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Back2Stonewall Sunday Tea Dance Flashback: “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward (1979) – Video

“Ring My Bell” is a 1979 disco song and gay anthem sung by Anita Ward. It was originally written for Stacy Lattisaw, but when she signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead and it became her only major hit and was played in every gay disco, bathouse, and backroom in America. The song hit number one on the disco charts and number one on both the Billboard Hot 100, and soul singles chart.

“Ring My Bell” has been covered by many artists since its original release, including Blondie, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Ann Lee, Tori Amos, Blood Sisters, Dynamic Duo, D’Flow Production Squad, Collette, Saïan Supa Crew, INOJ, Pato Fu, Joey Boy, and Sxip Shirey.

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Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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