memories of the ’70s – Disco Lady by Johnnie Taylor

Forty years ago, the Billboard charts of the 1970s welcomed many disco songs, and the month of April was taken over by the hot single Disco Lady by Johnnie Taylor.

The R&B/blues/gospel vocalist had been long-time on the roster of Stax Records, but when it went bankrupt, he signed with Columbia Records.

Deciding to change it up and go with the flow of the 1970s dance scene, writers Harvey Scales and Don Davis wrote Disco Lady for Taylor.

Produced by Davis, who Taylor had worked with on previous albums, the vocalist had four members of Parliament in-studio with him: Bernie Worrell, Glenn Goins, Jerome Brailey, and Bootsy Collins, with Dawn’s Telma Hopkins on backing vocals.

Released in February 1976 as the first single to Taylor’s new album Eargasm, the song steadily climbed the charts and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1976, staying at number one for the month.

Disco Lady became the first song with the word disco in its title to achieve number one as well as hitting number one on the R&B charts for six weeks and the first song to be certified platinum with over 2.5 million in sales.

For radio listeners everywhere it was the song on the radio and the song that lured everyone to the dance floor. Don’t remember it – listen to it here, when Taylor performed the song on Soul Train.


About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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