Patrick Cowley

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About Patrick Cowley

An instrumental contributor to the development of dance music -- post-disco and Hi-NRG in particular -- Patrick Cowley's influence carried far beyond his early-'80s prime. He explored uncharted territories of synthesizer sounds and instrument programming long before modern-day music conveniences. Cowley's extensive work with Sylvester gained him fame and glory as a producer, writer, and musician. His ongoing experimentation with electronic instruments resulted in some of the most recognized disco hits, including "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," "Do You Wanna Funk," and "Megatron Man." During his lifetime, he released a trio of solo LPs, including 1981's Menergy. Several decades after his 1982 death, his work gained new audiences when several volumes of rare and previously unissued Cowley material were released, including the new wave album Catholic (with Jorge Socarras), experimental pornographic soundtracks such as School Daze, and the funk, jazz, and disco covers of Some Funkettes.

Buffalo, NY, United States
October 19, 1950

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