On this day in music history: October 1, 1977 - “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” by Meco hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #8 on the R&B singles chart on October 22, 1977. Written by John Williams, it is the biggest hit for the classically trained musician from Johnsonburg, PA. Musician and record producer Domenico “Meco” Monardo, impressed with composer/conductor Williams’ score for the blockbuster film “Star Wars”, re-arranges the entire score and condenses it into a fifteen minute long disco suite that is released on the album “Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk” (issued on Casablanca subsidiary Millennium Records). The track features a group of seventy five musicians including a number of first call studio players such as Steve Gadd, Will Lee, Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, Neil Jason, David Spinozza, John Tropea, Alan Rubin, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Suzanne Ciani, and Gene Orloff. The main theme and “Cantina Band” are extracted from the extended track and edited down under three and a half minutes for the 45 release. It is also released as a promotional only 12" single featuring an edit running 7:35. The track is the first project to be mixed at the newly opened Power Station recording studios in New York City, a former Con Edison substation in Hell’s Kitchen converted into a state of the art recording facility. Released in July of 1977, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #71 on August 6, 1977, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. It’s also a big hit internationally, peaking at #7 on the UK singles chart. Out of print for many years following the demise of Casablanca Records, the promo 12" edit of the “Stars Wars Theme/Cantina Band” is reissued on “The Casablanca Records Story” box set in 1994. The album “Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk” is remastered and makes its CD debut in 1999, featuring contents of the original LP along with the promo 12" and 45 edits by Hip-O Records. It is also reissued on vinyl by UMe in 2015. “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.