Joe Thomas of ‘Make Your Move’ and ‘Plato’s Retreat’ fame, as reported by members of the Floaters, was senselessly shot and killed while leaving a Detroit nightclub recently . . . Detroit Spinners ‘Are You Ready For Love’ (Atlantic K 11286) is indeed on commercial UK 12in, while Eddy Grant ‘Frontline’ is now only on full 12in-length 7in . . . Five Special 12in is due imminently, but – as suspected – Hilary ‘Do It’ was scrapped . . . Miracle Records’ new 12in sleeves have a nice ‘30s comic book-type design . . . Switch ‘Best Beat In Town’ is coupled on US 12in with their older ‘We Like To Party . . . Come On’ (US Motown M 00025 D1) . . . Olympic Runners ‘The Bitch’ / ‘Energy Beam’ is due on 12in early July, while Pete Winfield has left the group to concentrate on sessions and his solo career . . . Sally Ormsby has split from Roger St Pierre’s South London-based PR firm to set up her own more centrally located company . . . Fatman Graham Canter hosts David Simmons’s Soul ’79 show on Radio London tonight (Thursday) and next week, 8:30-10pm . . . Robin Nash takes Frenchies to Wales when he opens a Sunday funk night at Cardiff’s Lloyd’s Club in Great Western Lane on June 24th . . . DJs Mark Wesley, Rob Jones & Tony Prince take the Radio Luxembourg 1979 Summer Roadshow around Britain’s major seaside resorts for the next six weeks, with fun and games including a Disco DJ contest . . . Liverpool’s Mr George (stage name – not being formal!), says the recent Plas Coch DJ competition on Anglesey was very entertaining – but then he was the winner! . . . Radio One’s Simon Bates and Capital’s Kerry Juby have summer residencies at Bournemouth New York New York on Thursdays and Tuesdays respectively . . . Mike Tarbuck (Blackburn Galligreaves Hotel) and Franklin Sinclair (Prestwich) both sit for their law finals in the next few days – if they then get together we could see the first firm of soliciting DJ’s (dee jaying solicitors?)! . . . Tony Green (Ainsdale Tiffanys) discovered a slow-spin by accident when playing Brainstorm ‘Don’t Let Me Catch You With Your Groove Down’ (the 45rpm UK Tabu 12in flip) at 33rpm, only realising halfway he was wrong but infinitely preferring the resultant heavy 96bpm funk . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Rutland) says mixing Theo Vaness into Patrick Hernandez and vice-versa works well – I’m sure it does, dear we’ve all heard of Theo FitzPatrick and his friend Patrick FitzTheo! . . . Donald (Rothesay) encloses a magazine clipping about a new clothing company called – wait for it – Wally Leisurewear Ltd! . . . Brighton Metro seems to have something called the Sweat Shirt Shop Disco Dancing Championships ’79 on June 20th, which hardly sounds like haute couture (alright, John Lewis, I know the “no jeans” policy doesn’t apply during the summer!) . . . Bob Jones seems short of funk gigs yet again, so the “four-eyed funky soul spinner of some twelve years’ standing” wants work on Chelmsford 62924 (he obviously doesn’t lie down on the job!) . . . Dave T-C now spins funk and New York disco at Billy’s on Meard Street, Soho . . . Scott Wilson (Edinburgh Euro Disco) manages a shop called Asylum Records with its own brand new Asylum Roadshow comprising Citronic stereo mixer, four Cerwin Vega 200W speakers and 10,000 Watts of lighting, and asks “who is Froggy?” – answer, someone with rather more equipment than that! . . . anyway, like I always say (and this is serious), it isn’t what ya got it’s the way that you use it.
DENIECE WILLIAMS: ‘I’ve Got The Next Dance’ (CBS 13-7399) (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
Hit-bound fabulous happily springing and smacking 124bpm strutter backed by Earth, Wind & Fire on 6:21 12in (in a new CBS sleeve design that’s oddly upside down). Of course, ‘Boogie Wonderland’ chops perfectly out of it.
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘I Am’ LP (CBS 88084) (‘Boogie Wonderland’ BNDA debut 6/2/79)
Dazzling set of goodies, sure to be hits of the future, the songs dividing into lurching slowies – ‘Wait’ (70bpm), ‘You And I’ (85/42bpm); jerky strutters – ‘In The Stone’ (113bpm), ‘Rock That!’ (126bpm), ‘Boogie Wonderland’ (129-131bpm, but only 4:49 here); a squeakily-sung rolling tripper like, er, a soulful Bee Gees – ‘Star’ (103bpm); and a dead slow then 33/66bpm ‘After The Love Is Gone’ from which doodling sax bridges into the false start of ‘Let Your Feelings Show’, a 121-126bpm full-tilt strutter that together with the also 126bpm ‘Can’t Let Go’ is likely to be the biggest new dancer.
THE JONES GIRLS: ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 18-7361) (BNDA debut 5/12/79)
Gamble & Huff-prod/penned insistently jiggling 106-107bpm jitterer accumulates a nagging hypnotic power on 8:08 12in as the squeakily wailing chix rhythm with beefy bass patterns pushing along underneath it all. Although only 5:17 on their US import ‘Jones Girls’ LP (JZ 35757), this also has a beautiful easy paced 55/111-114bpm ‘Life Goes On’, popular too. Continue reading “June 16, 1979: Deniece Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, The Jones Girls, Amii Stewart, Cheryl Lynn”