1977 Chic – Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (US:#6 UK:#6)

“Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” is a song by American R&B band Chic. It was the group’s first single and hit in the United States, reaching number 6 on both the pop and R&B charts. In addition, along with the tracks “You Can Get By” and “Everybody Dance”, the single reached number one on the disco charts. Luther Vandross provided backup vocals. He was working as a session vocalist at the time.

The “yowsah, yowsah, yowsah” part of the title, which appears as a spoken interjection in the middle of the song, originated with the American jazz violinist and radio personality Ben Bernie, who popularized it in the 1920s. The phrase was revived in 1969 by They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, a film about a Depression-era dance marathon.

Album

Video

Musicians

BassBernard Edwards
DrumsTony Thompson
GuitarNile Rodgers
FluteGeorge Young
SaxGeorge Young
HarpGloria Agostini
KeyboardsAndy Schwartz
KeyboardsRob Sabino
KeyboardsTom Coppola
TromboneBarry Rogers
TrumpetJon Faddis
WoodwindsKenny Lehman
PercussionSammy Figueroa
VibraphoneDavid Friedman
PercussionDavid Friedman
Background VocalsAlfa Anderson
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDiva Gray
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsNorma Jean Wright
Background VocalsRobin Clark
VocalsBernard Edwards
VocalsNile Rodgers

Produced By

Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Kenny Lehman

Songwriters

Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Kenny Lehman

Charts

US:#6
UK:#6