Major League Baseball's 2011 All-Star game falls on July 12th this year. This is the same day 32 years ago (1979) that Anti-Disco baseball fans brought their Disco records to Chicago Stadium and lit a bon-fire in between games of a doubleheader. The records blew 200 feet in the air to the chant of "Disco Sucks." Many will say that was the day that Disco died...
Funny, here we are in 2011 and most songwriters, artists and DJ's will admit there's Disco music in many genres of music that we have today. If you listen close enough to the beat, there's Disco in Hip-Hop, Club & Dance music,and Freestyle which were all siblings of the 70s sound, and in some cases there's even Disco in Rock music the Mecca of the Anti-Disco movement. Yes, they may have changed the name but in quite a few cases it is a known fact the songwriters take Disco beats and sounds and incorporate it into songs that we have today.
So did disco really die? I was watching an Amazon CD I purchased called Disco "Spinning the Story." It was pretty entertaining and was hosted by the first Queen and Diva of Disco,, (I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye). The one statement that stood out to me was when Earl Young from the great 70s group called The Trammps answered the question... Did Disco die? He answered it by saying to the audience "The name has changed but it's still out there in all the music we listen to today. Then he paused for a moment looked into the camera and smiled, "We didn't go anywhere, we're still here."
I've always believed that, which is why this Author wrote a book called Disco Nights (July 10, 2010). I wanted to touch the many fans that want to learn or relive the great experiences of Disco during its peak years before Disco was saturated with comedic antics to kill the real Disco sound... And yes, we are still here and I'm just one of the millions world-wide that still love the romantic sounds of Disco from years ago... Long live Disco, a sound that will never be forgotten and is etched in our memories as part of our cultural past and music history!
(Stephen A. Welles Author of Disco Nights). www.disconights77.com