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Dr. Beat

"Dr. Beat"
Eyes of Innocence
Released August 9, 1984
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, Vinyl 12" maxi-single
Recorded 1983-1984
Genre Dance-pop, synthpop
Length 4:26
Label Epic
Certification Gold (ARIA)
Silver (BPI)
Miami Sound Machine singles chronology

"Comunicación"
(1984)
"Dr. Beat"
(1984)
"Prisoner of Love"
(1984)

Eyes of Innocence track listing
"Dr. Beat"
(1)
"Prisoner of Love"
(2)
Greatest Hits track listing
"Dr. Beat"
(1)
"Conga"
(2)

"Dr. Beat" is the first international single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine, led by Gloria Estefan, on their first English language, but eighth overall, studio album Eyes of Innocence (1984). The single was released worldwide in 1984 becoming a top success across Europe where the album impacted the charts with this hit.

Song history

"Dr. Beat" was not quite as popular in the US as some of their later singles, only peaking at number 15 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. However, it has become one of the group's biggest international hits, reaching the Top 10 in Spain and peaking at number 6 in the United Kingdom.

The song has maintained popularity through inclusion on a number of 1980s retrospective albums. It also became popular again in 2005 when dance artist Mylo mashed the song up with his hit "Drop The Pressure" to create "Doctor Pressure", which became a hit single in its own right.

The single was certified Silver by the BPI in the United Kingdom for its sales of 200,000 copies and Gold by the ARIA in Australia for its sales of 35,000 units.[1]

Music video

Two videos were shot. At the beginning of the second music video which is more familiar to fans, Gloria Estefan is dancing on the roof of a tall building, in front of many people only to be driven to the hospital, performing a choreography on the way. In the hospital, some investigations and surgery are performed and in the end a boombox is removed from inside of Estefan.[2]

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Dr. Beat".

U.S. Vinyl 12" Maxi-Single (49 05023)

  1. "Dr. Beat" (Long Version)
  2. "Dr. Beat" (Instrumental Version)

Worldwide Vinyl 7" Single (34 04574)

  1. "Dr. Beat" (Album Version)
  2. "When Someone Comes Into Your Life" (Album Version)

Charts performance

"Dr. Beat" became a sensation in the charts across Europe becoming in the band's first song to enter the charts in a career for more than eight years, the song firstly entered the chart in the UK at the Top Ten, and then started to make debut at some another charts at other countries of Europe.

The single released also at the United States, was a complete failure in comparison to the other countries only entering to the Top 20 at the Dance Club Play charts.

Charts

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 3
France (SNEP)[4] 23
Germany (Media Control AG)[5] 7
Irish Singles Chart[6] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 3
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[8] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 15
South African Chart[10] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[12] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[13] 17

Official versions

Original versions

  1. Album Version — 4:26
  2. Long Version — 6:26
  3. Instrumental Version — 5:26
  4. Hustlers Up-Town Full Length Disco Remix — 6:51

References

  1. http://www.myspace.com/gloriaestefanmusic gloriestefanmyspace
  2. http://www.gloriaestefanmexico.com gloriestefanmexico.com
  3. http://www.90millas.com 90millas.com
  4. http://web.archive.org/web/20091027084359/http://www.geocities.com/weslarkins/glorialibre.html gloriaestefandiscographydatabase

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