Ben Cree has resigned his leadership of the National Association of DJs. His announcement cleared the air before disco manufacturers and DJs met on Monday at London’s Ski Club to decide on future trade organisations for the industry.
Divided into two meetings, the DJs and manufacturers each agreed on plans to form their own separate associations.
The unanimous vote was for a new Disc Jockey Federation, DJF (UK), totally disassociated from the NADJ.
Current members will be contacted by the committee of the new Federation, which is still in the discussion stage, but it will not be directly involved in the running of trade exhibitions.
This will be handled by the British Association of Discotheque Equipment Manufacturers, formed after a vote among the sixteen leading manufacturers who attended the meeting, chaired by Dave Durie of Optikinetics. Constituted to further the interests of and promote the British disco industry, BADEM’s first move is to form a steering committee to conduct a three months’ survey within the industry, so that the articles of association will have full industry approval. Membership details of BADEM will be available shortly but meanwhile enquiries will be handled by Optikinetics, Project Electronics or FAI.
One of BADEM’s first aims will be to mount a disco trade show next year. But, stressed Dave Durie, “BADEM will be working closer with the DJF.”
SONS OF CHAMPLIN: ‘Hold On’ (Ariola America AA 106) (Billboard chart debut 6/5/76)
Great whomping blue-eyed funker, powered by the beat of the moment. An import fave of mine for some time.
MANHATTAN TRANSFER: ‘Chanson D’Amour’ (from LP ‘Coming Out’, Atlantic K 50291)
Art and Dotty Todd’s dreamy romancer from ’58 is the album’s high point, an MoR must, but there are also more mundane disco dancers and a good Latin track.
JOHN DENVER: ‘Polka Dots And Moonbeams’ (from LP ‘Spirit’, RCA APL1-1694)
Yeah – gulp! – but, honestly, this dead slow Nilsson-esque reading of the old schmaltzy smoocher is lovely MoR and worth single release. Continue reading “September 11, 1976: Sons Of Champlin, Manhattan Transfer, John Denver, The Hollies, Pi R Squared”