Get On Up

The Esquires

About Get On Up

"Get on Up" is a song written by Johnny Taylor, Gilbert Moorer, and Bill Sheppard and performed by The Esquires. It reached #3 on the US R&B chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. The song was featured on their 1967 album, Get on Up and Get Away. The song was produced by Bill Sheppard. The single ranked 34th on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1967. The band released an updated version in 1976 entitled "Get on Up '76". It reached No. 62 on the US R&B chart.


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Ooh, ooh ooh, dit-dit-dit-do
Ooh, ooh ooh, dit-dit-dit-do
Get on up (get on up)
Get on up (get on up)
Now get on up (get on up)
Now get on up (get on up)

How can you sit yourself down for a rest
When you know that I'm trying my best
To dance with you, girl (get on up)
To dance with you, girl (get on up)

So get on up (get on up)
On the floor (get on up)
Get on up, now (get on up)
And dance some more (get on up)
Get on up (get on up)
Let's boogaloo (get on up)
Get on up, now (get on up)
Just me and you (get on up)
[repeat chorus]

Da   da  da    da   da da

Hey you (get on up)
Over there (get on up)
Get on up, now (get on up)
Don't go nowhere (get on up)
We gonna dance, dance, dance
We gonna dance, dance, dance
The boogaloo (get on up)
Too (get on up)

We're gonna do the Monkey (the Philly Dog too)
We're gonna do the Jerk (just me and you)
We're gonna dance, dance, dance
We're gonna Shing-a-ling
We're gonna do the Thing

So get on up (get on up)
And sock it to me (get on up)
Get on up (get on up)
And rock it to me (get on up)
So get on up (get on up)
And sock it to me (get on up)

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The Esquires

The Esquires were a Canadian band, based in Ottawa, active from 1962 to 1967. The band is notable as the recipient of the first Juno Award in Canada, as well as being one of Canada's earlier pop music recording acts. The first Canadian music video ever made is said to be that of an Esquires song. The band is also notable as having had Bruce Cockburn as a later member, and also for one of its hit records, "It's A Dirty Shame", having been written by William Hawkins. more »

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Written by: Gilbert Moorer, Johnny Taylor, William Sheppard

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11 facts about this song

Release Information
"Get on Up" by The Esquires was released July 1967 by Bunky Records.
Chart Performance
The song became the band's biggest hit, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
The song is classed within the genre of Northern Soul, which was a music movement based in the Northern regions of England.
Song Writers
"Get on Up" was written by Gilbert Moorer, Alvis Moorer, and Sam Pace.
Band Formation
The Esquires, including two pairs of brothers, initially formed as a quintet in 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before becoming a quartet.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by various artists over the years, demonstrating its enduring appeal.
"Get on Up" helped establish The Esquires as one of the most significant soul groups of the 1960s.
Cultural Impact
The song’s prominent position on the charts and its wide radio play helped introduce a larger audience to the soulful harmonies of doo-wop at the height of the '60s soul era.
Band Members
At the time "Get on Up" was recorded, The Esquires consisted of Gilbert Moorer, Alvis Moorer, Sam Pace, and Shawn Taylor.
Although it didn't win any awards, "Get on Up" was highly successful commercially and was instrumental in helping The Esquires secure a contract with Capitol Records in 1968.
"Get on Up" is still frequently played on oldies radio stations to this day and is highly regarded within the soul music community.

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