BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: August 26, 1978 - “Get Off” by Foxy hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on November 11, 1978. Written by Ish Ledesma and Carl Driggs, it is the biggest hit for the Miami, FL based Cuban American R&B band led by singer, songwriter, and musician Ish Ledesma (born Ismael Angel Ledesma). Originally formed in 1976, Foxy will become the house band for TK Records when the label’s top act KC & The Sunshine Band become too popular and busy to remain at home in Florida. The song “Get Off” will be created out of an onstage improvisation while the band are playing at a club in Ocean City, MD. The song’s trademark disco call annoys the club manager so much that he threatens to the throw the band and their equipment out into the street. Not wanting to back down from such a threat, Ledesma and Driggs will go back to the motel where they’re staying, and finish writing “Get Off”. They play it at the club the next night and true to his word, the club manager fires the band and has them physically tossed out. They will return to Miami the next day, and upon their return play the song for their label boss Henry Stone at TK Records. Stone loves the song and tells them to cut it immediately. Sung by Ish and Carl, the track is recorded at Studio Center Studios in Miami, FL with producer Cory Wade (Peter Brown). The single also features the female vocal group Wildflower on background vocals. Within just a few weeks of its release, the funky and risque single will become a smash in the clubs, quickly crossing over to the R&B and pop charts. “Get Off” will sell over a million copies in the US, and is recognized today as one of the definitive records of the Disco Era.