Van McCoy

The Hustle

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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
Adam VIII
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Hustle and the Best of Van McCoy 1976 Amherst Records 4:08
No Image 1979 H&L
Sounds of the Seventies: 1975 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:28
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Non-Stop Dance Hits 1992
Various Artists
Pair 3:27
Stardust: Soul, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
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
Non-Stop Disco, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:28
Disco Hits [Rhino] 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:47
Disco Hits: Get Down Tonight [Rhino] 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:47
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
Excelsior Recordings
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
Decades of Dance 60's 70's & 80's 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
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
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:05
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
Disco Essentials [Delta] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:12
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
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
Disco for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 4:07
Ultimate Hits: More Ultimate Disco 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:07
Greatest Ever! Seventies 2007
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:04
The Best of Disco Nights [2009] 2009
Various Artists
Unidisc 3:48
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
Hard to Find 45s on CD, Vol. 19:  More 70's Essentials 2017
Various Artists
Eric Records 3:29
Forever Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:06