1979 The Jacksons – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (US:#7 UK:#4)

“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” is a song recorded by The Jacksons for their 1978 album Destiny, and released as a single in 1979. It peaked at No. 7 in the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1979.

The most successful of the Jacksons’ recordings for Epic, “Shake Your Body” (originally demoed as “Shake a Body”) was produced by the Jackson brothers, written by Randy and Michael, and featured Michael on lead vocals. The chorus “let’s dance/let’s shout (shout)/shake your body down to the ground” was inspired by an ad-lib from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”: “Let’s dance/let’s shout (shout)/gettin’ funky’s what it’s all about” and the rhythmic pattern from Teddy Pendergrass’s “Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose” (from his album Life Is a Song Worth Singing, released a couple of months previously).

Album

Video

Musicians

DrumsEd Greene
GuitarTito Jackson
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Produced By

The Jacksons

Songwriters

Michael Jackson
Randy Jackson

Charts

US:#7
UK:#4