"King Tim III (Personality Jock)"
is a 1979 (see 1979 in music
) song by the Fatback Band
from the disco
. Released on July 25, 1979, several weeks before "Rapper's Delight
" (which is often cited as the first commercially released hip hop
song), this song is often cited as the beginning of recorded hip hop. The title refers to vocalist Tim Washington
The song was originally the B-Side of the 7-inch single, with the A-Side "You're My Candy Sweet" a mid-tempo disco song. However the song stalled at #67 after 4-weeks on the R&B chart and was replaced the following week with "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" on the chart. It peaked at #26 on the R&B chart and stayed on for 11 weeks.