I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor’s certified double platinum disco anthem, has remained popular. The song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart on consecutive weeks. Continue reading
Soul Train dancers taught the world how to boogie in platform shoes, a huge Afros and bell bottom polyester pants while looking very so cool. The alumni include Shalamar members Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, and let’s not forget the Asian girl. Continue reading
Sylvester James, Jr., better known as disco and soul singer-songwriter Sylvester, was often described by the mainstream media as a drag queen, but he repeatedly rejected such a description. His flamboyant and androgynous appearance exemplified the late 1970s. Sylvester became known in the United States under the moniker of the “Queen of Disco.” Continue reading
South Shore Commission, a Chicago based R&B funk band, topped the Billboard magazine dance chart in 1975 with Free Man. Continue reading
This is a Throwback Thursday tribute to late Joni Sledge, who belonged to the four sister disco-era group Sister Sledge, best known for their No. 1 hit We Are Family, died March 10,2017 at her home in Phoenix. She died at age 60. Continue reading
John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn disco, strutted across the screen and into movie history in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever.
By Walter Rutledge
Black Violin, the classically trained duo violist and violinist duo of Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus), opened the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College 2016- 2017 season with classic style. Accompanied by DJ SPS on turntables and Nathaniel Strokes on drums Black Violins performed a varied program to a packed diverse audience. Billed as Black Violin: The Unity Tour Wil B. and Kev Marcus have taken their classical background combined with their love of hip-hop and created a truly signature multi genre sound they refer to as “classical boom”. Continue reading
The O’Jays are a R&B and originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The group is from Canton, Ohio and was formed in 1958. The O’Jays had their first chart appearance in 1963 with Lonely Drifter. Continue reading
Straight Up, released by dance, choreographer and singer Paula Abdul during the week of December 3, 1988. The song became so popular it ascended up the charts before a music video had even been shot. Continue reading
By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.
The Paradise Garage, New York’s iconic disco will be getting its own film highlighting its contribution to the city’s dance music culture and nightlife. Continue reading