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disco, 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).

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"But when I arrived in Toronto, it was the height of the disco era, and my cousins, who were already there, were heavily into the scene.
"Say You, Say Me" was not a taboo nor was "Three Times a Lady," a waltz in the middle of the disco era. Radio wasn't so restricted.
NEW YORK -- Spray deodorants are making a comeback, but not the misty aerosols of the disco era.
They shot to fame in 1979 when breakthrough album We Are Family was released and became global superstars at the height of the disco era.
He did manage a hit during the disco era in the 1970s with "Supernatural Thing'' and continued to record and tour.
Boney M's insanely catchy songs mixed with the glitz and glamor of the disco era gave them an incredible run of chart success world over.
Boney M's catchy songs mixed with the glitz and glamour of the disco era gave them an incredible run of chart success the world over.
The book also includes two forewords by singers Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive") and Claudja Barry, plus a list of recommended listening, and a section of comments and conversations among promoters and producers who worked behind the scenes during the disco era. Arena has written a previous book on popular culture.
The modest eight-page bibliography does not give many clues, unless one counts the six David Irving books dating back to the disco era.
Inspired by the '80s disco era, the song will be along the lines of Parveen Babi's classic Jawani Jneman, the iconic number from the hit Namak Halal.
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.