Kool & the Gang

Hollywood Swinging

Composed by Kool & the Gang / Robert "Kool" Bell

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Manu Dibango's 1973 Top 20/Top 35 pop smash "Soul Makossa" had a huge influence that not only included other '70s-made sides but also hits recorded in the '90s and beyond. One of the its best and most long-lasting offshoots was Kool and the Gang's "Hollywood Swinging." Signed to De-Lite Records, the band was urged by the label to record a cover of "Soul Makossa." Instead, they decided to come up with their own material. Recording at New York's Mediasound, the band recorded "Funky Stuff," "Jungle Boogie," and "Hollywood Swinging," their first chart-topper. The song's story line was based on the band's experiences in Hollywood while recording their Live at P.J.'s album. It also had a feel similar to Mandrill's "Fencewalk." With vocals by keyboardist Ricky Westfield and self-produced by the band, the million-selling "Hollywood Swinging" went to number one R&B and number six pop in summer 1974. It was included on their gold Wild and Peaceful LP, which also yielded "Funky Stuff" and "Jungle Boogie," and spent more than a year on the pop charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Wild and Peaceful 1973 Mercury / Polygram 4:36
No Image 1974
Various Artists
Incentive
Love & Understanding 1976 Mercury / Polygram 5:40
The Best of Kool & the Gang [De-Lite] 197? Delite 4:38
Everything's Kool & the Gang: Greatest Hits & More 1988 Def Jam / Island / Universal Music 6:17
Kool & the Gang Spin Their Top Hits 1990 Mercury Records 4:38
Billboard Top R&B Hits: 1974 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1991 Pioneer
Celebration [Wesgram] 1992 Wesgram 4:36
The Best of Kool & the Gang 1969-1976 1993 Mercury 4:37
In Yo' Face!: The History of Funk, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 4:42
Class Reunion 1974: The Greatest Hits of 1974 1994
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:38
Hollywood Swinging 1995 Rebound Records 4:41
From Hip to Hop, Vol. 1: Funkbots 1995
Various Artists
Orchard Lane 4:35
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Old School Mixx, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:04
Great R&B Funk Bands: The Hits of the 70's 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:26
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:40
Disco Nights, Vol. 11: Leading Men 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:38
Greatest Hits Live [Rhino] 1998 Rhino 4:57
Greatest Hits [Polygram] 1998 Polygram 3:28
Non-Stop Funk, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 4:14
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 1999 Mercury / Def Jam / Island / Universal Music 3:28
Best of the Best: 70's Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 3:29
Funkdamentals 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:29
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Kool & The Gang 2000 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 3:29
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal Distribution / Universal/Polygram 3:29
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1974 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:40
The Funk Box 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:37
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Experience Music Project
Gangland 2001 Universal International 4:35
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:35
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records
The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 3:29
Funked!, Vol. 2: 1973-1977 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:36
Total Funk! 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2002 Goldenlane 3:12
Too Hot Live 2002 Emporio
Black & Proud 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars 5:10
The Funk Collection 2002 Universal / Universal Music 4:40
Top Hits of the Seventies: Mega Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 4:40
All the Hits Live 2003 Masters 5:01
Live Hits 2003 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 4:58
Gangthology 2003 Universal / Universal Distribution 4:35
Seventies [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 4:58
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 2:03
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 3:27
Gold 2005 Motown / Island / Mercury / Polystar / Universal Distribution / Universal Strategic Marketing 4:38
Soul 2 Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:00
No Image 2005 Laserlight 5:08
The Best of R&B Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 5:03
Live 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits 2005 Platinum High-Definition
More 70s Soul 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 5:01
Golden Legends: Kool and the Gang Live 2006 Madacy 5:00
40 R&B #1 Hits 2006
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 5:02
The Best of Kool and the Gang: Live [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 5:03
Best of Kool & the Gang [Disky] 2006 Disky 4:57
30 #1 R&B Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:03
13 R&B #1 Hits, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
United Multi License 5:03
The Greatest R&B Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:33
Number 1's: '70s Soul 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:36
Ladies Night [Dynamic] 2007 Dynamic
Forever Gold 2007 St. Clair 5:02
Still Kool 2007 New Door Records / Universal 3:33
Videology 2007 Island/mercury
Number 1 R&B Hits of the 70s 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:02
Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons 2007 Universal Distribution 4:36
Silver Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 3:32
No Image 2007 Immortal
Colour Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 3:29
No Image 2008 Blackhill / Edel Records
Don't Quit Music: Funk Workout (Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs) 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:08
Old School Jams, Vol. 8 2009
Various Artists
SPG 4:37
K-Tel Presents: Super Bad 2009
Various Artists
Micro Werks / Micro Werks/K-Tel 4:44
No Image 2010 Ba-Ba 5:00
Icon 2011 Mercury 4:38
Ultimate R&B, Vol. 1: Roll Bounce 2011
Various Artists
Music World 4:13
S.O.U.L. 2013 Sony Music
#1 R&B Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
UME Imports / Universal 4:38
70s R&B Classics [2011]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 5:02
Best Of Hits - Kool & The Gang Live St. Claire Entertainment Group 5:02
Body By Jake: Funk Workout
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:08
No Image
Various Artists
Awesome Inc. 5:00
Get Down On It: Live ZYX 5:02
No Image Vista 5:02
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:31
Pop Music Box
Various Artists
Music & Melody 5:02
Roller Rink Rewind
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Universal Music / Warner Music 4:33
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 13
Various Artists
Rhino 4:41
Soul Legends [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma 5:03
Still Kool Island/Def Jam / Universal 3:31
Sweet Soul Music: 23 Scorching Classics From 1974
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 4:38
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:36
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:36
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