Chic - Everybody Dance

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  "Everybody Dance" is a song by American band Chic. The disco song, which features Norma Jean Wright on lead vocals and Luther Vandross, Diva Gray, Robin Clark on background vocals, was released as the second single from the band's self-titled debut album Chic (1977). According to guitarist Nile Rodgers, it was the first song specifically written for Chic, and, due to its historical status and popularity, is usually played as the opening song of the band's live set. It was later heavily sampled by British group Steps on their song "Stomp" and by the Manic Street Preachers on their single "(It's Not War (Just the End of Love)".

The song has featured in films such as The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Summer of Sam (1999).

According to Rodgers speaking for the BBC4 documentary "How to Make It in the Music Business", the song's recording session cost the band $10, which went on bribing the elevator engineer not to tell the manager they were recording in there.

Release

Unlike most Chic singles, its 12" version was not included on a regular album, nor was it widely available upon original release, with the 12" format being issued only as a promo. The extended 12" version has, however, subsequently been issued on numerous compilations. Also unlike most Chic singles, the b-side "You Can Get By" was edited down from the original album track; almost all future Chic b-sides would be presented in their full-length versions.

 

Chart performance

"Everybody Dance" became another hit for the band in the United States, peaking at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In the UK Singles chart, it reached number 9 in May 1978, spending 9 weeks in the Top 40 there.

 

Track listing and formats

Atlantic 7" 3469, 1978
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (7" Edit) - 3:30
  • B. "You Can Get By" (7" Edit) - 3:59
Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 109, 1978
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
  • B. "You Can Get By" - 5:36
Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978 / Atlantic Oldies promo 12" DSKO 179, 1979
  • A. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
  • B. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21

 

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 45
Ireland (IRMA) 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 9
US Billboard Hot 100 38
US Billboard R&B 12
US Billboard Dance Club Play 1

 

 

 

Chic - Everybody Dance / You Can Get By

UK Atlantic Records K 11097 stereo (1978) 1st UK pressing.

Record produced by Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers and Kenny Lehman.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays only minimal signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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