July 2, 1977: Philadelphia All-Stars, Cameo, Dells, Kelly Marie, Jacksons

Robbie Vincent and other import fans are currently raving about a punchy little platter by an all-star cast of Philadelphia International artists.  Due for release here soon (and already played on Robbie’s Radio 1 show), the group is called literally the Philadelphia All-Stars and they sing a slab of social commentary by Gamble and Huff, ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto’.  Lou Rawls starts it conversationally over an infectiously chugging rift from MFSB before being joined with vocal support, and solos, from Dee Dee Sharp, Billy Paul, Archie Bell, Teddy Pendergrass and the O’Jays.  Some stars, huh?!?

New Spins

CAMEO: ‘Rigor Mortis’ (Casablanca CAN 106) (Billboard chart debut 2/19/77)
Import monster for months, the Fatback-ish funker’s now flip to the more obviously thudding ‘Post Mortem‘. Double ‘A’ dynamite!

DELLS: ‘Our Love’ (Mercury 6167526) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/2/77, Billboard chart debut 4/30/77)
Terrific Tavares-type infectious romper from a strong US LP. 

KELLY MARIE: ‘Run To Me’ (Pye 7N 45696) (Billboard chart debut 11/5/77)
Soulfully soaring chick on a lickety-split hustler with sexy mumbling bits.

JACKSONS: ‘Show You The Way To Go’ (from LP ‘The Jacksons’, Epic EPC 86009) (Billboard chart debut 12/25/76)
Full-length 5:28 version.

BROTHERS JOHNSON: ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ (A&M AMS 7297)
Atmospheric semi-slowie, 12-inched at 70p with funky ‘Brother Man‘ and classic ‘I’ll Be Good To You‘ on flip.

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: ‘Hard Drivin’ Man / Horseplay’ (Island IEP 5)
Phew! High-energy live segue keeps on rockin’.

REAL THING: ‘Love’s Such A Wonderful Thing’ (Pye 7N 45701)
Frothy fast twirler.

REALISTICS: ‘Love Vibrations’ (Epic EPC 5439)
Spiky fast Northern pounder.

GIGGLES: ‘Reaching Out’ (EMI 2640)
Powerful pop chugger – sorry – stomper!

ENCHANTMENT: ‘Sunshine’ (UA UP 36268)
Gorgeous sweet soul slowie from a good LP.

BARRY BIGGS: ‘Three Ring Circus’ (Dynamic DYN 128)
Delicate sweet slowie, originally by Blue Magic.

CLOVER: ‘Streets Of London’ (Vertigo 6059175)
Sombre organ-backed slowie with hit sound.

JOE TEX: ‘We Held On’ (Epic EPC 5474)
Perky slow tripper, while ‘I Gotcha‘ (Mercury 6167548) is dated herky-jerker from 72.

BILLY PAUL: ‘Your Song’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5391)
Strange uptempo ’72 treatment of Elton’s song, 12-inched at 70p – as is also the Emotions’ ‘Flowers‘ (CBS 5864).

BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS: ‘(I’m A) Superstar’ (Casablanca CAN 105) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/30/77, Billboard chart debut 5/14/77)
US disco hit rhythm-rattler.

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Wine-Flow Disco’ (Cotillion K 10966) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/23/76, Billboard chart debut 11/6/76)
Skittery funker, a bit brittle.

GOLDEN FIDDLE ORCHESTRA: ‘Queen Elizabeth Jubilee March’ / ‘Jigs’ (Mountain TOP 29)
More massed fiddles for country dancers.

ACKER BILK: ‘Dancing In The Dark’ (Pye 7N 45697)
Dreamy lush Andy Fairweather Low quickstepper.

GEORGE BAKER SELECTION: ‘Beautiful Rose’ (Warner Bros. K 16945)
Jaunty MoR whistler with ‘Jambalaya’ feel.

Straightforward copy of Vandellas classic.

