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Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

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"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) by The Jacksons US vinyl A-side.png
One of A-side labels of the US 7-inch vinyl release
Single by The Jacksons
from the album Destiny
Released 1979
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length
  • 8:00 (album)
  • 3:47 (7")
  • 8:37 (Extended)
  • 2:27 (Immortal version)
Label Epic 8-50656
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) The Jacksons
The Jacksons singles chronology
"Blame It on the Boogie"
(1978)
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
(1979)
"Destiny"
(1979)
Alternative release(s)
Artwork for German and Dutch vinyl releases
Artwork for German and Dutch vinyl releases

"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" is a song recorded by The Jacksons for their 1978 album Destiny, and released as a single in 1979. It peaked at no. 7 in the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1979.[2]

The most successful of the Jacksons' recordings for Epic, "Shake Your Body" (originally demoed as "Shake a Body") was produced by the Jackson brothers, written by Randy and Michael, and featured Michael on lead vocals. The chorus "let's dance/let's shout (shout)/shake your body down to the ground" was inspired by an ad-lib from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up": "Let's dance/let's shout (shout)/gettin' funky's what it's all about" and the rhythmic pattern from Teddy Pendergrass's "Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose" (from his album Life Is a Song Worth Singing, released a couple of months previously).

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Release

Released to radio in a single edit of three minutes and forty-five seconds (and played in its full eight-minute album version by clubs), the single reached no. 3 in Cash Box magazine and peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] It also peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart.[3] The ensuing 12" Disco Single Remix featured a more focused drum and rhythm track, as well as the new synthesizer-voiced three octave climbing glissando that was not heard on the album version. "Shake Your Body" sold over two million copies, attaining double-platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America.

The B-side on the 7" was "That's What You Get (For Being Polite)".

Live performances

The first performance of "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" was on the second leg of The Jacksons' Destiny Tour in 1979. Later, it was performed on the Triumph Tour in 1981. In 1984 it was performed on the Victory Tour. In 1987, it was performed on the first leg of Jackson's Bad Tour. It was also performed during the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary concerts at the Madison Square Garden in New York City in September 2001; it would be the last song performed live by the Jacksons before the death of Michael Jackson in 2009. The song was going to be performed as an instrumental interlude (merged with Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough) during Jackson's 2009-2010 This Is It concert series at London's O2 Arena, which was cancelled due to his sudden death. The song was remixed and released on the deluxe edition of the Michael Jackson's Immortal album.

Personnel

Charts and certifications

Samples

The song was sampled by reggae fusion artist Shaggy for his 2000 single "Dance & Shout".[24] It was also sampled by rapper Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock on their song "Get on the Dance Floor".[25]

References

  1. ^ a b Richards, Matt; Langthorne, Mark (2015). 83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson. Thomas Dunne Books. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-25010-892-0.
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Vol. 91 no. 20. May 19, 1979. p. 100. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Destiny – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Jacksons – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 4750b." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4734a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Shake Your Body". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Jacksons – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – The Jacksons – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  13. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MAY 19, 1979". Archived from the original on February 5, 2011.. Cash Box.
  14. ^ "Record World Singles" (PDF). Record World. June 6, 1979. p. 37. ISSN 0034-1622. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  15. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1979" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "1979 Top 200 Singles". RPM. Vol. 32 no. 13. Library and Archives Canada. December 22, 1979. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1979" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  18. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1979" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1979". The Longbored Surfer. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  20. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1979". Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.. Cash Box.
  21. ^ "Canadian single  certifications – Jacksons – Shake Your Body". Music Canada.
  22. ^ "British single  certifications – Jacksons – Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) in the search field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "American single  certifications – The Jacksons – Shake Your Body". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  24. ^ "Shaggy feat. Pee Wee's Dance & Shout sample of The Jacksons's Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". WhoSampled. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  25. ^ "Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's Get on the Dance Floor sample of The Jacksons's Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". WhoSampled. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
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