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Abba


AbbaAbba (Swedish pop group of the 70s)



Although not really a Disco group, Abba enjoyed tremendous success in the dance clubs with the three songs below, which appeared on 12 inch singles. "Lay All Your Love" even received a special remix by the team at Disconet and is highly collectible today by both fans of Abba and DJs.



Dancing Queen (1976)

Lay All Your Love (1980)

Voulez Vous (1979)





Bryan Adams


Bryan AdamsBryan Adams : (Canadian rock artist)



Although Bryan Adams is apparently very embarrassed at his only Disco hit, "Let Me Take You Danicng," it is his most remembered song.



Let Me Take You Dancing





Peter Allen


Peter AllenPeter Allen : (Pianist and Liza Minnelli's ex-husband)



Don't Wish Too Hard

I Go to Rio

Bi-Coastal





Phylicia Allen


Phylicia AllenPhylicia Allen a.k.a. Phylicia Rashad: Played the part of Claire Huxtable: Bill Cosby's TV wife on the NBC television series "The Cosby Show." Phylicia was briefly married to Village People member, Victor Willis.



Josephine Superstar (disco album with versions of Josephyn Baker songs)





Herb Alpert


Herb AlpertHerb Alpert : (Jazz trumpet player and co-founder of A and M Records)



Rise

Rotation

Diamonds




Bill Anderson


Bill AndersonBill Anderson (Country Star)



I Can't Wait Any Longer (1978)





Anexo 3


Anexo 3Anexo 3 did two Disco songs:



Callate Ya No Me Mientas
No Morire, Yo Seguire (Spanish version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive") from the "Regresa" LP 1979.




Paul Anka


Paul AnkaCheck it out... Not bad for the time and Paul Anka does a pretty good job.



Make it Up To Me In Love (with Odia Coates) Disco tune from The Best of The United Years 73'-77'.
Another song was Never Get to Know You.





Frankie Avalon


Frankie AvalonFrankie Avalon : (60's singer/actor)



You're A Miracle

Venus





Average White Band


Average White BandAverage White Band (70s blue-eyed soul and pop group from Scotland)



Pick Up the Pieces

Let's Go 'Round Again





Babe Ruth


Babe RuthBabe Ruth (70s Rock)



Babe Ruth was a progressive rock outfit that scored in the early days of Disco with the Mexican, whcih was later covered by the Disco group the Bombers and later by John Jellybean Benitez in the 80s.



Mexican

Elusive





Burt Bacharach


Burt BacharachBurt Bacharach : (Composer)



New York Lady





Shirley Bassey


Shirley BasseyShirley Bassey: (60's vocalist)



This Is My Life (La Vita) [Disco Version]

Copacabana





Joe Bataan


Joe Bataan Joe Bataan : (Latin singer first to use the term "Salsoul")



Rap-o Clap-o





Lucio Battisti


Lucio BattistiLucio Battisti: (Euro celeb)



El Velero





Bay City Rollers


Bay City Rollers:Bay City Rollers: (70's pop group)



Don't Stop The Music (1977 Canadian 12" release)




Beach Boys


Beach BoysBeach Boys: ('60s surfer band)



Here Comes the Night (1979)





Gato Barbieri


Gato Barbieri I Want You - A and M (12 inch Promo DJ Single) AM-8397 / 1976




Bee Gees


Bee GeesBee Gees : (Rock group)



While the Bee Gees began as a soft rock type of group in the late 1960s, they morphed into a falsetto dance tinged group best known for their contributions to the soundtrack to the movie Saturday Night Fever.



You Should Be Dancing

Jive Talking

More Than A Woman

Night Fever

Stayin' Alive




George Benson


George BensonGeorge Benson : (Jazz musician and vocalist)



Summertime

On Broadway

Love X Love

Give Me the Night





Cilla Black


Cilla BlackCilla Black did a cover of Earth, Wind and Fire's Fantasy in 1976 on Private Stock Records. Cilla did have a Top 40 hit in the USA in the mid-Sixties... the bombastic You're My World, which Dionne Warwick covered on her Valley of the Dolls LP and didn't Helen Reddy remake this in the Seventies?



