What Is Disco

After the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, music styles such as gogo, funk, and disco became signature music styles that included dance styles along with it. These styles created by Black people pushed economic success during the time. Also they were pushin towards racial integration and gender equality. The music style I will be talking about is Disco. Disco was a term that was created to describe the broad range of danceable music by DJs in public discotheques and private parties in North America during the early 1970s. It was recognized genre of popular dance music that drew on elements of African American music genres such as funk, gospel, jazz, and soul. The style was built on propulsive underlying rhythm section around a wide range of instrumental and vocal techniques emerged using structured songs and groove oriented tracks. Disco was meant to be predominantly black or interracial and gay friendly but it became whitewashed to gain a mainstream audience.

The Rise of Disco

The New York Record Pool started the rise of disco. Disco DJs became known form breaking new records without help from the radio station. Feel good disco was starting to displace message-oriented soul. European producers started to release recording in 1975 and their collective effort soon acquired in the label eurodisco. Eurodisco rising share of the disco market grew when Los Angeles based Casablanca records signed its most prominent producers and artists. Casablanca was the most commercially successful disco label of the second half of the 1970s.

Disco Acts also scaled on the Hot 100 on other labels such as Stayin Alive by The Bee Gees.

Disco's Success

Disco started in urban areas but began to expand rapidly into suburban areas. The film Saturday Night Fever was released due to high profile of the discotheque. This film was portrayed as white and straight so its popularity grew during 1978. Casablanca’s film “Thank God It’s Friday” and the annual forum in billboard magazine consolidate its rapid growth. After Saturday Night Fever, many major record companies that were previously skeptical about disco started to establish disco departments such as Warner Bros., and CBS.

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