June 10, 1978: A Taste Of Honey, Loleatta Holloway, Melodians, Commodores, Linda Clifford

New Spins

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ (from LP ‘A Taste Of Honey’, Tower ES 11754) (BNDA 5/27/78)
Forget the 45, here’s the funky DJ-favoured full length, 5:37 disco mix of the ridiculously catchy hit-bound girlie group hot flier!

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY: ‘Hit And Run’ (Salsoul SSOL 108) (BNDA debut 5/7/77)
Finally out here on dynamite full 11:00 12in, last year’s US disco hit develops into a powerhouse hypnotically chugging gospel-type wailer with an exciting intensity that’s totally lacking on 7in.

MELODIANS: ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ (Island WIP 6447)
Hurrah, it’s the far more subtle reggae original . . . and about time, too! 

COMMODORES: ‘Flying High’ (Motown 12 TMG 1111)
Motown’s second-ever commercial 12in, the full 5:11 slick smoothy has surprisingly fast jiggling rhythm undertow, edited to 3:40 for 7in.

LINDA CLIFFORD: ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’ LP (Curtom K 56498) (BNDA debut 3/25/78)
Huge on import for ages, the full 7:53 title track of course joins funkier faves the slower 7:04 ‘Runaway Love’ and bubbly 5:42 ‘Gypsy Lady’.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ‘Come Back And Finish What You Started’ (Buddah BDS 473)
Bright little mid-tempo jitterer with booming bass drum beats.

USA-EUROPEAN CONNECTION: ‘Come Into My Heart / Good Loving’ (TK TKR 6034) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
Extremely zingy but quite jolly gay girlie group Eurodisco 12in with a pounding break and similar flip, big on import for ages.

PLATINUM HOOK: ‘Standing On The Verge (Of Getting It On)’ (from LP ‘Platinum Hook’, Motown STML 12086)
Powerful scat-style staccato-sung funky bounder, big on import, and lovely atmospheric Side Effect/Odyssey-type ‘Gotta Find A Woman’.

ASHANTIS: ‘Disco Play’ (Calendar DAY 118)
Hi-Tension-inspired fast exciting Osibisa-type chanting bubbler.

SHIRLEY BROWN: ‘Woman To Woman’ (Stax 2009)
Dynamite classic deep soul smoocher from ‘74 – you know, the telephone call about a cheatin’ fella!

EUMIR DEODATO: ‘Whistle Bump’ (Warner Bros. K 17190) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
Huge funk-jazz conga kicker with lovely big band brass riff, but it’s the 7:42 US 12in remix and not this 4:40 LP version that’s actually happening.

BOBBI HUMPHREY: ‘Home Made Jam’ / ‘Sunset Burgundy’ (Epic EPC 4416)
More hot fun – great heavily thudding funk instrumental from the female flautist, lighter skipping flip that’s big for some too.

ROY AYERS: ‘Let’s Do It’ (Polydor 2066930)
Lovely romantic vocal swayer intensifies into a bumpy middle section.

HARVEY MASON: ‘What’s Going On?’ (Arista 12188)
Beautiful slow-starting 8:23 12in jazz-funk instrumental with George Benson playing Marvin Gaye’s oldie, edited for 7in.

SWEET THUNDER: ‘Everybody’s Singin’ Love Songs’ (Fantasy FTC 158)
Jaunty mid-tempo modern squeaky soul harmony jitterer, bit like Olympic Runners can do, 1:35 longer on their eponymously-titled LP (FT 545), which has a thudding thunder-introed title track.

PLEASURE: ‘Thanks For Everything’ / ‘Foxy Lady’ (from LP ’Get To The Feeling’, Fantasy FT 543)
EWF-type funky slow jigglers, plus some pleasant slowies.

KRAFTWERK: ‘The Robots’ (Capitol CL 15931) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
Slightly slow but insistent electronic pop for ‘Automatic’ lovers.

WARREN ZEVON: ‘Nighttime In The Switching Yard’ (Asylum K 13124)
Spare bouncily driving bumper, with wider than new wave appeal.

DOROTHY MOORE: ‘Let The Music Play’ (Epic EPC 6366) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
Surprisingly, an uptempo happily thumping romper.

KELLEE PATERSON: ‘Turn On The Lights’ (EMI INT 558)
Pretty little lightweight tripper, oddly with ‘If It Don’t Fit’ on flip. Huh?

RONNIE LOVE: ‘Let’s Make Love’ (Grapevine GRP 108)
Attractive smoothly skipping northern flier.

AL MATTHEWS: ‘People Are People’ (Electric WOT 23)
Disjointed (so possibly northern-aimed) fast flier settles into a pounding groove.

LEE KOSMIN: ‘Ain’t No Way’ (Polydor 2059034)
Nostalgically old-fashioned Foundations-type happy romper.

LUISA FERNANDEZ: ‘Lay Love On You’ (Warner Bros. K 17061)
Good steadily clapping tempo, dreadful Baccara-type phonetic Euro vocal.

SOUL CHILDREN: ‘Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours’ (Stax 503)
Slow deep soul gospel treatment of Stevie’s song.

TAPPER ZUKIE: ‘She Want A Phensic’ / ‘Rastaman Skank’ (Front Line FLS 109)
Very heavy ethnic dub-type skank, jollier flip.

JIM CARLISLE: ‘Don’t Start Crying Now’ (Billy Goat BILL 001)
Home-recorded UK rockabilly jumper.

CHUCK MANGIONE: ‘Feels So Good’ (A&M AMS 7357)
Lush trumpet-led jazzy swayer, big in US charts.

WALTER JACKSON: ‘Manhattan Skyline’ (UA UP 36384)
Fast new northern clopper from the soul veteran.

WIGANS OVATION: ‘After Loving You’ (RK 1008)
Happy dated creamy churner.

SOUND EXPRESS: ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ (Response SR 519)
Pounding hustle revamp of Steam’s old chanter.

FUNN: ‘Living With The Sun’ (Logo GO 318)
Football chant-type rough pop bounder.

MANDY ANN HUGHES: ‘One Stop Baby’ (LBA 101)
Ultra-fast Europop-type pounder.

HOT ICE: ‘Casanova Jones’ (Ariola ARO 123)
Dated breezy pop-soul romper.

BLACK GOLD: ‘Dance Hall’ (Polydor 2059030)
Emotions-copying staccato chugger.

EMMA LEIGH: ‘Do You Dig It’ (Pepper UP 36407)
Breathily dated and cliched UK chick.


Hot Vinyl

Graham Canter (Mayfair Gullivers) import tips:

BETTY WRIGHT: ‘Clean Up Woman (live)’ (US Alston LP)
SPECIAL DELIVERY: ‘Get Up And Express Yourself’ (US Shield LP)
LOVE COMMITTEE: ‘Law And Order’ (US Gold Mind LP) (BNDA debut 6/24/78)
HUES CORPORATION: ‘Get Up Off Your Backside’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION: ‘POW’ / ‘My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
PATTI LABELLE: ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ (US Epic LP)
LEW KIRTON: ‘New York City’ (US Alston 7”)
NATE BRANCH: ‘Midnight Dream’ (US La Fay 7”)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Close The Door’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 7”)
ETTA JAMES: ‘Deep In The Night’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
and revives smoochy JR WALKER & THELMA HOUSTON: ‘I Need You Right Now’ (from Tamla Motown ‘Hot Shot’ LP).


