Tag Archives: disco

Donna Summer & Paul Jabara

We cannot properly memorialize Donna Summer without mentioning Paul Jabara, the late gay songwriter and performer who won the Academy Award for Best Original Song after his Last Dance was performed by Summer in the pitiful disco movie, Thank God It’s Friday. Jabara had a bit part in the film and his own track, Trapped In The Stairway, was included ...

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Could It Be Magic? Yes, It Could!

Three years ago, with Dr. Jeff and our DC pal Jimbo, I trekked out to Coney Island for Donna Summer’s massive outdoor free concert under the Brooklyn stars. It was hot, pushy, and maddeningly overcrowded. It was also fantastic. But not just for the music. It was also amazing to see several generations of gay men, including not a few ...

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Donna Summer Dead At 63

Horrible news. Donna Summer, the queen of disco, has died of cancer. TMZ has the early details.

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#1 Thirty-Five Years Ago Today

Thirty-five years later the song (arguably) still most closely associated with Grace Jones is her first chart smash, I Need A Man, which spent two May 1977 weeks atop Billboard’s disco report before being shoved aside by Marvin Gaye’s epic, Got To Give It Up. An early version of the track was first released in 1975, reaching a limp #83 ...

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Afternoon View – Halston House

This Upper East Side townhouse was built in 1966 by noted modernist Paul Rudolph. When Halston lived there, it was known as the Studio 54 after-party house. The Alexander Hirsch and Lewis Turner Residence, aka Halston House, 101 East 63rd Street, New York NY. Includes a private garage and rooftop deck. 7349 square feet. Sold in 1974 to designer Roy ...

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#1 Thirty Years Ago Today

Thirty years ago this week disco/R&B star Linda Clifford enjoyed what would be her final of four Billboard dance chart toppers with Don’t Come Crying To Me. The track was written and produced by Michael Gore (Lesley’s brother) who was hot off winning two 1980 Oscars for writing and producing the Fame soundtrack title song. Gore is also revered among ...

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#1 Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

In 1977 Jody Watley was plucked from the Soul Train dance floor to become part of Shalamar, Don Cornelius’ grudging acknowledgement of disco, the genre he scorned nearly as much as he would later loathe hip-hop. In 1987, ten years after Shalamar began a long run of hit singles on the pop, R&B, and club charts, Watley’s debut solo release, ...

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#1 Thirty-Five Years Ago Today

RELATED: Trammps lead singer Jimmy Ellis died yesterday at the age of 74. The New York Times has the obit. Mr. Ellis’s melodious voice overlaid the funky guitar riffs and driving bass and drums of the Trammps’s dance music. He sang lead on most of the group’s songs, backed by the bass singer Earl Young, and later harmonized with Robert ...

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Azis

Here’s a Valentine’s Day message from the world’s most popular (and likely only) Bulgarian gypsy drag disco bear.(Tipped by JMG reader Bobby)

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#1 Thirty-Five Years Ago Today

A favorite of 1977, but I still prefer the original.

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Sunday In New York City

An old school disco t-dance at the old school t-dance time. That’s almost revolutionary for Manhattan. The promoter also brings us the fantastic Trippin’ parties that I love so. XL’s grand opening is Friday. It’s the first large new exclusively gay club for NYC in years.

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Melba Moore At NYC’s Trippin’ Party

Last night I attended Trippin’ On The Moon, the recurring disco oldies party for the members and performers of NYC’s legendary Saint disco. The featured entertainer was Tony winner and four-time Grammy nominee Melba Moore, who looked and sounded so amazing that I had to whip out my phone to confirm that it was, in fact, 42 years ago that ...

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Funk/Disco Legend Jimmy Castor Dies

Funk and disco legend Jimmy Castor has died of heart disease at the age of 71. Castor scored half a dozen pop and disco chart smashes, including his 1972 classic Troglodyte, the first five seconds of which is arguably the most-sampled line in the history of rap and house music. Troglodyte also introduced the recurring character of Bertha Butt, the ...

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the promoters, today’s Swag Tuesday prize is two tickets to Trippin’ On The Moon, the next installment of the reunion of the members and performers of NYC’s legendary Saint disco. The party takes place on Sunday, January 22nd at Cielo in the Meatpacking District. Starring DJs Robbie Leslie and Mark Thomas, the evening will feature a special performance ...

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Disco Star Andrea True Dies At 68

Former porn star Andrea True, who had a second act in the mid-70s as a minor disco star, has died at the age of 68. True referenced her porn career in her first international smash, More, More, More, which included the lyrics “Get the cameras rolling, get the action going.” That song, which peaked on Billboard’s pop chart at #4 ...

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Azis – Hop

We haven’t heard from our favorite Bulgarian gypsy drag Eurovision disco bear in quite a while. Looks like he’s taken off a lot of weight. Video NSFW.(Tipped by JMG reader Bob)

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Happy Birthday, Sylvester

Sylvester James would have turned 64 today.

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Disco Legend Loleatta Holloway Dies At 64

Disco legend and gay favorite Loleatta Holloway has died at the age of 64. One of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices of the genre, Holloway got her start in the 60s as an R&B singer, but in mid-70s she become better known as “the” voice of Salsoul Records, where she fronted the famed Salsoul Orchestra on smash disco ...

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the promoter, today’s Swag Tuesday prize is two tickets to this Saturday’s installment of Trippin’ On The Moon, the reunion of the performers and patrons of NYC’s legendary Saint disco. Original Saint DJs Warren Gluck and Robbie Leslie will perform. Doors open at Manhattan’s Santos Party House at 9pm and the dancing continues until 4am. Advance tickets here. ...

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Jon Giovanni – Take Off

Very much a Junior Senior retro disco feel. Produced by Basement Jaxx’ Felix Burton. (Tipped by JMG reader Matthew)

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