Yesterday, I started off my ROW80 check-in with some lines from the ever so stylish Sylvers’ “Boogie Fever.” While a steady mainstay on the charts in the mid-’70s, this family group may be long forgotten or unknown to some.
So what does that mean for Melodic Monday? That’s right. Dust off your finest plaid bell-bottoms, strap on a headband and gold medallion, iron your hair or pick out your Afro and put on those platform shoes. We are taking a flashback to 1976.
- The Sylvers are from Memphis, Tennessee.
- “Boogie Fever” went number one in both the U.S. and Canada.
- Nine of the 10 Sylvers siblings sang on the hit. They are Foster (sharing lead here with his older brother, Edmund), Olympia, Leon, Charmaine, James, Edmund, Ricky, Angie and Pat.
- Other successful songs included “Fool’s Paradise,” “Hotline” and “High School Dance.”
- The baseline of “Boogie Fever” is a build off of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper.”
- They toured the U.S. and Europe as the opening act for Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles.
So tell me, are you silently tapping your feet and rocking to the beat? What were you doing during the disco era? Did you find and fall in love with the grooves later in life? Or, gasp, does disco send you into a burning rage?