The twentieth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
NORMAN JAY – Born into a Notting Hill-based Caribbean family Norman Jay found his passion in the proto-disco sound epitomised by the Philadelphia International label and, with his Good Times Sound System, he was a pivotal figure in London’s ’70s and ’80s Rare Groove scene, pushed forward by his show on pirate radio Kiss FM.
DE-LITE – Brooklyn’s De-Lite Records, formed in the late-’60s by Gene Redd Jr. was defined by two bands, New Jersey’s Kool & The Gang and Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Affair. Acknowledged amongst the great ‘70s funk groups, the former were instrumental in the successes of the label for a decade and a half.
STUDIO 54 – There’s no discotheque more legendary than New York’s Studio 54. It was the world’s most popular celebrity haunt, with countless tales and legends surrounding the venue’s unrestrained hedonism, glamour and excess. Originally constructed in 1927, entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager transformed it into a lavish and short-lived nightclub in 1977.
LOVE HANGOVER – Diana Ross’ ‘Love Hangover’ was one of the 1976’s hottest club tracks – a three-time US chart topper (Pop, R&B, Disco), with a slow and brooding opening section before the track burst into its irresistible dance groove for the rest of the journey, expertly set-off by the singer’s wistful performance.
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