September 17, 1977: Donna Summer, Rose Royce, Hamilton Bohannon, Whispers, Marvin Hamlisch

New Spins

DONNA SUMMER: ‘I Remember Yesterday’ (GTO GT 107) (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
Happily skittering Dr. Buzzard soundalike, flipped by her much demanded old ‘Spring Affair’ leaper.

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Do Your Dance, Pts. 1 & 2’ (Whitfield K 17006) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
‘Car Wash Part Two’ culled from their new album and cut in two for 45.

HAMILTON BOHANNON: ‘Bohannon Disco Symphony’ (Mercury 6167565) (‘Andrea’ BNDA debut 5/21/77)
Dynamic jittery thudder and a prettily pianistic ‘Andrea’ double A side, both from his great current import album. 

WHISPERS: ‘Make It With You’ (Soul Train FC 0996) (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
Bread’s oldie speeds up soulfully for a long 12in. It’s like what Tavares could be doing now, but aren’t.

MARVIN HAMLISCH: ‘Bond ‘77/The James Bond Theme’ (UA UP 36301)
Cleverly edited from the soundtrack LP, this great disco up-date is electronic enough for today’s tastes.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Theme From Big Time, Pts. 1 & 2’ (Motown TMG 1085) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
Bubbling jaunty chugger, edited and cut in two from the longer LP.

LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Choosing You’ LP (ABC ABCL 5232) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
Exciting fast title track flier’s huge in London already, while the terrific happily swinging ‘Shoo Doo Fu Ooh’ is big too.

ROY AYERS UBIQUITY: ‘Running Away’ (from LP ‘Lifeline’, Polydor 2391292) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
Bouncily chugging jazz-funk chanter, much requested by funky crowds.

ARCHIE BELL AND THE DRELLS: ‘Disco Showdown’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5580)
Salsa-style fast rhythm rattler.

INNER CITY EXPRESS: ‘Dance And Shake Your Funky Tambourine’ (Ebony EYE 1)
Similar but inferior cover of Universal Robot Band’s still unissued great slow groover. Fast flip’s worth checking.

NCCU: ‘Super Trick’ LP (UA UAS 30122)
The full long ‘Bull City Party’ is a great synchronised mix out of Slave’s ‘You And Me’, while other funky hot ‘uns are ‘Washing Machine’ and the title track.

ROSETTA STONE: ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ (Private Stock PVT 118)
Trendy synthetics tart up the Cream oldie.

HANK CRAWFORD: ‘Lady Soul’ (from LP ‘Tico Rico’, Kudu KU 35)
Gentle loper with Eric Gale’s guitar in Benson-ish setting, while the title track’s an easy-rolling jazz-funk romper.

SANTANA: ‘She’s Not There’ (CBS 5671)
Nice typically Santana treatment of the Zombies’ oldie, funky fast ‘Zulu’ flip.

DANNY MIRROR: ‘I Remember Elvis Presley’ (Stone SON 2121)
Gloriously yukky smoocher!

GRAHAM BONNET: ‘Danny’ (Ring-O 2017106)
Classic slow burner intended for Elvis in ‘King Creole’ but finally sung by Conway Twitty, Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde . . and this guy.

CHARLIE BOP TRIO: ‘Mr Big Feet’ (Capitol CL 15940)
Fifties rockabilly bopper.

EVERLY BROTHERS: ‘Silent Treatment’ (Warner Bros. K 17004)
Jaunty country rollocker, could go MOR.


Mix Master

My own fave mix of the moment this week . . . and why not? Doing long, moderately synchronised cross-fades, mix Stevie Wonder ‘Another Star’ (Motown), Eddie Henderson ‘Say You Will’ (Capitol), LaSo ‘LaSo Square’ (MCA LP), Celi Bee ‘One Love’ (TK 12”, starting at main rhythm break), Love & Kisses ‘I’ve Found Love’ (US Casablanca LP) and Ritchie Family ‘African Queens’ (Polydor LP) – or any one of a number of current things all with the same rhythm sound. Another nice segue is Rumour ‘Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me’ (Vertigo) into Pioneers ‘My Good Friend James’ (Mercury).


