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 Post subject: EVERYDAY DISCO
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:14 am 
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This is a new post about Disco artist that have BIG hits or songs that was a major influence in Disco sound back in time!!!
Today I start with producer/artist Michael Zager 8)
Michael Zager (born 3 January 1943, Passaic, New Jersey) has produced, composed, and/or arranged original music in a wide range of musical idioms, including commercials, albums, network television, and as a source for theme music for films.
Zager has produced Grammy Award winning artists: Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson, Luther Vandross, Deniece Williams, Jennifer Holliday, Joe Williams, Arturo Sandoval, Herb Alpert, Olatunji, and The Spinners. Some of Zager’s original scores and original studio recordings of Whitney Houston, The Spinners, and the Michael Zager Band, reside in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Zager was a member of Ten Wheel Drive from 1968-1973.
His awards for producing, composing and/or arranging include thirteen gold or platinum records, Golden Boot Award (France), Europe 1 Award (France), Olé Award (Spain), two BMI Citations of Achievement, given for most performed songs on radio in a given year, a Grammy Award nomination for "Cupid" / "I’ve Loved You for a Long Time", performed by The Spinners, and nomination for producer of the year by the Golden Music Awards, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Zager produced Daniel Ray Edwards, who was nominated for best new artist by the Golden Music Awards; as well as "You Win Again", which was nominated for single of the year. His record label was also nominated for Best Independent Record Label of the Year. His television awards include a Platinum Video Award for the ABC Television Network series: ABC Funfit with Mary Lou Retton, and a daytime Emmy Award for the same show.
Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, and many more have sampled his songs. Zager has composed and/or arranged more than 400 commercials. His clients have included Dr Pepper, MCI, Master Lock, Cablevision, Buick, Acura, IBM, Crystal Light, Budweiser, Crest, Kodak, Maxwell House, Clearasil etc. Zager’s advertising awards include a Clio Award, three International Film Festival awards, three Art Directors Club awards, and a Mobius Advertising award. For many years he produced the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement Awards in New York.
Here's his most remarkable disco hit from 1978!!!
Michael Zager Band - ''Lets All Chant''
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGNrufyCC-0
http://rapidshare.com/files/205924080/M ... 2inch_.mp3


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:55 am 
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Great idea and post Dancer and a very good first choice.

I was actually with Zager a few days ago as he is a music teacher at FAU here in South Florida, the man is a genius and sometimes I feel he doesnt get the amount of credit he truly deserves!

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Top post George. :)

Michael Zager is wonderful producer/arranger who never stops giving the music back. 8)

A true pioneer & mentor for disco heads like us! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: EVERYDAY DISCO
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Zager is a great guy...

Did an interview with the man and legend some years ago...

Michael Zager interview

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Great thread Giorgio and great choice with Michael Zagar. If you love your disco, you gotta love Zagar's work...Will be back with my contribution soon!

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 Post subject: Cerrone
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Cerrone

Cerrone (born Jean-Marc Cerrone, 24 May 1952, Vitry-sur-Seine, near Paris, France) is a French disco drummer, singer-songwriter and record producer.
At the age of 12, he started playing drums and listening to Otis Redding's songs. Cerrone's passion for music scared his father, who tried to distract him from his obsession. By the end of the 1960s, he was fascinated by, among others, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
At the age of 17, he convinced Gilbert Trigano to hire rock bands for his holiday clubs: Club Med (Club Mediterranée). Cerrone became the A&R scout for 40 Club Med vacation villages around the world. His first recordings as a part of Kongas were released on Barclay Records, where he issued his first hit single, "Boom". He is most famous from the Kongas days for "Anikana-O", co-written and produced by Alec R. Costandinos. A remix was done by Tom Moultonfor the U.S. release on Salsoul Records. This mix was also used on other international releases.
Based in Paris, Cerrone recorded, composed, and performed his solo debut "Love In C Minor", again with Costandinos. Released on his own Malligator imprint, and distributed by Warner Filipacci in France, it immediately shocked audiences with its controversial cover. It was later released with a new, tamer cover that took flashes of nude women into the background and replaced them with four arms clenched instead for the American release. It also featured a cover version of Los Bravos "Black is Black" and "Midnite Lady", an instrumental piece. Cotillion Records released the album through Warner distribution in the U.S. The album was released un-edited in Canada, using the original master tapes. This was the final collaboration between Cerrone and the Egyptian-born Costandinos, who went on to create dancefloor hits such as "I've Found Love" by Love & Kisses, and the disco opera re-telling of the story of "Romeo and Juliet".
Cerrone continued using pieces of photographic and audio erotica when he released his second album, Cerrone's Paradise. It was recorded with Raymond Donnez, also known as "Don Ray", as part of his arrangement entourage after parting company with Costandinos. The original French album cover featured a naked model draped over the top of a refrigerator with a jar of white powder spilled in front of it. The U.S. release featured a photo of Cerrone wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
His third album, Supernature sold over eight million albums worldwide. A departure from the lush orchestration with electronic instrumentation added to the mix, it was co-written by Lene Lovich and was arranged by Alain Wisniak. The song "Supernature" has a sci-fi theme: it's about the rebellion of mutant creatures — created by scientists to end starvation among mankind — against the humans. It also featured "Sweet Drums", a three-minute-and-ten-second drum breakdown. The original French album cover was again different, having a gatefold opening with nudes in the centre. The music itself was the same.
"Supernature" was used as the theme music to Thames TV's The Kenny Everett Video Show, which was shown across the UK.

After the success of Supernature, Cerrone IV: The Golden Touch was released to largely positive reviews and was another U.S. disco chart-topper. Driven by "Je Suis Music", "Look For Love", and the urban-slanted "Rocket In The Pocket", this album showed his fusion attributes, foreshadowing his future releases.

Cerrone then ventured into movie scoring, supplying the music score for Brigade Mondaine, a French film. Alternate mixes of his hits were made, such as "Give Me Love", "Phonic" (originally released as a 12" single on the Crocos label), and "Striptease". The latter was an underground hit, introduced to international audiences through the Disconet subscription service for DJs. It was a key inclusion on "Cerrone by Bob Sinclar".
Cerrone V marked a radical departure for the artist, where he made a full-fledged attempt to become the vocalist. Moving from Cotillion to Atlantic Records in the U.S., "Rock Me" was the first single and, although clubs reacted fairly well, it did not reach the heights of his previous releases. Sonically, it bears a resemblance to "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer. Recorded in Los Angeles, California with the musicians backing Toto, Cerrone co-wrote "Call Me Tonight" with producer Bob Esty and vocalist/lyricist Michelle Aller.

His sixth album, Cerrone VI, was the first of his albums not to be released in the U.S. and was issued on Malligator and Unidisc in Canada. Unlike his previous albums, this non-rhythmic offering, using new electronic elements such as the Fairlight CMI computer, was more of Cerrone exploring the entire musical landscape. Lyricist Pamela Forrest, a Liverpool-born, Paris-based lyricist, added her magic to the album. The instrumental, Herb Alpert–inspired "Rendezvous" received scattered Adult Contemporary airplay in Canada. Cerrone also returned to the erotic album covers, using an existing Cheyco Leydemann photograph of a bare-breasted blonde in a lawnchair, and inserting himself in the photograph.
In a true return to form, "You Are The One" was the cornerstone of his seventh record. An 11-minute version of "Cherry Tree" remains on the shelf. This album was rumoured to have been recorded twice: first with Stoke-on-Trent, England, native Kay Garner, long the voice of Cerrone's biggest successes; and then with Brown. The version with Garner on the lead vocals has never been released.

As a bridge between Cerrone's seventh and eighth albums, a 12" single, "Tripping On The Moon", was released prior and was a blockbuster import hit. Sung by Kay Garner, and vocally reminiscent in tone of "Supernature", it was never released in North America as a single. It later became a part of Cerrone VIII:Back Track. It was released on John Luongo's Portrait label, distributed by CBS. Although the title track was a mild chart hit in the clubs, the album's lone bright spot was a re-recording of "Supernature" sung by Montreal-based Nanette Workman. Workman had a 1973 hit with the song "The Queen" on Big Tree Records. A short time thereafter, Canadian born singer Claudja Barry did a cover version of "Trippin'", released on Personal Records.
His ninth album, Your Love Survived, featured male lead vocals other than his own sung by the late Arthur Simms. Simms had also recorded a solo album with Alec R. Costandinos on his Ibis/Casablanca imprint. Pamela Forrest also rejoined the cast, writing lyrics on the album. Re-recordings of hits such as "Give Me Love", "Look For Love", and "Call Me Tonight" were also featured on this double LP set. Key tracks included "Get Your Lovin'" and "Workout".

