1975 Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes – Get Dancin’
Joseph Montanez, Jr. was born in the Bronx in 1942. He created the persona of Monti Rock, a fabulously gay hairdresser, and beginning in the mid-sixties he appeared regularly on celebrity talk shows. His flamboyant style and over the top antics on the shows (such as throwing bananas into the audience) helped his career along, but nothing prepared us for what came later.
In 1975, Monti teamed up with arranger/producer/songwriter Bob Crewe, Jerry Corbetta of Sugarloaf, Kenny Nolan, Freddy Cannon, and singer Cindy “Cid” Bullens and created a very early disco album. Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes Review featured Monti as Disco Tex and some of the others as members of the Sex-O-Lettes on an album that also included songs by Jerry Corbetta and the Jam Band, Freddie Cannon, and other acts. The songs all used an identical drum beat, giving the album a seamless pair of sides devoted to disco music.
The first single from the album became Get Dancin’. Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan wrote the song, although Monti was probably responsible for his own spoken lines over the music. The song was infectious and easy to dance to and shot up into the top ten on the Hot 100 in 1975. The record did even better on the US Dance Chart (#3) and even topped the Disco Chart.
There were three songs on the album credited to Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, so it surprised nobody when it spawned a second single. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t recall the song at all, but I Wanna Dance Wit Cho (Do Dat Dance) reached #23 on the Hot 100, #7 on the US Dance chart, and #3 on the Disco Chart.
A single from the album credited to Jerry Corbetta and the Jam Band came out next. Jam Band peaked at #80 on the Hot 100 and missed all the other charts.
The next release from the album was the last song credited to Disco Tex. Boogie Flap didn’t chart at all.
The group released two more albums in 1976 and 1977. The act may have gotten too old because nobody seemed to notice.
Monti still puts on a show in Las Vegas.
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