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.