Initially, "Rock the Boat" appeared Take It (Gians Bass Rock Mix) - Tom Novy & Lima - Take It though it would also flop, as months went by without any radio airplay or sales activity.
Not until the song became a disco favorite in New York did Top 40 radio finally pick up on the song, leading the record to finally enter the Hot and zip up the chart to number one the week of July 6,in only its seventh week on the chart and fourth week in the Top The record also reached the top ten in the United Kingdom. Some authorities proclaim it to be the first disco song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot chart, while others give that distinction to " Love's Theme " by Love Unlimited Orchestraa chart-topper from earlier in The song became a gold record.
It is a heavy airplay favorite on oldie and adult contemporary stations today. The song features a lead vocal by Fleming Williamswho left The Hues Corporation shortly after the song was recorded. Tetris - Monolake - Momentum Kelley, had originally been pegged to sing lead, but this idea was discarded out of fear that groups with female lead singers were less commercially viable.
The bass player on the My Best Friend - Pinko Pinko - Fashion Is Your Only Culture was Wilton Felder, not James Jamerson as previously reported. Producer John Florez did not like the lyrics for "Rock the Boat", calling them "trite", and it was originally made a B side.
After a riveting response from New York City's dance clubs, Florez remixed the song and it was quickly re-released, becoming a smash. The Hues Corporation member St. Clair Lee claims "It was a song that you could do anything on.
You could cuddle or you could get crazy if you wanted to. It was a love song without being a love song. But, it was a Disco hit and it happened because of the discos. The song features a change in meter during the pre-chorus "We've been sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion" where it is 7 4 for one measure while the rest of the song is in common time. The 'Rock the Boat' dance also a favourite at weddings and birthday parties and involves many people sitting down in a row and 'rowing' a boat to the tune of the song.
Jacob Miller and the Inner Circle cut a reggae version of the song in British girl group Delage covered the song in It peaked at 63 on the UK charts.
There is a reference to the song's distinctive bridge in Jurassic Take It (Gians Bass Rock Mix) - Tom Novy & Lima - Take It track Serenata - Mario Lanza - Porträt einer unvergessenen Stimme Concrete Schoolyard ". In Derry Girls"Rock the Boat" is played during an episode that takes place at a wedding. One of the furthest reaches "Rock The Boat" has made has been on the Australian series Playschool in a program theme about water.
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