Category Archives: Dance

The Inaugural Ultimate Disco Cruise Adds Yvonne Elliman & France Joli To Lineup

 

 

Yvonne Elliman (left)
France Joli (right)

StarVista LIVE, the leader in nostalgia-based music cruise experiences, is adding a pair of classic dance music’s legendary divas ― Yvonne Elliman and France Jolie ― to an already unprecedented superstar lineup for its newest uniquely themed voyage, the 2019 Ultimate Disco Cruise.

Yvonne Elliman and France Jolie join a phenomenal gathering of pioneering musical artists who helped make dance music a lasting part of all of our lives: KC and The Sunshine Band, Kool & The Gang, The Spinners, Gloria Gaynor, the Village People, Tavares, Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson & Luci Martin (formerly of Chic), Rose Royce, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Thelma Houston, The Trammps featuring Earl Young, Musique, the Australian Bee Gees Show – a Tribute to The Bee Gees, and just added, the Boogie Wonder Band, Keith & Leslie Ferguson and comedian Kivi Rogers – with more coming! Together, they’ll “rock the boat” for five incredible nights, with live concerts anchoring a cruise that brings the cultural phenomenon of the 1970s from the dance floor to the high seas on a luxury ship that will wind its way through the Gulf of Mexico from February 14-19, 2019.

Famed choreographer and “Dance Fever” TV host Deney Terrio, the man who taught John Travolta his Saturday Night Fever dance moves, hosts one of the greatest lineups of classic disco stars ever assembled –and so much more – aboard the award-winning Celebrity InfinityÒ

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Watch: Jeff Mills Talk About The Roland TR-909

Watch Jeff Mills talk about Roland’s TR-909 drum machine and how he became acquainted with it. He plays with the machine and gives his insight into the future of electronic music. The tireless techno legend is touring as always and last year the Detroit native received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang. The video for the TR-909 is in conjunction with 909 Day (September 9th) and the full interview with Mills can be read over at Mixmag

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Throwback: Chic- I Want Your Love

C’est Chic is Chic’s second album and “I Want Your Love” came right after the huge success of their single “Le Freak.” The luxurious horns and strings with vocalist Alfa Anderson’s collected emotion appealed to their audience as much as “Le Freak.” Chic’s classy dance music had texture thanks to Nile Rodgers’ distinct rhythm guitar and Bernard Edwards’ palpable bass lines. This unique gentility was also expressed in their tailored outfits that conveyed a kind of Black glamour did not alienate the masses.”I Want Your Love” was sleek, gritty and futuristic all at the same time.C’est Chic has maintained its cultural relevance 40 years after its release having been referenced in numerous samples and cited as an influence by several artists. The band has continued through the years after the passing of Bernard Edwards in 1996 and drummer Tony Thompson in 2003. Chic’s 10th album, It’s About Time will be released September 28, 2018. 

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Sylvester’s I Need Somebody To Love Remixed By Psychemagik

Slyvester’s “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight” has a remix from UK duo Psychemagik. The song was released today on what would have been the late dance music icon’s 71st birthday. Sylvester’s reign as a pioneering LGBTQ artist in the ’70s and ’80s opened doors for other artists and produced classics like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” “Over and Over” and “Dance (Disco Heat).” He was one of the few dance music artists able to transcend the stigma of being a disposable singer for nightclubs and earned the respect of people like Patti LaBelle. He was called the Queen Of Disco and was the subject of an episode of Unsung, the 2014 Off-Broadway Musical, Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical. The remix of “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight” appears on the recently released For Discos Only: Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records (1976-1981) box set and will be offered on vinyl December 7th.  

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Throwback: Gloria Gaynor- I Will Survive

 Gloria Gaynor was one of the first artists to bring disco music to the mainstream with her 1975 album Never Can Say Goodbye. She became an international presence after the success of her cover of “Never Can Say Goodbye” and made five more albums before she had her biggest breakthrough. Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris wrote “I Will Survive”, when they were unemployed songwriters, needing some self-encouragement. Gaynor recorded “I Will Survive” in 1978 and became famous and received the only Grammy Award For Best Disco Recording in 1980 before the category was dismissed. People around the world embraced the song as a tool of resilience in their lives and it became an anthem for the LGBTQ community. The success of “I Will Survive” started when a DJ in Boston played the song on the radio going against the plans of the record company that believed in the hit potential of the single “Substitute” which was on the A-side of the vinyl. Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” has managed to be one of the only songs to survive the disco backlash of the ’80s. Listeners hear “I Will Survive” as a powerful song and don’t connect it to a commodified music trend of the past. Diana Ross and Celia Cruz are among the artists to cover “I Will Survive” but it will forever be connected to Gaynor. In 2017, “I Will Survive” was put into the Library Of Congress’ National Recording Registry.  

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