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Miami Sound Machine – Dr. Beat (1984)

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“Dr. Beat” is the first international single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine, led by Gloria Estefan, on their first English language, but eighth overall, studio album Eyes of Innocence ...

“Dr. Beat” is the first international single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine, led by Gloria Estefan, on their first English language, but eighth overall, studio album Eyes of Innocence (1984). The song which was written by the band’s lead songwriter and drummer Enrique “Kiki” Garcia and was released worldwide in 1984 becoming a top success across Europe where the album impacted the charts with this hit.

Chart performance
“Dr. Beat” became a sensation in the charts across Europe, becoming the band’s first song to enter the charts in a career for more than eight years, the song firstly entered the chart in the UK at the top 10, helped in large part by an appearance on Top of the Pops by the band, and then started to make debut at some another charts at other countries of Europe. The song was a complete failure in the United States in comparison to the other countries, only entering the Top 20 at the Dance Club Play charts.

Music video
At the beginning of the music video, which was shot on location on the rooftop of the Bacardi Imports building where Enrique Garcia and Emilio Estefan worked for a short time, Gloria Estefan is singing and dancing on the roof of a tall building, in front of frantic crowd. Estefan is calling for Dr. Beat, which is played by songwriter and drummer Enrique Garcia, to help cure her from her desire to dance continuously. Dr. Beat takes her from the scene to the hospital, as Estefan performs a choreography on the way. In the hospityesal, Dr. Beat conducts some investigations and performs surgery on Estefan. In the end a boom box is removed from inside of Estefan.