October 18, 1975: The Everly Brothers, The Tornados, The Goons, Harvey Smith, Van McCoy

New Spins

EVERLY BROTHERS: ‘Walk Right Back’ (Warner Bros. K 16613)
The original strutting 1961 smash, in stereo, now comes across as ideal MOR.

TORNADOES: ‘Telstar’ (Decca F 11494)
The original 1962 smash, freaky intro and all. Probably best for older crowds now, but try mixing it with such as ‘Silver Machine’ for effect!

GOONS: ‘Bloodnok’s Rock ‘N Roll Call’ (Decca F 13609)
The ‘Ying Tong Song”s original flip in 1956, this craziness doesn’t sustain its dance beat, but played near the end of a gig can be lots of fun nevertheless.  Goons freaks will even mime to it!

HARVEY SMITH: ‘True Love’ (Handkerchief HANKY 3)
Slush, of obvious interest to horsey crowds, it needs pre-announcing for best effect. A sensation at my last gig, when I followed it with Bing singing ‘Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle’!

VAN MCCOY: ‘Good Night, Baby’ (Avco 6105042)
A natural for the last smooch of the evening, this pretty slowie finds Van in fine voice. Why it isn’t the A-side instead of the awfully ordinary ‘Change With The Times’ I’ll never know. 

MILLICAN & NESBITT: ‘Goodbye-ee’ (Pye 7N 45541)
Another perfect closer, this version of the Worthington E theme is the best of the two so far available.

DOOBIE BROTHERS: ‘Sweet Maxine’ (Warner Bros. K 16601)
Far from brilliant, but it’ll be good for rock-orientated pop crowds, especially coming out of a slowie.

JOHNNY CLARKE: ‘Stranger In Love’ (Lucky DL 5100)
One of several currently out by cool-singing Johnny, this gentle reggae throbber is lovely enough until you flip it for the version, which is a superb dub with incredible bass-heavy rhythm that just keeps on going. My fave of the week.

SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET: ‘Mendocino’ (Oval 1007)
1969 Bubblegum which, for sentimental reasons, I still carry regardless! Bright and happy enough to happen.

SON OF ALBATROS: ‘Africa’ (Decca FR 13605)
From Italy, this atmospheric echoing slow recitation has catchy chanting and sub-Moodies backing – plus a good funky flip called ‘Ha-Ri-Ah’ – while an Americanised cover by Joe Pass (CBS 3670) gets more production gloss and an amended title, ‘Africa (Indian Summer)’.  The sort of thing that can catch on big, especially if Jo King does a cover too!

ROBERT PALMER: ‘Which Of Us Is The Fool’ (Island WIP 6250)
Lovely blue-eyed soul semi-slowie from a Robert Redford look-alike with typically tuff Island image.

WIGAN’S OVATION: ‘Super Love’ (Spark SRL 1133)
Joyously happy whomping stomping harmonies on this incredibly infectious cover-job of Leon Huff’s Philly dancer.

GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘(If You Want It) Do It Yourself’ (MGM 2006543) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/2/75, Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
Just one third of the continuous topside to her new album, this thumping DIY anthem seems to me to be rather dull and computerized – which means it’s got all the ingredients, though.

OHIO PLAYERS: ‘Love Rollercoaster’ (Mercury 6167225) (Billboard chart debut 9/20/75)
The Godfather’s fave, this freakily phasing funker’s got a heavily bumping rhythm and some of that ‘Yum Yum’ stuff.

PERFORMANCE: ‘Red Bullet’ (Polydor 2058649)
French instrumental with synthetic lead over hustling backing – could be useful.

SHABAM: ‘On The Planet Of The Apes’ (Pye 7N 45422)
Re-issue of last year’s Tommy James-type chugger – good bubblegum.

ALLAN CLARKE: ‘Born To Run’ (EMI 2352)
Unfashionable Allan’s got a cleaner disco mix than murkily mumblin’ Bruce Springsteen.

JOHNNY MATHIS: ‘Only You (And You Alone)’ (CBS 3673)
Lush ‘n easy reading of the Platters’ 1955 classic.

BROTHERS: ‘Are You Ready For This’ (RCA 2618) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/5/75, Billboard chart debut 4/12/75)
Jon Taylor’s fave, this hustling instrumental’s got the usual strings, bass, and hi-hat formula with which, I for one am getting bored, effective though it may be for some.

TONY CHRISTIE: ‘Easy To Love’ (MCA 212)
Superb stereo arrangement and disco rhythm, wasted by weedy vocals.  Maybe richer DJs can re-equalise the vocals out?

DAVID CASSIDY: ‘Darlin’’ (RCA 2622)
Disjointed FX intro lifted from ‘Drag City’, then darlin’ Dimples turns in a fine blue-eyed souling of the Beach Boys’ tune that’ll go well once it’s a hit.

