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The First Annual Bell Bottom Ball at the NYCB Theatre At Westbury

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Teen disco sensation France Joli is now just entering her fifties. Causi reminisced about how his program director at WKTU ran into his studio, handed him a 12-inch remix version of the latest Joli single and ordered him to play it immediately. Causi said that as soon as it hit the airways, the station's "switchboard lit-up like a Christmas tree" with fans asking for it to be played over and over. The years have been kind to Joli's golden voice. As she belted out her three disco anthems ("Feel Like Dancing," "Heart To Break The Heart" And "Gonna Get Over You") to the enthusiastic audience. Disco Unlimited was brought back on stage to back Joli on her biggest hit "Come To Me" and virtually every woman in the crowd could be seen singing along—some were even pantomiming and acting out the verses.

As the evening came to a close and its participants (both performers and concert-goers) were transported back to the present, they all seemed happy that they had the opportunity to return to that simpler time when (to them) all they really needed was some good friends, some good music and a beat that they could dance to. On this evening they had just that.

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Christine Connallon (view more concert photos)
[Additional article contributions by Christine Connallon].

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