THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
227-Rodney Franklin-The Groove.
1980-Number 7 single.
Best Bit-At 2.02.I always remember the very short lived dance craze ‘The Freeze’ which accompanied this song.It was invented by British DJ Chris Hill with the idea being that every time the music stops those on the dance floor have to freeze(the song has 11 breaks.) Needless to say it never caught on,but I hear there is a very similar game normally played by children called musical statues.
Rodney Franklin was born September 16th,1958 in Berkeley,California,he is an American Jazz Pianist and composer,he was professionally tutored from the age of six and cites Jazz legend Oscar Peterson as a major inspiration.
In 1978 at the age of twenty he signed a major record deal with CBS Records and ‘The Groove’ is taken from his second Album ‘You’ll Never Know.’The song was a hit at the height of the popularity of the ‘Jazz Funk’ genre and influenced future acts such as The Brand New Heavies and Shakatak.
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