New York / Florida based Disco group from the 1970s. (Bio)
A short time back Billy Stewart of the 70s group Calhoon contacted DiscoMusic.com to let us know what he was up to and to say hello to all the fans of this site. Here's a brief bio on them...
Calhoon was formed in 1972 by six high school friends who decided to put together a band to play school dances and local events. In the next three years they gained a large fanbase and became New York's top paid non-recording band.
After much success and many performances, Calhoon decided to buy a 20,000 square foot restaurant in Hollywood, Florida and turned it into south Florida's largest New York style dance club / Disco called Rumbottoms.
Every week Calhoon would book top name acts to play at Rumbottoms and Calhoon would be the opening acts for the shows. It was around this time that they were approached backstage by legendary Beatle's record producer Phil Spector's A & R man, Ron Saul about a recording contract on Spector's new Warner Brother's label, Warner / Spector. This labels other acts included such big names as Cher, Harry Nilson and others.
Within four months Calhoon had released their first single, "(Do You Wanna) Dance, Dance, Dance" b/w "Rain 2000," which began to climb the charts as they completed their follow-up single "Soul Man" and completed an album in Philly with Don Renaldo supplying all the wonderful strings we hear on all those great Philly Soul records of the 1970s.
During the next few years Calhoon toured the U. S. and Canada opening concerts for Patti LaBelle, K. C. and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor, Four Tops, Tavares, Al Green, Temptations, Harold Melvina and the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Vicki Sue Robinson, The Trammps, The Stylistics, B. B. King, Sister Sledge, Carol Douglas, The Monkees, and many others including a three-month stadium tour with Isaac Hayes.
Calhhon's music is availble on vinyl at many online record stores such as GEMM and their records were released in the U. S., Canada, U. K., Italy, France, Germany and Japan. In fact Calhoon's (Do You Wanna) Dance, Dance, Dance" is considered to be one of the earliest 12 inch singles offered by Warner Brothers being released as a promo to DJs in 1975.
Lead vocalist Billy Stewart is still active in the music business and his new music is available at CD Baby, Apple's iTunes Music Service and other stores.
Billy would love to hear from you. E-mail Billy Stewart at email@example.com..
A big thank you to Billy for sending over photogrphs and records for use on DiscoMusic.com.
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Listen to (Do You Wanna) Dance, Dance, Dance:
Rare record cover from an Italian Calhoon single release:
For Joey, we met in Hawaii back in 1978 your were alone and we met at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. WE went to dinner and took the mopeds into the mountain. Great Time. Ask Joe Causi [ NY DJ ] if he had remembered your group and he said he first seen you guys at the Camelot inn Brooklyn. He gave me your hit songs and i listen to them, GREAT. Hope all is well and send me a email. Hope your remember me.
Calhoon was a fantastic band. Rain 2000 is my ALL TIME favorite song. I'm trying to find a song I believe they sang at a local club (I thought it was in Garden City, NY, or possibly Levittown) from the 70's. It had the words "super ship" or "ride my super ship", super, super, super, super ship. Ring any bells to anyone?? I'd love to hear that again. Does anyone know where I can possibly get a copy of that recording? Help!!
Hi Billy,you remember your best friend Ray's little brother? Yep,I am him,and I remember having that promo sticker and photo on my bedroom doors! Even the green bumper stickers! How's things with you? And I see your brother Bob is around too! You also have a sister,Andrea,how is she? Keep on making music!
Joey! How are you doing? I hope all is well. I had no idea you guys were at the forefront of disco. I thought it started in 1978. I remember you were great,and the great times and memories at the mobil station with chago and vito. Life changes as we get older. Michaeljelvis
hey guys how ru ? u remember me the black bartender @rum bottom jn massapeua
hi every body IAM DAN FROM THE FANTASTIC WARLOCKS THOSE TIMES WILL NEVER EVERBE FORGOTTEN JUST TO HEAR YOU GUYS MENTION ALL OF THOSE CLUBS GIVES ME GOOSE BOOMPS DID WE DANCE OUR YOU KNOW WHAT OFF ,JUST TO REMIND YOU THAT THE CASTAWAYS WAS ONE OF THE CLUBS THAT WE PERFORM THE NEWPORT, TIFFANIES ,AND CALHOON WAS THE HOTTES BAND AROUND MAN THOSE GUY REALLY JAM THE YOU WHAT OUT OF DISCO MUSIC. THINKS FOR THE WONDER MEMORIES GOD BLESS YOU GUYS, As for me am a radiologist ,and I play 1954 classic fender esquire as a hobby.
