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Nightfall Magazine was first published by DJ, producer / remixer and record promotion impresario John “Top Cat” Luongo and partner Warren Frank in the spring of 1975, to shine a light on and support the burgeoning “discotheque” club and DJ scene in Boston. Originally printed 5 ½” x 8 ½” and twice-monthly, by the summer of 1975 it was both glossy and monthly.

Nightfall started out disco-focused, but it quickly became broader in scope, including columnists covering everything from jazz, sweet soul and Latin music, to theater, restaurants and fashion. Even so, Disco and DJ-centric music was never far from its heart, as Luongo continued to print his “Disco Dozen" and even “Double Dozen” picks columns, to let readers know his personal opinion of the hottest new 12-inch singles and albums.

By 1977, Nightfall was 8” x 11” in size, and it continued until 1979, when it stopped publication. Along the way, it boasted an impressive array and caliber of writers and editors, including: Mike Freedberg, Charles Giuliano, Al Julian, Ron Robin, Ed Symkus, Tony Mastrianni, Rafael Toro, Rod Knight, Jon Pareles, Dennis Metrano, Lloyd Schwartz, Carolyn Kelley, John Lanoutte Brenner, Daniel Dern, Jerry Maisel, Sam Lasoff, Roger Wolf, David Brudnoy, John Michael Williams and many more.

John Luongo from Letter to Editor April
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SLIDESHOW OF NIGHTFALL COVERS, 1975 - 1978

(Courtesy of the David Bieber Archives)

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SLIDESHOW OF NIGHTFALL Tables of Contents and letters from the editor, 1975 - 1978

(Courtesy of the David Bieber Archives)

1978 10 Masthead Nightfall Oct 1978
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1977 12 TOC Nightfall Dec 1977
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1977 10 TOC Nightfall Oct 1977
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1978 02 TOC Nightfall Feb 1978
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1977 02 TOC Nightfall Feb 1977
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1977 10 MASTHEAD Nightfall Oct 1977
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1977 03 TOC Nightfall March 1977
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1977 02 Letter from Editor Nightfall Feb
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1977 01 TOC Nightfall Jan 1977
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1976 12 TOC Nightfall Dec 1976
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1976 11 TOC Nightfall Nov 1976
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1976 10 TOC Nightfall Oct 1976
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1976 09 TOC Nightfall Sept 1976
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1976 08 TOC Masthead Nightfall Aug 1976.
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1976 07 TOC NightFall July 1976
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1976 06 TOC and Letter from Editor Night
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1976 04 TOC and Letter from Editor Night
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1976 03 TOC NightFall March 1976
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1976 01 TOC NightFall Jan 1976
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1976 02 Masthead TOC Nightfall Feb 1976.
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1975 12 TOC NightFall Dec 1975
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1975 11 TOC NightFall Nov 1975
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1975 10 TOC NightFall Oct 1975
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1975 10 Masthead NightFall Sept 1975
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1975 06 15 TOC NightFall June 15 1975
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1975 05 15 TOC NightFall May 15 1975
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1975 04 15 TOC NightFall April 15 1975
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1975 04 01 Masthead Letter from Editor D
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SLIDESHOW OF FEATURES AND COLUMNS, 1975 - 1978

(Courtesy of the David Bieber Archives)

Cosmo Wyatt Yesterdays Disco Beat NightF
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Boston punk Nightfall March 1977
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All Platinum Mike Freedberg NightFall Se
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Boston Music Peter Casperson NightFall A
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Berklee Performance Ctr Carolyn Kelley N
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15 Lansdowne Mike Freedberg NightFall No
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WROR Dick Clark Nightfall Jan 1977
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WBCN 8th Anniv NightFall April 1976
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Teri Lynne Carrington Berklee Nightfall
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Tavares Mike Freedberg NightFall Sept 19
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Sunny Joe White NightFall Nov 1975
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Sunny Joe White NightFall June 15 1975
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Sunny Joe White Disco Notes Ron Robin Ni
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Social Circuit Charles Giuliano Nightfal
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Salsa Con Sabor NightFall magazine Dec 1
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Ralph Graham Rod Knight Nightfall Dec 19
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Record Shopper Mike Freedberg column Nig
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Parliament Funkadelic 1 Mike Freedberg N
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Parliament Funkadelic 2 Mike Freedberg N
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Nightfall May 15 1975 Interior P4
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Nightfall May 15 1975 Interior P2
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Nightfall June 15 1975 Interior P6
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Nightfall April 15 1975 Interior P8
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Nightfall June 15 1975 Interior P3
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Nightfall April 15 1975 Interior P3
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Nightfall April 1 1975 Interior P5
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Nightfall April 1 1975 Interior P3
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Kool and Gang Mike Freedberg NightFall m
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Jonathan Richman Nightfall Aug 1976
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Jacobs Ladder Mike Freedberg For Lovers
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Donna Summer Mike Freedberg 1 NightFall
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Donna Summer Mike Freedberg 2 NightFall
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For Lovers Only NightFall May 15 1975
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Gay Zing NightFall July 1976
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