Monday, September 24, 2012

"And the Beat Goes On" by The Whispers

Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0045
Date:  02/09/1980
Debut:  79
Peak:  19
Weeks:  15
Genre: R&B, Dance

Pop Bits: The Whispers are an L.A. vocal group that had some consistent success throughout the 70s on the R&B chart. They barely scraped the pop charts during that time, but they finally found success with this #1 R&B and dance hit. Most likely due to its crossover success on the dance chart, this is one of the rare records that reached gold status without hitting the pop Top 10. Although charting since 1970, The Whispers would find their best success in their second decade.

ReduxReview:  Well, I have to admit I was looking forward to an R&B remake of the Sonny & Cher hit. Alas, it is not. But it does have a good groove and is a solid dance tune. It's still a little on the bland but I can definitely cut a rug with this one.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Although they began charting songs in 1970, the group has been together since 1964. 2) Will Smith used a sample of "And the Beat Goes On" for his single "Miami" in 1998.



  1. What's up with the "white people dancing" from the caucasians in that video? I like this more than most of the posted r&b stuff, but that may be because it is less than 5 minutes. But it also has a good funky groove.

  2. 7/10 for me, while I wouldn't rank it a timeless classic but it is a fun, enjoyable tune to crank out.

    1. This one has grown on me a bit. It's a solid groovy tune.

  3. Chart Run: 79 - 67 - 59 - 53 - 43 - 39 - 35 - 28 - 23 - 19 - 19 - 28 - 31 - 62 - 91