(Above courtesy of DiscoMusic.com member, Markeydefad




Blondie


BlondieBlondie: (semi Punk/New Wave rocker Debbie Harry)



Heart of Glass

Rapture

Call Me





David Bowie


David BowieDavid Bowie (1970s Rock singer)



John, I'm only Dancing (Again) 1975 b/w Golden Years - RCA (12 inch Disco Single) PD-11886 / 1978





Teresa Brewer


Teresa BrewerTeresa Brewer (1950s singer)



"Music, Music, Music" - this is a disco update of her 1950 hit "(Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music!" - originally credited to Teresa Brewer and the Dixieland All Stars)




Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip


Sarah Brightman and Hot GossipSarah Brightman, star of "Phantom of the Opera" and many other musicals, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber's ex-wife, released a disco single in 1978 or 1979 entitled (I Lost My Heart to a) Starship Trooper. At the time she was lead singer of the group Hot Gossip.





Jackson Browne


Jackson BrowneJackson Browne: (Rock/pop singer)



Disco Apocalypse





James Brown


James BrownJames Brown: (Soul singer)



It's Too Funky In Here





Burnley Building Society


Burnley Building SocietyBurnley Building Society: contained a promotional song written by Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie and sung by Olympic Runners vocalist, George Chandler.



The Best Dreams





Jerry Butler


Jerry ButlerJerry Butler (60s Soul). The song below is considered by some to be one of the earliest disco songs.



Only the Strong Survive





Max Bygraves


Max BygravesMax Bygraves was a British entertainer, comic and singer.



Discolongamax (1979)



Backing Vocals by The Ladybirds who were regulars on the Benny Hill Show.



Engineer - Terry Evennett

Produced by - Terry Brown

Sleeve by - Design machine

Arranged by - Frank Barber



Is this England's answer to Ethel Merman's There's No Business Like Show Business Album!

This is just so so so bad!





Charles (Charlie) Calello


Charles (Charlie) CalelloCharles Calello aka Charlie Callelo (Arranger, Big Band and Jazz musician)



Charles Calello arranged and produced for many groups including the Four Seasons and Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. He released a solo record doing a cover of the Big Band hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" on Midsong Records.



Sing, Sing, Sing

Stardust

Moonlight Serenade





Cab Calloway


Cab CallowayCab Calloway: (Jazz singer of the 30's and 40's)



Minnie the Moocher (Disco version of his original)




Glen Campbell


In 1977 guitarist Glen Campbell released the Gary Klein produced "William Tell Overture" to a fast moving Disco beat on Capitol Records.



William Tell Overture




Candido


CandidoCandido : (Latin percussionist)



Jingo

Thousand Finger Man





Jim Capaldi


Jim CapaldiJim Capaldi (co-member of Traffic with Steve Winwood)



Shoe Shine





Captain and Tennille


Captain and TennilleCaptain and Tennille was a pop duo, known for such pop/adult contemporary hits as Love Will Keep Us Together and Do That To Me One More Time, recorded a Disco version of the Turtles' late-60s #1 hit Happy Together. Captain & Tennille's version went to #53 on the Billboard Hot 100.





Captain Beefheart


Captain BeefheartCaptain Beefheart (1970s musical renegade Born January 15, 1941 -)



The Captain was by no means a disco artist, but the track Tropical Hotdog Night off his 1978 "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" is a must-hear for the disco fan. It's "Like two flamingoes in a fruit fight!" to borrow a lyric from the song.





Claudia Cardinale


Claudia CardinaleClaudia Cardinale: (Actress)



Love Affair





Karen Carpenter


Karen CarpenterKaren Carpenter ('70s pop singer in the duo group the Carpenters)



"My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" (released posthumously in the 1990s)





Angela Carrasco


Angela CarrascoAngela Carrasco is a Latin ballad singer from the Dominican Republic. She had a few Disco songs, No Quiero Bajar De Mi Nube, Ibiza from her self titled 1979 LP.





Nell Carter


Nell Carter Actress Nell Carter, star of Broadway and the sitcom "Gimme a Break!," had a disco hit in 1975 with "Dreams." She also recorded a disco song entitled "The Morning After the Night Before."



The Morning After the Night Before





Shaun Cassidy


Shaun CassidyAre You Afraid of Me?

from Under Wraps - WB (LP) BSK 3222 / 1978



You're Using Me





Adriano Celentano


Adriano CelentanoAdriano Celentano : (Italian singer and film actor / Euro celebrity) Born January 6, 1938



Azzurro

Somebody Save Me

When Love





Marilyn Chambers


Marilyn ChambersMarilyn Chambers : (70's adult star)



Benihana





La Charanga '76


La Charanga '76La Charanga '76 : (Latin Salsa group)



La Charanga 76 released a hugely popular album in 1979 consisting of Spanish language covers of several Disco songs from the day like:



No Nos Pararan (Ain't No Stopping Us Now)

Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)

We Are Family (Somos Familia)

Music Trance





Charo


CharoCharo: (Latin superstar)



Charo, who was famous for her line, "Cuchi, Cuchi," was a Latin singer/guitarist. She teamed up with Vince Montana and the Salsoul Orchestra to create the classic "Dance A Little Bit Closer" and otehr Disco tracks.



Dance A Little Bit Closer

Olé, Olé





Cher


Cher: (actress and part of Sonny and Cher)



Take Me Home

Hell On Wheels

Wasn't it Good





Karen Cheryl


Karen CherylKaren Cheryl's real name is Isabelle Morizet and was born in 1957 in France. Karen Cheryl began her carrier in 1975 with very popular songs in French in a "Girl next door" style, but in 1978 she changed and sang English disco songs with a huge success in a style "sex-symbol". Karen Cheryl's best success are "Sing To Me Mama" and "Show Me A Man Enought" (very good songs for me). Now, she has a talk-show on an important French radio under her real name Isabelle Morizet.





Chicago


ChicagoChicago (aka Chicago Transit Authority): (70's supergroup)



Streetplayer





Chubby Checker


Chubby Checker Chubby Checker, famous for The Twist, released two Disco singles in 1976 on the Amherst label (AMH-D-4).

The Rub
Move It




Whilly Chirino


Whilly ChirinoDisco tracks, Anorandote, Extranandote and Honky Funk from the Diferente 1980 LP.





Petula Clark


Petula Clark Petula Clark along with Disco producer, Meco Monardo updated her 1960s pop hit Dowtown in 1977 with a completely Disco feel.





Natalie Cole


Natalie ColeNatalie Cole (Daughter of Nat King Cole)



I Love You So





Ray Conniff


Ray ConniffRay Conniff Plays Bee Gees and Other Great Hits - Columbia (LP) JC 35659 / 1978



I Will Survive





Rita Coolidge


Rita Coolidge Let's Go Dancing, from Rita Coolidge's 1979 album Satisfied.





Bill Cosby


Bill CosbyBill Cosby (Comedian / TV star)



Boogie on Your Face from Disco Bill (1977 parady album)





Creedence Clearwater Revival


Creedence Clearwater RevivalCreedence Clearwater Revival: (John Fogerty and company)



Heard It Through the Grapevine





Bob Crewe / aka B. C. G.


Bob Crewe / aka B. C. G.Bob Crewe (60's Pop)



Street Talk / Menage a Trois / Free - Elektra Records (12"ers) 1976





Pablo Cruise


Here's another one that I found. Really cool. This song was released when Disco was really exploding! The song I Want You Tonight it hit the pop chart and peaked at #19-- 10-13-1979.



This wasn't the only time that Pablo Cruise dabbled with Disco music. There was also "Don"t Want To Live Without It." Also charted at #21 pop around-9-16-1978 and it has all the ingredients of a Disco song.



They also had the Peter Allen song "I Go To Rio" Which was a pop hit #46 1-13-1979, which also had major Disco inflections. Talk to ya soon...Ganz

P.S. These songs can be found on the Best Of Pablo Cruise 20th Century Masters A&M 069493017-2





Crusaders


CrusadersCrusaders (Jazz group)



Street Life





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JLRake (Mr,. Jamie Lee Rake) |

One to add to the Unlikely Artists file...

Harry Caray

The inimitable Chicago baseball announcer recorded a very cheese'tastic, very disco rendition of the song in which he would lead the crowds at Wrigley Field or Comiskey Park during seventh inning stretches. B-side's a remake of Steam's wonderous one hit, also the bnasis of a stadium chant, I've not heard.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game/Na, Na, Hey, Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Churchill 7" single, 1978)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LCIQQ9eNIw

 

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