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"Let's Groove" is a song by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire from their eleventh studio album Raise! (1981). Written by Maurice White and Wayne Vaughn, and produced by White, the song was chosen as the lead single from the album.

"Let's Groove"
Earth, Wind & Fire- Let's Groove.jpg
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album Raise!
B-side"Let's Groove" (Instrumental)
Released1981
Genre
Length5:39 (album version)
4:02 (single version)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"And Love Goes On"
(1981)
"Let's Groove"
(1981)
"Wanna Be with You"
(1981)
Audio sample
"Let's Groove"

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, disco music was undergoing a severe backlash. In spite of this, the band decided to revive the disco sound that was later included on their previous works and records. Musically, "Let's Groove" is a post-disco, pop and funk song which includes instrumentation of synthesizers and keyboards along with live electric guitars.

The song was a commercial success, and was the band's highest-charting single in various territories. The song peaked inside the top 20 in countries including the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and other component charts in America.

Contents

OverviewEdit

Let's Groove was produced by Maurice White for Kalimba Productions. With a duration of five minutes and thirty nine seconds the song has a tempo of 126 beats per minute.[2][3]

Critical receptionEdit

Ed Hogan from AllMusic said, "He brought in guitarist Roland Bautista and began co-writing, with Emotions member Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, a song that reflected the then-emerging electronic sound of the '80s. Not to be confused with the same-named hit by Archie Bell & the Drells, "Let's Groove" certainly was a change. Starting off with a robotic-sounding vocoder riff, it served up a more gritty-sounding EWF for the 1980s, laced with Brecker Brothers-supplied horn blasts that rival those of EWF's 1976 gold single 'Getaway'."[4] However, reviewing the parent album, William Ruhlmann said the song was a recycled mid-tempo tune from the mid-'70s, and stated that everything else sounded desultory and uninspired. He, however, highlighted the song as an album standout.[5]

Rolling Stone described Let's Groove as "city music" where "the horn section screams like a car running a red light."[6] The Baltimore Sun noted that the song was "quite possibly the funkiest thing to come out of the early 1980s".[7] NME also placed Let's Groove at number 16 on their Singles of the Year list of 1981.[8]

"Let's Groove" was Grammy nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.[9]

Commercial performanceEdit

The song peaked at number three in the US and in the UK.[10] It also spent eight weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in late 1981 and early 1982 and was the second R&B song of 1982 on the year-end charts.[11]

The single sold over a million copies in the US and has been certified gold by the RIAA as until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold. "Let's Groove" was also certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry.[12][13]

Music videoEdit

The music video of "Let's Groove" was the first video ever to be played on Video Soul on BET.[14][15] The video, rich with vintage electronic effects, was created by Ron Hays using the Scanimate analog computer system at Image West, Ltd.[16]

The whole style of the music video later went on to influence Bruno Mars' "Treasure".[17]

AccoladesEdit

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1981 NME UK[8] Singles of the Year 16

Charts and certificationsEdit

CDB versionEdit

"Let's Groove"
 
Single by CDB
from the album Glide with Me
Released1995
FormatCD single
Length4:17
LabelSony Music
Songwriter(s)
CDB singles chronology
"Hey Girl (This Is Our Time)"
(1994)
"Let's Groove"
(1995)
"Don't Stop"
(1996)

The song was covered in 1995 by the Australian R&B/pop boy band CDB. In Australia, the song reached number two and was certified platinum for shipment of over 70,000 units.[45] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 "Let's Groove" won the Highest Selling Single category.[46]

Track listingEdit

CD single (662147 2)[47]
  1. "Let's Groove" – 4:17
  2. "You Will Be Mine" – 4:07
  3. "Let's Groove" (Summer Groove) – 5:05
  4. "Let's Groove" (Instrumental) – 4:19

ChartsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[45] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[48] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[49] 8
Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[50] 80
New Zealand (RIANZ)[51] 14

Asia's Got Talent judges versionEdit

"Let's Groove"
 
Single by Asia's Got Talent judges
Released14 May 2015
FormatDigital download
Length3:32
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David Foster

"Let's Groove" was covered by the Asia's Got Talent judges—David Foster, Anggun, Melanie C and Vanness Wu—and released as a promotional single on 14 May 2015 by Universal.[52] It was released as a charity single for the May 2015 Nepal earthquake and all money raised was donated to the victims.[53] The version was produced by David Foster.[54]

PromotionEdit

On May 14, 2015, the four artists performed the song in the final of first season of Asia's Got Talent.[55] On June 4, the Asia's Got Talent released the behind the scenes video of the recording.[56]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[52]
  1. "Let's Groove" – 3:32

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
Hong Kong[52] 14 May 2015 Digital download Universal
Indonesia[57]
Malaysia[58]
Singapore[59]
Vietnam[60]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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