March 18, 1978: The Regal Dewy, Raydio, Ashford & Simpson, Burundi Stephenson Black, Stargard

Chart contributors, please note that gremlins made a mess of last week’s piece about the new chart system! For those of you who’d like more room than just a Top 10 and three Breakers, the new idea is to expand the 10 into a Top 20, but because of the point-awarding system by which the finished national disco chart is compiled, the “Bottom Ten” should be given either 3, 2 or 1 points by you, according to dancer reaction. If you can’t cope with 20 places, stick to the old Top 10 and three Breakers. If you’re only playing established disco hits, why not increase your chance of a namecheck by sending in a Jox Yox, Mix Master, Disco Date, or other info. Now that there’s a Disco Top 60, the DJ Hotline has been narrowed down to non-hit titles . . . but this does not mean that the hit-only charts are not needed too, as they’re vital!

Steve Allen, regularly at Peterborough Annabelles and USAF Altonbury (and mobile with entertainment agency on 0733-69589), expands on the Eastern Soul topic by explaining the East Anglia Connection.

“The funky influence in the East Anglla area at least can be tied closely to all the USAF air bases which stretch from Ipswich to Huntingdon. Although not strictly open to the public, being intended for the American servicemen’s entertainment, the bases’ clubs get a large percentage of British audiences – particularly females!

“It’s essential that the mobile jocks who play these venues are up to date with US imports and solid funk, and these sounds do filter through to the outside world, via both the jocks and the audiences. Quite a few of the funky kids around here also go down to catch Chris Hill and the Camberly Frenchies jocks, so they get exposed to all kinds of funk.”

It’s interesting to note, too, that a lot of previously “Northern Soul” DJ’s are now switching to funk and New York sounds, with the emergence of a completely new scene up north.

Disco News

Record Mirror are looking for a keen, committed soul and disco-orientated journalist who can write well – if that’s you, contact Alf Martin! Also, Harrow-based Neil James (01-427 2257 evenings) needs a new gig as Greenford Panels is no longer a funk venue.

Hospital DJ John Clancy’s home-made broadcasting studio in Gillingham is available for very low rates to Medway jocks looking for high quality though non-professional practice facilities and tuition – call him on Medway 53992 (evenings).

Jersey-based Paradise Island Discotheques and Mainstream Productions have moved to 2-6 Belmont Road in St. Helier, where their new DJ studio will make jingles and commercials. Their disco agency books jocks for work in Jersey (call 0534 71715), while their disco record promotion department covers the Channel Islands.

Flashback Records of 3 Marlborough Road, Wroughton, Wiltshire (0793-812327) who supply many West Country and mail order jocks with all UK and US issues, start a series of promotion nights at Newbury Hamiltons Club this Tuesday (21) giving away free records – DJ’s can get free tickets by sending a card/letter heading and sae to Flashback, who are open to offers of other promotion night venues.

New Spins

THE REGAL DEWY: ‘Love Music’ (RCA XB 1032)
Here at long last is that superb soul slowie with the Dells like doo-wop sound, hot on import since last autumn. Definitely my own fave of ‘77, and a must!

RAYDIO: ‘Is This A Love Thing’ (from LP ‘Raydio’, Arista SPART 1041)
Already hitting, the dynamite jaunty funker joins ‘Jack And Jill’ and ‘Get Down’ on an extremely strong LP.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Don’t Cost You Nothing’ (Warner Bros. K 17096) (BNDA debut 1/28/78)
Great jittery sparse funk import smash, finally out on 6:49 12in with an added rhythm break, or on edited 3:39 7in. 

BURUNDI STEPHENSON BLACK: ‘Burundi Black, Pt. 2’ (Barclay BART 708)
Wow, the classic authentic African drums throbber (ignore the crassly over-dubbed A-side) is now on 12in! Hot since ‘71, an essential raver.

STARGARD: ‘Which Way Is Up’ (from LP ‘Stargard’, MCA MCF 2834) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
Full long seven minute version, due also on 12in soon.

WILD CHERRY: ‘I Love My Music’ (Epic EPC 6173)
Attractive powerful blue-eyed swayer goes through unexpected changes rather compulsively. Good funky flip too.

BLACKBEARD: ‘Don’t Let This Good Thing Go Bad’ (Lightning LIG 517)
Decidedly odd but powerful happy leaper with many influences, though unclassifiable itself. Try it!

DUANE CLARK: ‘Find My Way’ (Spark SRL 1158)
Attractively catchy breakneck fast cymbal schlurper, could click.

BIDDU ORCHESTRA: ‘Blacker The Berry (Sweeter The Juice)’ (Epic EPC 6230)
T-Connection-type rhythm breaks make an exciting pounder (possibly on 12in?), with ‘James Bond Disco Theme’ as good value flip.

