Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Dancin' in the Street" by Teri DeSario with K.C.

Song#:  0234
Date:  06/28/1980
Debut:  84
Peak:  66
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  DeSario and K.C. (as in "and the Sunshine Band) were coming off of a huge hit with "Yes I'm Ready" (#2) and it was time for a follow-up. This cover of the Martha & the Vandella's classic tune was issued, again featuring K.C., but it made little impact. It would be DeSario's last entry on the chart. She would issue one more pop album and then later turn her sights towards the contemporary Christian market, grabbing a Grammy nomination along the way.

ReduxReview:  Well, here is a first. I'm unable to locate anything on Spotify, YouTube, or any service for this song. The best that I could do was a playable sample (using the link above, it is disc 2 track 11). For myself, I had some access to a full version of the song, but I'm unable to post it. (Update: later found the song on YouTube although the song backs an odd Bob the Builder video.) But really, everyone knows this song and I think the sample will give you a clue that it is basically just another run o' da mill version of the song (one that is covered waaay too much). It's well-done, but there is just nothing that makes the remake unique or special. Snore.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  DeSario had the luck of performing at a club one evening and having a long-haired gentleman show interest in her voice. That guy just happened to be Barry Gibb. He ended up helping her get a recording contract and then wrote a song specifically for her. The disco-y "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me from You" was her debut single and it reach #43 on the pop chart in 1978.



  1. What is your rating on KC & Teri DeSario's version of "Are You Ready"? Me I give the song an 8/10, I thought they did a great version of that song.

    1. Yes, that song is far and away better than this one. It just missed out on being on this blog as it debuted on the Pop chart in November '79.

  2. Chart Run: 84 - 79 - 73 - 66 - 66 - 100