MOMENTS: ‘It Don’t Rain In My Back Yard’ (All Platinum 6146322)
Wailing easy jogger blurred by booming bass.

SUPERCHARGE: ‘Limbo Love’ (Virgin VS 178)
Soulful UK slowie, DJ-tipped.

PABLO CRUISE: ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’ (A&M AMS 7301)
Boz Scaggs-type cool swayer.

SOFTONES: ‘Love Story’ (H&L 6105078)
Cooing rattler hustles Stylistically.

ADAM’S APPLES: ‘Don’t Take It Out On This World’ (Brunswick BR 42)
Northern churner, great deep soul flip.

GLENROY: ‘Who Put De Great In Great Britain’ (Handkerchief HANKY 22)
Catchy patriotic pop-reggae.

TINA CHARLES: ‘Fallin’ In Love In Summertime’ (CBS 5415)
Semi-slow squeakiness, this time.

CANDI STATON: ‘Nights On Broadway’ (Warner Bros. K 16972) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/2/77)
Oddly dull Bee Gees plodder.

JOKER: ‘Gonna Fix You Good’ (Paladin PAL 5021)
Jonathan King-produced Little Anthony stomper.

PEACOCK: ‘Rose Marie’ (UA UP 36265)
Jo King again, with a surefire gay disco smash!

BRIAN BENNETT BAND: ‘Jonty Jump’ (DJM DJS 10791)
Funky synthetics.

EDDIE THORNTON: ‘Soularize’ (Plastic Fantastic PF 001)
Hugh Masekela-type happy trumpeting.

FLICK WILSON: ‘Rockin’ Chair’ (Ultra PFU 1001)
Strong reggae throbber.

RICO: ‘Africa’ (Island WIP 6399)
Instrumental slow reggae grinder, heavy dub flip.

FOREIGN INTRIGUE: ‘The Wanderer’ (Philips 6006572)
Dr. Kissinger covers Dion (to the original backing track)!

Hot Vinyl

Tony Clark (Newcastle Julies), between visiting Malta and Antigua, import tips:

PHILADELPHIA ALL-STARS: ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto’ (Philadelphia Int’l) (Billboard chart debut 7/23/77)

IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘Tasty Cakes’ (Kudu LP cut) (Billboard chart debut 4/30/77)
RONNIE LAWS: ‘Nuthin’ ‘Bout Nuthin’‘ (Blue Note)
LAMONT DOZIER: ‘Going Back To My Roots‘ (Warner Bros.) (Billboard chart debut 5/28/77)
RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Spring High‘ (Columbia)
WAR: ‘L.A. Sunshine‘ (Blue Note)
MFSB: ‘Picnic In The Park‘ (Philadelphia Int’l) (Billboard chart debut 6/26/76)

Mix Master

Sterling Vann (Stepney Green Old Globe) mixes DONNA SUMMER ‘I Feel Love’ (GTO) in through the synthesizer break break near the end of T-CONNECTION ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ (TK 12″).  Another great segue following T-Connection is KARMA ‘Funk De Mambo‘ (A&M), chop-mixed out of the rhythm pause just before the synthesizer!  Sterling also mixes LIVERPOOL EXPRESS ‘Dreamin’‘ (Warner Bros.) into GEORGE BENSON ‘Nature Boy‘ (Warner Bros.), a perfect follow-on.

