Origin of Disco • The 1970s created a trend of relaxing music and dance music. • Disco was a style of music, a dance craze and a fashion statement. • Partner dancing, but could be solo. • Flashy. • People wanted to be seen. • Influenced by funk, Latin and soul music. • Sound had reverberated vocals over a four beat.
Van McCoy • Singer, songwriter. • ‘The Hustle’ • Some credit this song as the beginning of disco although Rolling Stone magazine wrote the first article on disco in 1973.
Donna Summer • Queen of Disco • 5 time Grammy winner. • First artist to have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the Billboard chart. • Had 4 #1 singles within a 13 month period. • Regularly appeared at Studio 54 in NYC. • Song “Love to Love You Baby” released in 1975 to success on the disco scene.
The Bee Gees • From Australia/England. • Brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. • Began as a group in 1958, but achieved a second success in the late 70s in the disco scene. • 3 part harmonies and Barry’s high falsetto voice created signature sound. • Created soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.
Gloria Gaynor • Won the only Grammy Award ever for Best Disco Recording in 1980 with her song “I Will Survive”
The Village People • Was a group that wore on-stage costumes depicting American cultural stereotypes. • Targeted disco’s gay audiences. • “Y.M.C.A.” 1977 • Macho Man
KC and the Sunshine Band • Formed in 1973. • Many members. • “Get Down Tonight”– Was a #1 song in ‘75 • “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”-- #1 in 1976
Chic • Organized in 1976 • Commercially successful disco songs. • Le Freak-1978 • Dance, Dance, Dance- 1977 • Song Le Freak was about an experience waiting in line to get into Studio 54.
Jackson5/The Jacksons • The Jacksons delved into disco music as well. • Two of the disco songs they sung were: • “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” -1978 • “Blame it on the Boogie” -1978
Soul Train • Was an American Musical Variety Show. • It ran from 1971-2006. • The show primarily soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists, though they did feature funk, jazz, disco, and gospel. • Most popular during the 70s and 80s. • Influential to the young African-American population and also introduced many white Americans to black culture and music.
Studio 54 • Popular nightclub from 1977-1981. • Was the most well-known nightclub in the 1970s in the entire country. • Played a major role in the development and popularity of disco music. • Drugs were common at the nightclub, which also welcomed homosexuals into the nightclub where they had been banned from others.