August 26, 1978: Stargard, Al Hudson, Lenny Williams, Brothers Johnson, Jeff Wayne

Disco News

CBS Records and other labels they press like WEA and A&M are being effected by a go-slow at the CBS pressing plant . . . Barry Manilow is now on commercial 12in while Tyrone David ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’ scales down to 7in (D-Roy PF 009) . . . upcoming on 12in soon are Solar Flare, El Coco, Players’ Association, Carrie Lucas and a Gladys Knight newie, while LP’s include Michael Henderson and Renzo Fraiese . . . SEDA members meet at 8 pm on Sunday (27) in Tunbridge Wells’s Robin Hood, Sandhurst Road, to learn about record manufacturing while Clyde Coast DJ Assn members participate in an all-dayer at Ayr’s Darlington Hotel also on Sunday. Association secretaries are: South Eastern DA, Brian Davies (0342-832 559); Clyde Coast DJA, John Andrews (Darvel 21988) . . . Nikkie Peck and Roger Yarwood share a Disco Review spot on BBC Radio Medway’s Rod Lucas Show every Wednesday between 8:10-9:00pm, while one of our Edinburgh contributors broadcasts illegally as Martin Davis every Sunday on Radio Telstar International on 222m MW between 10:00pm-midnight!


New Spins

STARGARD: ‘What You Waitin’ For’ (MCA 12MCA 382)
Absolutely dynamite Rose Royce-type funky bubbler, already exploding, on 3:37 7in or what I’m told is sensational six-minute 12in. I’ll believe it!

AL HUDSON & THE SOUL PARTNERS: ‘How Do You Do’ (ABC 4229)
Terrific thundering funky chugger with useful applause intro, huge on import, hits a James Brown-style groove that don’t quit for 5:49 of 12in!

LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘You Got Me Running’ (ABC 4228) (BNDA debut 7/29/78)
Great deceptively fast funky flier’s long been hitting on LP and now makes full 7:45 12in or edited 3:52 7in. 

BROTHERS JOHNSON / L.T.D. / ATLANTIC STARR: A&M’s new Funk America series of three-track 12in EP’s is due this week, but was late reaching me so I don’t have the catalogue numbers. Bros Johnson features ‘Ain’t We Funkin’ Now’ / ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ / ‘Get The Funk Out Ma Face’, LTD features ‘Holding On’ / ‘Back In Love Again’ / ‘Love Ballad’, but Atlantic Starr does NOT feature ‘Stand Up’ . . . which seems kinda silly!

JEFF WAYNE: ‘The Eve Of The War’ (CBS 6496) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)[!]
Grandiose lush ‘n classy fast hustler, mainly instrumental, will be a massive pop smash.

LARRY PAGE ORCHESTRA: ‘Erotic Soul’ / ‘You Do It Good’ (Rampage DS RAM 6) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
Thumping instrumental rhythm rattler from a year ago finally out here on 12in, should mix with the Criss/Manilow/Douglas type things. Nice new female vocal flip too.

BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS: ‘R-O-C-K’ / ‘Piccadilly Rock’ / ‘The Saints Rock ‘N Roll’ (MCA 10 MCEP 2)
Sensational 10in – yes, 10in! – four-track EP of rockin’ oldies.

THE JETS: ‘Rockabilly Baby’ (Soho SH 3)
Exciting fast UK rockabilly bopper, cleanly produced by Jailhouse John of Wild Wax fame.

SUGAR: ‘Manhattan Fever’ (Island WIP 6456)
Still worth checking, the zingy but funky fast galloper has a new label as Power Exchange have gone broke and folded.

NINA SIMONE: ‘Baltimore’ (CTI CTSP 14)
Haunting smoochy groin-grinder, already popular with funky gropers!

PIONEERS: ‘My Good Friend James’ (Ice GUY 14)
Lovely lazy soul swinger from a year ago (I’m biased, but it really is good!).

CHAPLIN BAND: ‘The Party Is Over’ (EMI 2817)
Exciting fast Euro bounder with funk appeal, edited to 2:48 from last year’s longer 12in.

PASSPORT: ‘Loco-Motive’ (from LP ‘Ataraxia’, Atlantic K 50496)
5:01 jazz fusion flier with choo-choo-puffa intro and synthesizer rhythm, now hot on 12in US remix promo though this sounds good too.

JOHNNIE TAYLOR: ‘Hey Mister Melody Maker’ (CBS 6516)
Pleasant pop-soul cymbal schlurper with long instrumental intro and funky rhythm break.

RANKING SUPER STAR: ‘Wisdom’ (D-Roy PF 008)
Rather good relaxed reggae swayer with laid back toasting.

MAJOR HARRIS: ‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait’ (Atlantic K 10585)
1974’s classic sexy soul smoocher.

MUSIQUE: ‘Summer Love’ / ‘Summer Love Theme’ (CBS 6579)
Oh dear – the import LP’s other hot tracks rocket in at 49 this week, while this bland girlie group hustler and its instrumental version flip haven’t had a mention.