UK Disco Top 20 – July 2, 1977

01 02 Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go – Epic
02 01 Joe Tex – Ain’t Gonna Bump No More – Epic
03 11 T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do – TK
04 06 John Miles – Slow Down – Decca
05 09 Gladys Knight – Baby Don’t Change Your Mind – Buddah
06 NE Hot Chocolate – So You Win Again – Rak
07 04 Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up – Motown
08 12 Tony Etoria – I Can Prove It – GTO
09 07 Ruth Davis & Bo Kirkland – You’re Gonna Get Next To Me – EMI
10 03 Shalamar – Uptown Festival – Soul Train
11 15 Rah Band – The Crunch – Good Earth
12 08 Van McCoy – The Shuffle – H&L
13 10 Detroit Emeralds – Feel The Need In Me – Atlantic
14 NE Boney M – Ma Baker – Atlantic
15 14 Donna Summer – I Feel Love – GTO
16 13 Jesse Green – Come With Me – EMI
17 NE Fat Larry’s Band – Centre City – WMOT
18 05 Carole Bayer Sager – You’re Moving Out Today – Elektra
19 RE Heatwave – Too Hot To Handle – GTO
20 NE Slave – You And Me – Cotillion
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (Billboard chart debut 12/25/76)
#2 (Billboard chart debut 4/2/77)
#3 (mentioned in Billboard column 2/19/77, Billboard chart debut 2/26/77)
#4 (Billboard chart debut 3/12/77)
#7 (Billboard chart debut 4/2/77)
#10 (Billboard chart debut 1/29/77)
#13 (mentioned in Billboard column 8/7/76, Billboard chart debut 4/30/77)
#14 (Billboard chart debut 8/6/77)
#15 (Billboard chart debut 5/28/77)
#17 (mentioned in Billboard column 12/11/76, Billboard chart debut 1/15/77)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

CJ & COMPANY: ‘Devil’s Gun’ (Atlantic) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/23/76, Billboard chart debut 4/23/77)
DONNA SUMMER: ‘Love’s Unkind’ / ‘I Remember Yesterday’ (GTO LP cuts) (Billboard chart debut 5/28/77)
LOVERS: ‘Discomania’ (Marlin – US import) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/7/77, Billboard chart debut 5/14/77)
ARTHUR PRYSOCK: ‘All My Life’ (Polydor) (mentioned in Billboard column 1/15/77, Billboard chart debut 1/29/77)
D-R-U-M: ‘Lalabye’ (Ensign)
TAVARES: ‘One Step Away’ (Capitol)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘If You Gonna Do It (Put Your Mind To It)’ (Philadelphia Int’l) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/2/77)
IKE & TURNER KORNER: ‘Longest Running Disco In The World’ (Big Bear)
JIGSAW: ‘If I Have To Go Away’ (Splash)
COMMODORES: ‘Easy’ (Motown)
JAWBONE: ‘King Kong (Funkey Monkey)’ (Rak)
DOOLEYS: ‘Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You’ (GTO)
SLAVE: ‘You And Me’ (Cotillion)
SUZI QUATRO: ‘Roxy Roller’ (Rak)
BRAINSTORM: ‘Lovin’ Is Really My Game’ (RCA LP cut) (Billboard chart debut 5/14/77)
JIMMY BO HORNE: ‘Get Happy’ (TK) (Billboard chart debut 3/19/77)
CERRONE: ‘Love In C Minor’ (Atlantic) (Billboard chart debut 1/15/77)
SHARON WHITBREAD: ‘Why Don’t You Do It’ (Pye)
HOT BLOOD: ‘Soul Dracula’ (Creole)
GIORGIO: ‘Nights In White Satin’ / ‘I Wanna Funk With You Tonite’ / ‘In The Middle Of The Knight’ (GTO LP cuts) (Billboard chart debut 7/31/76)
PATRICIA PAAY: ‘Who’s That Lady With My Man’ (EMI)
SU KRAMER: ‘You’ve Got The Power’ (Decca) (Billboard chart debut 6/5/76)
PENNY MCLEAN: ‘Lady Bump’ (EMI) (mentioned in Billboard column 11/8/75, Billboard chart debut 11/15/75)
SILVER CONVENTION: ‘Telegram’ (Magnet)
BONEY M: ‘Daddy Cool’ / ‘Sunny’ / ‘Take The Heat Off Me’ (Atlantic LP cuts) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/9/76, Billboard chart debut 11/27/76)

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