Get Down And Get With It

Album: Sladest (1971)
Charted: 16
  • Slade ended their live set with "Get Down And Get With It" for nearly two years; in his autobiography, band member Noddy Holder said it was a Little Richard cover in twelve bar format, but "had something magical about it"; the original was all piano and sax, but they did it with guitars.
    When eventually they decided to record it, at Olympic Studios, they did so with a live feel, setting up the microphones in the stairwell outside which gave the echo [for handclapping and stamping]. Most DJs wouldn't play it because they thought it was too rowdy, but a few did, including John Peel; it peaked at #16, and earned them an appearance on Top Of The Pops. Little Richard was given the writer's credit, then they were sued by the real writer, Bobby Marchan, who had also performed the original. Their record company, Polydor, sorted out this mess.
  • When the sheet music was published by Burlington Music at 20p, it was credited correctly to Marchan, copyright 1965 by Tree Publishing of Nashville. The full title was given as "GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT (GET DOWN WITH IT)". >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2


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