Studio 54

April 26th Celebrates Studio 54

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 26th 1977 Studio 54 opened in New York.

If you’re not from New York Studio 54 was a night club.

On this day in 1977, however, the crowd gathered outside that Midtown address was waiting and hoping for a chance to enter what would soon become the global epicenter of the disco craze and the most famous nightclub in the world: Studio 54, which opened its doors for the very first time on April 26, 1977.

The woman who deserves the lion’s share of the credit for making 54 into the celebrity playground that it became was Carmen D’Alessio, a public-relations entrepreneur in the fashion industry, who’s Rolodex, included names like Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote.

Her buzz-building turned the grand opening into a major item in the New York gossip columns, and her later efforts like having Bianca Jagger ride a white horse into the club for her 30th birthday party stoked the public’s fascination with Studio 54 even further.

The impresarios behind Studio 54 were Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, college roommates at Syracuse University who got into the nightclub business after their first venture, a chain of steak restaurants, failed to flourish.

While disco reigned supreme on the pop charts, Studio 54 reigned supreme among discotheques, enjoying a golden era that lasted from its opening on this day in 1977 to its closing-night party on February 4, 1980 a party called, appropriately enough, “The End of Modern-day Gomorrah.”

Studio 54 closed with a final party on February 4, 1980, when Diana Ross personally serenaded Rubell and Schrager.

Mariel Hemingway, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Richard Gere, Gia Carangi, Jack Nicholson, Reggie Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone were among the guests that night.

Schrager and Rubell pleaded guilty to tax evasion and spent 13 months in prison. It was the first time anyone had ever been prosecuted for a tax evasion for one-year.

As we celebrate today how on April 26th 1977, Studio 54 opened its doors for the first time in New York City.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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