The origins of House Music can be traced back to the city of Chicago.
On July 12, 1979, an event known as Disco Demolition Night occured in Comiskey Park during a MLB game. This event resulted in many records featuring Black artists who made Disco music being destroyed. As a result, while many artists continued to produce Disco music, record companies labeled it as Dance music.
Disco may have died, but House was starting to form. After the event, Disco records sold far less, but it is still popular in some nightclubs in the city.
In 1977, a new club opened called The Warehouse. Originally, R&B and Disco were played in the club. However, over time, DJ Frankie Knuckles, known as the "Godfather of House" for helping in developing the style of House, began to mix Disco music with Electronic music from Europe. This lead to creating a new genre of music, which would become House Music.
Many people, primarily Blacks, Latinos, and Homosexuals, who were considered outcasts by the hostile world, would come to The Warehouse to be united together under House.
The term House could come from The Warehouse, where this new genre of music was formed. Record stores within our Windy City would attract fans of the music played at The Warehouse by labeling the records "As Heard At The Warehouse" which would be shortened to House. However, it could also come from the fact that DJs would produce music in their homes using affordable synthesizers and drum machines, as claimed by Larry Heard, also known as Mr. Fingers.
In a sense, House can be considered Disco's Revenge.
For more Information on the History of House and its unique style, you can click on the links below. I personally used these as reference when writing about the condensed history.