We make playlists for many different reasons. Sometimes it is to capture a mood or introduce friends to new music. Other times, our mixes can chronicle certain events. One of our favorite playlists captures a particular night at Studio 54, the infamous New York's night spot.
The Date: 2 May 1977
The Place: Studio 54, NYC
The Event: Bianca Jagger's 32nd Birthday Party
The Guests: Mick Jagger, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Tina Turner, Truman Capote and more.
The DJ: Nicky Siano
The Scene: Studio 54 had been open just one week when club owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager agreed to host Bianca Jagger's birthday bash on a Monday night in May. With his club (The Gallery) closed, Nicky Siano was at the turntables. Over the course of more than six wild hours, the nightclub scene....and the music scene...were forever transformed. Siano spun a mix of soul, funk, reggae and rock. As the night wore on, Siano worked the crowd into a frenzy--on and off the dance floor--and those lucky enough to be there experienced an epic musical event. The music sizzled..and dance music and nightlife were never the same again.
Listen to the Playlist:
Instant Expert: The Roots of Disco
We are excited to introduce our new “Instant Expert” series of playlists. Each week, the crew at Playlist Giants will be releasing mixes covering a specific genre or theme. Playlists Giants will do all the work so that you can instantly become an expert on a wide variety of music topics. Impress your friends with your vast knowledge of newly acquired tidbits learned from our musical offerings or simply press play and let the music speak for itself!
Today's offering is “Instant Expert: The Roots of Disco.” We dug through our crates and combed the web to bring you a selection of songs that will allow you to impress even the most knowledgeable disco devotees.
Talk the talk to sound like an expert:
"The real 'roots' of disco go back to the private clubs in NYC like The Loft and the influence of the Philly Sounds"
"You can almost see the diso ball spinning in 'I Can't Get Enough' by Willie Hutch...but that song preceded the disco era by nearly 10 years."
"The era represented by this playlist is 1968-1974...not only was disco not dead yet...it hadn't even been invented!"
"I can't decide which version of 'Law of the Land' I like better...you decide."
Now put on those dancin' shoes...
In the Days Before Rock and Roll
In the days before rock and roll, they still knew how to rock! This collection of songs predates the Rock & Roll era. Take a musical tour through the music that inspired the rock generation. Whether it was the rhythm and blues music of the 1940s, the earlier blues masters, boogie woogie, jazz, swing music, gospel, country or western, you can still hear the influence that these songs had on the sounds that became rock and roll.
A comprehensive playlist in (roughly) chronological order of American Roots Music. From some of the earliest recordings available on Spotify to modern acts like The Lumineers, this mix captures the heart of American music.