May 28, 1977: Paul Nicholas, Nils Lofgren, Archie Bell & The Drells, Jimmy Bo Horne, Ronnie Jones

Last week’s list continued – these are other British 12-inchers that have been issued commercially:

ULTRAFUNK: ‘Gotham City Boogie’ (Contempo) (Billboard chart debut 1/22/77)
J.J. BARNES: ‘The Errol Flynn’ (Contempo)
BANZAII: ‘Chinese Kung Fu’ (Contempo) (mentioned in Billboard column 6/28/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
TELEVISION: ‘Marquee Moon’ (Elektra)
JACKSONS: ‘Enjoy Yourself’ (Epic) (Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
WILTON PLACE STREET BAND: ‘Disco Lucy’ (Island) (Billboard chart debut 12/18/76)
GEORGIE FAME: ‘Daylight’ (Island)
EDDIE QUANSAH: ‘Che Che Kule’ (Island)
STEVE WINWOOD: ‘Time Is Running Out’ (Island)
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: ‘Everybody Have A Good Time’ (Philadelphia Int’l)
WHO: ‘Substitute’ (Polydor)
RAMONES: ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ (Sire)
BARBARA PENNINGTON: ‘You Are The Music Within Me’ (UA) (Billboard chart debut 8/13/77)
GEORGE BENSON: ‘Nature Boy’ (Warner Bros.)
UNDISPUTED TRUTH: ‘You + Me = Love’ (Whitfield) (Billboard chart debut 7/24/76)

New Spins

PAUL NICHOLAS: ‘Heaven On The Seventh Floor’ (RSO 2090249)
Sensational Tavares-type happy bubbler, amazingly black sounding.

NILS LOFGREN: ‘I Came To Dance’ (from LP ‘I Came To Dance’, A&M AMLH 64628)
Great recitation climax to the chunky disco-rocker that’s not on the 45 (AMS 7288).

ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: ‘Everybody Have A Good Time’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5179)
Fabulous frantic fast galloper, LP-tipped months ago and now 12-inched commercially. 

JIMMY BO HORNE: ‘Get Happy’ (TK XB 2173) (Billboard chart debut 3/19/77)
Rattling sparse KC funk from the ‘Gimme Some’ guy, big in US discos.

RONNIE JONES: ‘Soul Sister’ (Mercury 6198125) (Billboard chart debut 4/23/77)
Jaunty jogger with catchy lilt and long intro.

DETROIT EMERALDS: ‘Feel The Need’ (Atlantic K 10945) (mentioned in Billboard column 8/7/76, Billboard chart debut 4/30/77)
The ’73 classic re-mixed by Tom Moulton and 12-inched for lucky jocks.

KISS: ‘Hard Luck Woman’ (Casablanca CAN 102)
‘You Wear It Well, Part 2’!

KALYAN: ‘Nice ‘N Slow’ (from LP ‘Kalyan’, MCA MCF 2794) (Billboard chart debut 2/19/77)
Sax-led Trinidadian treatment of Jesse Green, getting action.

NIGHTINGALES: ‘Miss World’ (Vasko VSK 056)
Caribbean knees-up, good MoR.

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: ‘Shotgun Boogie’ (Capitol CL 15923)
Great pre-rockabilly hopper from ’51, and a ’49 flip!

NEIL SEDAKA: ‘Let’s Go Steady Again’ (RCA PB 9101)
Happy plinky-plunker from ’63.

POCO: ‘Indian Summer’ (ABC 4178)
Lovely lulling slowie.

BRECKER BROS: ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ (from LP ‘Don’t Stop The Music’, Arista SPARTY 1007) (Billboard chart debut 4/9/77)
Simple funky stomper with chanting chix.

TATA VEGA: ‘Come In Heaven (Earth Is Calling), Pt. 2’ (LP ‘Totally Tata’, Motown STML 12058) (mentioned in Billboard column 3/12/77, Billboard chart debut 3/26/77)
Fast funkadelic jagged jumper with ‘Love Hangover’ feel.

ETAP: ‘Did You Mean Maybe’ (Warner Bros. K 16852)
Routine funky chugger.

ENCHANTMENT: ‘Come On And Ride’ / ‘Hold On‘ (from LP ‘Enchantment’, UA UAS 30089) (Billboard chart debut 10/2/76)
Fast rolling fliers.

