Van McCoy
American musician and music producer
Van McCoy
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.
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Skate Country - Tucson Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
As I was talking to her I listened and Jive Talkin' by the Bee Gees then Shining Star by Earth Wind And Fire, and The Hustle by Van McCoy. I realized the skating rink was not the only thing that did not change. This was the same music I skated to as a
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Everyday I'm Shufflin': Top 10 Dance Crazes - AOL Music (blog)
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1 hit for Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony in 1975, and ignited the disco line dancing trend. But it was 1978's disco epic, 'Saturday Night Fever,' that brought the dance to the masses, when John Travolta donned his snappy white leisure suit and
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Irma Thomas, Barbican Theatre, London Chase & Status, Roundhouse, London - The Independent
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In a phenomenally productive early period, on iconic soul labels such as Minit, Imperial, Chess and Rounder, with such later-to-be-famous writer-producers as Allen Toussaint, Van McCoy and Randy Newman, she recorded a number of the sacred texts of
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Frankenstein's Monster - Grantland
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1s — most were disco songs (like Van McCoy's "The Hustle") or theme songs from superpopular TV shows and movies (Jan Hammer's " Miami Vice Theme" climbed to no. 1 in 1985, the last instrumental to reach the apex). There's always been a strange bias
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
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In 1975, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony hit the top spot on the "Billboard" music charts with "The Hustle." In 1984, the film, "Purple Rain" starring Prince premiered in Hollywood. In 1984, the first network TV show to be broadcast in stereo was
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5 Things to Know for July 21 - Patch.com
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Billboard Number One: Today in 1975, Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony's “The Hustle” topped the charts. There are several versions of the hustle dance, including the tango hustle. Can you do the hustle? 4. Mantis Factory Store located at 1028
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Mit der Stadtfanfare in den Sommerabend - Stuttgarter Nachrichten
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Die "African Symphony" von Van McCoy ließ das Publikum vom schwarzen Kontinent träumen. Bei den "Children of Sanchez" überzeugte die Schlagzeuggruppe mit traumhaft sicheren ungeraden Rhythmen, während sich andererseits das restliche Orchester dadurch
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Quite Possibly the Best "Earthling Teaches Alien Babes About Sex" Moment Ever ... - io9
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Fehmi the Astronaut is chock full of brilliant scenes, including an erotic dance to "The Hustle" by Van McCoy. It's pretty much a must-watch, even if you speak no Turkish. Does anybody speak Turkish? I would love a full translation of this incredible
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Strijdend ten onder tegen de Henken en hun baasjes - Krapuul
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Even kijken ofYou've come back er op staat, het is “maar” een b-kantje, maar het is een vroeg juweel van de hand van Van McCoy, beter bekend van PJ Proby.” Ik ben vergeten of You've come back wel op de set stond. Mijn lief moet veel van mij in hem
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Today in Music History - July 6 - mysask.com (press release)
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"The Damned" were the first British punk band to record, to have a hit -- "Love Song" -- and to tour the US In 1979, songwriter and producer Van McCoy died of a heart attack at the age of 35. McCoy had one of disco's biggest hits when his instrumental
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The hustle for a new generation - Los Angeles Times
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Immortalized in the 1975 Van McCoy song "The Hustle," the dance may conjure images of "Saturday Night Fever"-style line dancing set to disco tunes. But at the Double H Club, which has been hosting a dedicated hustle night on Wednesdays for more than 10
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Saturday Night Fever - The Guardian
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During 1975 and 1976, disco grew into a major force in the US, with chart-toppers from Van McCoy, the Bee Gees, and KC and the Sunshine Band. But these were followed by genre-defining hits such as Johnnie Taylor's Disco Lady and novelties like Disco
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Vineland police seek information to solve hit-and-run case - Vineland Daily Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The suspect's vehicle was described as a purple/burgundy older model Chrysler or Dodge van, McCoy said, noting an antenna was found at the scene. McCoy said he couldn't confirm it belongs to the vehicle involved in the incident. After he was hit,
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PM Cleveland Indians links: Maybe a return to 1884's underhand pitching would help - Plain Dealer (blog)
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If there's a funny bone in the organist's body at Progressive Field, the first song tonight before the game will be a recording made famous by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony: "The Hustle." * -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire lays down the law -- do
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Bowling scores, events - Florida Times-Union
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By The Times-Union Men: Danny Mayo 861 series, Kevin Basarab 857, Ben Censon 266 game, 644 series, Van McCoy 267, 630, Chris Thompson 267, Daryl Russell 257. Women: Tammy Larrick 851, Beth Peters 735, Mickey Tracki 525, Yuki Polach 520, Kay Malenfant
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Jailhouse rock - Hir24.hu
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Szóval; 1975-ben Van McCoy és a Soul City Symphony feltalálta a hustle nevezetű táncot, melyhez azért írtak egy hatalmas slágert, azonos, The Hustle címmel. A hustle egy olyan sortánc, amelyet fiatal, mikrofonhajú afroamerikaik (no meg persze mindenki
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Musikalisches Feuerwerk - Badische Zeitung
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Als weitere Premiere hatte sich der Dirigent die "African Symphony" von Van McCoy ausgesucht. Das Stück aus den 70er Jahren entwickelt eine Vielzahl von afrikanischen Eindrücken. Wenn auch ganz afrikanisch die Musiker am Schlagwerk gefordert waren,
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Zum Abschied gibt es vollen Klang - Badische Zeitung
Google News - almost 6 years
Umso prachtvoller war sie nun bei diesem Konzert zu hören, ebenso wie die opulente "African Symphony" (Van McCoy). Warmherzig berichtete der Vorsitzende des Vereins Klaus Kowatzik, wie es der Vorstand vor einem Jahr kaum glauben wollte, als Karlfrieder
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Van McCoy
    THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 39
    McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey, on July 6, 1979, at the age of 39.
