What would you consider to be the "FIRST" disco song?

  • silverfox

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    Sep 08, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    It was a heated discussion at dinner! A couple of guys said "The Hustle" by Van McCoy.....though me and my buddy stuck to our guns and said it was the Hues Corporation "Rock the Boat".

    I guess the "FIRST" disco song could be taken literally or figuratively. It could be....which was the first chronologically, or it could be the first that really stuck in your mind.


    So.......what do YOU say?

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    Sep 08, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    My guess is Honeybee by Gloria Gaynor... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohwftj6mMSw
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    Sep 08, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    According to Wikipedia which is always a reliable source..

    Like all such musical genres, defining a single point of its development is difficult, as many elements of disco music appear on earlier records (such as the 1971 theme from the movie Shaft by Isaac Hayes). In general it can be said that first true disco songs were released in 1973, however, many consider Manu Dibango's 1972 "Soul Makossa" the first disco record.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCktKLgWY3g

    1966–1974: Early history

    The disco sound, style and ethos has its roots in the early 1960s, as record hops and radio DJ's began to replace live bands with recorded music. Discos were first popular in Europe (where the term "Discotheque" was initially coined) and quickly spread to America.

    New York City Blacks, gays, heterosexuals, women, Hispanics and Italians adopted several traits from the hippies and psychedelia. They included overwhelming sound, free-form dancing, "trippy" lighting, colorful costumes, and hallucinogens.Psychedelic soul groups like the Chambers Brothers and especially Sly and The Family Stone influenced proto-disco acts such as Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch and the Philadelphia Sound. In addition, the positivity, lack of irony, and earnestness of the hippies informed proto-disco music like M.F.S.B.'s "Love Is the Message".

    Philly and New York soul were evolutions of the Motown sound. The Philly Sound is typified by lavish percussion and lush strings, which became a prominent part of mid-1970s disco songs. Early songs with disco elements include "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (The Supremes, 1966), "Only the Strong Survive" (Jerry Butler, 196icon_cool.gif, "Message to Love" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1969), "Soul Makossa" (Manu Dibango, 1972), "The Love I Lost" (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, 1973) and The Intruders "I'll Always Love My Mama" (1973).

    From 1974 through 1978, Disco music continued to increase in popularity as many disco songs topped the charts. The Hues Corporation's 1974 "Rock The Boat", a U.S. #1 single and million-seller, was one of the early disco songs to hit #1. Other chart-topping songs included "Walking in Rhythm" by The Blackbyrds, "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae and "Love's Theme" by Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. Also in 1974, Gloria Gaynor released the first side-long disco mix vinyl album, which included a remake of The Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye" and two other songs, "Honey Bee" and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)".













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    Sep 08, 2010 6:41 AM GMT
    What was that song from the Sugarhill Gang?
    I thought that was the first disco song, which was also the first recorded rap song. I think....
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    Sep 08, 2010 1:01 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidWhat was that song from the Sugarhill Gang?
    I thought that was the first disco song, which was also the first recorded rap song. I think....




    Rap and disco are two completely different genres. The song was "Rapper's Delight" and was the first rap song to make the charts.
  • rnch

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    Sep 08, 2010 1:13 PM GMT
    "rock the boat" was the first disco song that i can recall.


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    Sep 08, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    muscles4muscles said
    GigoloAssassin saidWhat was that song from the Sugarhill Gang?
    I thought that was the first disco song, which was also the first recorded rap song. I think....




    Rap and disco are two completely different genres. The song was "Rapper's Delight" and was the first rap song to make the charts.


    Rap and disco actually are connected. The first rap song, Rappers Delight, sample the disco song, Good Times.
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    Sep 08, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    1974/75

  • Kinneticbrian

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    Sep 08, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    Having been a DJ on a Retro Radio station and going off of the word of my boss who DJ'd during the 70's at CKLW in Windsor, Ontario and 1190 WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana I'll say the earliest disco song was "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae.

    Rock Your Baby was laid down in late 1973 or early 1974 and was released in July of 1974.

    Rock the Boat, however, was released and charted earlier so it depends on how you look at it. Rock the Boat was released and charted in May of 1974

    The Hustle was a year later than either of these.
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    Sep 08, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    jimib said
    muscles4muscles said
    GigoloAssassin saidWhat was that song from the Sugarhill Gang?
    I thought that was the first disco song, which was also the first recorded rap song. I think....




    Rap and disco are two completely different genres. The song was "Rapper's Delight" and was the first rap song to make the charts.


    Rap and disco actually are connected. The first rap song, Rappers Delight, sample the disco song, Good Times.



    Rock music and classical music are also connected. Procol Harem sampled Bach in "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 08, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    I don't know if there is technically a 1st Disco song, but Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" has to be one of the most memorable and significant.




    The Village People's "MACHO MAN" and "YMCA" would be up there as well.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 08, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    Before my time, but I could ask my bf his views on the subject.
  • monstapex

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    Sep 08, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    his is the first REAL disco song I remember

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ZPWCzOW0I
  • Timbales

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    Sep 08, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    this certainly sounds disco to me, 1972