Players Association

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The Players Association
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Disco
Years active 1977-1981
Associated acts Feel

The Players Association were a New York based studio group, put together by drummer / arranger Chris Hills and producer Danny Weiss in 1977 on Vanguard Records.[1]

The Players Association recordings brought in leading jazz session musicians such as Joe Farrell, David Sanborn, James Mtume, Mike Mandel and others.[1] Whilst writing some of their own songs, the group mainly focused on covers.[1] Their two biggest hits were "Disco Inferno," a cover of The Trammps tune, and their own composition "Turn the Music Up!"

"Disco Inferno" was an underground club hit in the United States and the United Kingdom, most notable for the piercing solos from trumpeter Jon Faddis, Mike Brecker and David Sanborn on tenor and alto sax. The band proved more popular in the United Kingdom, where they scored three chart singles (including "Turn the Music Up" which reached number 8) and one chart album, which also prompted a British tour, although after the release of five albums between 1977 and 1981, the association ended.[1]



  • The Players Association - 1977 (U.S. Jazz #39; (U.S. Black Albums #30)
  • Born to Dance - 1977 (U.S. Black Albums #57)
  • Turn the Music Up - 1978 (U.K. #54)
  • We Got the Groove - 1980
  • Let Your Body Go - 1981[2]

The Players Association (originally released on CD in the UK as VSD 79384) and Turn the Music Up (originally released in the UK on CD as VSD 79421), were issued on one CD in 1998, by the UK based Ace Records on catalogue number CDSEWD117. Born to Dance is also available on CD as catalogue number VMD 79398



  1. ^ a b c d Alex Henderson. "The Players Association | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ a b Alex Henderson. "The Players Association | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 429. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.