Vaughan Mason has died, aged 69.
The New York born funk musician was best known for writing the 1980 roller-disco hit, ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’. The track would go on to be extensively sampled in numerous iconic tracks, from De La Soul’s ‘Cool Breeze On The Rocks’ and A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘I Left My Wallet In El Segundo’ to The Avalanches’ ‘Electricity’ and Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’.
‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’, which was written after Mason read a Wall Street Journal article about the roller disco craze of the time, reached #38 on the Billboard Disco Top 100 chart. Other hits from Vaughan Mason and his band included ‘Jack The Groove’ and ‘Break 4 Luv’, which he released under the RAZE alias and which appeared on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Our condolences go out to Mason’s family and friends.