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Van Allen Clinton McCoy (January 6, 1940 - July 6, 1979) was a music producer, musician, songwriter, and orchestra conductor most famous for his massive 1975 disco hit “The Hustle”, which is still played on dancefloors today, almost 30 years after his death. He is also notable for producing such 1970s recording artists as Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin, Stacy Lattisaw, and The Softones.

After he droped out of college he formed his own label Rockin’ Records, and released his first single Hey Mr. DJ in 1959. This single gained the attention of Scepter Records owner Florence Greenberg, who hired McCoy as a staff writer and A&R Representative. As a writer there, McCoy penned his first hit Stop the Music for the female vocal group the Shirelles in 1962. However he didn’t really come into his own until signing on with producers Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller as a writer with their Tiger and Daisy labels. McCoy would go on to write a string of hits as the ’60s progressed with them. He also penned the cult classic You’re Gonna Make Me Love You for his then-girlfriend Kendra Spotswood during that period.

In 1966, McCoy recorded a solo LP for Columbia Records entitled Nighttime Is a Lonely Time, and, a year later, started his own short-lived label Vando, as well as his own production company VMP (Van McCoy Productions).

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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    исторически он важен, как ни крути, ибо как раз таки на "the hustle" вышел первый диско-микс, но в общем и целом - стандартное диско.

    24 Mar 4:00pm Reply
  • DrKKE

    You Should Be Dancing

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • prosubmarine

    king of disco!

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DiscoJer

    Love is the answer!

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AngelPop

    Do the Goddamn hustle!!

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rustiq9

    Do the Fuckin' Hustle!!

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • FitoB

    Do the Hustle ♫

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ViniciusFelice

    LOL

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • carollip30

    such a sucker for the 70's!!!

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Sunzy

    Much love to this man. He's created one of the greatest disco songs of all time, if not one of the greatest songs of all time.

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    His only album as a smart crooner has beend re-released... "Night Time Is Lonely Time", a beautiful set from 1966.

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • vedaras

    spin that shit

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • povorno

    Do The Hustle Like Fry From Futurama (S05E02 - Jurassic Bark).. Eeeeee

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Bako750

    Do The Hustle bitches!!!

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Suzysgotmynumbe

    I shall be doing the hustle

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • HerrDick

    Ooooooh Yeahhhhh ! It Reminds me to the golden 70th

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Int3r

    Just do the hustle!

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • dopemoves

    The best is doing the Hustle drunk lol

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • jalenkorr

    y es la cancion que usa Fry en Futurama para recuperar a su perro... ¿a que no os acordabais? In futurama, Fry uses this song in the museum to recover his dog...

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    I have to admit, I'd expect more; "The Hustle" is one of THE significant tracks in the history of Disco music

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
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