Billboard #1 Hits: #405: “A Fifth Of Beethoven”- Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band. October 9, 1976. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “A Fifth Of Beethoven”- Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band
- Record Company- Private Stock
- Genre: Disco
- Written by Ludwig van Beethoven and Walter Murphy
- Time: 3:02
- B-side: “California Strut”
- Album- A Fifth Of Beethoven
- Grade: B
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #28 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
It took “A Fifth Of Beethoven” 19 weeks to get to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2 million singles were sold. Walter Murphy was born in Manhattan in 1952- he studied classical and jazz piano and was an arranger for Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show orchestra. This was hit only hit. The song of course was based on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.