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Disco

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The term”Discotheque” was born during World War II in Occupied France. “Disc Jockeys” played records in many of the dance halls because of the imposed restrictions of the occupation. By 1959, the term “Discotheque” was used in Paris to describe numerous night clubs. In September of 1964, Playboy Magazine used the word “Disco” for the first time, as a shortened version of  a discotheque-styled nightclub. It’s initial audiences were club-goers from different communities in New York and Philadelphia in the late 60′s and early 70′s. The first article about disco was written in September of 1973 for Rolling Stone Magazine. “Disco” was beginning to be noticed.

Philadelphia and New York soul were evolutions of the Motown sound that became a prominent part of the mid-1970′s”Disco”songs. There were many songs with elements of Disco, such as: The Supremes in 1968 with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”; Stevie Wunder in 1972 with “Superstition”; Eddie Kendricks with “Keep On Truckin’” and “The Love I Lost” by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. Read more »

Bruce (The Boss) Springsteen

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, where he didn’t care for the nuns’ disciplines. Still, the Catholic upbringing did have an influence on his music. He transferred to a public high school, but he wasn’t very comfortable there either. He finished, but never attended his own graduation. He went to college but dropped out.

His musical inspiration began at the age of seven, when he saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. In 1964, The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, and soon after that Springsteen began playing guitar in front of a live audience.

Springsteen acquired the nickname “The Boss” in the late 1960′s while playing clubs in New Jersey. He was always in charge collecting and distributing the pay for the band. Hence the name “The Boss”. Read more »

Soul Music

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Soul Music is a popular music style that began in the United States in the 1950′s and early 1960′s. It was well-liked for dancing due to the rhythmic beat and energetic style, which was the result of the progression of rhythm and blues in the 60′s. The name seems to originate from some of the gospel groups of the 1940′s and 1950′s, when they would incorporate part of the term into the name of their group. Ray Charles had many hits in the 1950′s that emulated this new genre and helped to popularize and contribute to the growth of Soul Music. His “I Got A Woman” in 1954 seems to be the start, with many other artists to follow; such as: Etta James, Hank Ballard, Clyde McPhatter, etc. Read more »