July 1, 1978: Saturday Night Band, A Taste Of Honey, Fatback, Norman Connors, Raydio

Disco News

Les Spaine sez Motown still need a few more top club jocks for their mailing list, so if you’re resident at least three nights a week write to Les at Motown Records, Heron Place, 9 Thayer Street, London W1 . . . Following some changes within the DJ Federation, temporary acting officers have had to be elected until the AGM on Aug 15, the well-known names involved being (you guessed?) Theo Loyla, Chris Archer and Dougall DJ . . . Power Exchange have 12-inched 5,000 copies of Sugar ‘Manhattan Fever’ (APX 265) . . . Some DJ moves: Mark Rymann has left Swansea Cinderellas for three months with Bacchus at Goteborg’s Restaurant Henriksberg in Sweden, Sterling Vann has moved from Stepney Green’s Old Globe to soccer star Bobby Moore’s new Tipples pub in Bethnal Green (near the tube), and the Titchener brothers’ Rock Street Roadshow has switched bases from South Wimbledon to Wallington in Surrey (01-669 0327) . . . Some excuses from Scottish jocks for not getting to Dundee include Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Rutland) taking his baby daughter to the hospital with a skull fracture, Alan Donald (Rothesay Royal) having the room above the disco catch fire, and Alan Farmer (Edinburgh Murrayfield Rink) being in London – nothing heavy, though Mr Farmer could have done better . . . Finally, the revolting Travolta-type dancer Ian Moore seems to be gaining in fame, having appalled most of North Kent and South Essex with his evidently totally sincere but staggeringly inept attempt at Fever posturing – catch him if you can, as everyone who’s seen him says he’s a gas!


New Spins

SATURDAY NIGHT BAND: ‘Come On Dance Dance’ LP (CBS 82887) (BNDA debut 4/15/78)
Here it is, the dynamite full-length 12:48 side-long pounder with all its zingy but madly catchy changes intact!

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ (Capitol 12 CL 15988) (BNDA 5/27/78)
And the full LP length version, with that great searing guitar, on 12in!

FATBACK: ‘I’m Fired Up’ (from LP ‘Fired Up ‘N Kickin’’, Spring/Polydor 2391351)
Terrific fast funky rhythm-rattling leaper and an even jazzier Latin-type ‘Snake’, while the rather deliberate medium-tempo ‘Get Out On The Dance Floor’ is also flip to the dull and so far not particularly popular ‘I Like Girls’ on 45 (2066923) . . . boy, did someone goof! 

NORMAN CONNORS: ‘Captain Connors’ (Buddah BDS 476)
Smash import LP fast instrumental funk-jazz bumper now on 3:16 7in, but as flip to the dull slow vocal burbler ‘Say You Love Me’.

RAYDIO: ‘Is This A Love Thing’ (Arista ARIST 193)
Powerful funky burbler big on LP, now a 3:28 red vinyl 7in and DJ promo 12in.

GEORGE CHANDLER: ‘It’s All Over Now’ (RCA PB 5092)
Valentinos’ classic (OK, Stones’ and Rod’s, too!) gets cluttered up as an unusual fast bouncy disco chugger.

LOVE COMMITTEE: ‘Love And Order’ LP (Salsoul SSLP 1506) (BNDA debut 6/24/78)
Far superior full-length 8:42 version of the smoothly churning pounder with Temptations vocal touches, on specially imported LP prior to UK-pressed August release.

DON RAY: ‘The Garden Of Love’ LP (Polydor 2310610) (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
Strong set full of different tempo cool clompers co-prod/penned by Cerrone, big on import for ages.

RAUL DE SOUZA: ‘Daisy Mae’ (Capitol CL 15993)
Twiddly jazz-funk trombone groover, big for some hip kids already.

KONGAS: ‘Africanism’ / ‘Gimme Some Loving’ (from LP ‘Africanism’, Polydor 2310601) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
Cerrone-produced exotic afro-type full LP length pounder and even more exotic funk-jazz ‘Dr Doo-Dah’, big on import for ages.

RAFFAELLA CARRA: ‘Tanti Auguri’ / ‘California’ (Epic EPC 6450)
Terrific Italian romper for her roots fans, hidden as flip of an over-busy fast pop churner.


