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Taana Gardner

Vocalist Taana Gardner was one of the leading lights of West End Records, a New York label that released some of the finest and most influential disco and post-disco recordings of the late '70s and early '80s. The Newark, New Jersey-born Gardner knew that she wanted to act and sing at an early age. When she was only five years old, she took vocal lessons from grandmother, a former opera singer. Before she hit her teens, Gardner was already a playwright whose work was featured at the Lincoln Center and at the Apollo.

It was something of a fluke that Gardner became involved with the disco scene. Producer and songwriter Kenton Nix had a song, "Work That Body," in need of vocals. An early instrumental version had been auditioned and approved by Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, who introduced Nix to West End owner Mel Cheren. Cheren set Nix up, but the singer who was slated to record the vocals fell ill. Nix's brother, who worked for Gardner's father, called up the Gardner household -- on Thanksgiving Day 1978 -- and invited her. Gardner obliged and gained another gig that day when members of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band overheard her and asked her to contribute to a record on which they were working, which turned out to be the Aural Exciters' Spooks in Space.

"Work That Body," remixed by Levan, was an instant hit at the Paradise Garage and went on to reach number 10 on Billboard's club chart. It sparked a succession of West End classics helmed by Nix, sung by Gardner, and tweaked for maximum dancefloor effect by Levan. A self-titled album, featuring the theatrical Top Ten club hit "When You Touch Me," came later in 1979. Nix and Gardner returned in 1981 with "Heartbeat," their biggest hit, which peaked at number six club and crossed into the R&B Top Ten. The Treacherous Three's "Feel the Heartbeat" (1981) and Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (1995) are two of many songs that have sampled or referenced it.

After her 1979-1981 activity, Gardner took a several-year break from music to devote time to her children and recorded sporadically. Among her few releases through the remainder of the '80s and '90s were the self-produced "You Can't Keep Coming in and Out of My Life" (Next Plateau, 1988), a cover of LaBelle's "What Can I Do for You?" (E-Legal, 1992), and "I'm Comin'" (a Nix-West End reunion, 1998). During the 2000s, she appeared as featured vocalist on a handful of 12" singles, including the Joey Negro production "Sweet Magic" (Z, 2002). In 2013, the Big Break label expanded and remastered her 1979 album for release on compact disc. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Disc 1

1. Paradise

2. Weekend

3. Clouds

4. Haven't You Heard

5. We Got The Funk

7. Bad For Me

8. Heartbeat (Club Version)

11. Don't Make Me Wait

Disc 2

1. Baby I'm Scared Of You

3. Why Leave Us Alone

4. Love Injection

6. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Garage Version)

7. It Should Have Been You

8. A Lover's Holiday

9. Situation

10. Once In A Lifetime

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Track List: Larry Levan's Classic West End Records Remixes Made Famous At The Legendary Paradise Garage

1. Heartbeat (Club Version)

2. Serious, Sirius, Space Party (Club Version)

3. No Frills (Club Version)

4. Don't Make Me Wait

5. Let's Go Dancin' (Club Version)

7. Work That Body (Club Version)

8. Give Your Body Up To The Music (Club Version)

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Track List: True Love

2. Cupid

4. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

6. Stop Twistin' My Arm

7. Some Come Running

9. Heartbeat

10. Right By Your Side

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Great music great time great people. Can't go back but the memories will be there forever!
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L.A. party at the Catch one Disco!!!!
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Old James !!!!
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This takes me back to NYC, 92 WKTU!!!
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The best was the 80
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Love this song
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Gta 5
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phil0724
Love the 80s too, however, only music like this and others like the SOS Band; the forgettable 80s remind me of Toto, John Cougar, Huey Lewis, ect ect
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I LOVE THE 80S YOU WENT BY TO FAST.
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This is a jam, this is music !!!!
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ROLLER SKATING AT EMPIRE ROLLER RINK
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yolie1064
This song really bring back the best memory me Linda shug Ann dot.
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marty.8230
This is what music is all about not that shjt they play these day
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tscallo2
Brooklyn, NY summer nights! "good times"
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Those were the days!!
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My. First. Date. This. Song. Made. It. Happen. Thank. You. Taana. Gardner .
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I miss the days of 80's 90's.!!!
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I say bring back the JAMS we use to call it DISCO for all the old heads
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My jam!!!
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It's sad you can't get this kind of good music now
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OMG!! You said those block parties and jams were the best.
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jamj.nice
you said it ! summer in N.Y. block parties, fire hydrants, and Heartbeat
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Oh yeah, this was a banger!!! Funny, alot of people think Stephanie Mills was the first.
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Great Groove. the long version with solo guitar is out-of-site. Feel free to use this jam when skiing even the most difficult terrain. Moguls, steep expert terrain, its all good. This groove will bring you home. Best use in Bumps/moguls . Take the Zip Line.
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I wasnt born when this song came out but this is the first song that i ever started singing at 4 years old and it is my all time fav song ever
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This song brings back memories of 1981 in Boston. Great Memories!!!
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Hvn't heard this song n a long...bring s bck alot of memories
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This song brings back memories Summer of 1981 in New York.
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back in the day.....back yard party
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I went out and bought the 12"version.I played it till the needle wore out!!!
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beeticheez
hey brings back memories really!!!!!! LUV IT!!!
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Great bass line in this tune. It's a summer song to me, top down on the car, cranking it. Those were the days.
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That's my JAMMM!!!! LOVE IT!!!
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heartbeat - taana gardner. coolest dance song ever?

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