Jimmy "Bo" Horne

Dance Across the Floor

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Produced by Howie Casey (KC) and Rick Finch who also wrote the eight tracks, the session players are the same guys who play on KC & the Sunshine Band's records, which makes Dance Across the Floor essentially a KC & the Sunshine Band album with a superior vocalist. Not your typical soul singer, Jimmy "Bo" Horne's parents are educators, and he has a degree in Sociology. He also had a good voice, which he used to good effect on earlier singles, but he got typecast with this album as a disco artist. "Dance Across the Floor" was obviously influenced by B.T. Express' number one hit "Do It Til You're Satisfied," the two grooves are very similar. It became his biggest seller, cracking the R&B Top 10 at number eight, and entering the Pop Top 40 at number 38; it went gold internationally. Its successor, "Let Me (Let Me Be Your Lover)," didn't do as well, only reaching number 60 R&B, no Pop action at all. The rest of the album contains earlier singles. The assuring "Don't Worry About It," a 1975 release that didn't chart, has a mature lyric for Casey and Finch, and gives Horne space to exercise his vocal chords. "Gimme Some," also a 1975 release, achieved Gold status in Canada and Europe. "Get Happy," another upbeat ditty, went to number 46 R&B in 1977. A prolific artist, Bo Horne released more than 25 singles for Henry Stone's T.K. Enterprises commencing in 1967 on Dade Records.

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