Tickets are on sale here. Go forth, invest in some gold lame and get ready to get your dance. Below, Nicky Siano, a legendary DJ who helped shaped the disco scene of NYC, offers his reminiscences of spinning at Studio 54 with another seminal disco DJ Richie Kaczor. He also built us a little disco playlist based on what he’d play to get the dancefloor going. Consider it a taste of what’s coming in September (and watch a trailer for the party below).
I met Steve Rubelle and Ian Schrager in 1975, just before they opened their first club, the Enchanted Gardens, on the Douglaston Golf Course in Queens. They hired me to work Tuesday nights, which became their most popular off-night. After two years I told them to call me when they opened a club in the Manhattan, and left on good terms.
About a year later, Steve called and invited me down to see an unopened club he was working on called Studio 54, in an old CBS production studio. I walked in observing workers everywhere; there was dust on every surface, the floors covered with plastic, the scenery was hanging on pullies not yet attached to the grid. I asked Steve when they were opening and he said, ” two weeks.” I laughed and said, “no, seriously,” but he insisted it would happen in two weeks and that I would be the DJ during the week, while Richie Cazcor would be the DJ for the weekends.
It opened on time. I vividly remember getting the opening night invitation — a glossy full-color poster that was mailed out to 5,000 people at a staggering cost.
I lasted six months at Studio, heavily into my addiction at that point. Though I was there often, and always treated as a VIP by Steve and Mark at the door, Richie became the DJ seven nights a week; He played the records for the legendary three-year period they were open.
Richie was a fantastic DJ, and the songs here are those he picked to feature most nights. Many of the titles are familiar to you, now, but at the time, it was often the first time they were being played for the public before they hit the radio.