1975 in Disco Music: Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’.
Above Photo: Van McCoy’s Disco Baby album, which featured The Hustle.
Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’ is one of my Sounds of the ‘Seventies, taking me right back to youth club discos in Liverpool and an unshakeable belief in my appalling fashion sense.
Chuck in some Hi Karate aftershave – or Brut, if I was lucky, and you’ve got me just about right in 1975 – although in my defence, I was only 14 years old.
I mention The Hustle in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! for the same reasons above.
Although it didn’t make Number One in the UK, it did get to third position in the charts, while in the US it achieved top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to sell well over a million records, also winning a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1976.
Tragically, Van McCoy died from a heart attack in 1979, at the unbelievably young age of 39, but his song lives on as one of the most iconic sounds of mid-‘Seventies disco music.
I really like this video of the song and of people dancing to it, which I found on You Tube: