Writing about “Celebration” reminded me of this from Dave Marsh, from The Heart of Rock and Soul (1989): ” … on Opening Day 1978, at Yankee Stadium, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack blasted through the slowly filling stands during batting practice. Then Reggie Jackson stepped to the plate, and took a couple cuts. Warmed up, he began sending balls flying out of the park – to right and right center and one or two to left, each clearing the fence by yards….
“[Y]ou could feel Reggie get pumped right along with the music. The track was ‘Disco Inferno,’ of course, and Jackson made me feel the vitality of the music as a bubbling stew of drum and bass, building and building and boiling over and building again til you were wrung out and breathless …Afterwards, I felt about disco kind of the way I felt about Reggie himself: not exactly something I aspired to be but pretty damn awesome when it found its groove.”