Gino Soccio
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Gino Soccio
Gino Soccio
Born (1955-09-09) September 9, 1955 (age 64)
Verdun, Quebec, Canada
OriginCanada
GenresDisco, funk, post-disco
InstrumentsKeyboards
1979-present
LabelsCelebration, Warner Bros. Records, RFC Records, Atlantic
Kebekelektrik, Witch Queen

Gino Soccio (born September 9, 1955)[1] is a Canadian disco record producer based in Montreal. His only US Billboard Hot 100 entry was the #48 hit single "Dancer" in 1979, but he did hit #1 on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart twice ("Dancer" / "Dance to Dance" in 1979, and "Try It Out" / "Hold Tight" in 1981, six weeks each). "Dancer" peaked at #46 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1979.[2] Soccio's third biggest hit, "It's Alright" / "Look At Yourself", from his album, Face to Face, reached #2 for 5 weeks also on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. "Turn It Around" was released only as a single in 1984.

Early life

Soccio was born in Verdun, Quebec, of Italian descent.

Career

Soccio got his start in disco when Montreal producer Pat Deserio called him and asked if he would play keyboards and help compose for the Kebekelektrik album.[3] Prior to this, Soccio was working as a local session musician. The Kebekelektrik album helped to launch Soccio's career, as his composition "War Dance" became a hit on U.S. dance floors, a song Soccio himself had deemed "filler".[1]

In 1978 Soccio released a dance single, "The Visitors", which was later remixed by Ouimet. [4]That year he also played keyboards on the Bombers album Bombers.

His debut solo album "Outline" was released in 1979 and contained the hit "Dancer"; the album received critical acclaim and brought him international recognition.[5][6]

In 1979, Soccio also recorded a disco album with Guy Lafleur which cost CAD$100 000 to produce.[7]

In the UK he received airplay from Robbie Vincent on BBC Radio London, and Greg Edwards on Capital Radio on imported RFC Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records.

He also assembled and produced the disco studio group, Witch Queen, best known for their hit, "Bang A Gong" / "All Right Now" (1979). It peaked at number eight on the US Hot Dance/Disco chart.[8]

Discography

Gino Soccio discography
Studio albums4
Compilation albums3
Singles17

The discography of Gino Soccio consists of four studio albums, three compilations and seventeen singles.

Studio albums
Year Title Chart positions
US
[9]
US R&B
[9]
1979 Outline 79 34
1980 S-Beat
  • Labels: Celebration, RFC/Warner Bros.
- -
1981 Closer 96 26
1982 Face to Face
  • Labels: Celebration, RFC/Atlantic
- 45
Compilation albums
  • Remember (1984, Celebration)
  • Greatest Hits (1989, Unidisc)
  • The Best Of Gino Soccio (1994, Unidisc)
Singles
Year Title Chart positions Album
US
[9]
US Dance
[9]
US R&B
[9]
UK
[10]
1977 "Sauve Qui Peut" - - - - --
1978 "The Visitors" - - - - Outline
1979 "Dancer"[11] 48 1 60 46
"Dance To Dance" - - -
1980 "S-Beat" - 4 - - S-Beat
"Heartbreaker" - - -
1981 "Try It Out" - 1 22 - Closer
"What You Feel Is Real - Hold Tight" - - -
1982 "It's Alright"[12] - 2 60 - Face to Face
"Remember" - - -
"You Move Me" - - -
1983 "Get It Up" - - - - --
1984 "Turn It Around" - - - - Remember
"Out Of My Life" - - - -
1985 "Human Nature" - 50[A] - -
"Temptation Eyes" - - - -
1986 "Magic" - - - - --
Notes

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Griffin, John. "Disco alive and well and living in Verdun". The Montreal Gazette - Aug 15, 1981
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 513. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "The 30 Best Disco Songs That Every Millennial Should Know". SPIN, June 18 2019
  4. ^ "GREG WILSON'S DISCOTHEQUE ARCHIVES #24". DJ Mag, May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Brewster, Bill (2014-01-14). Last Night a Dj Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey. Grove Press. ISBN 9780802146106.
  6. ^ "Greatest of All Time: Top 10 Dance Club Songs Year-by-Year, 1976-2015". Billboard, 12/1/2016
  7. ^ Rodriguez, Juan (September 12, 1979). "Guy Lafleur Slips a Disc". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 282.
  9. ^ a b c d e "allmusic ((( Gino Soccio > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Gino Soccio". Official Charts Company. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Tim Lawrence (2 February 2004). Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979. Duke University Press. p. 363. ISBN 0-8223-8511-2.
  12. ^ Brian Chin (12 June 1982). Billboard: Dance Trax. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 75. ISSN 0006-2510.

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