UK Disco Top 50 – September 17, 1977

01 01 Space – Magic Fly – Pye
02 04 Donna Summer – Deep Down Inside – Casablanca
03 03 Floaters – Float On – ABC (12″)
04 06 Emotions – Best Of My Love – CBS
05 11 Belle Epoque – Black Is Black – Harvest (12″)
06 08 Candi Staton – Nights On Broadway – Warner Bros.
07 07 Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene – Polydor
08 16 Dooleys – I Think I’m Gonna Fall In Love With You – GTO
09 22 Elvis Presley – Way Down – RCA
10 05 Rah Band – The Crunch – Good Earth
11 02 Donna Summer – I Feel Love – GTO
12 24 Stevie Wonder – Another Star – Motown
13 09 Philadelphia All-Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto – Philadelphia Int’l
14 34 Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out / Could Heaven Ever Be Like This – Kudu
15 23 Ohio Players – O-H-I-O – Mercury
16 41 Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch – One Love – TK (12″)
17 NE Meco – Star Wars Theme – RCA
18 40 Space – Tango In Space / Carry On, Turn Me On – Pye (LP)
19 18 Olympic Runners – Keep It Up – RCA (12″)
20 NE Camouflage – Bee Sting – State (12″)
21 38 Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie – RCA
22 10 Showaddywaddy – You Got What It Takes – Arista
23 14 Ritchie Family – Quiet Village – Polydor
24 NE Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting In Vain – Island
25 20 Bruce Johnston – Pipeline – CBS
26 21 Steve Gibbons Band – Tulane – Polydor
27 25 J.A.L.N. Band – I’ve Got To Sing – Magnet (12″)
28 17 Osibisa – The Warrior – Bronze
29 19 Biddu Orchestra – Soul Coaxing – Epic (12″)
30 NE Ram Jam – Black Betty – Epic
31 NE Black Gorilla – Gimme Dat Banana – Response
32 NE Leo Sayer – Thunder In My Heart – Chrysalis
33 12 Boney M – Ma Baker – Atlantic
34 15 Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday – GTO (LP)
35 13 Danny Williams – Dancing Easy – Ensign
36 39 Dennis Coffey – Wings Of Fire / Free Spirit – Atlantic (LP)
37 42 Morning, Noon & Night – Bite Your Granny – UA
38 48 Cameo – Post Mortem / Rigor Mortis – Casablanca
39 35 Smokey Robinson – Vitamin U – Motown
40 28 C.J. & Company – Devil’s Gun – Atlantic
41 26 Lovers – Discomania – Epic
42 NE David Soul – Silver Lady – Private Stock
43 NE Commodores – Brick House – Motown (LP)
44 36 New York Port Authority – I Got It – Invictus
45 NE Boney M – Belfast – Atlantic (LP)
46 NE Rose Royce – Do Your Dance – Whitfield (LP)
47 33 Instant Funk – It Ain’t Reggae (But It’s Funky) – Philadelphia Int’l
48 50 John Forde – Stardance – EMI
49 32 Jonathan Richman – Roadrunner – Berserkley
50 NE Lenny Williams – Choosing You – ABC (LP)
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Breakers:
1 MARLENA SHAW: ‘Yu-Ma’ / ‘Go Away Little Boy’ (CBS)
2 RODS: ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ (Island)
3 BOOMTOWN RATS: ‘Lookin’ After No. 1’ (Ensign)
4 PETER BROWN: ‘Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me’ (TK) (BNDA debut 4/23/77)
5 LAMONT DOZIER: ‘Going Back To My Roots’ (Warner Bros.) (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
6 JAMES BROWN: ‘Give Me Some Skin’ (Polydor – US import)
7 JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘The Magic Is You’ (Polydor) (BNDA debut 6/25/77)
8 DAVID RUFFIN: ‘I Can’t Stop The Rain’ (Motown)
9 GIORGIO: ‘From Here To Eternity’ (Oasis LP cut) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
10 LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: ‘Get Your Boom Boom (Around The Room Room)’ (AVI 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 3/26/77)

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 6/4/77) / #2 (BNDA debut 7/2/77) / #4 (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
#5 (BNDA debut 6/18/77) / #11 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #12 (BNDA debut 10/23/76)
#13 (BNDA debut 7/23/77) / #16 (BNDA debut 4/9/77) / #17 (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
#18 (BNDA debut 6/4/77) / #19 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #23 (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
#25 (BNDA debut 7/16/77) / #28 (BNDA debut 3/5/77) / #32 (BNDA debut 12/10/77)
#33 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #34 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #36 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#37 (BNDA debut 7/9/77) / #40 (BNDA debut 4/23/77) / #41 (BNDA debut 5/14/77)
#43 (BNDA debut 4/16/77) / #46 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #47 (BNDA debut 12/25/76)
#50 (BNDA debut 7/30/77)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

SAILOR: ‘Down By The Docks’ (Epic)
CLAUDJA BARRY: ‘Sweet Dynamite’ (Mercury) (BNDA debut 3/26/77)
REGAL DEWY: ‘Love Music’ (Millennium – US import)
SPHINX: ‘Judas Iscariot’ (Raal – Italian import) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
LAURENT VOULZY: ‘Rockollection’ (RCA – French import)
VICKI SUE ROBINSON: ‘Hold Tight’ (RCA – US import) (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
GINO DENTIE & FAMILY: ‘Direct Disco’ (Crystal Clear – US import)
EDDIE HENDERSON: ‘Say You Will’ (Capitol)
GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION: ‘Now Do U Wanna Dance’ (Warner Bros. LP cut)
GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Boogie Queen’ (DJM)
STEVE MILLER BAND: ‘Jungle Love’ (Mercury)
MATUMBI: ‘After Tonight’ (Trojan)
ROY AYERS UBIQUITY: ‘Running Away’ (Polydor LP cut) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
KRAFTWERK: ‘Europe Endless’ (Capitol LP cut)
BRICK: ‘Dusic’ (Bang – US import)
KALYAN: ‘Nice And Slow’ (MCA)
JEAN CARN: ‘If You Wanna Go Back’ (Philadelphia Int’l) (BNDA debut 1/29/77)
MR. WALKIE TALKIE: ‘Boogie Woogie Baby’ (Polydor)
LITTLE RIVER BAND: ‘Help Is On Its Way’ (EMI)
HODGES, JAMES & SMITH: ‘Since I Fell For You / I’m Falling In Love’ (London) (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
THELMA JONES: ‘Salty Tears’ (Philips)
LIFE: ‘Cat’s Eyes’ (Philips)
RADIO STARS: ‘Dirty Pictures’ (Chiswick)

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