine ranked the song 6th greatest single of all time, it was number 38 in Movement's list The Greatest Songs of All Time. Rolling Stone ranked ``. In 2006, VH1's "The 100 Greatest Songs of the'80s". On October 13, 2008, the song was voted number 2 on Australian VH1's Top 10 Number One Pop Songs countdown; the "80 of the 80s" podcast ranks it as the number 59 song of the decade."When Doves Cry" was sampled for use in MC Hammer's 1990 hit song, "Pray", one of the few samples of his songs sanctioned by Prince. The music video was released on MTV in June 1984, it opens with white doves emerging from double doors to reveal Prince in a bathtub. It includes scenes from the Purple Rain film interspersed with shots of The Revolution performing and dancing in a white room; the final portion of the video incorporates a mirrored frame of the left half of the picture, creating a doubling effect. The video was nominated for Best Choreography at 1985's MTV Video Music Awards.
The video sparked controversy among network executives, who thought that its sexual nature was too explicit for television. "When Doves Cry" – 3:47 "17 Days" – 3:54 "When Doves Cry" – 5:52 "17 Days" – 3:54"1999" – 6:22 "D. M. S. R." – 8:052×12" pack "When Doves Cry" "Purple Rain" American Music Awards – 1985 – Favorite Black Single Pazz & Jop critics' poll: best single of the year, 1984 A cover version by American singer Ginuwine was produced by Timbaland in 1996 for Ginuwine's The Bachelor album, Ginuwine's cover uses actual dove sound effects as texture for the song. The official music video for this version was directed
Let's Go Crazy
"Let's Go Crazy" is a 1984 song by Prince and The Revolution, from the album Purple Rain. It was the opening track on the film Purple Rain. "Let's Go Crazy" was one of Prince's most popular songs, was a staple for concert performances segueing into other hits. When released as a single, the song became Prince's second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the two component charts, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts, as well as becoming a UK Top 10 hit; the B-side was the lyrically controversial "Erotic City". In the UK, the song was released as a double A-side with "Take Me with U". Common to much of Prince's writing, the song is thought to be exhortation to follow Christian ethics, with the "De-elevator" of the lyrics being a metaphor for the Devil; the extended "Special Dance Mix" of the song was performed in a edited version in the film Purple Rain. It contains a longer instrumental section in the middle that includes a chugging guitar riff, an atonal piano solo and some muddled samples of the spoken word intro.
Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 39 and rose to number 25 by the week of May 14, 2016. As of April 30, 2016, it has sold 964,403 copies in the United States; the song was notable for opening with a funeral-like organ solo with Prince giving the "eulogy" for "this thing called life." The introduction's words are overlapped with each other on the single version. The song climaxes with a distinctive drum machine pattern and features a heavy guitar outro leads, electronic drums and whirring synthesizers and a climatic drum outro; the song's percussion was programmed with a Linn LM-1 drum machine, an instrument used in many of Prince's songs. The song is known for its two guitar solos both performed by Prince. 7" Warner Bros. / 7-29216"Let's Go Crazy" – 3:46 "Erotic City" – 3:537" Warner Bros. / W2000"Let's Go Crazy" – 3:46 "Take Me with U" – 3:5112" Warner Bros. / 0-20246"Let's Go Crazy" – 7:35 "Erotic City" – 7:2412" Warner Bros. / W2000T"Let's Go Crazy" – 7:35 "Take Me with U" – 3:51 "Erotic City" – 7:24 Prince – lead vocals, background vocals, guitar Wendy Melvoin – guitar and vocals Lisa Coleman – keyboards and vocals Matt Fink – keyboards Brown Mark – bass Bobby Z. – drums and percussion Alternative rock band Incubus covered the song on their 2 CD greatest hits/rarity album and Melodies, released in 2009.
