FRANCIS GRASSO – New York innovator and pioneer of mixing who revolutionized the role of the DJ. He’s acknowledged as the inventor of slip-cueing in a club environment (this was a technique previously utilized on radio) and later beat-matching – running 2 records together.
SUE RECORDS – A black-owned Rhythm & Blues label, launched in 1957 in New York by South Carolina born Henry ‘Juggy’ Murray Jr.. From a British perspective, the label generates huge kudos, due to its connection with the Mod movement.
TROCADERO TRANSFER – Whilst New York was undeniably the epicenter of club culture throughout the disco era, the West Coast played a strong supporting role via its artists, labels and venues, not least San Francisco’s Trocadero Transfer, located in the city’s SoMa neighborhood.
GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS – Having previously been part of Motown’s legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team, Lamont Dozier would record a solo classic, ‘Going Back To My Roots’, in 1977 – inspired by Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel ‘Roots’.
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