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Journalism, BBC Radio 1BBC 6-Music - Paradise Garage Documentary 11.08.2011

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Legends Of The Dancefloor "A Piece Of Paradise" The story of New York's Paradise Garage club and its DJ Larry Levan - produced by Eddie Gordon and Lenny Fontana. Wednesday's Show - 57th Heaven - Larry Levan's Birthday. Interviews with DJ Victor Rosado, singer Taana Gardner and DJ David Depino who worked with Larry Levan closely
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A PIECE OF PARADISE - Part 3

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Legends Of The Dancefloor - A Piece Of Paradise - 57th Heaven - Larry Levan's Birthday. - Larry Levan's Birthday. Interviews with DJ Victor Rosado, singer Taana Gardner and DJ David Depino. Three people who worked with Larry Levan closely.


Larry would have been 57 years old this month had he not succumbed to heart failure due to his narcotic addiction. One of his career highlights in his short 38 years was his remix of Gwen Guthrie's song "Seventh Heaven" for Island Records. Tonight we are given a close perspective of Larry from two of his co-DJ's and the artist who's record Levan remixed to success.


DJ Victor Rosado - A New York DJ who played at the Garage many times and toured the world with Larry right up to his passing tells of how he met Larry, the character and the sad times as Levan's career came down with the closing of the Paradise Garage in 1987.

Music Beds

Manuel Gotsching - E2 E4

Kano - I'm Ready

Main Ingredient - Happiness Just Around The Bend

Pleasure - Take A Chance

TW Funkmasters - Love Money

Creative Source - Who Is He and What Is He To You

Syliva Striplin - Give Me Your Love

Jimmy Bo Horne - Spank

Xavier Gold - You Use To Hold Me

Man Friday - Real Love

Rio Edits - So Much Love To Give


Taana Gardner - From Westfield, New Jersey, her first release for West End Records was "Heartbeat" which became an international hit after Larry remixed the song for the clubs and was heavily sampled in the #1 hit for Ini Kamoze "Here Come's The Hot Stepper", also in the De La Soul classic "Buddy", as well as being covered by the Clivilles and Cole produced act Seduction, going onto be be a hit all over again. Taana also recorded other sings with Levan including "Work That Body". Tonight she speaks fondly of Larry plus the experience of walking, scared, onto the Paradise Garage stage for the first time to sing "Heartbeat" to the capacity crowd.

Music Beds

Straff - Set It Off

Taana Gardner - Heartbeat

Taana Gardner - Work That Body


DJ David Depino - Depino was one of the main DJ's in the Paradise Garage, here he speaks of his relationship with Larry in a glorious reflective manner, rich in New York colloquialisms, tales of the two of them fighting over records, how amazing working in the club was an some of the nights including the very night of the 2nd Anniversary in 1979, a four hour mix of which we will broadcast on Saturday night from 10pm and as yet unheard by the world since that night in '79 in New York. Depino will share the incredible live performance of Loleatta Holloway and Dan Hartman singing "Relight My Fire" live that night as well as the work he still does today in 2011 to keep Larry's memory alive.

Music Beds

Ultra High Frequency - We're On The Right Track

South Shore Commission - Freeman

Labelle - What Can You Do For Me

CJ And Co - We Got Our Own Thing

Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up

Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait

ESG - Moody

Phreek - Weekend

Inner Life - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Dan Hartman - Relight My Fire

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