    More Details Hide Details He is buried in the McCoy family plot at Lincoln Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Van McCoy Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
  • 1975
    Age 35
    He discovered Faith, Hope And Charity, whose major success in 1975, "To Each His Own", was another R&B chart-topper.
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    In 1975, McCoy released to low expectations the mostly instrumental LP Disco Baby for the Avco (later H&L) label.
    More Details Hide Details The title song, "Disco Baby", was written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, and performed by The Stylistics. Unexpectedly, a single called "The Hustle" from the album, written about the dance of the same name and recorded last for the album, went to the top of both the Billboard pop and R&B charts (also #3 in the UK) and won a Grammy Award. The album was also nominated for a Grammy. McCoy, then regarded as a disco hitmaker, never repeated the success of the song, although the singles "Party", "That's the Joint" and "Change with the Times" got significant airplay. The latter reached #6 in the Billboard R&B chart and was a Top 40 hit in the UK. There were no further major sellers in the US, despite a series of follow-up albums, From Disco to Love (the 1975 reissue of Soul Improvisations), The Disco Kid (1975), The Real McCoy (1976), Rhythms of the World (1976), My Favorite Fantasy (1978), Lonely Dancer (1979) and Sweet Rhythm (1979). However, he scored the UK top 5 again during 1977 with the instrumental success "The Shuffle".
  • 1972
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album included a minor hit, "Let Me Down Easy", but it was not a success following poor promotion. He formed his own orchestra, Soul City Symphony and, with singers Faith, Hope and Charity, produced several albums and gave many performances. Van McCoy appeared on the Mike Douglas Show and was a regular guest on The Tonight Show. He wrote and sang the theme song for the 1978 movie Sextette that starred Mae West and Timothy Dalton and made a cameo appearance in it, playing a delegate from Africa. He also contributed some music for A Woman Called Moses. Along with Faith Hope & Charity, Brass Construction and Johnny Dark, he appeared in episode 4.20 of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 29
    His song "Giving Up" was a 1969 hit for The Ad Libs.
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  • 1966
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, McCoy recorded a solo LP for Columbia titled Night Time Is a Lonely Time, and, a year later, started his own short-lived label, Vando, as well as his own production company VMP (Van McCoy Productions). Van wrote or produced most consistently for The Presidents ("5-10-15-20 (25 Years of Love)"), The Choice Four ("The Finger Pointers", "Come Down to Earth"), Faith, Hope & Charity ("To Each His Own" and "So Much Love") and David Ruffin ("Walk Away from Love").
  • 1962
    Age 22
    As a writer there, McCoy composed his first success, "Stop the Music", for the popular female vocal group, the Shirelles during 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He was co-owner of Vando Records with Philly D.J, Jocko Henderson. He owned Share label and co-owned the Maxx label during the mid-1960s, supervising such artists as Gladys Knight & The Pips, Chris Bartley and The Ad Libs. He really came into his own after first working for top producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller as a writer and then signing with the major April-Blackwood music publishing concern, connected with Columbia Records. McCoy went on to write a string of hits as the 1960s progressed. He penned "Giving Up" for Gladys Knight & the Pips (later a hit for Donny Hathaway), "The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven" for Chris Bartley, "When You're Young and in Love" for Ruby & the Romantics (later a hit for The Marvelettes), "Right on the Tip of My Tongue" for Brenda & the Tabulations, "Baby I'm Yours" for Barbara Lewis, "Getting Mighty Crowded" for Betty Everett, "Abracadabra" for Erma Franklin, "You're Gonna Make Me Love You" for Sandi Sheldon and "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" for Jackie Wilson.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This single gained the attention of Scepter Records owner Florence Greenberg, who hired McCoy as a staff writer and A&R representative for the label.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Age 0
    Born on January 6, 1940.
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