Tee Scott’s Greatest Mixes
Kirk Degiorgio revisits the deep discography of influential DJ and remixer Tee Scott: featuring First Choice, Aretha Franklin, Inner Life, Sergio Mendes, and more.
Late at night in a New York dive bar on 49th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue, Tee Scott would preach the disco gospel to his congregation. As one of the residents at the party Better Days, Bronx-born Tee Scott was part of a crew of black gay DJs in the early days of house music in New York City, and played a pivotal role in shaping the city’s dance music underground. His residency at Better Days from 1972-80 was defined by his smooth mixing style, his use of three turntables and sound effects live in the booth, and taste in uplifting gospel, disco, soul and R&B – music with messages of love and kindness, intended to bring people together on the dancefloor. His DJing operated in tandem with his skill as a remixer, working his magic on anthems such as First Choice’s “Love Thang” and Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway’s “Back Together Again.” After leaving Better Days in 1980 (when Bruce Forest took over residency duties, before himself going onto produce and remix for the likes of Madonna and Whitney Houston), Scott became a more obscure figure in the scene and sadly battled with colon cancer for some years before his death in the ’90s. His legacy, however, is embedded in the fabric of New York City’s clubbing history, his work laying a blueprint for countless DJs and remixers since.