The Miami Disco scene was in full swing in the summer of 1975 as represented by K.C. and the Sunshine Band led by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, who had success writing and producing one of the earliest major Disco hits, George McRae's "Rock Your Baby," released in 1974. With "The Hustle" still popular, Van McCoy's protégés Faith, Hope and Charity recorded the Disco classic "To Each His Own."
Barrabas - "Checkmate" (Atco)
Barrabas formed in 1971 in Spain fusing Latin rock and jazz. As disco grew in popularity in the mid 1970s, the band followed the trend. The song "Checkmate" was written by band leader drummer Fernando Arbex. The group recorded music with various lineups into the 1990s.
B.T. Express - "Peace Pipe" (Roadshow)
Soul funk band B.T. Express continued their hot streak with disco fans releasing the hypnotic "Peace Pipe" rife with double meanings and a message of universal love. B.T. Express would never again reach the same heights on dance charts in the US, but they played a key role in the emergence of early disco.
Eleventh Hour - "Hollywood Hot" (20th Century Fox)
Eleventh Hour were a rock soul group of the early 1970s. Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Lady Marmalade," co-producer and songwriter of Four Seasons classics, and mastermind behind Disco Tex, produced the group's only hit, the suggestive "Hollywood Hot."
Faith, Hope, and Charity - "To Each His Own" (RCA)
Vocal trio Faith, Hope and Charity were proteges of disco producer and arranger Van McCoy. "To Each His Own" is their biggest hit, but they continued to record through the rest of the 1970s.
Jimmy "Bo" Horne - "Gimme Some" (Alston)
Full-throated R&B singer Jimmy "Bo" Horne was a key part of the mid 1970s Miami disco scene. Harry Casey produced his early records. "Gimme Some" was a UK hit single in 1977 for glam rock performer Brendon.
KC and the Sunshine Band - "Get Down Tonight" (T.K.)
From that opening speeded up guitar glissando, KC and the Sunshine Band's first major hit "Get Down Tonight" had our attention. Led by Harry Wayne Casey (the KC of the group's name) and Richard Finch, KC and the Sunshine Band brought the Miami disco scene to national attention with this #1 pop smash.
Silver Convention - "Fly Robin Fly" (Midland International)
"Fly Robin Fly" is a key example of early Eurodisco. The German based group was initially a studio only creation and then three vocalists were recruited to be the face of Silver Convention. Vocals are treated as simply another instrumental in the beat heavy mix here. The lyrics consist simply of "Fly robin fly," and "Up, up to the sky" repeated over and over. The effect was hypnotic.
Tavares - "It Only Takes a Minute" (Capitol)
Early disco stars Tavares, a group of five brothers, began their life as a musical act in 1964 under the name Chubby and the Turnpikes. By 1969 they had changed their name to Tavares and Capitol signed them to a recording contract in 1973. A string of major R&B hits followed including "It Only Takes a Minute," a disco favorite. The song was recorded with the Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter songwriting and production team who also hit big on the pop charts the same year with Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy."