“Dancing Queen” is a pop song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released in August 1976, but was first performed two months earlier, on 18 June 1976, during a Royal Variety Show in Stockholm the evening before the Swedish royal wedding. It was the follow-up single to the hit “Fernando” and is commonly regarded as one of the most successful singles of the 1970s. “Dancing Queen” was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson and is considered by many to be ABBA’s signature song, as it reached the number 1 position on popular music charts in 13 countries. Recorded in 1975, it was released on the group’s album Arrival the following year and as a single with “That’s Me” as the B-side. The song was re-released as a single in 1992 to promote the compilation “ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits”. In 2009, the British performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited celebrated its 75th anniversary by listing the 75 songs that have played most in Great Britain on the radio, in clubs and on jukeboxes. “Dancing Queen” was number eight on the list. “Dancing Queen” features the shared lead vocal performance of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
Remastered and reissued disco-rock classic dating way back to 1977. The main name behind the project is Pat Desario, who mastermind things like Bombers and Zebras and lots of other things from the Montreal disco scene of the late 70s. In 2009, the year of a Balearic/Space-disco renaissance it seems fitting that this landmark record from Canadian outfit Dogs of War should re-surface. Expect slowly building grooves and fonky, dubbed out bass tones smoothed out by some cosmic synth work.
In 2010 Scissor Sisters announced their comeback with Invisible Light, a six-minute long, Stuart Price-produced Pet Shop Boys-esque dance comedown featuring Sir Ian McKellen. It was a taster for Night Work, an album that was a critical success but sold only a fraction of what their first two LPs had done. The filtered disco and electro-pop immediacy was still in evidence, but people seemed to have passed caring. All this makes Shady Love – the first single to be taken from their as yet untitled fourth album – all the more surprising. [Source]
W. Michael Lewis & Laurin Rinder arranged and produced this innovative sounding studio disco group (they also wrote for many other artists on the Avi and Butterfly labels). Most of their recordings are extremely good disco tracks and well worth owning. Rinder and Lewis gave El Coco a truly unique and unmistakeable sound.
The song was originally recorded in Jamaica where True, a porn star, had been appearing in a television commercial. An attempted coup prevented her from leaving the country with her wages from the commercial. Resourcefully, True called on Gregg Diamond to come down to Jamaica to write and record the song with her.
Dan Lacksman was the producer and sound engineer from Telex, the Belgian trio who had success with one of the earliest elecropop songs, ‘Moskow Diskow’. But prior to this he worked on a solo project under the name Transvolta. Originally released in 1978 on the French label, Disques Vogue, ‘Disco Computer’ remains one of the catchiest and most endearing of all “Italo” disco tracks.
Supernature is the title track of Cerrone’s 1977 album. “Supernature (Cerrone III)”, along with the tracks “Give Me Love” and “Love is Here”, hit #1 on the disco/dance charts early in 1978. The single crossed over to both the pop charts, where it peaked at #70 (#8 in the UK) and the soul charts, where it peaked at #72. The lyrics were written by a young Lene Lovich, though she was not credited.
Carl Douglas states that his inspiration to write the song was affected by three factors: he had seen a kung fu movie, later visited a jazz concert by Oscar Peterson, and was suffering from side-effects of pain killers (Douglas had injured his foot playing football). Another account gives his inspiration simply as seeing two kids in London doing kung fu moves.
Dutch TV “performance”:
Here is the original version for the people who came here for the actual song:
Joe Tex returned to music in 1975, and two years later enjoyed a comeback hit with “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)”, which reached U.S. #12. By the 1980s he had withdrawn again from full-time performing. He devoted himself to Islam, his Texas ranch and the Houston Oilers American Football team.