KC & The Sunshine Band Biography
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I am the publicist to Rick Finch's (co-founder of KC & The Sunshine Band) -the following is a more accurate and detailed accounting of the origins and history of the band (edits to the existing bio currently displayed on this web site......).
It is important to note (though not accurately portrayed on the KCSB web site): "KC & The Sunshine Band" is the name of a "GROUP" and ALL accountings should reflect the collaborative nature of that group's founding, and of the music 'co-written' by Harry Wayne Casey and my client, Rick Finch - it is factually inaccurate to portray that this was a solo effort on the part of Harry Wayne Casey and that HWC was the sole force and creator of "KC & The Sunshine Band" and its music.
We are actively working to ensure that these corrections are made and that my client's name is no longer removed or diminshed from his own historical and legendary history.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration in making these changes.
With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, "KC & The Sunshine Band" is renowned as one of the seminal forces in pop music. With a history spanning over 35 years, the group became famous for an original funk style that continues to delight old fans and attract new ones even now into the 21st Century.
Hits like GET DOWN TONIGHT, THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) and SHAKE YOUR BOOTY established KC & The Sunshine Band as movers and shakers in the music industry . Along with the Beatles and the Jackson Five, "KCSB" is the only other artist to have four number one singles in the span of one year: BOOGIE SHOES, GET DOWN TONIGHT, THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT), and ROCK YOUR BABY.
Harry Wayne Casey started his journey in the music business in his late teens, working in the warehouse and as a relief receptionist at the TK Records/Tone Distributors complex in his hometown of Miami, Florida. Teenage prodigy Rick Finch (three years Casey's junior) was cutting high school classes and working in the small, upstairs recording studio of TK Records as a recording engineer, song arranger and session bassist. After an introduction by Clarence Reid in 1973, a friendship was born and together they formed "KC &The Sunshine Band" (using their two nicknames as the foundation for the band's name: H.W. Casey's easy-to-remember "KC" - and the ever-smiling Rick "Sunshine" Finch, a nickname given to him by the TK staff). Within a short time of their meeting, together they began penning songs for other TK artists, including Betty Wright ("Clean Up Woman") and George McCrae ("Rock Your Baby"). With KC as the frontman on keyboards, Finch on bass and drums and joined by TK session musicians Jerome Smith and Robert Johnson, KCSB's first single, BLOW YOUR WHISTLE, made the R&B Top 15. The band's second album, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND (released in 1975) went triple platinum and contained the Number One hits GET DOWN TONIGHT and THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT). KCSB's third album, PART 3 (released in 1976) also went triple platinum and spawned the Number One singles I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN, SHAKE YOUR BOOTY and KEEP IT COMIN' LOVE.
In 1976, KC and Finch won songwriting Grammys for "Best R&B Song" for WHERE IS THE LOVE (recorded by Betty Wright). They also received Grammy Awards for "Album of the Year" as well as "Producers of the Year" in 1978 for their work on the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. In 1975, KC & The Sunshine Band won the American Music Award for "Best R&B Artist."
In 1978, KCSB added yet another hit to their budding legacy with BOOGIE SHOES, which was included on the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. The following year, KCSB had their final Number One hit as as group with PLEASE DON'T GO.
KC, as a solo artist, hit the Top Five with YES, I'M READY, a duet with high school friend Teri DeSario. In 1983, KC returned to the charts with GIVE IT UP (produced by former bandmate and songwriting partner, Rick Finch); a Number One hit in the U.K. and a Top Twenty smash in the United States.
In 2001, Harry Wayne Casey was singled out and honored with the Florida NARAS Governors Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy.
KC & The Sunshine Band's music is part of Americana and the fabric of popular music's foundation, with their catchy songs played at everything from National sporting events, to local college and high school venues, to wedding receptions, to being emulated by budding musicians on YouTube.
KC & The Sunshine Band has appeared on numerous television shows, including "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America," "American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Party," VH1's "Behind the Music," and "Ally McBeal." KCSB has made more appearances on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" than any other artist in the program's history.
Music acts including White Zombie, Baha Men, and Beyonce have covered the band's music. Additionally, KCSB's grooves and bass lines have been sampled in 'everything R&B' by artists including R. Kelly, to Rap by Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy, to Dance by Ultra Nate and many many more.
For decades, KC and The Sunshine Band has toured regularly in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. In 1995, the second incarnation of KCSB recorded GET DOWN LIVE, a concert album that was gleaned from their performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Peru and Melbourne, Australia. THE BEST OF KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND went gold in 1999. KC & The Sunshine Band celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1999 with a commemorative double CD release titled THE 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, and in the Fall of 2001, KCSB released an album of all-new material entitled I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU. Proceeds from the title song, released as a single, were donated to the 9/11 relief effort.
