On this day in music history: January 20, 1979…

On this day in music history: January 20, 1979 – “Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)” by Parliament hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also peaking at #89 on the Hot 100 on February 24, 1979. Written by George Clinton, William “Bootsy” Collins" and Bernie Worrell, it is the second chart topping single for the R&B/Funk band led by singer and songwriter George Clinton. The song is conceptualized to be the cornerstone of a highly ambitious concert tour, looking to surpass Parliament’s innovative and acclaimed “P-Funk Earth Tour” in 1977. Part of the shows’ concept is to make the stage area look as if the band were playing underwater. When it raises too many technical issues and proves to be too cost prohibitive, the plan is abandoned. Released as the first single from Parliament’s eighth album “Motor Booty Affair”, “Aqua Boogie” it is an immediate hit on R&B radio stations, though unlike previous singles like “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” (#5 R&B, #15 Pop), and “Flashlight”(1 R&B, #16 Pop), it fails to crossover to the pop chart. Though the success of the single drives sales of the album to Gold status in the US.