By Greg Carannante
City & Shore PRIME
If booty-shakin’ were a crime, Harry Wayne “KC” Casey would still be doing time.
Having put Miami on the disco map in the ’70s, KC and the Sunshine Band’s No. 1 dance anthems — Get Down Tonight, That’s the Way (I Like It), Shake Your Booty — have since been de rigueur at such major events as the Super Bowl, the World Cup and every wedding or bar mitzvah you’ve ever attended.
This summer the Grammy-winning musician’s Movin’ Your Body single became his fourth consecutive Top 40 hit on Billboard’s dance charts in the past year, followed up by a remix collection of the record featuring a who’s-who of deejays.
“With all the tension in the world right now, I wanted to write a song to help people escape and leave their worries behind,” says Casey, 66, who this month played London and Manchester.
“It feels great. I just decided to start putting out these dance remixes for the dance market only. We’ll see where it goes. I’ve been in the studio recording an album for the last three and a half years and I have enough material to fill three CDs,” he says, adding that he’s working toward an October release.
At 66, Casey still lives in Miami Lakes. “I was born in South Florida and I’ve never moved farther than 10 miles from the house where I grew up.”
Spotlighting his status as a SoFla icon, KC was this year’s honoree at the recent 20th annual Cuisine for Art fundraiser for Art and Culture Center/Hollywood.
Aside from the weather, what do you enjoy most about living in South Florida?
I love the climate. I love the beaches. It’s a very transient place, so it’s always changing.
Aside from the weather, what do you dislike most about living in South Florida?
I don’t think there’s too much to dislike.
Are you a beach person or a pool person?
More of a beach person.
When in your life are you or have you
been the happiest?
I’m happiest on the stage.
What do you do when you’re stuck
in a traffic jam on I-95?
What music are you listening to now?
Generally Top 40. The hottest flavor
of the moment.
Are you a fan, and if so, of what?
I would say I’m more of a listener. I love music.
Do you do social media?
Facebook: KC and The Sunshine Band.
Who is your real-life hero or heroine?
There’ve been so many. Everyone is my hero and heroine.
If you had to choose: Rocky or
Raging Bull. [Editor’s note: Of our eight Quote Unquote interviews to date, this is the first one that didn’t vote for Rocky.]
What car are you driving now?
What do you like most about yourself?
What places in South Florida do you recommend to guests visiting from
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My patience sometimes.
What do you consider your
All of my music. And the enjoyment I brought to people’s lives.