February 28, 1976: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Andrews Sisters, Boswell Sisters, Eddie Drennon & BBS Unlimited

New Spins

BENNY GOODMAN: ‘Stompin’ At The Savoy’ (RCA 2657)
Adding further fuel to the jitterbug fire, Benny’s classic 1936 swinger gets a maxi coupling with the dreamy ‘In A Sentimental Mood’ and the jumpin’ jive ‘Swingtime In The Rockies’, which cooks and cooks! A must for adventurous jocks.

GLENN MILLER: ‘Make Believe Ballroom Time’ (from LP ‘The Legendary Glenn Miller, Volume 10’, RCA LSA 3237)
Here’s the famous 1940 radio theme, long deleted, on one of the latest volumes in this great ever-growing series of all Miller’s studio recordings. Other goodies on this volume are ‘Five O’Clock Whistle’, ‘Yes My Darling Daughter’ and ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’, while of course the theme itself makes the ideal intro to your Swing spot.

ANDREWS SISTERS: ‘Bounce Me Brother With A Solid Four’ (MCA 232)
Follow-up to their ‘Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar’, this 1941 boogie-woogie offshoot is full of precisely harmonized rhythm, while the ‘Booglie-Wooglie Piggy’ flip is rather like ‘The Flat Foot Flogee’ (With The Floy Floy)! 

BOSWELL SISTERS: ‘Making Faces At The Man In The Moon’ (Vocalion V 5001)
Forerunners of the Andrews Sisters, these New Orleans gals give out with a jaunty 1931 ditty that’s great fun though decidedly pre-Swing, as are this maxi’s couplings by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

EDDIE DRENNON & B.B.S. UNLIMITED: ‘Let’s Do The Latin Hustle’ (Pye 7N 25702) (Billboard chart debut 9/20/75)
If imports and the M&O Band haven’t creamed their sales, Pye may recoup some of the bread they’ve undoubtedly had to shell out for this monster disco smash, the asking price for which was reputedly 40,000 bucks plus a catalogue deal.

BARRY WHITE: ‘You See The Trouble With Me’ (20th Century BTC 2277) (Billboard chart debut 3/13/76)
Schlurping cymbals and a pretty melody make for typically effective disco bucks.

CHEQUERS: ‘Hey Miss Payne’ (Creole CR 116)
Commendably jazzy instrumentation pushes along this delightfully bubbling steady rhythm ticker, the subdued vocals of which are left off the backing-track disco flip.

CHRIS HILL: ‘Yakety Yak’ (Philips6006508)
The unexpected happens and Chris sings (?!?) in this El Coco-inspired bouncing funk beat version of the Coasters’ classic. Totally disco, it’ll need your support – so hopefully professional jealousy won’t bias DJs against it. On the ‘Ride On’ flip he pantingly reworks Man’s ‘Erotica’ into a comical climax.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Sing A Song’ (CBS 3859) (mentioned in Billboard column 11/22/75, Billboard chart debut 12/6/75)
Infectious War-like funk could make this happy chanter the elemental supergroup’s first UK biggie. Backing track flip.

THE WORLD COLUMN: ‘So Is The Sun’ (Capitol CL 15852)
Very like old-style Sly, but there’s no denying that the old-style excitement still works.

PIONEERS: ‘Feel The Rhythm (Of You And I)’ (Philips 6006499)
The reggae guys go the George McCrae way on this potential-filled Eddy Grant production the TK sound of which is emphasized by the backing track flip.

THE GLITTER BAND: ‘Makes You Blind’ (Bell 1471) (Billboard chart debut 8/21/76)
Just like on Gary’s last one, the big disco side is the flip – in this case an ace fast funking instrumental of surprising authenticity. Funnily enough, I was the first person to tell Bell that ‘Rock And Roll Part II’ was the hit side of that particular little opus. . .

SYLVERS: ‘Boogie Fever’ (Capitol CL 15850)
Graduating from teenage to disco appeal with its increasing acceptance, this spirited romper is propelled by bumping bass and flying feet.

SUPERCHARGE: ‘Get Down Boogie’ (Virgin VS 134)
Affectionately accurate ape of all that the title sums up, plus a frantic flip called ‘Don’t Let Go’ that could be bigger in some areas.

