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style of popular music that flourished during the 1970s. Originating in the United States, it evolved mainly from funk, soul, and salsa and became popular worldwide. Characterized by a heavy, thumping rock and roll beat, a soulful singing style, and surging orchestrations, disco was primarily dance music, and it became the dominant musical feature of clubs throughout the country as the 1970s progressed. The music was particularly popular in the gay community, where its songs became anthems for new freedom and visibility. The first disco song is said to have been recorded in 1972; the style's heyday ran from 1973 to 1979. Among the major stars of disco were Abba, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Labelle, Sister Sledge, Donna Summer, and the Village People. In the 1980s a strong counterreaction emerged to disco and its dominance of the pop music scene, but the style has exerted a lasting influence on pop music.


See studies by A. H. Goldman (1978), E. Haas (1994), J.-M. Andriote (2001), A. Jones and J. Kantonen (2001), A. Echols (2010), and P. Shapiro (2010).


Microsoft's lightweight counterpart to UDDI for discovering Web services. Directed more to organizations that want to implement Web services internally, Disco is included in the .NET Framework. See UDDI.
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A night of music from the disco era with D Claudio and Mr Fox.
It was in the disco era of the mid-1970s though that they became a big success with You Sexy Thing and Every 1's a Winner.
The female models fashioned items to particular themes such as the disco era, the fifties and the naughty noughties to a selection of Academy Award-winning songs that reflected that particular time period.
I also loved her look from 'Confessions on a Dance Floor' in 2008, which was all about the disco era - enhancing Madonna's eyes, which is my favourite feature to bring forward.
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice helped define the disco era with their falsetto harmonies and funky beats on smash hits such as "Stayin' Alive" and "Jive Talkin'," has died after a long fight with cancer.
Washington, May 18 ( ANI ): Donna Summer, whose powerful voice and string of hit songs like 'Bad Girls' and 'Hot Stuff' provided the soundtrack for the disco era, died of lung cancer on Thursday.
MACHO MAN: THE DISCO ERA AND GAY AMERICA'S 'COMING OUT' is a fine, detailed college-level pick for music and social issues collections alike, and comes from an original member of the Village People band who took the late 1970s music scene by storm with their rock music and gay sexuality.
L'incontro, the hotel's Italian restaurant, and the trendy restaurant 32 North, will relive the 60s and the 70s respectively, while Disco Era, JJ's will present music of the 80s.
Producing acts such as those named above, Duran Duran and the B-52s through the 80s would be enough to secure Rodgers' reputation but he also defined the disco era
The expensively put-together Cosmos had '70s disco era New York at their feet.
Having survived the Stonewall Riots and the disco era, the AIDS epidemic and the GLBT publishing boom, in recent years the store's survival had been threatened a number of times.
The company's bedspreads look little like the dull-colored, low-thread-count, quilted styles first popular in the disco era, and instead boast luxurious fibers and come in fashionable colors.