A cover by the Riverboat Gamblers was included on the 2009 tribute compilation Purplish Rain. A free download of the song was offered by Spin magazine. Punk rock band Green Day performed a cover of the song at its Minneapolis stop on their 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. Orianthi performed a cover of the song during The Glam Nation Tour. Bruno Mars performed a cover of the song during his 59th Annual Grammy Awards performance, tribute to Prince; the cast of Hamilton paid tribute to Prince during their curtain call, Lin-Manuel Miranda performed a piece of the spoken dialogue and danced with his cast mates on stage, Prince saw the show on March 19th, 2016. Two segments of Prince's unaccompanied guitar solo in the song's coda were sampled into Public Enemy's single "Brothers Gonna Work It Out". Sinbad's comedy album "Brain Damaged" sampled the introduction to this song for his 1990 comedy album of the same name. Sampled by hip-hop group Get Busy Committee in their song, "Opening Ceremony"; the intro is sampled on the Ragga Twins' 1991 track "Hooligan'69".
The organ intro is sampled on Eazy-E's second single "Eazy-Duz-It". In the American animated sitcom American Dad!, in the episode, "Iced, Iced Babies", Roger disguises himself as a college literature professor and paraphrases the spoken opening: "This class isn't about literature! It's about life! Electric word: life, it means forever and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here to tell. It's from Tuesday to Thursday from 1 PM to 3 PM." Minnesota-based sports teams have adopted the song as a nod to Prince's roots in the state. The Twins play the song at Target Field; the Vikings do the same after a touchdown in U. S. Bank Stadium. During Game 6 of a first round series of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars, the Wild hockey team used "Let's Go Crazy" as their goal song as part of a series of tributes to Prince that night; the team chose to make the change permanent for the 2016-17 season. Though for the 2018–19 season, they changed the song back to its predecessor, "Crowd Chant" by Joe Satriani.
A cover of the song is performed at the fourth version of Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida. Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu used "Let's Go Crazy" for his short program in the 2016–17 figure skating season; the song plays during the opening action sequence of the 2017 film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Classic Rock placed it atop a list of The Greatest Funk Rock Songs. "He brought the heat hard," enthused Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday. "'Let's Go Crazy' has that feeling of hotness to it. He defines sexiness in music." The song appears in a 2018 TV commercial for Capital One's Savor Card. In 2007, Stephanie Lenz, a writer and editor from Gallitzin, Pennsylvania made a home video of her 13-month-old son dancing to "Let's Go Crazy" and posted a 29-second video on the video-sharing site YouTube. Four months after the video was uploaded, Universal Music Group, which owned the copyrights to the song, ordered YouTube to remove the video enfo
Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, musician, record producer and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and use of makeup, wide vocal range. A multi-instrumentalist, he was considered a guitar virtuoso and was skilled at playing the drums, bass and synthesizer. Prince pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a subgenre of funk rock with elements of synth-pop and new wave, in the late 1970s. Prince was born and raised in Minneapolis and developed an interest in music as a young child, he signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 17, released his debut album For You in 1978, his 1979 album Prince went platinum, his next three albums—Dirty Mind, 1999 —continued his success, showcasing his prominently explicit lyrics and blending of funk and rock music. In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as the Revolution and released Purple Rain, the soundtrack album to his film debut.
It became his most critically and commercially successful release, spending 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and selling over 20 million copies worldwide. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day and Parade, The Revolution disbanded, Prince released the double album Sign o' the Times as a solo artist, he released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol known as the "Love Symbol," and began releasing new albums at a faster rate to remove himself from contractual obligations. He released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again, he released 16 albums including the platinum-selling Musicology. His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 2015. Four months at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Prince's innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time, he won seven Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award for the 1984 film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, the son of jazz singer Mattie Della and pianist and songwriter John Lewis Nelson, his ancestry is centered with all four of his grandparents hailing from that state. Prince was given his father's stage name, Prince Rogers, which his father used while performing with his mother in a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio. In 1991, Prince's father told A Current Affair that he named his son Prince because he wanted Prince "to do everything I wanted to do".