Another return to form was his tenth album, Where Are You Now?. Sung by American Carole Rowley and released on Malligator in France, Hi-NRG producer and mixer Ian Levine was tabbed to do the mix, prompting a 12" release on the Record Shack label. In 1984, "Club Underworld" was also released as a single, in both France and the United States on Personal Records, with a new mix.
Perhaps the most-interesting Cerrone record that was never to be on a full-length album was his terrific interpretation of "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" intertwined with his own composition "Freak Connection". It was released only in France.

Cerrone's boutique label, Crocos, was the home to a number of independently produced projects. "Africanism" by Kongas, arranged by Don Ray, was an energetic fusion of tribal drum beats and emotive male vocals framed around a cover version of "Gimme Some Lovin'" by Traffic. It was licensed for North American distribution in a deal between Cerrone and Polydor U.S.

Don Ray created a furore with his dance-pop album Garden Of Love, which was written with Cerrone, the entire album is considered a seminal classic. Hits such as "Got To Have Lovin'", "Body & Soul", and "Standing In The Rain" guided the album to #1 Stateside. Rob King, late of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, was the vocalist on the album. The previously mentioned Lene Lovich wrote the lyrics.
Revelacion, a studio act, released two albums: a side-long version of "House Of The Rising Sun" on Crocos (which was also released at almost the same time as Santa Esmeralda's second album) and "Don't Give A Damn", a 16-minute electronic-spiced, downtempo track recalling "Music of Life" on Malligator.

He also produced singles "Tonight The Night" for percussionist Mo Cooper and "Phonic" by Phonic, the latter of which echoes the synth boom that was started by Space's "Magic Fly". A song featuring LaToya Jackson was also issued, entitled "Oops, Oh No".
By the 2000s, Cerrone's European success helped his 2002 hit "Hysteria", and the album become a success. By 2007, he issued the song "Laisser Toucher". It is the lead single from his album Celebrate!, released in early 2008. The second single from the album was "Misunderstanding." Cerrone issued his twentieth album release, Love Ritual on 7 July 2008. The lead single is the title track which preceeded the full length album. "Love Ritual" also has a supporting music video. It was quickly followed by the next two singles, "It Had To Be You" and "Tattoo Woman." The single, "Tattoo Woman" with remixes by Jamie Lewis was made available domestically in the U.S. on traxsource.com.
Cerrone also won 5 Grammy Awards, some Golden Globes, awards from Billboard Disco Forum events, and gold and platinum discs.


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 Post subject: Re: EVERYDAY DISCO
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Great biography for a guy who made his name synonimous to Disco...

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 Post subject: Re: EVERYDAY DISCO
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WOW, I CAME HERE ON THE RIGHT DAY!!!!
Never knew all that stuff about Cerrone!!!!
Great BIO, Dancer---I love stuff like this!!!!
Say George, Can U share some of that unknown Cerrone music with us all???

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 Post subject: Re: EVERYDAY DISCO
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VERY INTERESTING BIO ON CERRONE GOOD JOB..

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 Post subject: Re: EVERYDAY DISCO
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George !

GREAT BIO on a GREAT MAN !!!

Thank you !

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 Post subject: Re: Cerrone
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[quote="Dancer"]Cerrone

Cerrone then ventured into movie scoring, supplying the music score for Brigade Mondaine, a French film. .[/quote]
Cerrone also did the soundtracks for the 2 sequels, Brigade Mondaine: Le Secte de Marrakech and Brigade Mondaine: Vaudou aux Caraibes. Osts are available for both. Later, he scored "Dancing Machine", a lesser and less intense thriller set in a dance school milieu.


