“Dancing In The Moonlight” – Toploader
Recognize this song? I bet you do, and if you don’t I pity you.
“Dancing In The Moonlight” was originally sung by King Harvest in 1973, and hit #13 on the Billboard charts. The song was written in 1968 by Sherman Kelly, whose brother, Wells Kelly – King Harvest’s drummer in the early 1970s – introduced the song to the band. It was originally recorded in 1969 by the American band, Boffalongo, which included Sherman Kelly (who sang lead on this original recording of his own composition) and future King Harvest frontman, Doc Robinson. Wells Kelly later became the original drummer for Orleans. Meanwhile, King Harvest recorded and released “Dancing in the Moonlight” as a single, with “Lady, Come On Home” on the B-side, while the band was based in Paris.
However, I personally prefer this more modern remake of the song by Toploader. This English band has over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album, Onka’s Big Moka, sold over one million units and remained in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for over six months. Their cover of “Dancing in the Moonlight” became a global hit for the band.
More interesting: The song was played as a wake up call for Daniel M. Tani, an astronaut on board the STS-120: Discovery mission headed for the International Space Station, on the early morning of Thursday October 24th, 2007. In my opinion once a song has made it to space, it’s made it period. Enjoy!