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The Bee Gees
Night Fever
Bee Gees
The Bee Gees took disco to a worldwide audience with songs such as Night Fever.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Disco
Heavily rooted in soul, disco is a product of the 70s New York gay scene that centred around clubs like Studio 54. Starting in 1974 it reached its peak with the hit film Saturday Night Fever in 1977.

Distortion
An effect that is applied to the amplification signal of an instrument, usually and most notably guitars.

Doo wop
A form of close harmony singing with nonsense syllables (hence "doo wop") ranging from tenor to falsetto. Popular in 50s and 60s America, the style developed from earlier jazz and rhythm and blues influenced harmonisers such as the Ink Spots and The Orioles. As the style developed harmonies became tighter and sweeter with light and simple musical arrangements. The vocals were more pronounced with the lead alternating between tenor and falsetto and the bass given more voice then just background harmony. Groups included the Chords with “Sh-boom”, Frankie Lymon and The teenagers (Why do fools fall in Love) and the Platters (Only You). In the 1980s there was revived interest in doo wop leading to a number of recordings on the Ambient label by groups from the era including the Harptones, the Moonglows and the Capris.





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