A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 19, 2023
“If we become less white who’s gonna play that funky music?”

“Play that funky music, white boy” is a line in the song “Play That Funky Music” (1976) by Wild Cherry. The line had been suggested to the band while playing to a predominantly black audience at the 2001 Club on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
     
“If we become less white who’s gonna play that funky music?” is a joke that was posted on Facebook by Steve Carroll on February 28, 2021.
   
         
Wikipedia: Play That Funky Music
“Play That Funky Music” is a song written by Rob Parissi and recorded by the band Wild Cherry. The single was the first released by the Cleveland-based Sweet City record label in April 1976 and distributed by Epic Records.
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Composition
Wild Cherry was a hard rock cover band, but with the advent and popularity of the disco era, it began to be difficult to get bookings because audiences wanted to dance. Parissi told the band that if they wanted to get bookings, they were going to have to start to include dance tunes in their sets, but the band resisted becoming a disco band. While playing at the 2001 Club on the North Side of Pittsburgh to a predominantly black audience, a patron said to band member Beitle during a break, “Are you going to play some funky music, white boys?” Parissi grabbed a pen and order pad and wrote the song in about five minutes.
 
YouTube
Wild Cherry - Play that funky music
thewhorocks524
Jun 21, 2008
Wild Cherry performs their hit song “Play that funky music” on the Midnight Special 1976
         
Facebook
Steve Carroll
February 28, 2021 at 2:02 PM ·
If we become less white who’s gonna play
that funky music?
 
Twitter
Duane S.
@Hogshower21
If we become less white, who’s going to play that funky music?
10:09 PM · Mar 4, 2021 from West Virginia, USA
   
Twitter
Kerry 🇺🇸
@K1erry
If we become less white, who is going to play that funky
music?
10:27 PM · Mar 4, 2021
   
Twitter
America First - tyrannide resistere
@Therealbp65
If I become “less white,” who’s gonna play that funky music?  😉
11:10 PM · Mar 4, 2021
   
Twitter
Capt. RayRay
@Iowa_1776
If we become less white…..who will play that Funky Music? 🤔😂🤷
10:02 AM · Mar 5, 2021
   
iFunny
whittlestwit
7 mar 2021
If we become less white whos gonna play that funky music?
 
Twitter
AMERICAN BADASS 🇺🇲
@SWFLPatriot
If we become less white who’s gonna play that funky music?
🎶🎵🎶 🤔
4:05 PM · Mar 9, 2021
     
Twitter
BARROWFLUFFY
@barrowfluffy
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC , WHITE BOY . LOL.
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If we become
less white
who’s gonna
play that funky
music?
6:46 PM · Nov 22, 2022
 
Twitter
I’m_your_Huckleberry ♥️♥️♥️
@1angryhillbilly
Question…. If we all become less white ... Who’s gonna play that funky music?
🎵 🎶 🎵 Music 🎶
8:48 PM · Mar 5, 2023
 
Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
If we become less white who’s gonna play that funky music?
5:45 PM · Mar 18, 2023

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