UK Disco Top 90 – June 10, 1978

01 01 Hi-Tension – Hi-Tension – Island 7″/12″
02 02 Bee Gees – Night Fever – RSO 7″/LP/12″ promo
03 03 Boney M. – Rivers Of Babylon – Atlantic 7″/12″
04 04 Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant / Love Express – Private Stock 7″/12″
05 05 Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame – RCA 7″/12″
06 08 Boiling Point – Let’s Get Funktified – Bang 7″/12″
07 06 Olympic Runners – Whatever It Takes / Solar Heat – RCA 7″/12″
08 09 Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You – RSO 7″/LP/12″ promo
09 11 Tavares – More Than A Woman – Capitol 7″/RSO LP
10 10 Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancin’ – Whitfield 7″/12″
11 07 Voyage – Voyage (all cuts) – GTO LP
12 19 Rick James – You And I / Sexy Lady – Motown 7″/US Gordy 12″
13 30 Linda Clifford – Runaway Love / Gypsy Lady / If My Friends Could See Me Now – Curtom 7″/LP
14 33 A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 7″/US LP
15 13 Metropolis – I Love New York – Salsoul 7″/US 12″
16 15 Maytals – Disco Reggae / Dub A Little Reggae – State 7″/12″/LP
17 17 Isley Brothers – Take To Me The Next Phase / Livin’ The Life – Epic 7″/12″
18 16 Bee Gees – More Than A Woman – RSO LP/12″ promo
19 32 Trammps – Disco Inferno – Atlantic 7″/12″/RSO LP
20 40 Real Thing – Let’s Go Disco – Pye 7″
21 12 Chic – Everybody Dance – Atlantic 7″/LP/US 12″
22 22 KC & The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes – TK 7″/RSO LP
23 25 Saturday Night Band – Come On Dance Dance – US Prelude LP
24 18 Sun – Sun Is Here / Dance – Capitol/Tower LP
25 29 John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air – Ariola 7″
26 52 Sine – Just Let Me Do My Thing – CBS 7″/US Prelude LP
27 61 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want – RSO 7″
28 31 Idris Muhammad – Boogie To The Top – US Kudu LP
29 26 Darts – The Boy From New York City – Magnet 7″
30 28 Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive – RSO 7″/LP/12″ promo
31 14 Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On – Salsoul 7″/12″
32 24 Francine McGee – Delirium / Feelin’ Good – RCA 7″/12″
33 23 Cameo – It’s Serious – Casablanca 7″/12″/LP
34 55 Heatwave – Mind Blowing Decisions – GTO 7″/LP
35 42 Dexter Wansel – All Night Long / Disco Lights – Philadelphia Int’l 7″/12″
36 21 Eddie Kendricks – Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire – Arista 7″/12″
37 47 Various Artists – Thank God It’s Friday (all cuts except TGIF) – Casablanca LP
38 20 Dee D. Jackson – Automatic Lover – Mercury 7″
39 27 Sheila & B. Devotion – Singin’ In The Rain – Carrere 7″/12″/LP
40 36 Samuel Jonathan – You / Just Us – US Columbia LP
41 37 Deodato – Whistle Bump – Warner Bros. LP/US 12″
42 45 Tower Of Power – Lovin’ You Is Gonna See Me Thru – CBS 7″
43 34 Raydio – Jack And Jill / Get Down – Arista 7″/LP
44 38 Parliament – Flash Light – Casablanca 7″/US 12″
45 46 Cleveland Eaton – Bama Boogie Woogie – US Ovation 12″
46 48 Players Association – Disco Inferno / I Like It – Vanguard 7″/12″/LP
47 35 Peter Brown – Dance With Me – TK 7″/12″
48 44 Ashford & Simpson – Don’t Cost You Nothin’ – Warner Bros. 7″/12″
49 50 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Satisfy My Soul – Island 7″/LP
50 39 Rare Gems Odyssey – What Is Funk – Casablanca 7″/US LP
51 67 James Brown – Eyesight – Polydor 7″/LP
52 51 Stanley Clarke – More Hot Fun – Epic 7″
53 65 Mastermind – Hustle Bus Stop – CBS 7″
54 76 O’Jays – Use Ta Be My Girl – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
