Anticipating Disco Week
Disco is a genre of music from the late 1960s through the 1970s. This style of music has it’s roots in R & B, jazz, and Latin. Disco dances mix funk and soul with traditional dances such as the tango, samba, cha cha, merengue, and mambo. Disco makes us think of dance music, along with guitars, various horns, and/or electric pianos. We think of the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, The Jackson 5, and of course, Saturday Night Fever. Notable styles included Tony Manero polyester suits for the guys, and platform shoes for the ladies. There were popular clubs like Studio 54, strobe lights, the disco ball, and dancing the Hustle. The lyrics are of ten about dancing and having a great time.
American Idol has had disco theme week before. In Season 2, Rickey Smith memorably did ‘Let’s Groove’ by Earth, Wind, and Fire. Other songs chosen that night were: Turn The Beat Around (Vicki Sue Robinson), Knock On Wood (Amii Stewart), Everlasting Love (Carl Carlton), I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan), Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe (Barry White), It’s Raining Men (The Weather Girls), and Celebration (Kool & the Gang).
On Bee Gees night, also during season 2, songs included Jive Talkin, To Love Somebody, I Just Want to Be Your Everything, Nights on Broadway, Grease (Clay in the red jacket and shoes stand out in memory), Emotion, and How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.
Season 4 had a 1970s Dance Music Theme, where the Idols chose Nights on Broadway (Bee Gees), MacArthur Park (Donna Summer), Everlasting Love (Carl Carlton), Don’t Take Away The Music (Tavaras), I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan), September (Earth, Wind, and Fire), and Vehicle (The Ides of March).
This week, David Archuleta will be back to sing his new song “A Little Too Not Over You:. Also, Harry Wayne ‘KC’ Casey, Thelma Houston and Freda Payne will sing a medley of their hits “Get Down Tonight,” “Don’t Leave Me this Way” and “Band of Gold.”
But, most importantly, what should Adam sing for disco week? He could go slow, creating yet another special moment, or he could rock the house again being his awesome self. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that whichever route he chooses, he will be amazing. I’m eagerly anticipating watching him dance and go disco on us!!!
What songs do you think Adam should do for disco week, and why?
By LindaK (firstname.lastname@example.org)