” Cha Cha Slide ” is by DJ Casper ( Willie Perry Jr. ), the American songwriter and DJ. Willie Perry Jr. got the name DJ Casper because he always wears white clothing while performing on stage, a nickname referring to Casper the Friendly Ghost, a fictional cartoon character.
Casper the Friendly Ghost was created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo in the latter part of the 1930s as a children’s storybook. Paramount Pictures bought the rights and turned the children’s book into a cartoon in the 1940s.
The song was written by DJ Casper but was credited to Marvel Thompson, a leader of the Black Disciples Gang. According to afro.com, DJ Casper and Jerome Haywood filed a civil suit on the 31st of March 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleging copyright infringement against M.O.B. Music, Marvel Thompson and Kapiece Tyrus, two alleged gang members.
The suit claimed that it was DJ Casper ( Willie Perry Jr. ) who wrote the song. In their book 1000 UK Number One Hits, Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh still maintain writing credit to Marvel Thompson.
Production for the single was credited to Willie Perry & The Platinum Band and Frederick Johnson, a remix is credited to Hardino.
” Cha Cha Slide ” was released on the 2nd of August 1998 by Willie Perry Jr at his own expense and distributed copies with the help of Gardner Douglas, the owner of the Cisco’s Music World record stores in Chicago, Illinois.
Later M.O.B. Music Publishing (Men On Business) produced, edited and engineered a newer version, M.O.B also produced more songs to accompany ” Cha Cha Slide “, enough to make an entire album.
The album was then licensed to Universal Records, who re-released the song on the 19th of September 2000. The single features on the album, Cha-Cha Slide: The Original Slide Album.
Originally ” Cha Cha Slide ” was written by DJ Casper for his nephew, who had a job as a personal trainer Bally Total Fitness, which later closed for business in October 2016. The song grew in popularity as an aerobic exercise and was used in many fitness clubs and for PE in schools.
It was eventually picked up by Elroy Smith at Chicago Urban Contemporary radio station WGCI-FM. In 2001, the song grew in popularity in Canada and the United States where similar radio stations to WGCI-FM played the track continuously.
The song was a commercial success for DJ Casper. In the United States, it peaked at number eighty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent ten weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, ” Cha Cha Slide ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 13th of March 2004 and reached Number One, spending one week at the top. It spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eighteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 83
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 20, France (SNEP) 14, Germany (Official German Charts) 83, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Italy (FIMI) 17, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 12, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 86
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