Feb 8 2023
"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry (f/John Franklin)
In the mid 70s, Wild Cherry thrived in all the funk and disco hot spots, from the Northern West Virginia panhandle to the Ohio Valley region. People were getting down to the sweet sounds of “Play That Funky Music” in Steubenville, Ohio, all the way to the bright lights of the big city…of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The groundswell created by the band’s popularity in these areas took the song all the way to #1 on the Billboard charts, which was unfortunately a peak they’d never come close to again. This week, we’re joined by John Franklin (The Circle Season 4) to discuss the history and legacy of Wild Cherry, a band that’s been the soundtrack to dancin’, singin’, movin’, groovin’, and one-night stands for decades.
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