Disco

Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

Can't Stop the Music was made by Allan Carr, who was also responsible for the mega-musical Grease (1978), as a vehicle for the promotion of the Village People. It's a vibrant and uplifting musical . . . and probably the longest and most expensive television commercial ever made. Idolised and applauded by children and adults of every age,(...)

Car Wash (1976)

A close-knit group of black employees at a Los Angeles car wash have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt one day, including Daddy Rich, a money-hungry evangelist from the "Church of Divine Economics", and a man who is mistaken as a mad bomber - but who is really simply carrying a urine(...)

Chic

Chic formed in New York in 1977, primarily as a working unit for guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. Their 1978 single Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) was a Top 20 UK hit. Chic followed it up with a string of disco hits - Everybody Dance (1979), Le Freak (1979), I Want Your Love (1979) and Good Times (1980) - and a run(...)

Disco

In 1976, there were an estimated 10,000 discos open in the US, as opposed to only 1,500 in 1974. Before Saturday Night Fever (1977), disco was very underground and particularly big in both the black and the gay scenes. Disco began to develop its own music and style, incorporating lots of funk (and a little bit of(...)

Disco Music

The major new movement which began in the USA in 1975 and would spread its influence worldwide, was disco music. Originally regarded by many as a poor substitute for genuine soul music, nothing had been more capable of filling a dance floor. Disco had been building as a commercial force since 1974, when rump-shakers such(...)

Donna Summer

Donna Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on 31 December 1948 in the Dorchester community of Boston. One of seven children raised by devout Christian parents, Donna sang in church and, as a teenager, joined a rock group called The Crow. At 18, she left home and school to take up a supporting role in the Broadway(...)

Heatwave

This British-based multiracial disco band were a breeding ground for future top writing and producing talent. Rod Temperton (who wrote their 1977 hit Boogie Nights) went on to write for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and George Benson. JD Nicholson joined The Commodores and Derek Bramble went on to work with David Bowie. Heatwave's history was blighted(...)

Studio 54

The late 1970s saw a huge Disco boom across the world, fuelled by the success of the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. As the records and the attire of those dancing became more luxurious, so did the venues that housed them. And Studio 54 took downtown uptown. Opened on 26 April 1977, it became the(...)

Trammps, The

Disco's most soulful vocal group began in the 60s as The Volcanoes and were also called The Moods. A snappy revival of Judy Garland's 1940s tune Zing Went the Strings of My Heart was their first chart single, reaching #17 on the R&B list in 1972. Despite their well-deserved reputation and boisterous, jubilant harmonies and sound, The Trammps(...)

Village People

Part clever concept, part exaggerated camp act, the Village People were worldwide sensations during disco's heyday and seemed to keep reviving like the phoenix. French disco producer Jacques Morali assembled the group in April 1977 designed to attract gay audiences while parodying - some would say exploiting - gay stereotypes. He landed the record deal with Casablanca(...)