RIP David Mancuso, the patron saint of dance music party culture (1944 – 2016). Love will always Save the Day.

 

NPR: “The Death of a Disco Host”
“In retrospect, the recipe for The Loft was rather simple: uplifting décor (the man loved a balloon drop!), people who trusted one another, good rhythmic music delivered over a great sound system, a mild social lubricant and the freedom of dance-floor movement. It also began out of necessity — not just because Mancuso needed to utilize the long-standing, now-lost tradition of the rent party to cover the monthly check to the landlord, but because in 1970, mere months after the Stonewall uprising, there were still laws against men dancing with one another. In fact, the very notion of the modern discotheque hadn’t been invented yet — until The Loft.”

 

New York Times: “David Mancuso, Whose New York Loft Was a Hub of ’70s Night Life, Dies at 72”
“A Mancuso party was a ’60s dream of peace, love and diversity: multiracial, gay and straight, young and old, well-to-do and down-at-heel, singles and couples, all mingling ecstatically in an egalitarian, commerce-free space.”

Tracklist for November 16, 2016

01 :: Celestial Choir – Stand On The Word (Unreleased Mix) [Larry]
02 :: War – Flying Machine (The Chase) [United Artists Records]
03 :: Babatunde Olatunji – Gin-Go-Lo-Ba (Drums Of Passion) [Columbia]
04 :: Cat Stevens – Was Dog A Doughnut? (Disco Version) [A&M Records]
05 :: David Byrne & Brian Eno – America Is Waiting [Sire]
06 :: Edwin Starr – War [Gordy]
07 :: Tribe – Coke (Unreleased Mix) [Larry]
08 :: Brass Construction – Movin’ [United Artists Records]
09 :: Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots [Dance Classics]
10 :: Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa [Not On Label]
11 :: Montana Sextet – Heavy Vibes [Philly Sound Works]
12 :: Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine [Mercury]
13 :: Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper [Island Records]
14 :: Archie Bell & The Drells – Let’s Groove [TSOP]
15 :: The Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama [Philadelphia International Records]
16 :: Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again (Version) [Sire]
17 :: Candido – Thousand Finger Man [Salsoul Records]
18 :: Lenny Williams – Choosing You [ABC Records]
19 :: Patti Labelle – The Spirit’s In It [Philadelphia International Records]
20 :: Powerline – Double Journey (12″ Vocal Version) [Prelude Records]
21 :: Demis Roussos – L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me [Mercury]
22 :: Juggy Murray Jones – Inside America [Garage Classics]
23 :: Funk Masters – Love Money [Siamese Records]
24 :: Donald Byrd & 125th Street Orchestra – Love Has Come Around (Album Version) (Stereo) [Elektra]

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