US percussionist Hamilton Bohannon is dead. The disco legend turned 78. The musician Stab a week ago, on Friday, April 24, 2023. The drummer was hired by Stevie Wonder for his live band in the 1960s.
In the early 1970s he founded his own band, in 1975 he had his first big hit with the seemingly never ending 6 minute long funky song “Disco Stomp”. For seven weeks the number with the constantly repeating hooks was in the top 10 of the German charts. In principle, Bohannon is today considered a pioneer of house music from the nineties.
Title song of the ZDF show “Disco”
In Germany, “Disco Stomp” is also known to nostalgics of the scene, since it was the theme music of the ZDF program ‘Disco’ with Ilja Richter. Bohannon’s rhythmic ideas were later taken up by other musicians, such as B. The Stomp! from ATB. His sounds have also been sampled by stars such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige or Snoop Dogg. And the most famous pant DJs in the world also use his timeless hooklines, including DJ Pierre, Cajmere, Underground Resistance, Danny Tenaglia, Dimitri From Paris or Frankie Knuckles.
For Bohannon, the European disco success of the 1970s was largely absent in the USA. Only the song “Food Stompin Music” made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1975.