The beginning of the 1980s signalled the end of the disco era and a new sound on radio playlists like Teri DeSario’s version of Yes I’m Ready.
First recorded in 1965 by Barbara Mason, this R&B version of the song went to #2 on the Billboard R&B charts.
A Florida-based vocalist, DeSario had worked with Barry Gibb on her first album in 1978 and in 1979 bumped into an old highschool buddy, Harry Wayne Casey, better known as KC from KC and the Sunshine Band.
Wanting to work with DeSario, KC produced her second album Moonlight Madness with this song as a lead single. The song was redone from a slow ballad to a more pop-influenced song.
Released in late 1979, DeSario’s version of Yes I’m Ready moved up the Billboard charts, hitting its peak at #2 on the Hot 100.
DeSario had a hit, but afterwards couldn’t parlay her fast fame into staying in the spotlight. She recorded two albums for Atlantic Records, but they both were soon forgotten.
Leaving pop music behind, DeSario focused on gospel and Christian recordings.
But for the end of the 1970s, this song showed how the pop beats had left the disco behind.