Remembering The Disco Giants

There is no other genre that makes one want to bust one on the dance floor, strut your stuff and twist your hips like you’re propelled into a Seventies movie. Travolta-esque, bellbottoms and afro-stylin’ – there’s nothing more fun like disco. Whether its humming along at a wedding or birthday party, the classics never die. We remember the giants…

Robin Gibb

Tight white disco pants, long shampooed hair and the high-pitched disco funk. The Bee Gees highlighted the best of the disco era, and are no doubt one of the most successful vocal groups in rock n’ roll history. Singer and co-founder of the group, Robin Gibb, sadly passed away to colon cancer at the age of 62.

Gibb co-wrote favourites like “Stayin’ Alive’ and “Night Fever’, and the group’s off-beat pop hits sold over 200 million albums worldwide. Known for his song-writing, Gibb’s influence on music (especially British pop music) was immense and many define Gibb’s contribution as second-best to Lennon and co. in defining British culture. The group was indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and have too many hit singles to count. Gibb, usually known for his trademark blue spectacles, is a great loss to music. His talent and tunes brought about a swing in the hips and a need to disco on the dance floor like a young John Travolta. Following a lot of 70’s music, the era can never be encapsulated without The Bee Gees and their catchy lyrics and disco ballads. Gibb was definitely a white guy whose voice could gather deft soul.

Donna Summer

In line with the disco era, another great loss is the passing of ‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer who propelled the 70’s with her flashy dance hits and soul lyrics. Donna’s booming voice coincided with her glitter and funk, her platforms and glossy hair. Donna’s music was thick with sex, revolution, fashion and drugs. Donna died last week at the age of 63 to complications with cancer. Her music was disco and her influence was immeasurable as she remained a cult favourite for decades after her spike on the charts, often playing with a little rock.

Donna’s greatest like “Hot Stuff’ and “She works hard for her money” propelled her to legendary status and gave her audience a mix of range and genre. As The Bee Gees epitomized the Seventies funk, Donna established herself with the electricity and glamour of the dance floor.