"Play That Funky Music" (also known as "Play That Funky Music, White Boy") is a funk rock song written by Robert Parissi and recorded by the rock band Wild Cherry. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 18, 1976. It was also the basis of a top five U.S.A. hit for Vanilla Ice in 1990.
The song was inspired by a black audience member who shouted, "Play some funky music, white boy" while they were…
Hey do it now yeah hey
Yeah, there was a funky singer
Playin' in a rock and roll band