From the self-titled album Wild Cherry, the hit single Play That Funky Music was written by Rob Parissi with a tempo of 109 bpm. It was released on April 1976, and reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 September 1976, number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart also in 1976, and in 2018, it was listed at number 93 on Billboard magazine’s “All-Time Top 100 Songs”.
30 August 1954, Ronald Beitle, the drummer of Wild Cherry was born. After the band’s breakup, Ron still performed with several rock bands. On 11 December 2017, he died at the age of 63 from the complications of bladder cancer.

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