D.C. LARUE: ‘Let Them Dance’ (from LP ‘Confessions’, Pye NSPL 28262) (BNDA debut 6/10/78)
Side-long segue, ends with this somewhat Giorgio-style fast gay pounder, big in New York on US 12in.

TOMMY HUNT: ‘Stop The Bus’ (RK 1012)
Lou Rawls-ish attractive radio-aimed “cabaret disco” for people who don’t normally dance.


UK Disco Top 90 – August 26, 1978

01 01 A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 7″/12″/LP
02 03 Quincy Jones – Stuff Like That – A&M 7″/12″/LP
03 06 Crown Heights Affair – Galaxy Of Love / Forever / Say A Prayer For Two / I Love You – De-Lite LP/Mercury 12″
04 09 Commodores – Three Times A Lady – Motown 7″/LP
05 07 Karen Young – Hot Shot – Atlantic 7″/12″/US West End 12″
06 02 Rick James – You And I – Motown 7″/12″/LP
07 08 Herbie Hancock – I Thought It Was You – CBS 12″/LP
08 12 Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) / Dance (Disco Heat) – Fantasy 7″/12″
09 04 Saturday Night Band – Come On Dance Dance – CBS 7″/12″/LP
10 15 Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance – Mercury 12″/US LP
11 18 Charles Earland – Let The Music Play – Mercury 12″/US LP
12 19 Hi-Tension – British Hustle – Island 7″/12″
13 05 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want – RSO 7″
14 25 Brothers Johnson – Ain’t We Funkin’ Now / Mista Cool / Ride-O-Rocket / Streetwave – A&M 12″/LP
15 10 Raydio – Is This A Love Thing – Arista 7″/LP/12″ promo
16 17 Sweet Thunder – Everybody’s Singin’ Love Songs – US Fantasy/WMOT 12″
17 11 Voyage – Voyage (all cuts) – GTO LP
18 13 Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame – RCA 7″/12″
19 30 Barry Manilow – Copacabana (At The Copa) – Arista 7″/12″
20 24 Samona Cooke – One Night Affair – Mercury 7″/12″ promo
21 16 Carol Douglas – Night Fever – Gull 7″/12″
22 33 Cerrone – Supernature – Atlantic 7″/12″/LP
23 28 Deodato – Whistle Bump – Warner Bros. 7″/12″
24 44 Wilbert Longmire – Black Is The Color / Lovely Day / Good Morning – US Tappan Zee LP
25 34 Cissy Houston – Think It Over – Private Stock 7″/12″
26 22 Boney M. – Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring – Atlantic 7″/12″
27 29 Ronnie Jones – Me And Myself – Lollipop 7″/12″ promo
28 35 Norma Jean – Saturday – Bearsville 7″/US 12″
29 36 War – Youngblood – US UA 7″/LP
30 26 Teddy Pendergrass – Only You / Close The Door / Life Is A Song Worth Singing – Philadelphia Int’l LP
31 37 Roy Ayers – Can’t You See Me / Get On Up, Get On Down – US Polydor LP
32 14 O’Jays – Use Ta Be My Girl – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
33 31 Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running / Midnight Girl / I Still Reach Out / Cause I Love You – ABC LP
34 20 Hi-Tension – Hi-Tension – Island 7″/12″
35 21 Bee Gees – Night Fever – RSO 7″/LP/12″ promo
36 23 Trammps – Disco Inferno – Atlantic 7″/12″/RSO LP
37 43 Foxy – Get Off – TK 7″
38 45 Gap Mangione – Mellow Out / Time Of The Season / Sister Jo – A&M 7″/LP
39 63 Atlantic Starr – Stand Up / Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire – US A&M LP
40 70 Real Thing – Rainin’ Through My Sunshine – Pye 7″/12″ promo
41 41 Earth, Wind & Fire – Magic Mind – CBS 7″
42 27 KC & The Sunshine Band – It’s The Same Old Song – TK 7″/12″
43 49 Al Hudson – How Do You Do / Spread Love – ABC 12″/US LP
44 50 Nigel Martinez – Better Things To Come – State 7″/12″/LP
45 64 Curtis Mayfield – No Goodbyes / Do It All Night / You Are You Are – US Curtom LP
46 42 Don Ray – Got To Have Loving – Polydor 7″/LP
47 NE Dennis Coffey – Gimme That Funk – US Westbound LP
48 53 Boney M. – Rasputin / Night Flight To Venus / Painter Man / King Of The Road – Atlantic LP
49 NE Musique – Keep On Jumpin’ / In The Bush – US Prelude LP
50 47 L.T.D. – Holding On / It’s Time To Be Real / Jam / You Must Have Known I Needed Love – A&M LP
51 80 Solar Flare – Boogie Fund – US RCA 12″
52 51 Michael Zager Band – Music Fever – Private Stock 7″/12″