BAR-KAYS: ‘Let’s Have Some Fun’ (from LP ‘Flying High On Your Love’, Mercury 9100048)
Longer version of the burbler bubbler heads an excellent Commodores-style LP, worth checking if they’re your bag.

5TH DIMENSION: ‘You Are The Reason (I Feel Like Dancing)’ (Motown TMG 1101)
Barbara Acklin-type happily whapping swinger.

ISHAN PEOPLE: ‘Come to The Music’ (Baal BDN 38046)
Falsetto semi-reggae swayer, bit of a grower.

MARSIUS: ‘Suite For Lovers’ (Calendar DAY 116)
Sparsely instrumentated Euro pounder, available various lengths on 7 and 12in, and on LP ‘Save The Tiger’ (DAYL 004).

VOYAGE: ‘From East To West’ (from LP ‘Voyage’, GTO GTLP 030) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
Hot import LP-length gaily zingy fast Euro romp gets grittier as it goes along, seguing continuously through Afro then Chinese tunes on side one, more nationalities on flip.

ALEC R. COSTANDINOS: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ LP (Ibis AKLP 1521) (BNDA debut 2/4/78)
Cerrone-style marathon UK session, both continuous LP sides thud along without respite for New York, Euro and gay fans.

SYLVESTER: ‘Over And Over’ / ‘Down Down Down’ (from LP ‘Sylvester’, Fantasy FT 588) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
Full-length frantic gay fliers lead off rather soulful and good listening album.

WILD HONEY: ‘At The Top Of The Stairs, Pts. 1 & 2’ (RK RK 1005) (BNDA debut 12/25/76)
Formations’ old Philly classic taken lickety-split by wailing chix.

VISITORS: ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ (Ember EMBS 356)
Freakily building fast Munich-style version, others not already reviewed being synthesized JAMBO (Polydor 2058996), straightforward ALAN TEW (CBS 6138), and the moody slow original (musically the best) by JOHN WILLIAMS (Arista ARIST 177).

VICKI SUE ROBINSON: ‘Hold Tight’ (from LP ‘Half And Half’, RCA PL 12294) (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
Gay hustlers and thumpers like ‘Feels So Good It Must Be Wrong’ are OK but can’t compete with this great rhythm rattler from last summer.

Hot Vinyl

Ian Levine, renowned producer and Saturday night “New York-style” DJ at Blackpool Mecca, import tips:

BRAINSTORM: ‘We’re On Our Way Home’ (Tabu)
VOYAGE: ‘From East To West’ (Polydor LP cut – French import) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS: ‘Just Want To Turn You On’ (Ariola 12”) (BNDA debut 2/4/78)
DAVID CHRISTIE: ‘Don’t Stop Me I Like It’ / ‘Love Is The Most Important Thing’ (Polydor LP cuts – French import)
EDDIE KENDRICKS: ‘Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire’ (Arista LP cut) (BNDA debut 2/25/78)
VICKI SUE ROBINSON: ‘Feels So Good It Must Be Wrong’ (RCA LP cut)
WAYNE ST. JOHN: ‘Something’s Up’ (Salsoul 12”) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
And his own production of DORIS JONES ‘Suddenly I’m Alive’ (UA 12”).

Ian’s also running UA’s disco department and needs another hundred solidly funky or New York-style jocks for his list – send him details at United Artists Records, 37/41 Mortimer Street, London W1A 2JL.

