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Celebrating Black History: Pioneers of house music

A trip through the timeline of dance music

  • Harrison Williams
  • 21 February 2017
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Jesse Saunders

Credited with producing the very first house record, Jesse Saunders helped inspire a movement in Chicago during the mid 80s. When ‘On and On’ was released in 1984, dance music was transitioning out of disco to more harder edits with rhythms like the one Saunders producers.

Not just a talented man in the studio, Saunders guided house music in more ways than one, opening up his own nightclub, the Playground, a space that rivaled the Warehouse of Knuckles fame. Here is where he would let his artistic vision grow, showcasing various original releases that would establish the foundation for house music of the future.

Other seminal house records produced by Saunders include ‘Funk U Up’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Love Can't Turn Around’ and ‘Dum Dum’.

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