Original Music Disco – is a not a separate genre, and a combination of a variety of dance genres: funk, soul, rock, latin. It is impossible to uniquely characterize any one style or tempo of the music, which sounded in the early days of disco. Originating in the United States, disco spread very quickly throughout the world. In the late ’70s to the disco up to 40% of singles fell into charts and disco industry was estimated at four billion dollars (that is, more than a movie, television or professional sports)

  • Soul City Orchestra - Soul City Drive

In the mid-’70s pop music audience was divided into two opposing camps. One part fell under the influence of punk and the other decided to spend more time esthetic and opted for a disco. At first, it was mostly American “golden youth”, which are visited nightlife, where dance music was played exclusively.


Year of birth is considered Disco 1974 venue – New York’s gay clubs. Then drive to “legalize” penetrating radio and other “decent place.” Explicit sexual coloring, deliberately emphasized by a seductive image of artists and performers, bright shiny costumes and elements of a transvestite (affected by the traditions of glam) gave disco unique appeal.


Disco created an atmosphere of celebration, “eternal summer”, love, illusory liberty, forgotten problems of everyday life, overlapping only one desire – to dance.


Disco has its roots in the Negro funk and soul, so-called vocal-bands 60 and California surf rock. The main distinguishing feature of the disc as a musical-stylistic phenomenon – even chetyrehdolny rhythm with an emphasis on each of the shares (often underlined kick drum). “Classic” is recognized as the pace at 120 beats per minute (which is almost twice the normal human heart rate). Characterized by continuous melodizirovannaya bass line, which often syncopations and “bouncing” rhythm patterns, broken octave passages, solo elements. The sound of the vocals by special methods of recording often takes sverhintimny character (proximity to the listener), highlights the performing means (“purr”, sighs, aspiration, a whisper). Overall, the sound is dry enough, smart, although arrangements are typical orchestral counterpoints, Solo Strings and Winds, adding “beautiful” in the overall score.  In the late ’70s has become a greater emphasis be placed on “fashionable” synth sonority. The structure of the songs often consists of several blocks (with the change of pattern bass, melody, tonality, etc.), which does not allow long songs bore the listener.

Among the black American groups, to contribute to the disco music, one can distinguish, primarily, “Soul City Orchestra”, released their famous disc “The Hustle” before Donna Summer. 


Group “Taste of Honey” was named the best in his style contest Grammy in 1979.. 


We can not select a group of “Cool and the Gang”, has preserved as much as possible signs of funk to disco music and “Trammprs” which is an example of a disk with a large inclusion of Latin music – “Latino disco.

Kool & The Gang - Celebration

The Trammps - Disco Inferno

The first wave of new enthusiasm made a career and a number of white American groups, such as “KC & Sunshine Band”. Many recognized authorities of black soul, funk and jazz did tilt towards the disco: James Brown, Wilson Pickett, John Taylor recorded a record in line with fashion trends. Although released white rock fans assertion that disco fever – a Negro-homosexual infection, a lot of famous white rock and pop artists began to produce their records, in varying degrees, relevant to the disco music. Roll to the side of the newfangled flow did Barbra Streisand recorded in 1979, together with the Queen of Disco Donna Summer. Not considered it shameful to start working in this style of Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and his group “Wings”, “Doobie Brothers” and even the “Rolling Stones”.

Donna Summer - Last Dance


There were also a parody of disco. The first responded apologist surreal cynicism master drawing Frank Zappa, who, following the style of the group “Mothers of Invention”, released a recording titled “Dancin ‘Fool” (“Dancing fool”). Join the disco and jazz musicians, making a significant contribution to the complication of his orchestrations. Among the famous names are Eumire Deodato, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones.am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Frank Zappa - Dancin' Fool


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