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SPOTLIGHT 45 Years of DISCO: Carol Douglas, Denise Montana, Carol Williams, and Tavares by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

SPOTLIGHT on Carol Douglas, Denise Montana, Carol Williams, and Tavares.

Spotlight Carol Douglas:

Carol Douglas is a Brooklyn born native from Bed-Stuy who in 1974 became one of the first ladies of Disco with her #1 hit “Doctor’s Orders”.

Her mother, Minnie Newsome, a jazz performer had been cited as the inspiration for the Cab Calloway classic “Minnie the Moocher”. Carol is also the cousin of Sam Cooke. At the age of 10 Carol was a contestant and winner on the game show “Name That Tune” with Ebony Magazine becoming intrigued.  

“Ebony followed my career for the next three years.”

She and Linda Clifford were neighbors and classmates; Carol attended the Willard May School for professional children and afterwards the Quintanos High School for young professionals alongside Gregory Hines, Bernadette Peters, and Patty Duke. While in high school she sang in a female trio named April May & June, who were signed as a management client by Little Anthony and the Imperials. In 1963, her first recording was for RCA Victor, recording the single “I Don’t Mind (Being Your Fool)” under the name Carolyn Cooke. Carol is also known for recording several famous TV commercials.

“I used to do voiceovers for Ideal Toys and General Mills with Bernadette Peters.”

In addition to recordings and commercials she pursued an acting career, appearing in an episode of her classmate’s “The Patty Duke Show” but mostly acting in theatrical productions beginning with “One Tuesday Morning” starring Clarice Taylor. In 1962 she co-starred with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in the play “Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.”

By 1974, Disco was in full force and the music was flowing on every radio station, and in newly founded clubs. Carol was signed by Midland International Records that same year, releasing “Doctor’s Orders” a number one chart hit, her album debut was in 1975 with “The Carol Douglas Album” followed in 1976 by “Midnight Love Affair”.  She has a stunning playlist of countless hits, and in 1981, she covered The Three Degrees song “My Simple Heart”. 

 

To book Carol Douglas please contact her management: Gigi Neglia; e-mail: gotthegig@aol.com

Article and all photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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Legend Carol Douglas backstage before her G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco performance, October 11, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Carol Douglas at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Awards Luncheon, October 10, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Carol Douglas at rehearsal for the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Show, October 11, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Carol Douglas backstage at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Show with The Three Degrees (Valerie Holiday, Freddie Poole, and Helen Scott), October 11, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Spotlight Denise Montana:

Denise Montana was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is the daughter of Vincent Montana, Jr. who was a composer, arranger, percussionist, and best known as a member of MFSB, and as the founder of the Salsoul Orchestra and Salsoul Records. He has been called “the Godfather of Disco”. Denise is a double platinum recording artist for her song “Merry Christmas All”, on Salsoul Records. It has become one of the top 10 Christmas songs of all time. She is also known for her disco classic “#1 Dee Jay” on Atlantic Records selling over a million copies.

Denise’s is a vocal stylist who traces her roots from jazz to blues, to the great America Songbook and Standards. She’s a vibrant, spirited performer whose singing and acting have earned her world-wide recognition.

“Denise has a beautiful voice filled with a passion that comes straight from her heart. You’ll be touched and moved by her expressive interpretations of a song”.

Denise’s self-produced work In My Life, is her CD which has received great acclaim filled with luscious classics “For All We Know”, “God Bless The Child”, “Over The Rainbow”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, and the title song “In My Life”. She has performed in almost every major Jazz Venue and Jazz Festival in the USA, and in Montreal, Canada. In addition to her Jazz and Songbook work she has sung on many radio and television commercials, and is an actress. Her career runs from TV to the stage where she recently made her Off-Broadway debut as the club owner of Spectrum in Brooklyn in My Big Gay Italian Funeral.

