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With a disco sample and drum machine house music took over the globe .

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House has become one of the most popular forms of electronic music since its inception in the late 80’s.

It began in Chicago, when local DJ’s and music producers experimented with remixing disco vocals over hard hitting drum machines. They would soon play a huge role in popularizing the sound and distinguishing house music as a global music genre.

Chicago gospel singer, Loleatta Halloway, is one of the most widely sampled artists in house music history. Her song “Love Sensation” has been sampled nearly 300 times, including on Black Box’s “Ride on Time”, the notorious hit that became the best selling single in the U.K in 1989.

Special thanks to James Wiltshire and Torsten Schmidt for offering their expertise in this video. Links to them are below:
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Torsten Schmidt:

There are countless histories on house music across the internet, the ones listed below proved tremendously helpful in putting this video together.

Red Bull Music Academy, TR-909 and House music

Time to Jack: Chip E on the Birth of Chicago House

Frankie Knuckles on the Birth of House Music | Red Bull Music Academy

The Chicago Record Store That Popularized House

When Techno Was House

Collection of WBMX radio show playlists

How Loleatta Holloway Became Disco’s Most Sampled Artist

I was there when house music took over the world

Note: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.
Previous headline: How Chicago built house music from the ashes of disco

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The House music episode is here! There are so many fantastic resources on the internet for deep dives on the history of House. Top among them are the oral histories that Red Bull Music Academy has collected over the years. Links to those are in the description! Thanks for watching, and be sure to check out the Video Lab if you want to help me make more Earworm vids:

— Estelle

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Destroying music records is such a mean-spirited thing to do...

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Disco: "Ok we are dead"

House: Hold my MDMA

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eric burgos

Do not overlook that the game scheduled for "Disco Demolition Night" was CHICAGO vs DETROIT. The irony is utterly delicious.

2 months ago | [YT] | 816


It would also be interesting to explore Detroit and techno music in another episode.

2 months ago | [YT] | 394


"Not everyone can understand House Music, it's a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing"

2 months ago | [YT] | 205

-4 Subscribers with a hammer addiction

Disco: “dies”

House music: I’m about to start my whole career

2 months ago | [YT] | 3,786

Jack Starr

Great video but two big corrections:
1:35 - that's not Manchester, that's Liverpool.
11:04 - the song it's transitioning to isn't Shame, it's 'Feel the Drive / Watch Out!' by Doctor's Cat, a different Italo Disco group.

2 months ago | [YT] | 532

Nick Milov

How do you not mentioned "I feel love" by Donna Summer or Giorgio Moroder when talking about the origins of house music??

2 months ago | [YT] | 168

Terrance Brown

First ten minutes all I could hear was good vibrations by Marky Mark

2 months ago | [YT] | 228

Pop Land

One of the worst things about House was that the real vocal talents were systematically ignored from Loletta to the unfairly treated Martha Wash. They were denied royalties, fame and recognition.

1 month ago | [YT] | 29


It’s amazing how much music black America has created. These styles may be bigger elsewhere but the roots are in the black American community.

2 months ago | [YT] | 448

Alix Montes

This was really cool to see the link between disco and house music. I think a great follow up to this would be to explicitly talk about how Black LGBT culture in Chicago contributed to house music.

2 months ago | [YT] | 411

Aidan Balfe

Wow you labelled Manchester COMPLETELY inaccurately on your map.

Even worse, you put the cross over Liverpool, Manchester's rival city!

2 months ago | [YT] | 46


1:35 heads up, that is NOT Manchester. It's quite a way East. That's Liverpool.

2 months ago | [YT] | 77

Nate and Noah Try Life

I love how music begets more music, sampling and reworking of tracks always blows my mind.

2 months ago | [YT] | 1,250

Austin Winston

You can literally find all of Kanye West's Fade samples in this video.

2 months ago | [YT] | 46


You can just hear the contempt for the DJ in the opening
For good reason
Destroying records should be a crime

2 months ago | [YT] | 25

Caio Reinhardt

We gotta thank Giorgio Moroder for that as well!

2 months ago | [YT] | 9

Mister Keyes

Couldn't you get at least one artist from Chicago to interview? Ron Hardy (RIP) should have been mentioned in this.

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