UK Disco Top 90 – July 1, 1978

01 01 Hi-Tension – Hi-Tension – Island 7″/12″
02 02 Bee Gees – Night Fever – RSO 7″/LP/12″ promo
03 04 A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 7″/12″
04 03 Boney M. – Rivers Of Babylon – Atlantic 7″/12″
05 14 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want – RSO 7″
06 05 Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame – RCA 7″/12″
07 09 Rick James – You And I / Sexy Lady – Motown 7″/US Gordy 12″
08 10 Real Thing – Let’s Go Disco – Pye 7″
09 16 Sine – Just Let Me Do My Thing – CBS 7″/12″/LP
10 06 Boiling Point – Let’s Get Funktified – Bang 7″/12″
11 11 Voyage – Voyage (all cuts) – GTO LP
12 08 Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You – RSO 7″/LP/12″ promo
13 15 Linda Clifford – Runaway Love / Gypsy Lady / If My Friends Could See Me Now – Curtom 7″/12″/LP
14 07 Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant / Love Express – Private Stock 7″/12″
15 13 Tavares – More Than A Woman – Capitol 7″/RSO LP
16 17 Trammps – Disco Inferno – Atlantic 7″/12″/RSO LP
17 22 O’Jays – Use Ta Be My Girl – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
18 19 Bee Gees – More Than A Woman – RSO LP/12″ promo
19 23 Idris Muhammad – Boogie To The Top – Kudu 7″/LP/US 12″
20 21 Heatwave – Mind Blowing Decisions – GTO 7″/LP
21 12 Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancin’ – Whitfield 7″/12″
22 20 Saturday Night Band – Come On Dance Dance – CBS 7″/12″/LP
23 59 Rolling Stones – Miss You – EMI 7″/12″
24 33 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Satisfy My Soul – Island 7″
25 31 Eddie Kendricks – Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire – Arista 7″/12″
26 18 Olympic Runners – Whatever It Takes / Solar Heat – RCA 7″/12″
27 38 Commodores – Flying High – Motown 7″/12″/LP
28 25 Metropolis – I Love New York – Salsoul 7″/US 12″
29 26 Sun – Sun Is Here – Capitol/Tower LP
30 52 Peter Brown – Dance With Me – TK 7″/12″
31 29 John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air – Ariola 7″
32 46 Marshall Hain – Dancing In The City – Harvest 7″
33 32 J.A.L.N. Band – Get Up (& Let Yourself Go) – Magnet 7″/12″
34 24 Isley Brothers – Take To Me The Next Phase / Livin’ The Life – Epic 7″/12″
35 30 Darts – The Boy From New York City – Magnet 7″
36 27 James Brown – Eyesight – Polydor 7″/LP
37 36 Donna Summer – Last Dance / With Your Love – Casablanca 7″/LP
38 50 Rokotto – Funk Theory – State 7″/12″
39 41 Deodato – Whistle Bump – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
40 44 Double Exposure – Ten Percent – US Salsoul 12″
41 43 Norman Connors – Stella / Captain Connors – US Arista LP
42 88 Charles Earland – Let The Music Play / Over And Over – US Mercury LP
43 54 Bionic Boogie – Risky Changes – Polydor 7″/LP/US 12″
44 83 Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance – US Mercury LP
45 49 Demis Roussos – L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me – Mercury 12″ promo
46 47 Tower Of Power – Lovin’ You Is Gonna See Me Thru – CBS 7″
47 53 Stanley Clarke – More Hot Fun – Epic 7″
48 39 Maytals – Disco Reggae / Dub A Little Reggae – State 7″/12″/LP
49 37 T-Connection – Let Yourself Go – TK 7″/12″
50 56 Various Artists – Thank God It’s Friday (all cuts except TGIF & Last Dance) – Casablanca LP
51 35 Dexter Wansel – All Night Long / Disco Lights / Solutions – Philadelphia Int’l 7″/12″/LP
52 89 Commodores – Three Times A Lady – Motown LP
53 74 Fatback – I’m Fired Up / Get Out On The Dance Floor / Snake – US Spring LP
54 28 Chic – Everybody Dance – Atlantic 7″/LP/US 12″
55 34 Ripple – The Beat Goes On And On – Salsoul 7″/12″
56 51 Players Association – Disco Inferno / I Like It – Vanguard 7″/12″/LP
57 62 Ubiquity – Midnight After Dark / Starbooty – Elektra 7″/US 12″
58 42 Samuel Jonathan – You / Just Us – US Columbia LP
59 66 Loleatta Holloway – Hit And Run – Salsoul 12″
60 78 Kenny Delt & Prana – Conquer All – US Mercury 12″
61 48 Brass Construction – Celebrate – UA 7″
62 NE Constellation Orchestra – Perfect Love Affair – US Prelude LP
63 55 Eddie Russ – Tea Leaves / Take A Look At Yourself – US Monument LP
64 86 Blackwell – Put The Funk Back / Boogie Down – US Butterfly LP
65 58 John Gibbs & US Steel Orchestra – Trinidad – US Jumbo Caribbean 12″
