"For so many years, they tried to put us down and tear us apart in every shape and form," Harry Wayne Casey tells Billboard
It's a true American success story that keeps getting better with time. 2013 marks four decades of music from disco kings KC and the Sunshine Band, and founder Harry Wayne Casey says he is enjoying the beat as much as he ever has. "It feels great," he told Billboard of their 40th anniversary. "I'm healthy and alive, and doing what I love to do."
The fact that the KC catalog continues to sell – and sell well, is a sort of validation, says the Miami native behind hits like "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty."
"For so many years, they tried to put us down and tear us apart in every shape and form," he said. "So, now, I get a little bit of the last laugh that the songs are sung at every major sports event, and used in movies and television. I think it adds legitimacy to the songs, and gives them some true merit to what they were and what they are."