Prince was not fond of his name and wanted people to instead call him Skipper, a name which stuck throughout his childhood. Prince has said, he stated, "My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said,'Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore,' and she said,'Why?' and I said,'Because an angel told me so.'"Prince's younger sister, was born on May 18, 1960. Both siblings developed a keen interest in music, encouraged by their father. Prince wrote his first song, "Funk Machine", on his father's piano. Prince's parents divorced when he was 10, his mother remarried to Hayward Baker, with whom she had a son named Omarr. Baker took Prince to see James Brown in concert, Prince credited Baker with improving the family's finances. After a brief period of living with his father, who bought him his first guitar, Prince moved into the basement of the Anderson family, his neighbors, after his father kicked him out, he befriended the Andersons' son, who collaborated with Prince and became known as André Cymone.
Prince attended Minneapolis' Bryant Junior High and Central High School, where he played football and baseball. He was a student at the Minnesota Dance Theatre through the Urban Arts Program of Minneapolis Public Schools, he played on Central's junior varsity basketball team, continued to play basketball recreationally as an adult. Prince met Jimmy Jam in 1973 in junior high, impressed Jimmy with his musical talent, early mastery of a wide range of instruments, work ethic. In 1975, Pepe Willie, the husband of Prince's cousin Shauntel, formed the band 94 East with Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry, hiring André Cymone and Prince to record tracks. Willie wrote the songs, Prince contributed guitar tracks, Prince and Willie co-wrote the 94 East song, "Just Another Sucker"; the band recorded tracks which became the album Minneapolis Genius – The Historic 1977 Recordings. In 1976, Prince created a demo tape in Moon's Minneapolis studio. Unable to secure a recording contract, Moon brought the tape to Owen Husney, a Minneapolis businessman, who signed Prince, age 19, to a management contract, helped hi
Somebody's Watching Me
"Somebody's Watching Me" is a song recorded by American singer Rockwell, released by the Motown label in 1984, as the lead single from his debut studio album of the same name. Rockwell's debut single release, the song features guest vocals by brothers Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson. "Somebody's Watching Me" became a major commercial success internationally, topping the charts in Belgium and Spain, reaching the Top 5 in Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United States. The song reached No. 6 in Rockwell's only Top 40 hit there. Rockwell is a son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy. At the time of the recording, Rockwell was estranged from his father and living with Ray Singleton, his father's ex-wife and the mother of his older half-brother, Kerry Gordy. Singleton served as executive producer on the project and would play some demo tracks to Berry; the elder Gordy was less than enthusiastic about Rockwell's music until he heard the single with a familiar voice featuring prominently on background vocals."Somebody's Watching Me" was written in the key of C-sharp minor in 44 time with a tempo of 124 beats per minute.
The vocals span from C#4 to C#5. Produced by Curtis Anthony Nolen, the song featured backing vocals by Michael and Jermaine Jackson, with Alan Murray on percussion; the music video to "Somebody's Watching Me" underscores the song's paranoid tone with a haunted house-inspired theme, including imagery of floating heads, ravens and shower scenes referencing Psycho. The video opens with Rockwell coming home to discover that a newspaper in Chinese has been delivered to his doorstep; as he takes a quick shower, he begins to have strange visions of himself being pursued around his house by assorted ghoulish appartions, of the looming figure of a cadaverous-looking man, of finding a tombstone engraved with his own name. His shower is interrupted when he hears something outside and goes out on his balcony to investigate, he is shocked to see the man from his visions standing at his gate, but as he struggles to get a better look in spite of the sun in his face he is relieved to see that he is a mailman, coming to deliver the correct newspaper.
As the mailman walks up the path towards the front porch, however, a brief close-up of his arm reveals that he is, in fact, a zombie. Rockwell emerges onto the porch to receive the paper; as the mailman brings his other arm around to strike, Rockwell has just enough time to notice that he is not human. Due in part to the popularity of the music video, the song is sometimes used for Halloween celebrations, with cover versions found in various collections of Halloween music. DJ BoBo based his 1992 single "Somebody Dance with Me" on "Somebody's Watching Me" with new lyrics and rap; the DJ BoBo single reached No. 1 in Sweden and Switzerland, the Top 5 in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. In 2012, a remix of the hit was made by Remady titled "Somebody Dance With Me" by DJ BoBo featuring Manu-L. Released early in 2013, it charted on the Swiss Hitparade, reaching No. 4. The mix was made on the 20th anniversary of the initial hit by DJ BoBo in November 1992. In 2006, Dutch dance group Beatfreakz recorded a pseudo-cover of the song which sampled the chorus but omitted the verses.
