SoulfulDetroit.com FORUM: Archive - After July 12, 2003: Disco
Top of pageBottom of page   By fayette ( on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 07:02 pm:

can you name your favorite disco artist and did
motown ever record any disco artist,if so who

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS ( on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 07:30 pm:


Top of pageBottom of page   By Wonder B ( on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 08:42 pm:

Motown did record disco... disco artists?
Thelma Houston had a huge disco success with Don't Leave Me This Way, Bonnie Pointer had this disco version of Heaven Must Have Sent You, and The Boss by Diana Ross was also a disco tune...

Wonder B

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lakeview ( on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 09:01 pm:

I'd say the late, great Sylvester was an earfull and an eyefull. He really rocked it on the disco scene. Secondly, I think First Choice was pretty awesome, too.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Blondie ( on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 09:03 pm:

I loved Disco, ALL OF IT!!!

Disco Roller Skating Blondie

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 08:18 am:

Oy Vey, not disco!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately a lot of our Philly records got pidgeonholed in that dreaded "disco" category as did the Bee Gees stuff.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have witnessed certain producers holding a stopwatch making sure that the tempo was exactly at 120bpm!!! I am getting vertigo just thinking about it and I do not want to play one more ricka chicka wah wah part!!!.
The producers who mattered did not use this method, only the ones who called themselves producers. OUCH!!!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 01:48 pm:

Would you all consider "Love Hangover"--Diana Ross a "disco" song?

Top of pageBottom of page   By ErikT.O. ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 03:42 pm:

Or how about "Let's Go Down To The Disco"? I got this 12" not long ago & it's funky! It's at my gf's at the moment with another great 12", one Dramatics from 77 (ABC) & the other is a '75 Undisputed Truth (You+ Me or something like that?) 12" on Whitfield, after avoiding the 12" scene all this time, I'm finally 'discovering' a few hot ones- are they red hot disco or merely good,decent funk? I'm still trying to decide...

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 04:00 pm:

I remember being a less than enthusiastic fan of Disco. However, retrospectvely, at least it was real music played by real musicians and sung by some pretty talented singers. Looking at today's fare, Disco sounds fairly attractive.

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1on a soapbox for Classic SoulWicked ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 04:50 pm:

Ralph....the stuff (I think) you are referring to is primarily the early "disco" recordings...a lot of R&B with a disco beat (Thanks, Earl Young !!) The latter stuff was almost exclusively electronic...and the only selling point was "beats per minute".It was synthesized, repetitive, without lyrical content or normal song structure...and much of it was akin to noise. I'm not a fan of that genre...but I realize that there were some decent true "disco" artists.....just not a lot of 'em. Eli & the crew as The Salsoul Orchestra, John Davis & The Monster Orchestra and some others were a mule of another hue. What they did was musically *sound*...and they didn't bombard you with repetition, some looped synth noise, and that incessant bell that doubled as a metronome. I guess what chaps my hide the most is the fact that many labels dumped established selling artists (like Columbia purging their roster of Tyrone Davis, The Manhattans, etc. and 99% of their jazz artists) in order to sign the ultimate list of "one hit wonders".

Quick...Gregg Diamond had two LP's out simultaneously on two different labels. Name both groups, the labels, and the 1 hit that featured Luther Vandross !!

Ralph...the music wasn't profane and the disrespect for women wasn't there....but there wasn't much in the way of "memory making" music either.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 04:58 pm:

Hot Butterfly(Chanson Papillon)/with Luther

I do not think that it was "Change"
It was some sort of one shot thing.
I forgot the rest because I am having a senior moment!!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By 4ondaflr ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 05:00 pm:

There was so much stuff going on in the seventies that sometimes it all becomes one big blur, especially the disco stuff!!!!!!!@#$%^&*()

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1Wicked ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 05:45 pm:

Dammit...I forgot to exclude you Eli !! (LOL) If ANYBODY on the forum would remember...it would be you ! Gregg Diamond had the group Bionic Boogie on Polydor and Staircruiser on Marlin. Luther sang "Hot Butterfly (Papillon)" on the Bionic Boogie LP. My point was how irrelevant and easily forgotten MOST of that stuff was.

Top of pageBottom of page   By mhc ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 07:19 pm:

Yeah, what Ralph said....

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie ( on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 07:28 pm:

Ditto. I shudder to remember it, but Disco nearly made me give up on being a Soul fan. That's how much I enjoyed the Disco era!

