The twenty third edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
JOHN LUONGO – Bostonian, John Luongo is someone who seemed to have slipped through the cracks of dance history. The legacy of his contemporaries, Tom Moulton, ‘inventor’ of the 12” single, and Walter Gibbons, who, in 1976, mixed the first commercially available 12”, is set in stone. There isn’t any similarly definitive first on which to hang John Luongo’s legacy, his contribution thus far undervalued as a consequence.
FACTORY – Although dance music provided but a part of its output, Factory made a notable mark on UK/US dance culture – the quintessential British independent launched into Manchester’s late-‘70s post-punk climate by Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson and actor Alan Erasmus, joined by DJ Rob Gretton, manager of the band that gave the label its early kudos, Joy Division, and maverick producer Martin Hannett.
ARTHUR -Arthur was a Manhattan celebrity magnet established by Sybil Burton in the mid-late 1960s. With DJ Terry Noel’s pioneering presentation of music set amidst a lavish and extravagant environment, it was the place to see and be seen. The venue was on the original site of El Morocco, which emerged as a speakeasy in the prohibition era and had become highly popular with the rich and famous over the next couple of decades.
LOVE’S THEME – Dubiously, albeit affectionately, known as ‘The Walrus Of Love’, larger-than-life Barry White possessed one of soul’s most distinctive voices, yet he was also behind this luscious instrumental delight that topped the US chart in 1974, helping define disco. White set up the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973, hitting instant jackpot with the elegant ‘Love’s Theme’.
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