Disco Nirvana Tuesday!

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Disco Music is the Root Music of the 70’s Sub Culture Nightlife Scene …

*Disco music is all about the dance … the high energy, the beat came initially from a funk, soul, r&b background. The dance club scene was regularly responsible for breaking major hits. Ed Ward, in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll (2nd edition), notes that, in this setting, who was playing the records was often more important than what the records were. Deejays helped determine the way records were made. Album-sized singles were introduced to fill deejay needs; these “disco singles” became so popular that a large number of them were released commercially. Radio stations didn’t just add disco cuts to their playlists, they often went all disco. Record companies competed to hire disco insiders and artists.

Enjoy this mix set by Freaky Frankie DJ Ramos.

*excerpts from Robert Birkline, MUS264 … for the complete article http://www.shsu.edu/~lis_fwh/book/hybrid_children_of_rock/Disco2.htm

Disco History 101 ~ Gotta Keep Dancing

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     We Keep The Party Going on Back To The Boogie!

It’s a breath of fresh air to help create great radio shows for Back To The Boogie! We will continue to be on the air the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm!

Besides hearing the music we couldn’t sit down to, on each show I will give out “Disco Tidbits,” disco history, quotes from the artists, fashion trends, night club scene, upcoming events. A quick bit on the history of disco …. from 1900’s to 1933 nightclubs where people danced were underground with prohibition. People danced to a piano or a jukebox. In the late 30’s Swing came into play which brought out more of the couple dancing. 1942La 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.Later in Paris (1947) Paul Pacine opens the Whiskey A-Go-Go club – one of the first ever nightclubs.

It was in the late sixties, early seventies when the art of mixing came into play. Funk, Latin and soul music heavily influenced disco, and it was built from the ground up to be dance music. By 1970, DJ David Mancuso, (he recently died in 2016) and his Loft parties begin in New York, becoming a forerunner of many more private clubs to come. His parties are members-only affairs at his home.

But disco wasn’t limited to the dance floor. The 70s disco era crossed over into other parts of American culture, from roller rinks to the silver screen. In the late 70’s when a radio jock was fired because Disco was going to be the music of that station, DJ Steve Dahl began a “hate” movement where “Disco Sucks” was the rockers anthem.  But in reality Disco never died. It is the root music of all of today’s dance music.

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/