November 13, 1976: Four Seasons, Queen, Brendon, KC & The Sunshine Band, Tommy Hunt

New Spins

FOUR SEASONS: ‘We Can Work It Out’ (Warner Bros. K 16845)
Beatles go symphonic with Frankie and the guys punching through the tempo changes.

QUEEN: ‘Somebody To Love’ (EMI 2565)
Danceable pent-up but off-key slowie, already stale over-exposure on radio.

BRENDON: ‘Gimme Some’ (UK 158)
Simplified slightly faster version of Jimmy Bo Horne’s huge funky thumper (RCA 2585), pretty powerful. 

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘Keep It Comin’ Love’ (Jay Boy BOY 112) (Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
‘Get Down Tonight Love’ . . . and the flip boogies down in familiar style too.

TOMMY HUNT: ‘One Fine Morning’ (Spark SRL 1148)
Frantic buzzing 130 mph pounder, maxi-coupled with ‘Sign On The Dotted Line‘ and a slowie.

HANK SWATLEY: ‘Oakie Boogie’ (RM RMA 1010)
Gigantically popular rockabilly bopper, now out here.

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: ‘Teenage Depression’ (Island WIP 6354)
Tearaway excitement, faster even than Status Quo.

AC/DC: ‘High Voltage’ (Atlantic K 10860)
Stones-style chugger.

CURVED AIR: ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ (BTM SBT 106)
Blues oldie rocks again just like the Them version.

JUNIOR MURVIN: ‘Police & Thieves’ (Island WIP 6316)
Slinky semi-slow rockers, disco reactivated after huge ethnic success.

LAND WOOD AND WATER: ‘Tribulations’ (Trench Town TRE 1)
Distinctive reggae groover, worth a try.

MERLYN BROOKS: ‘Mechanical Body’ (Pacific PAC 002)
Bionic reggae with strong guitar and soulful chick.

JOHN KLEMMER: ‘At Seventeen’ (ABC 4153)
Sophisticated sax styling of Janis Ian’s slowie.

GENE CHANDLER: ‘Duke Of Earl’ / BETTY EVERETT: ‘It’s In His Kiss’ / DEE CLARK: ‘Raindrops’ / JERRY BUTLER: ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’ (‘Black Echoes’ EP, DJM DJS 10727)
Classic soul sides from the early ’60s.

PLAID POPS ORCHESTRA: ‘From Scotland With Love’ (Power Exchange PX 237)
Lush bagpipes slowie, suitable for Hogmanay.

KING’S SINGERS: ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ (EMI 2541)
Camp slow ’50s-type treatment of Duke Ellington’s song.

LLOYD RYAN’S EXPRESS: ‘Hickory Stick’ (PVK 001)
Sandy Nelson drum sound, spoilt by synthetic weezlings.


UK Disco Top 20 – November 13, 1976

01 01 Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music – Capitol
02 04 Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music – Epic
03 05 Paul Nicholas – Dancing With The Captain – RSO
04 02 Rick Dees – Disco Duck – RSO
05 03 Ritchie Family – Best Disco In Town – Polydor
06 06 Chicago – If You Leave Me Now – CBS
07 07 Detroit Spinners – Rubberband Man – Atlantic
08 08 Lalo Schifrin – Jaws – CTI
09 NE Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Chrysalis
10 13 Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right – BTM
11 18 Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely – Motown
12 16 Sherbet – Howzat – Epic
13 14 James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing – Polydor
14 20 J.A.L.N. Band – Disco Music – Magnet
15 15 Boz Scaggs – Lowdown – CBS
16 10 Tina Charles – Dance Little Lady Dance – CBS
17 NE Manhattans – Hurt – CBS
18 NE J. Vincent Edwards – Love Hit Me – Pye
19 RE Average White Band – Queen Of My Soul – Atlantic
20 (tie) 11 Hot Blood – Soul Dracula – Creole
20 (tie) NE Barbara Pennington – 24 Hours A Day – UA
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/5/76, Billboard chart debut 6/19/76)
#2 (Billboard chart debut 9/4/76)
#4 (Billboard chart debut 9/11/76)
#5 (Billboard chart debut 7/10/76)
#7 (Billboard chart debut 8/7/76)
#8 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/12/76, Billboard chart debut 7/17/76)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 12/18/76)
#11 (Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
#13 (Billboard chart debut 9/4/76)
#15 (mentioned in Billboard column 4/3/76, Billboard chart debut 5/29/76)
#16 (Billboard chart debut 10/23/76)
#20(Barbara Pennington) (Billboard chart debut 1/15/77)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ (MCA) (Billboard chart debut 12/25/76)
MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS: ”Breakdown’ (Bang) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/12/76)
BARRY BIGGS: ‘Side Show’ (Dynamic)
SALSOUL ORCHESTRA: ‘3001’ (Salsoul) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/7/76, Billboard chart debut 9/18/76)
THE WHISPERS: ‘One For The Money’ (Soul Train) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/19/76, Billboard chart debut 6/26/76)
AL GREEN: ‘Keep Me Crying’ (London)
SYLVERS: ‘Hot Line’ (Capitol)
MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Welcome To Our World’ (Atlantic – US import) (Billboard chart debut 10/23/76)
SAMMY GORDON: ‘Making Love’ (Polydor)
TONY WILSON: ‘I Like Your Style’ (Bearsville)
HANK BURNETTE: ‘Spinning Rock Boogie’ (Sonet)
VICKI SUE ROBINSON: ‘Daylight’ (RCA – US import) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/28/76, Billboard chart debut 9/25/76)
BLUES BUSTERS: ‘Sweetest Thing’ (Dynamic)
B.T. EXPRESS: ‘Energy To Burn’ (EMI)
SCREAMING LORD SUTCH: ‘Jack The Ripper’ (Charley)
LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA: ‘My Sweet Summer Suite’ (20th Century) (Billboard chart debut 8/21/76)

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