Disco and Jazz-Funk singles

Disco and Jazz-Funk singles

Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States’ urban nightlife scene. Its sound is typified by four-on-the-floor beats, syncopated basslines, string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars.

Well-known disco artists include Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, the Bee Gees, Chic, KC and the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Sister Sledge, The Trammps, the Village People and Michael Jackson. While performers and singers garnered public attention, record producers working behind the scenes played an important role in developing the genre. Films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Thank God It's Friday (1978) contributed to disco's mainstream popularity.

Disco started as a mixture of music from venues popular with African Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Italian Americans, and LGBT communities in Philadelphia and New York City during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco can be seen as a reaction by the 1960's counterculture to both the dominance of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music at the time. Several dance styles were developed during the period of disco's popularity in the United States, including “the Bump” and “the Hustle”.

By the late 1970s, most major U.S. cities had thriving disco club scenes, and DJs would mix dance records at clubs such as Studio 54 in New York City, a venue popular among celebrities.

Disco was a key influence in the development of electronic dance music in general and house music in particular.


Disco and Jazz-Funk singles

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Donna Summer - Down Deep Inside (Theme From The Deep)

Donna Summer - (1977)

Theme song to the 1977 film The Deep, written by composer John Barry, with lyrics by disco singer Donna Summer.

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Donna Summer - Sunset People

Donna Summer - (1979)

Single released from the album "Bad Girls". A minor hit in the UK where it peaked at #46.

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Larry Santos - Long Long Time

Larry Santos - (1975)

Well presented promotional U.S. Casablanca NB 869, which was included on the artist's fourth and fifth studio album.

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Buddy Miles - Rockin' and Rollin' on the Streets of Hollywood

Buddy Miles - (1975)

Promotional variant of modern soul/dance release, written and produced by the drummer-vocalist Buddy Miles.

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K C & the Sunshine Band - Queen of Clubs

K C & the Sunshine Band - (1974)

The Florida based disco-funk band's second single release, from their debut album, "Do It Good".

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K C & the Sunshine Band - Sound Your Funky Horn

K C & the Sunshine Band - (1973)

The band's third single release, (UK singles chart #17), taken from their debut album, "Do It Good".

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George McCrae - You Can Have It All

George McCrae - (1974)

Excellent example of single release, (UK singles #23), taken from McCrae's debut album, "Rock Your Baby".

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Cheryl Barnes - Save and Spend

Cheryl Barnes - (1978)

Demonstrational variant of the first of only four single releases, between 1978-1980.

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Mandi Wilson - I'm a Woman

Mandi Wilson - (1977)

Demonstration variant of Frank Ricotti produced, obscure disco release.

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Locksmith - Chinese Funk Funk (Far Beyond)

Locksmith - (1980)

Single taken from the jazz-funk band's only album "Unlock the Funk".

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George McCrae - Sing a Happy Song

George McCrae - (1975)

Well presented UK (BOY 95), single taken from the American disco singers self-titled, second album release.

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George McCrae - It's Been So Long

George McCrae - (1975)

Excellent UK BOY 100, (UK singles chart #4), single taken from the disco artists, self -titled, second studio album.

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D Train - You're the One For Me

D Train - (1981)

Well presented UK EPC A2016 stereo, post-disco, jazz-funk classic, written by James "D Train" Williams and Hubert Eaves III of D Train.

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Yvonne Gage - Doin' It in a Haunted House

Yvonne Gage - (1984)

Heavily inspired by, and described as the "unofficial answer to Michael Jackson's Thriller" by Billboard, (UK singles #45).

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The Isley Brothers - Voyage to Atlantis

The Isley Brothers - (1977)

Promotional variant of uncharted UK song, taken from the group's studio album, "Go For Your Guns".

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The Isley Brothers - Harvest for the World

The Isley Brothers - (1976)

Single released as the title track, from their 1976 album of the same name, (UK chart singles #10).

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The Isley Brothers - Take me to the Next Phase

The Isley Brothers - (1978)

Well presented UK (S EPC 6292 stereo), single taken from the studio album "Showdown", (U.S. Billboard R&B chart #1).

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The isley Brothers - Life in the City (Part 1)

The Isley Brothers - (1979)

Single release taken from the American group's studio album "Winner Takes All".

