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Wild Cherry

One-hit wonders Wild Cherry was led by Rob Parissi (singer, guitarist, songwriter), who originally formed the group in 1970. Influenced by the likes of the Yardbirds and Sly & the Family Stone (and named after a flavor of cough drops), the group played around their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and even inked a recording contract with Brown Bag Records (led by former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight). But the group never issued any albums for the label and split up in 1975. Understandably dejected, Parissi turned his back entirely on music, selling all the band's equipment and for a while, managing a local steakhouse. But it wasn't long before Parissi's interest in music returned and he formed a new version of Wild Cherry with a whole new lineup, including Mark Ausec (keyboards), Bryan Bassett (guitar), Allen Wentz (bass), and Ronald Beitle (drums).

The group was still mostly rock-based and with the public's attention shifting to more dance-oriented styles (namely disco), the group was accosted nightly between sets by fans who wanted them to "Play that funky music." It wasn't long before Parissi took heed and penned a song under the same title, an infectious ditty that merged funk and rock together. The quintet entered a studio shortly thereafter to record the track (although they felt that a cover of the Commodores song "I Feel Sanctified" stood more of a chance of becoming a hit). A friend of an engineer at the studio overheard the track, eventually bringing it to the attention of Epic Records, which in turn signed the group.

"Play That Funky Music" became a monster hit in 1976, peaking at number one on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts, while both the single and Wild Cherry's self-titled debut obtained platinum certification. Wild Cherry was rewarded with a number of accolades shortly thereafter, including being named Best Pop Group of the Year by Billboard, receiving an American Music Award for Top R&B Single of the Year, and even earning a pair of Grammy nominations for Best New Vocal Group and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo. But Wild Cherry proved to be susceptible to the dreaded sophomore jinx and as their follow-up recording, 1977's Electrified Funk, failed to spawn any hits and sunk from sight shortly after its release, as did such further releases as 1978's I Love My Music, plus 1979's Only the Wild Survive and Don't Wait Too Long; Wild Cherry split up the same year (with Parissi eventually turning up later as a disc jockey in Wheeling, WV). Wild Cherry's lone hit remains a favorite in dance clubs to this day, as a pair of collections were issued after their split: Play the Funk and Super Hits. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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vdog2003
I LOVE THIS SONG
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#PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WHITE BOY!!!!!!!
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my ish
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i love this song and that song cover by Adam Lambert of this song was amazing
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gkirchgessne r
Who cares about the song. I love the album cover!
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Lay down & boogie
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If you don't post this 5 times on 5 different songs in 143 minutes you will die in 2 days. But if you do, you'll be kissed by your biggest crush on the nearest Friday.
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mjyanni
Their hometown wasn't Pittsburgh.. . .

Wild Cherry
Rock band
Wild Cherry was an American funk rock band best known for their song Play That Funky Music. Wikipedia
Lead singer: Rob Parissi
Origin: Mingo Junction, OH
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This it
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"Play that Funky music, white boy!''
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schottse
Kiss left hand then say crushes name say day of week then post on 15 different songs
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a.jade.herre r a 4 2 7 0 7
I love you
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Love funky! Who isn't a little funky!
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CLASSIC FOR. LIFE
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Luve that song
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Happy song!
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conniekelso6 6
Me 2 peace and happiness
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I like it a lot
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Love this song
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love it
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good
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Goes back to 4th grade!
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magisc
play that funky music white boy play that funky music right boy (XD
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Alfoti1940

Brings back fantastic memories!!
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josec1265
Nice song
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G.F.Railroad . Had there man on the job. Nice, jr. High days! WOW!!! I want them days back.
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Good song
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that was when it was goodsht
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that was when it was goodsht
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that was when it was goodsht
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maryland1963
Gotdam!!! That was the jam...back in the day and still is awesome.
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Nice
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I LIKE you I Love
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Did you read the full bio.....Clas s i c one-hit-wond e r story. Freakin awesome. Always will be a great classic.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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I played this tune in my first High School band back when I was Junior in '77. It was easy and really kicked...Fil l e d the dance floor in seconds...Br i n g s back those memories.
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Alllll Yale I sure remember this brings back so many many good memories Go Pandora Go
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DAAAAAAAAAAA A A A A A A A A M N GOOD SONG, no matter WHAT!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D
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Always played in the 30-60 age group.
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ttmayer1210
great memories!
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Let's face the facts. This music makes u get your a** moving!!!
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Wild Cherry's from Pittsburgh? Represent!
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Got to agree with Mr. S. Clark about check your facts. I read some where I know they are wrong or met someone who know better. A couple of song I see they have even the name of them wrong but I did not know about this in time to comment.
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mike56307
what is better than being someone's boogie man'.. cant get any better than that...
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Be back in a minute
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Funky. Music!!!!!
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johnkuthe
Funky soul music is a HUMAN thing, not a white or black thing!! :-)
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GREAT!!!!!
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Who knew it was a white boy singing..... . j u s t like kc........lo v e it!
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Ama!!!!!muev e l o !
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