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On this day in music history: February 9, 1991 - “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, topping the Club Play chart for 5 weeks on December 1, 1990, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on February 23, 1991. Written Robert Clivilles and Frederick “Freedom” Williams, it is the biggest hit for the New York based dance group. Having previously released singles under the names 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman, and a Dominican and The 28th Street Crew, producer and musicians Robert Clivilles and David Cole produces an album for the female vocal trio Seduction in 1989. During that time, they meet a young studio assistant named Frederick Williams. The duo hear Williams’ voice and asks if he can rap. They like what they hear and have him contribute the rap verses to the Seduction single “You’re My One And Only True Love” and the one off house music single “Get Dumb” (released under the name “The Crew” on A&M’s dance label Vendetta Records). The success of those singles (along with the Seduction album) leads to Clivilles and Cole landing a deal with Columbia Records. Hiring veteran R&B vocalist Martha Wash (Two Tons Of Fun, The Weather Girls), they cut the single “Gonna Make You Sweat”. Originally released as a 12" single in September of 1990, it is an immediate smash in dance clubs, leading to the record crossing over to mainstream pop radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #74 on November 17, 1990, it climbs to the top of the pop chart twelve weeks later. The huge success of the single also drives the album (also titled “Gonna Make You Sweat”) to number two on the Billboard Top 200. However, there is controversy when the plus sized Wash is replaced in the songs music video by Zelma Davis. Martha Wash is forced to sue Clivilles & Cole and Sony Music in order to receive proper credit and royalties for her contribution to the single. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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