Guide to Disco

Green silhouette of a man and a woman on the disco ball

If there’s one outstanding trend that came out from the 1970s, it’s definitely disco. The term “disco” goes beyond the style of music that dominated all the dance floors during the decade. As the genre exploded to mainstream popularity, it launched an extravagant fashion trend and a momentary escapist fare from either … Read more

The History of Funk

Image of James Brown performing in February 1973

Funk is a music genre that is well-known for its groove and stimulating vibe – which is common in dance music. Originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s, this music genre is usually accompanied by a drummer and an electric bassist. One way to determine funk music is you would have that … Read more

History of Disco

Disco is one of those complicated terms that means different things to different people. Most of us probably associate disco with the movie Saturday Night Fever and a phase of popular music and fashion that was isolated in the 1970s, but this perception does not fully define disco itself. In fact, disco music … Read more

Introduction to GQ

GQ

Introduction GQ was an American disco and R&B group who scored a handful of hits on the disco and R&B charts throughout the 70s music era, and they continued their hitmaking prowess in the 1980s. These hits include “I Do Love You,” “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” and “Sad Girl,” all disco and oldies … Read more

Con Funk Shun

Con Funk Shun

Introduction Con Funk Shun is a funk and R&B band formed during the late 1960s. From a backup band, Con Funk Shun eventually came out on their own with their string of R&B chart hits during the 70s music era. Among their biggest hits are “Ffun,” which is now an obscure oldies … Read more

One-hit Wonder: Lipps Inc.

Lipps Inc.

  Introduction Lipps Inc. is a short-lived R&B and disco group who scored a hit single and now-oldies music classic tune “Funkytown” during the disco’s waning years in the 80s music era. Although the Minnesota-based band is labeled as a one-hit wonder, they also went on to score more hits mostly on … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Carl Douglas

Carl Douglas

Introduction Carl Douglas is an R&B and pop singer-songwriter, recording artist and “one hit wonder” from Jamaica known for his novelty hit “Kung Fu Fighting.” It became a big transatlantic hit during disco’s peak in the 70s music era. We explore a little bit more on Carl Douglas here in this article! … Read more

One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and Martha Wash. Initially known as Two Tons o’Fun, the Weather Girls scored a big hit and now- camp oldies classic hit (as well as party anthem and “gay anthem”) “It’s Raining Men” … Read more

Artist Biography: C.J. and Company

C.J and Company

Introduction American disco group C.J. and Company achieved recognition for their disco hit “Devil’s Gun”  which peaked at #36 on the pop chart in during the 70s music era. Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1977, the act was produced by the “funk brothers” Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore. After gaining a brief … Read more

Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Brick

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group known for their hit “Dazz” during the mid-70s music era. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, the group created the term “dazz” for the members were came from two different bands with … Read more

Introduction to Ann-Margret

Ann Margret

Introduction to Ann Margret Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April 28, 1941 in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden.  In 1946 her family moved to Wilmette, IL near Chicago.  She began dancing and singing at an early age appearing on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.  While attending Northwestern University she joined a musical group called … Read more

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Introduction Studio 54 fixtures during the 70s music era, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band was a disco musical ensemble formed in The Bronx, New York, whose influences they culled from the big band and swing groups of the olden days. They consisted of Cory Daye (lead singer), Stony Browder, Mickey Sevilla, Andy … Read more

B.T. Express, Funk and Soul Group in the 1970s

B.T. Express

  Introduction B.T. Express was one of the funk/disco/soul acts who enjoyed a string of hits during the 70s music era. The Brooklyn, New York-based group, formed in the early 70s music era scored four Top 40 hits the Billboard Hot 100 during their heyday: “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” “Express,” “Give … Read more

Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes

Disco Tex and the Sex O Lettes

Introduction to Disco-Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes were founded by the flamboyant musician and performer Sir Monti Rock III (born Joseph Montanez Jr. in 1949), and entertainment maven Bob Crewe. They were a disco group who scored a couple of big hits: “Get Dancin’”  and “I Wanna Dance with … Read more

Carl Carlton and His Hit “Everlasting Love”

