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About Todd Terry

Todd N. Terry is an American DJ, record producer and remixer in the genre of house music.

Todd Terry was influential in moving house music beyond the early Chicago house sound of 1984–86. He crossed the sounds of house with hip hop breaks to create a more energized and popular sound that was able to reach commercial success outside the underground house scene. His productions extensively used samples blending the sounds of classic disco, the Chicago house sound, and elements of hip-hop.

Terry began in the 1980s by DJing at parties in New York, playing Italo disco and hip-hop - then later, house music, upon its mid-'80s emergence. He debuted as Masters at Work with the 12-inch "Alright Alright" and an edit from this was then included on the Chicago house vanguard compilation Jackmaster 1 .

Much of Terry's early work in the late 1980s is considered a milestone in the development of house and rave music. He was responsible for releasing two of the house era's most respected crossover remixes: "I'll House You" by the Jungle Brothers and "Missing" by Everything but the Girl as a re-release in October 1995. His music was a driving force within the "acid house" scene in the UK with many tracks such as "Back to the Beat", "Can You Party", "A Day in the Life", "Weekend", "Party People", "Yeah, Buddy" and "Dreams of Santa-Anna", released under multiple aliases including The Todd Terry Project, Royal House, Black Riot, Swan Lake and Orange Lemon. In the summer of 1988 at the peak of the UK acid house movement, "Can You Party" under his Royal House moniker reached No. 14 in the UK.

Terry's tracks in the mid-1990s include "Something Goin' On" and "Keep on Jumpin'", which were UK top-ten hits, with the vocals on both provided by Jocelyn Brown and Martha Wash.

Freestyle diva Shannon was the featured vocalist on the UK top 20 hit "It's Over Love" in 1997, which topped the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart in the US, as did "Just Wanna Dance / Weekend". An album, Ready for a New Day, was also released in 1997, featuring "Something Goin' On", "Keep on Jumpin'" and "It's Over Love". It reached No. 84 on the UK Albums Chart.

He remixed "Stranger in Moscow" for Michael Jackson in 1996.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Todd Terry", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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