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“Downtown”

Petula Clark | 1965

Few celebrations of the city's allure and bright lights were as upbeat or successful as Petula Clark's "Downtown," a 1965 chart-topper that broke her in the US after years of stardom in the UK and France. Her producer Tony Hatch had written the song in hope that an American black singer or group would record it. "While I'd been in the States, I'd been greatly inspired by the atmosphere in New York and the life there," he remembered in 'This Is My Song': A Biography of Petula Clark. "I had picked up the word 'Downtown' [in the US]."

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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