The group pioneered an original funk style that continues to delight old fans and attract new ones into the millennium.
Hits like "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "Shake Your Booty" established KC as a mover and shaker in the music business. Along with the Beatles, KC is the only artist to have four number one singles in the span of a year: "Boogie Shoes," "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way I Like It," and "Rock Your Baby." The Sunshine Band became the first act to score four #1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964. Three of those were #1 R&B, as well.
KC's third album, Part 3, released in 1976, also went triple platinum and contained the #1 singles "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Shake Your Booty," and "Keep It Comin' Love." The band's string of hit singles continued with Boogie Shoes, which was included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, "Please Don't Go," and "Yes, I'm Ready" with high school friend Teri DeSario. KC returned to the charts in 1983 with "Give It Up," which also hit #1 in the UK. KC won a songwriting Grammy in 1976 for best R&B song for "Where Is the Love," which was recorded by Betty Wright. He also received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, as well as Producer of the Year in 1978 for his work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. In 1975 he won the American Music Award for Best R&B Artist. In 2001, KC was honored with the NARAS Governor's Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy.
KC songs are regularly heard at sporting events, including the recent NBA Playoffs between San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets. No stranger to the small screen, KC's songs have been featured in such shows as "Ally McBeal," "American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Party," and has the distinction of having made more appearances on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" than any other artist in the program's history!
Music acts like White Zombie, Baha Men, Beyonce Knowles and American Idols Kelly & Justin have covered his music. Additionally, KC & The Sunshine Band's grooves and bass lines have been sampled in everything from R&B by R. Kelly to Rap songs by Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy to Dance by Ultra Nate and many, many more.
From the time of his biggest hits, KC has toured regularly in the U.S. Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. In 1995, he recorded "Get Down Live," a concert album that was gleaned from his performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Peru and Melbourne, Australia. KC's The Best of KC and the Sunshine Band went gold in 1999. KC and the Sunshine Band celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1999 with a commorative double CD release titled The 25th Anniversary Collection and in the fall of 2001, KC released an album of all-new material entitled "I'll Be There For You." Proceeds from the title song, released as a single, were donated to the September 11th relief effort.
In 2002, KC received the coveted Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at which Dick Clark and music producer Michael Lloyd turned out to honor him. He was featured in "ABC's Disco Ball," and also played a free concert at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
That's the Way I Like It - The Harry Wayne Casey Story, a book that chronicles KC's career, was published in the fall of 2002. In the summer of 2003, KC has a cameo in the feature film "The Wedding Party," starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks.
KC was set to headline the Get Up 'n Dance Tour in August, 2003, which also featured the Village People, Bonnie & June Pointer, formerly of Te Pointer Sisters, Martha Walsh (of the Weather Girls), Thelma Houston, Anita Ward, Maxine Nightingale, and The Trammps, featuring Earl Young!
Whether you hear his music on the radio, at a nightclub, at the movies, in a sports arena or at one of the 200-plus concerts KC and the Sunshine Band plays every year, one thing is certain: KC is everywhere.
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