I saw this yesterday and thought it was a great idea! If you don’t know Larry Levan pretty much put King Street in New York City on the map during his time at the Paradise Garage. Larry Levan is such a huge influence on all modern dance music and club culture that, I honestly have to say, I probably wouldn’t be spinning the music I am now without him coming before me. I wish there was a way to bring this sort of change to Charleston. However, I hope this petition goes through and the change is implemented so when I go to the Big Apple next time. I’ll be able to enjoy walking down Larry Levan Way.
As the legendary DJ of the Paradise Garage, Larry Levan’s musical journeys resulted in a very strong following by both gay and straight communities alike. As one of the first DJs to perform worldwide as well as one of the first to develop his own record label, Larry Levan was a true pioneer in the dance music industry. It was Levan’s overwhelming message through his music that became the eventual cusp of breaking down barriers which were evident. Levan’s remix and production work for some of the most revered artists and producers such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Skyy, Instant Funk, Loleatta Holloway, and Jocelyn Brown continue to be treasured and revered today by DJs all over the world. And it is because of his legacy that this petition has been formed requesting that a co-naming of King Street in New York City be proclaimed in the memory of Larry Levan.