On August 2nd, 2002, KC & The Sunshine Band received a star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." Dick Clark and music producer Michael Lloyd turned out to honor the band on this day. In May 2002, KC and the Sunshine Band appeared on ABC's "American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary" television special and was also featured in "ABC Disco Ball" in December 2002.
A medley of three KCSB songs, with new lyrics by Rick Finch, co-produced by Finch and Quincy Jones and performed by recording superstar Beyonce were the highlight of the "Austin Powers in Goldmember" film. A feature article on KCSB appeared in TV Guide in January 2002, and KCSB played a special free concert at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in February.
"THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT - THE HARRY WAYNE CASEY STORY", a semi-autobiographical book chronicling KC's life and career was published in the Fall of 2002. KC had a cameo in the feature film "The Inlaws" starring Michael Douglas. In May 2009, KC and dancers from the latest incarnation of KCSB were featured on "Disco Night" of American Idol.
Rick Finch continues to be an innovative force in the music world as a producer/arranger, producing up and coming Indie artists and their music out of his studio in Ohio, landing 2010 FIRST ROUND GRAMMY NOMINATIONS in two categories for his work on the album "OF THE WORLD" for the band Nevada.
Whether you hear KC & The Sunshine Band music on the radio, at a nightclub, at the movies, in a sports arena, or at one of the 200-plus concerts KCSB plays every year - one thing is certain: KC & The Sunshine Band is EVERYWHERE and a 'Boogielicious' good time is most certainly guaranteed!!!
Thanks to Loni Reeder, Publicist to Rick Finch for submitting the biography.
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Enjoyed the show | Reviewer: Brenda | 1/10/13
I saw K.C.in Cheokee N.C. In December 2012. He signed autographs until the last fan in line was gone. Security had closed the area. I walked up to the desk, called his name and asked for an autograph. He graciously autographed and posed for a photo. He could not have been more kind nd professional.
Who cares about the hater's of Harry the man ! | Reviewer: Rhonda.!!! | 12/19/12
All the people's bull shit about Harry is not true so they need to get there story right. He is the one who made K.C. and the sunshine band and was the braine's of the group. I seen him at F.W. Casino in New Buffolo Michigan and he was still awesome as ever !!!
Just awesome | Reviewer: Kim | 11/29/12
Who cares about how KC is as a person? He rocks the music world and and we love his music. When you go to a concert, that's what your're looking for right? You're not planning on taking the lead singer home to raise your kids right? KC, you rock! Love you, your stage performance and you music.
KC is a great singer | Reviewer: alice riggs | 10/28/12
I don't know how these people can put KC down he is very talented and a great performer and he don't look self centered to me, for one he is always smiling and stuck up people don't know how to smile only when they are looking at them self in the mirror.... I think the whole band is great and I think they should be still making music....... From your biggest fan....
Former band members | Reviewer: Rick | 10/13/12
Since you all are so knowledgable about KC & the Sunshine band, I was wondering if there was ever a bass player by the name of Richard Cook.
Thanks for the great articles on this site with so much KC & the Sunshine Band info. Great job guys! Thanks again, rick t
Interesting | Reviewer: vchap | 6/26/12
As a fan of the musical group, KC and the Sunshine band, I found this article interesting. I read the article a couple of times just to get some insight of where it was coming from and read the comments as well. I found no derogatory comments against Casey as an artist, but rather praise of the group's accomplishments. I do not see any desire for Fitch to gain complete credit for everything but just share the credit for equal contributions. However I was a big fan as a teen when they were at the height of their popularity and have had friends witness Casey's rudeness towards his fans at concerts. We made excuses for that. As an adult working in the entertainment field, I have met people who have been around him and they all found him to be moody and unapproachable. But there were a few who liked him.. go figure! I do not know the whole story because there are many behind the scene things we the public do not see. I do know the group KC and the Sunshine Band had some really amazing artists, they are the ones who made the sound, the style, the music, (Casey and Fitch wrote),come alive. As a band, pretty amazing.
Are you seriously kidding me | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/24/12
I created this brand , the band and I named the band before Rick Finch before anyone and I am so tired of your constant twisted desire to change the real fact and events as they happened
The Real Story | Reviewer: Sherry | 4/14/12
I'm really tired of the revisionist history that is being portrayed by Rick Finch's publicist. I worked for T.K. Records before KC & The Sunshine Band came into existence. I can definitively state that Harry Casey was the sole writer of all the songs that were attributed to Casey/Finch as the writers. Casey, against my advice, literally GAVE Finch credit, although he was only an engineer in the studio, because that's the kind of person he is. The concept for the band, the material, etc., were 100% the result of Casey's creative genius.
