Unlikely Disco Artists A-C
Abba (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 : (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 : (Pianist and Liza Minnelli's ex-husband)
Don't Wish Too Hard
I Go to Rio
Phylicia 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 : (Jazz trumpet player and co-founder of A and M Records)
Bill Anderson (Country Star)
I Can't Wait Any Longer (1978)
Anexo 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.
Check 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 : (60's singer/actor)
You're A Miracle
Average White Band
Average White Band (70s blue-eyed soul and pop group from Scotland)
Pick Up the Pieces
Let's Go 'Round Again
Babe 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.
Burt Bacharach : (Composer)
New York Lady
Shirley Bassey: (60's vocalist)
This Is My Life (La Vita) [Disco Version]
Joe Bataan : (Latin singer first to use the term "Salsoul")
Lucio Battisti: (Euro celeb)
Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers: (70's pop group)
Don't Stop The Music (1977 Canadian 12" release)
Beach Boys: ('60s surfer band)
Here Comes the Night (1979)
I Want You - A and M (12 inch Promo DJ Single) AM-8397 / 1976
Bee 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
More Than A Woman
George Benson : (Jazz musician and vocalist)
Love X Love
Give Me the Night
Cilla 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: (semi Punk/New Wave rocker Debbie Harry)
Heart of Glass
David 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 (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, 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: (Rock/pop singer)
James Brown: (Soul singer)
It's Too Funky In Here
Burnley Building Society
Burnley 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 (60s Soul). The song below is considered by some to be one of the earliest disco songs.
Only the Strong Survive
Max Bygraves was a British entertainer, comic and singer.
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 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
Cab Calloway: (Jazz singer of the 30's and 40's)
Minnie the Moocher (Disco version of his original)
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 : (Latin percussionist)
Thousand Finger Man
Jim Capaldi (co-member of Traffic with Steve Winwood)
Captain and Tennille
Captain 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 (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: (Actress)
Karen Carpenter ('70s pop singer in the duo group the Carpenters)
"My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" (released posthumously in the 1990s)
Angela 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.
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
Are You Afraid of Me?
from Under Wraps - WB (LP) BSK 3222 / 1978
You're Using Me
Adriano Celentano : (Italian singer and film actor / Euro celebrity) Born January 6, 1938
Somebody Save Me
Marilyn Chambers : (70's adult star)
La Charanga '76
La 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)
Charo: (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
Cher: (actress and part of Sonny and Cher)
Take Me Home
Hell On Wheels
Wasn't it Good
Karen 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 (aka Chicago Transit Authority): (70's supergroup)
Chubby Checker, famous for The Twist, released two Disco singles in 1976 on the Amherst label (AMH-D-4).
Disco tracks, Anorandote, Extranandote and Honky Funk from the Diferente 1980 LP.
Petula Clark along with Disco producer, Meco Monardo updated her 1960s pop hit Dowtown in 1977 with a completely Disco feel.
Natalie Cole (Daughter of Nat King Cole)
I Love You So
Ray Conniff Plays Bee Gees and Other Great Hits - Columbia (LP) JC 35659 / 1978
I Will Survive
Let's Go Dancing, from Rita Coolidge's 1979 album Satisfied.
Bill Cosby (Comedian / TV star)
Boogie on Your Face from Disco Bill (1977 parady album)
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival: (John Fogerty and company)
Heard It Through the Grapevine
Bob Crewe / aka B. C. G.
Bob Crewe (60's Pop)
Street Talk / Menage a Trois / Free - Elektra Records (12"ers) 1976
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 (Jazz group)
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By Bernard Lopez
One to add to the Unlikely Artists file...
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)
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