Vicki Sue Robinson – Turn The Beat Around (1976)

Turn The Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago including our Sunday Night Fever programming where we feature classic disco, soul and dance from 7 PM – 10 PM. 

There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different?  When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin?  We’re it.

See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more.  For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.

From her 1976 debut album Never Gonna Let You Go, Turn The Beat Around would hit number one on the disco charts for four weeks and go to number 10 on Billboard’s pop charts in 1976. The song earned Robinson a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the ripe age of 22.

In the early 80’s would continue to record signing with various labels including Profile Records.  The Profile Records relationship would give her two modest hits including the Hi-NRG cover versions of To Sir With Love and Everlasting Love.

Some little tidbits about this talented young lady: She sang background on Irene Cara’s hit single “Fame” in 1980, and as the decade progressed she returned to session work, backing Michael Bolton and Cher. She also established herself as a career jingle singer for such products as Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum, Maybelline Cosmetics, Downy fabric softener, Hanes underwear, New York Bell, and Folger’s coffee. From 1987 to 1988, Robinson provided the singing voice for the characters Rapture and Minx in the animated TV series Jem.

Turn The Beat Around was covered by artists including Gloria Estefan and the late Laura Branigan. Robinson passed away of cancer 2000.

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