March 25, 1978: “Peter Tong of Dartford won the London regional final of the Tea Council’s Young DJ competition.”

Disco News

Peter Tong of Dartford won the London regional final of the Tea Council’s Young DJ competition at Southgate’s Royalty last Friday, establishing a good rapport with the audience and playing some funky goodies in the three minutes allowed him. The first annual general meeting of BADEM (British Assn of Disco Equipment Manufacturers) will be held on Thursday next, March 30th, at 6 pm in Luton’s Crest Motel.

Stage & Catwalk Hire Ltd (01-485 7707) supply incredibly clever staging, rostrum or catwalk structures made in collapsible box-shaped units which clip together, leaving cut-outs for power cables to snake through them, the whole very rigid stage then being covered in smooth looking heavy duty vinyl – a luxury job, as used by ABBA: The Party.


New Spins

FRANCINE MCGEE: ‘Feelin’ Good’ / ‘Delirium’ (RCA PC 9216)
Sizzling hot import scorcher now out here on 12in, a super fast flier with Donna Summer-ish vocal A-side, instrumental flip. Watch it hit!

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Kaya’ LP (Island ILPS 9517)
The impossible dream, an album with 100 per cent useable tracks . . . all of which will be used by fans of the man.

 

BILLY PRESTON: ‘Wide Stride’ (A&M AMS 7344)
Dynamite funky Stevie Wonder-ish synthesiser instrumental, on 45 here at last! 

PARLIAMENT: ‘Flash Light’ (Casablanca CAN 123)
Gas of an ultra-funky clapping slow jiggler, could be their biggest yet.

HIGH INERGY: ‘Love Is All You Need’ (Motown TMG 1103)
Powerful shrill bubbling soul swayer with dramatic rhythm spurts.

ROY AYERS: ‘Freaky Deaky’ (from LP ‘Let’s Do It’, Polydor 2490145)
Full-length 5:20 funky smash joined by ‘When Is Real Real’ and ‘Sweet Tears’ as other hot ‘uns on a really classy quality LP, which should establish Roy as a major star.

BARRY WHITE: ‘Oh What A Night For Dancing’ (20th Century BTC 2365)
Tension-filled romantic slow lurcher, good and soulful.

ANDY GIBB: ‘Shadow Dancing’ (RSO 001)
Bee Gees brother sounds just like ‘em on a typical chunky disco swayer.

FATBACK: ‘Mile High’ (Spring 2066900)
Untypical bright and breezy melodic fast bumper with booming bass.

THE MEXICANO: ‘Move Up Starsky’ (Ice GUY 6)
Reggae classic from last year, out for third time and already clicking.


Hot Vinyl

Johnnie Walker is solidly funky every Thursday at Farnborough’s Dicks, in the Tumbledown Dick Hotel on Farnborough Road, and works by day at Guildford’s Harlequin Records shop.  Among his import tips are:

DEXTER WANSEL: ‘All Night Long’ / ‘I Just Want To Love You’ (Philadelphia Int’l LP cuts)
SUN: ‘Sun Is Here’ (Capitol LP cut)
B&G RHYTHM: ‘I Know You’ (Polydor LP cut)
BILL BRANDON: ‘We Fell In Love While Dancing’ (Prelude 12”)
UBIQUITY: ‘Star Booty’ / ‘Midnight After Dark’ (Elektra LP cuts)


UK Disco Top 90 – March 25, 1978

Yes, you read right – 90! Now that contributing DJ’s are sending in expanded Top 20 charts, there are a great many more breakers showing up with heavy enough support to make an even more comprehensive list.

