1979 Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real (US: #12)

Got to Be Real is a 1978 R&B/Disco song by American Cheryl Lynn from her self-titled album. The song, which was Lynn’s debut single, was penned by David Paich, David Foster, and Lynn, and has since been called one of the defining moments in disco. For the recording, David Shields played bass, David Paich played keyboards, James Gadson played drums and Ray Parker Jr. was the session guitarist. The song peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number one on the R&B chart in early-1979. Along with the tracks, “Star Love” and “You Saved My Day”, “Got to Be Real” peaked at number eleven on the disco chart. On September 19, 2005, “Got to Be Real” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

The song was used for a 2010 UK TV advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, a British department store, and it re-entered the UK Singles Chart at 78 for the week Ending 4 April, the next week peaking at #70.





Drums James Gadson
Bass David Shields
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Keyboards David Paich

Produced By

Marty Paich
David Paich


Cheryl Lynn
David Paich
David Foster


US: #12
UK: –