August 20, 1977: Disco chart expands to a Top 50, Emotions, Space, Floaters, Crystals

New Spins

EMOTIONS: ‘Best Of My Love’ (CBS 5555) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
Powerhouse squeaky chugger, truly huge on import and a US smash for months, belatedly rushed out here by DJ demand.

SPACE: ‘Magic Fly’ LP (Pye NSPL 28232) (BNDA debut 6/4/77)
Hottest album of the summer for disco synthesizer freaks: ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’ actually has some Donna-type chanting, while the pounding ‘Tango In Space’, hit title track and ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ are purely instrumental – and very exciting.

FLOATERS: ‘Float On’ (from LP ‘Floaters’, ABC ABCL 5229)
For those without the 12-inch, the full 11:49 version is best begun at the great “Aquarius, Libra, Leo, Cancer” start of the vocal half. There are other nice slowies and some faster dancers too. 

CRYSTALS: ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ / ‘Then He Kissed Me’ (Phil Spector INT 2010011)
YA-roo! Still some of the all-time classics.

JERRY LEE LEWIS: ‘Great Balls of Fire’ / ‘In The Mood’ (Charly CYS 1028)
And another classic rock ‘n roller.

GILDE DUO: ‘Tyrolean Vagabond’ (Mint CHEW 19)
Alpine jollity complete with yodeling – terrific MoR!

RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Spring High’ (CBS 5515)
Madly jaunty lush synthesizer bouncer, by and with Stevie Wonder.

IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘Turn This Mutha Out’ (Kudu 935)
Eagerly awaited bubbling funky jumper, big on import, and the similar but mellower ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’ plugside.

DENNIS COFFEY: ‘Free Spirit’ (Atlantic K 10991) (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
Wings Of Fire’ is his LP biggie, but this lively guitar leaper isn’t far behind with funky jocks.

OHIO PLAYERS: ‘O-H-I-O’ (Mercury 6167549)
Jagged funky chanter with freaky synthetics, out next week.

SHOTGUN: ‘Mutha Funk’ (ABC 4189)
P-funk sermon intro to a long funkadelicment thang.

CAMEO: ‘Cardiac Arrest’ LP (Casablanca CAL 2015)
The happily whapping ‘Good Times’ and their great old hustling ‘Find My Way’ join longer versions of ‘Rigor Mortis’ and ‘Post Mortem’. RIP!

GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Boogie Queen’ (DJM DJS 10803)
Surprisingly strong and catchy happy galloper.

LIMMIE FUNK LIMITED: ‘Soul Rules OK?’ (Polydor 2058913)
Uh, git down! Basic but good funky fun.

MARLENA SHAW: ‘Yu-Ma / Go Away Little Boy’ (CBS 5550)
Out at last, and her gorgeous sexy slow smoocher comes complete with its long ‘Yu-Ma’ rap intro!

LAMONT DOZIER: ‘Going Back To My Roots, Pts. 1 & 2’ (Warner Bros. K 16942) (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
Naggingly insistent jitterer with strong specialist appeal, but it loses by being cut in two.

IN CROWD: ‘We Play Reggae’ (Cactus CT 108)
Terrific light and airy yet heavily ethnic reggae.

ALAN TEW ORCHESTRA: ‘Magic Fly’ (Epic EPC 5489)
Actually out on July 6, this similar cover preceded Space here!

GRAFFITI ORCHESTRA: ‘Star Wars Theme’ (Prodigal PROD 5) (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
Bland disco version of the hot theme – wait for the Meco smash, on RCA soon.

BOOMTOWN RATS: ‘Lookin’ After No. 1’ (Ensign ENY 4)
Classy pogo-a-go-go 12-inched together with a cut out Rats armband!