20TH CENTURY STEEL BAND: ‘We’ve Got To Work To Stay Together’ (UA UP 36065) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/28/76)
Blurred vocal but a pleasant Pierre Tubbs melody and lazily effective thumping beat.

JOHNNY “GUITAR” WATSON: ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Lone Ranger’ (Fantasy FTC 124)
The original Gangster Of Love has had a huge soul hit with this staccato multi-tracked semi-slowie, which is strikingly different enough to be a disco – even a chart – hit.

BIDDU: ‘Do You Wanna Groove With Me’ (GTO GT 48)
Flip of his nice enough but plummily-intoned ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, this self-penned smooth thumper is much better – and like Elvis singing Barry White!

CHANTELLES: ‘Sugar Dumpling’ (Black Magic BM 110)
Sam Cooke’s song gets an intriguingly different tootling and throbbing treatment with falsetto vocal and a 7:15 disco flip. Rather nice.

UK Disco Top 20 – February 28, 1976

01 03 Tina Charles – I Love To Love – CBS
02 02 Four Seasons – December 1963 – Warner Bros.
03 01 Miracles – Love Machine – Tamla Motown
04 06 O’Jays – I Love Music – Philadelphia Int’l
05 NE The Who – Squeeze Box – Polydor
06 05 Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby – GTO
07 16 Yvonne Fair – It Should Have Been Me – Tamla Motown
08 10 Sound 9418 – In The Mood – UK
09 07 A Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps – Baby Face – Atlantic
10 RE David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love – Tamla Motown
11 NE Louis Jordan – Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – MCA
12 NE Stylistics – Funky Weekend – Avco
13 12 Manhattan Transfer – Tuxedo Junction – Atlantic
14 13 Juggy Jones – Inside America – Contempo
15 NE Fatback Band – Spanish Hustle – Polydor
16 RE Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman – Jet
17 20 L. J. Johnson – Your Magic Put A Spell On Me – Philips
18 18 Fire – Oh That’s My Man – Jay Boy
19 17 Slik- Forever & Ever – Bell
20 04 War – Low Rider – Island
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (Billboard chart debut 3/13/76)
#3 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/4/75, Billboard chart debut 10/11/75)
#4 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/11/75, Billboard chart debut 10/25/75)
#6 (mentioned in Billboard column 9/27/75, Billboard chart debut 10/4/75)
#7 (Billboard chart debut 5/15/76)
#9 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/4/75, Billboard chart debut 10/11/75)
#10 (Billboard chart debut 12/20/75)
#14 (mentioned in Billboard column 11/29/75, Billboard chart debut 12/6/75)
#15 (mentioned in Billboard column 12/20/75, Billboard chart debut 12/27/75)
#20 (mentioned in Billboard column 9/13/75)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Movin’’ / ‘Changin’’ (UA – US import LP cut) (LP mentioned in Billboard column 1/17/76, Billboard chart debut 1/24/76)
SURPRISE SISTERS: ‘La Booga Rooga’ (Good Earth)
HIDDEN STRENGTH: ‘Hustle On Up’ (UA – US import) (Billboard chart debut 1/31/76)
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: ‘Bump Bounce Boogie’ (Capitol)
RHYTHM MAKERS: ‘Zone’ (Vigor – US import) (Billboard chart debut 1/31/76)
SOFTONES: ‘That Old Black Magic’ (Avco) (Billboard chart debut 12/20/75)
SALSOUL ORCHESTRA: ‘Tangerine’ (Epic) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/18/75, Billboard chart debut 11/8/75)
SIMON SAID: ‘Smile’ (Atlantic) (mentioned in Billboard column 11/22/75, Billboard chart debut 12/27/75)
5000 VOLTS: ‘Bye Love’ (Philips) (mentioned in Billboard column 2/7/76, Billboard chart debut 3/6/76)
JESSE GREEN: ‘Nice And Slow’ (EMI) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/24/76, Billboard chart debut 5/1/76)
DE BLANC: ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ (Arista) (Billboard chart debut 12/27/75)
L.T.D. EXCHANGE: ‘Money Mad’ (RCA – US import)
J. QUARTERMAN: ‘Young Man’ (Mercury – US import)
SHARONETTES: ‘Broken Hearted Melody’ (Black Magic) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/5/76)
BILLY OCEAN: ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ (GTO) (Billboard chart debut 4/3/76)
BONEY M.: ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump’ (Hansa – German import)

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