David Mancuso, Nightlife Pioneer Dies at 72

The dance hero behind The Loft passes away.


David Mancuso, the pioneering DJ whose invite-only parties in the 1970s became the bedrock of New York’s underground dance culture, has died aged 72.

Mancuso’s private parties at The Loft in Manhattan helped establish a vibrant alternative to New York’s commercial club scene in the early 1970s, famed for their exceptional sound quality rather than DJ showmanship. The Loft was the location for the first underground dance party (called “Love Saves the Day”) on February 14, 1970. Since then, the term “The Loft” has come to represent Mancuso’s own version of a non-commercial party where no alcohol, food, or beverages are sold.

When Mancuso threw his first informal house parties, the gay community, (who comprised much of The Loft’s attendee roster) was often harassed in the gay bars and dance clubs. But at The Loft and many other early, private discotheques, they could dance together without fear of police action thanks to Mancuso’s underground, yet legal, business model.


Gotta Keep Dancing ~

find-a-song-whether-its-disco-or-pop-or-his-hop-or-whatever-just-turn-up-your-stereo-as-high-as-it-goes-and-dance-keep-dancingAccording to research, dancing can make you feel better. I don’t really need any scientific analysis to know that is exactly what it does for me. Dancing is known to release endorphins that reduce pain. Dancing also causes our brains to secrete the “bonding” hormone, oxytocin (also known as the “happy” or “love” neurohormone). High energy dance that includes synchronized movements with others will increase positive.

At Discos, people loved to dance. Rarely does a dance movement fit so precisely within a decade. The beginnings of Disco, started out as an underground movement. Disco is a genre of dance music containing elements of funk, soul, pop, and salsa.  The Disco Scene brought out a sophisticated glamorous appeal in those that participated in this club scene. The original disco subculture was a fusion of the gay urban party scene, partner dancing by the Latinos and African American music. I love dancing for it’s release … so get up and dance!

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A Night To Boogie 

Where do you go when you are 60 and you still want to Boogie on the dance floor? Follow Freaky Frankie DJ Ramos! His parties resonate with those who were clubbing in the 70’s & 80’s 

It’s happening at the Italian Center 227 Mill St Poughkeepsie New York on Friday September 9 … this party starts at 8 pm – 11 pm … non-members are welcome with a $5 cover.

*According to a blog, V is for Vintage, blogger Julie writes, Disco music began in the late 60s/early 70s in NYC …. but the first signs of Disco began in 1942 – La Discotheque, a basement nightclub with only one turntable opens in Paris. The term ‘discotheque’ is used in Europe to describe clubs where there is no live music played.

Whiskey A-Go-Go in Paris 1953 DJ Regine uses two turntables with no breaks between the music. There is a dance-floor, coloured lights and no juke-box.

In New York, By 1970, DJ David Mancuso and his Loft parties begin in New York, becoming a foreunner of many more private clubs to come. His parties are members-only affairs at his home. The rest is Disco History! 

*For another good article on the History of Disco, in Vanity Fair by Lisa Robinson http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2010/02/oral-history-of-disco-201002

*Julie’s Blog, V is for Vintage  http://visforvintage.net/2012/06/07/disco-a-complete-history/

Meet John Sureda


Meet John Sureda, one of our sponsors of “Back To The Boogie Radio Show.” Johnny is a successful hairdresser, who specializes in men’s cuts at Unisex Hair Palace located in the Poughkeepsie Galleria.  He is also a longtime friend and a huge supporter of many of our events and retro dance parties.

To book an appointment with John call 845-298-3283.

Deej Zeno on Back to the Boogie Radio Show


On the second & fourth Tuesday of each month, Co-host Frankie DJ & Carla Lala Ramos have been taking you back every show with songs from 70s Disco  era,  80s Freestyle & creating a story that includes music, discography of the artists, links to songs that you didn’t remember you knew and stories from their heyday of clubbing with the beautiful people of the discos.


Each two hour show consists of three segments:

1. A mix set contributed by Frank or Retro DJS from all over the planet. We have reached out to jocks from Greece, France, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Texas, Miami to New York. Each gives us a perspective of what got their dance floor packed during the “Disco subculture.”

2. Freaky Frankie DJ Themes ~this segment is Frankie’s catalog of songs. Each show he chooses a subject from the titles of songs. Here he will add interesting tidbits about the artist, the song, their record label and “Where Are They Now” with co-host Carla adding colorful stories including 70s disco fashions, club scene and other trivia for an interactive aspect with our listeners.

3. “Disco Wisdom” is a new segment on the show. Freaky Frankie inspires you with words from a lyric of a song. Each of these bits of philosophy are fitting to the challenges in life, some light & entertaining while others are deeply prolific!

“Back To The Boogie” can be heard on the internet on Ground Radio where you will find our schedule of rebroadcasted shows or through Tuneln

Our guest deejay this week is bringing you “Freestyle” from the heart of its birth in NYC. Deej Zeno based out of New York New York. He began his career in the late 70s as well as completing school for audio  engineering. Please see his bio on our Back To The Boogie website



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Rebroadcast on Ground Radio

Stéfan d’Autun

Our rebroadcast, Tuesday 5/31 @4 pm est on Back To The Boogie brings a mix set from French DJ Stéfan on the wheels of steel. Tune in to Ground Radio or Tune In App

DJ Stefan D Autun

His mixes are a collection of songs in honor of disco kingpin responsible for breaking hits by Gino Soccio, Change, Ritchie Family, Voyage, Rod Stewart & many more. Caviano was the number one record executive of the 70’s Disco Hey Days. He would work the deejays in the deejay booth enticing them with records he knew would be be hot on the dancefloor.

To learn more on Ray Caviano check out this article .. by Jered Stuffco

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