@70sdisconights @KoolntheGngLive February 28


I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd numbered days each month and John handles the even numbered days.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.

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February 28, 2018 Groove, Funk, Disco, and Someone Stole Home Plate

Post written by John Rancke

Somewhere around the middle of the 1970s, the music scene was exploded with the sounds of Funk, Groove, and Disco. That sound being played by James Brown down in Georgia and in every NC Guard Armory on the East Coast swept across America.

Disco balls were hanging from the ceilings in many country clubs for their annual Member-Guest Golf Tournament Saturday night dance. Bourbon on the rocks and Kool and the Gang played over the speakers while the golfers replayed every shot of their Saturday round and how if they had made a couple of putts they could be in a higher flight.

Kool andGang

But hey, we can still win the Calcutta if we don’t drink too many of these 7 and 7’s. Familiar scene all across America. Too much alcohol. Too many hangovers, too many high scores for a Sunday round of golf. Finish out of the money once again. But there is always next year. And I can’t believe how much our wives loved that music. They kept trying to get us on the dance floor. They finally gave up and all the wives just started dancing with each other.

The days before line dancing became popular. The days of Soul Train on Saturday afternoon. Of Don Cornelius and his Peace, Love, and Soul message.

soul-train-don-cornelius

The roots of Saturday Night Fever. John Travolta and the original Tara from “All My Children”. White suits, platform heels, wide lapels. Studio 54 in New York, The Limelight in Atlanta.

Tara Martin

While much of the world was in a mellow phase with the music of the Beatles, the sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, there was a pulsing beat coming out of clubs all night long.

The student radio station at North Carolina Central University in Durham was the Sunday afternoon staple that summer of 1975 while living in the little apartment in Carrboro. Ramsay Lewis and “Sun Goddess”, Donald Byrd and the BlackByrds “Flight Time” and a host of other funk, jazz sounds occupied my mind.

We all have our guilty pleasures. I loved the Disco era. I know they had a disco record demolition night in 1979 in Chicago at Comiskey Park after a White Sox game. They blew up a box of disco albums. There was an ugly riot. But disco survived. It still survives today. Now it goes by Funk, Groove.

My favorite radio station (sorry 94.9 The Surf but I can’t get you in the winter up in Chapel Hill) on Sirius is channel 50, The Groove station. Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kool and The Gang, Pointer Sisters, and many more.

I found this collection of songs on You Tube Sunday morning and it may as well be a collection straight from Channel 50 on Sirius Radio. About the only thing missing is some TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) groups.

Cheryl Lynn Got to Be Real
Kool and the Gang Get Down on It
Gap Band with Charlie Wilson Burn Rubber on Me
Prince Wanna be Your Lover
Geraldine Hunt Can’t Fake the Feeling
Chic Le Freak
Chic I Want Your Love
Sister Sledge He’s The Greatest Dancer
Shalamar A Night to Remember
Junior Mama Used to Say
Diana Ross Upside Down
Diana Ross I’m Coming Out
Indeep Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Pointer Sisters He’s So Shy
Michael Jackson Off The Wall
Michael Jackson Rock With You
Michael Jackson Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Latoya Jackson If You Feel the Funk
SOS Band Take Your Time
Kool and The Gang Celebration
Rick James Give it to me Baby
Brothers Johnson Stomp

Back in 1983, Kool and the Gang came to Fayetteville to perform at the Fort Bragg fair. Lindsay was about 4-5 months old and Pam and I dropped her off at my parent’s so we could drive over and see Kool and the Gang. Unfortunately, the concert was running extremely behind and Kool and the Gang had just started their show when Pam announced it was time to go and pick up Lindsay. But Kool just started and I wasn’t ready to leave. Lindsay was sound asleep on 33rd street. Let’s enjoy the music! But I learned you can’t mess with a Mother’s need to have the newborn baby close. So we left after 20 minutes. I still think about that night. I still want to see Kool and the Gang. I am going to see Kool and the Gang before I die!!

I have another confession!! Would someone please take every copy of Celebration and We Are Family and destroy them. Those 2 songs along with Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up my Life” need to somewhere and it ain’t “Funkytown”. Please!!

And who would have ever thought that the Shaggers at OD would ever dance to Rick James, the Super Freak. Rick James on the sound system at Fat Harold’s. I bet Willie Tee approves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYHxGBH6o4M Super Freak

You never know!

This Magic Moment/ Dance With Me

And whoever posted this video of me in the Record Bar in Chapel Hill back in the early 80s should have never done it!!

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