54 Nights is seemingly a micro lens: a factual recounting of 54 nights that we spent at Studio 54 during its first 2 1/2 years. However, the individual nights are vehicles for zeroing in on every macro facet that made Studio STUDIO. I didn’t fully grasp this when I wrote the book. But Ian Schrager, Myra Scheer and Marc Benecke did—and I’m grateful to them for being so astute.
54 Nights contains the only existing documentation of the brilliance of Richie Kaczor, Studio’s main DJ. Because we were hunter-gatherers of off-the-radar-screen dance tunes, I personally recorded playlists after visits to Studio.
Author: R J Hay Jr; Studio devotee; Brown U + NYU Biz-School grad; Founder of a global brand advisory practice; Currently advising the world's 2nd largest food & beverage company. Book: hardcover; gnat-like size; $45; now a collector's item.
For teaching us the art of dynamic, long-form musical storytelling.
From an unparalleled period of dance music: winter '77-'78.
Richie's artful song selection and Bobby DeSilva's imaginative use of lights & props made 15-minute songs feel like fleetingly-short stories.
True to Richie's standards, 7" short-length versions didn't gain entry.
Our sequel to 54 Nights
Many of the giants' song titles may not be familiar. But then, Richie Kaczor never settled for the familiar.
To provide the full flavor of 10PM 'til dawn nights at Studio: our proprietary 8 1/2 hour playlist
Recorded: June 13 '17. Aired: July 16 '17. Affirmed: by Mr. Schrager, 4 days later--and beyond.
Celebrating the 40th of Studio’s 1st New Year’s Eve, including songs from its playlist.
Our interview that aired July 16th, 2017 on The Marc & Myra Show, on Sirius XM's Studio 54 radio channel. Marc Benecke was Studio's head doorman and de facto casting director. Myra Scheer was executive director of Studio's call list and special assistant to Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager.
Manhattan, April 25, 2017
Manhattan, November 3, 2017
Boca Grande, March 5, 2018
Small town: Jamestown RI. Big-time attendees.