August 23, 1975: Hamilton Bohannon, Ralph Carter, Jimmy Bo Horne, Howeefeel, Andy Mackay

CUDDLY KEN TO OPEN DISCO 75

CAPITAL RADIO’S zany ace DJ, Kenny Everett will now be officiating at the grand opening ceremony for Disco ’75.

Kenny, madcap hero of millions, will be cutting the tape an hour or so after the NADJ-run National DJ Convention and Exhibition opens its doors to the public at noon on Monday September 8 at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel.

On the following day, as previously reported, Capital will be broadcasting live their lunchtime Cash On Delivery show, starring Kenny’s erstwhile partner in fun, Dave Cash. Other Capital stars expected to visit Disco ’75 during the two days include Roger Scott, Nicky Horne, Tommy Vance, Graham Dene, Kerry Juby, Tony Myatt, Peter Young, Greg Edwards, Mike Allen and Ian Davidson.

The free flimsy disc containing Capital jingles, exclusively revealed to RM readers last week, will also be introduced by Kenny Everett. This disc will be given to all visitors to Disco ’75, and is designed with disco and hospital jocks in mind. As now finalised, the disc begins with some foolishness from Kenny, and there then follow a great many of Capital’s jingles of various lengths, all separated by several seconds of silence.

Apart from all this, the main attraction at Disco ’75 will be the exhibition stands of virtually every major disco equipment manufacturer and of many record companies. Full details may be obtained from organiser Ben Cree, of the NADJ, at PO Box 23, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9JT (telephone 0462 50918).


HOT TIP

FROM Theo Loyla (Banana Power Discos, Bridge, Kent): “Just before the end of Barbados I cut in with the old JOE GIBBS Hijacked (Amalgamated AMG 865, which is probably deleted). It’s good danceable Reggae which makes a topical and amusing foil to Typically.


A multitude of Misty’s

RAY STEVENS Misty (Janus) and now THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND All I Have To Do Is Dream (UA) have been so useful at MOR type gigs that I reckon a look at some other Country-fied Pop oldies could be timely. The following recent US releases are only obtainable on import at the moment, but they do deserve issue here.

RONNIE DOVE: Things (Melodyland ME 6011F).
Bobby Darin’s perky fave gets a pounding bass and strident steel along with Ronnie’s frantic rhythm hopping. Not up to the original, but a fresh approach.

BUDDY ALAN: Another Saturday Night (Capitol 4075)
Bouncily thumping Country beat improves immeasurably on Cat Stevens’s version of the Sam Cooke lilter. Definitely useable.

BUCK OWENS & SUSAN RAYE: Love Is Strange (Capitol 4100)
Mickey & Sylvia’s Rock-A-Cha adapts well to Buck & Susan’s similar simple style. Solid bass and all the original catchiness. 


New Spins

HAPPY HAMMY

HAMILTON BOHANNON: Happy Feeling / Truck Stop (Brunswick BR 24) Bohannon’s most adventurous A-side to date, this 6:55-long joyously happy groove may seem strange at first but few will be sitting it out by the time it’s over. With carefree jazzy piano doodling and girlie chorus it has that Have A Good Day feeling, allied now though to his trademarked subtle yet disco stomping rock solid rhythm. Repetitive booming bass instrumental flip is good too, If more mundane.

RALPH CARTER: When You’re Young And In Love (Mercury 6167196)
Van McCoy’s Marvelettes oldie goes disco with young and in love Ralphie getting a few sweetly warbled words in every now and then between the rattling rhythm and long lushly orchestrated instrumental sections (on the 5:23 Disco Version flip, that is). You’ll love it.

JIMMY “BO” HORNE: Gimme Some, Pts 1/2 (RCA 2585)
Uh huh, KC and the kids are at it again, giving their solidly whumping Sunshine sound to another George McCrae-type voice. And that’s the way we like it, huh?

