July 8, 1978: Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, David Boydell, Crown Heights Affair, Kennie Delt & Prana

Disco News

Calendar Records (currently hot with the Ashantis) need more top jocks for their mailing list, so apply to Liz Cruickshanks at Calendar, 59 Chiswick High Road, London W4 . . . The appalling Revolta-dancing Ian Moore now has an agent and is accepting bookings via Colin Hudson on Gray Thurrock 30973 – but hurry, he’ll soon be getting better if he does a lot of gigs! . . . There’s a “Mr. & Mrs. Revolta” competition each night at 10pm at Eccles’ re-opened Rainbow in Liverpool Road, along with two proper dance troupes, go-go girls and Disco Dave Singleton . . . Dave Jay’s new record and disco equipment shop, Apollo Records at 47 Clive Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, specialises in Jamaican imports and disco hits, with hefty discounts for bona fide DJ’s . . . Tim Smithers (16) of Bournemouth complains that he and many Northern-dancing kids in his area are too young for the Northern all-nighters/dayers, and wonders if anyone knows of events catering for younger crowds: I never knew that under-18’s were barred, but can anyone help?


New Spins

QUINCY JONES: ‘Stuff Like That’ (from LP ‘Sounds . . . And Stuff Like That!’, A&M AMLH 64635)
Beautiful LP for jazz-funk fans, with the hot and huge track being a compulsive happy 6:15 jumper sung by Ashford & Simpson with Chaka Khan.  Could be the next ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’.

HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘I Thought It Was You’ (from LP ‘Sunlight’, CBS 82240)
Avant-garde jazz keyboardist goes funky for an infectiously pounding 8:54 slab of incredible inventiveness with beautiful electronically-treated vocal sounds, currently wowing jazz-funk jocks and due on 12in soon.

DAVID BOYDELL: ‘Wish It Were Me (Dub Dancing)’ / ‘En Afrique’ (Electric LWOT 24)
Terrific bubbling happy 12in pop romper in a madly jaunty Paul Nicholas/Bee Gees bag, with such wide appeal it deserves to smash both radio and disco.  Check the ultra-fast jazz-funk flip too! 

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘Dream World’ LP (De-Lite DSR 9506)
Dynamite US LP specially imported for simultaneous UK sale at £4.50, all the funky cuts are good but the proposed future single ‘Galaxy Of Love’ has airline announcements, great brass and a mind-blowing fast tempo switch.

KENNIE DELT & PRANA: ‘Conquer All’ (Mercury 6167654)
Beefy bass-driven fast funky bounder, the instrumental B-side version being bigger for many.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Magic Mind’ (CBS 6490)
At last the cream funky cut from ‘All ‘N All’, a fast zapping leaper.

NORMAN CONNORS: ‘This is Your Life’ LP (Buddah BDLP 4053)
Already out on 45, the fast funky ‘Captain Connors’ joins its big jazz-funk partner, the more delicate mid-tempo ‘Stella’ with Lee Ritenour on guitar.  Specialist stuff maybe, but huge around London.

RICK JAMES STONE CITY BAND: ‘Come Get It!’ LP (Motown STML 12035) (BNDA debut 5/13/78)
The full-length funky ‘You And I’ smash joins the whoop-whoop filled happily skipping ‘Be My Lady’ and solidly chugging ‘Sexy Lady’, all equally good.

CHERYL BARNES: ‘Save And Spend’ (RCA XC 1044)
Zingy 12in builds into a good rhythm rattling flier, big on import some months back.

CALIFORNIA: ‘I Can Hear Music’ (RSO 014)
Ronettes/Beach Boys oldie updated by Bruce ‘Pipeline’ Johnston in strong frothy pop-disco style.

DIANA ROSS: ‘Lovin’, Livin’ And Givin’’ (Motown TMG 1112) (BNDA debut 12/23/78)
‘I Feel Love’-type electronic chaser completely remixed from the ‘Friday’ LP.

RONNIE JONES: ‘Me And Myself’ (Lollipop LOLLY 2)
Fast flying synthesizer backbeat churner with gruff vocal and long buildup on special DJ-only 12in.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘It’s The Same Old Song’ (TK TKR 6027)
Frantically flying fast Four Tops oldie, on 4:25 12in or 3:18 7in.

LEE KOSMIN: ‘Ain’t No Way’ (Polydor 2059034)
Churning fast sixties-type stomper, rather good.