Just wanted to know, can I could buy any of those jumpsuits you wore on stage?? I will pay top dollar for the one with the flames!!! Only kidding, but I have to say I was really proud of you and the things you did back then and still proud to this day to be your brother.
I had so many great memoirs of Calhoon.I would love to see the play again..Any of the guys who may see
this please contact me.. Joey,Billy,Tony and Tony and Peter..Hope you are all well.
I saw Calhoon so many times. They used to pack out all the clubs, Camelot Inn Brooklyn NY, Jupiters Franklin Square, NY, Speak Easy Island Park NY, Cherrys Long Island NY. They were a great band.
back in 1971 coming back from n.y.c and leaving the nightlfe at sanctuary discotheque i landed in the the first disco in miami it was on 79 st causeway nxt to channel 7 (the crab house) the dj was a dj that spinned records in wild child n.j. with carlos nodal, stonewall on 23 street was the second discoheque along with pagodas then everybody started heading to mixII on nw 27 th ave then carlos nodal came with a batch of new records and the (hustle dance )took off at shang hai reds
and lets not forget that friday nights and saturday nights at 8 pm the party started at miami jai-ali fronton where you gambled and drank 1/4 of your paycheck and from there to the disco , oh first you had to bag a few quaadloods (rorer 714) 1 buck a piece, club entrance 2 bucks and drinks 1 buck, and on sunday morning south beach under the dog track garage was the hangout all dressed up from the night before and another quaadlood.
those were the days. and i was only 16 years old
I went on vacation with the gals to Miami in '74 and we went to Rum Bottoms and ran into all my pals from the Playboy Club, other Bunnies, waiters etc. It was huge and packed. Lots of Latinos.
Some great memories on here. I was a DJ at Y-100 back in the disco craze and remember being at Rum Bottoms quite a bit and also hanging with Joe and Billy at a 96X outdoor concert featuring Calhoon out in west Dade in the area now known as Fountainbleau. I have some old photos of that concert as well as some of those classic RUM BOTTOMS commercials. Once I find them I will see if they can be added here on this site.
I'm sure that South Florida was "hot", but i would offer that summer in the "Hamptons", especially back in the 70's, was the place to be. In additition to Rumbottoms, Im thinking OBI East, Summers, Mad Hatter, Mike's Monument Square, etc. And Memorial day at "Hot Dog Beach".
Does anyone remember Calhoon playing "Rumbottoms" in Hampton Bays, NY. I believe it was what is now the "Boardy Barn". I saw Calhoon there and still remember their cover of "I'll always love my moma". Best dance band that I ever heard.
the first club in miami was le disc in north bay village (nxt to channel 7). stonewall was second the dee jay in stonewall was kenny from sanctuary the club burned down shang hi red was carlos nodal first gig i remember pagoda and mix ii.
those were the qualuude days
HELLO bILLY- WOW, SO GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU AFTER SOOOOOOOOOOOO MANY YEARS. I WAS AND STILL AM A FAN OF CALHOON THE BEST GROUP EVER AND THE BEST FRIENDLY PEOPLE TOO. I USED TO GO OUT WITH TONY AND THE ALL TIME AT THE BRASSERIE AND THE CASTAWAYS, I WAS THERE SUPPORTING YOU GUYS WITH ALL MY FRIENDS , THAT WHERE ALSO YOUR FRIENDS AND FANS. ARE YOU GUYS IN FACEBOOK, THAT WAY YOU CAN SEE PICTURES OF ME AND MARIA. (LAST TIME I SAW TONY, WAS IN NEW YORK CITY, I WENT FOR A HAIR SHOW WITH MY BROTHER AND HE WENT TO SEE ME AT THE HOTEL AND WE TOOK HIM TO A BRAZILIAN CLUB. I HOPE HIS STILL DOIN GOOD AND THE REST OF THE BAND. PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH. JULIE CHAVIANO. P/S LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR FROM CALHOOM
I rememenber them. I still have a 12' of Rain2000 and a 45 verison of it. Its still in pretty good shape. I won't sell it its just a great tune. Woooooohoioooooooooooooooooooooorainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnrainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnrainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :-)
Joe Badalamente was the greatest lead singer of Calhoon..... He made the band the way it was!!!!!!!!!!
I first saw CALHOON at New Jersey's CAMEO and booked him at BINGHAMPTON'S FERRY BOAT. I was surprised that they beat me down to Miami, when I found them at RUMBOTTOMS. A solid group. Thanks.
get in touch
all the best,
Beth, sadly, I don't remember those names,to many years have gone by, but I do remember club Mr Pips, I was there many many times driving up from Miami, "You'll never find.." by Lou Rawls is permanently associated with that club in my mind.
