"Victory" - Kool & The Gang
from the album Forever (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12
Today's Song of the Day comes from the Jersey City-formed soul/funk band Kool & The Gang, whose 1984 album Emergency was their first to have four top-40 pop hits, including the #2 "Cherish". For the first time since their sophomore set back in 1972, it took two years to release their next album, Forever. The first single, "Victory", written by lead singer J.T. Taylor and sax player Ronald Bell, had the same frenetic energy as their last lead-off "Misled", only brighter and tighter...
"Victory" became Kool & The Gang's eleventh top-10 pop hit in America in January of 1987. while climbing all the way to #2 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart. The 12" remix version of the song also went to #35 on the Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the single stopped right short of that level at #11 in Germany, while making the top-40 in England, Canada, and New Zealand.
Up tomorrow: A hippie-esque married couple from Wisconsin names themselves from a city in Mali. An optimistic hit results.