October 16, 1976: Sandpipers, O’Jays, Banzaii, Armada Orchestra, Muscle Shoals Horns

New Spins

SANDPIPERS: ‘Hang On Sloopy’ (Satril SAT 114)
Suddenly everyone’s talking about this smooth fast hustling of the Vibrations’ oldie, by the ‘Guantanamera’ gang.

O’JAYS: ‘Message In Our Music’ (from LP ‘Message In The Music’, Philadelphia Int’l PIR 81460) (Billboard chart debut 9/11/76)
Infinitely superior to the single, the full 6:24 LP cut has some terrific breaks and is the one to use.

BANZAII: ‘Chinese Kung Fu’ (Contempo CX 12) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/28/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
Contempo are the first in Britain to put 12-inch disco 45s on sale to the public, the Tom Moulton re-mix here being flipped by ERNIE BUSH’s ‘Breakaway’

ARMADA ORCHESTRA: ‘For The Love Of Money’ (Contempo CX 13)
On another commercially available 12-inch disco disc, this instrumental treatment the O’Jays number is flipped by ultrafunk ‘Sting Your Jaws’.

MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS: ‘Breakdown’ (Bang 002) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/12/76)
Great funkily jumping instrumental version of the Equals’ old ‘Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys’, re-titled.

MARYANN FARRA & SATIN SOUL: ‘Stoned Out Of My Mind’ (Brunswick BR 38) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/12/76, Billboard chart debut 8/28/76)
The Chi-Lites oldie hustles lightly with big bass and cooing chix.

HANK MIZELL: ‘Rakin’ & Scrapin” (Charly CS 1019)
Good beefy bopper, better than his last one.

ERIC DONALDSON: ‘Cherry, Oh Baby!’ (Dynamic DYN 114)
Haunting reggae slowie from 1971, the original of the Stones’ ‘Black & Blue’ track and possibly another ‘Work All Day’.

TAMIKO JONES: ‘Reachin’ Out For Your Love’ (Contempo CS 2094)
Slinky slow ‘Touch Me Baby’ hit from last year, re-issued for the future Mrs. Abbey.

YVONNE ELLIMAN: ‘Love Me’ (RSO 2090205)
Another slinky slowie, with Pop and MoR appeal.

JIMMY “BO” HORNE: ‘It’s Your Sweet Love’ (RCA 2751)
Not another ‘Gimme Some’, this couple’s a typical TK semi-slowie with a beatier ‘Don’t Worry About It‘, which may go better.

SJB BAND: ‘I Like It Mean (Love Machine)’ (Warner Bros. K 16800)
Dully thudding pop chugger, with sex-starved chick and chanting chaps.

JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH: ‘E-Man Groovin” (Atlantic K 10829) (mentioned in Billboard column 9/18/76)
Purposeful slow funker, a bit boring.

FUMBLE: ‘Rock ‘N Roll School’ (Decca F 13671)
A rock ‘n roll quiz set to music, good fun from a band I’ve gigged with twice.

FAMILY TREE: ‘The Caves’ (MAM 149)
‘Fingel’s Cave’ does the hustle.

MIDNIGHT SUNRISE: ‘When The Beat Gets In Your Feet’ (Mercury 6007111)
Squeaky fast female hustler, aimed up North.

GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Your Love Keeps On Haunting Me’ (DJM 10712)
Fast Four Tops-ish pounder, getting DJ action.

TIMI YURO: ‘Hurt’ (UA UP 35798)
The original dead slow, white soul version from ’61.


Second in this new series that spotlights segues – smoothly blending record sequences or “mixes” – comes from David Brooks (Birds Nest, Muswell Hill).  As well as reviving last year’s SAMMY DUCK ‘Duck And Roll’ (Beeb), he suggests segueing: 10CC ‘I’m Not In Love’ (Mercury) / JOAN ARMATRADING ‘Love And Affection’ (A&M) / CHICAGO ‘If You Leave Me Now’ (CBS) / SHARIF DEAN ‘Do You Love Me’ (CBS) / AWB ‘Queen Of My Soul’ (Atlantic) / DR. BUZZARD ‘I’ll Play The Fool’ (RCA) / STEVIE WONDER ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ (Motown LP cut)

UK Disco Top 20 – October 16, 1976

01 01 Rick Dees – Disco Duck – RSO
02 03 Ritchie Family – Best Disco In Town – Polydor
03 04 ABBA – Dancing Queen – Epic
04 02 Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You – Pye
05 05 Tina Charles – Dance Little Lady Dance – CBS
06 07 Lalo Schifrin – Jaws – CTI
07 08 Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music – Epic
08 10 James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing – Polydor
09 06 Detroit Spinners – Rubberband Man – Atlantic
10 13 J.A.L.N. Band – Disco Music – Magnet
11 NE Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music – Capitol
12 09 Chi-Lites – You Don’t Have To Go – Brunswick
13 RE Charlie Rasp – Randy Rooster – EMI
14 16 Wurzels – I’m A Cider Drinker – EMI
15 NE Sherbet – Howzat – Epic
16 NE Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You – Bell
17 NE Undisputed Truth – You + Me = Love – Warner Bros.
18 NE Hot Blood – Soul Dracula – Creole
19 20 Pussycat – Mississippi – Sonet
20 19 Jesse Green – Nice And Slow – EMI
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

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

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

DAVE MATTHEWS: ‘Shoogie Wanna Boogie’ (Kudu LP cut – US import)
HEATWAVE: ‘Boogie Nights’ (GTO LP cut) (Billboard chart debut 4/23/77)
EL COCO: ‘Let’s Get It Together’ (AVI – US import) (Billboard chart debut 7/31/76)
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Saturday Night’ (Columbia – US import)
D.C. LARUE: ‘Ca-The-Drals’ (Pye) (Billboard chart debut 5/8/76)
GUYS AND DOLLS: ‘Stoney Ground’ (Magnet)
J. VINCENT EDWARDS: ‘Love Hit Me’ (Pye)
STEVIE WONDER: ‘Sir Duke’ / ‘I Wish’ (Motown LP cut) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/16/76, Billboard chart debut 10/23/76)
BONEY M.: ‘Daddy Cool’ (Atlantic) (mentioned in Billboard column 9/25/76, Billboard chart debut 11/20/76)
MIAMI: ‘Kill That Roach’ (Jay Boy) (Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
AFRIC SIMONE: ‘Ramaya’ (Galaxy)


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