Track of the Week: Yarbrough and Peoples “Don’t Stop the Music”

Disco didn’t die; it evolved. And in 1981, the single “Don’t Stop the Music” from Yarbrough and Peoples reached no. 1 on the U.S. R&B charts, ushering in a new era of synth urban soul pop, a much needed, albeit commercially viable, funky response to a dying genre thought doomed by rock & roll. Over the years, “Don’t Stop the Music” has become a popular sampled track as well as cover, used by Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, and 2Pac.

Posted here is a live version of the song, performed in 1980, with Cavin Yarbrough rocking a proper Jerry Curl and open chested track jacket behind the keys and Alisa Peoples swaying seductively in front with the all black, sequin get up.


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