Gary’s Gang was an American funk/soul/R&B/disco group who just missed having a U.S. Top 40 hit, when their lone Billboard Hot 100 entry, “Keep on Dancin'”, reached #41 in 1978. The song climbed to #8 in the UK Singles Chart, #14 on the Hot Soul Singles chart in 1978 and also made #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, as did two of the group’s other songs: “Do It At the Disco” and “Let’s Lovedance Tonight”. The latter was later used as the sampling background track to Soulsearcher’s 1999 #20 Club Play hit, “Can’t Get Enough”.
The group, based in Queens, New York, consisted of Gary Turnier, Eric Matthew aka Joseph Tucci, Al Lauricella, Rino Minetti, Bill Catalano, Bob Forman and Jay Leon.
In the 1980s Gary’s Gang enjoyed further U.S. and European success with the 1982 single “Knock Me Out” (#45 UK) and the 1983 hit “Makin’ Music”, which reached #8 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Gary’s Gang was the brainchild of Joseph Tucci and Gary Turnier who put the group together when they sold “Keep on Dancin” to Sam Records in Long Island City, states Gary Turnier (Gary’s Gang). The song was written, produced and recorded in Tucci’s Richmond Hill garage. All vocals were sung by Tucci, who also played all the instruments (except for the drums which were played by Gary Turnier). After Gary Turnier shopped the song to all major labels for several weeks, Sam Records picked up the record for release. Sam Weiss sold the record to Columbia Records a few months later.