New York / Florida based Disco group from the 1970s. (Bio)
A short time back Billy Stewart of the 70s group Calhoon contacted DiscoMusic.com to let us know what he was up to and to say hello to all the fans of this site. Here's a brief bio on them...
Calhoon was formed in 1972 by six high school friends who decided to put together a band to play school dances and local events. In the next three years they gained a large fanbase and became New York's top paid non-recording band.
After much success and many performances, Calhoon decided to buy a 20,000 square foot restaurant in Hollywood, Florida and turned it into south Florida's largest New York style dance club / Disco called Rumbottoms.
Every week Calhoon would book top name acts to play at Rumbottoms and Calhoon would be the opening acts for the shows. It was around this time that they were approached backstage by legendary Beatle's record producer Phil Spector's A & R man, Ron Saul about a recording contract on Spector's new Warner Brother's label, Warner / Spector. This labels other acts included such big names as Cher, Harry Nilson and others.
Within four months Calhoon had released their first single, "(Do You Wanna) Dance, Dance, Dance" b/w "Rain 2000," which began to climb the charts as they completed their follow-up single "Soul Man" and completed an album in Philly with Don Renaldo supplying all the wonderful strings we hear on all those great Philly Soul records of the 1970s.
During the next few years Calhoon toured the U. S. and Canada opening concerts for Patti LaBelle, K. C. and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor, Four Tops, Tavares, Al Green, Temptations, Harold Melvina and the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Vicki Sue Robinson, The Trammps, The Stylistics, B. B. King, Sister Sledge, Carol Douglas, The Monkees, and many others including a three-month stadium tour with Isaac Hayes.
Calhhon's music is availble on vinyl at many online record stores such as GEMM and their records were released in the U. S., Canada, U. K., Italy, France, Germany and Japan. In fact Calhoon's (Do You Wanna) Dance, Dance, Dance" is considered to be one of the earliest 12 inch singles offered by Warner Brothers being released as a promo to DJs in 1975.
Lead vocalist Billy Stewart is still active in the music business and his new music is available at CD Baby, Apple's iTunes Music Service and other stores.
Billy would love to hear from you. E-mail Billy Stewart at email@example.com..
A big thank you to Billy for sending over photogrphs and records for use on DiscoMusic.com.
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Rare record cover from an Italian Calhoon single release:
Your Comments :
Joe Badalamente was the greatest lead singer of Calhoon.....
He made the band the way it was!!!!!!!!!!
HEY JOEY!!  I HOPE ALL IS WELL, & Talk to you soon.