Hollywood Swinging

Kool & the Gang

About Hollywood Swinging

"Hollywood Swinging" is a 1974 song by R&B/funk band Kool & the Gang from their album Wild and Peaceful. It was written by Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George M. Brown, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Claydes Charles Smith, Dennis R. Thomas and Rick A. Westfield. "Hollywood Swinging" was the group's first number one R&B single, reaching that position in June 1974. The single was a successful crossover hit, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart as well. In a 2015 interview Nile Rodgers stated that Chic's 1979 song "Good Times" was partly inspired by "Hollywood Swinging". Rodgers also stated he is the cousin of Robert Mickens. 


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Hey hey hey
What ya got to say 
Hey hey hey 
What ya got to say 

Hollywood swinging

Hollywood swinging 

I remember 
Not to long ago 
I went to a theater
And I saw the Kool and The Gang Show
I always wanted
To fit into a band 
To sing my songs
And become a bad piano playing man
So hear I am 
In this Hollywood city
The city of the stars, movies, women and cars
Well I guess I
I guess I


Hollywood swinging 
Hollywood swinging 
Hollywood swinging 
Hollywood swinging

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Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang is an American jazz, R&B, soul, and funk group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey. more »

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Written by: Ronald Bell, Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, George Brown, Robert Bell, Claydes Smith, Richard Westfield

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Release Details
"Hollywood Swinging" is a song by American R&B band, Kool & the Gang, from their fifth studio album, "Wild and Peaceful". This song was released as a single in 1974.
Chart Performance
"Hollywood Swinging" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and number six on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of Kool & the Gang's most successful songs.
Song Theme
The song was written as a celebration and enthusiasm for the band's recent success, along with their love for the Hollywood party scene, hence the title.
Music Video
The music video for "Hollywood Swinging" showcases the band at the height of their popularity, exuding high energy.
The song was written by band members Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell (later Khalis Bayyan), George Brown, and Claydes Charles Smith.
Song Legacy
"Hollywood Swinging" has been covered and sampled by several artists over the years, including Will Smith, P. Diddy, and Jamiroquai.
Grammy Awards
Although "Hollywood Swinging" didn't win a Grammy, it contributed to the Kool & the Gang's overall success and later receipt of multiple Grammy Awards.
Impact on Popular Culture
The song has been featured in movies like "Baby Boy" and "Roll Bounce," and in video games like "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas".
Sound and Instrument Slide
During a solo by "Kool" Bell's bass, the music falls down in pitch, giving an effect of the sound "swinging" from one side to another. It could be interpreted as a metaphor for the Hollywood lifestyle.
Noteworthy Lyric
The song has a memorable opening with the lines, "Hey, hey, hey / What ya got to say." These lines have become iconic in pop culture.

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    Top Hot 100 Songs 1974

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