55 NE Commodores – Flying High / Three Times A Lady – Motown LP
56 NE Norman Connors – Stella / Captain Connors – US Arista LP
57 77 Double Exposure – Ten Percent – US Salsoul 12″
58 58 Joe Sample – There Are Many Stops Along The Way – ABC LP
59 66 Raydio – Is This A Love Thing / Honey I’m Rich – Arista LP
60 43 Charo – Dance A Little Bit Closer – Salsoul 7″/LP
61 49 Love & Kisses – Thank God It’s Friday – Casablanca 7″/12″/LP
62 78 Kay-Gees – Kilowatt / Kilowatt Invasion – US De-Lite LP
63 NE Demis Roussos – L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me – Mercury 12″ promo
64 60 Prince – Just As Long As We’re Together – US Warner Bros. LP
65 84 Rinder & Lewis – Lust / Envy / Pride – Pye 7″/LP
66 62 Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi – Sire 7″
67 64 Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams – Too Much, Too Little, Too Late – CBS 7″
68 57 Raffaella Carra – Do It, Do It Again – Epic 7″
69 68 Brass Construction – Celebrate – UA 7″
70 41 Earth, Wind & Fire – Jupiter – CBS 7″/LP
71 56 Alec R. Costandinos – Romeo & Juliet – Lightning 7″/LP
72 69 T-Connection – Let Yourself Go – TK 7″/12″
73 72 Johnnie Taylor – Keep On Dancing – CBS 7″
74 53 J. R. T. – Play It Again Sam – Electric 7″/12″
75 74 Gary Criss – Rio De Janeiro – US Salsoul 12″
76 82 Kenny Delt & Prana – Conquer All – US Mercury 12″
77 70 Roberta Kelly – Oh Happy Day / To My Father’s House / My Sweet Lord – Oasis LP
78 75 Platinum Hook – Standing On The Verge – Motown 7″
79 RE Ubiquity – Midnight After Dark – Elektra LP/US 12″
80 81 John Gibbs & US Steel Orchestra – Trinidad – US Jumbo Caribbean 12″
81 NE Rod Stewart – Ole Ola – Riva 7″
82 NE Rokotto – Funk Theory – State 7″/12″
83 NE Amanda Lear – Follow Me – Ariola 7″
84 NE J.A.L.N. Band – Get Up (& Let Yourself Go) – Magnet 7″/12″
85 NE Eddie Russ – Tea Leaves / Take A Look At Yourself – US Monument LP
86 88 Elvis Costello – Pump It Up – Radar 7″
87 87 In Crowd – Back A Yard – Cactus 7″
88 NE Jack Ashford – Hotel Sheet – US Magic Disc LP
89 NE Raul De Souza – Daisy Mae / Jump Street – Tower LP
90 NE Spyro Gyra – Shaker Song – US Amherst 7″/LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #4 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #5 (BNDA debut 10/1/77)
#10 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #11 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #12 (BNDA debut 5/13/78)
#13 (BNDA debut 3/25/78) / #14 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #15 (BNDA debut 4/1/78)
#18 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #19 (BNDA debut 1/15/77) / #21 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#23 (BNDA debut 4/15/78) / #28 (BNDA debut 5/6/78) / #30 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
#31 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #33 (BNDA debut 2/18/78) / #36 (BNDA debut 2/25/78)
#37 (BNDA debut 4/29/78) / #39 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #41 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#47 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #48 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #60 (BNDA debut 11/19/77)
#61 (BNDA debut 4/29/78) / #63 (BNDA debut 7/1/78) / #65 (BNDA debut 4/8/78)
#69 (BNDA debut 12/3/77) / #71 (BNDA debut 2/4/78) / #72 (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
#75 (BNDA debut 3/25/78) / #77 (BNDA debut 4/8/78)

No Bubbling Under titles this week.

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