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Ecstacy, Pete & Lenny's "South Florida Disco History"

When you walked into Pete and Lenny’s you were never really certain if the band or the DJ was playing. Ecstacy were that good. It was rare to find a group performing current material, let alone nightclub hits usually reserved for the club’s DJs . “Of all the house bands that went through Pete & Lenny’s (and there were some great ones like Quickstep and Babe. Even La Flavor did a stint), Ecstacy was the truest to the music. At a time when clubs were transitioning away from live music to DJs, this put them head and shoulders above everyone else.

Pete & Lenny's DJ Rick Alonso
Pete & Lenny’s DJ Rick Alonso

These guys were so good that the transitions from me to them and back to me were flawlessly on beat and sounded as close to a DJ mix as you could get without going vinyl to vinyl (remember, this was wayyy before CDs, much less mp3s LOL).
Ecstacy, I just wish they had been as on time as they were good…. “LMAO” recalls resident DJ Rick Alonso who provided the sounds for this entertainment complex in the heart of Broward County A massive tri-level Pete & Lenny’s became THE place to see and be seen. The club attracted some heavyweight headliners who performed there including The Village People, Vicky Sue Robinson, Tavares, Donna Summer, Odyssey, Al Green and many more. Starting in 1977, two nationally broadcast television shows – Disco 77 and Disco Magic were filmed there, giving the club massive exposure and ensured that the place was always packed.
The original band members included Michael Holland (vocals); Jay Martin (guitar); Jessie Acevedo (guitar); Alex Villalobos (bass); Al Muzaurieta (drums); Michael Romano (keyboards); Lee Thornburg (trumpet) and Fermin Goytisolo (congas). Later versions of the group also included Jimmy Carrion (vocals); Burt Acevedo (drums) and Arana Hernandez (percussion)The band’s massive appeal was evident every weekend where their performance was greeted with the same enthusiasm as the club’s DJ, a rarity in those days. Between 1975 and the mid 80s the band recorded original material. Now for the first time is a comprehensive retrospective of one of the finest house bands of the disco era.petelenny-fl-ecstacygroupshotRecente
Track Listing
Living In Ecstacy
Can’t Help Myself / Ecstacy’s Theme
There Must Be Love
Give Me a Reason
Never Can Say Goodbye
I’m Hot Tonight
You Take Me Higher
Make It Tonight
Living In Ecstacy (Extended Mix)
Can’t Help Myself / Ecstacy’s Theme (Extended Mix)
First Time (Edit)
Never Can Say Goodbye (Edit)