DJ Cassidy recruited Robin Thicke and Jessie J to perform the vocals on this exuberant song. The track also features contributions from Chic's Nile Rodgers, Rufus drummer John "JR" Robinson, Michael Jackson's horn and string arranger Jerry Hey, and multiple members of Earth, Wind & Fire.
The song pays tribute to the golden era of Club music, and like the rest of DJ Cassidy's debut album, it honors the disco era of late '70s and early '80s by purposely avoiding modern studio techniques like sampling and recycling established material. "Four years ago, I set out on a mission to bring the greatest and most universal dance music of all time back to the airwaves, back to nightlife, back to the dance floor," Cassidy told Rolling Stone.
This was co-written by hitmaker Claude Kelly, who also co-penned Jessie J's hit single, "Price Tag."
DJ Cassidy premiered the song while opening for Jay Z and Justin Timberlake on their Legends of the Summer stadium tour. The track also was played when the DJ/producer served as the house-band for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Originally a chart-topper for Steve Lawrence in 1962 chart-topper, "Go Away Little Girl," became the first song of the rock era to be taken to #1 by two different artists when Donny Osmond's cover version also reached the summit in 1971.
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