West End Records was co-founded by Mel Cheren in 1976 and our label quickly became one of the defining sounds of New York City in the heyday of Disco. It was a sound closely associated with the Paradise Garage, one of the most influential clubs of the Seventies and Eighties. That sound has reached and continues to reach dance floors across the country and around the world. We are proud that West End – along with Prelude, SalSoul and Casablanca - is considered to be one of the most significant labels in Dance Music history. During the Disco era, many labels and artists scrambled to put out records that would ride the wave of Disco’s popularity, but we didn’t build our reputation by jumping on many different bandwagons. Together with passionate professionals like Michael Brody and Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, we were able to create our own unique and lasting bandwagon, with West End releasing hits like Taana Gardner’s “Heartbeat,” Karen Young’s “Hot Shot,” Barbara Mason’s “Another Man,” Loose Joints’ “Is It All Over My Face?” and The New York Citi Peech Boys’ “Don’t Make Me Wait.” We feel that West End’s music has always come from the heart and been about creating a connection…a feeling of family on the dance floor. Our music is still evoking that feeling in clubs the world over.
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