Vintage photos of disco fever and studio 54 scene


actress and singer grace jones smiles while partying at studio 54 in new york city, 1978 photo by rose hartmangetty images

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The decade is 1970, the dance floor is packed, the disco era is in full swing and life is good. Thanks to hit songs from singers like Donna Summer and Diana Ross, the 1970s were all about disco music and clubbing. Today, even forty years later, nightclubs like Studio 54 are known for their glamorous and wild night scenes. To celebrate the groovy decade, look back on its heyday with these rare photographs.

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The disco era began in 1970 and reigned supreme until 1980. Clubbers flock to the dance floor to dance to popular music.


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Bianca Jagger on the dance floor with Chris Lawford at a nightclub in 1970. If only we knew what song they were dancing to.

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A clubber is dressed up in a trendy sequined halter dress as she takes a break on the dance floor.

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Disco singer Sylvester James takes the stage with his Los Angeles hotspot band Whiskey a Go Go.

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Even rockers wanted a taste of disco life. In 1973, the English rock group Faces celebrated the release of their album at Tramp, a London nightclub.

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Bright lights and crowded dance floors were the norm in 1970s nightclubs. Here, teenagers hit the dance floor in 1974.

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Dressed in a two-piece lurex ensemble and feather boa, this disco lover is ready for a night out at the club.

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One of the most popular disco divas of the 70s was Gloria Gaynor. Here, the singer wears a silver sequin jumpsuit and cape, while also giving a commissioned performance in California.

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A clubber dances between the light towers of a nightclub, creating a psychedelic and mystical atmosphere.

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Diana Ross takes the stage in a sequined draped dress with a fringed shawl and feathered hairpiece. In 1976, the singer released her first disco song, “Love Hangover,” which quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.

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A woman dresses for a night out at the New York Garden in 1975.

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Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony goes wild on a night out with his bandmates at an unknown nightclub.

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Donna Summer’s music was so popular in nightclubs that the singer was dubbed the Queen of Disco. Here she performs at Radio City Music Hall.

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The famous New York nightclub Studio 54 opened in 1977. And after that, the world was never the same again, which these two happy opening night patrons could probably attest to. .

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A young Diane von Furstenberg enjoys a cocktail in a shot glass during a party at Studio 54.

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Two women embrace the dance floor at Studio 54 in New York City.

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An event at Studio 54 in 1977 brought out the biggest disco icons, including model Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso.

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The Rolling Stones take over Trax nightclub in London. The band released a new album, I love you live, signing autographs for fans.

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Cher shows off her moves at a party in 1977, while wearing high waisted blue jeans and a white shirt.

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Fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo and singer Tina Turner join the party at a party at Studio 54 in 1977.

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Disco dancers take to the dance floor, while performing at the opening of Studio 54.

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Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter, Paloma Picasso, enjoys a cocktail at Studio 54 in 1977.

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Shirley Bassey is taken by Sterling St. Jacques to the dance floor of Studio 54. The actor and singer were dressed in black ties for the evening, which was not a typical nightclub outfit. -Yorkese.

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Amidst the madness of the Studio 54 dance floor, club owner Steve Rubell, Bianca Jagger and Liza Minnelli gather around American fashion designer Halston, as he lights up a cigarette.

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Model Bethann Hardison dons a masquerade mask as she mingles with actress Daniela Morera and fashion designer Stephen Burrows at a party at the pinnacle of Studio 54.

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Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov swaps his tights for elephant legs as he hits the dance floor with Liza Minnelli.

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Yes, these are doves that Bianca Jagger is holding. The fashionista celebrates her birthday with an over-the-top celebration at Studio 54.

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Curtis Mayfield commands the crowd at Studio 54 at a party in 1977.

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Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell gives his friend, artist Andy Warhol, a drink in his glass during an evening of festivities.

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Model and singer Grace Jones stands out in the crowd in a hooded dress at a party at Studio 54.

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