Leroy M. Bell and Casey James were a songwriting and disco funk duo from Philadelphia. Thanks to Bell’s uncle they started writing songs for the roster of Philadelphia International Records (MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, …) before signing with A&M and releasing three albums. Their biggest disco writings are Jackie Moore hit “This Time Baby” (originally written for The O’Jays) and “Are You Ready For Love” by Elton John. “I Love The Music” is the last song from their first album, it was later covered by The Spinners and recently sampled by Joe & Jessey.
Bell & James – I Love The Music (Discogs)
“That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You” is a song written in 1978 by Dean Parks and Donald Fletcher for the pop diva Dusty Springfield. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and 12” mixed by Tom Moulton. Dusty does disco, no more to say.
D. Springfield – That’s The Kind of Love I’ve Got For You (12” Mix) (Discogs)
Something that I’ve always loved about Disco is the message. The 95% of disco music is full of burning bodies, high fevers, unexpected lovers and Knights In White Satin. All this was possible thanks the extended version of “Love To Love You Baby” by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer: that 16 minutes song officially legitimized sex in the charts. Another European producer, the French drummer and composer Cerrone was a prominent key figure for some of the best sexy disco songs out there. “Call Me Tonight” is in this list, a track from the Cerrone – American LP – “Angelina”, written with Alain Wisniak the song features a bunch of great session players: Greg Mathieson, Jeff Baxter, David Hungate and singer Michelle Aller.
Cerrone – Call Me Tonight (Discogs)
Morena y Clara were a Spanish flamenco-pop duo from the 70’s formed by sisters Ana María Muñoz Hernández (Morena) and Carmen Muñoz Hernández (Clara) and produced by their cousin Jeros. The duo released 3 albums in the second part of the 70’s. “No Llores Más” was their first single in 1974: a song that sounds like a love song and at the same time like a condemnation. But with more cowbell.
Morena y Clara – No Llores Más (Discogs)
In 1975, bassist John Lee formed a Jazz band with drummer Gerry Brown. Together they recorded two albums for Blue Note Records, “Mango Sunrise” & “ Still Can’t Say Enough”. One for Mood Records called “Brothers” and two for Columbia Records: “Medusa” and the ladder “Chaser”. Released in 1979, it was recorded in Copenhagen and features Kenneth Knudsen, Darryl Thompson and Palle Mikkelborg. “Celebration” is the more disco oriented track from the album: warm synth arrangements and a very melodic guitar solo are the key elements of this beautiful song.
John Lee & Gerry Brown – Celebration (Discogs)
Heat Exchange was a British duo formed by drummer, composer Brian Bennett and producer Dave Jordan. Bennett started working with Cliff Richard, becoming his musical director and later becoming a renowned film and television composer. Dave Jordan worked as a producer for The Specials, Bananarama, The Fun Boy Three and The Pogues. Together, in 1979, they released an album and one single from the same: “Shake Down”. I wonder who was the singer on this beautiful slow funky song.
Heat Exchange – Shake Down (Discogs)
Area Code (212) was a disco vocal trio from New York. They released just an album before disappearing. My favourite track is “Gaz-O-Lean” a crazy disco track with an Indian flute on it. The key members were Steve Shelto, an American singer raised in Brooklyn who later worked with Shep Pettibone, and Stan Bronstein: a saxophone player best known for playing with John Lennon, The Clash and the Aerosmith.
Area Code (212) – Gaz-O-Lean (Discogs)