VARIOUS: LP ‘A Special Motown Disco Album‘ (Motown STML 12059)
Good for early evening but a bit bland for dancing, this segues (without overlap) the full versions of Thelma Houston’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ / Originals’ ‘Down To Love Town’ / Dynamic Superiors’ ‘Stay Away’ / Jermaine Jackson’s ‘Let’s Be Young Tonight’, and Diana Ross’s ‘Love Hangover’ / Eddie Kendricks’s ‘Goin’ Up In Smoke’ / Supremes’ ‘You’re My Driving Wheel’ / Tata Vega’s ‘Full Speed Ahead’. Side one works best.

YETTIES: ‘Have A Drink On Me’ (Decca F 13707)
Rural singalong.

Hot Vinyl

Chris Hill has started something of a Falconetti craze among ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ fans at Ilford’s Lacy Lady, where eye-patches and “Falconetti Lives!” stickers are abounding.  His hot import tips are:

PETER BROWN: ‘Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me’ (TK 12″) (Billboard chart debut 4/9/77)
FLOATERS: ‘Float On‘ (ABC LP cut)
RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Spring High‘ (Columbia LP cut)
NCCU: ‘Super Trick‘ (UA 12″)
IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This‘ (Columbia LP cut) (Billboard chart debut 4/30/77)
WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Keep On Keepin’ On‘ (ABC LP cut)


Will Farrell (Bristol Curves) virtually creates his own ‘Uptown Festival’ by cutting in and out of the Shalamar 12-inch with the original versions of the Four Tops’ ‘It’s The Same Old Song’, the Miracles’ ‘Tears Of A Clown’, the Isley Brothers’ ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ (all Tamla Motown), and has successfully mixed in all the other originals too apart from ‘Baby Love’, where the Supremes’ intro confuses things.

UK Disco Top 20 – May 28, 1977

01 01 Joe Tex – Ain’t Gonna Bump No More – Epic
02 04 Shalamar – Uptown Festival – Soul Train
03 02 Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke – Motown
04 06 Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up – Motown
05 03 Van McCoy – The Shuffle – H&L
06 11 Tony Etoria – I Can Prove It – GTO
07 12 Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop – Warner Bros.
08 05 Tavares – Whodunnit – Capitol
09 NE Heatwave – Too Hot To Handle – GTO
10 09 Deniece Williams – Free – CBS
11 07 Billy Paul – Let ‘Em In – Philadelphia Int’l
12 RE Trammps – Disco Inferno – Atlantic
13 NE Blue – Gonna Capture Your Heart – Rocket
14 NE Rod Stewart – First Cut Is The Deepest – Riva
15 10 Delegation – Where Is The Love – State
16 15 Leo Sayer – How Much Love – Chrysalis
17 08 KC & The Sunshine Band – I’m Your Boogie Man – TK
18 20 Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy – Asylum
19 NE Bryan Ferry – Tokyo Joe – Polydor
20 13 Boney M – Sunny – Atlantic
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (Billboard chart debut 4/2/77)
#2 (Billboard chart debut 1/29/77)
#3 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/16/76, Billboard chart debut 10/23/76)
#4 (Billboard chart debut 4/2/77)
#11 (Billboard chart debut 1/22/77)
#12 (mentioned in Billboard column 12/25/76, Billboard chart debut 1/15/77)
#17 (Billboard chart debut 10/30/76)
#20 (mentioned in Billboard column 10/9/76, Billboard chart debut 11/20/76)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘Up Jumped The Devil’ (SAM) (Billboard chart debut 2/26/77)
JENNIFER: ‘Do It For Me’ (Motown) (Billboard chart debut 6/4/77)
CHAPLIN BAND: ‘Let’s Have A Party’ (EMI)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘If You Gonna Do It (Put Your Mind To It)’ (Philadelphia Int’l) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/2/77)
GARNET MIMMS: ‘What It Is’ (Arista) (Billboard chart debut 3/26/77)
CAROLE BAYER SAGER: ‘You’re Moving Out Today’ (Elektra)
JESSE GREEN: ‘You Came, You Saw, You Conquered’ (EMI LP cut)
DETOURS: ‘It’s A Real Shame’ (MCA)
EDDIE HOLMAN: ‘This Could Be A Night To Remember’ (Salsoul) (mentioned in Billboard column 3/19/77, Billboard chart debut 5/7/77)
SLAVE: ‘You And Me’ (Cotillion LP cut)
TRINIDAD OIL COMPANY: ‘The Calendar Song’ (Harvest)
FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Centre City’ (WMOT LP cut) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/30/76, Billboard chart debut 12/25/76)
EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Sing A Song’ (CBS)
ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘The Pride’ (Epic) (Billboard chart debut 4/16/77)

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