Wild Cherry: Behind The Hits

Today I take a look at the group’s only big hit!

When frontman Rob Parissi and his group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wild Cherry[/lastfm],  a rock band, were doing one of their regular gigs at a night club that, which at that time was now into Disco, one of the patrons yelled out: “Play some funky music, white boy!”  Parissi had a light bulb moment and wrote the phrase down, and later wrote the song incorporating it into the lyrics.

Parissi always wanted to write a hit song, so what he would do was grab a song or two from the Billboard charts to copy, and  make it just different enough not to get sued. Play That Funky Music was derived from Fire by the Ohio Players. It went on to sell over 2 million copies, and is a standard on the radio today, and popular at parties and weddings, etc.

The groups name came about after Parissi had a stay in a  hospital, where he spotted a box of cough drops.

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