While some parts of the pop music industry eagerly embraced the new sounds of disco, in other quarters there was resistance. The legendary Motown label was one stalwart that seemed slow to realize the importance of the new sound of disco. The Jackson 5's "Forever Came Today" is the sound of the group saying goodbye to Motown. A label change would allow the Jackson brothers to embrace contemporary sounds and see their stars soar even higher in the latter part of the decade.
Ron Butler and the Ramblers - "Peace and Love" (Playboy)
Ron Butler was a well known musician from the Bahamas who recorded for the Playboy Records label, a project of Playboy Enterprises.
Crown Heights Affair - "Dreaming a Dream" (De-Lite)
Crown Heights Affair first came together in Brooklyn in the late 1960s. By the early 1970s they evolved into a funk band. With "Dreaming a Dream" they embraced the disco boom with an extended disco mix of the song that found a strongly appreciative audience in discos.
Gary Toms Empire - "7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)" (PIP)
The Gary Toms Empire exploded out of New York with this infectious hit. The career of Gary Toms faltered when his parent label Pickwick folded in 1976. He was never able to regain the same level of success with disco audiences.
Jackson Five - "Forever Came Today" (Motown)
The song "Forever Came Today" was first a minor hit for the Supremes in 1968. Motown had the Jackson Five record it at a time in which the brothers were making plans to leave Motown. It was a much bigger success with disco fans than general pop audiences.
Reflections - "Three Steps From True Love" (Capitol)
The Reflections vocal group first gained significant attention singing backup for Melba Moore on a 1972 concert tour. "Three Steps From True Love" is their one major hit single.
Tapestry - "Life Is What You Make It" (Capitol)
Tapestry were a Philly soul duo who recorded for Capitol in the mid 1970s. The song was written and produced by John Davis who would have success with disco audiences leading the Monster Orchestra. Tom Moulton remixed the song for use in discos.
Retta Young - "Sending Out An S.O.S." (All Platinum)
Retta Young's "Sending Out An S.O.S." layers lush disco strings over a funky foundation. It uses the gimmick of morse code bleeps to match the S.O.S. theme. Retta Young recorded for All Platinum Records which was operated by Sylvia Robinson and her husband Joe Robinson. They would later start the subsidiary Sugar Hill Records which played a seminal role in early hip hop.