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  1. #501

  2. #502
    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Truth View Post
    Good one! She had some killer tracks.

  3. #503
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Good one! She had some killer tracks.
    I remeber hearing this when I was around 17, and I liked it.

    I havenlt heard it for years, and gave it a listen on YouTube the other day. The production is excellent, especially the strings. I wouldn't have noticed that when I was a teenager.

  4. #504
    She brought the Gospel to Disco/Dance music:


  5. #505
    Marv, when it comes to hot horns, strings, and super-charged danceability, Loleatta's "I May Not Be There When You Want Me" is my all-time favorite. The Dance Queen Of Philly Soul sizzles brilliantly from start to finsh!

    https://youtu.be/-m0hJTHmV78

  6. #506
    Hey everybody, check this out! I will not tell you who's on it, it's a surprise......

    HOT CITY Disco Television Show - #2 [[August 1978)


  7. #507
    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Marv, when it comes to hot horns, strings, and super-charged danceability, Loleatta's "I May Not Be There When You Want Me" is my all-time favorite. The Dance Queen Of Philly Soul sizzles brilliantly from start to finsh!

    https://youtu.be/-m0hJTHmV78
    She was totally underrated! Thanks Gary

  8. #508
    Here's another episode of "Hot City Disco" from September 1978:


  9. #509
    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Marv, that's Viola Wills on "If You Could Read My Mind". She's another one of my favorites. She, unfortunately, died of cancer a few years ago. Pity, they say she was a really sweet lady and, God knows, she had a great voice.

    VIOLA WILLS
    "If You Could Read My Mind"
    https://youtu.be/s8ZNGCVrscY

    And my all-time favorite of hers from 1982:

    "Stormy Weather"
    https://youtu.be/52YChT4z488
    Viola had a fantastic voice that made you listen up! So sad she left us at 70 years young. Thanks for posting.
    Last edited by detmotownguy; 08-28-2019 at 12:24 AM.

  10. #510
    Quote Originally Posted by detmotownguy View Post
    Viola had a fantastic voice that made you listen up! So sad she left us at 70 years young. Thanks for posting.
    Yeah, demotownguy, she was one of a kind. If anyone deserved a home at the top of the charts, it was Viola. Why she never crossed over to the big time is beyond me. If anyone deserved it, it was her.

  11. #511
    thatanyway Guest
    I must say that my knowledge about this idiom is limited...

    However! I did a fun interview today. It was with Vera Brown, who was the lead singer of The Richie Family for a number of years, so that's another Philly act, referring loosely to a great thread here on this forum.
    Many of us love a comeback story, and this is one, because Miss Brown lived through what she describes as the dark days of her life and came out on the other side. She released her DEBUT album as a solo performer in 2018, titled "Somebody", and now we are over in scripture based output. And she was just picked up by Sony Orchard, who are about to release the album worldwide and has plans for this singer, who is now based in Landisville. So that's a story that I thought I might share.

    Here she is a few years back:

  12. #512
    thatanyway Guest
    And here we find Vera Brown now

  13. #513
    Quote Originally Posted by thatanyway View Post
    I must say that my knowledge about this idiom is limited...

    However! I did a fun interview today. It was with Vera Brown, who was the lead singer of The Richie Family for a number of years, so that's another Philly act, referring loosely to a great thread here on this forum.
    Many of us love a comeback story, and this is one, because Miss Brown lived through what she describes as the dark days of her life and came out on the other side. She released her DEBUT album as a solo performer in 2018, titled "Somebody", and now we are over in scripture based output. And she was just picked up by Sony Orchard, who are about to release the album worldwide and has plans for this singer, who is now based in Landisville. So that's a story that I thought I might share.

    Here she is a few years back:
    Great story. Thank you Thatanyway.

  14. #514
    thatanyway Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Great story. Thank you Thatanyway.

    Thank YOU marv2. Nice thread!

  15. #515
    You had dance if you heard this one:


  16. #516
    just remembering Bob Esty and Donna Summer and remembering when the rock world came literally UNHINGED when rock icons The Beach Boys joined the ranks of other acts doing disco . I think they never performed it again after the distraught outrage ....hee haw!




    Bob Esty's behind the multi- layered disco arranging.


    And surprisingly, it's likely the only disco song that features vocals by a chimpanzee:

    Last edited by Boogiedown; 05-29-2023 at 03:02 PM.

  17. #517
    .................so if you can include chimps on a disco track ......why not seagulls??




    from Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, who no doubt encouraged the group to be adventurous on their LA album with HERE COMES THE NIGHT when he rejoined them soon after this one made the secret rounds of the disco circuit ....

  18. #518
    animal sounds in disco ??


    How about Raquel Welch doing a bit of Donna moaning with a lion .....


  19. #519
    WIS-TV "It Must Be Love" by Alton McClain & Destiny - YouTube
    Wish this group had been around a lot longer. At least we got 2 LP's from them.

  20. #520
    More Beach Boys ....

    Leave it to Casablanca to try this angle of a disco cash-in :



    Paul Riser's the arranger.

    There's a distinctive voice singing amongst the three ....can you spot it
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 09-05-2023 at 03:33 AM.

  21. #521
    you're saying surely there must be more

    and you'd be right !!