Top of pageBottom of page   By john c ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 10:24 am:

The Chic rhythm section, especially on Sister Sledge recordings.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 10:29 am:

To Answer Fayette's Question:
Favorite disco artist - Chic, no question!

Motown acts - Bonnie Pointer ("Heaven Must've Sent You"); Thelma Houston ("Don't Leave Me This Way" - borrowed from Teddy Pendergrass & Harold Melvin); Jackson 5 ("Body Language" & "Forever Came Today" from the Moving Violation album).

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Charmedes ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:03 am:

Favorite Disco Artist - Donna Summer (Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte productions)

Favorite tunes include:

Try me, I know we can make it
I feel love
Working the midnight shift
Queen for a day
Sweet Romance
I remember yesterday

also a nod to "Gypsy Lady" by Peaches and Herb

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eddie Welk, Champagne Music Disco Guy ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:26 am:

My cousin Larry had a big hit with "Disco Polka Saturday Night".

Top of pageBottom of page   By motownboy ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:33 am:

One great disco track, although it has a less than great lead vocal is "Spacer" by Shelia B. Devotion from 1979.....Basically, it's a Chic tune - a Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards song and production - with a different lead vocalist....

"Spacer" has been sampled and is the basis for a 2002 dance club hit "Crying At The Discotecque" by the swedish group Alcazar. In fact, Alcazar has sampled other Chic songs on their first CD album "Casino" (2002)and and their new one (2003) "Alcazarized." If you like disco and love Chic, you would get a real kick out of this group's songs.....

Also, I have always liked Grace Jones' "I Need A Man" - the 12" version....

Top of pageBottom of page   By Common ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 11:49 am:

Hello everyone,

There plenty disco artists that I enjoyed listening to coming up in the seventies, like Ecstasy, Passion & Pain ("Touch & Go" hits the spot nicely!), First Choice, KC & The Sunshine Band, Barry White, Teddy "Bear" Pendergrass, Diana Ross' "Love Hangover", Donna Summer "Love To Love You Baby", & Joe Tex "I Ain't Gonna Bump With No Big Fat Woman"(LOL!). There are probably plenty others, but what fun these records were!


Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 12:35 pm:

One of my favorites songs is Donna Summer's "Spring Affair".

Motown had some Disco:

Thelma Houston-Don't leave me this way & I'm here again

The Originals-Down to Love town

Switch-Best Beat in Town


Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 05:56 pm:

The following images are from Graham.

First up a WJLB disco chart. I see my old friend Jeffree on there.

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 06:00 pm:


Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 06:05 pm:

From 1979

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Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 06:11 pm:


Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle ( on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 06:13 pm:

Some great scans coming up from Graham. I can spot sixties heroes on each disco 45.

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat ( on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 04:46 am:

Thanks David
Looking (squinting) at these charts you can see how endemic Disco was.... names like Melvin Davis, Emanuel Laskey, Jerry Butler, Isaac Hayes and The Four Tops.
I reckon that many of Detroit's popular 1960's clubs shut up shop around this time as Disco replaced "live" music. Of course in Detroit's case there were other contributing factors for this decline, but Disco certainly didn't help the cause of bands. A club owner found it much cheaper to simply hire a DJ.

Top of pageBottom of page   By fayette ( on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 05:47 am:

i remember a few disco clubs in atlanta
that when the song stop playing you would
have worn out 3 pairs of shoes. the songs
playing for so long back then(disco era)

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD ( on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 07:15 am:

It's interesting to see Randy Brown's "I Wanna Make Love To You" was number 2 on a Detroit station, a mere 160 or so miles away from Cleveland where it wasn't promoted. I remember playing one of his albums for some friends and being asked "who is that?" I had to take it off and put on a Temptations album.

I became a Randy Brown fan by accident. I bought his first album for next to nothing at The Record Exchange because I saw that Homer Banks wrote and produced it and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed every track. I later found out that I had seen him live years earlier when the Newcomers (Brown was a member)opened for the Barkays at Leo's Casino.

Top of pageBottom of page   By stephanie ( on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 01:20 pm:

My fave disco records
Where do I Go From Here - The Supremes
The Hustle - Van McCoy
Anything by the Bee Gees or the Trammps
I hate I love the Nightlife by Alicia Bridges
Anything by Chic
Donna Summer had the best stuff out of all of them
I like the Walter Murphy a Fifth of Beethoven.
France Joli - Come to Me
Honorable Mention - Dan Hartman ALL OF HIS STUFF
Linda Clifford - Runaway Love

Stephanie PS Disco should come back it made people happy and there was no fighting and drugging except at Studio 54 and I blame the rich stars for that because they were the only ones who could get in at the time. You didnt see a bunch of sex and drugs promoted in most disco songs...

