Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Disco Fever

Having another night when I couldn't sleep, I was listening to my MP3 player in the wee hours and had some Bee Gees, among others, to keep me company.

In the summer of 1976, I became a 26 year old,single woman again.  I had a 2 year old daughter and a job to support her.  That year Dorothy Moore's Misty Blue came out, along with The Manhattan's Kiss and Say Goodbye.   But the one that made the most impact, I think, was the Bee Gee's You Should Be Dancing.     That big mirrored ball started spinning.

In 1977, Saturday Night Fever hit the movie screens and Disco hit the dance floors. 

                                         ( I could watch John Travolta dance all day long.)

I worked 8am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday for a non profit organization.  We got paid every other Friday.  On "Pay day Fridays" about 20 people would go to the club/bar that had one of these lighted dance floors.  I could only go once in awhile and when I did go, I could only stay a couple of hours.  I was paying a babysitter.  Of course, the rest of them would close the bar.   But, there were rare moments when the music would be going and the floor would be covered with dancers like this.  I loved it.  I could never go enough to learn all the steps, but I did learn enough to blend in and it was great fun.  It's where I learned the phrase" If you hoot with the owls, you have to fly with the eagles".  I was a Mom. so I didn't get to hoot with the owls very much.

I can only imagine how much polyester was on that dance floor.  I know one of the guys I worked with had polyester suits (not the leisure suits either, regular, suits) that he could put through the washer and the dryer.  They even looked bad back then.

I don't have a photo of my Disco days, but I do have one of Terry's.  He's permed, wearing his open collar, that moustache and his zodiac sign necklace.  No, I didn't know him then, but I'm sure I would have been dancing with that guy.   The funny thing with this picture is that it is about 2 feet by 3 feet and hung in his parents living room for years.  Only when his Dad sold that house in the early 2000s, did we get the picture.  His brothers and his daughters have never let him live this one down.

Let's Boogie.......Do ya dig it? 


Vicky said...

I have Saturday Night Fever on DVD and the soundtrack on CD. Ahh the days of disco!!

Chatty Crone said...

What a cutie pie! lol sandie

Rae said...

I remember disco fever well. I danced a few nights away to those tunes. Those were the days.

BECKY said...

OMG! You and I had some similar adventures. I was newly single in 1976-77 as well, with a little 5 year old son. I made minimum wage and my payday was every Thursday. (I always did think that was weird!) And ahhhh yes, I LOVED to go dancing then, too! Thanks for the fun memories! ....Uh, really?? A 2 FT by 3 FT photo?? :)

Sweet Tea said...

The old hair styles and clothes (polyester, LOL) do come back to haunt us in photos, don't they?! BTW, I loved the BeeGee's!

Kay said...

Oh what a cutie! I'm sure you would have loved dancing with him, polyester or no. I still like the BeeGees.

Kathy said...

I lived my "disco fever" dreams on the big screen! I always wondered how it would feel to be able to dance like that! Ed and I couldn't stand the cigarette smoke in clubs and bars, but we braved it a time or two--before the disco ball ever got popular!

Terry's picture looks exactly like some we have of my older brother! He had the permed, mustache look going on, too!

Thanks for more fun memories! LOL

Intense Guy said...

Terry looks like either Hall or Oats (I can never keep 'em straight.)

I remember dancing to "Celebrate" by Cool and the Gang (is it?) Might be about the last time I danced. LOL - used to be limber.

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