One Hit Wonder: 'Dancing in the Moonlight' by King Harvest


One of the most enduring “feel good” tunes of the 1970s is King Harvest’s “Dancing In The Moonlight.” 

In 1972, the song rose to number thirteen on the charts and has remained a favorite of 1970s pop fans ever since. The breezy, keyboard-centric hit was written by Sherman Kelly, a Cornell University graduate who played in several bands in the US and the Caribbean during the mid to late 1960s. 

Ironically, he wrote the song after a traumatic experience that he suffered during a visit to the island of St. Croix in 1969. Kelly and his girlfriend were brutally attacked by a gang while they were on the beach and ended up in the hospital. They survived the incident, but Kelly had a long recovery period, during which he began working on some new music, including “Dancing In The Moonlight,” a song he felt was representative of the kind of positive vibe and sense of brotherhood he really wanted to see in the world.

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