come about in Miami, Florida, when Harry Wayne Casey was working in a
record store as well as being a part-time employee at TK Records.
known as KC, put together a band of musicians that were active in the local
Junkanoo music scene as well as some who worked
in the studio of TK Records and names them KC & The Sunshine Junkanoo Band.
After a while
KC met up with Richard Finch was working as an engineer at TK Records and
they decided to go into collaboration as a song-writing and music
team. They started out
performing as a duo but before ling they were adding musicians from the
studio to the line-up. These
included Robert Johnson on drums and Jerome Smith on guitar.
making their own recordings for TK Records in 1973 using the revised band
name of KC & The Sunshine Band and that same year they saw their single
“Blow Your Whistle” entering music charts on a national and
international level. They
followed it with “Sound Your Funky Horn” in 1974 which brought
them further chart success and they released their first album Do It Good.
Also in 1974
KC and Richard Finch had written the song “Rock Your Baby”
which they were going to use themselves, but they passed it onto the singer
George McCrae who recorded it and ended up topping the charts in no less
than 51 countries. This became
the Casey-Finch song-writing team’s first No. 1 hit.
In 1975 George
McCrae sang with KC & The Sunshine Band as an un-credited vocalist on
their song “Queen of Clubs”. The song reached No. 7 in the UK and they embarked on a tour there. The year was a very busy one for the
band as they also released their second album which was self-titled which
achieved triple platinum status and produced the No. 1 singles “Get
Down Tonight” and “That’s the Way (I Like
It)”. This paved the way
to success at the 1976 Grammy Awards which was the same year they released
Part 3 which gave them the No. 2 hit song “Keep It Comin’ Love” as well as the singles “(Shake,
Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “I’m Your Boogie Man”.
In 1978 they
released their Who Do Ya (Love) which didn’t provide the same
success as their previous album releases but it still did manage to gain
them a Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit with their cover of “It’s
the Same Old Song” which had previously been a hit for The Four Tops.
year, in 1979, Do You Wanna Go Party was issued, from which “Please
Don’t Go” was released as a single at the very end of the year
and managed to achieve what would become their last No. 1 chart hit on the Billboard
The 1980s came
around and even though they had had their No. 1 hit in the January of that
year they could sense that with the changing musical interests and people
gravitating away from disco and towards new wave they began looking at
other musical styles. TK
Records folded that same year and they signed a new contract with Epic.
1981 was not
so successful for them at all when the albums Space Cadet: Solo Flight, which was only credited to KC, and The
Painter were released with neither giving them an entry on the charts. Richard
Finch and Harry Casey also decided to go their own ways.
year they released All in a Night’s
Work, recorded before Finch and Casey’s split, which only charted
at No. 38 in Australia but did provide them with the hit “Give
It Up”, which made the No. 1 spot in the UK.
1982 was not an easy year for Harry Casey as he was paralysed in a
head-on automobile crash which took him around nine months or more to
In 1984 the
album KC Ten was released with
the inclusion of “Give It Up” which had been on the previous
album. Epic refused to
re-release it as a single which resulted in Harry Casey establishing his
own label called Meca Records and releasing it on
that label in the U.S. and seeing it reaching the Top 40 in the
However, in 1985, Casey decided to retire and the group went into a
1990s arrived Harry Casey decided to return to music and put the band back
together with a completely new line-up, barring the percussionist. They went out on tour and in 1993
released their Oh Yeah on the XYZ
label, a decade after their last studio album. For the rest of the 1990s their
album output were two live albums which were the 1995 Get Down Live! and the 1998 Live: Get Down Tonight. Several compilations also appeared
including their 1999 25th Anniversary
Into the new
millennium and they released the 2001 album I’ll Be There for You which was unsuccessful on the
charts but generated critical acclaim.
The group went on to pop up in the 2003 version of The In-Laws and Richard Finch came
back to music as a producer in 2006.
In 2009 the group made an appearance performing some of their hits
at the IBN Impact Smart SOA Conference a month after Casey had performed on
an episode of American Idol. IN 2011 they performed at the
Liberty Bowl half-time show.
The music of
KC & The Sunshine Band is still regularly heard today as it appears on
more than 200 movie soundtracks.
They continue to give live performances and throughout their history
have sold more than 100 million records and have their name on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.