Tom Moulton  

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Tom Moulton (b. 1940) is an American record producer responsible for the first continuous-mix album side ever, on Gloria Gaynor's seminal disco album "Never Can Say Goodbye". Among some of his other success in mixing songs are MFSB's "Love Is the Message", B.T. Express' "Do It (Til You're Sastified)", The Trammps' "Disco Inferno", People's Choice's "Do It Any Way You Wanna", Andrea True Connection's "More, More, More" and First Choice's "Doctor Love".

He was the originator of the remix, the breakdown section, and the 12-inch single vinyl format. He has humbly maintained that the last two innovations were pure accidents. Perhaps contrary to expectation, Mr. Moulton's early successes in "mixing down" dance records were the result of insistently taking away elements from the original multi-track.

Moulton was never a disco DJs in New York City. His career started in the late 1960s with a self-made tape of overlapping songs that was rejected by one Fire Island dance club, only to be auditioned at another with instant success. As the club in question (The Sandpiper) was very high profile, it was only a matter of time before his skills were noticed and put to use pre-release by those in the music industry. Mr. Moulton preferred R&B and dance music, but actually mixed a wide range of popular recordings. A noteworthy quote has him saying "I never made a dance record, I made records you can dance to."

Mr. Moulton was also a male model for a short period of time.

His notable achievements in recording technique include extending the high frequencies and tightening the bottom for better sounding play at high volume and lengthening for greater musical and emotional impact by repeating key passages.

Tom Moulton's innovative work was honored at the 2004 Dance Music Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City when he was inducted for his many outstanding achievement as a Remixer. He is the official archivist of the Bethlehem Jazz and Salsoul music catatlogues, and has overseen all of the digital remastering for the entire catalog. In late 2006 Mr. Moulton would remix the Brand New Heavies (featuring N'Dea Davenport) single "I Don't Know (Why I Love You)", a cover of the Stevie Wonder and Jackson 5 hit.

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