On this day in music history: July 30, 1977 - “Slide” by Slave hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #32 on the Hot 100 on August 20, 1977. Written by Steve Washington, Mark Hicks, Mark Adams, Daniel Webster, Timothy Dozier, Floyd Miller, Thomas Lockett, Orion Wilhoite, and Carter Bradley, it will be the biggest chart single for the Dayton, OH based R&B/Funk band. The last song written for their self-titled debut album, it is born out of a rehearsal jam between Washington and Hicks, with the rest of the band members falling in behind them. They will record the track in a single take the next day. The band’s producer Jeff Dixon will take the completed track to Henry Allen, the head of Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion Records who will immediately sign them to a contract. With most its members just barely out of high school, the young band will enter the studio to record their self-titled debut album. An immediate smash on R&B radio, “Slide” will generate enough attention for it to breach the top 40 on the pop singles chart, and drive sales of their debut album to Gold status in the US.