On this day in music history: September 16, 1983 - “Let The Music Play” by Shannon is released. Written by Chris Barbosa and Ed Chisolm, is it the debut single and biggest for the R&B vocalist from Washington DC. Raised in Brooklyn, NY since childhood, by early 1983, twenty five year old Brenda Shannon Greene is a recent graduate of the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and is doing post graduate studies at York University. While still in college, Greene will sing with the New York Jazz Ensemble. It is while she is with the group that Shannon will meet producer Quentin Hicks. Impressed with her voice, Hicks will set up an audition for Shannon with Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa, staff songwriters and producers at independent dance label Emergency Records. Liking what they hear, the producers will play her a demo of a song written by Barbosa and Ed Chisolm originally called “Fire And Ice”, which she will agree to record. Liggett and Barbosa will take her into the studio the same day to record her vocals on the track. The lyrics are re-written and the song is re-titled “Let The Music Play”. Recorded at Greene Street Studios in New York City in July of 1983, musician Rob Kilgore (Man Parrish, Xēna (aka Lisa Fischer)) will play all of the instruments on the track including synthesizers and programming the Roland TR-808 drum machine. The 808 will be MIDI’ed(Musical Instrument Digital Interface) with a Roland TB-303, a rudimentary thirteen key bass synthesizer that will give the song its distinctive and immediately identifiable sound. Emergency will release “Let The Music Play” as a 12” single in mid-September of 1983. The record will create an immediate sensation on the street and on dance floors in New York, and in other major cities around the world. “Let The Music Play” will be picked up for wider distribution by Atlantic and re-released on their Mirage Records imprint. That same Fall, Shannon will go back in the studio with Liggett and Barbosa to record a full length album to capitalize on the success of the single. “Let The Music Play” will mark a major sea change in the evolution of dance and club oriented music. The record’s acceptance by US Top 40 pop radio, will be the first time that dance music receives widespread exposure, since being virtually blackballed from mainstream radio after the end of the Disco Era. “Music” will go on to sell more than eight million copies worldwide, also introducing the genre of “Freestyle” into the vernacular of club culture, with its distinctive syncopated Latin and Hip Hop influenced rhythms, dominating dance music for the rest of the 1980’s. “Let The Music Play” will spend six weeks at number one on the Billboard Club Play chart on October 29, 1983, peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart, #8 on the Hot 100 in February of 1984, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.