The lyrics just simply urge you to dance and do The Hustle. The song (although it’s more of an instrumental) was composed by the prolific Van MCoy, a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and orchestra conductor with more than 700 song copyrights. He and his music partner Charles Kipps saw people at the New York City nightclub Adam’s Apple do a dance called The Hustle. It was released on his 1975 album Disco Baby and as a single.
The song charted well internationally. In 1976, it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles, in Canada and Spain. It was in the Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.K. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
On the track were McCoy (piano), Gordon Edwards (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Richard Tee (keyboard), Eric Gale (guitar), John Tropea (guitar), and Phil Bodner (piccolo).
McCoy was born Van Allen Clinton McCoy in Washington, D.C., in 1940. He wrote songs for Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin, David Ruffin, Peaches & Herb and many other artists. He died of a heart attack at the age of 39.