Casablanca Records head Neil Bogart co-executive produced a movie, Thank God It's Friday, through Casablanca Film Works with Motown. Consequentially, the soundtrack included acts from both labels. The Commodores were tapped to make their motion-picture debut. Taking a break from touring and arriving in Hollywood, the band was surprised when they were asked to write a song for the movie. After being given the movie's plot line, the band decided to make one of the movie's character, a boozing party girl who was "hot to trot," the focus of the song. Since drummer Walter Orange did most of the writing, the band decided to let him do the lead vocals. Co-produced by James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores, "Too Hot to Trot" went to number one R&B and number 24 pop in early 1978. The platinum Thank God It's Friday soundtrack also included the Oscar-winning Top Five R&B/pop gold single "Last Dance" by Donna Summer and Love and Kisses' number 23 R&B/pop hit "Thank God It's Friday. "