Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes

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Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes
Genres Disco
Years active 1974–1976
1981-1982
Labels Chelsea
Past members Kenny Nolan
Cidny Bullens
Sir Monti Rock III
Bob Crewe

Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes were a disco group of the 1970s featuring Sir Monti Rock III (born Joseph Montanez Jr., 29 May 1942, Bronx, New York[1]).

Career[edit]

The group included Bob Crewe, Cidny Bullens (formerly known as Cindy Bullens), Kenny Nolan and Sir Monti Rock III. Albums included a self-titled album, and Manhattan Millionaire.[2]

Their biggest hits were 1974's "Get Dancin'" (#10 USA, #8 UK and Canada[3]) and 1975's "I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo (Doo Dat Dance)" (#23 USA, #6 UK).[4] "Get Dancin'" is featured on The Simpsons episodes "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" and "I'm Goin' to Praiseland" (both times performed by fictional group 'Hooray for Everything').

"Get Dancin'" is ranked as the 82nd biggest Canadian hit of 1975,[5] and ranks as the 100th biggest American hit of the year.[6]

The group was name-checked by Elvis Costello in the song "Invasion Hit Parade" from his 1991 release Mighty Like a Rose with the "King of the Road"-alike lyric "No pool, no pets, no cigarettes - Just non-stop Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes".

The group Pet Shop Boys included the lyric "It's the greatest show with the best effects, since Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes" on their 1996 song "Electricity" from the album Bilingual.[2]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Record label B-side Album
US[7] US
Dance
[8]
US
R&B
[8]
US
Disco[8]
UK[7] AUS[9] CAN[10]
1965 "For Days and Days" (as Monti Rock III) Mercury Records "Trouble"
1974 "Get Dancin'" 10 3 32 1 8 19 8 Chelsea Records "Get Dancin', Part II" Disco Tex &
His Sex-O-Lettes Review
1975 "I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo (Doo Dat Dance)" 23 7 33 3 6 100 25 "I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo
(Doo Dat Dance), Part II"
"Jam Band" 80 "Jam Band Reprise"
"Boogie Flap" 51 "(I See Your) Name Up in Lights"
1976 "Hot Lava" 27 "Hot Lava, Part II" Manhattan Millionaire
"Dancin' Kid" 60 99 "Dancin' Kid"
"We're Havin' a Party (It's Gonna Be Alright)" "Strollin"
"Ride a Wild Horse" 27 "Hey There Little Fire Fly"
1982 "In Havana" (as Monti Rock III) Polydor Records "Hot Town Streets"

Albums[edit]

Year Title US
[8]
US
R&B
[8]
CA
[11]
Label
1975 Disco-Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes Review 36 20 62 Chelsea Records
1976 Manhattan Millionaire
1981 A Piece of the Rock (Sir Monti Rock III) Polydor Records

Compilation[edit]

  • Get Dancin': The Story of Disco-Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes (1999, Chelsea Records / Sequel Records)

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