Inventor of the 12 inch single and creator of the Disco mix
Tom Moulton [b: November 29, 1940 - present] is the best known Disco remixer as his name has appeared on hundreds of Disco records from the 1970s. Moulton is the originator of the concept of the extended Disco mix along with the creation of the Disco "break" first used on Don Downing's "Dream World" and also created the first 12" single while pressing an acetate for a record called "So Much For Love" by Moment Of Truth [12D-2009 DJ] with assistance from his mastering engineer, the late Jose Rodriguez. This would ultimately lead to the release of the first official promotional 12" single: "Free Man" by Southshore Commission and the first commercially available 12 inch record on Salsoul Records of "Ten Percent" by Double Exposure.
One would think that with his talent for being in tune with the needs of early Disco DJs that Tom Moutlon may have been a DJ himself. In reality Tom never DJ'ed, but did get his start in Disco by creating several reel-to-reel tapes of painstakingly segued and edited tracks for dance clubs on Fire Island. From here he went on to be the most sought after Disco remixer and even went on to produce for such artists as Grace Jones and his own TJM for Casablanca Records.
Some of Tom Moulton's best known and loved remixes are:
Love Is The Message - M.F.S.B.
Doctor Love - First Choice
Love Sensation - Loleatta Holloway
Free Man - South Shore Commission
These are the Tom Moulton Disco mixes that achieved rankings on the Top 100 Songs for 1974 - 1975 as compiled by DiscoMusic.com member, Markeydefad :
8. EXPRESS - B.T. Express
(Scepter/ 1974) P: Jeff Lane; W: B.T. Express; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
9) CASANOVA BROWN/ (If You Want It) DO IT YOURSELF/ HOW HIGH THE MOON (Medley) - Gloria Gaynor
(MGM/1975) P: Meco Monardo/ Tony Bongiovi/ Jay Ellis
W: 1) Jimmy Roach; 2) James Bolden/Jack Robinson; 3) Morgan Lewis/ Nancy Hamilton
"A Tom Moulton Mix"
11) PEACE PIPE/ "NON-STOP" LP - B.T. Express
(Roadshow/ 1975) P: Jeff Lane; W: S. Taylor/M. Barkan; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
12) I'LL BE HOLDING ON - Al Downing
(Chess Disco Mix/1974) P: Meco Monardo/ Tony Bongiovi/ Jay Ellis; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
17) WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE - Ralph Carter
(Mercury/ 1975) P: Reid Whitelaw/Norman Bergen; W: Van McCoy; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
26) HELPLESSLY - Moment Of Truth
(Roulette/ 1975) P/W: Reid Whitelaw/ Norman Bergen; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
27) HONEY BEE/ NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE/ REACH OUT-I'LL BE THERE (Medley) + "NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE" LP - Gloria Gaynor
(MGM LP/ 1975) P: #1: Paul Leka/ #2 & #3: Meco Monardo/ Tony Bongiovi/ Jay Ellis; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
28. EL BIMBO - Bimbo Jet
(Scepter/ 1975) P: Laurent Rossi; W: C. Morgan; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
52) CHINESE KUNG FU - Banzaii
(Scepter/1975) P: S.A. Creations Artistiques; W: Subway ; "A Tom Moulton Mix"
55) LET'S DO THE LATIN HUSTLE - Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited
(Friends & Co./ 1975) P/W: Eddie Drennon ;"A Tom Moulton Mix"
61) UNDECIDED LOVE - The Chequers
(Scepter/1975) P: John Mathias; W: R. Mathias/ J. Mathias
"A Tom Moulton Mix"
The above list as researched by DiscoMusic.com member Markydefad.
Here's a growing list of all the Disco records Tom Moulton was involved with.
Disco Exhibit NYC (2005): Bernie Lopez of DiscoMusic.com and the godfather of the 12 inch Disco mix, Tom Moulton.
Step inside and get a rare look at Tom Moulton's New York apartment... Part 1
Step inside and get a rare look at Tom Moulton's New York apartment... Part 2
Listen to La Vie En Rose by Grace Jones:
Listen to I Need A Man by Grace Jones:
Listen to Do Or Die by Grace Jones:
Never Can Say Goodbye:
I will never forget Tom he paved the way for many a DJ. I was spinning Donut records 45's with an A and B mix, James Brown was good for this. Those were the cave man days until Tom helped DJs now we can create our own version because of him. I got the first 12" of his. I remember the record labels saying it would never work commercially I guess they never heard of a direct drive turntable either back in those days. Many people owe their career to Tom I'm one of them.
