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Harry Wayne Casey

Harry Wayne Casey
Casey performing in 2006
Background information
Born (1951-01-31) January 31, 1951
Opa-locka, Florida, U.S.
Genres Disco, blue-eyed soul, pop, funk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Rhino, Epic, Meca, TK, Sunshine Sound
Associated acts KC and the Sunshine Band
Website .com.kcsbonlinewww

Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey (born January 31, 1951) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his group, KC and the Sunshine Band, and as a producer of several hits for other artists. His father was of Irish descent and his mother Italian (Calabria).


  • Musical career 1
  • Discography 2
  • Selected compilations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Musical career

Harry Wayne Casey formed his band in 1973. He was introduced to Richard Finch, who was doing engineering work on records for TK. This was the beginning of the Casey-Finch musical collaboration. The initial members were just Casey and Finch. Guitarist Jerome Smith (June 18, 1953 - July 28, 2000) and drummer Robert Johnson, both TK studio musicians were later added.

The first few songs, "Blow Your Whistle" (September 1973) and "Sound Your Funky Horn" (February 1974), were released as singles, and did well enough on the U.S. tour there in 1975.

KC and the Sunshine Band broke big in the United States in 1975 with "Get Down Tonight" and "That's the Way (I Like It)." Other Casey-Finch favorites include "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Keep It Comin' Love" and "Please Don't Go." "Boogie Shoes" appeared on the soundtrack album for Saturday Night Fever. He also joined Teri DeSario on her hit "Yes, I'm Ready" in 1979. Casey also part-wrote "I Ain't Lyin'" (a UK hit for George McCrae in late 1975).

As a result of the soaring popularity of New Wave and Synthpop in the early 1980s, Casey dissolved the Sunshine Band and recorded several pop-oriented solo albums. In January 1982, he survived a serious car accident - the car he was driving was hit head-on. He was left partially paralyzed for six months, and had to re-learn how to walk, dance, and play the piano, but by the end of the year he was back in the recording studio. "Give It Up", was released as a solo hit, shot to Number One in the UK and was a Top 20 hit in the United States (1984). In the mid-1990s, due to the revived interest in the music and fashions of the 1970s, Casey re-formed the Sunshine Band.


Selected compilations


  • Craig MacInnis, That's the Way I Like It (The Harry Wayne Casey Story), Team Power Publishing, 2002, ISBN 2-89568-059-0

External links

  • Official website
  • Band history
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