ANDY BOWN: ‘Supersonic’ (GM GMS 9039)
Noisy Sweet-type pop, from the TV show.

JIM CAPALDI: ‘Love Hurts’ (Island WIP 6246)
Classy interpretation of the Orbisong, with its steadily clopping rhythm it could go MOR.

Import Picks

CRYSTAL GRASS: ‘Love To Dance This One With You’ (Polydor PD 15109) (mentioned in Billboard column 3/22/75)
The French instrumentalists haven’t got another ‘Crystal World’ here, but they still get a quite good if less subtle herky-jerky rhythm going.  It kinda hustles, and has some pronounced stereo effects.

PHILLY DEVOTIONS: ‘I Just Can’t Make It (Without You)’ (Columbia 3-10191) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/19/75)
Arr / Cond / Penned and Prod by John Davis, the guys’ lolloping new Philly group dancer has a 4:51 disco version mixed by the ubiquitous Tom Moulton, and it all sounds very happy.  Fast, it’s another that kinda hustles.

LATIMORE: ‘There’s A Red Neck In The Soul Band’ (Glades 1729)
Huge on the juke boxes, Benny Latimore’s blues bouncer has great lyrics all about a tall skinny white boy playing guitar in a black band.  The kid confesses that when he plays guitar he feels so soulful he has to wonder about his family tree!

GWEN MCCRAE: ‘He Keeps Something Groovy Goin’ On’ (Cat 1999)
In fact the flip of her somewhat typical TK-type hit, ‘Love Insurance’, this powerfully emoted slowie is the sort of soul that Gladys Knight could have been singing now if she hadn’t gone so commercial.  Less profitable maybe, but so nice!

UK Disco Top 20 – October 18, 1975

01 01 David Essex – Hold Me Close – CBS
02 02 Drifters – There Goes My First Love – Bell
03 05 KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It) – Jay Boy
04 09 Dee Clark – Ride A Wild Horse – Chelsea
05 RE Esther Phillips – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes – Kudu
06 03 5000 Volts – I’m On Fire – Philips
07 08 Natalie Cole – This Will Be – Capitol
08 04 Fatback Band – Yum Yum (Gimme Some) – Polydor
09 07 Four Seasons – Who Loves You – Warner Bros.
10 14 Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry – Island
11 12 People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna – Philadelphia Int’l
12 RE George Baker – Paloma Blanca – Warner Bros.
13 15 Chi-Lites – It’s Time For Love – Brunswick
14 19 Leroy Brown – One Woman Man – EMI
15 NE Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug – Island
16 NE Trammps – Hold Back The Night – Buddah
17 20 Al Matthews – Fool – CBS
18 RE Ralph Carter – When You’re Young And In Love – Mercury
19 18 Faith, Hope & Charity – To Each His Own – RCA
20 NE Dooley Silverspoon – As Long As You Know (Who You Are) – Seville
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#3 (mentioned in Billboard column 7/26/75, Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#5 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#6 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/25/75, Billboard chart debut 12/6/75)
#7 (Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#8 (Billboard chart debut 7/12/75)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
#11 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/14/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
#16 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#18 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/14/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
#19 (Billboard chart debut 7/19/75)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

BLACK BLOOD: ‘A. I. E.’ (Bradleys)
B. FREEMAN: ‘I’m Shaft’ (Avco)
MAXINE NIGHTINGALE: ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (UA) (Billboard chart debut 4/3/76)
JOHN HOLT: ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ (Trojan – LP cut)
BLUE MAGIC: ‘Look Me Up’ (Atlantic)
JIM CAPALDI: ‘Love Hurts’ (Island)
GARY TOMS EMPIRE: ‘Drive My Car’ (Epic) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/26/75, Billboard chart debut 11/1/75)
EBONY, IVORY & JADE: ‘Samson’ (CBS) (Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
VAN MCCOY: ‘Good Night, Baby’ (Avco)
BAD COMPANY: ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ (Island)
NEIL DIAMOND: ‘Sweet Caroline’ (Uni)
SEVEN SEAS: ‘Super Jaws’ (Jay Boy) (Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
MFSB: ‘T.L.C.’ (Philadelphia Intl.) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/3/75, Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
ROBERT PALMER: ‘Pressure Drop’ (Island)
JOHNNY HOWARD BAND: ‘Dance Crazy’ (Contour – LP cut)
TINA CHARLES: ‘You Set My Heart On Fire’ (CBS) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/9/75, Billboard chart debut 9/6/75)
RHODES KIDS: ‘Voo-Doo Magic’ (GRC – US import) (Billboard chart debut 12/28/74)

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