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Dance Music Hall of Fame 2004 Exclusive Photos From the Event in New York

Photographs by DiscoMusic.com's Bernard Lopez of the first annual Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City's Club Spirit on Sept. 20, 2004.

The Dance Music Hall of Fame hosted its first annual awards show last night (Sept 20, 2004) in New York. It was a blast with numerous Disco stars in attendance and performing live such as Martha Wash, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Fonda Rae, Kurtis Blow, Ultra Nate and others. Other notables such as Nile Rodgers of Chic, Henry Stone, Vince Montana, Marty Angelo, Mel Cherin, Tom Silverman... were in attendance as well.

Henry Stone who founded TK Records and helped place KC and the Sunshine Band on the map was awarded a lifetime achievement award and received a huge round of applause.

Martha Wash (Two Tons O' Fun and the Weather Girls) had some very nice words on the passing of her friend Izora Armstead and a moment of silence was observed during the ceremonies.

All in all, it was a great and historic event with many in attendance. There was definitely a Disco vibe going on and everybody there was happy and proud to be a part of it all. It should only get better each year.

While there was videotaping going on, I am not sure when and if they are going to air anything from the event. Perhaps VH1 will show portions of it soon.

Photographs by DiscoMusic.com's Bernard Lopez of the first annual Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City Sept. 20, 2004

All photographs copyright © 2004 by Bernard Lopez

Nile Rodgers speaking

Nile Rodgers of Chic



Martha Wash, Earl Young and Mel Cheren

Martha Wash of Two Tons O' Fun with Earl Young of the Trammps, Mel Cheren of West End Records and ???



Martha Wash, Evelyn King and others

Marth Wash with Evelyn "Champagne" King and others



Martha Wash, Evelyn King, Mel Cheren and Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Martha Wash, Evelyn King, Ultra Nate, Mel Cheren and Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com



Ellen Montana, Vince Montana, Bernard Lopez and his girlfriend

(L-R) Eileen Montana and Vincent Montana, Bernard Lopez and his girlfriend



Jessie Saunders

Jessie Saunders



Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records

Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to Henry Stone of TK Records/Tone Record Distributing



Tom Silverman, Earl Young, Martha Wash, Al Bandiero and others

Tom Silverman, Earl Young, Martha Wash, Al Bandiero and others...



Randy Jones

Randy Jones (Cowboy) of the Village People dancing with Evelyn King



Nile Rodgers of Chic

Nile Rodgers of Chic



Mel Cheren of West End Records with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Mel Cheren of West End Records with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com



Marty Angelo of Disco Step By Step (tm) with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Marty Angelo of Disco Step By Step (tm) with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com



Martha Wash with Nile Rodgers

Martha Wash with Nile Rodgers



Martha Wash of Two Tons O' Fun with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Martha Wash of Two Tons O' Fun with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com



Kurtis Blow, Vincent Montana Jr of the Salsoul Orchestra and Earl Young of the Trammps

Kurtis Blow, Vincent Montana Jr of the Salsoul Orchestra and Earl Young of the Trammps



Frankie Knuckles, Martha Wash and Evelyn King

Frankie Knuckles, Martha Wash and Evelyn King



Kenny Present and Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Kenny Present (engineer on many Salsoul records) and Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com



Henry Stone and Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Bernard Lopez and Henry Stone



Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles



Fonda Rae

Fonda Rae performing "Over Like A Fat Rat."



stage

Various people on stage for the grand finale



stage

Various people on stage for the grand finale



stage

Various people on stage for the grand finale



Evelyn King performing on stage

Evelyn "Champagne" King performing "Shame" on stage.



Evelyn King with Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com

Evelyn King and Bernard Lopez of DiscoMusic.com



Earl Young and Mel Cheren

Earl Young and Mel Cheren



Al Bandiero

Al Bandiero of WKTU 103.5 FM radio in New York

Your comments on the event and photos are welcome so feel free to use the comments form below. If you can also identify some of the unknown people in some of the photos that would be great as well.

Check out the complete info on the Dance Music Hall of Fame and view a list of the nominees...

The Dance Music Hall of Fame also received international attention as evidenced by this BBC write-up on the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

By Bernard Lopez


 

Your Comments

barry lederer |

Hi all, I was very much involved in this Hall Of Fame and The following one. I will give you an accurate account of why it didn't succeed and perhaps how it could in the future with the right individuals on board
To Be Continued....
Barry Lederer

vyniljunkie |

This was very interesting. I enjoyed the pictures. SHAME I wasn't there to see the still great looking Evelyn King, or hang out with SIXTY-MINUTE MAN Earl Young. My question, is what were the final results? Who got in? Was there one in 2006, or did this great idea fail? Is there one this year? Where is this Hall located? UPDATES PLEASE!!!

Armando Alvarez |

Great site! Brings back lots of memories. Makes me want to archive and digitize my vinil collection most of which is in storage. I've lost some prized records through the years but most is still in mint condition. I actually came across the site by looking up Jim Burgess (sad to learn of his death) I remember him from my days at the now defunct Infinity on lower Broadway.
Best regards, Armando Alvarez

Barry Lederer |

THE DMHOF CERTINLY NEEDS SOME HELP. I AM SURE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER IN 2006. BUT THEY HAVE TO GET THEIR ACT TOGEETHER
TOO MANY EGO'S INVOLVED. i AM REACHABLE AT BARRY254@MSN.COM TO TALK FURTHER

THAY HUMES |

Will there be any disco conventions in the US this year 06?

DJ Jeff Yahney |

I was at the disco awards in 2004 and unfortunately could not make it in 2005. I was a bit disappointed as to its presentation and production. I thought it could have been produced much better. I would love to produce the event in 2006 and have attempted to get in touch with those involved, however no one has responded to my calls. It's a pity, thats what I do for a living...is produce events dj jeff yahney

st |


HI, MY FRIEND BERNIE.

I LIKE TO SEE THE ARTIST FROM THE
DECADE 70 AND 80 ACTUALLY AS
MISS MARTHA WASH,TWO TONS O
FUN''I GOT THE FEELING'',
EVELYN KING ''LOVE COME DOWN''
AND THE WONDERFULL WOMAN
ULTRA NATE' ''HOW LONG'' ''FREE''
IAM SO HAPPY FOR ALL.

WELCOME TO THE BLACK MUSIC
FROM U.S.A.* BRAZIL.

HUGS AND HUGS.....

YOUR FRIEND FROM BRAZIL,

******SANDRO THOMPSON******

Bernard Lopez |

Thanks for ID'ing Ultra nate. I've now made the update.

Soulgiver |

????? in picture # 4 between Evelyn King & Mel Cheren is none other than Ultra Nate'

 

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