Disco

Photo of Donna Summer

It was music that literally shook the world! Through the ‘70s decade, Disco rolled like a tidal wave across the pop and R&B landscapes, breathing fresh life into dance music and introducing a charismatic generation of stars. Disco’s relentless four-on- the-floor beat and ecstatic emotional vocals drew heavily from gospel, funk and soul, and it came with a liberating message that crossed cultural boundaries, uniting fans young and old, white and black, straight and gay.

As the party grew, so did the expressions of open sexuality and drug use that fueled its thriving club scene. And then came the backlash, an angry counter-movement that included riots and record-burnings, and as quickly as it arrived, Disco was dead. Or was it? In this ground-breaking two hour special, ‘Unsung’ tells the definitive tale of an American phenomenon, featuring two dozen musical performances, and commentary by legendary Disco survivors Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers, Thelma Houston, KC of the Sunshine Band, and many more. Other disco greats profiled include;  Taste of Honey, The Village People, Anita Ward, The Trammps and Donna Summer.

TELL US:  Which Disco icon would you like to see profiled on their own episode of Unsung?

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