SATURDAY APRIL 2ND. STARVUE, BROOKLYN. MIDNIGHT - 5AM

SPECIAL WALTER GIBBONS INSPIRED SETS BY AL KENT AND DEVIN DARE

 

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Walter Gibbons was born on April 2nd 1954. Had his life not been cut tragically short he would be celebrating his 62nd birthday this year.

Walter was a DJ. But he wasn’t just any old record spinner, the often abused title of “The DJ’s DJ” could have been conceived for Walter. His peers came to hear (and see) him play after hours in New York’s Galaxy 21 when their own shifts finished. His DJing style was unique and his influence was massive. Many techniques that are industry standard for DJs today were created in Walter’s booth. EQing records to add drama, tweaking the frequencies to thrill the dance floor, extending songs by playing two copies, sometimes relentlessly extending mere seconds of a record on a pair of belt driven turntables (an art he quickly learned to apply to tape, therefore also making him a pioneer of the re-edit). His absolute passion for music drove him to find records other DJs were totally unaware of, his selections were often off the wall but in Walter’s capable hands they always made sense.

Possibly his most notable accomplishment was becoming the first DJ to have a remixer credit on a record. Salsoul Records boss Ken Cayre was so taken with Walter’s personal extension of Double Exposure’s “Ten Per Cent” that he asked him to recreate it in a professional studio. Not only did he want this version to be available to the city’s DJs, he wanted to release it commercially. And so it was that the first twelve inch single released for public consumption bore the legend “Disco Blending by Walter Gibbons”, marking a moment in history and giving Walter the distinction of being an integral part of the first commercially available twelve inch single.

In a relatively short space of time Walter completed over thirty remixes, all of them pushing studio engineers to their limits. His remixes were groundbreaking to say the least. He was a maverick and a genius. His legacy can be heard in a thousand records, his DJing and production style still influence today’s DJs and producers and some of his rarer releases command crazy prices among collectors.

Despite these achievements, Walter remains relatively unknown compared to some of his more illustrious peers, many of whom are still active today. With a renewed understanding of the “disco era” and heightened interest in its benefactors, Walter is finally being recognised as the important figure he was.

So let’s celebrate his life in the most appropriate way imaginable - with a party in Brooklyn, the place of his birth. Walter's biggest fan, Al Kent, and Brooklyn's own Devin Dare will play special Walter Gibbons influenced sets in Starvue - a small room with an impeccable sound system. It holds no more than 85 guests and has no bar. It is simply a place to appreciate music and dance.

 

For a fuller story see Tim Lawrence's excellent essay here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOUBLE EXPOSURE
TEN PER CENT
SALSOUL 1976

 

DOUBLE EXPOSURE
TEN PERCENT ALBUM
SALSOUL 1976

 

THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
NICE 'N' NAASTY
SALSOUL 3001
SALSOUL 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY
HIT AND RUN
WE'RE GETTING STRONGER (THE LONGER WE STAY TOGETHER)
GOLD MIND 1977

 

LOVE COMMITTEE
CHEATERS NEVER WIN
WHERE WILL IT END
GOLD MIND 1977

 

TRUE EXAMPLE
LOVE IS FINALLY COMING MY WAY
AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME
GOLD MIND 1977

 

 

 

 

 

ANTHONY WHITE
I CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE
BLOCK PARTY
SALSOUL 1977

 

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
DISCO BOOGIE VOLUME 1&2
SALSOUL 1977/78

 

 

CELLOPHANE
SUPER QUEEN
DANCE WITH ME
SALSOUL 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
GREATEST DISCO HITS
SALSOUL 1978

 

 

TC JAMES & THE FIST O FUNK ORCHESTRA
GET UP ON YOUR FEET (KEEP ON DANCIN')
I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY
FIST O FUNK 1978

 

SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
IT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL
MAGIC BIRD OF FIRE
SALSOUL CANADA 1978

 

 

 

 

 

LUV YOU MADLY ORCHESTRA
ROCKET ROCK
MOON MAIDEN
SALSOUL 1978

 

LOVE COMMITTEE
LAW AND ORDER
JUST AS LONG AS I'VE GOT YOU
GOLD MIND 1978

 

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY
CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND
CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND INSTRUMENTAL
GOLD MIND 1978

 

 

 

 

 

BETTYE LAVETTE
DOING THE BEST THAT I CAN
WEST END 1978

 

 

SANDY MERCER
PLAY WITH ME
YOU ARE MY LOVE
H&L CANADA 1978

 

 

SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
IT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL
DOUBLE EXPOSURE
MY LOVE IS FREE
LOLEATA HOLLOWAY
CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND
SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
MAGIC BIRD OF FIRE
DOUBLE EXPOSURE
TEN PERCENT
FIRST CHOICE
LET NO MAN PUT ASSUNDER
SALSOUL 1979

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROBIN HOOKER BAND
STAND BY YOUR MAN
YOUR CHEATING HEART
SALSOUL 1979

 

GLADYS KNIGHT
IT'S A BETTER THAN GOOD TIME
SAVED BY THE GRACE OF YOUR LOVE

BUDDAH CANADA 1979

 

IDYLL PASSION
NIGHTRIDE
GALA BALL 1979

 

 

 

 

 

COLLEEN HEATHER
ON THE RUN
WEST END 1979

 

DOUBLE EXPOSURE - LOCKER ROOM
ICE COLD LOVE
I WISH THAT I COULD MAKE LOVE TO YOU
SALSOUL 1979

 

ARTS & CRAFT
I'VE BEEN SEARCHING
I'VE BEEN SEARCHING INSTRUMENTAL

JUS BORN

 

 

 

 

 

STRAFE
SET IT OFF
JUS BORN 1984

 

ARTS & CRAFT
WAIT A MINUTE (BEFORE YOU LEAVE ME)
PANIC 1985

 

HARLEQUIN FOUR'S
SET IT OFF
JUS BORN

 

 

 

 

 

INDIAN OCEAN
SCHOOLBELL/TREEHOUSE
SLEEPING BAG 1986

 

THE CLARK SISTERS
TIME OUT
REJOICE 1986

 

ARTHUR RUSSELL
LET'S GO SWIMMING
LOGARHYTHM 1986

 

 

 

 

 

STETSASONIC
4 EVER MY BEAT
TOMMY BOY 1987

 

DINOSAUR L
GO BANG
BOOTLEG

 

ARTHUR RUSSELL
CALLING ALL KIDS
PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED