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Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

“Ring My Bell” is one of many disco one-hit wonders. And like many disco one-hit wonders, once this song by Anita Ward left the charts, so did people’s desire to buy Ward’s music. She never again charted. But “Ring My Bell” lives on loud and strong. In fact, it’s one of many 1970s disco one-hit wonders that still has legions of fans today. Songs like “The Hustle” by Van McCoy or “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” … Read entire article »

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The Hustle – Van McCoy

The Hustle – Van McCoy

This is it…one of the greatest disco anthems ever. Someday in a far-distant future, aliens or some post-apocalyptic explorer will discover a cassette tape or vinyl copy of “The Hustle” by Van McCoy and will instantly deem it the World States National Anthem. At least the United States Disco Anthem. Think about it for a moment; besides “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees, is any song more associated with disco than “The Hustle?” Can “The Hustle” be … Read entire article »

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Disco Duck – Rick Dees

Disco Duck – Rick Dees

We love a good novelty song. They’re simple. They’re disposable. They remind you that the American public is often fascinated by supreme silliness. At least for a few weeks. That’s what you hear in “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees. A #1 hit from 1976 that emerged just as disco music was emerging from the gay nightclubs of New York City and appearing on top 40 stations around the country. Click to hear other Billboard number-one hit … Read entire article »

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A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When I was a little kid, my dad showed up at the house with a record titled A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band. We played this record to death. Disco meets classical music. A sound so good they added it to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call it sheer brilliance. Today, with sampling and mash-ups on radio formats like … Read entire article »

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Spring Rain – Bebu Silvetti

Spring Rain – Bebu Silvetti

Some one-hit wonders are simply forgettable. Some are awful. A few are awful and forgettable. It takes a special combination to be both awful and utterly forgettable. But “Spring Rain” by Silvetti (Bebu Silvetti if you’re feeling formal) is just that kind of song. Click to hear more of the worst one-hit wonders ever What does it sound like? How about the background music to a cheesy 1970s movie you might catch on cable TV at … Read entire article »

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Disco Lucy ( I Love Lucy Theme ) – Wilton Place Street Band

Disco Lucy ( I Love Lucy Theme ) – Wilton Place Street Band

Some songs are so bad they’re good. Others are simply bad. Really bad. Like this-song-has-no-redeeming-quality-so-why-did-it-ever-get-recorded bad. “Disco Lucy ( I Love Lucy Theme )” by the Wilton Place Street Band is one of those rare songs that is simply awful. Listen to it now (I’ll wait for you to return….) Still waiting…. Awful, right? A horrible, disco mess that does the theme from the TV classic I Love Lucy a grand disservice. It’s a novelty song with no … Read entire article »

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