Marty Angelo (Disco
Step-by-Step® TV Show), Henry Stone (founder - TK Records) and Steve Marcus
(Disco 77/Disco Magic TV) at VH1 taping.
Disco Step-by-Step® - VH1 -
"When Disco Ruled the World" - Marty Angelo
Clips of the disco tv show Disco Step-by-Step® were used throughout the
production of VH1's "When Disco Ruled the World." For more info
Disco Step-by-Step® creator, writer and producer Marty Angelo was
interviewed in this production and was also an associate producer.
Angelo worked in the entertainment business from 1965-1980. He became a Christian
in 1981 after he was arrested for possession of cocaine. He served
2 1/2 years in prison and was released in 1984. Since then Marty Angelo has
been a Christian minister, working mainly in prisons and drug rehabs for
over 30 years and the author of the books, "Once Life Matters: A New
Beginning" (ISBN: 0961895446) and "Vision of New Jerusalem:
Now!" (ISBN: 0615562434) - both books are available through Amazon.com.
First aired on VH1 in 2004
1972. The counterculture is in full retreat from the free love/hippie era with Nixon’s reelection and the lingering Vietnam war. High taxes, gas prices and inflation cast a pall over the nation. But in the underground of New York City, DJs have begun spinning the tunes that will unite and ignite an entire generation.
VH1’s oral history of disco will reveal how disco music, fashion and culture evolved from the underground to the mainstream. From places like DJ David Mancuso’s Loft, the party music spread to the nation’s nightclubs. Disco record labels sprung up and made instant superstars of people like Chic and Donna Summer, whose 17-minute “Love to Love You Baby” became a disco staple. TV shows such as Disco Magic and the hugely popular Dance Fever dominated the airwaves. New dance crazes filled up Fred Astaire studios through the country as people learned The Hustle or “Le Freak.” Gay liberation entered a new, more mainstream phase through acceptance of such acts as the Village People.
Disco peaked in 1977 with the release of Saturday Night Fever which launched the career of John Travolta and caused three Bee Gee songs to reach the top ten on the charts, a feat not seen since the Beatles. The movie spawned more than 18 other disco themed flicks while the soundtrack encouraged other artists, such as Kiss, Rolling Stones, and even Barbra Streisand, to record disco tunes. During that year, Studio 54 opened and topped the hot list for fans and celebrities alike. But soon enough, the fun-loving lifestyle that sought to unify gender, race, sexuality and class took a hard turn. Drugs and an over-saturation of the disco market started to unravel the trend and foreshadowed the beginning of the end.
By the late 1970s, a counter-reaction to disco was started by those who felt the country had lost its better judgment. Famously, fans at a Chicago baseball game put on a “disco demolition” rally, setting fire to some 10,000 records. “Disco Sucks” became an epithet. And in 1978, Studio 54 co-owner Ian Schrager was arrested for possession of cocaine putting a damper on the club scene. By 1980, disco had become a dirty word. Former stars found themselves without record labels, fortunes were lost and the nation had an oversupply of white leisure suits.
When Disco Ruled The World will revisit that unique era and recapture the spirit of those boogie days: the how, why and who that made disco tick and take over. This is an hour devoted entirely to the subject with no narration. Just the voices of the interviewees – the DJs, label heads, TV producers, movie stars and top musical acts of the time – woven together to tell the real stories. Shot intimately and stylishly, When Disco Ruled The World captures the period and the people that made disco the supreme cultural event it was.
DEBBIE HARRY - Blondie
CHARLIE ANZALONE - Club Deejay
KAREN LYNN GORNEY - Actress, Saturday Night Fever
HARRY WAYNE CASEY - KC and the Sunshine Band
DENEY TERRIO - Host, Dance Fever
GLORIA GAYNOR - Singer
JOE CAUSI - Radio Deejay
MAURICE WHITE - Earth, Wind and Fire
HENRY STONE - Founder, TK Records
STEVE MARCUS - Producer, Disco Magic
BILLY FAJARDO - Dancer
KC - KC and the Sunshine Band
BAIRD JONES - Studio 54 Doorman
MARTY ANGELO - Producer, Disco Step by Step
GIORGIO MORODER - Record Producer
ANITA POINTER - Singer, Pointer Sisters
MICHAEL MUSTO - Journalist
NILE RODGERS - Chic
JANICE-MARIE JOHNSON - A Taste of Honey
NICKY SIANO - Club Deejay
TOM MOULTON - Record Producer/Mixer
CARMEN D’ALESSIO - Co-founder, Studio 54
MICHAEL FESCO - Club Owner, Flamingo
MAURICE BRAHMS - Club Owner, Infinity
DAVID MANCUSO - Club Owner, The Loft
ANNIE SPRINKLE, PHD - Adult Entertainer
RICHARD NOTAR - Steve Rubell’s Driver