Chart Performance: Pop (#5), R&B (#31) and Dance (#2); 1978
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Although Alicia Bridges released one of the disco era’s signature tracks, not much is known about her pre-dance days. Reportedly her earlier association with dance – of sorts – involved fronting a heavy rock band called Zachary Bridge that backed up strippers (who, one presumes, danced) at burlesque houses. Alicia appeared on the national scene in July of 1978 when a tune she’d co-written, I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round), debuted on the Hot 100. From there it began an agonizingly slow climb upwards, peaking at #5 at Christmas time. The club deejays, too, were slow getting on the Bridges bandwagon, not doing so until mid-September, after which they spun Nightlife to #2 on the dance chart. For her efforts, Alicia received a nomination for the Best R&B Vocal Performance – Female, but lost to Donna Summer and Last Dance. Alicia and Nightlife returned in 1994 for a command performance on the soundtrack from The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.
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- Steve Buckingham
Lyrics Written by:
- Alicia Bridges
- Susan Hutcheson
- “I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)” was nominated for the 21st Annual Grammy Awards in 1979 for Best R&B Vocal Performance