Honoring Hamilton Bohannon

Hamilton Bohannon, disco percussion pioneer, passed away on April 24 at the age of 78. Hamilton Bohannon who became known as Bohannon started his music career as a drummer for a young Stevie Wonder, and then was hired by Motown Records as a bandleader. When he went solo, one of his biggest hits was "Let's start the dance" which was featured on the Studio 54 soundtrack. Bohannon created what he called the "four-on-the-floor" beat that became a foundation for much disco, house and hip-hop music. His tracks have been sampled by Jay Z, Paul Johnson, Digable Planets, and Snoop Dog.

Listen or dance to Bohannon's music in the Here Comes Bohannon album and on Funky Stuff: the best of funk essentials on Hoopla.

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