Top of pageBottom of page   By soulboy ( on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 01:30 pm:

In addition to the above:
A taste of honey
Earth wind and fire

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulaholic ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 11:30 am:

Hello All:

I would just like to say a little something about the pros and cons about the subject of Disco.

Was Disco an integral part of Soul Music in the 70's and a major
influence on it today?

Listen to TV commercials, look at ads in magazines, the retro look of
the 70's is back and with it comes the soundtrack of that era.
Yes, "Disco" has raised it's self once more from under the lighted
dance floor to shake it's thang in our collective faces. Why is this
happening, didn't we bury it in a baseball field in Chicago back in
the late 70's. Doesn't the yelling of "Disco Sucks" by hundreds of
thousands of individuals prove it deserves to die? If not that! look
at how it made us dress and act back in the 70's! That alone is
enough to prove it should not be allowed to make a comeback.

The stigma associated with Disco started because of several different
reasons; you had the "Disco Sucks" group white people who still had
not learned to dance so they shuffled along to the "Classic Rock
Dance Music" of the 70's lol. The shunning of the style by musical
purist in the R&B/ Soul section and people who wanted to split away
and delve into funk and deep soul. The true feeling of some
individuals at the time goes even deeper than this where racial and
sexual bigotry is implied. Finally you have the over
commercialization of the "Disco" phenomena by the media and the Disco
movement itself.

So the mindset today is "Disco" is mindless music that has no soul
and is only a fad that is best to be shunned and forgotten. The
reality is quite different though, you had some of the greatest
musical minds of the time laying the groundwork for the development
and marketing of this formidable musical style that to this day still
influences current music.

Let's take a look at who and what was involved in this occurrence and
how it has continued to play a part in the music field today:

Many individual rightly believe that "Disco" was developed from
the "Soul" genre as part of the outgrowth of this musical styles
internal evolution as increasingly more complex vocal and
orchestration became the norm. Other influences on this process where
from the "Funk" side of R&B and the rediscovery of harmonic vocal
groups in the late 60's and early 70's. Add into this mix the
evolving technology in the recording studios of the 70's and you have
the groundwork for creative and innovative individuals to give birth
to a whole new musical style.

With the development of R&B turning into Soul music there where
several musical branches that came from the tree, one of them was
funk. A good example of this process and the further developments in
that procedure came best be shown by the music of James Brown. James
took the complex polyrhythmic beats contained in his mix of gospel
and R&B and fused them into a hybrid that was to become known as
funk. Funk had a major impact on the development of Disco during the
early 70's it was the counter point to soul's orchestrated side. Funk
gave Disco its bottom and drive while Soul gave Disco its smoothness
and harmonies. Examples of definitive Funk tunes that helped usher in
the Disco era are song's by James like "I Got the Feelin'", "Give it
Up, Turnit Loose" and "Ain't it Funky Now" all of these easily fit
into the Funky/Disco category. You can hear in these tunes the bottom
end of where Disco is going to come from. These songs grew and
developed from these earlier times allowed James to created the
origins of Funk. "Get Up I Feel Like A Sex Machine" with there fusion
of R&B with it's earthiness and Jazz providing the improvising and
vamping elements where a song rode from one section to another with
out building to a crescendo or the need of a formal chorus. This
musical structure allowed James to let loose and bring the full force
of his personality into the music vocally, which in turn led to the
later "copycatting" of his informal vocals yet tightly structured
improvised musical arrangements. (Yes, I know this sounds like a
contradiction, but the man was one of the tightest cats to arrange
and play that there ever was; yet the whole thing seemed loose and
freeform when it was performed). Here is where Funk was fully formed
and the beginning of the next generation of sound would begin. This
was the nexus of Disco and where it's funky side came from with the
supporting cast of artist and innovators such as George Clinton, Sly
Stone, War, Bar-Kays, Bootsy Collins, Maceo and the JB's, Fred
Wesley, Marva, Whitney, Lynn Collins and others. The free for all had
begun and they knew it. Music had changed from the R&B structure of
the last couple of decades and was on a run that would continue at a
dizzying pace up to today. As funk and soul evolved there where many
contributors to the process.

