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Celebration by Kool & the Gang

Album: Celebrate!Released: 1981Charted:
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  • This post-Disco upbeat dance song was Kool & the Gang's only American #1. It is commonly played at weddings, parties, sporting events and just about anywhere there is something to be celebrated.
  • This song was played to help welcome home the 52 freed American hostages from Iran in 1981. Three years later in 1984 it was played to hail presidential candidate Walter Mondale's nomination at the Democratic convention.
  • In 1992 a cover by Kylie Minogue reached #20 in the UK. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
  • Wondering how this got in the "Songs with names of cities in the title" category? There is a city in Florida called Celebration. It's associated with Disney and is a bucolic tourist destination.
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Comments: 4

On January 10th 1981 Kool & the Gang performed "Celebration" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Three months earlier on October October 19th, 1980 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 1st it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent over a half-year on the Top 100 (30 weeks, and 7 of those 30 weeks were on the Top 10)...)...
And on December 20th, 1980 it reached #1 on two other Billboard charts; on the R&B Singles chart for 6 weeks and on Hot Dance Club Play for 5 weeks...
Was track one on side one of their 12th studio album, 'Celebrate!', and the album reached #2 on the Billboard's Top R&B Albums and #10 on the Top 200 Albums chart...
One other track from the album also made the Top 100, "Jones vs. Jones", it peaked at #39 and stayed on the Top 100 for 11 weeks...
Claydes Charles Smith, the group's co-founder & lead guitarist, passed away on June 20th, 2006 at the young age of 57...
May he R.I.P.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Just saw Kool & The Gang last night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. They were the opening act for Van Halen. I loved Kool's sound, their energy & the brass. Plus, you CAN NOT go wrong with this song! Popular in my hey-day when I was in my early 20s, these days even my 19 year old son knows the tune & words to the song. Everyone wants to dance AND sing along with this!Camille - Toronto, Oh
Here is an alternate version of the lyrics:
Sell-a-brate good deal, at Ford! Let's celebrate! X2

There's a sale goin' on right here,
We got to move the models from last year
So bring your checkbook, and your trade-ins too.
We've got some outrageous bargains for you.

Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
Thegripester - Wellington, New Zealand
The song was recorded as a "celebration" for the success of a popular single on the album, and the overall success of the entire album. "Celebration" went on to get a higher spot on the chartsIsaac - C-town, Oh