Other Legendary US Clubs

Club Zanzibar 430 Broad St. Newark, New Jersey DJ- Hippie Torrales and Gerald T Wednesday night jock was Larry Levan Larry Patterson, Francois Kevorkian, Tee Scott, Tony Humphries came later Just a little history on Club Zanzibar. Zanzibar actually started off as Abe's Disco at the Lincoln Motel with Gerald T as the house DJ. Miles Berger, the owner of the Lincoln Motel, wanted to bring some of the New York Disco Nightlife to New Jersey after visiting the Paradise Garage in NY. He had Richard Long & Associates design a sound, lighting & special effects system and converted the 2nd floor ballroom of the Lincoln Motel to become, what was then, the premiere club in NJ. Opening night was Aug 29, 1979. Club Zanzibar had 2 levels with DJ Hippie playing the larger 2nd level & House DJ Gerald T playing the 1st level (the original Abe's). Eventually DJ Hippie became the full time house DJ from 1979 to 1981. Al Murphy was hired by Miles to promote & manage the club. Under Al's management, a Wednesday night party was added which had area DJ's playing on Wednesday night's. That's how Larry Patterson, Larry Levan, T-Scott, Tony Humphries & others came to play at Zanzibar. After Al left to pursue other interests, Larry Patterson became the manager. T-Scott & Tony Humphries didn't become the house jocks until after 1981 when Hippie left. ZANZIBAR -------- Here's some info about club zanzibar in newark n.j.. It's official opening was August 29th 1979, Hippie Torrales was the d.j. that evening, the owner was Miles berger, Al Murphy was the first manager. They had a Richard Long sound system only 2nd best to the garage. Other dj's where Gerald T, T.Scott, Larry Patterson and the one and only Tony Humphries. Zanzibar was located at 430 Broad st newark. The club closed around 1992-93 if im not mistaken. I will try to get more info on it and send it to you. Mitchell, Todd - Todd.Mitchell@pseg.com Zanzibar in Newark New Jersey was very black back in the days, when i went there once, had a bad time, it was not a socialable venue if you were white, Tony Humphries was playing records then, he did not impress me much, after playing with Phil Smith since 1974, there was not that many New York or New Jersey DJs that was as good at mixing like Phil Smith, Pauly Cassella from Queens NY, and thenJersey had Frankie Beauchamp from Elizabeth that had hugh dance crowd followings. There was a Zanzibar venue right down town Washington DC that was happening around 1976, 1977, 1978 that had beautiful erotic women, talented hustle dancers, and cooldisotheque music and enviroment that i drove two hours down through Maryland and into the District of Columbis ( DC area )just to get out of the state of Pennsylvania, what's been happening in Sweden and cool tunes to mention......Phil
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CLUB:  THE BAR

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address: 63-65 Chester Street
Champaign, Illinois
active years: March 1978 - July 1983
DeeJays: Doug Barnes (photo - Ross, Doug & Mike)
Michael Lynch (photo - Ross, Doug & Mike)
Ross Johnston (photo - Ross, Doug & Mike)
Sten Johansen
Rodney Greear
websites: DJ Doug
information: — owner Joe McNamara
— mainly Gay crowd, but also straight University kids, all partying together all nights long
— one of the largest multi level clubs of the midwest with a 15,000 sq. feet large dancefloor
— high above the dance floor there was a swing with drag queens throwing out 'goodies' to the crowd below
— the club had one of the best sound systems of the day
— every night was a party with for example dancers in costumes of boxes, tight rope walkers over the dance floor, Square Dancers dancing to "Scotch Machine" by Voyage, with tons of confetti being thrown down from the upper levels onto the dance floor
— lots of Drag shows took place in the club, not only by local talents, but also by the one and only "Judy Garland" of Chicago and along with the original legend herself "The Bearded Lady" from the Bistro Club in Chicago
— Disco diva Carol Jaini made a special appearance in the club for one of the owners special "Birthday Suprise" party
— the club attracted guests from all round, incl. Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis
— the Bar was one of the first clubs to play 'New Wave' music
Photo: the Bar Dancefloor
Photo: the Bar - DJ Doug, owner Joe & Mike
source: DJ Doug
Playlist March 1978 
DJ: DJ Doug 
IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW - Linda Clifford
VOYAGE - Voyage (LP/all cuts)
OH HAPPY DAY / GETTIN' THE SPIRIT - Roberta Kelly
COME INTO MY HEART / BABY LOVE - USA European Connection
MACHO MAN / I AM WHAT I AM / KEY WEST - Village People
I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN - Eruption
ROMEO & JULIET - Alec R. Costandinos
the OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT (Remix) - Marsha Hunt
AFRICANISM / GIMME SOME LOVIN' - Kongas
GALAXY - War
 
CLUB:  BINGHAMPTON'S FERRY BOAT

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address: 1725 River Road
Edgewater, New Jersey
active years: 1974 - Spring 1978
DeeJays: Eddie "Wild Worm" Rothschild (1975-1977 + 1994)
Pete Denis (photo - Pete Denis)
Johnny Tripp
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
Disco-Disco.com Forum - the Night My Disco Died
information: — Owned by former politician Nelson Gross, who was abducted and assassinated by some crack heads in 1997. His family still owns and operates it.
— the club was located in a real ferry boat which used to route between Hoboken, NJ and NYC, but was taken out of service soon after the opening of the Lincoln Tunnel.
— Nelson Gross bought the boat in 1967 and in late 1974 he permanently docked it on the Hudson River in Edgewater, NJ. The three story boat opened as a Disco and Restaurant.
— it was populary called just 'El Bote' or 'The Boat' in public mouth.
— the interior was that of a 1900's River Boat, with everything in Brass.
— all races and nationalities were represented in the club, all Disco lovers were allowed in.
— the bottom deck, the old car deck, had been transformed into a large dance floor, or actually two, one on each side, but was served as one by Ed "Wild Worm" during the weekends. He presented the dancers with short, quick, accurate cut mixes of his wide variety of music.
— upstairs was a restaurant and another two dance floors separated by the dining room and the kitchen, with a glass enclosed DJ booth right in between the two dance floors. This smaller Disco featured live acts every day of the week. Pete Denis was the upstairs DJ and gave his audience longer beat mixes, that would play synchronized for a long time before turning over to the next song.
— the ferry literally Rocked... and when the weather was bad people actually got sea sick.
— at the shore there was an enormous parking lot with space for 1200 cars.
— the club was abruptly closed after a huge fight in Summer 1978 which more or less demolished the whole boat. After that night the Club part was permanently closed and the ferry later reopened as a restaurant only and is still operating as such.
Photo: Pete and friends in 1978
source: Pete Denis
Playlist June 1978 
DJ: Ed "Wild Worm" Rothschild 
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING - The Bee Gees
NICE AND SLOW - Jesse Green
TEN PERCEN - Double Exposure
TURN THE BEAT AROUND - Vicki Sue Robinson
YOU SET MY HEART ON FIRE - Tina Charles
HEART OF GLASS - Blondie
NIGHT AND DAY - John Davis & The Monster Orchestra
YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE - Candi Staton
DON'T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC - Tavares
HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER - Sister Sledge
 
CLUB:  CATACOMBS

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address: 12th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia
active years: 1978 - 1986
DeeJays: Wayne Geftman
David Todd
Donald Stone
websites:
information: — owners Wayne Geftman and Barry Geftman, who also owned Second Story in the same building
— the club was located in the basment of what was originally a 5 story Episcopalian School and Church
— Catacombs had a big Sound System and was 'a most serious musical experience'
— it was a strictly Private Club only open on Fridays and Saturdays
— they only had a Juice Bar and didn't serve alcohol
source: Wayne
 
CLUB:  CLUB 1235

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address: 1235 Washington Avenue
South Beach, Florida
active years:
DeeJays: Phillipe Jones
Frank Corr
Tony Diaz
Louie Martinez
Pete Denis (photo - Pete Denis)
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — Owned by the Brandt Brothers from New York
— the place was originally built as the French Casino in 1936 and was used as a Movie House from the 40's up till the early 70's when it was abandoned and unoccupied fell into decay.
— in the early 80's the place was completely renovated and became Club Z, a successful Gay Club which had to close down when a fire demolished the place.
— it was now the Brandt Bros bought the place and made a complete renovation and installed the latest in sound and lightning and managed to turn the place into one of South Florida's and Miami's Biggest and Best Club.
— the Brandt Brothers called the place Club 1235 after its Street address.
— Club 1235 was Miami's version of Studio 54, they even used the same kind of door policy, like the stranger you looked the better chance you could be one of the 3500 people they would let in.
— all Celeb's visiting Miami would be seen in the Club, everyone from Madonna to Sylvester Stallone and Don Johnson.
— the Club was a spectacular place with its state-of-the-art equipment, with three rubber band held up Technics 1200 turntables, 15 amplifiers that pumped out some 40'000 Watts of power, a breath taking laser light show and its lush Art-Deco interior.
— there were often live performances with the hottest acts of the times.
— the Club had different crowds for different nights, everything from teens to Gay and Mixed crowds.
— HBO even taped their comedian performance show, One Night Stand, in the Club.
— the various theme nights and the fact the owners never really had any resident DJ's, left the place without a soul and personality and people started to abandon the Club.
— in 198x the Club was sold to the artist Prince who changed the name a couple of time before selling it off and since then it has continually closed and reopened under different names.
source: Pete / Ray
Playlist 1987 
DJ: Pete Denis 
MUSIQUE NON STOP - Kraftwerk
ONE LOOK (ONE LOOK WAS ENOUGH) - Paul Parker
FASCINATED - Company B
THE TELEPHONE CALL - Kraftwerk
CERTAIN THINGS ARE LIKELY - KTP
IN LOVE WITH LOVE - Debbie Harry
STRANGE LOVE - Depeche Mode
FOR YOUR LOVE - Albert One
PLASTIC AGE - Interface
MEET MY FRIEND - Eddy Huntington
 
CLUB:  CLUB MYSTIQUE

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address: Hilton at Miami Int'l Airport
Miami, Florida
active years: January 1984 - 1986
DeeJays: Pete Denis (photo - Pete Denis)
Ray Juanes
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — Owned by Hilton Hotels
— the club was designed by Londontown Associates and it was spacious, elegant and featured a sunken Dance Floor.
— in the DJ booth there were two Technics 1200's turntables and a Bozac mixer. The sound system was state of the arts, and was computer synchronized with the lights.
— there were smoke machines that constantly filled the air with smoke, which gave the club its special and 'mystique' look.
— Club Mystique opened up with 'Happy Hour' every day at 5:00PM and DJ Pete started out right away with the pumping Disco beats and kept the beats going 'till closing time at 3:00AM. The immediate start attracted office workers who stopped by on their way home and when they left, the Party Animals would replace them keeping the club full to its maximum capacity of some 1000 people.
— quickly the the Club became the Hilton chain's most successful Disco, but the success made the Hotel lose its Business travelers becuase parking lots and rooms often was full due to the number of partying people. And the Hilton management decided that the yet so money making Club had to go, to be replaced by a much less successful Salsa Club.
— the crowd was mixed and the music was more or less everything you could dance to, from Rock a la Bruce Springsteen over New Wave, Pop and Disco to Latino Dance like Kid Creole.
— all new Miami groups used the Club as a proving gournd and both Expose and Miami Sound Machine broke to the broad masses there.
source: Pete / Ray
Playlist December 31, 1984 
Countdown 
DJ: Pete Denis 
MY MALE CURIOSITY - Kid Creole
RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
DIN DA DA - George Krantz
POINT OF NO RETURN - Expose
SELF CONTROL - Laura Brannigan
LIVING A LIE - Gloria
SWEPT AWAY - Diana Ross
HOT HOT HOT - Arrow
IT'S TOO LATE - Sequal
BABY, COME AND GET IT - Pointer Sisters
 
CLUB:  CLUB NU

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address: 245 22nd St.
Miami Beach, Florida
active years:
DeeJays: Tony Garcia
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — owners Richard Fendelman and John Turchin
— the club was a very elegant and high class club with a unique layout. It was an awesome looking place and they changed their themes every three months
— the DJ booth was huge, the most notable DJ was the Billborad reporting Tony Garcia
— since Club Nu closed, the premise has hosted numerous of of Clubs in different genres.
Photo: Interior of Club Nu
source: Leslie / Ray / Pete
 
CLUB:  FACADE

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address: 3509 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, Florida
active years:
DeeJays:
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — owned by Al Baker who didn't save the expenses as he wanted to create the hottest nightclub in South Florida.
— the 20,000 square feet club was was designed by Susan Welzien who recreated 'the fall of Rome' with old crumbling away to reveal new.
— the black-and-white terrazo dance floor was surrounded with neoclassical design details and massive stone columns. Halfway up the 20-foot columns that rise above the huge dance floor epitomizes this disco's style and glitz. Near the top, the stone seems to be torn away, revealing pillars of gleaming steel.
— it was a stunning Club and everything was the latest State-of-the-Art.
— sadly the DJ's didn't keep up to the Club's standard and the Club never became the success it could have been.
Photo: Facade Dining Room
Photo: Facade Dance Floor
source: Pete / Ray
 
CLUB:  FACES In The Grove

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address: Mayfair Shops, Coconut Grove
Miami, Florida
active years: 1979 - 1986
DeeJays: Scott Blackwell
Octavio Machado
Charlie K
DJ Butchie
Pete Denis (photo - Pete Denis)
Ray Juanes
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — Owner Michael Courso modeled 'Faces' after another of his clubs in Dallas, Texas called Papagallos.
— the club was located on the fourth level of the Mayfair shopping mall, right along Main Street in Miami's exclusive Coconut Grove.
— it was a fairly small club, only held about 500 people, but it was a exclusive and classy Club with a strict dress code ad it was always packed to the max.
— Faces had an innovative light show over a round dance floor and a tiny DJ booth which DJ Scott Blackwell was imported from the owner's Texas Club, Papagallos, to run.
— Scott gave the audience long and smooth blended mixes of the latest sounds. He was also an early adopter of the New Wave scene making the Club the place to be.
— after the owner was shot to death by drug dealers, the magic disappeared and the Club soon was closed down.
Photo: Faces DJ booth
source: Pete / Ray
Playlist December 1980 
DJ: Scott Blackwell 
GLOW OF LOVE - Change
DANCER - Gino Soccio
NO ROMANCE GOTTA DANCE - Theo Vanness
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER - Blondie
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT - Pat Benatar
SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY - Donna Summer
ROCK IT - Lipps Inc.
HIT AND RUN LOVER - Carol Jiani
ROCK LOBSTER - B-52's
WHIP IT - DEVO
 
CLUB:  G.WIZZ

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address: 17290 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami Beach, Florida
active years:
DeeJays: Joe Pastore
Charlie Cimino
Michael Berrios
Ray Juanes
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — owner Mike Vitro
— the club was a two story, saucer shaped nightclub with a dance floor on the first floor and a VIP section on the second.
— it was a very trendy Club and was packed to the max every Friday and Saturday.
— a local dance show, The Pulse of Miami, was filmed in the club
— the club had its own cover band 'the Wizz Band', who played 4 sets a night. The band included Dee Dee Wilde and sometimes gueststars like Eugene Wilde. the Wizz Band later moved to Facade when the club was sold
— DJ Ray played a wide varity of styles, from Dance Rock, Freestyle, Dance and even classic Disco all in the same night.
— when the owners hired a ned manager a new music programming plan was settled and that was the beginning of the end of the Club.
— Mike sold the club after the upstairs windows were shot through
— the place was later turned into Ronnie's Karaoke bar before permanently closing.
Photo: G.Wizz matchbook
source: Michael / Ray / Pete
 
CLUB:  LOST AND FOUND

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address: 56 L Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C.
active years: October 7, 1971 - 1995
1991 to 1993 as Quorum
1993 to 1995 as Lost & Found again
DeeJays: Ron Rice
Steve Smallwood
Dave Cheatham (photo - Dave Cheatham)
John Collister
Vince Michaels
Tommy Walton
Karl Matthews (photo - Karl Matthews)
Lightman: Dave Cheatham (photo - Dave Cheatham)
websites: Lost and Found - Rainbow History Project
information: — owned by Don Culver & Bill Bickford
— the club was open 7 nights a week and had a restaurant, 7 bars, upper and lower outside decks
— it had a capasity of 1800 people and the club's colors were black and mandarin orange with chrome yellow accents
— from the early 70s to the early 90s it was the place to be in D.C., no matter if you were gay or straight
— Lost & Found threw famous parties like the Annual 'Trash and Sleaze Ball', 'Cherry Tea Dance', 'Under the Sea Tea', 'High Above the Clouds Tea' and 'White Party'
— they had live performances from Disco acts like; Sylvester, Jeannie Tracy, Loletta Holloway, Sharon Redd, Phyllis Nelson and similar
— the ligthning was designed by Mark Akerman (who also did the Saint) and Mark Tucker
— In 1993 we Drummer Magazine sponsored a party in April for the arrival of the Quilt on the DC Mall. Decorating for that party the majority owner, Don Culver, fell off the roof and died later that night. The club went downhill from there
— the club was sold to Tracks DC in 1995 and they turned it into 'The Edge' and 'Wet' (a male strip club). Later the club was sold to Ron Hunt.
Photo: Lost & Found Bar
Photo: Lost & Found Dance floor
Photo: Lost & Found Matchbook
source: Dave
 
CLUB:  MENAGE

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address: 1800 Brickill Avenue
Miami, Florida
active years: 1979 - 1982
DeeJays: Pete Denis (photo - Pete Denis)
Tony Diaz
Carlos Nodal
DJ Butchie
DJ Ozzie
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — owners Bill Miller and Carlos Hernandez
— Menage was the finest and most exclusive Private Club in Miami and was located in the ground floor of the Brickell Bay Club.
— the club held over 1500 people a night and had one of the best Gourmet Restaurants in the City.
— 4 miles of wiring led to over 60 Bose Speakers strategically located throughout the Club and its three dance floors, it required a wall of Amplifiers to just operate all the speakers.
— the DJ booth featured three Technics 1200's and a Bozac mixer.
— the successful and elegant Club also attracted many criminal elements and one of the owners (Carlos Hernandez) was killed by 44 bullets in the Club and another time a bomb went off in one side of the Club.
— after the shooting and bomb the club was closed after three successful years.
source: Pete / Ray
Playlist May 1980 
DJ: Pete Denis 
DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA - Fiesta
STAY THE NIGHT - Billy Ocean
HIGH ON MAD MOUNTAIN - Mike Theodore
LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME - ABBA
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - Giorgio Moroder
CALL ME - Blondie
DEPUTY OF LOVE - Don Armando's Second Avenue Rumba Band
PUMP IT UP - Fever
THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I - Machine
DON'T COME CRYING TO ME - Linda Clifford
  
CLUB:  OSKO'S

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address: At the Intersection of La Cienega Blvd and San Vincente Blvd
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles
active years: 197x - 198x
DeeJays: DJ Dell
websites:
information: — owner Osko Karaghassian
— the club had 4 dance floors and 'the Cave'
— you had to take the elevator down to reach 'the Cave' which had walls looking like a huge ice cavern
— Osko's was also the club where they filmed the movie Thank God It's Friday. In the movie the club was called 'the Zoo' and was starring actors like Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger
— Casablanca records owner, Neil Bogart, was the movie's executive producer and in the movie you can see some of his Casablanca acts like Donna Summer and Paul Jabara
— the club's owner had also got an acting role as a bouncer in T.G.I.F
— the ice cavern room was also used in the horror movie Jennifer — unfortunately the building was completely demolished years back and was replaced by a large Loehmann's dress store complex
source:
 
