Move On Up

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"Move On Up"
Single by Curtis Mayfield
from the album Curtis
B-side
  • Brother of Mine
  • Give It Up
ReleasedJune 1971
Format7" Maxi single
Recorded1970
GenreFunk, soul
Length8:49
LabelCurtom
Songwriter(s)Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s)Curtis Mayfield

"Move On Up" is a song by Curtis Mayfield from his 1970 debut album Curtis. Nearly nine minutes long on the album version, it was released as a single in the United States (Curtom 1974), but failed to chart. An edited version of the song spent 10 weeks in the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart in 1971, peaking at #12, and it has become a soul music classic over the years.[1][2]

In popular culture and covers[edit]

In 1979, disco trio, Destination, recorded a medley, incorporating "Keep on Pushing", a 1964 hit by The Impressions, also written by Mayfield. Along with the tracks, "Up Up Up" and "Destination's Theme", "Move On Up", hit number one on the disco chart for four weeks.[3] It peaked at number sixty-eight on the soul singles chart.[4]

Kentucky-based jam-band My Morning Jacket frequently covers the song in their live shows.[5]

Just Blaze heavily sampled the song for Kanye West's 2006 single "Touch the Sky", using a slowed-down version of the horns.[6][7]

In 2006 the song appeared in the HBO drama The Wire in the episode Margin of Error[8]

English football club Arsenal have also adopted the song as a popular post game anthem at their Emirates Stadium.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warwick, Neil; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 713. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
  2. ^ "Search for UK Singles - 1952-2009". Polyphex.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's, Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004, 2004
  5. ^ Bernstein, Scott. "MY MORNING JACKET : MOVE ON UP AT RED ROCKS WITH JOHN OATES, BEN BRIDWELL AND TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE". GlideMagazine.com. Glide Publishing LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  6. ^ Late Registration (Media notes). Kanye West. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2005.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Cantor, Paul (March 2, 2015). "I'ma Let You Finish, But This is the Greatest Kanye West Song of All Time". Medium. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUOcZx97YyA
  9. ^ "Arsenal issue response". Football London.com.

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