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Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 10, 2013 02:16 PM

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Kiss.jpgPhoto by Michael Rizza

"Unnnnnnnh! Love to love you baby" ... Donna Summer

Saturday night's the night I like. Get a little action in. Elton John sang all about it. It was action that night in 1978 at Faces. And photographer Michael Rizza captured it. A couple in the throws of dancefloor ecstacy gives in to the power of the moment, embracing and kissing as fellow Saturday nighters look on. Eagerly one might add. It was how they rolled during the Disco days.

Discos flourished all over the city at that time, going back to the early 70's when John 'TC' Luongo began mixing it up, first in clubs, then on WTBS-FM (now WMBR) with his show called The Right Track. The art of DJ mixing developed quickly and the public flocked to the rapidly spreading disco world to listen and dance. Places like Club Max, Zelda, 1270, Boston Boston, Cafe Felix, Club Soda, Cache, Estelles, Harbor House, Flappers, Mirage, Kix, Mad Hatter thrived. Had enough? Okay, more!  Piggy's in P-Town, Reflections in Cambridge, Scandals in Eastie, Rhinoceros, The Fan Club, The Other Side, Up & Up and Whimsy's. The DJ's here never let the beat pause.

Queen of Disco, Boston's Donna Summer

Despite the sheer number of dance clubs here, New Yorkers say Boston was only a faint blip on the Disco Meter next to them. Maybe, but how come the Queen of Disco came from here and not there? Just sayin'. Mission Hill's own Ms. Donna Summer burst on the scene in late '74 with Love To Love You Baby. More famous for moans than melody, critics compared it to the late 60's Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin breathing fest called Je T'aime. Summer herself said that she thought of how Marilyn Monroe might do it and obliged her imagination. That talented imagination took her on a 30 year career and got Boston's name into the Disco Hall of Fame. Next time you find yourself dreaming of discos, think of Donna. And do The Bump.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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