HOWEEFEEL: The Devil’s On The Run (Contempo CS 2065)
Although out before this page started, this sinister and extremely effective slow thumper with exorcism lyrics has been picking up so many DJ Hot Line mentions that I thought I’d better hip you all to it. Lovely Elliot Lurie-style sound.

ANDY MACKAY: Wild Weekend / Walking The Whippet (Island WIP 6243)
The Roxy Music sax-tooter blows a keen retread on the Rockin’ Rebels oldie, adding rifle range FX for extra mileage, but to my mind the incredible flip is THE side. Totally compulsive, I’ve played it again and again, loving all its clever quotations from everyone from Johnny Paris and Joe Meek to Steve Cropper and Glen Fernando Campbell. Stay still to this!

SHOWADDYWADDY: Heartbeat (Bell 1450)
Ideal follow-up to Three Steps, with smash writ big over it.

GROVER WASHINGTON, JR.: Mister Magic (Kudu 924)
First from Polydor’s deal with Creed Taylor (whose CTI and Kudu go thru Motown in America now), this is funky jazz and fairly sophisticated.

LOVE CHILDS AFRO CUBAN BLUES BAND: Life And Death In G&A / Bang Bang (Pye 7N 25693)
Rumbling bass and lotsa giddy-up-go on a tricky fast hustler with Latin flip.

GEORGE BAKER SELECTION: Paloma Blanca (Warner Bros K 16541)
Jo King aside, this gay Continental bouncer is the original hit version from Europe, where it’s currently huge. Those holidaymakers should be returning soon . . .


Straight from the States

NATALIE COLE: This Will Be (Capitol 4109)
Nat “King” Cole’s young daughter vies for the title Queen Of Soul with her very first hit, a stupendous hand clapping swinger that whaps along much like Barbara Acklin’s Love Makes A Woman, with jangly jazzy piano adding a touch of Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me. That’s classy company, and Natalie’s right at home there, whooping and swooping in and out all over the beat. Wow!

SHARON PAIGE AND HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES: Hope That We Can Be Together Soon (Philadelphia Int ZS8 3569)
Plopping and thudding semi-slow slinky rhythms back soaring Sharon and throaty Teddy on this monstrous Stateside slab of Philly sophistication. Almost another Me And Mrs Jones.

EAST L.A. CAR POOL: Like They Say In L.A. / Linda Chicana (GRC
2064)
Stickin’ with the chix, this uncredited but cool singin’ missy from the barrio lets us know that “Have a real nice day” is what they say In L.A., all to a prettily pulsating Latin rhythm that’s irresistible. Even more authentic Latin instrumental flip.

WILLIE HUTCH: Love Power / Talk To Me (Motown M 1360F)
Two from his Ode To My Lady LP, the gradually intensifying throbbing bass beat top and the sensuous medium swaying Bobby Womack-type flip are equally good, and make for good value.

BOBBY WOMACK & BILL WITHERS: It’s All Over Now (UA UA-XW674-Y) Bobby’s classic Valentinos money-spinner gets totally lost amidst a jumble of enthusiastic noises, all of which a bubbling bass just about manages to co-ordinate into some sort of form. It sure sounds like fun, but too many cooks?


UK Disco Top 20 – August 23, 1975

01 02 Stylistics – Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) – Avco
02 01 Typically Tropical – Barbados – Gull
03 12 KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It) – Jay Boy
04 09 George McCrae – It’s Been So Long – Jay Boy
05 03 Linda Lewis – It’s In His Kiss – Arista
06 16 Bimbo Jet – El Bimbo – EMI
07 04 Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony – The Hustle – Avco
08 05 Gary Toms Empire – 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blow Your Whistle – Epic
09 NE Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Delilah – Vertigo
10 11 Moments – Dolly My Love – All Platinum
11 08 Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’ – RSO
12 07 Hamilton Bohannon – Foot Stompin’ Music – Brunswick
13 20 Judge Dread – Je T’aime – Cactus
14 06 Linda Carr & The Love Squad – Highwire – Chelsea
15 NE Captain & Tenille – Love Will Keep Us Together – A & M
16 NE Crispy & Company – Brazil – Creole
17 NE Major Harris – Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Atlantic
18 NE People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna – Philadelphia Int’l
19 NE Hello – New York Groove – Bell
20 NE Carol Douglas – Will We Make It Tonight – RCA