01 01 Eruption – I Can’t Stand The Rain – Atlantic 7″
02 02 Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant / Love Express – Private Stock 7″/12″
03 04 Stargard – Which Way Is Up – MCA 7″/LP/US 12″
04 05 Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive – RSO 7″/LP
05 03 Manu Dibango – Big Blow – Decca 7″/French Fiesta 12″
06 12 Blondie – Denis (Denee) – Chrysalis 7″
07 09 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love – Island 7″
08 08 Donna Summer – Rumour Has It – Casablanca 7″
09 07 Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star – Whitfield 7″
10 06 Darts – Come Back My Love – Magnet 7″
11 10 Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy – CBS 7″
12 18 Sheila & B. Devotion – Singin’ In The Rain – Carrere 7″/12″
13 14 Roy Ayers – Freaky Deaky – Polydor 7″/LP
14 11 ABBA – Take A Chance On Me – Epic 7″
15 20 Gene Page – Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Arista 7″/12″
16 17 Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner – Rak 7″
17 15 Free – All Right Now – Island EP
18 22 Real Thing – Whenever You Want My Love – Pye 7″
19 34 Jimmy Lindsay – Easy – Island/Black Swan 12″
20 16 Andrea True Connection – What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number – Buddah 7″/US 12″
21 29 Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot / Zoom – Motown 7″/12″
22 26 Cameo – It’s Serious – Casablanca LP
23 13 Mandrill – Can You Get It / Funky Monkey – Arista 7″/12″/LP
24 30 Tavares – The Ghost Of Love / Bein’ With You – Capitol 7″/promo 12″
25 46 Chic – Everybody Dance – Atlantic 7″/LP/US 12″
26 27 Raydio – Jack And Jill – Arista LP
27 44 Kellee Patterson – If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It – EMI Int’l 7″
28 25 Francine McGee – Feelin’ Good – RCA 12″
29 41 Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On – US Salsoul 7″
30 40 Brass Construction – We – UA 7″
31 21 War – Galaxy – MCA 7″/LP/US 12″
32 23 Earth, Wind & Fire – Magic Mind / Jupiter – CBS LP
33 47 Lonnie Smith – Funk Reaction – TK 7″
34 35 Cerrone – Supernature / Give Me Love – Atlantic LP
35 36 Commodores – Brick House / I Feel Sanctified – Motown LP/promo 12″
36 19 Heatwave – The Groove Line – GTO 7″
37 38 Peter Brown – Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me – TK 7″/12″
38 32 Yellow Dog – Just One More Night – Virgin 7″
39 45 Eastside Connection – You’re So Right For Me – Creole 7″/12″
40 NE Ashford & Simpson – Don’t Cost You Nothin’ – Warner Bros. 7″/12″
41 43 Al Hudson – If You Feel Like Dancin’ – ABC 7″/12″
42 50 Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle / Hello Sunday! Hello Road! – Arista 12″
43 37 Southroad Connection – You Like It, We Love It – US Mahogany 12″
44 NE Grover Washington Jr. – Sausalito – Kudu LP
45 24 Bionic Boogie – Risky Changes – US Polydor 7″/12″/LP
46 NE Bar-Kays – Let’s Have Some Fun – Mercury 7″/LP
47 48 Gene Farrow – Move Your Body – Magnet 12″
48 28 Nick Lowe – I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass – Radar 7″
49 NE Hi-Tension – Hi-Tension – Island 12″
50 NE Bionic Boogie – Dance Little Dreamer – Polydor 7″
51 NE O’Jays – I Love Music / Love Train – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
52 NE Diana Ross – Your Love Is So Good For Me – Motown LP/US promo 12″
53 NE Meco – Close Encounters – RCA 7″
54 NE Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams – Emotions / Too Much, Too Little, Too Late – CBS 7″
55 NE Charo – Dance A Little Bit Closer – Salsoul 7″/US 12″
56 NE Inner City Express – Shu’ Dig Dancin’ – Ebony 7″/12″
57 NE Tee Cees – Disco Love Bite – DJM 7″
58 NE Player – Baby Come Back – RSO 7″
59 NE Mary Wells – My Guy – Motown 7″
60 NE George Benson – On Broadway – Warner Bros. 7″/12″
61 39 Peter Brown – Dance With Me – TK LP
62 31 B.T. Express – Shout It Out / Ride On It – EMI Int’l 7″
63 NE Brooklyn Dreams – Music, Harmony And Rhythm – RCA promo 12″
64 42 Raydio – Is This A Love Thing – Arista LP
65 49 Johnny Guitar Watson – It’s A Damn Shame – DJM 7″
66 NE Montana – A Dance Fantasy – US Atlantic 12″
67 NE Bunny Sigler – Let Me Party With You – Salsoul 7″/12″
68 NE Leif Garrett – Runaround Sue – Atlantic 7″/12″
69 NE Bee Gees – Night Fever – RSO LP
70 NE Raffaella Carra – Do It, Do It Again – Epic 7″
71 NE MJ Williams – I Found Love Dancing On The Disco Floor – Ariola 7″/12″
72 NE Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan – Island 7″/12″
73 NE Players Association – Disco Inferno / I Like It – Vanguard 7″/12″
74 RE George Duke – Reach For It – Epic 7″
75 NE Uncle Sam – Oh Pretty Woman – Ariola 7″
76 NE Slade – Give Us A Goal – Barn 7″
77 NE Joe Sample – There Are Many Stops Along The Way – US ABC LP
78 NE Kay-Gees – Kilowatt Invasion – US De-Lite LP
79 NE Sine – Just Let Me Do My Thing / Chimi – US Prelude LP
80 NE Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame – US RCA 12″
81 NE Mexicano – Move Up Starsky – Ice 7″
82 NE Ubiquity – Midnight After Dark – US Elektra 7″
83 NE Flintlock – Mony Mony – Pinnacle 7″
84 NE Roundtree – Get On Up – Power Exchange 7″
85 NE Showaddywaddy – I Wonder Why – Arista 7″
86 NE Veda Brown – Shortstopping – Stax 7″
87 NE Olympic Runners – Solar Heat – RCA LP
88 NE Baccara – Koochie Koo – RCA LP
89 NE 5th Dimension – You Are The Reason – Motown 7″
90 NE Pockets – In The Pocket – CBS 7″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 2/4/78) / #2 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #3 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
#4 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #8 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #12 (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
#20 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #22 (BNDA debut 2/18/78) / #25 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#29 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #30 (BNDA debut 12/3/77) / #31 (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
#34 (BNDA debut 11/26/77) / #35 (BNDA debut 4/16/77) / #37 (BNDA debut 4/23/77)
#39 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #40 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #43 (BNDA debut 1/28/78)
#45 (BNDA debut 12/17/77) / #50 (BNDA debut 12/17/77) / #52 (BNDA debut 10/15/77)
#53 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #55 (BNDA debut 11/19/77) / #61 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
#63 (BNDA debut 4/8/78) / #66 (BNDA debut 2/18/78) / #67 (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
#69 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #80 (BNDA debut 10/1/77) / #84 (BNDA debut 7/22/78)


