mercredi 24 juin 2015

French disco on AVRO's TopPop

Press clippings from Billboard magazine about French disco (published on August 12th, 1978)

Twenty years before the first wave of the "French Touch" (Daft Punk, Air, David Guetta, Bob Sinclar....), there was "French disco" in the late 1970s. French vocalists and musicians (Sheila & B. Devotion, Patrick Hernandez, Karen Cheryl, Gibson Brothers, Belle Epoque...) as well as foreign singers produced by French artists (Village People, Ritchie Family, Santa Esmeralda, Patrick Juvet...)  were part of this scene. Their popularity coincided with Luv's heyday.

To conquer the Dutch record charts, these artists had to perform on the influential music TV show AVRO's TopPop. (Holland's equivalent for "Top of the Pops", "Musikladen", "Disco", "Discoring" or "Aplauso")

Here are YouTube videos of their performances on the iconic TV program:

Dalida: J'attendrai 
Broadcast date: February 14th, 1976

Gibson Brothers: Non Stop Dance
Broadcast Dance: April 9th, 1977

Jean-Michel Jarre: Oxygène IV
Broadcast date: June 4th, 1977

Santa Esmeralda: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Broadcast date: August 20th, 1977

Belle Epoque: Black Is Black
Broadcast date: September 24th, 1977

Sheila & B. Devotion: Love Me Baby
Broadcast date: November 5th, 1977

Village People: In Hollywood
Broadcast date: April 8th, 1978

Amanda Lear: Follow Me
Broadcast date: April 22nd, 1978

Patrick Juvet: I Love America
Broadcast date: Septembre 30th, 1978

Karen Cheryl: Sing To Me Mama
Broadcast date: December 16th, 1978

Ritchie Family: American Generation
Broadcast date: March 3rd, 1979

Patrick Hernandez: Born To Be Alive (1979)

Source: TopPop's YouTube channel

2 commentaires:

  1. Super ce plateau TV ! Les mises en scène et les lumières sont particulièrement belles et soignées. Certaines vidéos m'étaient inconnues, merci Ralph !

    1. De rien Julien! Je savais que tu allais aimer.....