The influence of Soul on the development of Disco can be measured in
several places and by many artists. It is not a clearly defined as
the beginning of Funk, where you can point to one song and one
artist. Soul music grew out of R&B that was a driving steady tempo
non-stop mixture of "Jump-Blues" and Gospel that developed in the
late 40's. There was also an influence of Jazz and traditional Folk
mixed in to give it its earthiness. The main focus of the song was on
the chords and the song and the meaning it self, not on improvisation
by the artist. Time marches on and the R&B of the 50's is influenced
by vocalists that have a natural inclination to improvise and the
musical style becomes looser and free in its structure, R&B turns
into Soul. Soul music had four major geographical areas that
influenced the development of the style in the states. NYC,
Philadelphia, Chicago, Memphis and Detroit. With these different inputs into
the mix Soul music came to represent several different R&B based
musical styles, that where different but where all still the same
genre. Here is the point I am trying to help individuals to
understand, this process did not stop in the 60's or early 70's when
Disco came along it continued and still occurs today.

You can go back to as early as 1968 and hear disco if you know where
to look and listen for it. The Dells tune "Hallways of My Mind" is an
out and out "Disco" tune; all the classic components are there.
Four/four time signature, emphasis on the downbeat but still a strong
back beat and the classic Disco arrangement; intro, vocal, chorus,
bridge, vocal, break, bridge, vocal, vamp. It can still hold with the
best of the Disco/Philly dancers that came after it. Now do most
people think of the Dells who have performed for 50 years as a group
as a Disco band? The answer is NO, but they did influence the musical
style known as "Disco".

Soul music brought to Disco vocal interplay, orchestrated
arrangements and slick production, al of which can be heard in the
Dells example. As Soul music splinted into different formats in the
late 60's and early 70's more and more artist incorporated the
formulas being used by producers like Thom Bell, Gamble & Huff,
Harris/Young & Baker, and others. Artist that where recognized as
Soul performers where now singing Disco Stylistics, Blue Magic,
Intruders, O'Jays. These artist from the Philly area where the best
equipped to cross over into the Disco scene, the structure to make
this new form of music was in place; artist with vocal talent, great
writers, producers and musicians a few who could really play the guitar very well,
who where willing and able to do it.
Motown on the other hand that had the machine in place was focused on
the POP sound and it was not until Disco had become main stream that
you see Motown having a significant push into that musical format.
Just look at a list of artist that influenced Disco and it's a who's
who of Classic Soul performers; Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Isaac
Hayes, Rufus, Whispers, Patti Labelle, Isley Brothers, Delfonics,
EWF, Willie Hutch, Bunny Sigler, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, Eddie Kendricks
and many more (Gee that list looks very familiar to me and you). All
of these artists continued to influence and accept the Disco format
as part of a natural progression of soul music during the 70's.

Now add these components together and look at how they laid the
groundwork for the groups that where to follow in their footsteps.
This is not to say that these are the only two influences on Disco
(Soul & Funk), these are just examples. Many musical formats have
been thrown into the mix over time and have had profound impact on
this much-maligned musical format.

Early artist like Jackson Sisters, Act II, Timmy Thomas, Peoples Choice, Younghearts, Ester Phillips, Sister Sledge, Heatwave, Barry White, Love Unlimited, Slave, Boney M, Liquid Pleasure, Hokis Pokis, 4 Below Zero, Ashford & Simpson, Ecstasy
Passion & Pain, Vicky Sue Robinson, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor,
Streetwise, Quadraphonics, Intrepids, Joneses, Dooley Silverspoon, Rhetta
Hughes, Modulations, Futures, the later Miracles, Ladies and their
Gentleman, Liquid Gold and many others that had limited output in song production or chart action but where never the less influential in the development of the style such as;
Sons of Robin Stone, Juggy Murry Jones, Ujimia, Ace Spectrum, Philly Devotions, Brown Sugar, Equals, Jessie Green, Marsha Hunt and others where all soul artist one way or another and had soul musicians that worked with them.

When I hear the name of Bobby Eli (please forgive me Bobby for using you specifically, but you are in the group) I think of a very talented soul musician that was influential in the development and growth of disco style music. I would not classify him as a Disco artist or producer even though he worked in that medium during that time. Disco was just part of the developmental process of soul music as it changed and grew out of Philly and other styles during that period.

