The age of disco!
The 70s disco era may have reached its peak in the mid to late 70s, but few can resist the temptation even today to get down and boogie when they hear the Village People’s YMCA or the Bee Gees playing Staying Alive.
There’s just something about the disco rhythm that gets your feet and body moving.
The big horn sections, synthesized back beat and deep jazz bass riffs are just as mesmerizing today as they were years ago, back in 70s discos heyday.
The mere mention of the big names in 70s disco – Donna Summer, Chic, ABBA and KC and the Sunshine Band to name just a few – evoke fond memories of leisure suits, Studio 54, the Hustle and glimmering disco balls.
Disco was really fun 70s music, after all. Even when some old school crooners like Perry Como tried to cash in on the craze, the music was still good.
Not only was 70s disco music amazing, it also brought dancers back together with high contact, high touch dances such as the Hustle and the Bump.
Even when the music wasn’t full-on disco, people still got up and danced to such hits as Copacabana by Barry Manilow (hardly a disco king) and Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust. If it had a good beat and the music was danceable, the disco crowd loved it.
70s disco music was far different from the previous generation of music, which was based on electric guitars backed by a drum.
Funk, Latin and soul music heavily influenced disco, and it was built from the ground up to be dance music.
But disco wasn’t limited to the dance floor. The 70s disco era crossed over into other parts of American culture, from roller rinks to the silver screen.
At the theater people went to see John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, a smash hit at the box office and subsequent record sales. Other movies followed, including Flashdance and Thank God It’s Friday. Each generated huge record sales with their music soundtracks.
Even television couldn’t resist the popularity of 70s disco. Soul Train debuted in 1971, hosted by disco king Don Cornelius and Deney Terrio, they kicked it up a couple of notches with Dance Fever.
Even American Bandstand was spinning disco hits during the height of the disco in the 70s era.
Though disco has since faded away, the music hasn’t. Songs like Blondie’s Heart of Glass, the Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night and Chic’s - Le Freak still stick with us for good reasons – they are fun to listen to and dance to.
In fact, if 70s disco had one theme song to capture its longevity, it would have to be I Will Survive. Hey, that’s a great title for a song.