Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey was born on January 31, 1951 in Opa-Locka, Florida. As a teenager he played keyboard and sang with local bands and worked part time in a local record store. While making deliveries he began doing odd jobs at TK Records in Hialeah, Florida. In time it would introduce him to TK’s house bass player, Richard Finch. Spending their spare time in the studio, in 1974 Casey and Finch would write and produce “Rock Your Baby” for George McCrae. Picked immediately by local Miami radio station, Y-100, it spread across the nation to become a #1 hit.
This success encouraged Casey and Finch to form KC and the Sunshine Band with guitarist Jerome Smith, drummer Robert Johnson, Fermin Goytisolo on congas. Their happy good time danceable music with repetitive, catchy lyrics soon exploded on the radio with “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s The Way I Like It” both leaping to the top of the Hit Parade in 1975. “Shake Your Booty” topped the charts in 1976, with “I’m Your Boogie Man” and “Keep It Comin” Love” doing the same in 1977. In 1979 “Please Don’t Go” earned another gold record and teaming with Teri DeSario, KC added another million seller in 1980 with “Yes, I’m Ready.”
In 2009, KC & the Sunshine Band was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.