The club with the 'C' is probably The Copa, a very famous Gay spot from back then and behond, it was finally demolished recently, after the building was destroyed a couple of years earlier by a Hurricane.
Scroll up and to your right you'll see the list of forums here.
'Disco Records A-Z' are the vaults, you can search for your favorite artist there,(and add comments)lots of oldies.
'Discotheques and clubs" is where you can find and add missing clubs you remember and/or comments..
And under "disco forums" you'll find many different sub-forums, there at the top is the "ask/ID" songs forum, followed below by the general '70's and 80's Disco' section.
Lots of Info here, I will take you quite a while to go through it all, but I guarantee you, the revived memories will be priceless..
Thanks! You are awesome. How do you get to the forum for music? Yes, stonewalls was the 1st disco club ever! My girlfriends & I were too young, but we used to get in without problems, & yes the music was the best! The other place Keith's was a gay club off on west dixie hwy in Hallendale, that was the place where new dances were happening, plus more classic real disco- I mean real stuff! We used to hang there to learn the new dances, & music, then go to the She, or another place called something begining with a C- off of commercial somewhere, can't remember the name right now, your friend the late DJ, I remember there was good music there, too. Do you remember someone by the name of Apples? Or Manny Alvarez- tall-red hair? In Fort. Lauderdale- Mr. pips was a place where all the big great bands played- Tavares, Harold Melvin & the bluenotes, commodores, Trammps, Grace Jones,etc. That placed was great, too. It was so much fun going to clubs then, people were there to dance & have fun, not to hurt people, etc. I miss those days! I remember after clubbing all night everyone went to some diner off of 84- Lennys, I think. Thanks so much for the tune, there are others, but please let me know where to go for that, Thanks again, Beth
Beth, I was just a tad to young to go to the Shan-Hai, but later one of my best friend was the late DJ Carlos Nodal, he worked the Shan-Hai club, this was his first Miami gig coming down from NJ, and He used to tell me stories about the club and the music he played there.
Some locals claim The 'Stone Wall' was the first Miami Disco club, I don't really know, I know about this club only because of my old friends as most locals never even heard of this early Miami club.
You can post any questions about music (or anything else) you'd like to remember in the forums area, ( I believe the moderators don't like us having this conversations in this section)there is a dedicated section for Music ID where many oldtimers hang out providing answers.
The song you're looking for is "In the evening" (1984)by Sheryl Lee Ralph, and you can find info and scans it in the Disco vaults in this forum.
See you at the forums!
Yes, the club I was talking about was called stonewalls, on 23rd & collins- the best disco ever played there. I remember Shang hi very well, do you remember the bouncer named Tony? That place was OK, but the clubs in Fort Lauderdale were better, with the exception of stonewalls, pagoda, mixII,and rumbottoms. The She was back in the early 70-74 time. They played killer disco, as well. Lot's of memories from that place! I am looking for someone who would remember the person who sang the song-"in the evening the real me comes alive, I can feel it,it's like something I can't describe, it's like magic" I don't know all the words , it was a female singer, plus shot in the dark, Thanks, Beth
Yeah, I remember Calhoon and Rumbottoms, and so many other Bands and groups that played at this Club,although my memories of the Club's interior (and bands that played there) are crossed with those of the "Limelight" that occupied the same location/building later.
I also remember the Radio advertising spots, with the deep male voice chanting RUM-BOTTOMS..after you heard those ads, we couldn't wait until the weekend, those were the days.
I also caught Calhoon at club Brasseries in Miami Springs.
Thanks for the great music, I will forever love that rhythm guitar on "Dance Dance Dance" great stuff.
PS:Beth, you just reminded me of club "She", sadly I never went there, I was to young, but remember all the buzz about that club from older friends, I've got to ask them about this early South Florida club now. Heard about the others Clubs except Keith's, The burned down club might be Stone Wall, Shan-Hai ?
Maybe you could add them here in the Club section here with some of your memories. I'm always interested in South Florida club history. Thanks.
I remember Calhoon, back when they played at Rumbottoms! I remember a lot of other bands playing there as well. Those were the best days to be at clubs to dance until dawn! I wish we had clubs like that now! I would still be dancing the night away! Thanks, for the memories!
Does anyone remember the 'She' in fort Lauderdale, or 'Keith's', or the' Pagoda', or 'Mix II', or the place that burned down on 21st & collins, back in the early 70's- it was the first unisex club, bathrooms and all ? Thanks, Beth