Ron Hardy was instrumental in the development of House Music. An innovator and originator of the genre, he is highly regarded not only for his iconic performances at the Music Box, but his pioneering edits and mixes of disco, soul, funk and early house music. He started his career in 1974 in Chicago gay club Den One. Here, with a set-up of two turntables, a mixer and a reel-to-reel tape-deck, he played long nights of underground black dance music. Around 1977, he went to work in Los Angeles.