Volume ten of Funky Classix is all about the Disco diva and this mix features six of the best. We kick off with the recently released John Morales remix of Tenderness by global superstar Diana Ross. The original mix of Tenderness featured on her most successful album to date, Diana released on MOTOWN in 1980. The album was composed by Disco legends Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Disco supergroup Chic. Ross was also a regular at the world’s first superclub Studio 54 in New York in its hey day in the mid and late 70s.
Next up is another song from 1980, Love Sensation by Loleatta Holloway. The original 12” was released on Gold Mind Records in the US and on the mighty Disco label Salsoul Records here in the UK. The Re-Edit featured on this mix comes from Dimitri From Paris, Love Sensation has to be one of the most sampled track’s used for House music.
The third Disco diva to feature in the mix is Chaka Khan and her anthem Every Woman. Dr Packer provides the remix on this volume of Funky Classix, the original 12” was released in 1978 on Warner Bros. Records and I’m Every Woman was the first single from the album Chaka. The Disco anthem peaked at #11 in UK Singles Chart late in 1978.
Sister Sledge - Lost In Music is the next Disco anthem featured in the mix, and yet another cracking remix by Dimitri From Paris (who is really from Peckham in South London). The original was released in the US in 1979 on Cotillion a subsidiary label of Atlantic, which would be the label that is was released on here in the UK and hit the #17 spot in the Singles Chart in the summer of 79. The Sister Sledge show featuring Kathy Sledge would perform at the Margate Soul Festival in 2016.
The fifth Disco diva in the mix is Gloria Gaynor and her 1974 anthem Never Can Say Goodbye that was released on MGM Records. Never Can Say Goodbye peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1975 being piped to the post by the Tymes and their song Ms Grace.
We finish off our Disco diva special with I Feel Love by Donna Summer. The 1977 anthem was released on Casablanca and was co-written and produced by Disco legend Giorgio Moroder. I Feel Love topped the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 77 and would spend four weeks at #1.