Please visit Denise’s website for her latest updates: http://www.denisemontana.com/

Article and all photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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Legend Denise Montana performing at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Show, October 11, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Denise Montana at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Luncheon receiving her Citation from Councilman David Oh of Philadelphia, PA., October 10, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Denise Montana at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Luncheon with Evelyn Champagne King, Linda Clifford, and Cory Daye, October 10, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Denise Montana backstage at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Show with Legend Anita Ward, October 11, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Denise Montana after her Off-Broadway debut in “My Big Gay Italian Wedding”, New York, December 21, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Spotlight Carol Williams:

Carol Williams is singer, songwriter and, disco legend. She was born in Montclair, New Jersey and began her career as part of the girl group, The Geminis in 1966. In 1976, after an audition with Salsoul Records she was signed immediately, and began working with legend Vince Montana, Jr. and the Salsoul Orchestra. Her 1976 hit song “More” was the first 12” commercial single that one could buy in stores all over the world, and was #4 on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart. The success of “More”, a disco classic, led to the release of her Salsoul debut album, ‘Lectric Lady in 1977. It featured hits “Love Is You” and “Come Back”.

Carol’s successful Salsoul disco career was worldwide, performing abroad, and in the states in every major disco including the legendary Studio 54, and Odyssey 2001. Carol made countless TV appearances such as her legendary performance at Roseland with the Salsoul Orchestra, which was televised in 1977, and was the promotion for Salsoul Disco Boogie, a compilation album.


In 1978, she left Salsoul and signed with Quality Records recording a duet with Tony Valor “Love Has Come My Way”, which led to her 1979 album Reflection Of Carol Williams. It included classics “Tell The World” and “Dance The Night Away”. In 1982 she had a R&B dance hit “Can’t Get Away From Your Love”, and subsequent dance hits in 1983, 1987, and 1989. Carol is a disco legend who continues to perform, both solo, and with her disco colleagues. “Love Is You” Carol!

To book Carol Williams please contact her management: DeVerne Williams; e-mail: vintagehouse1976@gmail.com

Article and all photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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Carol Williams performing at the Salsoul Reunion Concert, East River Bandshell, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Legend Carol Williams at the G.E.M.A. Foundation Disco Luncheon receiving her Citation from Councilman David Oh of Philadelphia, PA., October 10, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Carol Williams and her son, musical director and musician, DeVerne Williams at the Salsoul Reunion Concert, East River Bandshell, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Carol Williams and Tom Moulton at the Sugar Bar, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Carol Williams rehearsing at the Salsoul Reunion Concert, East River Bandshell, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Carol Williams and D.C. LaRue at the Salsoul Reunion Concert, East River Bandshell, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Carol Williams and Joe Bataan at the Salsoul Reunion Concert, East River Bandshell, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Carol Williams performing at the Salsoul Reunion Concert, East River Bandshell, New York, August 6, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

 Spotlight Tavares:

Tavares (also known as The Tavares Brothers) are a Disco, R&B, Funk, and Soul music group composed of five Cape-Verdean-American brothers. Born and raised in Providence, RI, they would later move to New Bedford, MA. They started performing as children in 1959 as Chubby and the Turnpikes, and signed with Capitol Records in 1967. By 1973, they had changed their name to Tavares and scored their first R&B Top 10 hit with “Check it Out”; and 1974 had a #1 R&B hit with Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone”. They continued with a string of hits with 1975 turning out to be their most successful year chart-wise, with a Top 40 Pop album “In The City”, and their biggest hit, the #1 R&B song “It Only Takes a Minute”, followed by “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel” 1976, “Don’t Take Away the Music” 1976, and “Whodunit” 1977.

 

In 1977 they appeared on the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever recording the Bee Gees song “More Than a Woman”. The soundtrack became one of the most successful in history, giving Tavares their only Grammy Award. Tavares was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014

  

 A RETROSPECT:

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Legend Carol Douglas, 1970s (stock photo via internet).

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Legend Denise Montana 1979 (stock photo via internet).

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Legendary Salsoul Recording Artist Carol Williams, 1977. (Photo via Internet).

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Legends Tavares, Capitol Records Promo Photo (photo via internet).

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Legends Tavares, Promo Photo (photo via internet).

Article and all photographs (except 5 retrospect photos indicated) by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

If you have an upcoming Disco event and would like coverage please e-mail Lisa Pacino at: UnderTheDuvetProductions@gmail.com

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http://lisapacino.smugmug.com/

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