October 25, 1975: John Asher, Bing Crosby, Biddu Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Arthur Brown

New Spins

JOHN ASHER: ‘Let’s Twist Again’ (Creole CR 112)
Well!  As a direct result of this page’s speculation about a Twist revival, here’s the star of ATV Birmingham’s Tiswas show doing a perfectly acceptable revival of Chubby Checker’s original smash (which now belongs to Allan Klein’s Abko label in America).  Can a Twist craze really be on the way?  Stay tuned to ‘Record Mirror & Disc’!

BING CROSBY: ‘I Love To Dance Like They Used To Dance’ (UA UP 36025)
A gift for MOR DJ’s, this happy lilter has to be the best easy listening dancer since ‘Dance In The Old Fashioned Way’.  Thanx for making life a little easier, Bing!

BIDDU ORCHESTRA: ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ / ‘Jump For Joy’ (Epic EPC 3708) (Billboard chart debut 11/22/75)
Just made for the discos, with solidly thumping beat for kids and famous melody for oldsters – this could be bigger than ’42.  Afro-type rhythms on even more exciting flip, which many will prefer. 

NAT KING COLE: ‘Unforgettable’ / ‘Smile’ (Capitol CL 15837)
One of the classic late night smoochers, plus another lush slowie now used as a film theme, from Natalie’s late daddy.

ARTHUR BROWN: ‘Fire!’ / THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: ‘Something In The Air’ (Track 2004017)
Two old number ones back-to-back.  I haven’t heard the new pressing yet myself, but Rod “King” Schell reckons that ‘Something”s side has been remixed.

TOMMY ROE: ‘Dizzy’ (ABC 4033)
And another old number one.

CANNED HEAT: ‘On The Road Again’ (UA UP 36001)
Edited slightly differently than the original 1968 single.

JUDY GEE & THE CLASSMATES: ‘Let Me In’ (Route RT 20)
Good recreation of the Yvonne Baker & The Sensations original, which was one of THE disco hits of 1962, this shrill and punchy twister makes a great substitute if you can’t find the Pye/Argo oldie.

G. SHEPPARD: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (Mowest MW 3031)
One of Motown’s new country stars does the Four Tops classic in a way that sounds like it could follow ‘Misty’ kinda nicely.  It’s in fact the flip to ‘Another Woman’.

WIZZARD: ‘Rattlesnake Roll’ (Jet 758)
Boogie-woogie piano intro, then Roy Wood does another ‘Are You Ready To Rock’ that jumps and hops along with great gusto.  Brilliantly conceived and fun for influence spotters, but hopefully not too clever for the masses.  He’s in danger of completing the Spector cycle.

SIMBA: ‘Africa’ (EMI 2364)
British cover of the Italian slowie by Son Of Albatros, this is useful as the flip’s an instrumental version that augurs well to prolong the atmospheric mood.

SNAFU: ‘Lock And Key’ (Capitol CL 15838)
Archetypal white blues noises delivered with enough drive and impact to work well first time out for rock audiences.

SYDNEY THOMPSON: ‘Rock Around The Clock’ (from the LP ‘Take Your Partners’, BBC REB 316)
Lunacy that works!  If you can imagine a ‘Come Dancing’ version of this, then you’ve got it in one.  Yes – ghastly, but great fun!  There’s also tangos n’ stuff like that.

DANIEL BOONE: ‘I Think Of You’ (Penny Farthing PEN 897)
Beautiful Garfunkel-type version of the Merseybeat oldie, sung by its writer to shimmering strings and aaahhing voices.  Even if doesn’t hit, this slowie’s worth plugging.

BILLY CONNOLLY: ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E.’ (Polydor 2058652)
Good short-term novelty.

LAUREL & HARDY: ‘The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine’ (UA UP 36026)
From the actual soundtrack of 1937’s ‘Way Out West’, Stan & Ollie join The Avalon Boys and Chill Wills for a Don Estelle & Windsor Davies-type bit of silliness.  Great fun for attentive nostalgia-prone audiences!

Reggae Mix

JOHNNY CLARKE: ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (Grounation GRO 2003)
Complete with crying chick, this is much more ethnic than Marley, and actually sounds like reggae rather than Dylan.  As for the flipside version, it’s a total mind messer!

