Turn the Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson (1976)
This American singer & actress built an impressive resumé on Broadway before topping the US dance chart with this hit from her debut album. She recorded a few more albums later in the 70’s, but wasn’t able to find another hit. During the 80’s, Robinson found work as a back-up singer, session vocalist, and singer of commercial jingles. Her career saw a resurgence when Gloria Estefan scored a hit with a remake of this song in 1994. That momentum resulted in her releasing her only hit in the UK, contributing to movie soundtracks, and joining a successful tour with other disco-era stars. She also returned to the stage, this time off-Broadway, in 1999. Robinson succumbed to cancer in 2000 at age 45.