Breakers:
The Glitter Band – Love In The Sun – Bell
Mike Post Coalition – Afternoon Of The Rhino – Warner Bros.
Black Blood – A.I.E. – Bradley


Hamilton’s Disco Top 10

1 Ritchie Family – Brazil – Polydor
2 Stylistics – Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) – Avco
3 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – All I Have To Do Is Dream – United Artists
4 Joe Bob’s Nashville Sound Company – In The Mood – US Capitol
5 Susan Maughan – El Bimbo – Ember
6 KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It) – Jay Boy
7 Clive Baldwin – Now It’s Paul McCartney etc. – Mercury
8 Ray Stevens – Misty – Janus
9 Natalie Cole – This Will Be – US Capitol
10 George McCrae – Take This Love Of Mine – Jay Boy

Breakers:
Hamilton Bohannon – Happy Feeling – Brunswick
Showaddywaddy – Heartbeat – Bell
Andy MacKay – Walking The Whippet – Island


DJ HOT LINE

.. . “A smash on the way for sure” sez Les Aron (Life Discos & Bali Hai, Bognor Regis) about the beat-laden HELLO New York Groove (Bell) . . . Les also tips ANDY MACKAY Wild Weekend (Island), as does Peter Greig (Route 66 Discos, Plymouth) . . . STEELY DAN Do It Again (ABC) “one of the class sounds of our time” opines Jon Taylor (Crockers, Norwich), who also rates RALPH CARTER When You’re Young And In Love (Mercury) . . . on de Reggae scene, at the grassroots of Dub, Capital Radio’s Raymondo tips DESMOND DEKKER’S Sing A Little Song (Cactus), a cleverly re-mixed re-issue, JOHN HOLT Time Is The Master (Cactus), slow with classy strings, and BIG YOUTH Dread Locks Dread (Klick LP), dreader than dread . . . Ray “Rosko” Robinson (Tiffanys, Leicester) has JASON SINCLAIR End Of The World (Horse) and LORD TANAMO Got To Have You Baby (Trojan) doing his reggae thing for him . . . rock ‘n’ roll re-issues JACKIE WILSON Reet Petite (Brunswick) and JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES Corn Bread (Contempo) shakin’ the styli for Steve Ingram (DJ Enterprises, Weybridge, Surrey) . . . Rockin’ Roy Williams (Wild Wax Show, Acton) has a great gimmick – he straps on a guitar and mimes to JIMMY EDWARDS Love Bug Crawl (US Mercury, and so rare that you can forget it) . . . catch the Wild Wax Show at London’s Lyceum on September 17, along with CRAZY CAVAN, the best British Rock-A-Billys since The Sound Of (Billy) Fury . . . Pepe Rush (Soho, London) turned Capital Radio onto MAX ROMEO, Fatty Bum Bum (JA Impact) and the whole town’s gone berserk trying to find non-existent import copies . . . Dave Godin (Lincoln) – aw, hell, you all know Dave – has sent me a new and infinitely brighter, sharper mix of THE CROW Your Autumn Of Tomorrow (Right On!), which is the one available in the shops . . . Dave’s next two releases on Right Onl will be brand new 1975 funkers by the way . . . BROTHERHOOD OF MAN Kiss Me, Kiss Your Baby (Dawn) is nearly number one at the Savoy Club, Harrogate . . . OK, that’s it – mention your disco or club’s name and get your charts in by Wednesday to help me compile this Hot Line, please!

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