FLIRTATIONS: ‘Little Darling’ / LENNY GAMBLE: ‘I’ll Do Anything’ (Casino Classics CC 1)
Marvin Gaye’s oldie tailored to northern tastes but with wide pop appeal too, and a specialist churning double A-side.

MIQUEL BROWN: ‘Symphony Of Love’ (Polydor 2059036) (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
Sparse disco pounder with squeaky singing through the beat, looks now like being big for pop jocks.

MARGARET SINGANA: ‘I Surrender’ / ‘Love Will Find A Way’ (Galaxy GY 153)
Startlingly over-wrought slow intro to a pent-up jiggler by the South African soulstress, funkily bounding flip too.

JOHN HUTCHINSON: ‘Dream’ (Power Exchange PX 272)
Lovely old standard becomes a lush disco swayer with jittery rhythm, driving along up front.

ROBERT PALMER: ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ (Island WIP 6445)
Tom Moulton-produced blue-eyed soul swayer with subdued steady rhythm.

DAVID GATES: ‘Took The Last Train’ (Elektra K 12307)
Amazingly good authentic slow jazz-funk tripper by the Bread guy!

BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND: ‘Bootzilla’ / ‘Hollywood Squares’ (Warner Bros. K 17196)
Thundering P-funk lurcher and slower flip, on 12in or yellow vinyl 7in.

ENCHANTMENT: ‘If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)’ (UA UP 36420)
Busy funky jiggler with lots of flashy tricks.

GARY CRISS: ‘Rio De Janeiro’ (Carrere EMI 2820) (BNDA debut 3/25/78)
Huge for months on import 12in, the Salsoul-style rhythm rattling thudder is finally out on 7in only.

BARRY MANILOW: ‘Copacabana (At The Copa)’ (Arista ARIST 196) (BNDA debut 4/15/78)
Clod-hopping rhythm holds back this gay hit, which has a nice Latin lilt but lacks swing.

J. VINCENT EDWARDS: ‘Rio De Janeiro’ (Pye 7N 46108)
‘Ola Ola’-type happy jumper, nothing to do with the Gary Criss hit.

JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS: ‘I Can’t Stop My Feet From Dancin’’ (Pye 7NL 46109)
Madly zingy attractive fast Biddu thumper on 6:35 12in.

VAN MCCOY: ‘My Favourite Fantasy’ (MCA 12MCA 370)
Typically pleasant vocal hustler with trademarked thudding drum beats, on 12in.

CHARO & THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA: ‘You’re Just The Right Size’ (Salsoul SSOL 110)
A singer she ain’t, but her heavy breathing’s fine on this monotonous bouncy chugger.

CLAUDJA BARRY: ‘Dancin’ Fever’ (Lollipop LOLLY 1) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
Swaying mid-tempo cool thudder with Dr. Buzzard brass and Donna-type appeal, DJ serviced on special 12in.

DAVID WINTER: ‘Reed Island’ (Blue Inc INC 1)
Summery-sounding catchy pop-reggae jogger, pressed in blue vinyl.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Groove With You’ / ‘Footsteps In The Dark’ (Epic EPC 6481)
Slow smoochers with Commodores touches, though the A-side’s not an incredibly strong song.

WALTER MURPHY: ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ (Private Stock PVDD 3)
‘Fever’-featured ’76 hit now on 12in, though sadly not with ‘California Strut’ as flip.

PRIME FORCE: ‘The Korva Selection’ (Ariola ARO 113/12)
Quite catchy fast rattling move theme on 12in.

ARTHUR LOUIS: ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ (Island WIP 6443)
Very first original reggae version from ’75 (then on Plum) has some controversial Clapton guitar backing.

JOHNNY RIVERS: ‘Swayin’ To The Music (Slow Dancin’)’ (Polydor 2001790)
Late in the race but eventual US winner, the lovely slow swayer has chirping cricket effects.

MARIA MULDAUR: ‘Make Love To The Music’ (Warner Bros. K 17192)
Gorgeous yearning sensuous slowie.

MANHATTANS: ‘Tomorrow’ (CBS 6386)
Dreamy smoocher from the ‘Annie’ stage show.


