A remix of the Star Wars Theme and the Cantina Band song is the best selling instrumental single of all time!
The Star Wars Theme song was a disco number recorded by Meco. Meco is best known for the Star Wars Theme song, but he is actually an American record producer and musician. There is a band and production team based around him, too.
The Star Wars Theme single and its album were certified platinum in the U.S. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977 and held the spot for two weeks. To this day it is the biggest selling instrumental single in the history of recorded music. It is also the only one to make certified platinum. Meco watched “Star Wars” on its opening day in May of 1977.
By the second day, he had watched the feature film four times and watched it several more times by the weekend. It was then that he got the idea to make a disco version of the score by John Williams. He contacted Neil Bogart at Casablanca Records about his idea, but it wasn’t until the original score became a huge success that Bogart agreed to help Meco make a disco version.
In three weeks, they got a band together and recorded the disco version of the Star Wars Theme and the entire album it was on, Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk.