So... What happened to all the Disco acts in the early eighties? Did they just vanish from the surface of the earth or
where did they go?
Remember for example the SalSoul orchestra?
Talking 'bout Jocelyn Brown... A guy who have been working a lot with her during the years is the great mega
disco writer/producer/arranger & engineer – Patrick Adams and he thinks
she's one of the greatest vocalists ever. She was of the lead singers in the Patrick written and produced act –
Musique, which scored hits like "Push, push – in the bush" and "Keep on jumping". The later Jocelyn
was singing again in 1997 but now together with Todd Terry and Martha Wash (one of "the Weather Girls").
Since sampling is very popular these days – I also have heard of disco writers and producers living very good on their work right now just because of the all the sampling-royalites they receive. Some of these guys didn't make top 10 disco hits but they made the kind of disco music that was very popular on the dancefloors and disco's and these kind of obscure disco tracks are very popular to sample. Specially since they are not that very known and they are hard-to-find.
Many other old disco acts is also still out there tourning and playing gigs. Artists like Gloria Gaynor and Vicki Sue Robinson along with groups like Kool & the Gang, Trammps and Rose Royce just to mention a few... OK – all the groups are not in the original settings but usually there's some of the original members. Sometimes the original setting wouldn't be possible to reunite, like for example Chic. Nile Rodgers have lately played very popular gigs as Chic in New York... In this case it's quite obvious the original setting never could take place, since Nile's former partner Bernard Edwards sadly passed away much too early a couple of years ago...
Other Disco people we miss that unfortunatly aren't with us any longer is people the very talanted writer/producer
Dan Hartman who unfortunatly died in march 22, 1994. Dan is most famous for his song "Relight my fire"
which is a gem. But he also wrote and produced many songs for other acts – he wrote and produced
Loleatta Holloway's "Love sensation" (this song was sampled with great
success by Black Box in their "Ride on time" a couple of years ago). At the time of his death he was working
on a new album.
I hope I've managed to let you all know that disco music and artist are still out there and the interest for disco is getting bigger and bigger for every day... I hope I've managed to open up YOUR interest for disco and the people behind as well...
Take care and Disco-on,