Van McCoy

The Hustle

Composed by Van McCoy

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Songwriter/arranger Van McCoy was working on an album for Hugo and Luigi when the idea came to him to record his own album. While recording tracks for the LP in New York, his partner, Charles Kipps, accepted a DJ's invitation to come to the Adam's Apple club. After seeing the patrons do an elegant dance called "the hustle," Kipps later told McCoy about what he'd seen. The sessions were done at New York's Media Sound with pianist McCoy, bassist Gordon Edwards, drummers Steve Gadd and Rick Marotta, keyboardist Richard Tee, guitarists Eric Gale and John Tropea, and orchestra leader Gene Orloff. Hugo Peretti brought in piccolo player Philip Bodner to play the lead melody. Produced by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore and issued on Avco, the million-selling "The Hustle" danced up to number one R&B and number one pop in the summer of 1975. It was included on the number one R&B/Top 12 pop LP Disco Baby. His other hits include the Top Six R&B/Top 50 pop hit "Change With the Times." Music vet McCoy also had hits with Faith, Hope & Charity, former Temptations member David Ruffin ("Walk Away From Love"), and Gladys Knight & the Pips ("Baby Don't Change Your Mind").

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Hustle and the Best of Van McCoy 1976 Amherst Records 4:10
No Image 1979 H&L
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Non-Stop Dance Hits 1992
Various Artists
Pair 3:27
No Image 1993 Unidisc
Stardust: Soul, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Sensational Seventies, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Time Warner
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Mega Hits: Disco Locomotion, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
DJ Disco Mix 1997
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:27
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 2: 70s Hits 1997
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) / Peter Pan (ISP) 5:43
Non-Stop Disco, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:28
Disco Hits: Get Down Tonight [Rhino] 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:47
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Connoisseur Collection
Best Party Dances of All Times 1997
Various Artists
Sony BMG / RCA 3:44
Pure Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:29
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:29
Old School Mega Mix, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:06
Disco Nights, Vol. 11: Leading Men 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:47
Disco Fever, Vol. 1 [SPG] 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:48
Dance Dance Dance: Dance Hits of the 60's, 70's, & 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:46
Party of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:06
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Instant Party Disc: Extra Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Fetenkult Disco 70 1999
Various Artists
BMG International 3:27
New Best One 1999 Jvc Victor
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:05
No Image 2000
Original TV Soundtrack
BMG
The 70's [Original TV Soundtrack] 2000
Original TV Soundtrack
Island / Polygram 3:47
I Love the Nightlife: Dance Hits of the 70s 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:46
Shake Your Booty: Funk and Disco Essentials 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:12
Disco Classics [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:06
Blues & Soul, Vol. 4: 1974-1975 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 4:02
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:05
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 3:48
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:07
Re-Press: 70's Soul Revival 2003
Various Artists
Warner Dance
Disco Nights, Vol. 6 [Zyx] 2003
Various Artists
Unidisc
Disco for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 4:07
70s Groove 2003
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:02
More Platinum Disco 2004
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:06
Back to Disco 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1975 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:03
Boogie Cops & Disco Pimps 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:57
'70s [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 4:03
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Sessions, Vol. 3: Come on Let's Fly 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Mega Disco Collection 2005
Various Artists
BR Music
Ultimate Hits: More Ultimate Disco 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:07
Disco Fever: Boogie Wonderland 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
Good Times [WEA] 2006
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around [2 CD #2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
Greatest Ever! Seventies 2007
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:04
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:29
Music for Seventies 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:03
Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Vol. 5: Good Vibrations 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:29
The Best of Disco Nights [2009] 2009
Various Artists
Unidisc 3:48
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal Music
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:02
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
We Love the Nightlife: Shake Your Booty 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
The Seventies Album [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 4:09
Best 1200 70's
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Carwash: Disco Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:31
Jackie: The 70's Annual
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:28
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