If you grew up in the ‘80s and had even the smallest of passing interest in music, particularly club music, chances are you were very familiar, albeit unwittingly, with the work of John Morales. On the radio, in the record racks and most importantly on the dancefloor John’s work (predominately with studio partner Sergio Munzibai) helped define an era and influence future generations of DJs, producers and artists.
His first DJ gig was at the influential Stardust Ballroom in the Bronx; as his reputation grew Morales was invited downtown to Manhattan to play guest spots at the likes of Pippins, Bentleys, 1018, Limelight and the infamous Studio 54.
His now infamous ‘Deadly Medleys’ and ‘Sunshine Acetate Medleys’ brought him to attention of New York disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams – John’s first credited mix was Inner Life’s ‘Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)’, but he had worked on a few other records before that for acts like the Universal Robot Band and Musique’s ‘In The Bush’.
In 1982 he met Cuban-born Sergio Munzibai at a New York studio called Blank Tapes where John had worked for many years with Bob Blank. Morales and Munzibai went onto to form the most prolific remix partnership of the 80’s; their first record together was Mikki’s Itching For Love. After that the duo did all ther mixes together and the M&M moniker was born. The M&M stamp became synonymous with almost every major dance release of the era as the pair notched up over 650 mixes in their name including groundbreaking records for the Fantastic Aleems (‘Get Down Friday Night’), Class Action (‘Weekend’), and of course Jocelyn Brown (‘Somebody Else’s Guy’) the list goes on – every major artist of the day was in someway retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai.
“We worked together till around 1989,” John recalls. “Sergio unfortunately passed away in 1991.” John Morales took ill himself in 1993 and went on a self-imposed musical hiatus that would last almost a decade. But in recent years the music bug has returned rekindling his passion to be creative and expressive. John Morales still continues to produce and remix to this day, with a schedule that’s almost as full as it was during the heady ‘80s. Volume one in this essential and educational series from BBE comes jam packed with classics. These are the roots of House music.