The Gallery Top 10: Diana Ross ‎– "No One Gets The Prize"

Top 10 In The Gallery Over The Years by Nicky Siano

New Year’s Eve is getting close! If you didn’t get tickets for The Last new year’s Eve Disco Extravaganza yet, be sure to order them via Nicky Siano’s site. But if you can’t make it to New York, there’s no need to worry: Apart from the Mix Nicky made for us earlier this month, he shares the Top 10 tracks from The Gallery from over the years below. Enjoy!

Top 10 In The Gallery: MFSB - "Love Is The Message"

1) MFSB – “Love Is The Message”

I was the first DJ to play this song, and one of two DJ’s who had it for Christmas 1973. The promotion person at Philly/CBS records at the time, had only two copies before they broke for Christmas. At first, TSOP was the cut we were playing, then in February, I turned the record over and heard “Love Is The Message”. I thought: Wow, what a groove! So I took two copies to the club, and started looping the last 4 minutes of the song, after the musical violin break. Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, both working for me at the time as decorators, started chanting, for the first time ever, “Turn this mother fucker out!” to the song, a chant that started at The Gallery, on this song.

Top 10 In The Gallery: Eddie Kendricks ‎– "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind"

2) Eddie Kendricks ‎– “Girl You Need A Change Of Mind”

When we opened The Gallery, this was already a dance classic. For four years, this record reigned as the peak record of the night.

Top 10 In The Gallery: LaBelle ‎– "What Can I Do For You?"

3) LaBelle ‎– “What Can I Do For You?”

Due to all the social upheaval of the time, especially around race and gay rights, songs with a message like this became anthems at the clubs. When The Gallery moved from 22nd Street to Mercer Street, the night we reopened, this song was the one that everyone had their hands in the air for.

Top 10 In The Gallery: Vicki Sue Robinson ‎– "Turn The Beat Around"

4) Vicki Sue Robinson ‎– “Turn The Beat Around”

As one of the first people to play this record, it became a Gallery CLASSIC, and the crowd never failed to sing along when I turned the music off on the chorus, an event you can witness in The Gallery movie, “Love Is The Message”.

Top 10 In The Gallery: Diana Ross ‎– "Love Hangover"

5) Diana Ross ‎– “Love Hangover”

I was the first person to introduce Love Hangover. The first night I played it, I must have played it 8 times in the 10 hours I played. At the end of the night, I played it, then took the needle off the record, and put it right back down on the beginning of the song and played it again.

Top 10 In The Gallery: Diana Ross ‎– "No One Gets The Prize"

6) Diana Ross ‎– “No One Gets The Prize”

She always held a special place at the Gallery, and this Ashford and Simpson song was instantly a Gallery hit.

Top 10 In The Gallery: War ‎– "The World Is A Ghetto"

7) War ‎– “The World Is A Ghetto”

A hit when Gallery opened that remained a dance floor staple for years.

Top 10 In The Gallery: Loleatta Holloway ‎– "Dreamin'"

8) Loleatta Holloway ‎– “Dreamin'”

When Loleatta’s first club album came out, she came to perform at The Gallery, her first performance of this material. We never forgot that, and her songs always filled the dance floor.

Top 10 In The Gallery: The Salsoul Orchestra Featuring Vocalist Loleatta Holloway ‎– "Run Away"

9) The Salsoul Orchestra Featuring Vocalist Loleatta Holloway ‎– “Run Away”

A song I introduced, and which remained a hit at The Gallery.

Top 10 In The Gallery: Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes Featuring Teddy Pendergrass ‎– Bad Luck / Don't Leave Me This Way"

10) Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes Featuring Teddy Pendergrass ‎– Bad Luck / Don’t Leave Me This Way”

This song’s message always made everyone sing along, again the social upheaval of the time made us gravitate toward songs that spoke to us.

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