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"Do Ya Wanna Funk" is a dance song recorded by American recording artist Sylvester. The song was released in 1982 and it was produced by Patrick Cowley, who incidentally died the same year. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" was mostly successful in Europe, especially in Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway (where it became a top-10 hit) and in the United Kingdom where it made the top 40.[1][2] It also made the Top 30 in Australia. The song was inspired by Jeanie Tracy's single "I'm Your Jeanie",[3] who was a background vocalist for Sylvester.[4]

"Do Ya Wanna Funk"
Single by Sylvester
from the album All I Need
Length3:29 (Radio version)
LabelMegatone (US)
London (UK)
Songwriter(s)Patrick Cowley, Sylvester James
Producer(s)Patrick Cowley
Sylvester singles chronology
"Magic Number"
"Do Ya Wanna Funk"
"Don't Stop"

Track listingEdit

  1. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" - 6:47
  2. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" (instrumental) - 6:47
  3. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" (radio version) - 3:29
  1. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" - 6:47
  2. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" (instrumental) - 6:47
  3. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" (radio version) - 3:29
  • 12" Lebanon:[5]
  1. "Do Ya Wanna Funk" - 5:30 remixed By Dj petro 1994

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1982/1983) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 24
Swiss Music Charts 12
Dutch Top 40 17
Norwegian Top 40 8
UK Singles Chart 32
French Singles Chart[6] 40
Chart (1982) Peak
US Dance Music/Club Play Singles (Billboard) 21

Appearances in filmEdit

The song is heard throughout the entire scene where Billy Ray Valentine hosts a party in Trading Places, a comedy movie starring Eddie Murphy as Billy Ray Valentine and Dan Aykroyd as Louis Winthorp III.[8] The song also appears in the 1989 AIDS drama Longtime Companion. Also featured in the Oscar winning documentary "The times of Harvey Milk"


  1. ^ a b "Sylvester at SwissCharts". Swiss Charts. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  2. ^ a b "Search for "Do You Wanna Funk" on". Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  3. ^ Jeanie Tracy Interview. Disco Disco. Retrieved on April 3, 2019
  4. ^ Jeanie Tracy Biography. Bredband. Retrieved on April 3, 2019
  5. ^ a b c "Do Ya Wanna Funk - (Single)". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par S". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  7. ^ "Billboard (r) Dance/Disco Top 80 (tm)". Billboard. 94: 5. Aug 21, 1982.
  8. ^ "Trading Places - The Soundtrack)". imdb. Retrieved 2011-08-21.