On this day in music history: October 13, 1979…

On this day in music history: October 13, 1979 – “(Not Just) Knee Deep (Part 1)” by Funkadelic hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #77 on the Hot 100 on November 10, 1979. Written by George Clinton and Walter “Junie” Morrison, it is the biggest hit for the legendary R&B/Funk band. Released as the first single from Funkadelic’s eleventh album “Uncle Jam Wants You” in August of 1979, the nearly fifteen and a half minute long track is edited and split into two parts for single release. Also featuring vocals from former Spinners lead vocalist Philippé Wynne, the seminal funk track goes on to become one most influential and widely sampled songs in the bands catalog. Over the years “(Not Just) Knee Deep” is sampled by a number of rap artists including EPMD, Digital Underground, 2Pac, Everlast, and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Most notably it is used as the basis of De La Soul’s “Me, Myself & I” which hits number one on the R&B singles chart almost ten years after Funkadelic tops the chart with the song. The chart topping success of “(Not Just) Knee Deep” propels the accompanying album “Uncle Jam Wants You” to Gold status in the US.