Yeah, they was dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy

from Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music Lyrics on Rap Genius


The song’s title and chorus came from drummer Ron Beitle’s observation during a break between sets at the 2001 Club in Pittsburgh. The group performed mostly hard rock, but disco was popular, and some of the group’s loyal followers were asking for more dance songs. While taking a break between sets, Beitle uttered, “play some funky music, white boy”. Parissi decided they should, and he wrote down the phrase on a bar order pad.


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