In 1972 a young man from Southampton, auditioned
as a DJ at an exclusive gentleman's club called 'The Dungeon Club' This was actually located in the dungeon of
an old fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour in the UK.
Although not yet called a 'disco'
it had a small dance area a set of turntables and a few 7inch vinyl records, no CDs in those days.
From the moment he walked in to the DJ booth Andy felt something
special had happened! sifting through the records he found 'Hot Love' by 'T Rex' put it on the turntable, picked up the microphone and introduced his first song.
He recalls that although he was nervous it just came naturally, and that night
he was asked to stay and continue the evening, and so he began working 3 nights a week for the next 6 months.
His pay for each night was £5 that is about $3 but it was not about the
money, Andy loved what he was doing, and it gave him the training to move on.
that year he built his own disco equipment, passed his driving test, had publicity photos taken and sent them to the local
He left the Dungeon Club in
late 1972, his reason, “my DJ friends were making £10 to £15 playing 4 hours a night, I was still getting
£5 for 6 hours..no brainer really!”
Andy Mac and The Spread Eagle Disco
Andy Mac soon became
known as a well-dressed, flamboyant and entertaining disc jockey playing all a variety of different venues throughout the
south of England during 1973 and 1974.
This was a much happier and somewhat naive time when popular TV shows were The Persuaders, Alias Smith & Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Dukes of Hazard!
Here are just some of the hits from that time, and as Andy
likes to point out you will not see any Abba in here, no self-respecting disco DJ would have played Abba in the 70's!
Click on the song to hear it;
Let's Stay Together - Al Green, What's Going On - Marvin Gaye, Blockbuster - Sweet, Cum on Feel the Noize - Slade, Your Wear It Well - Rod Stewart
Keep On Trucking – Eddie Kendricks, Let's get it on – Marvin Gaye, Superstitions – Stevie Wonder, My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings, Love Train – O'Jays, See My Baby Jive -Wizzard, Daydreamer - David Cassidy
Rock Your Baby – George McCrae, Jingo – Santana, Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas, Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation, You make me feel Brand New - Stylistics, Band On The Run -Paul McCartney & Wings, Hang On In There Baby - Johnny Bristol