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 Post subject: Gregg Diamond
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Gregg Diamond

Gregg Diamond (May 4, 1949 - March 14, 1999) was a pianist, drummer, songwriter, and producer who was active in the jazz and disco music scenes of the 1970s.
Diamond wrote the song "Hot Butterfly," which was released in 1978 under one of his group's names, Bionic Boogie, with Luther Vandross providing lead vocals.
The song was later covered by David Lasley and Chaka Khan. His other popular songs included "Risky Changes" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Dance Little Dreamer" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Cream (Always Rises to the Top)" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1978), "Starcruisin'" (1978), "Fancy Dancer" (1978), and "Tiger, Tiger (Feel Good For a While)" (1979).
"Dance Little Dreamer" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1978. The song "Cream (Always Rises to the Top)" reached #61 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1979.
Diamond's association with Vandross came from the success of David Bowie's Young Americans album, which both Vandross and Diamond's brother Godfrey (his sound engineer) contributed towards. He also wrote and produced an album for TK recording artist, George McCrae, scoring a club hit with "Love in Motion." His biggest commercial success was as writer and producer of the single "More, More, More" recorded by the The Andrea True Connection in 1975. Len's 1999 hit, "Steal My Sunshine", has a joint, and posthumous songwriting credit for Diamond, because of the sample of "More, More, More" used in the track.
Diamond was also a member of the backing band for Jobriath, The Creatures.
He died of gastrointestinal bleeding on March 14, 1999 at the age of 49.
Gregg Diamond discography:

1977: Bionic Boogie (Polydor)
1978: Gregg Diamond Bionic Boogie - Hot Butterfly (Polydor)
1978: Gregg Diamond´s Star Cruiser (TK)
1979: Gregg Diamond Bionic Boogie - Tiger Tiger (Polydor)
1979: Gregg Diamond Hardware (Mercury)


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What can i say about people who made MUSIC that we are hearing after 30+ years...
I wont say a thing...I 'll just listen...I'll just Dance...

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Thanks G,

What Gregg did with this music was just MAGIC !!
LOVE IT !! :D

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 Post subject: Walter Gibbons
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Walter Gibbons

Born 4-2-1954 / Died 9-23-1994
Walter Gibbons was a true "Native New Yorker." Born in 1954 in Queens he had a rather uneventful childhood growing up in the big apple. By 18 Walter was plugged into the emerging gay nightlife scene and he became one of disco's earliest d.j.'s.
In 1972 Walter was the house d.j. for the Galaxy21 club on 23rd Street near the Chelsea Hotel. The club was a cavernous affair created out of two brownstone townhouses merged together. The club was an a potpourri of black, latino, gay, whites and straights, all joined in Walter's tribal percussive symphonies played out with religious fervor.
Predating the amazing cut and paste skills later developed by hip-hop d.j.'s, Gibbons would take two copies of a record and work the drum breaks so adroitly it was impossible to tell that the music you were hearing wasn't originally recorded that way. Two cuts that he was famous for using in this trick was "Erucu" from the "Mahogany" soundtrack and "Two Pigs & A Hog" from the "Cooley High" soundtrack.
John "Jellybean" Benitez is quoted as saying; "I thought I was the best d.j. in the world until I heard Walter Gibbons play. Everything he was doing back then, people are doing now. He was phasing records, backbeating them for an echo effect, quick cuts and little tape edits that would freak people out." ...
"Having spent his final weeks living alone in a YMCA, Walter Gibbons died of complications resulting from Aids on 23 September 1994, aged thirty-eight years old. One of his final acts was to donate his record collection to an Aids charity based in San Francisco. Only a small number of people attended his funeral, and his memorial service, a dignified affair held on 11 October 1994 at the Church of St. John the Baptist on Thirty-first Street."
Some of his best remixes:

Double Exposure - Ten Percent
Anthony White - I Can't Turn You Loose / Block Party
Loleatta Holloway - Hit And Run
Salsoul Orchestra - Nice 'N' Naasty
JĂ KKI - Sun...Sun...Sun
Bettye Lavette - Doin' The Best That I Can
Double Exposure - Everyman
Loleatta Holloway / Salsoul Orchestra - Catch Me On The Rebound
Gladys Knight And The Pips - It's A Better Than Good Time
TC James And Fist-O-Funk Orchestra - Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancing)
Love Committee - Law And Order / Just As Long As I Got You
Sandy Mercer - Play With Me / You Are My Love
Arts & Craft - Wait a Minute "Before You Leave Me"
Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming
Strafe - Set It Off
Clark Sisters - Time Out


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