Today in Music: 03/06/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Boogie Fever”, recorded by Los AngelesCalifornia-based R&B group the Sylvers, reached #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, March 6, 1976. From their 1975 album Showcase. the song was their most lucrative single, also reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada.  It was the third of nine eventual Top 20 R&B hits for the group. “Boogie Fever” was ranked the No. 20 song of 1976. by Billboard Magazine and is one of two gold records by the Sylvers, the other being “Hot Line“. The Sylvers were a family vocal group and were one of the most popular acts during the 1970s. Prior to becoming the Sylvers, the four eldest members (Olympia, Leon, Charmaine, and James) recorded as the Little Angels, appearing on shows such as Make Room for Daddy and You Bet Your Life, and opening for Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles. In 1978, Leon Sylvers III, who had just produced The Sylvers most critically acclaimed album, Forever Yours, left the group to become the in-house producer for Dick Griffey‘s SOLAR Records. Sylvers started his major production career with the band Lakeside on their album Shot of Love. That same year, Leon’s association with Shalamar would begin, starting with the Disco Gardens album which included the disco classic “Take That to the Bank”. In 1979, Shalamar’s next album Big Fun was an even bigger smash, landing at #4 on the Top R&B Albums chart and certified gold. The first single, “The Second Time Around“, was a hit, reaching number one on the US R&B chart and number eight on the US Top 40. Leon Sylvers III would go on to become one of the most successful producers in black music.. #boogiefever #thesylvers #leonsylvers #discoclassic #70srealness #billboardmag #randb #soul #r&b #makeroomfordaddy #youbetyourlife #johnnymathis #raycharles #foreveryours #dickgriffey #solarrecords #shalamar #lakeside #takethattothebank #secondtimearound #dynasty #billboardmagazine #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

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