Mel Cheren

Real Name:
Melvin Cheren
Profile:
Born January 21, 1933 in Everett, Massachusetts and raised in Revere - Died December 07, 2007 C.E.
---
Former Financial Backer of the Paradise Garage, C.E.O. of West End Records, Trendsetter, Owner of Colonial House Inn, Founder and President 24 Hours For Life Foundation, Philanthropist, Painter.

Mel Cheren began his career in the music business in 1959 at ABC-Paramount Records (ABC Records) where he eventually became head of the label's production department. When the company moved operations to Los Angeles in 1970, Cheren left to become head of production for Scepter Records where he forged new territory: forming an early record pool (David Mancuso, Vince Aletti and Steve D'Aquisto inititated the very first one) and the first to release instrumental mixes on 12" B-sides…
When Scepter closed in 1976, Mel co-founded West End Records and soon after signed Karen Young, whose single "Hot Shot" sold 800,000 copies making it one of the biggest selling 12" in history.

Though respected for his record label, Cheren was loved by many for making possible one of the world's most revered nightclubs: Paradise Garage. He was the financial backer for the club which was owned and operated by his former partner, Michael Brody. Cheren's relationship with the club's influential DJ Larry Levan blossomed, resulting in some of the most memorable records to come out of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Cheren was a very dedicated AIDS awareness activists in the US, in 1982 he became very actively involved with the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). Cheren's philanthropic efforts remained an integral part of his life and in 1987 he formed 24 Hours For Life, a not-for-profit organization of media and music professionals which produced fundraising events for AIDS relief and education.

Cheren is also an accomplished painter. His art works has been featured on ten different album covers (including John Lee Hooker's "Urban Blues" and Sonny Rollins's "East Broadway Run Down"), five of these were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Other paintings, many lit by black lights to bring out the fluorescent paint, lined the halls of his B&B, which remains open. All profits from his paintings goes to charity.

Summer 2000 saw the release of Cheren's autobiographycal book "Keep On Dancin' (My Life and The Paradise Garage)". In the book's prologue, he wrote, "This is a story of my gay generation, the world we built, and the world we lost.". In 2007, "The Godfather of Disco" a documentary film adaptated from the above autobiographic book recount, through a series of interviews with keys figures of the dance music community, Cheren's extraordinary life story. The film was first screened at the 25th Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, where it took home the 2007 Emerging Filmmaker Award. Mel Cheren died of AIDS complications.
Sites:
Variations:
Viewing All | Mel Cheren

Mel Cheren Discography Tracks

Remix

Mel Cheren - Nice & Slow album art Jesse Green Nice & Slow (Instrumental) Jesse Green - Nice & Slow (Single) EMI France 1976 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - Nice & Slow / I Get Lifted album art Jesse Green / Sweet Music Nice & Slow and 1 more… Jesse Green / Sweet Music - Nice & Slow / I Get Lifted Scepter Records, Wand US 1976 Sell This Version
EMI 1479 Jesse Green Suave y Bonita = Nice & Slow (Instrumental) Jesse Green - Suave y Bonita = Nice & Slow (7", Single) EMI EMI 1479 Venezuela 1976 Sell This Version
EMI 2492 Jesse Green Nice & Slow (Instrumental) Jesse Green - Nice & Slow(7", Single, Promo) EMI EMI 2492 UK 1976 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

INT 148.606 Mel Cheren - Disco Gold album art Various Various - Disco Gold(LP, Comp) Intercord INT 148.606 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
HTCD 6687-2 Mel Cheren - Disco Gold Volume II album art Various Various - Disco Gold Volume II(CD, Comp) Hot Classics HTCD 6687-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
WES 1055 Mel Cheren - Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me album art Dawn Tallman Dawn Tallman - Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me(12") West End Records WES 1055 US 2006 Sell This Version
WES2008-2 Mel Cheren - Keep On Dancin': A Tribute To The Godfather Of Disco Mel Cheren album art Various Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me (Original Version) (as M. Cheren) and 1 more… Various - Keep On Dancin': A Tribute To The Godfather Of Disco Mel Cheren(2xCD, Comp) West End Records WES2008-2 US 2010 Sell This Version

Production

Mel Cheren - Sessomatto album art Sesso Matto Sesso Matto - Sessomatto (Single) West End Records US 1976 Sell This Version
WES 1201 Mel Cheren - Sessomatto / Kinky Peanuts album art Sesso Matto Sessomatto Sesso Matto - Sessomatto / Kinky Peanuts(7", Single) West End Records WES 1201 US 1977 Sell This Version
GCD - 100 -2, GCD-100-2 Mel Cheren - I Was Born This Way album art Johnny Rodriguez (8) Johnny Rodriguez (8) - I Was Born This Way(CD, Single) Garage Records, Garage Records GCD - 100 -2, GCD-100-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
WES-1001-2, WES1001-2 Mel Cheren - I'm Comin' album art Taana Gardner Taana Gardner - I'm Comin'(CD, Maxi) West End Records, West End Records WES-1001-2, WES1001-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - Larry Levan's Paradise Garage album art Larry Levan Is It All Over My Face (Female Vocal) Larry Levan - Larry Levan's Paradise Garage (Comp) West End Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - Work That Body album art Taana Gardner Taana Gardner - Work That Body West End Records, West End Records US 2000 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - West End Records - The 25th Anniversary Edition Mastermix album art Masters At Work Masters At Work - West End Records - The 25th Anniversary Edition Mastermix West End Records US 2001 Sell This Version
WES1010-2 Mel Cheren - Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up) album art Marty Thomas Marty Thomas - Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up)(CD, Maxi) West End Records WES1010-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - Live At The Legendary Paradise Garage album art Larry Levan Larry Levan - Live At The Legendary Paradise Garage (Comp) Garage Records, Garage Records, Garage Records US 2003 Sell This Version
WES6001-2 Mel Cheren - Spiritually Speaking (Then And Now) album art Blaze Blaze - Spiritually Speaking (Then And Now)(CD, Album + CD, Comp) West End Records WES6001-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
WES 1026 Mel Cheren - Found Love album art Blaze Blaze - Found Love(12") West End Records WES 1026 US 2004 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - Keep Hope Alive album art Underground Dance Artists United For Life Underground Dance Artists United For Life - Keep Hope Alive (Comp) King Street Sounds Indonesia 2004 Sell This Version
TRX 1024 Mel Cheren - Praise EP album art Elliot Venegas Elliot Venegas - Praise EP(12", EP) West End Records TRX 1024 US 2004 Sell This Version
WES 1042 Mel Cheren - Rainy Day album art Mr. A.L.I. Mr. A.L.I. - Rainy Day(12") West End Records WES 1042 US 2005 Sell This Version
TRX 1041 Mel Cheren - Muito Soul EP album art The Anderson Soares Project The Anderson Soares Project - Muito Soul EP(12", EP) West End Blue TRX 1041 US 2005 Sell This Version
Mel Cheren - Fly Away EP album art The Kings Of Late Night Feat. Billy Love The Kings Of Late Night Feat. Billy Love - Fly Away EP (EP) West End Blue US 2005 Sell This Version
TRX1037 Mel Cheren - Electronic Arrangements EP album art Steal Vybe Steal Vybe - Electronic Arrangements EP(12", EP) West End Records TRX1037 US 2005 Sell This Version