UK Disco Top 50 – March 18, 1978

01 02 Eruption – I Can’t Stand The Rain – Atlantic
02 15 Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant / Love Express – Private Stock (12″)
03 06 Manu Dibango – Big Blow / Aloko Party – Decca
04 01 Stargard – Which Way Is Up – MCA
05 03 Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive – RSO
06 05 Darts – Come Back My Love – Magnet
07 07 Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star / Funk Factory – Whitfield
08 09 Donna Summer – Rumour Has It – Casablanca
09 08 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love – Island
10 11 Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy – CBS
11 04 ABBA – Take A Chance On Me – Epic
12 13 Blondie – Denis (Denee) – Chrysalis
13 18 Mandrill – Can You Get It / Funky Monkey – Arista (12″)
14 19 Roy Ayers – Freaky Deaky – Polydor
15 20 Free – All Right Now – Island
16 28 Andrea True Connection – What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number – Buddah
17 32 Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner – Rak
18 16 Sheila & B. Devotion – Singin’ In The Rain – Carrere (12″)
19 10 Heatwave – The Groove Line – GTO
20 21 Gene Page – Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Arista (12″)
21 14 War – Galaxy – MCA
22 33 Real Thing – Whenever You Want My Love – Pye
23 45 Earth, Wind & Fire – Magic Mind / Jupiter – CBS (LP)
24 49 Bionic Boogie – Risky Changes – Polydor [Imp]
25 37 Francine McGee – Feelin’ Good / Delirium – RCA (12″) [Imp]
26 38 Cameo – It’s Serious – Casablanca (LP)
27 17 Raydio – Get Down / Jack And Jill – Arista
28 NE Nick Lowe – I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass – Radar
29 27 Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot / Zoom – Motown (12″)
30 NE Tavares – The Ghost Of Love / Bein’ With You – Capitol (12″)
31 39 B.T. Express – Shout It Out / Ride On It – EMI Int’l
32 22 Yellow Dog – Just One More Night – Virgin
33 34 Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky – Jet
34 40 Jimmy Lindsay – Easy – Island/Black Swan (12″)
35 44 Cerrone – Supernature / Give Me Love – Atlantic (LP)
36 46 Commodores – Brick House / I Feel Sanctified – Motown (LP)
37 47 Southroad Connection – You Like It, We Love It – Mahogany (12″) [Imp]
38 26 Peter Brown – Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me – TK (12″)
39 NE Peter Brown – Dance With Me – TK (LP)
40 42 Brass Construction – We – UA
41 NE Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On – Salsoul (12″) [Imp]
42 NE Raydio – Is This A Love Thing – Arista (LP)
43 29 Al Hudson – If You Feel Like Dancin’ – ABC (12″)
44 35 Kellee Patterson – If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It – EMI
45 41 Eastside Connection – You’re So Right For Me – Creole (12″)
46 RE Chic – Everybody Dance – Atlantic (LP)
47 50 Lonnie Smith – Funk Reaction – TK
48 43 Gene Farrow – Move Your Body – Magnet (12″)
49 NE Johnny Guitar Watson – It’s A Damn Shame – DJM
50 NE Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle / Hello Sunday! Hello Road! – Arista (12″)
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry
All titles are 7” singles unless noted otherwise

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 2/4/78) / #2 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #4 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
#5 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #8 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #16 (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
#18 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #21 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #24 (BNDA debut 12/17/77)
#26 (BNDA debut 2/18/78) / #35 (BNDA debut 11/26/77) / #36 (BNDA debut 4/16/77)
#37 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #38 (BNDA debut 4/23/77) / #39 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
#40 (BNDA debut 12/3/77) / #41 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #45 (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
#46 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)

1 DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: ‘That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You’ (Mercury LP cut) (BNDA debut 3/11/78)
2 BAR-KAYS: ‘Let’s Have Some Fun’ (Mercury)
3 DIANA ROSS: ‘Your Love Is So Good For Me’ (Motown LP cut) (BNDA debut 10/15/77)
4 RAFFAELLA CARRA: ‘Do It, Do It Again’ (Epic)
5 BROOKLYN DREAMS: ‘Music, Harmony and Rhythm’ (RCA) (BNDA debut 4/8/78)
6 MECO: ‘Theme From Close Encounters’ (RCA) (BNDA debut 1/28/78)
7 BIONIC BOOGIE: ‘Dance Little Dreamer’ / ‘Feel Like Dancing’ (Polydor) (BNDA debut 12/17/77)
8 INNER CITY EXPRESS: ‘Shu’ Dig Dancin’’ (Ebony 12”)
9 MEXICANO: ‘Move Up Starsky’ (Ice)
10 ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Don’t Cost You Nothin’’ (Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 1/28/78)

Songs mentioned in DJ Hotline:

CLEVELAND EATON: ‘Bama Boogie Woogie’ (Ovation 12” – US import)
HI-TENSION: ‘Hi-Tension’ (Island 12”)
MJ WILLIAMS: ‘I Found Love Dancing On The Disco Floor’ (Ariola 12”)
GENERAL JOHNSON: ‘Don’t Walk Away’ (Arista)
LEIF GARRETT: ‘Runaround Sue’ (Atlantic 12”)
LAMONT DOZIER: ‘Going Back To My Roots’ (Warner Bros.) (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
GROVER WASHINGTON: ‘Sausalito’ (Kudu LP cut)
ROY AYERS: ‘Sweet Tears’ / ‘When Is Real Real’ (Polydor LP cuts – US import)
UBIQUITY: ‘Midnight After Dark’ (Elektra LP cut – US import)
JIMMY BO HORNE: ‘Dance Across The Floor’ (Sunshine Sound – US import)
USA-EUROPEAN CONNECTION: ‘Come Into My Heart’ (TK LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
CARL BEAN: ‘I Was Born This Way’ (Motown 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 1/28/78)
LULU: ‘Your Love Is Everywhere’ (GTO)
DIANA ROSS: ‘Top Of The World’ (Motown) (BNDA debut 10/15/77)
DOOLEY SILVERSPOON: ‘Mr. Deluxe’ (Seville)
AMADEO: ‘Moving like A Superstar’ (Rampage)
MAINSTREET: ‘No Appointment Necessary’ (State)
MICHELLE: ‘Can’t You Feel It’ (Pye LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
PATSY GALLANT: ‘Sugar Daddy’ (EMI 12”)

Next week: The chart expands to 90 positions!

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