Monday, August 1, 2011

The Sugarhill Gang - "Apache"

Apache (Single / LP Version) - Rapper's Delight: The Best of the Sugarhill Gang

(Debuted February 13, 1982, Peaked #53, 11 Weeks on the Chart)

Today's slice of "old school" is a remake of a 1973 song by The Incredible Bongo Band that contains an instrumental break that has been used for countless hip-hop records over the years. However, that record was itself a remake of a song that had been recorded several times since it was first composed in 1960. Inspired by an instrumental score of the 1954 film Apache, its first hit version was by The Shadows in the U.K.

When the sound that later morphed into rap/hip hop began during the 1970s, DJs would often pull out certain records to provide the beat for their friends to rap over, and instrumentals provided great accompaniment. And "Apache" was very well-received by crowds. It was only a matter of time before the groove was laid down in the new format.

No comments:

Post a Comment