Local disco legend inducted in National Registry
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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Big props to disco legends KC and the Sunshine Band. Their 1975 hit "Boogie Shoes" is among the 2012 inductees to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.
This is a huge honor for Miami's KC, who has already won Grammys and American Music Awards. The honor arrives as the band celebrates a milestone anniversary with a brand new album. The king of disco is coming back, 40 years after he helped create the iconic sound that would take the music world by storm in the 1970s.
Miami's own KC is back in the recording studio doing what he loves best. "I don't think you can talk about disco without talking about KC and the Sunshine Band," said Harry "KC" Wayne Casey.
KC burst onto the music scene in 1973, but it was not until he created the Sunshine Band in 1975 that KC became an international superstar with the hit "That's the Way I Like It." The song skyrocketed to number one, disco was born and KC led the way.
KC said, "Forty years ago, right here in Miami, we started this new sound that became the disco sound." He added, "It's really us right here in Miami that ushered in this new sound, and ushered in this new Miami. We brought all the attention to Miami."
KC followed up with three more number one hits and became the only artist along with The Beatles to score four number ones in just one year. KC and the Sunshine Band sold over 75 million albums.
The '80s may have killed disco, but KC continued to tour the world and perform. "You know, I never thought that 40 years later I'd still be touring or making music or doing anything really," KC reflected. "At the time, we were just concentrating on making the music."
In 2009, he blew it out on the "American Idol" stage. But it has been decades since KC dropped a new album. Now, that's about to change. "I haven't been in the record business in a long time, and I'm getting ready to release this new album, two-disc set, classics and all-new material, and everything is different, and I'm having to re-learn the business," KC said.
Forty years later, the business may be different, but the talent and the passion are definitely still there, and for now, KC has no intention of slowing down. "Well, you know, I'm 62-years old," KC noted. "They ask, 'How much longer?' I say, 'I don't know. Until I can't do it anymore.' For now, let's say, 10 more years. We'll see how I feel at 72."
KC is still in the studio recording his new album. Look for that to drop this fall.
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