66 40 Raydio – Jack And Jill / Get Down – Arista 7″/LP
67 45 Love & Kisses – Thank God It’s Friday – Casablanca 7″/12″/LP
68 67 Alec R. Costandinos – Romeo & Juliet – Lightning 7″/LP
69 61 Cameo – It’s Serious – Casablanca 7″/12″/LP
70 77 Spyro Gyra – Shaker Song – US Amherst 7″/LP
71 RE Lee Ritenour – Sugarloaf Express – US Electra LP
72 63 Cleveland Eaton – Bama Boogie Woogie – US Ovation 12″
73 NE Clout – Substitute – Carrere 7″
74 64 Mastermind – Hustle Bus Stop – CBS 7″
75 82 Gary Criss – Rio De Janeiro – US Salsoul 12″/French Carrere 12″
76 72 Rare Gems Odyssey – What Is Funk – Casablanca 7″/US LP
77 68 J. R. T. – Play It Again Sam – Electric 7″/12″
78 NE Karen Young – Hot Shot – US West End 12″
79 75 Prince – Just As Long As We’re Together – US Warner Bros. LP
80 79 Rinder & Lewis – Lust / Envy / Pride – Pye 7″/LP
81 RE Roberta Kelly – Oh Happy Day / To My Father’s House / My Sweet Lord – Oasis LP
82 NE Luisa Fernandez – Lay Love On You – Warner Bros. 7″
83 NE Bobbi Humphrey – Sunset Burgundy / Home Made Jam – Epic 7″
84 RE Jack Ashford – Hotel Sheet – US Magic Disc LP
85 70 Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi – Sire 7″
86 NE Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Davy’s On The Road Again – Bronze 7″
87 84 Harvey Mason – What’s Going On / Till You Take My Love – Arista 7″/12″
88 81 Joe Sample – There Are Many Stops Along The Way – ABC LP
89 85 Platinum Hook – Standing On The Verge – Motown LP
90 RE Raul De Souza – Daisy Mae / Jump Street – Capitol/Tower LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #3 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #6 (BNDA debut 10/1/77)
#7 (BNDA debut 5/13/78) / #11 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #13 (BNDA debut 3/25/78)
#14 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #16 (BNDA debut 1/15/77) / #18 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
#19 (BNDA debut 5/6/78) / #21 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #22 (BNDA debut 4/15/78)
#23 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #25 (BNDA debut 2/25/78) / #28 (BNDA debut 4/1/78)
#30 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #37 (BNDA debut 4/29/78) / #39 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#43 (BNDA debut 12/17/77) / #44 (BNDA debut 7/22/78) / #45 (BNDA debut 7/1/78)
#49 (BNDA debut 4/22/78) / #50 (BNDA debut 4/29/78) / #54 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#55 (BNDA debut 1/28/78) / #59 (BNDA debut 5/7/77) / #61 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#62 (BNDA debut 7/1/78) / #64 (BNDA debut 6/10/78) / #67 (BNDA debut 4/29/78)
#68 (BNDA debut 2/4/78) / #69 (BNDA debut 2/18/78) / #75 (BNDA debut 3/25/78)
#78 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #80 (BNDA debut 4/8/78) / #81 (BNDA debut 4/8/78)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
GILLA: ‘Bend Me Shape Me’ (Ariola Hansa 7”)
AMANDA LEAR: ‘Follow Me’ (Ariola 7”)
RARE EARTH: ‘Warm Ride’ (Prodigal 12” promo)
SMOKIE: ‘Oh Carol’ (Rak 7”)
VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Macho Man’ (DJM 7”) (BNDA debut 3/18/78)
CANDI STATON: ‘Honest I Do Love You’ (Warner Bros. 7”)
PAUL NICHOLAS: ‘On The Strip’ (RSO 7”)
GOLDIE: ‘Making Up Again’ (Bronze 7”)
IAN DURY: ‘What A Waste’ / ‘Wake Up’ (Stiff 7”)
USA-EUROPEAN CONNECTION: ‘Come Into My Heart’ (CBS LP) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
TRADE MARK: ‘Days Of Pearly Spencer’ (RSO 7”)
SIDE EFFECT: ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ / ‘It’s All In Your Mind’ (Fantasy 7”)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose’ (Philadelphia Int’l 7”)
ERUPTION: ‘Movin’’ (Atlantic LP)
BONEY M: ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump’ (Creole 12”)
LINDA LEWIS: ‘It’s Good’ (Arista 12”)
MOTORS: ‘Airport’ (Virgin 12”)
MICHAEL ZAGER BAND: ‘Do It With Feeling’ (Bang 7”)
WALTER MURPHY: ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ (Private Stock 12”)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: ‘That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You’ (Mercury 7”) (BNDA debut 3/11/78)

No Bubbling Under imports this week.

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