2 Funky Nassau Billboard Hot 100 1971 (Part) 2



The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play and sales; the tracking-week for sales begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, while the radio play tracking-week runs from Wednesday to Tuesday. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Thursday. Each chart is dated with the “week-ending” date of the Saturday two weeks after. Example:
Monday, January 1 — sales tracking-week begins
Wednesday, January 3 — airplay tracking-week begins
Sunday, January 7 — sales tracking-week ends
Tuesday, January 9 — airplay tracking-week ends
Thursday, January 11 — new chart released, with issue date of Saturday, January 20.
The first number one song of the Hot 100 was “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson on August 4, 1958
FUNKY NASSAU debuted on the Billboard 100 chart #94, Peaked #15, and stayed on for 14 Weeks The Beginning of the End released an album entitled Funky Nassau in 1971 on Alston Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records), and the track “Funky Nassau – Part I” became a hit single in the U.S., peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #7 on the Billboard Black Singles chart. The same track reached #31 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1974.
The Beginning of the End was a group from The Bahamas that consisted of three brothers, Raphael, Leroy & Frank Munnings and a fourth member on bass Fred Henfield. Their only hit “Funky Nassau” on Billboard’s Hot 100 was a lyrical ode to their home city. From its Junkanoo beat to its island brass parts mixed with American funk, its description of “mini-skirts, maxi-skirts and Afro hairdos,”the song extolled the virtues of the group’s Bahamian base.
A surprise hit, it reached the top 15 on both the pop and R&B charts. It was a success for Henry Stone during his days at Atlantic Records, and the money he earned helped him start up TK Records in Miami which introduced KC & The Sunshine Band shortly thereafter.
Funky Nassau 40th. Anniversary Celebrated in Nassau Bahamas October 2011 at a concert for the victims of hurricane Irene hosted by GEMS FM. Raphael Munnings Lead Singer of the musical group” Beginning of the End” introduces Raphael Munnings II first time on stage together a Historic Event. Much thanks to group Visage for their help and support. A U-Star Video Production. Videographer: Wendy Munnings Editor: Raphael Munnings Contact us (email) funkynassau87@hotmail.com

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