The nineteenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
JEFF DEXTER – Whether it be introducing The Twist into London nightlife as a dancer, helping break R&B, bluebeat, ska and psychedelic records as a DJ, or contributing to the first Glastonbury Fayre, Jeff Dexter consistently had his finger on the pulse of popular culture. He hosted his ’60s Jeff Dexter Record & Light Show at Tiles on Oxford Street, one of Soho’s defining clubs.
TK RECORDS – With a hugely successful distribution company, Bronx-born Henry Stone formed TK Records in Miami, which would become world-famous for its ‘Sunshine Sound’ best exemplified in KC & The Sunshine Band and one of early-disco’s defining singles ‘Rock Your Baby’ by George McCrae – other notable acts include T-Connection, Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne and Anita Ward.
LE PALACE – Le Palace arrived at the height of the disco era. Dreamed up by impresario, Fabrice Emaer, it became Paris’ most celebrated nightspot, operating an inclusive policy, albeit in an exclusive manner, attracting people from all walks of life, be it rich or poor, gay or straight, black or white – if your face fit you were through the door.
DIRTY TALK – Recorded in Milan and released in 1982, ‘Dirty Talk’ was the first single by Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco, AKA Klein & M.B.O. It took off on the New York underground following DJ support from the likes of Larry Levan, Mark Kamins and David Mancuso, whilst I played a part in its UK trajectory.
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