10 moments that defined Danny Tenaglia | DJ Times

Danny Tenaglia’s name rightly sends shivers down the spine of anyone who has been front, centre and soaked in sweat during one of his club sets, stomping to attention while jostling for a glance into the booth to watch someone for whom mixing records seems to be as natural as breathing. Whether he’s on for four hours, or 19.

Catching the bug in legendary New York spots like Paradise Garage — where Larry Levan taught him about defying genre labels and creating parties where the world was welcome — a move to Miami in the mid-80s saw Tenaglia bestow an education in house music on the people of Florida at Cheers club before he returned to his hometown five years on, kick-starting a rise to the top that would eventually cement his place in the pantheons of electronic music, not to mention DJ Mag’s Hall of Fame.

By no means an easy task, here are 10 moments that defined Danny Tenaglia. There could have been plenty more, and fresh contenders are always impending, for example his appearance at Berghain’s 60-hour New Year’s Eve this month. Digressions aside, let’s go.

1. ‘Surrender Yourself’ (1992)

By 1992 Danny Tenaglia was already well established in a New York club scene that owed much to its disco roots, along with the original sound of Chicago out (mid)west. At that time, The Daou were a dance music quintet whose lasting legacy would be the timeless vocals of Vanessa Daou. The outfit only released one album, ‘Head Music’, in 1992. The lead single was ‘Surrender Yourself’, for which Tenaglia was responsible for production on the Ballroom Remix. It hit number one in the US Hot Dance Club Play chart and stayed put for 11 weeks, his first major win.

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