October 9, 1976: Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, Flash Cadillac, Jermaine Jackson, D.C. Larue

New Spins

PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA: ‘Cheek To Cheek’ (Transatlantic BIG 554)
Just made for MoR gigs, this is the best vintage-sounding version of the Fred Astaire quickstepper that I’ve ever heard.  Heaven!

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Isn’t She Lovely?’ (from LP ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’, Tamla Motown TMSP 6002) (LP Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
Happy harmonica handclapper, the brightest disco hit from the sprawling set.  Other disco goodies are ‘I Wish’, ‘Sir Duke’, ‘Another Star’, ‘Ebony Eyes’ and ‘As’.

FLASH CADILLAC: ‘Did You Boogie With Your Baby’ (Private Stock PVT 60)
Now that it’s a US hit, the still popular re-issued romper has Wolfman Jack’s great voice-overs on the commercial copies too. 

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Bass Odyssey’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1040)
Fast funky gas of a B-side bass instrumental in the Miroslav Vitous groove, arr/prod/penned by Gregory Wright.

D. C. LARUE: ‘Ca-The-Drals’ (Pye 7N 25719) (Billboard chart debut 5/8/76)
Much imported, the long established US disco hit is a funkily jumping burbler with cool vocal and Brass Construction format.

DIVERSIONS: ‘Rain Check’ (Polydor 2058794)
Mixed-down vocals behind a hugely romping funky beat, plus a herky-jerky ‘Disco Limbo’ flip that’s just as good.

HIT MACHINE: ‘Hit Machine’ (Sonnet SON 2089)
Good synthetic Munich-style clomper, hidden on a flip and well worth finding.

PAUL KENDRICK: ‘Love Has No Price’ (Private Stock PVT 75)
Homegrown hustler, convincingly authentic and attractive.

CONSUMER RAPPORT: ‘Everybody Join Hands’ (Atlantic K 10684)
Blatant but quite appealing hustler by the ‘Wiz’ kids.

PLAYGROUNDS: ‘This Old Man’ (Miami MIA 407)
Applause and Four Tops intro to a perky Northern update of the Knick-Knack Paddywack song.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘Movin’ In All Directions’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 4614) (Billboard chart debut 6/26/76)
Monotonously thudding semi-slow groover.

COMMAND DECISION: ‘Swahill’ (Chipping Norton CHIP 1)
Hamilton Bohannon-type two-part chanter by Ronji Southern’s new group.

MUSCLES: ‘Jungle Strut (Disco Version)’ (EMI INT 525)
Out a while, the UK funksters on a jiggly repetitive chanter.  Not bad.

IAN SINCLAIR: ‘So Good To See You (Disco)’ (Calendar DAY 101)
Simple stomping synthetic burbler, better than the vocal.

DRAMATICS: ‘Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get’ (Stax STXS 2043)
Classic and classy soul swayer from ’71, a personal fave.

9TH CREATION: ‘Sexy Girl’ (Pye 7N 45622)
Suggestive lyrics on a jaunty semi-slow soul flip.

DOOLEY SILVERSPOON: ‘What In The World’ (Seville SEV 1023)
Lurching soul slowie, with Johnny Mathis touches yet.

DARIO BALDEN BEMBO: ‘Aria’ (Polydor 20587998)
Out again, the original dead slow Italian vocal version, very ‘Vado Via’!

KEITH BARROW: ‘Precious’ (CBS 4662)
Stylistics-style sweet slowie.

GINO VANELLI: ‘Love Of My Life’ (A&M AMS 7258)
Stevie Wonder-style slowie.

DON COVAY: ‘Travelin’ In Heavy Traffic’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 4663) (Billboard chart debut 6/19/76)
Isley Bros-type hustler.

FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY: ‘You’re My Peace Of Mind’ (RCA 2739) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/7/76, Billboard chart debut 8/14/76)
Van McCoy thudder, somewhat subdued.

MOJACAR TOWN BAND: ‘The Mojacar March’ (Power Exchange PX 234)
Off-key Portsmouth Sinfonia-type fun, great for chucking-out time!

GORILLAS: ‘She’s My Gal’ (Chiswick S 4)
Fashionable punk-rocker.


Mixing It Up

First in a series to spotlight segues – smoothly blending record sequences or “mixes” – this feature is also opened by Dunstable’s Terry Emm.  He suggests segueing MANHATTAN TRANSFER: ‘Helpless’ (Atlantic) / MAXINE NIGHTINGALE: ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (UA) / JAVELS: ‘Goodbye Nothing To Say’ (Pye), plus RICK DEES: ‘Disco Duck’ (RSO) / DONALD & RONALD: ‘Quack Quack’ (Columbia – US import).  DJs, send us your segues too, OK?


UK Disco Top 20 – October 9, 1976

01 03 Rick Dees – Disco Duck – RSO
02 02 Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You – Pye
03 04 Ritchie Family – Best Disco In Town – Polydor
04 01 ABBA – Dancing Queen – Epic
05 05 Tina Charles – Dance Little Lady Dance – CBS
06 12 Detroit Spinners – Rubberband Man – Atlantic
07 NE Lalo Schifrin – Jaws – CTI
08 20 Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music – Epic
09 08 Chi-Lites – You Don’t Have To Go – Brunswick
10 15 James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing – Polydor
11 06 Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing – RSO
12 NE Candi Staton – Destiny – Warner Bros.
13 10 J.A.L.N. Band – Disco Music – Magnet
14 18 Tommy Hunt – Loving On The Losing Side – Spark
15 NE George Benson – This Masquerade – Warner Bros.
16 RE Wurzels – I’m A Cider Drinker – EMI
17 NE John Handy – Hard Work – Impulse
18 14 Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded By The Light – Bronze
19 07 Jesse Green – Nice And Slow – EMI
20 NE Pussycat – Mississippi – Sonet
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (Billboard chart debut 9/11/76)
#3 (Billboard chart debut 7/10/76)
#4 (mentioned in Billboard column 12/11/76)
#5 (Billboard chart debut 10/23/76)
#6 (Billboard chart debut 8/7/76)
#7 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/12/76, Billboard chart debut 7/17/76)
#8 (Billboard chart debut 9/4/76)
#10 (Billboard chart debut 9/4/76)
#11 (Billboard chart debut 7/10/76)
#12 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/26/76, Billboard chart debut 8/14/76)
#15 (Billboard chart debut 9/4/76)
#19 (mentioned in Billboard column 4/24/76, Billboard chart debut 5/1/76)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

PAUL NICHOLAS: ‘Dancing With The Captain’ (RSO)
THIRD WORLD BAND: ‘Disco Hop’ (Creole) (mentioned in Billboard column 2/14/76, Billboard chart debut 2/21/76)
HOT BLOOD: ‘Soul Dracula’ (Creole)
TAVARES: ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’ (Capitol) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/5/76, Billboard chart debut 6/19/76)
CAROL DOUGLAS: ‘Midnight Love Affair’ (Midland Int’l) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/31/76, Billboard chart debut 8/28/76)
DONNA SUMMER: ‘Try Me, I Know We Can Make It’ (GTO LP cut) (mentioned in Billboard column 3/6/76, Billboard chart debut 3/20/76)
CLIMAX BLUES BAND: ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’ (BTM)
AFRIC SIMONE: ‘Ramaya’ (Galaxy)
PALIAMENT: ‘Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein’ (Casablanca LP cut – US import)
ROBERTA KELLY: ‘Trouble-Maker’ (GTO) (Billboard chart debut 6/5/76)

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