Co Founders of KC and the Sunshine Band | Reviewer: michael simmons | 2/10/12
I grew up with Rick Finch but lost contact around 1968-69. The next time I saw him was one afternoon when I saw him on the Dinah Shore show. Thats the day I discovered Rick had made it big. Both Rick and Harry did and interview with Dinah after the band performed and as they were talking I heard both Rick and Harry saying how the two of them together created that band and not just Harry. I was very proud of Rick then and I still am. Harry Casey? How dare you continue to lie to the world..you DID NOT SOLEY create KCSB. You are an arrogant ass and literally stold all of Ricks rights to HIS music by tricking him into signing that paper. Yes everybody Harry Wayne Casey Stole everything from Rick Finch and has continued the lie to this day. God will rightfully judge you one day..I wouldnt want to be you.EVER! KC and the Sunshine Band is like an institution. They were great and they wouldn't have been if Rick Finch had Not been there from the very beginning.
Bring on the movie!!!!!!! | Reviewer: john | 2/10/12
I would pay big money to see this bio turned into a feature film. I believe this could be bigger than RAY. Mark Walberg should play the part of Harry Wayne Casey. This would be great.
Knew them well in Miami | Reviewer: Van man | 8/10/11
I met the horn section before Rick and Kc. Benard,Tim,Jerome were some very down to earth people.Kc and his people paid them almost zip.I went to shows on North Miami Beach at the Castways club. They were great in the day. Kc was always a pain in the ass to deal with.
The last show i went to was at Disney World in Orlando,Fla. The police with sting played backup for the KC band. Very good show !
It is true that Kc is a gay man. Never saw him with a female.From the start he was into himself and piss on the rest. Came back to bite him in the end.Rick just got 7 years in jail in Ohio.
They had it all and blew it.
WINSTAR CASINO OKLAHOMA | Reviewer: BRUCE GRIFFIN | 4/8/10
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND,KC IS THE BEST.
IF YOU NEVER WENT TO A SHOW, THIS ONE HAS MORE ENERGY AND GREAT BEATS. KC AND THE GIRLS WERE AWSOME. KC HAS A SMILE THAT NEVER GOES AWAY WHEN HE SINGS. THE GIRLS GET DOWN,AND THEY CAN SHAKE AND BAKE. THIS WAS THE BEST CASINO SHOW,I HAVE GONE TO YET AND IM A COUNTRY PUMPKIN. KC IF YOU COULD SING COUNTRY YOU WILL HIT A TOP SONG ON THE CHARTS LIKE HOOTY FROM HOOTY AND THE BLOW FISH, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND STAY COOL.
KC is an insult to his own music | Reviewer: George Everett | 2/6/10
I've met KC and Finch. Anyone who gets that chance, don't waste your time with KC cause he sure wont give YOU the time of day. KC is only into KC oh and into his jewelry. He reminds me of a white Mr. T. HA! Finch on the other hand couldnt be nicer. I met him at a MOPAR event in Columbus last summer. We probably spent 10 minutes or more talking about cars and music. He was totally into it and not looking at a watch or at his friends for a quick getaway. He really didn't have to spend that much time cause I get he's a busy guy but I saw that he spent a lot of time with everyone who approached him. I've met alot of famous people but none nicer than Rick Finch. I got an even deeper respect for Finch after reading an interview with him on a website called songfacts. Doubt I'll ever go to another KCSB concert. KC sure screwed over Rick Finch big time but every dog has his day. And the Donna Kennendy post well I had to laugh when I read it cause she sure sounds like a paid employee or a lovesick groupie. hope she knows shes wasting her time if she thinks she can get him in bed cause he only likes men.
we love kc | Reviewer: ronica | 8/28/09
me and my friend angie has loved kc since we were 16 we just went to his show for the first time at bb kings in nyc...we had a great time and would like to see him again....wish he gave out autographs but he didnt ....still love him
KC & The Sunshine Band | Reviewer: Donna Kennedy | 5/20/09
I saw KC & The Band at the Hard Rock on May 1st. I thought the show was one of the best that I have even seen them put on. I have been reading the comments posted. I realize everyone is entitled to their opinion, but as far as KC stealing royalties..Rick Finch's name is on all the music published that I have seen. So unless he has sold his rights, he still should be getting royalties. And as far as paying to be a part of his fan club (or any fan club)it takes money to operate a business. Everyone should realize, THIS IS A BUSINESS! KC has always been very nice to me and the group that see him after the shows. I have seen him for the past 9 years off and on and haven't experienced anything but a great time from KC & his band members.....
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