HOUSE MUSIC

Chicago Legends – Mickey Oliver

Born in the shadow of the steel mills on the South Side of Chicago, Mickey Mixin’ Oliver was destined to help bring the underground sound of house music to the masses. As a founding member of the ground breaking Chicago radio mixshow team on 102.7 WBMX, collectively known as the Hot Mix 5, Oliver drew global attention to house music with his incredible DJ mixes.

House music was considered to be the new sound of the urban underground, first spun in Chicago in the early 80s, most notably at the Warehouse nightclub where many believe the term “house music” was coined. More likely, the term was originated by the earliest house DJs who referred to their weapon of choice, the old Salsoul music, as just “records laying around the house.

As house music began to spread in Chicago’s clubs, an urban format radio station, 102.7 WBMX was looking to become a force to be reckoned with in the Chicago market. Program Director Lee Michaels decided (correctly) that the best way to go about it was to put together a group of the most talented and cutting edge DJs around. As music director for the entire chain of Smuggler’s Inn nightclubs, and already having created the Master Mix Medley for the prestigious Disconet Remix Service, Mickey Mixin Oliver was the first to be selected by Michaels for this new concept. The others who joined him at WBMX were Farley Funkin Keith (later Farley “Jackmaster” Funk), Kenny Jammin Jason, Ralphi “Rockin” Rozario, and Scott Smokin Silz. Together they comprised the very first major house music radio mixshow team in the world, the now legendary Hot Mix 5, making people “jack to the sound of the underground” from Chicago’s airwaves starting in 1981.

Taken from Mickey Olivers Myspace Page go and check out his tracks on there.

Here is a teaser for you.

Mickey Oliver – Just a tease (House Mix ) 1987

Mickey Oliver Mixes available here

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