Peaches & Herb

Shake Your Groove Thing

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Released in late 1978 this track brought the R&B duo back on the charts. One of the more skilled and propulsive disco songs, it was a shock coming from one of the more ballad-heavy and starry-eyed duos in music. At the time of this release, ten years had past since Peaches and Herb had a hit and Herb Fame replaced Francine Barker with Linda Greene. While going/gone artists filled disco with surprise hits, this comeback was one of the biggest. Producer Freddie Perren was quietly amassing disco/R&B hits for the Miracles, the Sylvers, and the Tavares. For his second Peaches and Herb assignment the arranging didn't change too much, but by 1978 the music got even more glitzy and flashier to cater to the disco crowd. The lyrics written by Dino Ferakis and Perren aren't the stuff of legend but they do impart a sense of fun and urbanity. This single was an immediate hit and the 12" version adds synth fills and more upfront percussion. Any version of this is liable to get even disco haters on the floor.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
2 Hot! 1978 Hip-O Select / Fontana / Polydor 5:46
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1978 1978
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
No Image 1979
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:27
Reunited 1992 Special Music
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1994
Original Soundtrack
Mother / Island 6:38
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority Records
Dance Fever: Hits of the 70's 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 3:27
Disco Nights, Vol. 2: The Best of Disco Funk 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:41
Disco Nights, Vol. 4: Disco Groups 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:41
The Best of Peaches & Herb 1996 Polygram 6:35
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 2: 70s Hits 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 6:01
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:27
Body Moves: Non-Stop Disco Workout 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 4:17
70's Disco Ball Party Pack 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Pure Disco, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Polydor 3:24
Essential 12'': The 70's 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 6:38
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Only Soul 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:01
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:27
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1979 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:26
Dance Party 2000 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:19
The Essential Peaches & Herb 2000 Spectrum Music 6:35
Jammin' Gold 2000
Various Artists
Q Records / Atlantic 3:25
Nebraska Cornhuskers: Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 5:29
Disco Nights [MCA Special Products] 2001 Crimson Productions 0:00
Monster Disco 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:24
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Peaches & Herb 2002 Polydor 5:32
Disco Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 3:55
Top Hits of the Seventies: Mega Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 5:33
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:25
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 3:33
Connie and Carla 2004
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution / Epic 3:37
Disco Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:34
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Disco, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal 5:32
The 70s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 4:00
Baby Loves Disco 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:58
Don't Quit Music: Sweating Disco Dance Party 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:23
Pure Disco [Universal] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 3:50
Sounds of the 70's Generation 2008
Various Artists
Destra 3:55
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Hip-O / Strategic Marketing 5:32
100 Essential Hits: Woman 2011
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal / Universal Music 3:19
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 2015
Various Artists
Hollywood 5:33
20 #1’s: Disco
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:26
Best of Disco Funk
Various Artists
Special Product
Body By Jake: Sweating Disco Dance Party
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:23
Forever Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:55
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:24
Total Woman
Various Artists
Universal 3:24