Monday Open Thread | Disco Week: Various Artists

Thought we’d have some fun with disco this week.

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Disco is a genre of music that peaked in popularity in the late 1970s, though it has since enjoyed brief resurgences including the present day.[10] The term is derived from discothèque (French for “library of phonograph records”, but subsequently used as proper name for nightclubs in Paris[11]). Its initial audiences were club-goers from the African American, gay, Italian American, Latino, and psychedelic communities in New York City and Philadelphia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco also was a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period. Women embraced disco as well, and the music eventually expanded to several other popular groups of the time.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

In what is considered a forerunner to disco-style clubs, New York City DJ David Mancuso opened The Loft, a members-only private dance club set in his own home, in February 1970.[20][21] Allmusic claims some have argued that Isaac Hayes and Barry White were playing what would be called disco music as early as 1971. According to the music guide, there is disagreement as to what the first disco song was. Claims have been made for Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” (1972), Jerry Butler’s “One Night Affair” (1972), the O’Jays’ “Love Train” (1972, #1 hit), the Hues Corporation’s “Rock the Boat” (1973), and George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby” (1974).[6][22] The first article about disco was written in September 1973 by Vince Aletti for Rolling Stone magazine.[23] In 1974 New York City’s WPIX-FM premiered the first disco radio show.[21]

Musical influences include funk, Latin and soul music. The disco sound has soaring, often reverberated vocals over a steady “four-on-the-floor” beat, an eighth note (quaver) or 16th note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line sometimes consisting of octaves. The Fender Jazz Bass is often associated with disco bass lines, because the instrument itself has a very prominent “voice” in the musical mix. In most disco tracks, strings, horns, electric pianos, and electric guitars create a lush background sound. Orchestral instruments such as the flute are often used for solo melodies, and lead guitar is less frequently used in disco than in rock. Many disco songs employ the use of electronic instruments such as synthesizers.

Well-known late 1970s disco performers included ABBA, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Trammps, Van McCoy, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, Chic, and The Jacksons—the latter which first dipped its toes into disco as The Jackson 5. Summer would become the first well-known and most popular disco artist—eventually having the title “The Queen of Disco” bestowed upon her by various critics—and would also play a part in pioneering the electronic sound that later became a prominent element of disco. While performers and singers garnered the lion’s share of public attention, producers working behind the scenes played an equal, if not more important role in disco, since they often wrote the songs and created the innovative sounds and production techniques that were part of the “disco sound.”[24]

Many non-disco artists recorded disco songs at the height of disco’s popularity, and films such as Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday contributed to disco’s rise in mainstream popularity. Disco was the last mass popular music movement that was driven by the baby boom generation.[25] Disco music was a worldwide phenomenon, but its popularity declined in the United States in the late 1970s. On July 12, 1979, an anti-disco protest in Chicago called “Disco Demolition Night” had shown that an angry backlash against disco and its culture had emerged in the United States. In the subsequent months and years, many musical acts associated with disco struggled to get airplay on the radio. A few artists still managed to score disco hits in the early 1980s, but the term “disco” became unfashionable in the new decade and was eventually replaced by “dance music”, “dance pop”, and other identifiers. Although the production techniques have changed, many successful acts since the 1970s have retained the basic disco beat and mentality, and dance clubs have remained popular.


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Serendipity SOUL | Sunday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Happy Sunday, Everyone. We end the week with Ms. James’ “Sunday Kind of Love.”


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Serendipity SOUL|Saturday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Ms. Etta James Jan 28, 2012




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Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Happy Friday, Everyone, AT LAST…



I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to stop now)

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Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Etta James Week


Chess years: 1960–1978

Dueting with Harvey Fuqua, James recorded for the Chess label Argo (later Cadet) and her first hit singles with Fuqua were “If I Can’t Have You” and “Spoonful”. Her first solo hit was the doo-wop styled rhythm and blues number, “All I Could Do Was Cry”, becoming a number two R&B hit. Leonard Chess had envisioned James as a classic ballad stylist who had potential to cross over to the pop charts and soon surrounded the singer with violins and other string instruments.[13] The first string-laden ballad James recorded was “My Dearest Darling” in May 1960, which peaked in the top five of the R&B chart. James sang background vocals on label mate Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.”

Her debut album, At Last!, was released in late 1960 and was noted for its varied choice in music from jazz standards to blues numbers to doo-wop and rhythm and blues (R&B). The album also included James’ future classic, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “A Sunday Kind of Love”. In early 1961, James released what was to become her signature song, “At Last”, which reached number two on the R&B chart and number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though the song was not as successful as expected, it has become the most remembered version of the song.[14] James followed that up with “Trust in Me”, which also included string instruments. Later that same year, James released a second studio album, The Second Time Around. The album took the same direction as her previous album, covering many jazz and pop standards, and using strings on many of the songs spawning two hit singles, “Fool That I Am” and “Don’t Cry Baby”.

All I Can Do Was Cry

Fool That I Am

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The Disturbing Reality of White Privilege

Tea Party racist-Eric Parker, who lives in central Idaho, aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp in Bunkerville, Nevada. (Jim Urquhart-Reuters)This image is so disturbing! It clearly shows the depth of white privilege in this country. No way a black man could aim a gun at federal agents and live to tell about it.

Monroe Isadore, 107 years old, of Arkansas aimed his weapon at two people in the home, prompting a call to the police. Swat Team inserted a camera in his bedroom and confirmed he did indeed have a gun. They stormed the room and shot 107 year old Monroe Isadore dead.

Monroe IsadorePolice claimed negotiations with Monroe Isadore were unsuccessful but refused to clarify how negotiations failed.

What? No waiting him out? Police couldn’t wear down a 107 year old man?  No, it’s shoot first and ask questions later…unless you’re a white gun toting tea party militia.

Please tell me, how is it tea party militias aimed guns at federal agents, blocked the highway against law enforcement & NO ONE was arrested? As you can see, they took photos, passed them around on social media & bragged about it! WTFF?!

Senator Harry Reid has thrown down the gauntlet and claims it’s not over but we shall see. It’s TWO Americas, folks. One for black people and one for the privileged whites. Skin color makes all the difference. Very disturbing!

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Serendipity SOUL | Wednesday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Happy HUMP day, Everyone! More Etta…


I’d Rather Go Blind


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