Van McCoy

Musician and Music Producer
Born Jan 6, 1940

Van Allen Clinton McCoy was an accomplished musician, music producer, arranger, songwriter, and orchestra conductor. He is known best for his 1975 internationally successful song "The Hustle", which is still played in dance halls and on radio to this day more than thirty years since his death.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Van McCoy.


1940 Birth Born on January 6, 1940.


1958 18 Years Old McCoy entered Howard University to study psychology during September 1958, but dropped out after two years to relocate to Philadelphia, where he formed his own recording company, Rockin' Records, releasing his first single, "Hey Mr. DJ", during 1959. … Read More


1962 22 Years Old As a writer there, McCoy composed his first success, "Stop the Music", for the popular female vocal group, the Shirelles during 1962. … Read More
1966 26 Years Old He also put together the hit-making duo of Peaches & Herb, arranging and co-producing their first hit, "Let's Fall in Love", for the Columbia subsidiary, Date in 1966. … Read More
1969 29 Years Old His song "Giving Up" was a 1969 hit for The Ad Libs.


1972 32 Years Old In the early 1970s, McCoy began a long, acclaimed collaboration with songwriter/ producer, Charles Kipps, and arranged several hits for the soul group The Stylistics as well as releasing his own solo LP on the Buddha label, Soul Improvisations, in 1972. … Read More
1975 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1975, McCoy released to low expectations the mostly instrumental LP Disco Baby for the Avco (later H&L) label. … Read More


1979 40 Years Old McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey, on July 6, 1979, at the age of 39. … Read More
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