I was introduced to BETTER DAYS at the age of 15 told my mom i was going to a concert in MSG. Sorry Mom didnt make it . we walked around for some reason we ended up on 49th St. and never looked back. went back Jersey and tried to drag everybody to the club that would go. THANKS TEE SCOTT FOR THE TIME OF MY LIFE!!!!!! YEAH PATERSON N.J, Is all over it!
"Tee" you were warm, friendly, and tollerent of us!....
We were the ones who used to take over the dance floor at "Better Day's" when you used to play "Eddie Kendricks"...."Girl, you need a change of mind" back in the day!...
"Robert Tracy", "Quatay", "Mayonaise - Paris Dupree", and myself, couldn't help it!
Your music helped us relieve the stress of not getting that "Audition" we hoped for, or that man that got away!
Alot of us were talented beyond belief, but were frustrated because less talented people were getting the jobs we were trying soo hard to get!
Tee, your's was the club that eased our minds.......
Thank you for the place to vent our frustrations.....
Thank you for the music......That set our souls free!.....
For the time of our lives!
I not only speak for myself.....
But for all those that you will meet again,.......
We love you!
R.I.P. for now!
I remember tee from back in the 70s and I will not forget when he did Tanya Gardners when you touch me or when he did the remix for love thang and double crossed...I was only a teenager fresh out of highschool. I was treated to betterdays for my graduation present and I was goingever since.. For those who never got a chance to hear him play or watch him while he was in the booth rippen a new song or playing an old classic...you missed a great all around person...
I remember walking into BETTER DAYS & hear the BEST disoc/house music I ever heard...One night I decided to carrying a little small pocket tape recorder yes tape recorder lol! to record TEE SCOTT one night.I wanted to dance so bad & get my life.I just stood & watch how he took control over the crowd with the people stomping jumping screaming!! that was the time when HOUSE MUSIC when know by the str8 kidz as GAY music ;) that sound was just coming from CHicago @ that time,One mix I will NEVER forgot till this day was MOVE YA BODY INTRUSTMENTAL WITH JANET JACKSON'S PLEASURE PRINCPLE ACAPELLA..I MEAN HAWT!! He was my orginal mentor for what I do now! I studied his tunes & perfect blends... I will NEVER FORGET TEE SCOTT !!!! RIP!! & THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !! remebering also Dallas THE BARTENDER !! ; )
To this day Tee Scott is my favorite DJ ever!!! although, you can still hear him in some of the dee jays today... because he was an innovator. There is still no one like him. I am still a huge fan of Tee Scott he brought the music to life at Better Days, and the ressurection it was completely incredible and amazing, the best times of my life and I wish that I could have those times back.
This all brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Thank you for loving and remembering my brother.
we were very close, I miss him very much,God bless!
I had the pleasure of knowing T-scott before Better days or the Garage.
I was a floor guard at Empire Roller skating rink.I knew t very well, a beautiful person.I was 17 ,went to Better dauz to hear T play 1 nitye,CRAZY.Then as years went on T is playin one nite at the garage,Billy ocean was there that night,T took me upstairs ton the DJ booth,man I thought I was royalty.I was a member at the Garage for 5 years (80-85).In closing,T-Scott was a good friend to me,and I miss him and his Music-Is it all over my Face !!!!!! He used to killlll that jam.
OH TEE YOU WERE THE VERY BEST FIRST IN WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS "MASHUP" MIXING DJing...TEE DID IT BACK IN THE 70'S FIERCELY!!!!!! MISS U MUCH TEE!!! TURN THIS MUTHFU**A OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I never saw Tee Scott at a club; I remember him from Empire skating Rink when I was a kid and he showed us how to skate.
TEE SCOTT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THAT EVER DONE IT IN MY MINE AND I HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH HIM WORK WHILE MIXING AT THE CLUB CHEETAH AND AT THE ZAN'S WHILE WORKING THERE AS SERCURITY FOR THE CLUB AND HIM AT THOSE TWO CLUBS, AND TRUELY MISS THE MIX'S AND THAT STYLE OF MUSIC. IF THERE ANY OLD CD'S OR TAPES AROUND THAT I CAN BUY OR DOWNLOAD PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO GET THEM. I CAN REMEMBER WATCHING PEOPLE STOP DANCING TO JUST WATCH HIM MIX THE MUSIC AND THEN GO ON TO JUST START CLAPPING NOW KNOWN AS THE SOUL CLAP.......... PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK WITH ANY INFO......
betterdays was one of the first clubs that i was fortunate to attend at the age 14...the hollywood
was actually the first...all the previous comments
about tee scott are dead on...i never actually met him but i knew him through the music he spun at better days...which was the most amazing club EVER!!!watching him spin was almost amazing as listening...and i got him to actually make me a tape...30yrs later...tee scott remains the best dj
i ever heard in my entire life..he is the michale jackson of djs the greatest entertainer that ever lived...
