TV Schedules & Grids
Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Do you love the nightlife? Then get ready to shake your “groove thing” all over again with host K.C. of the iconic group K.C. and the Sunshine Band as the MY MUSIC series presents a reunion of 1970s dance-floor classics in GET DOWN TONIGHT: THE DISCO EXPLOSION, part of special programming airing Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. on WVPT.
You’ll remember just how deep your love for ageless party music really is — the still-thriving disco beat brought back by the original artists who created hits that sound as fresh today as they did three decades ago.
K.C. and the Sunshine Band offer a pair of their number-one smashes from 1975 — the night club anthems “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Get Down Tonight.” The group Heatwave reunites to sing their era-defining classic “Boogie Nights,” and the dynamic duo of Peaches and Herb again encourages the audience to “Shake Your Groove Thing” with their 1978 gold record.
Disco divas are well-represented by Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin of Chic with their 1978 mega-hit “Le Freak”; from the same year, A Taste of Honey invites listeners to “Boogie Oogie Oogie” the night away. From the film of the same name, “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” is rendered by acclaimed singer-actress Irene Cara.
More million-selling songs are remembered with Leo Sayer and his 1976 chart-topper “You Make Me Feel Like Dancin’,” the Hues Corporation’s rhythmic “Rock the Boat” and Frankie Valli’s show-stopping “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”
The vital contribution of the 1977 motion picture Saturday Night Fever to the popularity of disco music is honored with a selection of hit songs from the movie sung by the original artists — including “Disco Inferno” by the Trammps, “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman and “More Than a Woman” by Tavares. GET DOWN TONIGHT also features a tribute to the Bee Gees (“Stayin’ Alive”/“How Deep Is Your Love”).
GET DOWN TONIGHT: THE DISCO EXPLOSION remembers joyful songs that continue to entertain listeners of all ages. The program is part of TJL Productions’ goal to preserve vital American music legacies in the MY MUSIC series, exclusively on PBS.
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