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KC and the Sunshine Band to headline Tropicana

On stage: KC and the Sun­shine Band will play the Trop­ic­ana Show­room in At­lantic City on Aug. 16.

The Trop­ic­ana Show­room in At­lantic City will sup­ply the back­drop as KC and the Sun­shine Band break out the poly­es­ter and plat­form shoes on Sat­urday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m.

With the mu­sic of the ‘70s mak­ing a big comeback, KC’s re­sponse to the latest wave of suc­cess is one of his biggest hits: That’s the Way, Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh (I Like It)!

Some of KC’s oth­er hits of that era that in­clude I’m Your Boo­gie Man and Get Down To­night have made KC and the Sun­shine Band one of the only artists to have four No. 1 singles in a year be­side the Beatles and the Jack­son Five. The band has sold over 100 mil­lion re­cords, earned nine Grammy nom­in­a­tions, three Grammy Awards and an Amer­ic­an Mu­sic Award.

“The mu­sic is real, not elec­tron­ic. There are real people put­ting their heart and soul in­to every one of their re­cords, every note of their re­cords,” said KC, the group’s founder, oth­er­wise known as Harry Wayne Ca­sey. “Aside from that, our mu­sic was mu­sic de­signed to make people feel good and I think people are al­ways look­ing for that. So I think I can at­trib­ute a lot of that to our con­tin­ued pop­ular­ity.”

Foun­ded in 1973 in Miami, KC and his band were in their hey­day un­til disco died in the early ‘80s. KC nearly did, too. Par­tially para­lyzed in 1982 when the car he was driv­ing was hit head-on by an­oth­er vehicle, he spent nine months in trac­tion and de­veloped an ad­dic­tion to paink­illers. He quit the mu­sic busi­ness al­to­geth­er in 1986 and didn’t start his comeback un­til five years later, when en­cour­age­ment from friends got him back on the road again.

“All my friends kept ur­ging me to go back to my mu­sic,” KC said. “People on tele­vi­sion, people like Ar­senio Hall, were do­ing the same thing, and I began to real­ize I was miss­ing it.”

But KC and the Sun­shine Band nev­er really left. The old songs have been fea­tured in a num­ber of com­mer­cials, from Gen­er­al Mo­tors to Bur­ger King, Bud­weiser, Pills­bury and more. KC es­tim­ates that the old hits have been fea­tured in more than 50 movies, from Sat­urday Night Fever in the ‘70s to For­rest Gump in the ‘90s.

As to his per­son­al fa­vor­ites, he said he likes them all. And as far as be­ing used in movies and com­mer­cials, KC said he loves all the ex­pos­ure, too.

“I know there are some artists who are very close to their ‘art’ and look down on their work be­ing used in such a way. But I like my mu­sic ex­posed to the pub­lic. And I say the more pub­lic, the bet­ter.”

KC re­ceived a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame, and today marks more than 40 years in the busi­ness.

“I think when you re­ceive a star, it wipes away all the things the crit­ics put me down for in the past. It sort of le­git­im­izes what I do.”

When he’s not work­ing, KC, 63, said he en­joys trav­el­ing. He said he’s had dreams, and most of those dreams have come true.

“I’ve done all the things I set out to do. Some­times, I think about an­oth­er re­cord, an­oth­er TV show or movie I might like to do. But oth­er than that, what I really would like to see is a world at peace. That would be amaz­ing.” ••

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