UK Disco Top 50 – August 20, 1977

01 01 Donna Summer – I Feel Love – GTO
02 02 Boney M – Ma Baker – Atlantic
03 03 Floaters – Float On – ABC
04 04 Danny Williams – Dancing Easy – Ensign
05 14 Rah Band – The Crunch – Good Earth
06 11 John Miles – Slow Down – Decca
07 07 T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do – TK
08 05 Hot Chocolate – So You Win Again – Rak
09 09 Philadelphia All-Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto – Philadelphia Int’l
10 15 C.J. & Company – Devil’s Gun – Atlantic
11 18 Lovers – Discomania – Epic
12 08 Detroit Emeralds – Feel The Need In Me – Atlantic
13 19 Space – Magic Fly – Pye
14 RE Fat Larry’s Band – Centre City – WMOT
15 RE Gladys Knight – Baby Don’t Change Your Mind – Buddah
16 13 New York Port Authority – I Got It – Invictus
17 06 Showaddywaddy – You Got What It Takes – Arista
18 20 Candi Staton – Nights On Broadway – Warner Bros.
19 NE Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO (LP)
20 NE Dynamic Superiors – Nowhere To Run – Motown
21 NE Smokey Robinson – Vitamin U – Motown
22 16 Dave Edmunds – I Knew The Bride – Swan Song
23 12 Biddu Orchestra – Soul Coaxing – CBS
24 NE Bruce Johnston – Pipeline – CBS
25 NE James Brown – Honky Tonk – Polydor
26 RE Slave – You And Me – Cotillion
27 17 Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant – Virgin
28 RE Bob Marley – Exodus – Island
29 NE Grace Jones – I Need A Man – Polydor
30 RE Commodores – Easy – Motown
31 10 Dennis Coffey – Wings Of Fire – Atlantic
32 RE Cameo – Post Mortem – Casablanca
33 NE Steve Gibbons Band – Tulane – Polydor
34 NE Olympic Runners – Keep It Up – RCA
35 NE Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch – One Love – TK (LP)
36 NE Carrie Lucas – I Gotta Keep Dancin’ – Soul Train
37 NE Gibson Brothers – Non-Stop Dance – Polydor
38 NE D-R-U-M – Lalabye – Ensign
39 NE Ritchie Family – Quiet Village – Polydor
40 RE Tavares – One Step Away – Capitol
41 NE Bobby Marchan – I Wanna Bump (With The Big Fat Woman) – Mercury
42 NE Cameo – Rigor Mortis – Casablanca
43 RE Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go – Epic
44 NE Emotions – Best Of My Love – CBS
45 NE Instant Funk – It Ain’t Reggae (But It’s Funky) – Philadelphia Int’l
46 NE Jacksons – Dreamer – Epic
47 NE J.A.L.N. Band – I’ve Got To Sing – Magnet
48 20 Gary Glitter – A Little Boogie Woogie – Arista
49 NE Ramsey Lewis – Spring High – CBS
50 (tie) NE LaSo – LaSo Square – MCA (LP)
50 (tie) NE Teddy Pendergrass – I Don’t Love You Anymore – Philadelphia Int’l
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
From this point forward, for the sake of simplicity and to enable a direct comparison with what is hitting nationally in the States, only songs charting on Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 40 (BNDA) will be highlighted, rather than songs that charted on any Billboard disco chart or were mentioned in Tom Moulton’s column.
#1 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #2 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #6 (BNDA debut 3/12/77)
#7 (BNDA debut 2/26/77) / #9 (BNDA debut 7/23/77) / #10 (BNDA debut 4/23/77)
#11 (BNDA debut 5/14/77) / #12 (BNDA debut 4/30/77) / #13 (BNDA debut 6/4/77)
#14 (BNDA debut 1/22/77) / #19 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #20 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#24 (BNDA debut 7/16/77) / #29 (BNDA debut 4/9/77) / #31 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#34 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #35 (BNDA debut 4/9/77) / #36 (BNDA debut 3/19/77)
#39 (BNDA debut 7/9/77) / #44 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #45 (BNDA debut 12/25/76)
#50 (LaSo) (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #50 (Teddy) (BNDA debut 3/19/77)

1 OSIBISA: ‘The Warrior’ (Bronze) (BNDA debut 3/5/77)
2 DOOLEYS: ‘Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You’ (GTO)
3 O’JAYS: ‘Livin’ The Life’ (Epic LP cut)
4 BEE GEES: ‘You Should Be Dancing’ (RSO 12”) (BNDA debut 8/28/76)
5 BLONDE ON BLONDE: ‘Subway’ (Chrysalis)
6 NCCU: ‘Bull City Party’ (UA)
7 IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘Turn This Mutha Out’ (Kudu)
8 FOUR SEASONS: ‘Down The Hall’ (Warner Bros.)
9 LOVE & KISSES: ‘I Found Love’ (Casablanca LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
10 MUSCLES: ‘If It Relaxes Your Mind’ (Big Bear)

This week’s Disco Chart was compiled from over a hundred DJ charts for the very first time, whereas in the past a far smaller sample had been used. Out of interest, this is what the rest of the Disco 50 looks like.

Music Week’s Disco Chart will not now be appearing until September, but DJ chart contributors should still send us their charts every Monday. New contributors are welcome, provided they enclose details about their disco DJ’ing work. We need a Top Ten plus three breakers, listed neatly with the date in ‘DJ Top Ten’ style, by title, artist and label. Singles, album tracks, 12-inchers and imports are all eligible, but please give details of anything that’s not a regular 7-inch single. Breakers ideally should be newies that are getting a good response – not Top 50 hits – but please don’t list untried newies just to complete the section, as the hits will do if that’s all you play. More specialised charts for separate publication should accompany a current chart – which can of course reflect your own specialty (rock, MoR, reggae, punk, funk, etc). Remember, it’s the records your audience dances to that we need to know about, not the ones that your ego would like them to dance to.

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

LIFESTYLE: ‘Katrina’ (MCA) (BNDA debut 4/30/77)
GENE FARROW: ‘Hey You Should Be Dancing’ (Magnet) (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
JOHN FORDE: ‘Star-dance’ (EMI)
LAURENT VOULZY: ‘Rockollection’ (RCA – French import)
VERONICA UNLIMITED: ‘What Kind Of Dance Is This’ (Philips – Dutch import)
CARLOS: ‘Big Bijou’ (Sonopresse – French import)
FLEETWOOD MAC: ‘Go Your Own Way’ (Warner Bros.)
LOUIS PRIMA: ‘Buona Sera’ (Capitol – French import)
PATRICK TOPALOFF: ‘Ali Be Good’ (Wip – French import)

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