Carl Carlton

Introduction: Carl Carlton is an American artist who sings R&B, soul and funk. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953, he started his career during the 1960s when he was still a kid. In 1968, he signed a contract with Back Beat Records, after which he moved to Texas. His single for Back … Read more

The Short Music Career of Bell and James

Bell and James

Introduction to Bell & James Bell and James were an American duo hailing form Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.  LeRoy Bell and Casey James had worked together previously as songwriters and also as both members of Special Blend before they got together as a duo.  They were signed to A&M Records to record a full … Read more

Love Unlimited Orchestra and Their Hit “Love’s Theme”

Love Unlimited Orchestra

Introduction to Love Unliimted Orchestra Singer Barry White and the all-girl trio Love Unlimited’s own backing band, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, also made a name for themselves particularly in the early 70s by recording and releasing their own singles.  The 40-piece orchestra (all string-laden) are probably best known by their number one … Read more

Manu Dibango and His Worldwide Hit “Soul Makossa”

Manu Dibango

  Introduction to Manu Dibango Manu Dibango is a jazz saxophonist and vibraphonist hailing from Africa’s French Cameroon.  An only offspring of members from Cameroon’s Duala and Yabassi ethnic groups, Dibango learned and enjoyed music as a child while he was attending a Protestant church.  He became a member of an influential … Read more

Love and Kisses and Their Momentary Disco Success

Love and Kisses

Introduction to Love & Kisses Love and Kisses is the name of the disco group founded by French singer Alec Constandinos in 1977.  The group paraded a variety of male and female singers, and their self-titled debut album contained only a couple of songs which are considered the “double A side:”  “I … Read more

One Hit Wonders of the 1980s

one hit wonders of the 1980s

  The term “one-hit wonder” refers to an artist who enjoys a hit on the national US chart — most specifically the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40. Other factors such as hits on Billboard’s genre-specific charts, success in other regions or countries, or membership in more prominent acts won’t affect an artist’s … Read more

The Story and Music of Jimmy “Bo” Horne

Jimmy "Bo" Horne

Introduction to Jimmy “Bo” Horne Jimmy “Bo” Horne (born in 1949 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American singer and songwriter, whose works have been sampled by many contemporary artists. He later moved to Miami where he produced most of his work. Horne enjoyed many hits in much of the 70s … Read more

Introduction to Gonzalez

Gonzalez

Career summary Gonzalez was a British band, specializing on R&B and funk. Personnel change occurred too frequently and amounted to over 30 musicians that came and left. The original lineup consisted of Godfrey McLean and Bobby Tench, to be rounded out by Delisle Harper and Lennox Langton. Tench left later on to … Read more

Introduction to Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman

Introduction Yvonne Elliman (born Yvonne Marianne Elliman in 1951) is an American singer who rose to fame through her song “If I Can’t Have You”, at the height of the disco craze. She also played in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar as one of the members of the original cast. While … Read more

Biography of France Joli

France Joli

Short career summary Montreal, Quebec native France Joli is a singer best remembered for the disco favorite “Come to Me.” Exposed to music when she was a kid, she eventually had her first hit (which is “Come to Me”) when she was only 15 years old. She later would score other hits … Read more

Evelyn “Champagne” King – “Shame”

Evelyn "Champagne" King

Introduction to Evelyn “Champagne” King Evelyn “Champagne” King is an American disco/dance and R&B singer. Discovered while working as an office cleaner (together with her mother) at Philadelphia International Records, producer Theodore Life helped her to sign a contract with his company Galaxy Productions and then to RCA Records. Her 1977 debut, … Read more

Who are the Three Degrees?

Three Degrees

Formation and early days The all-girl vocal group trio The Three Degrees was the brainchild of producer and songwriter Richard Barrett, who used to be one of the vocalists of his own group The Valentines. Barrett also had previously discovered and managed other acts such as the Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, … Read more

Introduction to Cheryl Lynn

Cheryl Lynn

Who is Cheryl Lynn? Cheryl Lynn is an American singer who is popularly known for her 1978 disco hit “Got To Be Real.” A product of the talent-cum-comedy program The Goon Show, Lynda Cheryl Smith was offered a recording deal right after her appearance on that NBC-run show. She was signed to … Read more