Marty Angelo, Billy Fajardo,
and Randy Atlas
Marty Angelo, creator of Disco Step-by-Step® received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at the
International Hustle and Salsa Competition
(IHSC) in Miami, Florida.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 28, 2005 --
Marty Angelo, producer, writer, creator and first host
of the popular hustle dance television show Disco Step-by-Step’s® was a charter
and V.I.P. member of the disco disc jockey organization, the International Disco Record Centre
(I.D.R.C.) and the
co-founder of the Buffalo New York Disco Dj Record Pool. His
television show’s play lists often appeared in: Disco News, Billboard Magazine, Cashbox, Record World and others.
Disco Step-by-Step® was not only the first disco dance television show
featuring hustle dancing in the world in 1975 but also was the first ever cable produced
TV show to crossover to a network affiliate broadcast station. It went on to have the highest Neilson rating for its’ Saturday
afternoon time slot.
London Records national disco promotion man, Billy Smith picked Marty Angelo amongst the
top twenty-five most important disco
djs for breaking (introducing) a new disco record.
Angelo's discography reads
like a music business who's who. He literally promoted hundreds of hit
records and worked with some of the most popular recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s. See
his discography here.
Among his many achievements Marty Angelo was one of the very first disco djs
in the United States dating back to 1969. He managed the
popular rock bands,
Raven and Rob Grill and the Grass
Roots. Angelo received his first professional breaks in 1965 from guitar
legend "the late Jimi Hendrix" and former Beatles great "the
late George Harrison."
Angelo hosted one of the first ever all disco radio shows in the world in
1975 and helped publish the disco magazine, “Go Disco." Marty
also helped organize the first World’s Largest
Disco. This charity event was held on September 8, 1979 at the Buffalo New York Convention Center and attracted over
13,000 people. This exciting program resurfaced in 1994 and continues to
this day to be a
very popular annual fundraising event... selling out thousands of tickets
In 1998 Marty Angelo designed one of the first disco related Internet websites and also founded the
Hustle Dancers Hall of Fame™,
the Disco Dj Hall of Fame™ and the official
Disco Dance Music Hall of Fame™.
All halls and websites were donated to the Library of Congress in 2005. These websites were
identified as the very first Internet websites ever
donated to the Library of Congress (L.O.C.). All master videotape copies of
the Disco Step-by-Step’s®
television show were donated to the L.O.C. in 2001.
Marty Angelo's dance TV show was exhibited in the Experience Music Project’s
“Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights” which was displayed in Seattle,
the E.M.P. museum, The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, and
the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City.
Angelo also helped to organize the first Van McCoy Open Hustle Dance Competition, and was interviewed
and various clips of his disco dance TV show were used in the VH1 television special
“When Disco Ruled the World.
He was the associate producer of the PBS television special “My Music; Get Down Tonight – the Disco
Explosion” and the associate producer, interviewed
and clips of his disco dance TV show were used in the
entitled, “Disco: Spinning the Story.”
Various clips of Disco Step-by-Step®
were used in the CBS television show, "Sunday Mornings" disco segment
(Disco Daze) and a biographical article appeared in the March 2005 issue of Buffalo Spree
Angelo is mentioned in the
Longest Cocktail Party" (an Insider's Diary of the Beatles,
Their Million Dollar 'Apple' Empire and Its Wild Rise and Fall),
Knockin... This Town's A Rockin..." and
Fever" (The Beat, People, Places,
Styles, Deejays, Groups, Latest Disco Steps).
I.H.S.C. congratulates Marty Angelo for promoting and sponsoring
the music and dance that has inspired hundreds of artists and
thousands of dancers to reach their highest levels of excellence.