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Beethoven's Disco Hit

A wax model of Ludwig van Beethoven is displayed in the Berlin branch of Madame Tussauds. In the 1970s, a piece of music inspired by Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, went on to sell a lot of wax. Steffen Kugler/Getty Images

Nearly 40 years ago, many people in discotheques were discovering, celebrating — and yes, getting their groove on — to the music of Beethoven.

On Oct. 9, 1976, Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "A Fifth Of Beethoven." The music is a disco rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, First Movement.

Here's a performance of the track from the 1970s music TV show, The Midnight Special:

The track also appeared in the hit film, Saturday Night Fever.

A wax model of Ludwig van Beethoven is displayed in the Berlin branch of Madame Tussauds. In the 1970s, a piece of music inspired by Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, went on to sell a lot of wax. Steffen Kugler/Getty Images

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