One of Dance music's greatest stars, Donna Summer, emerged in the fall of 1975 with the assistance of producer Giorgio Moroder. Their collaboration on the 17-minute extended erotic epic "Love To Love You Baby" was only a tiny taste of what was to come. Sly and the Family Stone's bassist Larry Graham enthused Disco audiences with his group Graham Central Station and their release "It's Alright." Jazz musician Deodato, who would eventually gain fame as producer for Kool and the Gang in the late70s and early 80s, made his first Disco chart appearance as a solo artist.
Chequers - "Undecided Love" (Scepter)
"Undecided Love" was one of the many early disco hits remixed by Tom Moulton.
Crown Heights Affair - "Every Beat Of My Heart" (De-Lite)
Crown Heights Affair continued their appeal to disco audiences with this second hit from the album Dreaming a Dream. The group continued to release disco recordings throughout the rest of the decade.
Deodato - "Caravan / Watusi Strut" (MCA)
Eumir Deodato, who recorded simply as Deodato was born in Brazil. He came to prominence as a performer with a jazz inflected reworking of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," the theme from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It hit #2 on the pop singles chart in the US and earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental. With the album First Cuckoo he headed into disco territory.
Graham Central Station - "It's Alright" (Warner Bros.)
Larry Graham, founder of Graham Central Station, was formerly a bass player in the group Sly and the Family Stone. Larry Graham is often given credit for inventing the "slap bass" style of playing which influenced a wide range of funk, R&B, and disco recordings. "It's Alright" comes from the group's third album Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It. The song is heavily funk influenced.
Van McCoy does indeed change a bit here with a move away from the lush orchestration of his massive hit single "The Hustle." With a rapid release of albums, Van McCoy capitalized on his success with disco audiences.
Donna Summer - "Love To Love You Baby" (Oasis)
Donna Summer's first major disco hit is a landmark recording. She had connected with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder earlier and released the European hit singles "The Hostage" and "Lady Of the Night." The pair came up with the lyrics and basic demo recording of "Love To Love You Baby." It made its way into the hands of Casablanca Records' Neil Bogart. He suggested the track be expanded and soon a nearly 17 minute long epic was born. It was recorded in a darkened studio with Donna Summer fantasizing about her boyfriend as erotic moans were added to the suggestive lyrics of the song. The result was a worldwide smash hit and disco classic.