Tom Savarese is a DJ best known for his role in the 1970s Disco music scene. He was born on April 26, 1944 in New York City, and grew up in the Bronx neighborhood. He eventually attended Fordham University. Savarese began his career as a DJ in 1969, playing apartment and house parties.
Over time he became the full-time first professional Disco DJ in the US, and doing remixes for record labels in NYC. By the late-1970s Savarese was interviewed as an expert in the Disco music scene by major publications, including the New York Times] and Billboard Magazine, calling Savarese the “key New York Disco DJ” in 1977. Billboard Magazine named Savarese the New York DJ of the Year that year, as well as national DJ of the year in 1976 and 1977. Savarese’ remixes also charted in the top 20 tracks of the New York Daily News Disco charts.
and the Sandpiper in the Pines 1976-77. He famously turned down the opportunity to become the first DJ to play and hold residence at the club Studio 54.
Billboard Disco DJ National 1976
Billboard Disco DJ Regional of the Year – New York- 1976, 1977
GOLD RECORDS RECEIVED:
CHIC – Dance, Dance, Dance
PETER BROWN – Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me
MACHO – I’m A Man
Savarese with his former boyfriend Alan Adrian Robinson.
USA DISCOTHEQUE PERFORMANCES:
1973 – 1974 – Cabaret, NYC
1973 – The Forrest, NYC
1974 – Le Club, NYC
1975 – Hollywood (Peppermint Lounge), NYC
1975 – Turntable, NYC
1975 – Ice Palace – Cherry Groove, NY
1975 – 1976 – 12 West, NYC
1976 – 1977 – Sandpiper – Fire Island Pines, NY
1977 – Hurrah, NYC
1977 – Flamingo, NYC
1978 – Les Mouches, NYC
1978 – A.C. Disco – Atlantic, NJ
1978 – Trocadero Transfer – San Francisco, CA
1979 – Melons, NYC
1980 – Melons, NYC
Tom Savarese and Andrea Brown in 2000.