    From Canada:



  22. #522
    Hey Boogie, do I hear Luther?

  23. #523
    Quote Originally Posted by jack020 View Post
    Hey Boogie, do I hear Luther?
    Bingo!! Getting his rent paid

  24. #524
    DEVIL'S GUN under the stewardship of Motown's Dennis Coffey was #1 on the disco chart for 6 weeks!!

    never saw this performance before:




    what I only recently learned was that this was an extraordinary reinterpretation of the song's original release:


  25. #525
    Tonight, 10/30, there is a documentary on PBS American Experience The War on Disco .
    It explores the cultural movement that aided disco's rise and the backlash that tried to destroy it.

    In NYC, it will be on PBS channel 13 at 9pm on the show AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

  26. #526
    Just being reminded about about Madeline Bell and discovered she covered this :

    :

    ....pretty pedestrian

    ah, but this:




    ah: yes


    this weren't bad either:


  27. #527
    if someone had wanted to bet me a million dollars in the seventies that one day this song would be used as music in an American national TV commercial ....I would be out a million bucks cause I wouldn't have hesitated to bet against that one.




    A Walmart Christmas ad

    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/5CQP/walmart...g-by-la-bionda
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 12-05-2023 at 02:04 PM.

  28. #528
    It's New Year's Eve , everyone's saying goodbye to 1976 and welcoming in the arrival of 1977. Every bar in SF was playing this one that night. [I know because I was 21 and bouncing around from one to the next]





    All seemed good. It was a great night and start for the year to come.
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 12-29-2023 at 03:50 AM.

  29. #529
    OK now the new year has begun and the fake snow, the streamers, and glitter have mostly been swept away from the dance floors.

    The Salsoul Orchestra's Christmas LP will become top priority for returns by the record stores this month.
    If there's anything that's staler than a Christmas record in January ... it would be a disco Christmas one ...cause nothing got staler quicker than yesterday's disco.

    Motown dominates as 1977 starts with three of the Top 5:


    1 - DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY'/ANYWAY YOU LIKE IT
    -Thelma Houston
    2 -FOUR SEASONS OF LOVE - Donna Summer
    3 - ANOTHER STAR\ I WISH \SIR DUKE/ISN'T SHE LOVELY - Stevie Wonder
    4 - OVERTURE "DON'T KEEP IT IN THE SHADOWS/ INDISCREET/0 BA BA - DC Larue-
    5 - YOU'RE MY DRIVING WHEEL/LET YOURSELF GO/LOVE I NEVER KNEW - Supremes-

    12 - DOWN TO LOVE TOWN - Originals




    also
    Norman Whitfield
    #10 CAR WASH
    #29 YOU + ME= LOVE



    Ashford & Simpson
    #34 TRIED TESTED AND FOUND TRUE


    Last edited by Boogiedown; 01-04-2024 at 12:58 AM.

  30. #530
    The Undisputed Truth - Let's Go Down to the Disco.

  31. #531
    Rose Royce -Do Your Dance.


  32. #532
    Ashford & Simpson - Bourgie Bourgie.



    My favourite of the three versions of Bourgie Bourgie I've heard.

  33. #533
    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Truth View Post
    Ashford & Simpson - Bourgie Bourgie.



    My favourite of the three versions of Bourgie Bourgie I've heard.
    an exquisite song.
    Similarly with LOVES THEME, this is what I think of when I think of "swirling strings". And like LOVES THEME, lyrics only seem to water it down. None needed, which is what songwriters Ashford and Simpson apparently concluded when they released theirs without.

    Are these the other two versions you are referring to Cosmic?...or do you mean other versions of the A&S one??





  34. #534
    Mentioned on the Diana Ross forum, the inclusion of the blowing of a whistle on The Supremes BAD WEATHER.

    Whistles featured in disco?

    These come to mind:







  35. #535
    Hated "Disco" until I heard this a couple of years ago. Masterpiece by the Sigma crew!


  36. #536
    Allow me to interject for a moment with this question for the Brits here...may I ask, is there any difference between disco and what you guys call 'Modern Soul'?

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a lot of Modern tracks, but some come across as bad disco tunes to me. Not criticizing anyone, as I feel, if it fills the floor, it must be good, but something like "Lady, Lady, Lady [[Are You Crazy For Me)" [[which, incidentally, I have a copy for sale or trade), just sounds like a failed disco tune.

    Best,

    Mark

  37. #537
    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    an exquisite song.
    Similarly with LOVES THEME, this is what I think of when I think of "swirling strings". And like LOVES THEME, lyrics only seem to water it down. None needed, which is what songwriters Ashford and Simpson apparently concluded when they released theirs without.

    Are these the other two versions you are referring to Cosmic?...or do you mean other versions of the A&S one??




    Yes, mate. Those are the two other versions I was talking about.

  38. #538
    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Truth View Post
    Yes, mate. Those are the two other versions I was talking about.
    ah OK I was hopeful of some new versions to discover. [this is my choice tune , the A&S one , as ambience when driving up Hwy 1 toward Monterey , light breezy and optimistic. ]

    Another one that might get included on a gentle day rounding those curves with occasional ocean vistas:


    Last edited by Boogiedown; 06-17-2024 at 03:15 PM.

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