Jim Connors, a renowned DJ and radio personality, passed away on February 18, 2022, at the age of 66. He was known for his influential role in the disco and dance music scene, as well as his witty and charismatic style on the air. He hosted several popular shows on various stations, such as WKTU, WBLS, and SiriusXM. He also worked as a producer and remixer for artists like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and Barry White.
The Illness that Took His Life
Jim Connors died at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, after a brief illness. The exact cause of his death was not disclosed, but some sources suggest that he had contracted COVID-19. He had been hospitalized for several weeks before his passing, and his family and friends had asked for prayers and support on social media.
The Legacy He Left Behind
Jim Connors was widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the disco and dance music genre, as well as a master of the turntables. He started his career in the early 1970s, working as a DJ at various clubs and parties in New York City. He soon gained recognition for his skillful mixing and blending of different songs, creating a seamless and energetic flow of music. He also introduced new sounds and styles to the listeners, such as Eurodisco, Hi-NRG, and freestyle.
He later moved to radio, where he continued to showcase his talent and personality. He hosted several successful shows, such as “The Jim Connors Show” on WKTU, “The Disco Mix” on WBLS, and “The Studio 54 Channel” on SiriusXM. He also interviewed many celebrities and musicians, such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross. He was known for his humor, charisma, and passion for music, as well as his ability to connect with the audience.
He also made a name for himself as a producer and remixer, working with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He collaborated with Donna Summer on her hit song “I Feel Love”, which is considered one of the first electronic dance music tracks. He also produced and remixed songs for Gloria Gaynor, Barry White, The Village People, and many others. He won several awards and accolades for his work, such as the Billboard Disco DJ of the Year, the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dance Music Awards.
The Tributes He Received
Jim Connors’ death was met with an outpouring of grief and admiration from his fans, colleagues, and friends. Many people took to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of him. Some of the messages were from fellow DJs and artists, such as Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, and Martha Wash. They praised him for his contribution to the music industry and his impact on their lives.
Jim Connors was a legend in the disco and dance music scene, and his legacy will live on through his music and his fans. He was a DJ, a producer, a remixer, and a radio personality, but above all, he was a lover of music and a friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him and listened to him. Rest in peace, Jim Connors.