May 22, 1976: “The apparent apathy of London DJ’s is amazing.”

Disco dee-jay’s are so consistently failing to support attempts to give them a unity that soon nobody will bother to help them. Or maybe they are happy to be thought of as nothing more than a bunch of kids playing records in the evenings?

Certainly, it was the older and more responsible type of DJ who supported last Thursday’s NADJ-run Promotion Forum, held at London’s Centre Hotel. Even so, the DJ’s there were almost outnumbered by the record company people attending – fast becoming the norm for this type of affair. To quote one DJ, Johnnie Stuart (Scallywags, Hastings), “The apparent apathy of London DJ’s is amazing, especially when you consider that many of those who have made the effort to come are from Glasgow, Cardiff, Bournemouth and Hull.”

The Promotion Forum delivered all that had been promised, but with the small number of DJ’s present, most of the interaction between the panels and the audience tended to involve people already established in the industry. Among those DJ’s who did get involved was Chris Hill (Canvey Island).

It was Chris who was called on to present the award for the “Promotion Person Of The Year”, the winner being Andy Stinton of Creole Records. Andy appeared on five of the six panels during the day, the subjects discussed by each being Promotion, Mobiles, Mailing Lists, Reaction Reports, Promotion Nights and an Open Forum.

There should have been more DJ’s present to argue their case. As it is, don’t now be surprised to find it harder to get free demos unless you return all your reaction reports. 

New Spins

CHUCK BERRY: ‘Sweet Little Rock And Roller’ (Chess 6198080)
Far from his strongest, it does have a trendy bopping backbeat. Maxi, coupled with the frantic ‘Back In The USA’ and ‘No Particular Place To Go‘, which has weathered well since ’64 and is the best bet.

LEE ELDRED: ‘How’s Your Love Life?’ (Mercury 6167331) (Billboard chart debut 6/12/76)
Reminiscent of Johnnie Taylor’s ‘Who’s Makin’ Love’ in its gutsy drive, Lee’s probing Part 1 is an instant soulful smash. However the monotonously instrumental Part 2, enlivened by a squealing chick’s climax, seems to be the DJs’ choice.

THE REAL THING: ‘You To Me Are Everything’ (Pye 7N 25709) (Billboard chart debut 11/6/76)
Already big in their Liverpool hometown, this semi-slow hustler has husky harmonies and an appealingly laid back lilt.

RHYTHM HERITAGE: ‘My Cherie Amour’ (ABC 4117)
Competent instrumental-with-chorus treatment of Stevie Wonder’s oldie, useful MoR if not too dated. The ‘Barretta’s Theme‘ A-side is another, more complex slowie.

THE RICHMOND STRING ORCHESTRA: ‘Boots And Saddles’ (Ronco RTS 2001)
Gunshot-punctuated bouncy knees-up with skippable sound FX intro, possibly useful for adventurous jocks.

FLASH CADILLAC: ‘Did You Boogie With Your Baby’ (Private Stock PVT 60)
Jolly Drifters-type bouncer helped no end on the DJ copies by some Wolfman Jack voiceovers. Why aren’t they on the commercial copies, as they make it?

CATHERINE FERRY: ‘Un Deux, Trois’ (Barclay BAR 42)
Typically joyful Euro-Pop smash with bouncy beat. Try and get the French language version if possible, as it’s much stronger than the English.

TYRONE ASHLEY: ‘Feet Start Moving’ (Pye 7N 25704)
100 mph Northern stuff from the ever-productive Ian Levine.

L.J. JOHNSON: ‘Dancing On The Edge Of A Dream’ (Mercury 6007101)
Ditto, as for Tyrone Ashley.

EL COCO: ‘Mondo Disco’ (Pye 7N 25706) (Billboard chart debut 10/11/75)
Sparsely instrumentated cool hustler, unfortunately minus the siren intro that made it a once popular import.

DAVID CHRISTIE: ‘Jaywalk I/II’ (Creole CR 121)
Pleasant if unspectacular bumper from the hit writer.

THE MAJORS: ‘My Dance’ (Magnet MAG 64)
Happy Drifters-styled item getting DJ tips.

BUTTERFLIES: ‘Crazy Legs’ (Thunderbird THE 106)
Singalong Pop pounder much tipped by our Scottish and Welsh connections.

SUPERCHARGE: ‘She Moved The Dishes First’ (from LP ‘Local Lads Make Good’, Virgin V 2053)
Flo & Eddie ride again, as these Liverpool funksters have some totally filthy Frank Zappa-type fun that’s good for sniggers if not for dancing.

UK Disco Top 20 – May 22, 1976

01 01 Silver Convention – Get Up And Boogie – Magnet
02 02 Andrea True Connection – More, More, More – Buddah
03 03 Hank Mizell – Jungle Rock – Charly
04 06 Fox – S-S-S-Single Bed – GTO
05 07 Stylistics – Can’t Help Falling In Love – Avco
06 04 Jimmy James – I’ll Go Where The Music Takes Me – Pye
07 18 Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow – Warner Bros.
08 05 Diana Ross – Love Hangover – Tamla Motown
09 13 Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady – CBS
10 20 Tina Charles – Love Me Like A Lover – CBS
11 10 Barry White – You See The Trouble With Me – 20th Century
12 NE Melba Moore – This Is It – Buddah
13 RE Pioneers – Feel The Rhythm – Philips
14 RE James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet – Mercury
15 19 Sutherland Brothers & Quiver – Arms Of Mary – CBS
16 16 Roger Collins – You Sexy Sugar Plum – Fantasy
17 NE Four Seasons – Silver Star – Warner Bros.
18 RE Sailor – Girls, Girls, Girls – Epic
19 11 Harpo – Movie Star – DJM
20 12 Isaac Hayes – Disco Connection – ABC
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (mentioned in Billboard column 2/14/76, Billboard chart debut 3/13/76)
#2 (mentioned in Billboard column 1/3/76, Billboard chart debut 1/17/76)
#6 (Billboard chart debut 4/17/76)
#8 (Billboard chart debut 2/28/76)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 3/20/76)
#11 (Billboard chart debut 3/13/76)
#12 (mentioned in Billboard column 3/13/76, Billboard chart debut 4/3/76)
#20 (Billboard chart debut 1/24/76)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

DON WOODY: ‘Barking Up The Wrong Tree’ (MCA)
MUD: ‘Shake It Down’ (Private Stock) (Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
VINCE TAYLOR: ‘Brand New Cadillac’ (Chiswick)
LEE GARRETT: ‘You’re My Everything’ (Chrysalis)
MISTURA: ‘The Flasher’ (Route)
JIMMY BO HORNE: ‘Gimme Some’ (RCA) (Billboard chart debut 7/12/75)
BABE RUTH: ‘Elusive’ (Capitol) (Billboard chart debut 11/29/75)
CLIFF RICHARD: ‘Devil Woman’ (EMI)
THE WURZELS: ‘The Combine Harvester’ (EMI)
STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘If You Can Learn How To Cry’ (Tamla Motown)
THE CHARLES RANDOLPH GREAN SOUNDE: ‘Star Trek’ (UK) (Billboard chart debut 11/29/75)
CANDI STATON: ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ (Warner Bros.) (Billboard chart debut 4/17/76)

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