Everybody knows the catchy, Disco-inspired 76ers anthem — officially dubbed "Here Come the Sixers" — that has made a resurgence in recent years, but do many know the unique story behind it?
Now you can know pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about the song thanks to a deep-dive by the NYTimes in which they chat with a couple of people who created the song as well as Sixers execs who helped bring it back to the masses here in Philadelphia after a number of dormant years.
The Times' piece is worth reading in entirety but here are a few — maybe 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 — things we liked most about it.
It was created by a couple of guys in 1975, one of which used to get paid to dress up in a turkey costume by the Sixers while he was a student at Temple. His name was Randy Childress and he also happened to be in a rock band at the time. That's when then-GM Pat Williams came up with the idea of a theme song to liven things up at games at the Spectrum.
The words to the song? Big ups to Big Bird and Sesame Street who inspired musician Terry Rocap on that part.
One morning, after watching “Sesame Street” with his 7-year-old daughter, Rocap arrived with lyrics:
One, two, three-four-five, Sixers!
Ten, nine, eight, 76ers!
“And we’re going, ‘Oh, that’s great,’” Childress said. “So that’s where the initial burst came from, and then we built the whole song around it.”
It all makes so much sense now. Count von Count had to have had something to do with it.
One other nugget from the story that was fantastic? You've been to a wedding once or twice and thought it was fun, right? Well how about being at T.J. McConnell's wedding this summer when the DJ puts on the Sixers' 10-9-8-76ers jam?
"Everyone went nuts,” McConnell told the Times.
Here's a fun take we had on it back when Stranger Things season 2 first came out: