Eurodisco: pills of history

The birth of the Eurodisco is inseparable from the history of the drum machine and the “click”, the metronomic reference audio track that today resounds in all the headphones of the musicians in the recording rooms. At the end of the 70s the record was a worldwide phenomenon and therefore a big business; in Europe it had a very short but legendary duration, which brought internationally successful records to countries such as Italy, France and Germany. In 1979, while the record was killed and buried in America, in Europe it continued to survive and evolve until the 1980s, thanks above all to the great skills of European producers. It was a phenomenon more for producers than for artists: in Germany Giorgio Moroder ; in France Michael Cretu, Jean Marc Cerrone, Jacques Morali;pastedGraphic.png in Italy Cecchetto, Celso Valli, Paolo Micioni, Mauro Malavasi. In addition to Moroder’s “star”, Donna Summer, who also made a name for himself in the soundtracks of very famous films (he took two Oscars) such as “Warriors of the night” and “Midnight express”, many artists emerged: in Spain Le Baccara; in France Alec Costandinos, Patrick Hernandez and Sheila B Devotion; in Italy La Bionda, Easy Going; in England Imagination, Real Thing; in Sweden the Abba; in Switzerland Patrick Juvet.


The EURODISCO used electronic instruments and the first synthesizers, while the American one was more linked to a tradition made of winds, bass, drums, and in the case of the Philly also of real strings. The American introduction included 3-4 minutes, while the Eurodisco also liked to do it for 10 minutes. Beyond the differences, there was a minimum common denominator, a universally valid disco element: the great strength of disco music was the catchiness for those who just wanted to listen to it, and the charge for those who also liked to dance it.


Germany : Trinity, Blue Bell and Life1 in Hamburg; Edith and Why not? in Monaco; Biba in Frankfurt. France : around 3500 venues, including the famous Palace of Paris. Soviet Union : did not allow the release of the disc.


The song that best expressed the Eurodisco was Donna Summer’s ” Love to Love You Baby “, but it was Silver Convention’s ” Save Me “, released in January 1975, which transformed the Eurodisk into a standalone sub-genre. The architects of this genre of music were Giorgio Moroder, Michael Kunze and Silvester Levay, but the founder was probably Keith Forsey, involved in the records of almost all the members of the Europantheon (Donna Summer, Boney M, Giorgio Moroder, Trax, Suzi Lane , Sparks, Munich Machine, Roberta Kelly, Claudja Barry…).


In Italy the album arrived in the mid-70s . Famous clubs: Baia degli Angeli in Gabicce (DJ Bob Day and Tom Sison, later replaced by Daniele Baldelli and Claudio Rispoli); Cosmic on Lake Garda (DJ Daniele Baldelli).


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31 March 2022

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