Remember the ‘70s? When you insisted on a Dorothy Hamill haircut, tried to walk in platform shoes, and cried when your mood ring wouldn’t change color anymore?
In the same way that nightclubs evolved from places where live bands provided the music to places where disc jockeys played records, disco changed the tradition of partner dancing.
Believe it or not, Nazis had a hand in the development of the nightclubs where disco music originated! During World War II, dance halls in Paris featured jazz music; however, regulations in Nazi-occupied France banned live music, so records were played instead.
Franz Waxman was a Jewish composer who started out writing scores in the thriving and much-admired German film industry. His first original Hollywood score was James Whale’s memorable Bride of Frankenstein in 1935.
Born in Switzerland in 1880, Ernest Bloch emigrated to the U.S. in 1916 with his wife and three children, after studying music in Belgium, Germany, and France. Working as a teacher and director of music schools, he became a U.S. citizen in 1924.