CLUB:  PARALLEL BAR at the Bodyworks

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address: Bakery Centre
5701 Sunset Drive
South Miami, Florida
active years:
DeeJays: Ciro Llerena
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — owners Jeff Marks and Mark Golob
— the club was also a fitness center, Body Works, and was located in the Bakery Center shopping mall on Sunset Drive.
— during the Club's opening hours you could still see the workout equipment through sliding glass doors.
— all big acts played the Club in the weekends, Linda Clifford was the opening act in the premiere night. Chaka Khan, Ashford & Simpson and Expose were some of the acts that appeared there.
— the Club never managed to develop an identity and later the entire shopping center was demolished to give room for a new and bigger mall, but without a nightclub.
source: Ray / Pete
 
CLUB:  SECOND STORY

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address: 12th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia
active years: December 6, 1976 - April 17, 1988
DeeJays: Walter Gibbons
Richie Kaczor (photo)
Paul Casella
Wayne Geftman
Frank Sestito
Bill Kennedy
Frankie Goodman
websites: Disco-Disco: Richie Kaczor
information: — owners Wayne Geftman and Barry Geftman
— The club was on the second floor of what was originally a 5 story Episcopalian School and Church, the club was in the former Chapel with 20 foot high ceilings
— Walter Gibbons was the first DJ and played there for several months, after him Richie Kaczor was hired and played for some six months prior to his residency at Studio 54
— the club had a wonderful Rosner Custom Sound designed sound system
— Second Story was known for breaking new songs, having the best DJ's and its outrageous sound system
— in the basement of the same building was Catacombs [see above], another club owned by the Second Story owners
source: Wayne
 
CLUB:  STUDIO ONE

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address: 652 N La Peer Drive
Santa Monica Blvd & Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles
active years: January 1974 - ??
DeeJays: Michael 'Mike' Lewis
Paul Dougan
Manny Slali (1977-1980)
Robbie Leslie (photo @ Studio 54)
Sharon White (photo)
Chris Brooks (1988-1989)
Lewis van der Wyk
Mike Murray
Craig Morey
Ray Chatters
websites: Disco-Disco: Robbie Leslie
Disco-Disco: Sharon White
information: — owner Scott Forbes
— Studio One was the only New York style club in LA at the time, with a football field sized dancefloor and beautiful lights
— the crowd was a mixture of straights and gays
— lots of celebreties could be seen in the club and Divine used to visit every time he was in L.A.
— Studio One was Hollywoods longest running club
— the logo was designed by Randy Dunbar
— the club can be seen in the Sam Harris video "Sugar Don't Bite"
— there were pictures in the hallways leading to the bathroom of president Carter showing his face there
— the club was formerly known as the Factory, as it was a former bomb factory during WW2
— currently the club is called Axis
— at the other end of the block-long 2nd story venue was "The Backlot" where cabaret acts were booked, with artists including (then) Rosanne Barr, and a regulary scheduled "Les Stevens Show" in bad Las Vegas lounge lizard act that had a bit of a cult following
— Scott Forbes was also part of the Tavern Guild, a group of gay L.A. business owners, who held the first gay/lesbian private party at Disneyland in 1978. the Disneyland parties is now a yearly event
Photo: Sam Harris video shot at Studio One
source: Chris
Playlist February 1976 
DJ: Paul Dougan 
EXTRA, EXTRA - Ralph Carter
HAPPY MUSIC - The Blackbyrds
MIGHTY HIGH - Mighty Clouds Of Joy
MORE, MORE, MORE - Andrea True Connection
SALSA - Louie Ramirez
SHACK UP - Banbarra
SING A HAPPY FUNKY SONG - Miz Davis
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT - Bette Midler
STREET TALK - BCG
WOW - (The Disco Sound Of) Andre Gagnon
 
