Throwback: Peter Brown-Dance With Me


Peter Brown’s infectious “Dance With Me” blended funk and disco to create a relentless dancefloor jam. Betty Wright and her friends Patricia Hurley and Wildflower provided backing vocals on the song, the second single from Brown’s A Fantasy Love Affair debut album. “Dance With Me” was a Top Ten hit in the United States, Canada and New Zealand but has a permanent place on dance music playlists. Brown had already experienced success with “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me, ” the first 12″ record to sell a million copies. Brown’s contributions to dance music did not end with disco in the ’70s as he recorded “Zie Zie Won’t Dance” and “Baby Gets High” in the ’80s.  This time period is when he co-wrote Madonna’s “Material Girl” with Robert Rans. In 2018, he released his fifth album Boom launched with the acapella title track. The Illinois native is also credited with pioneering home recording thanks to his ’70s-era bedroom studio. He founded a design company in the ’80s after leaving the music business to preserve his diminished hearing. The company was recognized for the redesign of the Chicago Boards Options Exchange and earned an award for the new look.