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Gino Soccio - Dancer (Warner Bros Records 1979)

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Published on Aug 11, 2018

"Dancer" is a 1979 crossover disco single, by Canadian born producer, Gino Soccio, from the LP entitled, "Outline". Along with the track, "Dance to Dance", "Dancer" hit number one on the disco chart for six weeks and was the first of two times Soccio would reach the top spot. "Dancer" also crossed over to the soul singles chart where it peaked at number sixty and to the pop singles chart where it made it to number forty-eight. Vocals are by Soccio, Heather Gauthier, Sharon Lee Williams, Laurie Noedzielski, Busta Jones, and Julia Gilmorec.

Gino Soccio is a Canadian disco record producer of Italian descent. 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. 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.

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. 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".

He also played keyboards on the Bombers album "Bombers" in 1978.

His debut solo album "Outline" was released in 1979 and contained the hit "Dancer"; the album received widespread critical acclaim and catapulted Soccio onto the world disco stage.

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

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.

I keep hearing overtones of the song "Harmony" by Suzi Lane produced by Giorgio Moroder (1979) and later hit for Suzy Q ft Michelle Mills with producers Jerry Cucuzzella & John Brenner (1985).

Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer

Dancer
Let your body free now
Dancer
If you want to feel good
Dancer
Got to get a move on
Dancer
Try to take it higher
Dancer

Dancer
Try to take it higher
Dancer

Dancer
Try to take it higher
Dancer

CHORUS
You never knew the power of your body
But when you keep on dancing to the music
You reach up high into the sky

Dancer
Got to get a move on
Dancer
If you want to feel good
Dancer
Keep your body shaking
Dancer
Try to take it higher
Dancer

Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Try to take it higher

(Chorus x2)

Dancer
Got to get a move on
Dancer
If you want to feel good...

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