Father of Funk

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} INTRODUCTION This post will examine James Brown’s contributions to the music industry, influence on genres; such as funk, and the elements that create the sound of funk.  The GodFather of Funk /*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a […]

Disco/Funk in the 70s/80s

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} MEMBERS -DAKOTA TEASDELL -KECIA BASS WHAT IS DISCO? Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the Philadelphia and New York City nightlife scene. Its sound is typified by four-on-the-floor beats, syncopated basslines, […]


Thesis: The 70s was an era of self-expression, through public protests, fashion, and music. It was a time when there were cultural and social changes, technological advancements, and economic struggles. We can credit the black community of the 70s with inspiring creativity. Dance was a form of creativity which gave the Black communities an outlet […]

Disco in the 70’s

Disco music first appeared in the early 1970s and was born out of an urban lifestyle. Disco has had a significant influence on modern electronic dance music and has a long-lasting, significant effect on music composition. What is Disco?  Disco was a genre of uptempo dance music that reached peak popularity during the 1970s. This […]

Disco and Funk: Music for a Movement

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Taking Their Time: The SOS Band

Taking Their Time: The SOS Band Thesis The SOS Band also known as Sounds of Success is an electro-funk group who gained fame in the 1980s. They played a great part in the disco era for their hit song  “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” Formation The band started in 1977 in Atlanta, GA. The […]

Kc and The Sunshine Band : The Disco Band of the 70s

With a total of 15 musicians including the lead singer Harry Casey, KC and the Sunshine Band, took the disco and funk world by storm with their hit singles. Their songs appeared in over 200 motion picture soundtracks and have been featured at every single major sporting event from the NFL to the Kentucky Derby. […]

Sister Sledge: A Disco Group

Sister Sledge: A Disco Group Disco was a genre of music popular in the 1970’s and was a form of dance music. Although the disco era did not last long, many artists and groups emerged through disco, one of them being “Sister Sledge”. Sister Sledge was a phenomenal girl group that turned the tides in […]

The Queen of Disco

/*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012) aka Donna Summer was a singer, songwriter, and actress who gained international recognition during the 1970s disco era. Summer charted a top-40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, charted four number-one singles […]

Love Come Down: Evelyn “Champagne” King

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King is one of the few disco artists that survived the post-disco period and made a very safe transition to the 80s. In this post, we will discuss Evelyn “Champagne” King’s career and the sound of disco.  Bop Bop Bop To The Top Disco was made during the dance music period of 1970s […]

One of the Best: Gloria Gaynor

One of the Best: Goria Gaynor Introduction Gloria Gaynor was born in Newark, Nj, on September 7, 1943, as Gloria Fowles. Gaynor is best known for her disco-era hits. She began singing in a night club in Newark, where a neighbor recommended her to a local band. Gaynor spent several years performing in local clubs […]

Sister Sledge

Disco and Sister Sledge Disco came about in the early 1970s. It brought a different sound compared to what listeners were usually used to. Sister Sledge created their group in 1971. They didn’t achieve fame and success until 1979. The group consisted of sisters, Debra Elaine Sledge, Joan Elise Sledge, Kim Sledge, and Kathy Sledge […]

The Queen of Disco: Donna Summer

Donna Summer: The Queen Of Disco Donna Summer, also known as LaDonna Adrian Gaines, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1948. She won numerous awards for her talents within the music industry, and inspired a variety of artists within the genre of disco. She began her career at the age of 10 years […]

Hot Stuff: Donna Summer

Donna Summer was know as the “queen of Disco” in her era due to her powerful vocals. Donna had a unique voice that carried her all the way to stardom. When she dropped the song “Love to Love you Baby” she was an instant sensation and a force to be reckoned with. Donna’s voice incorporated […]

Donna Summers by Tyria Gilmore

Thesis: Donna Summers was the most prominent figure in Disco due to her beauty and talents. Disco is a genre of music that emerged from urban night life in the 1970s.  Disco was catered to Blacks, Latinos, and gays.The first disco qua disco hit was Gloria Gaynor’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974), one of the […]

Earth Wind and Fire

Earth Wind and Fire described as one of the most popular bands, creates a sound that doesn’t just span over pop music, but the genres of R&B, Soul,Jazz,Disco, Pop,Dance,Latin and Afro pop. This wide range of genres that the group is able to bounce around makes them one of the most innovative and commercially successful […]

Poem Post: Music Makes my Hips Sway

It came about in the Late 40s Very fast paced and sped up makes me feel like I’m being chased you can’t dance to this music no you must admire this music you close your eyes and you let your mind wander you hear the sax and the piano mesh together to make this vibrant […]

Kool and the Gang

Funk is a genre that was born in the 60’s, created from a fusion of jazz, R&B, and soul music. Funk focused on the rhythm, and lyrics were typically about partying and having a good time. Kool and the Gang is one of the most popular artists from the genre with several hits from the […]

Commodification of African American Music

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