1977 – Members of Chic are refused entry to Studio 54

Chic was a disco band that was formed by Nile Rodgers and Bernie Edwards in 1976. They had early hits such as “Everybody Dance” and “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)”, but their 1978 single “Le Freak” was their greatest hit (and the single best selling single ever for their label, Atlantic).

Its genesis came from an incident in 1977. Grace Jones had invited the band to join her at Studio 54, but had neglected to put their names on the door. So after waiting through the legendarily long queues on the busiest night of the year, Bernie Sanders was understandably pissed off to be refused entry to the club.

So pissed off, in fact, that he wrote a song about it – originally, the words ‘Le Freak’ were actually ‘fuck off’.

Referenced in:
Le Freak — Chic

1934 — Edgar Sampson writes “Stompin’ at the Savoy”

The Savoy Ballroom was one of the most happenning places in all of Jazz Age Harlem. It’s not at all mysterious why Edgar Sampson (a member of the Ballroom’s house band) would chose to memorialise it in song, nor why that song would become a popular standard (especially at the Savoy itself). The mystery is why it took nearly ten years (the Savoy Ballroom first opened its doors in 1926) for such a song to be written.

The piece was originally an instrumental, with the now familiar lyrics added to it by Andy Razaf later – the song had been recorded twice as an instrumental and even made the charts in that form. The song has been covered by countless musicians in the 80 years of its life, and remains a popular song even today.

Referenced in:
Le Freak — Chic