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Isley Brothers - It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)

Isley Brothers - (1979)

Released as the scond single from their gold-certified album, "Winner Takes All" (UK singles chart #14).

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Real Thing - She's a Groovy Freak

Real Thing - (1980)

Minor hit (UK single chart #52) from the Liverpool-based British soul group.

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Crown Heights Affair - Dance Lady Dance

Crown Heights Affair - (1979)

Single release, (UK singles chart #24), taken from the American funk/R&B/disco group's studio album of the same name.

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Donna Summer - Love's Unkind

Donna Summer - (1977)

UK top 10 single, (highest position #3), taken from the American disco singer's studio album, "I Remember Yesterday".

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Stacy Lattisaw - Jump to the Beat

Stacy Lattisaw - (1980)

Original UK pressing of the 13 year old's UK Top-5 single, produced by Narada Michael Walden.

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Narada Michael Walden - I Shoulda Loved Ya

Narada Michael Walden - (1979)

Well presented large centre UK variant of self-produced, disco/jazz-funk UK hit, (UK singles #8).

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Anita Ward - Ring My Bell

Anita Ward - (1979)

U.S. Juana Records (T.K.) 3422 stereo, U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK singles chart-topper, taken from the album "Songs Of Love".

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Boney M - Ma Baker

Boney M - (1977)

Atlantic (K10965 stereo), taken from the Euro disco artist's second album "Love For Sale".

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Tony Etoria - I Can Prove It

Tony Etoria - (1977)

The UK Top 40 hit, from the Welsh singer, songwriter.

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Karen Young - Hot Shot

Karen Young - (1978)

The Philadelphia singers disco, smash hit, (U.S. Billboard #1 disco chart).

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El Lute / Gotta Go Home

Boney M - (1979)

A well presented example of the record, originally released as a double-A sided single.

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Change - Searching

Change - (1980)

EX/EX UK WEA Records K 79156 (stereo), from the Italian-American post-disco group, formed by producer Jacques Fred Petrus.

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Leif Garrett - I Was Made For Dancing

Leif Garrett - (1978)

EX/EX Scotti Brothers K11202 (stereo), with original picture sleeve.

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Real Thing - Can You Feel the Force?

Real Thing - (1978)

Yellow vinyl variant, with original company, picture sleeve, (UK singles chart #6).

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Space - Magic Fly

Space - (1977)

The French disco-electronica band's UK Top 10 hit, (UK Singles Chart #2).

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Rose Wash - Car Wash

Rose Royce - (1976)

The theme to the 1976 film of the same name, produced by ex-Motown producer Norman Whitfield.

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Al Hudson & the Partners - You Can Do It

Al Hudson & the Partners - (1979)

The successful single release, taken from the Detroit groups album "Happy Feet", (UK singles #15).

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Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You

Billy Ocean - (1976)

Original (GTO Records GT 52),  which reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart, with original company paper sleeve.

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Walter Murphy - Rhapsody in Blue

Walter Murphy - (1977)

A well presented Promo Copy, of the American keyboardist's funky arrangement, of the George Gershwin, classical song.

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Heatwave - Boogie Nights

Heatwave - (1978)

The #2 hit single, taken from the funk-disco groups debut album, "Too Hot to Handle".

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The Love Unlimited Orchestra - My Sweet Summer Suite

The LoveUnlimited Orchestra - (1976)

Original U.S. issue of the instrumental single, taken from the "My Sweet Summer Suite" album. (U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart #1).

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Harry Thumann - Underwater

Harry Thumann - (1979)

EX/EX UK Decca F.13901 stereo, the Euro-disco minor hit, (UK Singles #41) , (US Hot Dance Club Play #17).

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The Real Thing - Can't Get By Without You

The Real Thing - (1976)

The follow up single to the British band's smash hit "You to Me Are Everything".

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Eruption - I Can't Stand the Rain

Eruption - (1978)

The British disco's cover version of Ann Peeble's "I Can't Stand the Rain", produced by Euro-disco, hit maker, Frank Farian.

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Heatwave - The Groove Line

Heatwave - (1977)

Single released from the funk/disco group's second album, "Central Heating", (UK singles chart #12).

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