By the spring of 1975, international recording artists were already making an impact on disco. The Average White Band, from Scotland, scored a number one Pop hit and major disco hit with "Pick Up the Pieces" while the Munich, Germany based Silver Convention made their first major appearance on American shores with "Save Me," Disco-friendly sounds made another appearance at the top of the pop charts on the irresistibly funky "Fire" by the Dayton, Ohio based Ohio Players.
Average White Band - "Pick Up the Pieces" (Atlantic)
Scottish funk and disco band the Average White Band failed initially to have success at home in the UK. In the US this track from their second album was released to radio, and it caught on. Many fans were surprised to discover all of the musicians in the group were white and also from Scotland. This song landed at #1 on the US pop charts and excited disco audiences as well. It was one of the first disco hits produced by the legendary Arif Mardin.
City Limits - "Love Is Everywhere" (TSOP)
Philadelphia based group City Limits began their career as a gospel group. By the mid-1970s and release of their only album Circle the group had evolved toward mainstream soul. However, the vocals here still maintain a strong powerhouse gospel influence.
Hues Corporation - "Love Corporation" (RCA)
Pop-soul trio Hues Corporation played a key role in the development of early disco. Their 1974 #1 pop hit single "Rock the Boat" is considered by many to be the first disco song to top the pop chart in the US. Its success followed what would soon become a common pattern for disco hits. Clubs grabbed on to the track first and then it spread to the pop mainstream. "Love Corporation" was the title song from the group's follow up album to the "Rock the Boat" success.
Moment Of Truth - "Helplessly" (Roulette)
Moment Of Truth are a little known Philadelphia based vocal group. However, "Helplessly" remains an outstanding example of the Philly soul that was key in the development of early disco. Fans of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and the Trammps will recognize the musical style here.
Ohio Players - "Fire" (Mercury)
Ohio Players were a long running R&B band that played a definitive role in the highly popular funk-pop sound of the mid-1970s. "Fire" is heavier than much of the most successful disco of 1975. However, it was thrilling to pop audiences and went to #1 on the pop charts taking the album of the same name with it. Ohio Players owed a strong debt to the groundbreaking late 60s soul of Sly and the Family Stone.
Silver Convention - "Save Me" (Midland International)
Silver Convention was initially a studio project for Munich, Germany based producers and songwriters Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze. Later a group of female vocalists was put together to be the face of Silver Convention for the public. "Save Me" was the the project's first hit single and laid the groundwork for what would become Euro-disco with a string-based production and repetitive, almost hypnotic lyrics.