Showing posts with label Sister Sledge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sister Sledge. Show all posts

Saturday, 22 May 2010

He's the greatest dancer - Sister Sledge

Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, who produced the album 'We are family' for Sister Sledge originally formulated all its songs with the group in mind envisioning the title cut as the lead single. When the record company wanted a more overtly disco song Edwards and Rodgers gave Sister Sledge 'He's the greatest dancer', originally intended for their own band Chic.

Nile Rodgers recalled Sister Sledge being 'furious' at being asked to sing the lyric 'My crème de la crème please take me home': 'to them that made them seem like loose women' - and suggested a lyric adjustment to 'My crème de la crème, please don't go home.' Rodgers says he and Edwards refused to change the lyric 'because we knew the world that we were writing about obviously more than they did because they had never even been in a disco...He ain't going to go home because [he is] the greatest dancer...he's gonna stay there longer than you'.

When released as the first single from the album, it reached number 9 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1979. The single also reached number 18 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 6 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4881
Found: Da Capo, Utrecht, May 21, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'He's the greatest dancer' / 'Somebody loves me'

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Lost in music - Sister Sledge

'Lost in music' was originally a track on Sister Sledge's 1979 album 'We are family'. I've had the 1984 release of the single for almost 10 years now, but this is the original release from 1979. It features a version of the track 'Thinking of you' on the B-side.

The single reached number 15 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4437
Found: Kringloop, Sassenheim, January 23, 2010
Cost: 0,12 euro
Tracks: 'Lost in music' / 'Thinking of you'

Monday, 23 February 2009

Lost in music - Sister Sledge

Kim, Debbie, Joni and Kathy Sledge formed Sister Sledge in 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four sisters (sister number five, Carol, preferred to stay outside of the music business) had a reasonably successful start of their career, but by the end of the Seventies, their career went into decline. It was then that they met Bernard Edwards from Chic. The disco anthems 'He's the greatest dancer', 'We are family' and 'Lost in music', all produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, became the biggest hits of their career.

Their biggest hits have been re-released several times in the UK, often in newly-remixed versions. 'Lost in Music' was one of them: it reached number 17 in 1979, number 4 in 1984 and number 14 in 1993. This single is the 1984 version, which I bought in 2000.

My collection: 7" single no. 3232
Found: Beanos, East Croydon, London, October 18, 2000
Cost: 2,5 pounds
Tracks: 'Lost in music' / 'Smile'
Download: here
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