Introduction to Foxy

Foxy

Career summary Foxy was a dance/disco/Latin music group consisting of singer/guitarist/front man Ish Ledesma, Richie Puente (percussions; he was the son of Tito Puente), Charlie Murciano (keyboards), Arnold Paseiro (bass), and Joe Galdo (drums). The band formed in Miami, Florida in 1976. They scored their biggest hit “Get Off” in 1978. Other … Read more

First Choice – “Armed and Extremely Dangerous” & “Doctor Love”

First Choice

Short introduction First Choice were an American all-female vocal trio in 1971. They were a group with a lot of genre ranges to offer, including soul (especially Philly soul), R&B, pop, and disco. Speaking of disco, First Choice scored a lot of dance/disco hits such as “Armed and Extremely Dangerous,” “Smarty Pants,” … Read more

Teri DeSario – A One-Hit Wonder

Teri DeSario

Introduction to Teri DeSario Teri DeSario is an American singer-songwriter whose single “Yes I’m Ready” almost topped the Billboard pop charts in 1979 — and only known hit. Early on, she explored many genres. She and her musician-composer husband Bill Purse formed together a band called Abacus. Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb’s discovery … Read more

Introduction to the Whispers

the Whispers

Starting on R&B and soul R&B/soul/dance vocal group The Whispers formed in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The founding members included: twin brothers Wallace (aka “Scotty”) and Walter Scott, Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson, and Nicolas Caldwell. In the year that they were established, The Whispers signed up on … Read more

Instant Funk – “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)”

Instant Funk

Short introduction Instant Funk were a funk and disco group, formed in the 1970s. Intially they performed as back-up artists for several music stars. Finally, in the mid-1970s Instant Funk released their debut album Get Down With Philly Jump in teh mid-1970s. They released their first single called “It Ain’t Reggae But … Read more

Gloria Gaynor – The Queen of Disco

Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor is an American and former disco singer, best known for the massively famous disco hit “I Will Survive.” After releasing moderately-known singles, in 1978 Gaynor recorded and released “I Will Survive” originally as a B-side to the single “Substitute.” But “I Will Survive” was seen as having more hit potential, … Read more

History of The Jackson Five

The Jackson Five

Introduction to one of the greatest pop/R&B groups The Jackson Five (The Jackson 5, or the Jacksons) are an American pop/soul/blues group whose greater prominence spanned from the 60s up to the 80s. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, they are comprised of siblings: Jackie, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, and Michael; in 1976 another brother … Read more

Polly Brown – “Up in a Puff of Smoke”

Polly Brown

Introduction to Polly Brown Polly Brown (sometimes spelled Browne) is a British singer known for her 1975 US Top 20 single “Up In A Puff Of Smoke.” The Birmingham, England born Brown once fronted the UK pop group Pickettywitch who scored a hit single “That Same Old Feeling” in 1970. She was … Read more

5000 Volts – “I’m on Fire”

5000 Volts

Introduction to the 5000 Volts 5000 Volts were a British R&B/dance group formed in London in 1974. Their single “I’m On Fire” (which was originally a B-side recording) finally became the group’s first (and international) hit in 1975, becoming a smash not only in the UK but some parts of Europe as … Read more

The History of the Chambers Brothers

Chambers Brothers

Career in a summary The Chambers Brothers are a racially-integrated American band founded during their formative years in the early 1950s up to the mid-1960s. They are now famous for their 1968 single “Time Has Come Today”. The nucleus of the band were comprised of four brothers – Lester Chambers, Joe Chambers, … Read more

The Music of Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Introduction Known for their global hit “You Sexy Thing,” British pop band Hot Chocolate started out in 1969, formed by Errol Brown, in Brixton, southwest London. Formed in 1969, their first record was their reggae cover of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” In 1970, songwriter/producer Mickie Most started to build them … Read more

Patrick Hernandez – “Born to Be Alive”

Patrick Hernandez

Introduction to Patrick Hernandez Patrick Hernandez is a French singer known for his international disco hit “Born To Be Alive” in 1979. Hernandez’s interest in music led him to perform in groups who performed in local events in southern France. Along with his collaborator Herve Tholace, Hernandez would provide backups with French … Read more