JOHNNY CLARKE: ‘I’m Gonna Put It On’ (Vulcan VUL 1001)
Already very popular, this brassy bouncer has ska-type backing (re-used from something else, I think) and a great rhythm.  Dub flip.

I ROY: ‘Straight To Derrick Morgan’s Head’ (Total Sounds – import from Jamaica)
Mind-blowing shouting intro, then laughter, as the backing begins and I Roy phases in and out of the beat with all his old skill.  Incredible!  Dub flip.

DAVE & ANSELL COLLINS: ‘Single Barrel’ (Klik KL 602)
Pop-slanted synthetic sounds on an instrumental that’s extremely reminiscent of something . . . ‘I’m Your Puppet’, maybe?  It’s good enough to stir up interest outside ethnic circles.

ANDY’S ALLSTARS: ‘Banjo Serenade’ (Bullet BU 552)
Actually my fave of the week, this freaky dub version of I Roy’s ‘Step Right Up’ (on the A-side) has a banjo as the lead instrument amongst all the throbbing bass and clanking echo.  Strangely fascinating to my jaded ears!

SONS OF JAH: ‘Nyah Chant’ (Bullet BU 557)
Atmospheric relaxed chant of enduring Rasta faith, with good stereo effects.

RONNY DAVIS: ‘That’s Life’ (Dip DL 5099)
Fairly ordinary backing made most interesting by Ronny’s brilliant vocal control – he phrases and uses his voice like a sax.

T. ROSS: ‘Last Date’ (Lucky DL 5104)
White chick doing a vocal reggae-fication of Floyd Cramer’s oldie.  It’s popular already, and oddly effective.

CARLTON PATTERSON: ‘Dread Locks Power’ (Ocean OC 006)
Old ska brass line, with Carlton’s Rasta lyrics echoed by another almost falsetto voice.  Nice.

UK Disco Top 20 – October 25, 1975

01 01 David Essex – Hold Me Close – CBS
02 09 Four Seasons – Who Loves You – Warner Bros.
03 02 Drifters – There Goes My First Love – Bell
04 04 Dee Clark – Ride A Wild Horse – Chelsea
05 07 Natalie Cole – This Will Be – Capitol
06 05 Esther Phillips – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes – Kudu
07 15 Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug – Island
08 06 5000 Volts – I’m On Fire – Philips
09 08 Fatback Band – Yum Yum (Gimme Some) – Polydor
10 11 People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna – Philadelphia Int’l
11 16 Trammps – Hold Back The Night – Buddah
12 NE George Benson – Supership – CTI
13 NE George McCrae – I Ain’t Lyin’ – Jay Boy
14 NE Art Garfunkel – I Only Have Eyes For You – CBS
15 12 George Baker – Paloma Blanca – Warner Bros.
16 03 KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It) – Jay Boy
17 10 Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry – Island
18 RE Leo Sayer – Moonlighting – Chrysalis
19 NE Mud – L-L-Lucy – Private Stock
20 RE Jasper Carrott – Magic Roundabout – DJM
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
#5 (Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#6 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#8 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/25/75, Billboard chart debut 12/6/75)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 7/12/75)
#10 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/14/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
#11 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#12 (Billboard chart debut 5/17/75)
#16 (mentioned in Billboard column 7/26/75, Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

VAN MCCOY: ‘Good Night, Baby’ (Avco)
GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘(If You Want It) Do It Yourself’ (MGM) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/2/75, Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
MAXINE NIGHTINGALE: ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (UA) (Billboard chart debut 4/3/76)
EBB TIDE: ‘Give Me Your Best Shot Baby’ (Polydor) (mentioned in Billboard column 12/21/74, Billboard chart debut 2/8/75)
DON WILLIAMS: ‘You’re My Best Friend’ (ABC)
FRANKIE MILLER: ‘A Fool In Love’ (Chrysalis)
MIKE REID: ‘That’s Who’ (Pye)
J.A.L.N. BAND: ‘Street Dance’ (Magnet)
MARCELS: ‘Blue Moon’ (Pye)
JOHNNY CYMBAL: ‘Mr. Bass Man’ (London)
MFSB: ‘T.L.C.’ (Philadelphia Intl.) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/3/75, Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
DICKIE GOODMAN: ‘Mr. Jaws’ (Cash – US import)

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