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Rediscovering a disco classic by Karen Young

Karen Young
Karen Young | photo courtesy of the Mal Mace archives

In 1978, at the height of disco fever, Philly singer Karen Young released Hot Shot, on the New York disco label West End Records. The album featured three singles including the title song that rose to #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and spent several weeks at number one on Billboard’s disco charts. It propelled the Northeast, Philly born singer from obscurity to stardom overnight. The song, co-written, produced and arranged by Philly natives Andy Kahn and Kurt Borusiewicz was also their ticket to fame. The album, long out of print, was recently remastered from the original tapes, and has been reissued with bonus tracks by Big Break Records (BBR), the reissue division of Cherry Red Records. Continue reading →