Gino Soccio

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Gino Soccio
Born (1955-09-09) September 9, 1955 (age 62)
Verdun, Quebec, Canada
Origin Canada
Genres disco, Italo disco
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1979–present
Labels Celebration, Warner Bros. Records, RFC Records, Atlantic
Associated acts Kebekelektrik, Witch Queen

Gino Soccio (born on September 9, 1955, Verdun, Quebec, Canada)[1][2] is a Canadian disco record producer of Italian descent. His only US Billboard Hot 100 entry was the #48 hit single "Dancer" in 1979, but he did hit #1 on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart twice ("Dancer" / "Dance to Dance" in 1979, and "Try It Out" / "Hold Tight" in 1981, six weeks each). "Dancer" peaked at #46 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1979.[3] Soccio's third biggest hit, "It's Alright" / "Look At Yourself", from his album, Face to Face, reached #2 for 5 weeks also on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. "Turn It Around" was released only as a single in 1984.

Soccio got his start in disco when Montreal producer Pat Deserio called him and asked if he would play keyboards and help compose for the Kebekelektrik album. Prior to this, Soccio was working as a local session musician. The Kebekelektrik album helped to launch Soccio's career, as his composition "War Dance" became a hit on U.S. dance floors, a song Soccio himself had deemed "filler".[1]

He also played keyboards on the Bombers album "Bombers" in 1978.

His debut solo album "Outline" was released in 1979 and contained the hit "Dancer"; the album received widespread critical acclaim and catapulted Soccio onto the world disco stage.[4]

In 1979, Soccio also recorded a disco album with Guy Lafleur which cost CAD$100 000 to produce.[5]

In the UK he received airplay from Robbie Vincent on BBC Radio London, and Greg Edwards on Capital Radio on imported RFC Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records.

He also assembled and produced the disco studio group, Witch Queen, best known for their hit, "Bang A Gong" / "All Right Now" (1979). It peaked at number eight on the US Hot Dance/Disco chart.[6]


Gino Soccio discography
Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 3
Singles 17

The discography of Gino Soccio consists of four studio albums, three compilations and seventeen singles.

Studio albums
Year Title Chart positions
1979 Outline 79 34
1980 S-Beat
  • Labels: Celebration, RFC/Warner Bros.
1981 Closer 96 26
1982 Face to Face
  • Labels: Celebration, RFC/Atlantic
Compilation albums
  • Remember (1984, Celebration)
  • Greatest Hits (1989, Unidisc)
  • The Best Of Gino Soccio (1994, Unidisc)
Year Title Chart positions Album
US Dance
1977 "Sauve Qui Peut"
1978 "The Visitors" Outline
1979 "Dancer" 48 1 60 46
"Dance To Dance"
1980 "S-Beat" 4 S-Beat
1981 "Try It Out" 1 22 Closer
"What You Feel Is Real - Hold Tight"
1982 "It's Alright" 2 60 Face to Face
"You Move Me"
1983 "Get It Up"
1984 "Turn It Around" Remember
"Out Of My Life"
1985 "Human Nature" 50[A]
"Temptation Eyes"
1986 "Magic"

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  2. ^ "Gino Soccio". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 513. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Brewster, Bill (2014-01-14). Last Night a Dj Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey. Grove Press. ISBN 9780802146106. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Juan (September 12, 1979). "Guy Lafleur Slips a Disc". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 282. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "allmusic ((( Gino Soccio > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  8. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Gino Soccio". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-07-27.