Colonel was there on the ground floor. When his first dance single came out in 1984 no one was even using the term House music.
Through the mid 80's he amassed a long string of hits. Some of these even crossed onto the U.S. R&B charts and the U.K. pop charts. For instance Trapped made it all the way to #3 in the U.K. in 1985. But four of them hit #1 on the U.S. dance charts including the aforementioned Trapped, I'm not Gonna let and How Soon we Forget.