Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in August 1983.
Climbing up the charts to number 19 on this day 33 years ago was a comeback of sorts for this American group.
Founded in 1973 by vocalist Harry Wayne Casey (hence KC), they scored a stack of disco and funk hits through the 70’s both sides of the Atlantic. “Queen Of Clubs” was their first UK hit, peaking at number seven in 1974. The following year, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” bettered that, reaching number four in the UK and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 (their second chart topper there after “Get Down Tonight”).
At the very end of the decade, “Please Don’t Go” was released, peaking at number three in January 1980. The following year, the group split – but despite this, “Give It Up” gave them their biggest UK hit in 1983, topping the charts for three weeks. In many countries, the track was simply credited to KC himself.
I considered featuring the original Top of the Pops performance – which was a re-recording of the track especially for the show – but managed to find a much more recent rendition. Here from (what I gather is) the Netherlands’ “RTL Late Night”, possibly broadcast on 27th May 2015, this fantastic live performance. Casey turned 65 in January.