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“Saturday in the Park”

Chicago | 1972

New York City's Central Park on a bright summer day can be a magical place. And on "Saturday in the Park," Chicago singer-keyboardist-songwriter Robert Lamm preserved this sentiment in song. "I was rooming with him, and we were in Manhattan on the Fourth of July," saxophonist Walter Parazaider recalled. "Robert came back to the hotel from Central Park very excited after seeing the steel drum players, singers, dancers and jugglers. I said, 'Man, it's time to put music to this!'"

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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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