On the 40th anniversary of The Kings’ hit This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is honouring the mash-up song during a virtual induction airing on Breakfast Television Canada on Nov. 2. On hand will be songwriting partners and members of The Kings, David Diamond and Mister Zero. The presentation will also include a live-streamed performance by The Kings on stage inside the El Mocambo in Toronto.
“We’re thrilled to recognize the writing duo of Diamond and Zero, whose song will now join a rich legacy of fellow Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees who have also created hybrid hits including The Guess Who’s No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, and Galt MacDermot’s Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by The Fifth Dimension,” said Vanessa Thomas, CSHF Executive Director. The 1980 release of This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide became The Kings’ breakout rock hit that stayed on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 23 weeks, and today has more than 2 million+ streams on Spotify while the video has 4 million+ views on YouTube. The track was produced by Bob Ezrin at Toronto’s Nimbus 9 recording studio.