CLUB:  TROCADERO TRANSFER

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address: 520 Fourth St & Brannan
San Francisco
active years: 1978 - 2000
DeeJays: Bobby Viteritti (photo)
Michael 'Mike' Lewis
Gary Tighe
Robbie Leslie (photo @ Studio 54)
Sharon White (photo)
Craig Morey
Tim Rivers
Trip Ringwald
Ralph Zapeda
Steve Fabus
Rob Kimble
Bill Motely
Steven Smith
websites: Disco-Disco: Bobby Viteritti
Disco-Disco: Robbie Leslie
Disco-Disco: Sharon White
Remember the Party
information: — owner Dick Collier, who passed away in the end of 2004
— it was usually called just 'the Troc'
— the space was a former stage set and had a 4000 square-foot elevated wooden dance floor under a tall ceiling with 8 skylights
— you entered the club and walked down the corridor straight into the main room and onto the dance floor, there was also the DJ booth, the stage and the video screens at the back wall. Turn left at the end of the corridor to reach the back bar, turn right for the restrooms.
— from the dance floor you could take the spiral 'Crystal Staircase' up to the balcony, which run around the building, to the main bar and overlook the action on the dance floor below. In the back of the mezzanine was the offices and celeb's areas.
— the DJ booth was in one corner of the balcony
— the club was SF's largest and most popular after hours gay dance club from the start until circa 1990, even if the club ramained for some 10 more years
— as mentioned above, the crowd was mainly gay, but with some straights and record business people sneaking in for the great music
— the club could easily have some 1500 guests on a good night
— TT was the sister club of NYC's 12 West and just like its NY sister it had a wonderful Graebar sound system and a remarkable lighthing show with a unique mirrorballs cluster
— the DJ's of the Troc was influential for the launch of the more uptempo dance music genre which would become widely known as High Energy (Hi NRG)
— famous Hi NRG stars like Sylvester, Patrick Cowley, Paul Parker, Two Tons O' Fun (later the Weather Girls) and others, used to frequent and/or perform at the club
— the club held lots of famous 'theme parties', like the Black, White, Red and even Tupperware parties
— else the club had an 'anything goes' dress code, why you could see everything from just jeans to people dressed in "... Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci..." [from "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge]
— the Troc had a famous doorman called Jimbo
— there was even glitter on the sidewalks outside the club
— the club interior can be seen in the 1979 Sci-Fi movie 'Time after time'
— In 2000 the club became the Glas Kat and a 22 years old era ended
— still Remember the Party arrange reunion nights every 6th months at the Glas Kat, with famous legendary DJ's like Robbie Leslie
Photo: Trocadero Transfer Dance Floor
Photo: Trocadero Transfer Ad
Photo: Trocadero Transfer Header
source: Bobby
 
CLUB:  TUTTLE'S

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address: The Charter Club
3600 NE 36th Street
Miami, Florida
active years: 1975 - 1985
DeeJays: Carlos Martinez
Pete Denis (photo - Pete Denis)
Ray Juanes
DJ Eli
websites: Disco-Disco.com Forum - Club memories
information: — owners Peter Whitcup and Andrew Baskst
— Tuttle's was a Five-Star Gourmet Restaurant and one of the first Clubs in Miami. It was located in in the bottom floor of the first Condo north of Downtown Miami. People like the Gibb's Brothers and Casey from K.C. & the Sunshine Band regularly ate there.
— it was an architectural wonder with wall-to-wall, ceiling to floor Red Velvet Carpeting. It also had foam insulation to prevent the music from going upstairs to the apartments above.
— it was a very intimate club and the DJ booth was just two steps from the small Stainless Steel dance floor.
Photo: DJ friends: JP, Eli & Chulo
Photo: Tuttle's Interior
Photo: Tuttle's Interior
source: Pete / Ray
Playlist November 1983 
DJ: Pete Denis 
GLORIA- Laura Brannigan
DON'T YOU WANT ME - Human League
I'M SO EXCITED - Pointer Sisters
SITUATION - Yaz
EVERYBODY SALSA - Modern Romance
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU - Boystown Gang
CALL ME - Sky
TAINTED LOVE - Soft Cell
JUMP - Pointer Sisters
LOVE PLUS ONE - Haircut 100
 

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