The song is credited for beginning the disco era and even changed the direction of McCoy’s musical career. Stepping away from R&B, he completely embraced the dance genre for his next album which was titled, “Disco Baby.”
“The Hustle” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts and earned McCoy a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The song also expanded the popularity of the dance craze as variations of the hustle began to crop up in the United States and around the world.
Watch the music video for “The Hustle” here