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KC and the Sunshine Band

Disco group from Hialeah, Florida. Formed by harry Wayne "KC" Casey (vocals, keyboard) and Richard Finch (bass).

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  • Sep 9, 2010
If you want to get the ladies on the dance floor, play some KC and the Sunshine Band.
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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The seeds of KC & The Sunshine Band were planted when two South Florida boys, Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch met while working at the attic studio of T.K. Records, above the warehouse of Tones Distributors. Rick had worked his way up to assisting producers, while Harry's duties included processing returns and boxing up records, and sometimes playing keyboards in recording sessions.

It was Casey's idea for him and Finch to pool their skills. "Everybody else had a team together already", says Rick. "He found out I played bass and drums, and I found out he played keyboards, and when the studio was empty in the evenings, we would go up there and find out what kind of music would happen. A lot of people would throw tape away because they couldn't figure out how to make the machine erase properly, Rick recalls. It was expensive, so I would take it out of the trash can, wind it up on the reel, clean it up, and use that for recording".

Not only were the boys thrifty, but, thanks to the sessions they had already played in the studio, they were also fast. It didn't take much experimenting for the two to get their own eclectic sound together. KC & The Sunshine Band released two singles from their first album, "Do It Good" and hit the R&B charts when "Blow Your Whistle" went to #27 in the fall of '73 and "Sound Your Funky Horn" made it to #21 in early '74.

The first real sign that the Casey/Finch sound was really clicking came in September of 1974, when "Queen Of Clubs"...

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