Gary Toms Empire

7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blow Your Whistle: The Best of Gary Toms Empire

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The disco era, like many pop aberrations, produced its fair share of one-hit wonders, a category that New York City's Gary Toms Empire fit into like a well-oiled cog. The band found fleeting fame in 1975 with the infectious jam "7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)." The single sold over 40,000 copies in N.Y.C. during its first week alone, and has since found its way onto numerous compilations and DJ playlists. 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blow Your Whistle: The Best of Gary Toms Empire features that hit, as well as follow-up singles "Slow & Funky" and "Feel That Funky Groove," both of which were decent enough disco floor-burners that failed to connect with listeners on the same level as "Blow Your Whistle." Also included is the group's horrific 1976 cover of the Beatles' "Drive My Car," part of a promotional 12" for the Pickwick label that included the songs "Stand Up and Shout" and "Party Hardy."

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