Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-09-06



PASSAGES: Renowned DJ, music producer Teresa K. Bristol aka Teri Bristol
by Carrie Maxwell

This article shared 5264 times since Fri Oct 6, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Renowned DJ and music producer Teresa Kaye Bristol, aka Teri Bristol, died Sept. 25 in Beechgrove, Tennessee of kidney failure, following an over three-year battle with the disease. She was 66.

Bristol was born Dec. 26, 1956, in Joliet, where she lived with her parents, Bob and Bettie, older brother Tony and younger brother Michael. They moved to Nashville in 1957 where they lived for the next eight years. The family returned to Illinois in 1965 and lived in the small town of Justice adjacent to Chicago. Bristol graduated from Argo Community High School in Summit in 1975.

For the next seven years, Bristol worked in various jobs including as a waitress at Chuck Mueurs in Old Orchard Mall in Skokie; food prepper at Va Pensiero in Evanston; hairdresser-receptionist at Hair Performers in La Grange; and as a cab driver when she lived in near Naples, Florida.

In 1982, while Bristol was working as a cocktail waitress at Celebrity Club, across the street from O'Hare Airport, she was told to go into the DJ booth and play records, despite never having done this before. She was a natural talent right away. Some patrons that night told her she was better than the regular DJ, and should be doing that as her primary job.

During a 2012 interview with Jacob Arnold, Bristol described that first time DJing: "I had a ball watching everybody dancing. I thought it was fun. They liked what I did so much that they fired him and they hired me, and that's how I got started DJing."

Bristol also said in that same Arnold interview of her love of music, "If you tell me something, I won't remember it. If you sing it to me, I'll never forget it."

Shortly after DJing that first time, her now longtime friend and future DJ partner Valerie Scheinpflug, aka DJ Psycho-Bitch, took her to the famous after-hours teen club Medusa's on Chicago's North Side, so Bristol could get a taste of the music scene there and overall city life. Bristol's first DJ job in Chicago was at Punchs, adjacent to The Baton.

In 1985, Bristol and Scheinpflug decided to team up as DJ partners, spinning tunes at Medusa's while living together in a small apartment inside the club. Additionally, Bristol did solo DJ gigs at Limelight, the Orbit Room, Smart Bar and InnExile in the late '80s.

Bristol also founded the Sunday LGBTQ+ night GLEE Club (Gay, Lesbian, Everyone's Equal) in 1993 that brought many people into Crobar. She and Scheinpflug spun together there from 1995-2002. They put on a regular show called Interactive Saturdays, which saw 2,000-3,000 people in attendance each week.

According to Scheinpflug, "We played so well together as a seamless duo that people used to say they didn't know when one of us stopped and the other one started."

In the '90s and 2000s, they DJ'ed at numerous bars and clubs including Cairo, Crobar, Hydrate, Karma, Ka-boom!, Roscoe's Tavern, Shelter, Smart Bar, Spin, the Mission, Transit and Vortex.

Bristol expanded her DJ'ing reach often, spinning tunes at the Wavefront Music Festival, Taste of Randolph and Milwaukee's Pride celebration. She also played in almost all 50 states, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.

Her radio career included a show called Sonic Boom on Chicago's WKQX Q-101 and she was a resident on what was then XM Satellite Radio in the early 2000s.

Additionally, Bristol branched out into music production and remixing in 1992 with DJ Mark Picchiotti. She also did solo music production and remixing via her Puddin-Tree Productions. Bristol also produced records and mixes of other artists work via the Live, Metalworks and Strictly Rhythm labels as well as collaborated with Scheinpflug on two mix CD's for Master Dance Tones.

Bristol worked as a reporter for Billboard and co-wrote the Gay Chicago music scene column from 1989 to 1990. Gay Chicago also gave her the magazine's Best DJ award in 1987.

When Bristol moved to Tennessee in 2017 to be with her parents, she continued to DJ until her health issues got too acute.

Bristol is survived by her parents Bettie and Bob Bristol; brother Michael (Anita) Bristol; Aunt Ofelia Bristol; and nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her older brother Tony Bristol; other aunts and uncles; and nephews Jake and Alex Spicer.

Longtime friend and former girlfriend Jenny LaPorte said, "The moment I first laid eyes on Teri, she became the love of my life. There was a warmth, a kindness, a childlike sense of wonder and a sincerity in her smile that I was simply unmatched. I actually stalked her for a short time before eventually earning her trust and her love. We spent seven absolutely flawless years together. Ultimately our love for one another evolved into something even more special and for twenty six years, Teri was my best friend, my biggest supporter and my whole heart. She helped me through the darkest and most difficult moments of my life with a patience and an unconditional love I never knew possible."

Scheinpflug said of her longtime friend and DJ partner, "Teri used to tell me the answer to every question is love. She had a huge heart, a warm smile and a beautiful soul. The reason Teri and I became DJ's was simple … we wanted to touch people through the music. Teri accomplished that in a huge way … globally"

Longtime friend Heather Robinson, aka DJ Heather said, "She was a pioneer in every sense of the word. Responsible for bringing a lot of joy to so many. Her kindness transcended her skill as a DJ and producer. I am blessed to have known her and grateful that she set an example for artists like me in Chicago and all over the world. She will be dearly missed."

