In 1976, the Ritchie Family had scored their biggest U.S. hit with a similar medley named "The Best Disco in Town." This had incorporated various pop hits of the day, such as Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly" and Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby," recreated in an order, and segued by the title theme.
Two years before the release of the "Stars On 45", a similar medley was produced by the French Laurent Rossi. The band Café Crème played its Unlimited Citations (1977) by taking the original Beatles recordings, editing them into a sequence, overdubbing identical drum and bass parts, singing hit songs as faithfully as possible and stringing them together, with a common tempo and relentless underlying drum track. The single with its 45-words title was a hit throughout Europe (including Netherlands) and North Africa. The band acted playback on TV but played the medley live in a different place every night during more than 500 nights (almost two years) in multiple countries.
Almost a year before the release of the "Stars On 45", a similar medley was produced by three South Florida men by taking the original Beatles recordings, editing them into a sequence, and then overdubbing identical drum and bass parts. While never receiving any airplay (obviously for rights/use and clearance issues), the master was purchased by a New York disco label.
The story of Starsound, who started the medley craze in 1981, began two years earlier in a disco in Montreal, where one of the resident DJs was Michel Gendreau. Into his club walked Michel Ali, who had with him a tape created from a bootleg white-label recording originating in Holland of a medley of Beatles songs called "Lets Do It in the 80s Great Hits" and credited to an unknown group named Passion. The record used excerpts from the original Beatles records as well as snippets from the Archies' "Sugar Sugar," Shocking Blue's "Venus," and the introduction to the Buggles' major hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." The bootleg was poor quality, the tape contained more noise than music, and it was badly produced, but Gendreau believed it was a good idea, although he was reluctant to play it at peak time. This was the very late '70s and disco had been king of the dancefloor for several years, with new tracks created by the Bee Gees, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and a host of new producers with new groups and singers. The last thing the disco-going clientele wanted was a series of Beatles and other 1960s material.
Stars on 45 was a Dutch novelty pop act that was briefly very popular in the UK, throughout Europe, and in the U.S. in the early 1980s
The group later shortened its name to Stars On in the U.S., while in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand they were known as Starsound.
A Stars On 45-style medley of British pop group Girls Aloud's singles, entitled "Girls On 45", was released in 2009 as the b-side of their single "The Loving Kind". The seven minute long mix features the intro and outro of the original Stars On 45 medleys and was created by Jewels & Stone.
Stars on 45 Medley
Long Play Album
"Stars on 45" is a song issued in December 1979 by the studio group Stars on 45. In some countries including UK, Ireland and New Zealand the band was credited as 'Starsound' and the medley itself was named "Stars on 45".