This version was a Top 10 hit in Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. CD singleSomebody's Watching Me Somebody's Watching Me Somebody's Watching Me Somebody's Watching Me Somebody's Watching Me Electro/hip hop artist/DJ/producers, Mysto & Pizzi, recorded a cover of the song for a series of GEICO television commercials. TRU incorporated the lyrics and main melody of the chorus into their 1997 single "I Always Feel Like". In 2001, French hip hop group Fonky Family sampled the song in "Art de Rue". Canadian artist Virginia to Vegas sampled the chorus for his single "Lights Out"; the Mysto & Pizzi cover version was featured in a series of commercials for GEICO that began airing in December 2008 and throughout 2009. The campaign, created by The Martin Agency, consisted of various advertisements in which people would happen upon Kash, a stack of money with googly eyes, while the song is played in the background. List of number-one R&B singles of 1984 Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1984 List of number-one singles of 1984 List of number-one singles of 1984 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Let's Hear It for the Boy
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" was the second number-one song for Deniece Williams and appeared on the soundtrack to the feature film Footloose. It climbed to number one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 1984, as well as number one on the dance and R&B charts, peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, was certified platinum in the US, gold in Canada and silver in the UK by the RIAA, Music Canada and the British Phonographic Industry respectively. The music video was released in mid-April 1984; the song features background vocals from George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, who would go on to form the duo Boy Meets Girl. In 2011, country singer Jana Kramer covered the song for the remake of "Footloose". In 2017 the song was covered by UK Hi-Nrg dance artist, Allan Jay in aid of The Retired Greyhound Trust and their Let's Hear It For The Boy campaign. There is an official music video of this song, featuring Williams along with several young men, one of them being the singer Aaron Lohr as the young boy, the first person to appear in the video.
Tom Snow – writer Dean Pitchford – writer Deniece Williams – lead vocalist, backing vocalist George Merrill – backing vocalist Shannon Rubicam – backing vocalist George Duke – producer, drum programming, Memory Moog bass, Prophet synthesizer, synthesizer Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar Paulinho Da Costa – percussion List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1984 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
"Caribbean Queen" is a song by English singer Billy Ocean. Co-written and produced by Keith Diamond, it climbed to number-one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Black Singles chart chart, number six in the UK Singles Chart; the song won Ocean the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, making him the first British artist to win in that category. The saxophone solo is played by Vernon Jeffrey Smith; the song was recorded under different titles for different parts of the world—resulting in versions such as "European Queen" and "African Queen". In the US, the song was released under the title "Caribbean Queen", it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 85 on the chart dated 11 August 1984. It hit number one ten weeks and stayed at the top of the chart for two consecutive weeks; the song charted for 26 weeks. In 2004, the song was re-released as a digital single for its 20th anniversary, shooting up to no. 25 on the Billboard digital singles chart and garnering radio play across the US and UK.
In 1985, Melba Moore recorded an "answer song" on her album Read My Lips entitled "King of My Heart". The song was featured in the Miami Vice episode "Prodigal Son" from season 2. An instrumental version of "Caribbean Queen" was used during the starting lineup for CBS' telecast of the 1986 Daytona 500; the song was played in two episodes of The King of Queens, during a flashback to Doug's failed bartending stint in the Season 7 episode "Pour Judgement" and again at his high school reunion in the Season 9 episode "Mild Bunch". Additionally, Danny is heard singing the song in the Season 8 episode "Move Doubt", although Spence reveals that the song itself was never played on his Walkman. List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1984 List of number-one dance singles of 1984 List of number-one singles of 1984 List of number-one singles from the 1980s List of number-one R&B singles of 1984 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang are an American band formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis "D. T." Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical styles throughout their history, including jazz, funk and pop music. After settling on their name following several changes, the group signed to De-Lite Records and released their debut album and the Gang. After three albums, the band had commercial success with Wild and Peaceful which contained the US top ten singles "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging", they entered a period of decline before they reached a commercial peak between 1979 and 1986 following their partnership with Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato and the addition of singer James "J. T." Taylor to the line-up. Their most successful albums of this period include Ladies' Night, Celebrate!, Emergency, their highest selling album with two million copies sold in the US, the hit singles "Ladies' Night", the US number one "Celebration", "Get Down on It", "Joanna", "Cherish".
