Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Play That Funky Music (1976)

Wild Cherry may have only had one big hit, but they've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of 1976's "Play That Funky Music". Helen Reddy introduces the band in this clip from The Midnight Special:



So, they're from Steubenville, Ohio. Its most famous citizen happens to be iconic entertainer Dean Martin, who obviously never taught these guys anything about staying power on the charts.....

4 comments:

Hal Horn said...

Mark Avsec, the keyboardist, moved on to a fairly successful project with Ohio/Pennsylvania area legend Donnie Iris after Wild Cherry disbanded. Donnie Iris and the Cruisers charted a half-dozen singles, three in the top 40, during the first half of the 1980's.

hobbyfan said...

Ah, yeah, I remember Donnie Iris. Could've been a bigger star had he not run into such chart traffic.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Reminded myself the tune was used in this commercial back in the 90's for Kenwood...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7QHNWmsVp8

hobbyfan said...

I think other sponsors have licensed the song, too.