September 3, 1977: Rose Royce, John Davis & The Monster Orchestra, Kalyan, Mass Production, Claudja Barry

New Spins

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Do Your Dance’ / ‘It Makes You Feel Like Dancin’’ (from LP ‘Full Bloom’, Whitfield K 56394) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
‘Car Wash’ handclaps dominate these slightly slinkier funkers, which may be a little too long at 9:15 and 8:43 for the slower tempo, despite interestingly original instrumental developments and great sound. Then there’s ‘You Can’t Please Everybody’ for ‘Put Your Money’ fans!

JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘The Magic Is You’ / ‘You’re The One’ (Polydor 2058923) (BNDA debut 6/25/77)
Exciting rhythm rattlers with smooth singing, biting brass and bouncy beat should be big.

KALYAN: ‘Nice And Slow’ (MCA 317)
Great lively instrumental of Jesse Green’s hit, with useful phased cymbals intro. 

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Cosmic Lust’ (from LP ‘Believe’, Cotillion K 50400)
This happy and pretty synthesizer-led fast instrumental could be the biggie, despite the buzzingly busy ‘I Believe In Music’ and chanting ‘People Get Up’ being a hit import 12-inch already.

CLAUDJA BARRY: ‘Sweet Dynamite’ (Mercury 619168) (BNDA debut 3/26/77)
Pounding Munich monster finally out here after huge US disco success.

RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘African Queens’ LP (Polydor 2383454) (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
No. 1 in US discos, the continuously seguing side-long title track pounder may be too much of a good thing for all but the most determinedly gay crowds here, though the beat’s in shorter doses on the already popular ‘Quiet Village’ and faster ‘Summer Dance’ and ‘Voodoo’ flip.

CERRONE: ‘Cerrone’s Paradise’ LP (Atlantic K 50377) (BNDA debut 6/4/77)
‘Love In C Minor – Part 2’, even down to the chatting chix LP intro, with the mindlessly leaping breakneck 16:30 rhythm track edited to 3:50 for the single (K 10961). The banana’s gone limp, but some will dig it!

SHERBET: ‘Love Is Fine’ (Epic EPC 5459)
Lovely blue-eyed floater, hidden as a flip but well worth checking.

GEORGE BENSON: ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ (Arista 133)
Soft starting inspirational smoocher from ‘The Greatest’ flick.

VARIOUS: ‘Don’t You Step On My Blue Suede Shoes’ LP (Charly CR 30119)
Classic rock ‘n boppers by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Rich and others, plus rarer rockabillies.

LEROY PULLINS: ‘I’m A Nut’ (MCA 315)
Nutty novelty from ’66, big with boppers and silly MoR too.

CHARLIE FEATHERS: ‘Tongue Tied Jill’ / ‘Gone Gone Gone’ (Charly CEP 116)
Classic rockabillies on an EP.

CARL MANN: ‘Mona Lisa’ / ‘Pretend’ (Charly CEP 114)
Sweeter rockapop boppers on an EP.

MANDY B. JONES: ‘1-2-3-4 (We Ain’t Got Much Time)’ (CBS 5031)
Odd acoustic guitar intro before the Munich thudder goes sorta Donna.

SAILOR: ‘Down By The Docks’ (Epic EPC 5566)
Pure disco with lots happening behind a monotonous plod beat that’s maybe too plodding.

MANDY MILLER: ‘Nellie The Elephant’ (EMI 2665)
Silly old oompah-oompah fun!

DICTATORS: ‘Search And Destroy’ (Asylum K 13091)
Packaged like an album, this noisy 12-incher will go pogo-a-go-go, no sweat.


Hot Vinyl

Bob Jones (Chelmsford Dee-Jay’s) import tips:

BENNY GOLSON: ‘Love Uprising’ / ‘The New Killer Joe’ (Columbia LP cuts)
ARTHUR ADAMS: ‘Right On Time’ / ‘Shake-A-Loose’ (Fantasy LP cuts)
CRAIG SNYDER: ‘Bust It’ (Midsong)
ROY AYERS: ‘Running Away‘ (Polydor LP cut) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
GABOR SZABO: ‘The Biz’ (Mercury LP cut)
PAT MARTINO: ‘The Law’ (Warner Bros. LP cut)
SHIRLEY BROWN: ‘Giving Up’ (Arista)
HANK CRAWFORD: ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ (Kudu LP cut)
MASS PRODUCTION: ‘People Get Up’ / ‘I Believe In Music’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)


UK Disco Top 20 – September 3, 1977

01 03 Space – Magic Fly – Pye
02 01 Donna Summer – I Feel Love – GTO
03 02 Floaters – Float On – ABC (12″)
04 18 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene – Polydor
05 24 Donna Summer – Deep Down Inside – Casablanca
06 05 Philadelphia All-Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto – Philadelphia Int’l
07 08 Rah Band – The Crunch – Good Earth
08 44 Emotions – Best Of My Love – CBS
09 09 Candi Staton – Nights On Broadway – Warner Bros.
10 07 Danny Williams – Dancing Easy – Ensign
11 04 Boney M – Ma Baker – Atlantic
12 23 Belle Epoque – Black Is Black – Harvest (12″)
13 13 Dooleys – I Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You – GTO
14 10 Biddu Orchestra – Soul Coaxing – CBS
15 06 Showaddywaddy – You Got What It Takes – Arista
16 15 Ritchie Family – Quiet Village – Polydor
17 30 Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO (LP)
18 48 Ohio Players – O-H-I-O – Mercury
19 19 Bruce Johnston – Pipeline – CBS
20 20 Smokey Robinson – Vitamin U – Motown
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 6/4/77) / #2 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #5 (BNDA debut 7/2/77)
#6 (BNDA debut 7/23/77) / #8 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #11 (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
#12 (BNDA debut 6/18/77) / #16 (BNDA debut 7/9/77) / #17 (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
#19 (BNDA debut 7/16/77)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Another Star’ (Motown) (BNDA debut 10/23/76)
LASO: ‘Another Star’ (MCA)
BACCARA: ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ (RCA)
CAMOUFLAGE: ‘Bee Sting’ (State) (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
BONEY M: ‘Belfast’ (Atlantic LP cut)
JACKIE WILSON: ‘It Only Happens When I Look At You’ (Brunswick)
INSTANT FUNK: ‘It Ain’t Reggae But It’s Funky’ (Philadelphia Int’l) (BNDA debut 12/25/76)
PETER BROWN: ‘Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me’ (TK) (BNDA debut 4/23/77)
MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT: ‘Bite Your Granny’ (UA) (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
WHISPERS: ‘Make It With You’ (Soul Train – US import) (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
SPACE: ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’ / ‘Tango In Space’ (Pye LP cuts) (BNDA debut 6/4/77)
ROY AYERS: ‘Running Away’ (Polydor LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
MUNICH MACHINE: ‘Get On The Funk Train’ (Casablanca LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
COMMODORES: ‘Brick House’ (Motown LP cut) (BNDA debut 4/16/77)
GRACE JONES: ‘I Need A Man’ (Polydor) (BNDA debut 4/9/77)

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