Saturday, June 7, 2008

Saturday Night 70s Disco: Gloria Gaynor 1975

A bit of history:

Never Can Say Goodbye was a 1971 hit for The Jackson 5. Covered by Gloria Gaynor towards the end of 1973, it became a major club hit, despite little support from label MGM. The follow-on long player Never Can Say Goodbye established Gloria as a disco artist. Produced by Tom Moulton the first side of this album consisted of three disco songs - Honey Bee, Never Can Say Goodbye and Reach Out, I’ll Be There, with no breaks in between the songs. All three songs were released as singles via radio edits. Never Can Say Goodbye became the first song to top Billboard magazine’s dance chart.

Played here there & everywhere & covered by heaps of folk it is seen as one of the defining recordings of the disco era. This very soulful single edit at about 3 minutes long is now 34 years old and still sounds mighty fine.

Ah, the memories: 12West, Flamingo, Truck Stop, Chameleon - in only 10 years they and most of the dancers would all be gone. I remember these venues and my dancing queens no longer with us. What a fine time we had. Wednesday and Sunday nights were the best for locals. Friday and Saturdays the places were overwhelmed with out of towners; Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut. I stayed away.

And so it used to be.


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