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| Artist's Bio & Live Videos :: Bob Day, Tom Sisson & DJ Mozart

 

Bob & Tom were simply the best couple of djs of italian disco scene and changed completely the night life style. They were real hits in Italy back then. Bob & Tom played the right music that they had gotten from NYC and introduced much new material from which other Italian deejays picked up from. They played and mixed all best Philly Sound, TK - Miami Sound, Salsoul - I mean all that music never heard before in Italy. Those two American deejays were, first in Italy, to perfect the technique of mixing records with BPM on the now classic Thorens turntables with pich control. Bob & Tom were always on beat and had the dancefloor packed.

"1976 was the best year, wonderful gigs, people success from all adriatic coast and all my international friends You could heard about Baia everywhere and a lot of people arrived from different places: Milano, Roma, Firenze, Perugia. All people talk also about Baia Degli Angeli Bob & Tom's tapes recorded live and became so popular around - say Tirotti".

"Baia's greatness was its ending. Disco was very changed since people arrived from everywhere. No more every kid of people people audience, but only nightdancers who lived their live too intensively and strange way. I decided to sell Baia on summer end 1977 and I went to live in Africa for some years. Bob & Tom were back to New York and we never met anymore. I have no more notice or contacts with them" - say Tirotti.

The fall of 1977 Baia was re-opened with new ideas and new projects. Claudio Rispoli alias Mozart a friend of Bob Day, became a new deejay. He began his succesful adventure as one of a few most talented djs in Italy. Mozart is the only DJ whose won 'Telegatto', a very important prize from italian tv. He was the resident DJ at Baia, as same as Daniele Baldelli for some months. Then another talented DJ name Rubens joined him and they became most famos and wealthy italian DJ's.

1980 Baia Degli Angeli was definitly closed (there is not any secret rumour) by QUESTORE di Gabicce. This local administration officers decided that Baia became dangerous for health of young people because of drugs dealing.

After Baia's closing day Mozart and Rubens played in all italian clubs their fantastic sound - but it's an other history

Bob Day & Tom Sison Bio

Tom though born in Puerto Rico, then moved to Philadelphia, then early 70's to New York where he was a resident dj in a disco no one remember name unfortunately, disco located near the docks. Tom was a deejay after hour (we say) that means - his set start about 3 a.m..

He met Giancarlo Tirotti, owner of the disco name - Baia Degli Angeli in mentioned above NYC club. Giancarlo loved what he heard and offered him job in Italy at Suerte, a resort near Baia with great amenities such as room, board, food, money for a few flights yearly to NYC to buy new records as well as good pay. Great conditions isn't it He could say no to this !

Bob And Tom got a lot of friendship on Adriatic coast destined to last forever. Bob & Tom introduced some new music, never heard before - disco music, so popular in New York, but unknown in Italy. Black artists created this sound based on soul and r&b. Some examples: Gumble & Huff from Philadelphia Records, Vince Montana Jr from Salsoul...

Bob & Tom were, first in Italy, to perfect the technique for stitching records together in seamless sequencess. They hold the disc by thumb while the turntable whirled beneath insulated by a felt pad, and they would locate with an earphone the best spot to make the splice / mix, then release the next side precisely on the beat. They simply slipped cued their records making for a seamless blend of music, not known that time in Italy. They mixed records with BPM on the now classic Thorens turntables with pich control.

Their sets started before opening and in the first set they played fantastic soul music ("Let's make a baby" by Billy Paul, "I'm in heaven" by Touch of Class, "Loving you, loosing you" by Phillis Hyman...) growing rhythm. After 5 a.m. they were back to this fantastic sound, for "nice people" who wanted to dance some good music at the sun rise. Bob & Tom came back used to New York about five times a year to buy some new records and every time they bring wonderful music.

Tirotti sold 'Baia' in september 1977 - then Bob & Tom came back to United States. Tom lived intensely each moment of his life but unfortunately he passed away in early 80's victim of a life he applied his genius as much to self distruction as to creation.

'Baia' started june 29th 1975 and changed completely the italian night life style. Tom couldn't be the only dj working from 9pm to 6am. This was too long session for any deejay. He asked Tirotti to engage a New York friend, Bob Day. Bob arrived and the best italian couple of djs of everytime was born.

Bob continued to work and he kept some contacts with italian friends. 1982 he came to Rimini for djing at 'Cellophane' on late spring, and at 'Bobbery' in Gradara during the next summer (club was called Bobbery cause Bob was resident dj...). Club had no success - then on next autumn he had some gigs in other clubs: 'Xenos' in Marina di Ravenna and a disco in Florence.

Bob was defenitly back to New York and people had no more notices about him. His italian friends passed away and nobody knows about him now. There are some roumors about an italian Bob appareance in 1987 - however to this day nothing is known for sure.

Article written by Max De Giovanni, and used with full permission from the author

Also with thanks to www.djsportal.com

 

Group's Pictures

Bob Day

Tom Sison

DJ Mozart

 

 

| Book :: History of Italian Disco

Disco Selector. Professione DJ, La Storia By Max De Giovanni. Editrice Moderna. 2008

The book talk about, first, the italian art of djing: the birth, the development and the story...

More the 230 pictures tell about fact and interviews to best italian pioneer djs, but also interview with Gianni Naso, founder of italian dj association, with Giancarlo Tirotti, owner of legendary Baia degli Angeli and with the most famous italian djs as Mozart, Rubens, Daniele Baldelli, Ebreo, Spranga, Jonata Garavaglia (he was resident dj at Regine in Nyc on 1977, first italian dj to play his music in New York, when and where disco was born), Beppe Loda and the history of legendary Bob & Tom, with contribute of italian and american friend and a lot of other djs...

For infos, and buying mail to maxdegiovanni@libero.it

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