Pioneering DJ David Mancuso has died aged 72

New Yorker, David Mancuso, was one of the first DJs to promote underground, invitation-only parties

David Mancuso, an early pioneer of club culture, has passed away aged 72. The New York-based DJ threw legendary loft parties which were invitation-only, and known for attracting a discerning crowd.

His first party, known as Love Saves The Day, took place in a New York loft in 1970 and earned him the reputation of one of the city’s most vibrant and interesting promoters. He helped to bring an underground element to club culture that hadn’t previously existed in the dance music community. In 2005 he was inducted into the dance music hall of fame.

Craig Shifty, founder of NYC’s KID Recordings, broke the news on Facebook: “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.” He writes. “My heart is broken. He will 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!!”

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

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