David Mancuso, DJ & NYC Underground Pioneer, Dead At 72
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:54:52
David Mancuso, DJ and founder of New York City's famed invite-only parties, known as The Loft, has passed away at the age of 72. Craig Shifty, owner of Kid Recordings, made the announcement of Mancuso's death via Facebook on Monday:
"RIP David Mancuso October 20, 1944 - November 14, 2016: It is with a VERY HEAVY HEART I report that pioneering DJ and legendary founder of The Loft, David Mancuso, has sadly passed away. He was 72 years old. David was more than just a seminal, influential and elusive figure in the development of DJing and NYC underground club culture, he was FAMILY - a friend and mentor - to both me and Jon. My heart is broken. He will be GREATLY missed but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers...and what a gift that is!!
"It's always difficult to say goodbye to someone you love - someone that touched your heart and influenced your life immeasurably. However, we can continue to celebrate David's rich life through his first love - the MUSIC and at the house that he built - The Loft. See you in paradise, my friend. Be sure to save a space for me on the dancefloor. #LoveSavesTheDay"
In the early 1970s, Mancuso pioneered New York City's underground private parties as an alternative to the commercial nightclub scene. He launched his first Loft party in 1970 called "Love Saves The Day" and his events quickly became the focal point of the city's dance music scene. He was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff