Joanie Labine, the first female DJ at the Whiskey, 1965.
The first DJ at The Whisky, played records in a booth that was suspended to the right of the stage. During one of Johnny Rivers’ sets, Labine was moved to dancing and the concept of the go-go dancer was born. Soon a ‘uniform’ of the go-go dancer also evolved: a girl wearing a short, fringed skirt and high, white boots. Go-go dancers began appearing in nightclubs and discotheques across the country. During his tenure at The Whisky (a one year contract), Rivers recorded the album, Johnny Rivers Live at The Whisky a Go-Go, and The Miracles’ song Going to a Go-Go soon gave the nightclub a national reputation.
By Electric Looser