The Hustle (song)
"The Hustle" is a disco song by songwriter/arranger Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony. It went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts during the summer of 1975. It also peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian RPM charts, No. 9 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report) and No. 3 in the UK. It would eventually sell over one million copies. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance early in 1976 for songs recorded in 1975.
While in New York City to make an album, McCoy composed the song after his music partner, Charles Kipps, watched patrons do a dance known as "the Hustle" in the nightclub Adam's Apple. The sessions were done at New York's Mediasound studio with pianist McCoy, bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Richard Tee, guitarists Eric Gale and John Tropea, and orchestra leader Gene Orloff. +more Producer Hugo Peretti contracted multi-woodwind player Phil Bodner to play the piccolo lead melody.
During the summer of 1975, "The Hustle" became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. +more Billboard ranked it as the No. 21 song for 1975. It also peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report) and No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.
According to producers Hugo & Luigi who owned the Avco record label that originally released "The Hustle", McCoy met with them shortly before his death in 1979 to discuss ideas for a new, longer version of the song, in order to appease Avco's UK and German affiliates who were clamoring for a 12" disco single release. The new version, clocking in at just under 6-and-a-half minutes, was assembled posthumously as a remix, using parts of the original recording plus new parts, including drum, Syndrum, and a "little" Moog synthesizer. +more It was credited to Van McCoy alone or with an unnamed orchestra, mixed by "The Mix Masters", identity unknown.
|Chart (1975)||Peak position|
|Australian Singles Chart||9|
|Austrian Singles Chart||13|
|Belgium (Flanders) Singles Chart||3|
|Canada RPM Top Singles||1|
|Canada RPM Adult Contemporary||1|
|Dutch Top 40||4|
|French Singles Chart||32|
|German Singles Chart||3|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||5|
|South Africa (Springbok)||5|
|Spain (Los 40 Principales)||1|
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|U. S. +more Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U. S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles||1|
|U. S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||2|
|U. S. Cash Box Top 100||1|
|U. S. +more Billboard Hot 100||21|
|U. S. Cash Box||18|
Certifications and sales
Italian rapper Talko made a rap cover of "The Hustle". It was released in 1983 on Babalu Records.