The band continue to perform worldwide, including as support for Van Halen in 2012 and their fiftieth anniversary tour in 2014. Kool & the Gang have won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and, in 2006, a Music Business Association Chairman's Award for artistic achievement. In 2018, the Bells and Taylor were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, their discography includes 23 studio albums and 70 singles. They have sold 7.5 million and 4.5 million RIAA-certified albums and singles in the US. The band formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 when seven school friends decided to perform together as an instrumental jazz and soul group named the Jazziacs. Among them were Robert "Kool" Bell on bass, his brother Ronald Bell on keyboards, Robert Mickens on trumpet, Dennis "D. T." Thomas on saxophone, Ricky West on keyboards, George Brown on drums, Charles Smith guitar. All of them, except Smith, attended Lincoln High School in Jersey City. Robert Bell had given himself the nickname "Kool" as a way of adapting to the street gangs in his neighborhood after moving from Ohio, took the name of someone named Cool, replacing his with a "K".
The Bells' father Bobby and uncle Tommy were boxers. They moved to New York to train and lived in the same apartment building as Thelonious Monk, who became Robert's godfather. Miles Davis would drop by, their first gigs took place as the opening act to a weekly jazz night held in a local theatre every Sunday. They played with McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas during their early period; the group underwent several name changes, including The Soul Town Band and The New Dimensions, during which they would play Motown covers as the backing musicians for Soul Town, a small Jersey City-based organisation similar to Motown. In 1967, they decided to perform as their own identity and became regulars at the Blue Note Lounge in Jersey. However, their manager Gene Redd advised against it to avoid confusion with James Brown's band, The Famous Flames; this led to a further change to Kool & the Gang, in 1969. After securing their new name and line-up, Kool & the Gang secured a recording deal with Redd's new independent label, De-Lite Records.
Redd wrote: "I discovered these eight supertalented incomparable young musicians I realized that their potential would earn them success unknown by most musicians". The group entered the studio and recorded their debut album, the all-instrumental Kool and the Gang, with Redd as producer, arranger and partial songwriter, it is their only album with guitarist Woody Sparrow. The album peaked the Billboard R&B chart at No. 46. Around this time, the group began to develop their stage performance after they witnessed a set by Willie Feaster and the Mighty Magnificents which, according to Robert Bell, "Blew us away We thought,'Wow, if we want to be in show business, we have to change our act. We can't just stand up there and play'."The band followed their debut with two live albums: Live at the Sex Machine, recorded the year before, Live at PJ's, both released in 1971. They returned to the studio in 1972 to record Music Is the Message, released in July 1972 which went to No. 25 on the R&B chart. It was followed by Good Times in November, which features the band backed by a string section.
The elements of jazz and instrumental styles on the record made it difficult for reviewers to label them as one specific genre. Kool & the Gang had their first commercial success with their fourth studio album Wild and Peaceful which gave the band three more hits: "Funky Stuff" in the Top 40 pop chart and "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging" in the Top 10; the latter two songs sold over one million copies and were certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Their success continued with Light of Worlds In October 1974, the group landed a spot on the national television music show Soul Train. In 1975, Kool & the Gang released Spirit of the Boogie. In 1976, Kool & the Gang entered a period of commercial decline following the rise of disco music in the charts. Rolling Stone writer Geoff Himes wrote the disco-era "frowned on loose and greasy approach to dance music"; this was demonstrated by the band's three albums released during this time, Open Sesame, The Force, Everybody's Dancin'.
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