Download MP3 for Heatwave ~ Boogie Nights 1976 Extended Disco Purrfection Version

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Heatwave was founded by Johnnie Wilder, an American serviceman based in West Germany, who stayed on there after his discharge. He sang in local clubs until he moved to the UK and met Rod Temperton through an ad in the paper. Calling themselves the Chicago Heatwave, they then recruited Johnnie's brother, Keith, to fatten up the vocals. Signed to GTO records in 1976, they went into the studio that fall with producer Barry Blue. In the UK, their first two singles tanked, but the third one went on to become an iconic disco anthem, "Boogie Nights". It became their debut single in the US peaking at #2 early in 1977. The song that kept them out of the #1 spot? The Debby Boone schmaltzfest "You Light Up My Life" which ended up holding on to the top spot for ten weeks. Their follow up became an R&B classic, "Always and Forever" and peaked at #18. Writer and keyboardist Rod Temperton continued to write songs, giving Heatwave one more top ten single, "The Groove Line" in 1978. Temperton went on to write hit songs for Michael Jackson. "Boogie Nights" lived on in the 90's as the title of the Mark Wahlberg movie of the same name about the rise of pornography. However, the song did not appear in the movie. This version is pretty faithful to the original, just a few production touches to change it up a little...I'm surprised to find out that the musicians in this band were thought to be amateurs according to some critics and did not play their instruments well. I don't hear that at all, this one has a really great party feel to it, the energy and interplay really compliment each other and the song goes nowhere but up!