Yes Disco was over run when there was the rush to capitalize on it's
money making potential, but how is that different from how hip hop /
rap scene and how it is being capitalized today. Look at the music
scene today we all complain somewhat about how it was not as good as
it was in the past. Yet if you take the time and look and listen you
will find diamonds in the ruff. There are big proponents of
finding the sweet sounds of today, why would we turn our collective
head and not look for the same sweet sounds we claim we love from the

I know this was long, but I had a point that I felt had to me made. The artist and musicians that performed during that period do not deserve to be dismissed or assigned to a footnote in the ever developing ongoing process that is music and how it relates to individuals over time.

It is my opinion and I know that we are all welcome to our own. So if
you do not agree then that is okay with me.

Soul On:


Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 03:06 pm:

fayette its paulie (over here)
eh, on tuesday at 5:47am youse said dat you wore out 3 pairs of shoes wen you went to da disco. you musta been t'inkin of me wen youse did dat.
holy s**t...t'ree pairs of shoes
i only wore out t'ree shoes.....especially da middle one, capice??@#$%^&*()_

Top of pageBottom of page   By motownboy ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 03:09 pm:

It's such a SHAME that today's R&B artists shun doing upbeat dance tracks on their own. Usually a label will have dance DJs do remixes for certain songs knowing they will get an audience buying the CD single or 12" who would normally not buy the CD album.....In many cases, the dance remix has made a "silk purse" out of a "sow's ear."..........

Top of pageBottom of page   By Musicchef ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 03:11 pm:

I was gonna comment on the lack of dancing in today's R & B (robotic and boring) scene. I haven't heard a good "ass shaking" song in a LONG time

Da Chef

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 03:26 pm:


Thanks for mentioning me.
yes , it was an irony and a coincidence that we, somehow became associated with "disco" music, per se.
It is true that Earl Young came up with the "disco drum beat" on the Love I lost session and it was adapted accorgingally based on the songs recorded.
Some producers such as Jacques Morali, tok it to the extreme whan he would prance around the studio as only he flamingly could and say to Earl in his thick French drawl..
"Earrrl, give me that boom boom boom and that pssst psssst pssst" and then he would vocaly imitate those nuances while prancing around the room, thus making Earl overemphasize that groove
all the while making faces as his eyebrows went up and down while he snickered.(Earl that is)

After awhile the other "dance" producers would use stopwatches to make sure that the tempo stayed a 120bpm all the while trying not to slide around the studio floor on the dripping KY jelly!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Michael/cleoharvey ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 03:39 pm:

1. Disco That's Where the Happy People Go
2. Love Hangover�Diana Ross
3. Don't Leave Me This Way�Thelma Houston
4. I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walkin�The Supremes
5. McArthur's Park
6. Bad Girls
7. Dim All the Lights
8. This Time I Know It's For Real�Donna Summer
9. Show Me�Robin S

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME9 ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 03:58 pm:

Hey Bobby
do you or have you ever owned a big medalion
that was worn over a shag pile carpet chest
under a pin pointed collar shirt
do you have a rug on your chest?

I am sure you were seen bumpin'away
in the disco crap days of the 70's.

Party on Bobby mate(haw haw)
regards from
you know who!!!!!!!!!!1

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulaholic ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 07:37 pm:

Hello Bobby:

Remember imitation is the highest form of flattery.

I was a club & radio jock from 1972 to 1998, worked in several major cities and in some big clubs. Reported to the trade and wrote reviews in the dance rags, did the remix thing and worked in the promotion department of a few major labels and have collected from then to now and must honestly say that some of the music that you and the individuals that you worked with was some of the most, creative, unique, and inspiring tunes I have heard.

I would not be ashamed or belittle by any of the so-called �Disco� tunes you where involved with. If you didn�t participate in what was happening then, imagine how different your life would have been??

Bobby Eli �The Number One Speed Metal Man� or �Bobby E the Soft Rock King� please!!!! lol.

You and the others involved created history, I am a little taken back that you would let the second-guessing or revisionist mindset of some individuals make you reflect in any manner about what you and other created.

I for one loved it then and love it now with all it's good and the bad, it�s no different then how it is now or how it was before the whole dance/disco/club scene happened.

I may not know it all, but I know enough and what I have seen, it know it was good.


Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 07:51 pm:

Apologies for calling Disco music crap above on my slight joke with bobby
I take that back
shouldnt of said it.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 08:23 pm:

Are you still in the music biz? Where are you located now?
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 09:42 pm:

Thanks Soulaholic!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By soulaholic ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 09:56 pm:

Hey Mel&thensome:

No apology needed, you said what you felt, you didn't hurt anyone feeling. There are always two side to every thing. Some of it was CRAP! and still stinks some 25 years later. But some of it is classic. I tend to remember the classic stuff!

