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 […]

Disco Disco made its peak in the 70s as dance music that came out of nightclubs. Led by Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Gang, Kool and the Gang, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, and so many more, disco was more than just a genre of music, it was a movement. With Motown and funk influence, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Diana Ross and Disco

Diana Ross and Disco As an actress, composer, producer, and singer, Diana Ross’s success was great. As an artist with numerous songs that topped the charts, Diana Ross made a positive impact on the music industry. Diana Ross is known for her powerful voice. Diana Ross was a disco singer. Her impact in the music […]

Undercover Disco Superstar: Diana Ross

Diana Ross and her Disco Comeback ‘Herstory’ Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. Fun Fact: She was actually named Diane but there was a clerical error resulting her name being printed as Diana. At fifteen, Diana joined the Primettes, which quickly gained attraction locally. This led to Diana […]

is disco really dead?

Is Disco really dead? Disco was in its prime in the early 60’s through late 70’s. This new fun sound of music was at the top of the charts and people’s hearts. The mix between strings, synthesizers, and electronic instruments had the dance floor going crazy. Many new dances formed because of this genre including […]

Soul Train and the Exposure of Funk and Disco

Soul Train and the Exposure of Funk and Disco Start of Soul Train Soul Train was a television show that featured a majority black cast that showcased musical talent and dance. This show aired on national television in 1971 and ran all the way up until 2006. The mastermind behind the show was Don Cornelius. […]

Donna Summer: A Disco Icon

Donna Summer: A Disco Icon By Camille Adams-Lonzer When you think of iconic women many come to mind, but when you think of icons in disco the first person that comes to peoples minds is Donna Summer. This disco queen dominated the realm of disco as you could her voice pouring out of any club […]

Let’s Boogie!

Let’s Boogie! Thesis Disco is by far one of the most influential genres that produced historic cultural moments and shaped American pop culture in general. About Disco was inspired by genres such as funk, soul, salsa, and pop. Disco is a genre of music commonly listened to when people want to dance. The term “disco” […]

Donna Summer

The Queen of Disco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5AztWseIdU Born Ladonna Adrian Gaines, Donna Summer was a famous singer and songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. She was born on December 31, 1948. She started signing in her church choir and then later sang in clubs around Boston. She was apart if the German musical production, Hair, and studied opera with […]

Disco with Sister Sledge

Disco with Sister Sledge Disco came around in the early 70’s and brought a unique sound to the music industry. Sister Sledge formed their group in ’71 and began to achieve their fame and success in ’79. These women brought an extra piece of gold to the table with their unique sound paired with their […]

Can You Dig It??: The Rise of Disco

CAN YOU DIG IT??: THE RISE OF DISCO The origins of the disco genre begin in underground dance venues in New York City in the 1970s, primarily by African American, Latino and gay dancers. The music was made to influence dancing and intersect fashion and hairstyles during that time. Disco also brought forth the presence […]

Progressive Pioneer: Grace Jones

Thesis: Through disco music and abnormal appearance, Grace jones catalyzed the notions of undefined gender norms, queer identity, and open sexuality. Disco was a new sound that largely placed emphasis on the expression of individuality.  It is a style of music that was popularized in the 1970s with a sound that is noted by four-on-the-floor […]