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In the dynamic world of disco, few names shine as brightly as Howard Merritt, a pioneer who embarked on his DJ journey in the pulsating heart of New York City in 1972. His first major residency was at the legendary “Flamingo,” a mythical establishment hosted by the iconic Michael Fesco. Often hailed as the granddaddy of discos, “Flamingo” adorned the nightlife tiara with unparalleled brilliance.

Merritt’s illustrious career as a resident or guest DJ spans a tapestry of fabled venues, including “the Sandpiper,” “the Ice Palace,” “the Pavilion,” “12 West,” “the Saint,” “River Club,” and “the Cock Ring.” His beats reverberated at hallowed grounds like “Dreamland” in San Francisco and “Revelations” in Los Angeles. A regular at the esteemed “Sandpiper” on Fire Island, Pines, Merritt was among the first DJs to traverse the coasts, captivating audiences at the revamped “Pavilion.”

Beyond the turntables, Merritt left an indelible mark in the music industry, working at Casablanca records alongside luminaries like Paul Jabara. His studio prowess included remixes for the legendary Sylvester during his tenure in San Francisco.

In the late 1980s, Merritt shifted his groove to Key West, Florida, where he enchanted crowds at the famous “Copa” and later managed the club for an impressive 13 years. Currently residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Merritt continues to spin his magic at the renowned “Scandals.”

Howard Merritt stands shoulder to shoulder with the disco greats of the early to mid-’70s, a trailblazer in the likes of Don Fendley, Ray Yeates, Alan Dodd, Jim Evangelista, Jim Burgess, Roy Thode, Tom Savarese, Jimmy Stuard, Bobby Viteritti, Robbie Leslie, John Ceglia, and the incomparable Sharon White. In the rhythm of disco history, Howard Merritt’s beats echo with timeless resonance.

Written by: AdmX

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