On this day in music history: November 22, 197…

On this day in music history: November 22, 1975 – “That’s The Way (I Like It)” by KC & The Sunshine Band hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks (non-consecutive), also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on November 29, 1975. Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, it is the second consecutive number one single for the R&B band from Hialeah , FL. Knowing instinctively that a little controversy can be good for anyone’s career, KC and his songwriting partner and band mate Rick Finch, turn to subject matter of a more carnal nature for their next big hit.The trademark “ah-ha, ah-ha” refrain in “That’s The Way (I Like It)” are originally recorded as sensual moans and groans, but is given a more “benign” vocalization when the vocals are re-recorded. Issued as the third single from their self-titled second album in October of 1975,  it takes off even faster than its predecessor “Get Down Tonight”. Entering the Hot 100 at #50 on October 25, 1975, it rockets to the top of the chart just four weeks later. “That’s The Way” holds the top spot for one week, then is bumped from the pole position by the Silver Convention’s “Fly Robin Fly” for three weeks. Slipping back as far as #4, the single regains its bullet (signifying upward chart momentum), leaping back to the number one spot for one more week on December 20, 1975. One of the quintessential songs of the Disco Era, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” has been covered several times over the years by different artists, including versions by Giorgio Moroder, Dead Or Alive and by The Spin Doctors and Biz Markie for the film “Space Jam”.