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The Oxford Dictionary of Music
Joyce KennedyJoyce Kennedy, Michael KennedyMichael Kennedy, Tim Rutherford-JohnsonTim Rutherford-Johnson

Genre of dance music especially popular in the late 1970s. It is generally characterized by soulful vocals, Latin perc instrs, rich orch, frequent use of synths, and bass drum accents on every beat. Originating in the early 1970s NY clubs that catered mainly to black, Latin, and gay subcultures, by the end of the decade disco had achieved sufficient crossover success to become the dominant popular musical form. Although many disco artists became well-known—including Barry White, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Kool and the Gang, Boney M, and the Jackson Five—many tracks are creatively dominated by a producer directing anonymous studio musicans. The rise of disco also accompanied the rise of club DJs—responsible for the live selection and sequencing of songs—as a creative force in their own right. After ... ...

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