The Hues Corporation – “Rock the Boat”

The Hues Corporation

Introduction to the Hues Corporation The Hues Corporation were an American soul/pop/disco act known for their #1 1974 hit “Rock The Boat,” which were one of the earliest disco hits. They started out in their career as three singers and three side musicians. 1972 was an eventful year for the band when … Read more

Facts of Life – “Sometimes”

Facts of Life

Brief career summary Facts of Life was an American soul and disco group, assembled in the 1970s by singer Millie Jackson. Signed to Kayvette label, their first single was “Caught In Middle” which became a regional hit in the South but didn’t chart nationally. However, their second single “Sometimes” (their cover of … Read more

Introduction to the 1970s balladeers Enchantment

Enchantment

Who is Enchantment? Enchantment are an R&B and soul vocal band, formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1967 Under the label, in 1976 Enchantment released their self-titled first album which yielded two Top 10 R&B singles “Gloria” and “Sunshine.” Their second album Once Upon a Dream spawned their first #1 R&B smash “It’s … Read more

Introduction to Rose Royce

Rose Royce

Formation as Total Concept Unlimited Formed in Los Angeles, California, the band that would be Rose Royce started as an eight-piece collective sometime in 1973. The group comprised of drummer Henry Garner, conga player Terral “Terry” Santiel, bassist Lequient “Duke” Jobe, trumpeter/lead vocalist Kenny Copeland, saxophonist Kenny Copeland, guitarist and another lead … Read more

Introduction to Average White Band

Average White Band

The band’s career in summary Average White Band (AWB) is a Scottish funk, disco, soul and R&B band that had their biggest success from 1974-1980. The 1974 band consisted of Malcolm “Molly” Duncan (tenor saxophone), Roger Ball (keyboards, saxophone), Onnie McIntyre (vocals, rhythm guitar), Alan Gorrie (guitar, bass guitar and vocals), Hamish … Read more

Eruption – “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Eruption

Short career summary Eruption is an R&B/disco band formed in the London, UK in 1974. After a few minor successes, Eruption finally hit it big with “I Can’t Stand The Rain” which was a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit during the 70s music scene. Their second hit single was … Read more

Biography of Johnnie Taylor

Johnnie Taylor

Taylor’s early career and association with Sam Cooke Johnnie Taylor might well be known especially for oldies music fans as a musical chameleon. He could sing doo-wop, gospel, soul, blues, disco, pop and R&B and his versatility had brought him a long, successful career that lasted over 40 years. Johnnie Taylor was … Read more

Introduction to Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Introduction Peter Brown is an American disco/dance singer, born in Blue Island, Illinois in 1953. He was not to be confused with the jazz musician and the British singer of the same name. As a young boy he had learned to appreciate music and the technical aspects of recording from his artistic … Read more

KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band

The band’s career in a summary KC and the Sunshine Band is an American funk/R&B/disco group known for their hits such as “Please Don’t Go,” “Give It Up,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and “That’s The Way (I Like It).” Hailing from Miami, … Read more

Andy Gibb – A Teen Idol Lost

Andy Gibb

Short career summary on Andy Gibb Andy Gibb was a British/Australian singer-­songwriter, the youngest of the Gibb brothers also known as the Bee Gees. Born in Manchester, England in 1958, Andy had also gone to Australia to hone his talents at the suggestion of his older brother Barry. It proved to be … Read more

Earth, Wind and Fire – One of the biggest acts of the 1970s

Earth, Wind and Fire

Introduction to Earth, Wind and Fire Grammy Award-winning Earth, Wind and Fire are one of the most popular, commercially successful and influential bands in the 20thcentury, having produced hits singles, best-selling albums and an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They reached the peak of their career during the … Read more

The Bee Gees and Their Music

The Bee Gees, from top to bottom, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb

One of the most famous groups of all time, the Bee Gees are a British-Australian group who catapulted into worldwide fame during the 1970s disco era. The Bee Gee’s sound can also be easily identified by their tight, famous three-vocal harmonies, with Barry’s falsetto becoming the band’s trademark. It is that kind … Read more