My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

A legend Grooves

by Paul Bellini

I first met Bill Coleman in the late '80s, when he was dating Scott Thompson. He was immediately likeable, and had his finger on the pulse. One day he sent me an advance copy of a 12” record called "Groove is in the Heart," by something called Deee-Lite. “I think it’s going to be a hit,” he said. And we all know how that story turned out. From that point on, my motto was “Trust Bill Coleman.”

A former editor at Billboard magazine and the founder of Peace Biscuit Records, he’s worked with Ultra Nate, Cazwell, Sinead O’Connor, RuPaul, Jody Watley and many others. He is responsible for "My Pussy" by Amanda Lepore, thank you very much. He also DJs and works as a music supervisor on indie films.

Last week, Paper magazine ran an article by Michael Musto identifying the ten greatest legends of the New York City music biz. Among the names - Hilly Krystal, who ran influential live venue CBGB; Sylvia Robinson, who ran Sugar Hill Records and herself had a hit with the sexy "Pillow Talk;" Neil Bogart, who founded the record label that brought you KISS and The Village People; Clive Davis, who launched Patti Smith and Whitney Houston; and of course Mister Bill Coleman. 

This is quite an honour. To be included among such legends must mean that Bill is a legend as well. Wow, I know a legend. I’m delighted this has happened to Bill. He’s worked hard to keep us on the dance floor all these years, and I always think of him whenever I watch a drag queen perform "My Pussy," or watch a room full of people freak out over "Groove is in the Heart," which is often.