New Jersey, United States is a disco musician. She was the first female artist signed to the disco label Salsoul Records.
Carol Williams was once a member of the post-disco/garage house studio project called Komiko.
She worked with producer Vincent Montana, Jr. and the Salsoul Orchestra. Her most notable recording, "More'", was very popular at a time when disco was just breaking into the mainstream and is widely seen as an early disco classic. More was the first 12 inch commercial single that one could buy in stores all over the world. It peaked at #4 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1976. The success of "'More" led to the 'Lectric Lady album, released in 1977 and featuring the hits "Come Back" and the club classic "Love is You". This was sampled in 1999 by Italian DJ Spiller in an instrumental track called "Groove Jet", on the "Mighty Miami EP", and in 2000 in the vocal version of the track, called "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" with vocals performed by Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The track featuring Ellis-Bextor reached number 1 in the UK and AUS Pop charts and sparked renewed demand for the original. Carol's success at salsoul put her in demand as a major disco act traveling the world performing at all the major disco clubs like Studio 54 and Odyssey 2001 and etc. she did a lot of TV specials like the legendary performance at roseland with the salsoul orchestra which was on television in 1977 promoting an album completion called Salsoul Disco Boogie.
Not long after the release of her album, Williams parted company with Salsoul. In 1978 she signed with Canadian label Roy B. Quality Records she recorded a duet with singer producer Tony Valor "Love Has Come My Way." It got a lot of club play which led to her 1979 album Reflections Of with disco classics "Tell The World" and "Dance the Night Away". Carol toured the world with these classics, performing with other stars like The Trammps, Thelma Houston, the Village People, Tom Jones and James Brown.
In 1982 she had a R&B hit "Can't Get Away From Your Love" on Vanguard label which did well for her on the R&B dance charts. "You've Reached the Bottom Line" in 1983, "What's The Deal" in 1987 , and "Queen of Hearts" in 1989 all kept her on the charts. Her hits played an important part in the disco club scene. DJs typically kept Carol's records available as people would eventually request her songs.
disco flashback concerts and she travels with her live band. You can find Carol Williams on Salsoul various compilations Unidisc, Suss'd Record's Vanguard.
'Lectric Lady 1977 Salsoul Records
Reflections Of 1979 Quality Records
"Love Is You"
"My time of need"
"Love Has Come My Way"
"Tell The World"
"Dance The Night Away"
"I get it"
"One more time"
"No one can do it"
"Shake it easy"
"Can't Get Away From Your Love"
"You've Reached The Bottom Line"
"What's The Deal"
"Have you for my love"
"Queen of Hearts"
"Love on the run"
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The San Francisco disco resurgence in the early 80's was an exciting part of dance music's history. Producers Ken Kessie, Marty Blechman and Morey Goldstein helped to feed the disco flames with their dedication to dance floors.
Their 1983 dance track cover of "La Cage Aux Folles" was a studio session singer given the name Le Jeté - also known for the first session of Modern Rocketry ("(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone", "I'm Gonna Make You Want Me"). The cover of the Broadway plays number is given a disco overhaul with drums and chants to add energy and excitement.
I have taken the 1996 Mike Nichols film, "The Bird Cage" starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman and given it a breath of disco power.
Featuring scenes from "The Bird Cage" - RENT THE DVD!
Disco Video Mix by Glenn Rivera
Produced by Ken Emmons
This Disco Video Mix is dedicated to my good friend, Gary R. in San Diego - a smile is great energy for the soul!
Saturday Night Band is Jesse Boyce, Moses Dillard, Donna McElroy and guest vocals from Lorraine Johnson. Their first LP "Come On Dance, Dance" was one of the first signs of the arrival of disco music to the masses. Combining the elements of a live band and the sweet strings of a disco arrangement were the trademarks of Dillard and Boyce productions - as heard here.
"Keep Those Lovers Dancing" is the second project from the band released in 1979. The title track gets a ReStructure Mix - where I have tamed the song down and made a smoother intro and placed parts where I felt appropriate. It is like ear-candy - the way disco music was intended to sound.
Dedicated to Jesse Boyce - thank you for the emails, Jesse and again thank you for the wonderful music that makes my life and so many others a special place!