Tee Scott ruled Club Zanzibar before DJ Tony Humphries took over. He used to crack me up every time he used to let his tounge hand out of his mouth like Michael Jordan, whenever a mix really got good to him!!!
He even signed his autograph on my copy of Specialize In Love by Sharon Brown, which he did the mixing on!!!
Tee Scott...I'll see you in Heaven My Brother. Perhaps we can Mix Together when I get up there with you!!!
Here we go!.......
The FIRST CLUB I ever went to was "Better Day's" (1977)
and the first song I heard when I walked in the door was "Dirty old man" by the "Three Degrees!"
I went in, because a couple of years before that , I met Tee Scott on the "Grand Concourse, and 175th St." in the "Bronx." He had that "Car" with the sound system of life, where he was playing his mixes, and I had never heard of "Mixing"
we talked about it,and he'd given me a "Guest Pass" for myself, and 5 friends, and I put it in my wallet and forgot about it....
One evening, while passing up 8th avenue I saw the "Better Day's" sign, and remembered the pass I had in my wallet.
Not knowing that it was a Gay club, I was with 4 of my Str8-est friends, and with no idea what I was taking them to, we entered.....
They freaked, we left, but I went back, cause there was something about the music, and myself, that I knew was different....
I found myself, and disco music, at the same place!
Tee and I became friends, and I listened to, and danced to one of the greatest D.J.'s of all time in that place!.
I met people from all over the world, who came to hear Tee's magic at the turntables, and met some of the greatest D.J.s who we talk about as legends today there.....
Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, François K., Walter Gibbons, David Clavilles,.... as well as seen groups that became famous playing there on Wedsday nights..(The Players..aka.. Cameo)
The Tee Scott in the booth, was a wiz at spinning, cutting, and putting together music that affected the people on the floor...
Slow dancing was a part of his sets, and he would give you a chance to dry out from your excersize in expression....
The Tee Scott in real life, was a quiet, thoughtfull man, who loved life, his family, his friends, and his music....
The gift that he gave me, was the chance to know who I was, fill me with hope, lift my musical spirits, meet like-minded spirits, explore other cultures, learn to love the differences in others.....and this was all before I discovered the "Paradise Garage!"
I wish that all of you who have written about my friend Tee, could have experienced him playing, and watch his "hips swayed" as the mix came together, and he dilievered the goods like a machine-gun going off on the audience, and the audience responding back with screams of love!.....
Thanks, Tee Scott, for the love of music you instilled in me!
This is still so sad to me today because he's gone. I simply loved the way Tee Scott mixed and spun the music. No disrespect to any of the other great DJ's but Tee Scott was ... excuse me ... is still my favorite (and I had a lot of debates with others about one specific DJ and I stood my ground). I remember taking my cousin from North Carolina to Better Days. I'm not a lesbian but could care less about the "gender" atmosphere of a club I went for the music and to dance and if Tee Scott was there ... me too. She was so paranoid(lol). I recall teasing her because she almost got picked up! It was a group of us,so between the music and the crowd she eventually calmed down. Tee - thank you for all the wonderful times I had dancing & listening to your music. These memories will never die.
HEY - I'm trying to pull together a collection of great club/house music and create CD's (I drive a lot and music is the answer) - so if anyone knows of a website (ITunes doesn't provide a lot of the music I miss listening to) please let me know.
People love to talk about Larry Lavan and people like that not understanding how influential Tee Scott was to them. Unintentionally every dj inspires to do what Tee did. All you have to do is listen to any of the remixes he did and you hear the intention he had behind the music and the pacing of feelings and energy. He edited the songs so that dj's could utilize the records unlike any other and was really the first to do so in that way. His music makes me appreciate how beautiful life is.
Hands Down!!! The Supreme Master ! All that lay embedded inside of any mix he commanded in any of the clubs where he had a residency at! To see him as a guest d.j. well, yeah you can say you heard and saw Tee Scott, live! And alive, but when you live with him in the Zanzibar like I did, my whole damn near everything as far as D.J.ing, I owe to Tee Scott! I got with Tony, later, as well as Larry. They are the one's who influenced me the most. Giving the most credit to my Ear for guiding me through!