Another longtime friend, Darlene Jackson aka DJ Lady D said, "To know Teri was to love her. She was always one to welcome you with warm arms and give sound advice, not to mention her sense of humor. I was so lucky to have had her in my life. … We will miss her."

Shannon Dayhota Lalongo aka DJ Dayhota said of her longtime friend, "In the 90's you couldn't walk into a club and not get to experience the sounds of Psycho Bitch and Teri Bristol. These two women were the first ever I had seen DJ. Eventually as time went on, and I caught the DJ bug, I got to play in various clubs throughout the city with these two reigning queens of the decks. I was blessed to grow up in that scene with great shero's like these two women."

Another fellow DJ and longtime friend Ralphi Rosario called Bristol "legendary and most of all Inspirational. Teri Bristol helped paved the way for so so many Chicago based DJs, including

myself. She spun an amazing web of DJ residencies all over Chicago. She told her story musically; every week/weekend. A talent that is now missed; gone but never ever forgotten."

Bristol's funeral has already taken place in Nashville. A Chicago-based celebration of life is currently being planned. Details TBA.

This article shared 5264 times since Fri Oct 6, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By


Gay News

May December film blossoms on Netflix
The Netflix feature film May December, directed by Todd Haynes, takes the craft of character study to a whole new level. The plot is inspired by the true story of Mary Kay Letourneau, an elementary school ...

Gay News

WORLD Queer teen dies, trans activist honored, HIV drugs, mpox, British lesbian
In India, queer makeup artist Pranshu reportedly died by suicide—at age 16—after being subjected to relentless attacks online, PinkNews noted. On social media, LGBTQIA+-rights advocacy collective Yes, We Exist claimed ...

Gay News

'She was here...and she is here': Street to be renamed after Elise Malary
By Alec Karam - The memory of the late activist Elise Malary will soon become a permanent part of Andersonville's Catalpa Avenue. The renamed "Elise Malary Way" will encompass the Catalpa Plaza area, a planned pedestrian plaza between Ashland Avenue ...

Gay News

Martina Navratilova continues anti-trans comments
Lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been in the news lately for anti-trans comments, although she has been making them for quite some time. She recently sparked controversy with her remarks on a tribute by UK ...

Gay News

BOOKS Lucas Hilderbrand reflects on gay history in 'The Bars Are Ours'
In The Bars Are Ours (via Duke University Press), Lucas Hilderbrand, a professor of film and media studies at the University of California-Irvine, takes readers on a historical journey of gay bars, showing how the venues ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Todd Vitale
Todd Louis Vitale, 60, a professional vocalist and Realtor who lived in Chicago's Sheridan Park neighborhood, passed away peacefully Nov. 15, after a long battle with ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease. Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, Todd ...

Gay News

Photographer Irene Young launches book with stellar concerts
"Something About the Women" was appropriately the closing song for two sold-out, stellar concerts at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage November 19, in celebration of the new book of the same name by Irene Young, the legendary ...

Gay News

Chicagoans gather to mark the 2023 Trans Day of Remembrance
Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Therapy Collective and Life is Work joined forces to celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance under the banner New Era Together Nov. 19 at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., on the West ...

Gay News

PASSAGES: Mexico's first out nonbinary magistrate Jesus Ociel Baena Saucedo
On Nov. 13, Mexico's first out nonbinary magistrate and LGBTQ+ activist Jesus Ociel Baena Saucedo was found dead in their state of Aguascalientes home alongside their partner Dorian Herrera. They were 38. According to state prosecutor ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Ashley Marie McClure-Wolfson
Ashley Marie McClure-Wolfson, "Ash," pharmacist, BCACP, AAHIVP, passed away suddenly Nov. 11. She was 35 and a resident of the Andersonville neighborhood. Born in Burnsville, Minnesota, Ashley graduated from Burnsville High School and completed a six-year ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Best-selling author, labor lawyer, feminist, LGBTQ ally Linda Hirshman
Best-selling author, renowned pro-union labor lawyer, Brandeis University professor, feminist and LGBTQ ally Linda Hirshman died Oct. 31 in Burlington, Vermont of cancer. She was 79. Hirshman was born April 26, 1944, in Cleveland where she ...

Gay News

PASSAGES James Taylor Bannen
James Taylor Bannen, 61, of Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, passed away Nov. 11 after an unexpected cardiac event. James was born in Rockford and grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Howard James Bannen, ...

Gay News

Equality Illinois mourns the death of Magistrate Dr. Jesus Ociel Baena Saucedo
--From a press release - Statement by Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Deputy Director at Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for LGBTQ+ people, regarding the death of Dr Jesus Ociel Baena Saucedo: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of ...

Gay News

Eye-opening LGBTQ+ women's survey shatters myths and spotlights challenges
The realities, ambitions and hardships of queer women aren't often given deep analysis by researchers. Mainstream socio-political conversations, research data and legislative choices frequently center individuals whose lives are marked ...

Gay News

Megan Rapinoe ends career with injury
Soccer icon Megan Rapinoe ended her legendary career on Nov. 11, as an injury caused her to leave her team's championship loss in the NWSL championship, ESPN reported. Rapinoe's team, the OL Reign, fell to NJ/NY ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.