UK Disco Top 90 – July 8, 1978

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

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #3 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #6 (BNDA debut 10/1/77)
#7 (BNDA debut 5/13/78) / #9 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #11 (BNDA debut 1/15/77)
#12 (BNDA debut 3/25/78) / #14 (BNDA debut 5/6/78) / #15 (BNDA debut 4/15/78)
#17 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #19 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #21 (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
#24 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #25 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #27 (BNDA debut 4/1/78)
#28 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #29 (BNDA debut 4/29/78) / #31 (BNDA debut 2/25/78)
#37 (BNDA debut 7/22/78) / #38 (BNDA debut 4/22/78) / #41 (BNDA debut 12/17/77)
#48 (BNDA debut 7/1/78) / #51 (BNDA debut 7/1/78) / #52 (BNDA debut 4/29/78)
#54 (BNDA debut 5/7/77) / #65 (BNDA debut 6/10/78) / #69 (BNDA debut 2/18/78)
#70 (BNDA debut 4/29/78) / #71 (BNDA debut 3/25/78) / #79 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#80 (BNDA debut 6/24/78) / #81 (BNDA debut 2/4/78) / #84 (BNDA debut 6/17/78)
#85 (BNDA debut 12/23/78) / #86 (BNDA debut 3/11/78) / #90 (BNDA debut 4/8/78)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
CANDI STATON: ‘Honest I Do Love You’ (Warner Bros. 7”)
MICHAEL ZAGER BAND: ‘Do It With Feeling’ (Bang 7”)
USA-EUROPEAN CONNECTION: ‘Come Into My Heart’ (CBS LP) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
JOHNNIE TAYLOR: ‘Keep On Dancing’ (CBS 7”)
PLATINUM HOOK: ‘Standing On The Verge’ (Motown LP)
CELI BEE & THE BUZZY BUNCH: ‘Hold Your Horses, Babe’ (TK 12”)
PUSSYFOOT: ‘Dancer Dance’ (EMI 7”)
PAUL NICHOLAS: ‘On The Strip’ (RSO 7”)
KELLEE PATERSON: ‘Turn On The Lights’ (EMI 7”)
WALTER MURPHY: ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ (Private Stock 12”)
DRIFTERS: ‘Honey You’re Heaven To Me’ (Arista 7”)
GRAHAM BONNET: ‘Warm Ride’ (Ring-O 12”)
DON RAY: ‘Got To Have Loving’ (Polydor LP) (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
AMANDA LEAR: ‘Follow Me’ (Ariola 7”)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose’ / ‘Close The Door’ (Philadelphia Int’l 7”)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: ‘That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You’ (Mercury 7”) (BNDA debut 3/11/78)
AVERAGE WHITE BAND: ‘One Look Over My Shoulder’ (RCA 7”)
DETROIT EMERALDS: ‘Turn On Lady’ (Atlantic 7”) (BNDA debut 3/25/78)
ASHANTIS: ‘Disco Play’ (Calendar 7”)
SUGAR: ‘Manhattan Fever’ (Power Exchange 7”)
SIDE EFFECT: ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ (Fantasy 7”)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Imports):
CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘Galaxy Of Love’ (US De-Lite LP)
JACK ASHFORD: ‘Hotel Sheet’ (US Magic Disc LP)
SYLVESTER: ‘Dance (Disco Heat)’ (US Fantasy LP) (BNDA debut 7/8/78)
WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Hot Stuff’ (US Polydor LP)
WINNERS: ‘Get On Up And Do It’ / ‘Hey You’ / ‘Get Ready For The Future’ (US UA/Roadshow LP)
BADAZZ: ‘Honk Honk Beep Beep’ (US A&M 12”)
CON FUNK SHUN: ‘When The Feeling’s Right’ / ‘Shake And Dance With Me’ (US Mercury LP)
PATRICK JUVET: ‘I Love America’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 6/3/78)
FAZE-O: ‘Riding High’ (US She LP)
UNIVERSAL ROBOT BAND: ‘Freak With Me’ (US Red Greg 12”)
WHAM: ‘Superslick’ (US GRT 7”) (BNDA debut 5/13/78)
RENZO FRAIESE: ‘12 Engle Street’ (US AVI LP)
HUES CORPORATION: ‘Get Up Off Your Backside’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
SPECIAL DELIVERY: ‘Get Up And Express Yourself’ (US Shield LP)
FOXY: ‘Get Off’ / ‘You’ (US Dash LP) (BNDA debut 5/6/78)
LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Spark Of Love’ (US ABC LP)
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Sunburst’ (US Columbia LP)
SOUTHROAD CONNECTION: ‘Sweet Ride’ (US Mahogany LP)
DAVID WILLIAMS INNER CIRCLE: ‘Come On Down Boogie People’ (US AVI LP)
EASTSIDE CONNECTION: ‘Frisco Disco’ (US Rampart 12”)

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