AH I miss those Zanzibar days with Tee Scott, the real godfather of all club music. The originator period. There will never be another.
Tee Scott was a legend. He loved playing with the records, not simply playing them. Can you understand the difference? He loved to change things around. He remixed live, he threw the unexpected record change, a wild mix. He did it all. He was good, and was an inspiration to many other deejays and future deejays. As you can tell from the comments above, he was loved. One day TEE! GOD BLESS!!
Oh Sunday Nights @ The Cheetah. Something you had to experience. The lights, Sound the vibe. All about the music. Gary let me mix a couple very, very early in the night ( Like the house lights were still on and only one customer was there) anyway Tee came in and complimented what I did, even though I knew it sounded like $%&*. Let me tell you, there was no doubt who was spinnin when Tee came on! Brilliant! I think we need a web site dedicated to Tee and The Cheetah Club.
I was on home on leave from the service and my brother Kenny wanted me to experience what was really happening in "the city".He often went on about the better days and the dj"Tee Scott" who spun there. Now some of my first parties were for my brother and his gay freinds so I thought I was prepared...Needless to say I must have been like a deer caught in the headlights cause he walked up and pinched me on the rear and I thought I would shoot straight through F*#$ing roof!, we all laughed...after they got me out the ceiling(lol). and I begun to relax, thanx in part to all the free drinks, and experienced what would forever affect how I played music. He had total control of the floor and room.
I am forever greatful for that experience and can proudly say I "jacked" my style of play from one of the greats, after that I visited all of the hot clubs of the era.but this by far continues to be won one my best memories. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime. Mark
Tee scott remixed my brothers record If You Read My Mind by Columbus Circle. There was no group, it was all one guy my brother Scott Yahney. DJ Jeff Yahney
Happy Days, It's Right, If You Read My Mind and many, more remixes from a legendary DJ!
Music Turns Me On, On.....
Tee where you been You know I always loved ya miss you like crazy Truly one of the best musical ears ever to spin a record I loved being in the booth with Tee How he ever mastered those thorens I'll never know a true genius If you knew Tee you knew quality
Thanks for all the memories and musical journeys every Sunday @ Cheetah club. It was an awesome experience!
Better Days was the first club I had ever been to as a young, and I mean young boy. I can remember the first night like yesterday. $4.99 and tickets for 5 free drinks. Talk about spirits.
The bouncer at the door was a fellow named JB.
Upon entering, there was a record called Moon Boots playing on the sound system. Being straight from Brooklyn, I had never been in a gay club before. I was paranoid. lol
I used the tickets, all of them and backed myself into a corner. The record had ended and the lights went totally out. I thought something had happened like a fuse being blown.
About a minute had pass. The pitched down version in BPM came: Diana Ross' Love Hangover. Still the lights are out. The crowd began this slow but graceful dance. Then, as the record began to reach its peak, the lights flickered accordingly with the song. Bright lights. Then, Just as Ms Ross sings "OOOOOOVER" Tee mixes in First Choice's Double Cross. Back to OOOOOOVER and then the Break of Double Cross. The crowd went balistic. So did I.
I began going to Better Days every night it was open. Eventually, I was a DJ booth regular. I met Larry Lavan there, Frankie Knuckles, and a few other notable of the day.
The music shaped my DJ career and the style Tee incorporated influences my sets today. In my opionion, Tee Scott is the father, the foundation, the begining of what House DJ's attempt to aspire to today. Funny thing, many don't even know it.
I had the honor and priviledge to hear and experience what Tee could do to a crowd. His sets told stories musically. Althought the light system in Better Days was subpar, he worked them. And boy how he worked them.
I eventually became a Lofter. But only after he left Better Days to further his career with WBLS and his Dynamic Duo Theme in New Jersey.
I remember Tee Scott. I shall never forget him
It was the end of the 70's and the music was changing. I needed a new place to dance. My friends took me the "Better Days". I remember buying their t-shirt that said " Better Days means better nights". I loved the music that Tee played he put you in a trance. I was one of the first Latina lesbians who used to hang out at the Better Days on a regular basis. I got to meet alot of Brooklyn and Queens Gay boys. They knew how to dance and I always looked forward to their anniversary parties with their "Acid punch". Yes Tee Scott was the man and he was very friendly too, not snobbish like some other D.J.'s.
TEE, I WAS JUST A YOUNG TEEN AND SNEEKED IN AT BETTER DAYS ONE DAY AND YOUWERE PLAYING GREAT..I WISH I KNEW YOU BETTER...TILL WE MEET AGAIN.. R.I.P.