Songs mentioned in DJ Hotline:

WHIRLWIND: ‘Hang Loose’ (Chiswick)
ROCKABILLY RAIDERS: ‘Hurricane Rock’ (Sun)
KONGAS: ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’ / ‘Dr. Doo-Dah’ (Crocus LP cuts – French import) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
KING ERRISSON: ‘Manhattan Love Song’ (Westbound LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
JOHN FORDE: ‘Atlantis’ (EMI)
SQUEEZE: ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ (A&M)
XTC: ‘Statue Of Liberty’ (Virgin)
HELEN DAVIS: ‘Satisfaction’ (Carrere 12”)
AUGUSTUS PABLO: ‘King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown’ (Island 12”)
GLADIATORS: ‘Stick A Bush’ (Front Line)
GEORGE FAITH: ‘I’ve Got The Groove’ (Island)
PENGUIN FEET & THE TEARDROP KID: ‘Larry Move Your Hand’ (HDM – US import)
REGAL DEWY: ‘Love Music’ (RCA)
ERUPTION: ‘Movin’’ (Ariola LP cut – German import)
SUNSHINE BAND: ‘Black Water Gold’ (TK – US import)
CHOCOLAT’S: ‘Let’s Do It The French Way’ (Ibach LP cut – French import) (BNDA debut 1/21/78)

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