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John Morales

todayMarch 12, 2024

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If you came of age in the vibrant ’80s and harbored even a passing affection for music, especially the pulsating beats of club music, the chances are high that you were unwittingly immersed in the sonic world crafted by John Morales.

Hailing from a hardworking Puerto Rican household in the Bronx, New York, Morales’ journey into the realm of music began during the rock ‘n’ roll era. His fascination with this evolving art form led him, at the tender age of 12, to secure a part-time job at a local record store, receiving payment not in dollars, but in 45s.

As he matured, so did his record collection, propelling him into the DJ spotlight at influential venues like the Stardust Ballroom in the Bronx. Soon, Morales found himself in high demand, playing guest spots at iconic Manhattan hotspots like Pippins, Bentleys, 1018, Limelight, and the infamous Studio 54.

Driven by the limitations of the records of the time, Morales transitioned into the studio, pioneering his distinctive medleys and remixes. His groundbreaking ‘Deadly Medleys’ and ‘Sunshine Acetate Medleys’ caught the attention of disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams, marking the genesis of a remarkable career that would see him credited on over 650 mixes.

Collaborating with Sergio Munzibai at WBLS radio, the M&M remix duo became synonymous with the golden era of dance music, leaving an indelible mark on over 10 records in any given month. Their transformative touch graced hits by artists spanning Tina Turner to Jocelyn Brown and from the Rolling Stones to Spandau Ballet.

Tragedy struck in 1991 when Sergio Munzibai passed away, but Morales continued his solo journey, producing acts like Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, and The Thompson Twins in the ’90s. Through his music imprints, Morales has left an indomitable mark, his talent and passion echoing through the decades, solidifying his status as a true luminary in the world of dance and remix culture.

Written by: AdmX

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