Soul On:


Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulaholic ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 10:09 pm:


Personal favorite artist that may have dabled in "Disco Music"

Most things by that group of people out of Philly. H.Y.& B. and there minions. lol

The Trammps (stop & think, where do we go...), Salsoul gang, most male soul groups from 1972 to 1976 that did so called pre-disco or early disco tunes (ie) Realistics, Modulations, Bingo, Younghearts, Dells, Dramatics, Blue Magic, Stylistics, Hypnotics, Whispers, Quadraphonics, Universal Minds, Executive Suite, Ace Spectrum, Impact, Futures, Choice Four, Little Dooley and many many more,(is there a pattern here??? lol)

Hey you may not call some of these folks disco artist, but they did make some awesome dance music for the time.

I could mention a whole lot on the female side too, First Choice, 3 Degrees, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Rhetta Young, Marsha Hunt, Barbara Acklin, Gloria Spencer, Jackson Sisters, Dorothy Moore, Gentle Persuasion, Linda Jones, Jeanne Burton,Jeanne Napoli, Honey & the Bees, The gal that sang for Simon Said and more more more..

Heck I love this stuff so much I have started a yahoo group site for just these styles of music.

Well I guess that is my 3 cents worth on what "Disco" artist I like

Soul On:


Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME ( on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 10:31 pm:

many thanks for the kind words
but I hold my hand up and say that I spoke out of line,
just because I dont like around 90%of the disco stuff then who am I to call it.
I am a totally biased uptempo loving guy yet theres plenty that hate it but dont say it.

So I most humbly apologise again for my stupidness.

And hey
your allright(andthensome)
mel(still a meathead)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Wonder B ( on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 06:48 am:

Motownboy wrote :
One great disco track, although it has a less than great lead vocal is "Spacer" by Shelia B. Devotion from 1979.....Basically, it's a Chic tune - a Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards song and production - with a different lead vocalist....

Yes IMHO this track is the best song Nile & Bernard ever wrote... too bad this silly french singer got her voice on it LOL LOL Imagine if Chic or Sister Slege would have covered it... Too bad for once that the 12" single of this song doesn't feature the instruimental of that track I would die to get it!

1Wicked, Hot Butterfly was a great tune.. I love Luther�s vocals on this one and if I may add, Chaka Khan did a cover version that is on par with that original... too bad you don't seem to like it! LOL

Wonder B

Top of pageBottom of page   By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 08:42 pm:

Hey 'SoulfulDetroiters'--
Here's one that's sure to get those pants... JUMP UP, GET UP and DANCE!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:03 pm:

Like that one, hey?
Well, we'll just gonna have to make it a 'Bee Gees' record "TWIN-SPIN"!

Top of pageBottom of page   By motownboy ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:29 pm:

Speakingof "Spacer" by Shelia B. Devotion - It is sampled as the basic "framework" for a track called "Crying At The Discotheque" by a Swedish group called Alcazar. It came a year or two ago...

if you have windows media, click this link:


Also check out "Paris In The Rain", "Sexual Gauarantee" & "Paradise" sound bites at CD Universe link:


Top of pageBottom of page   By motownboy ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:50 pm:

Another Alcazar song called "Paradise" - guess what the sample is...(click on link - works with Windows Media Player)


Top of pageBottom of page   By longgonelover ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 11:49 pm:

Does anyone know if there's any Sylvester stuff that's not been released? He was one of the diso greats. I miss him.

Top of pageBottom of page   By 1Wicked ( on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 04:10 am:

Wonder B: Chaka's version is good...but Luther's reading/interpretation is just superior (to me), and the track is just "hotter" (better tempo).

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 10:20 am:

Some of the forementioned "Disco" music was played was sometimes migrated into the house music (early on) here in Chicago.


Hit & Run/Runaway/Love Sensation-Loleatta Holloway (& the Salsoul Orchestra)

Dance (Disco Heat)/I need You/You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)-Sylvester

Touch & Go/Ask Me-Ecstasy, Passion & Pain

Love Hangover-Diana Ross

Mainline-Black Ivory

There But For the Grace of God-Machine

I Can't Turn Around-Isaac Hayes

Let no man Putasunder/Love Thang/Dr. Love/Double Cross-First Choice

I Was Born This Way-Carl Bean

Don't Leave me this way/I'm here again-Thelma Houston

Running Away-Roy Ayers

Runaway Love-Linda Clifford

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