Hi tom I'm just a massive fan always have been since the days of disco,and especially a massive philly int, they were certainly different days such great music and times, though there are good djs and mixers around today(not on your level of course)I feel dance music has lost it's way, djs mostly go for the easy option and just repeat what other djs have played just an hour ago. I know this because at 55 I work at a top club in bham England and though its a top venue not all djs are top djs in any way,such laziness and not many wi try and educate the crowd,it's just to easy.
Anyway Tom many many thank for all the great times and great tunes.and please tell all the record labels that put out your mixes to put at least 20% on vinyl.TOP MAN
I would like to see a remix/fusion/blend of Grace Jones' 'LaVie En Rose' and 'Autumn Leaves'. It can be done . . . anybody want to step up to the plate?
I loved the article I read in the newspaper about the grieving mom who lost her son to AIDS. After several years of procrastination, she had a garage sale and sold his record collection. A man bought the collection and one of the records fetched $500 at a rare record convention. The record was 'That's The Trouble' by Grace Jones. According to the article: '. . apparently the label didn't have much faith in the Jamaican-born model singer- wannabe so they issued a limited number of disks. Now that Jones has attained icon status, the platter is fetching a pretty penny'. The man gave the money to the grieving mother.
When you listen to Grace Jones' first recordings for Beam Junction, you realize why Tom Moulton was called 'The Master of Mix'. Moulton mixed in the background vocals of 'The Sweethearts of Sigma' as one would pour syrup onto a stack of buttered pancakes, being careful not to melt the buttered tones of Jones in the process.
Tom Moulton will always be remembered for his contribution to the music industry: Grace Jones and the 12" disc. And so what if Grace couldn't sing . . . you didn't have to if you had Tom Moulton as your producer! I want Tom to produce my debut single, 'Disco Moves Me'.
can some one tell me
When did tom remix Found a Cure ashford and simpson
and how long is it
Without this man, many of us would not be here. Thanks.
the best remixer that i heard
.. not only did Tom Moulton invent the 12" single & help catapult dance music to a worldwide audience, he also created some of the best dance records of all time .. His mix of "Love is the message" must be the finest record of the 20th Century .. and after 30 years in the music buisness the great man continues mixing .. just check out his recent 11 minute mix of Eddie Kendricks "Keep on truckin" on the Tom Moulton double CD on Soul Jazz records .. or the superb 9 minute remix of "Get down tonight" on the KC & the Sunshine Band 25th anniversary CD .. God bless you Tom .. may you continue producing fantastic remixes for another 30 years xx
I know Richie Matthias from Chequers very well.
He playi in a Disco/Funk & Reggae group at the moment.
Unfortunatly he had a stroka a couple of weeks ago and is still pretty ill.
It came as a real shock to us.
Dave Watts (Ruff Justice Studio)
I've been spinning 12" dance records for 14 years and just recently found out about Tom Moulton. I was curious if we are related in anyway. If anyone knows how I can get in contact with Tom Moulton it would be greatly appreciated.
He is a true inspiration. When 12 inch records were hot ,seeing 'a Tom Moulton Mix' at the lower half of the label meant you were in for a treat. He's one of the reasons I became a DJ.
Hi Tom, Still have all those 12" disco classics you gave me. Do you still have the Quad eight tracks? Remember my store Fast Trax? Take care, Barry
Very, very, thanks!
I have much original records ! see my site!
I search the official web site tom mouton but nothing!It's a sin!
I make at my home, the special extendet version, style tom moulton! for me at my discoteque where i work.
YES,a living legend indeed..hi Tom, Mel Cheren intrduced us back in 1977 for westends anniversary party at club le mouche. grace jones and many others were there aswell..i with you the best that life has to offer buddy..till we meet again your friend now and always DJ STEVE THE SAGA PEREZ..and always remember aside from GOD,Music is the answer,and Love is the Message...PEACE
Oh man, what a legend!
Having a chance to meet Tom Moulton was a chance of a lifetime!
His accomplishments are priceless and words alone couldn't descibe how great his remixes are.
If Love Is The Message, Doctor Love and other remixes aren't enough to mention for his discography, then you just don't know!
Simply Put. . . . A Living Legend.
A Friend Of Mine (DJ. Victor Rosado) Recently Completed A Project With
Mr. Moulton. The Release Party Scheduled For Late November 2005 At The Soho Dance Studio In New York.
I Hope To Make Mr. Moultons Acquaintance One Day Soon, We Share The Same Love For The 12" Mix And Might Possibly Collaborate On A Project. It Would Be Fun And An Honor For Me To Work With Him.