53 38 Linda Clifford – Runaway Love / Gypsy Lady / If My Friends Could See Me Now – Curtom 7″/12″/LP
54 32 Diana Ross – Lovin’, Livin’ And Givin’ – Motown 7″/Casablanca LP
55 65 Cleveland Eaton – Bama Boogie Woogie – US Ovation 12″
56 62 Winners – Get On Up And Do It / Get Ready For The Future – US UA/Roadshow LP
57 66 Tyrone David – Mind Blowing Decisions – D-Roy 7″/12″
58 52 Len Boone – Love Won’t Be Denied – Chrysalis 12″/US 12″
59 67 Ohio Players – Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee / Funk-O-Nots – US Mercury LP
60 40 Clout – Substitute – Carrere 7″
61 81 Gato Barbieri – Poinciana – A&M LP
62 73 David Williams – Come On Down Boogie People – US AVI 12″/LP
63 NE Patrick Juvet – Got A Feeling – Casablanca 7″/LP
64 75 Gilla – Bend Me Shape Me – Ariola Hansa 7″/12″
65 NE 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday – Mercury 7″
66 57 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Come Back And Finish What You Started – Buddah 7″
67 76 Fatback – I’m Fired Up / I Like Girls – Spring 7″/LP
68 59 Norman Connors – Captain Connors – Buddah 7″/LP
69 NE Darts – It’s Raining – Magnet 7″
70 NE Stargard – What You Waitin’ For – MCA 7″/12″
71 39 Sine – Just Let Me Do My Thing – CBS 7″/12″/LP
72 61 Bee Gees – More Than A Woman – RSO LP/12″ promo
73 69 Jimmy Bo Horne – Dance Across The Floor – TK 7″/12″
74 NE Grace Jones – Do Or Die – Island 12″
75 55 Idris Muhammad – Boogie To The Top / One With A Star – Kudu 7″/LP
76 RE Platinum Hook – Standing On The Verge – Motown 7″/12″/LP
77 68 Tavares – Slow Train To Paradise – Capitol 7″/12″
78 88 Sheila B. Devotion – You Light My Fire – Carrere 7″
79 NE Slave – Stellar Fungk – Cotillion LP/US 12″ promo
80 RE MFSB – Use Ta Be My Guy – US Philadelphia Int’l 7″
81 46 Crusaders – Cosmic Reign / Snowflake / Fairy Tales – ABC LP
82 NE Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life – A&M LP/US Columbia 7″
83 RE James Brown – Eyesight / The Spank – Polydor 7″/LP
84 NE Andy Gibb – An Everlasting Love – RSO 7″
85 60 Whispers – Headlights / All The Way – RCA 7″/12″
86 87 Kandidate – Don’t Wanna Say Goodnight – Rak 7″/12″
87 85 Phil Upchurch – Strawberry Letter 23 / Free – TK LP
88 NE Gene Farrow – Don’t Stop Now – Magnet 7″/12″
89 NE Teri DeSario – Ain’t Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You – Casablanca 7″
90 58 Patrick Juvet – I Love America – Casablanca LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #5 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #6 (BNDA debut 5/13/78)
#8 (BNDA debut 7/8/78) / #9 (BNDA debut 4/15/78) / #10 (BNDA debut 7/22/78)
#17 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #18 (BNDA debut 10/1/77) / #19 (BNDA debut 4/15/78)
#21 (BNDA debut 3/11/78) / #22 (BNDA debut 11/26/77) / #23 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#25 (BNDA debut 7/22/78) / #28 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #29 (BNDA debut 10/7/78)
#33 (BNDA debut 7/29/78) / #35 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #36 (BNDA debut 1/15/77)
#37 (BNDA debut 5/6/78) / #39 (BNDA debut 10/7/78) / #45 (BNDA debut 9/9/78)
#46 (BNDA debut 4/22/78) / #49 (BNDA debut 7/29/78) / #51 (BNDA debut 9/9/78)
#53 (BNDA debut 3/25/78) / #54 (BNDA debut 12/23/78) / #58 (BNDA debut 8/12/78)
#63 (BNDA debut 6/3/78) / #72 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #74 (BNDA debut 6/17/78)
#75 (BNDA debut 5/6/78) / #90 (BNDA debut 6/3/78)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Daylight & Darkness’ (Motown 7”)
VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Just A Gigolo’ (DJM 7”) (BNDA debut 3/18/78)
EMOTIONS: ‘Smile’ (CBS 7”)
SUGAR CANE: ‘Montego Bay’ (Ariola Hansa 12”)
NINA SIMONE: ‘Baltimore’ (CTI LP)
MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Just Want To Make A Dream Come True’ (Cotillion LP)
FLIRTATIONS: ‘Little Darling’ (Casino Classics 7”)
GARY BARTZ: ‘Shake Your Body’ / ‘Giant Steps’ (Tower LP)
CONTROLLERS: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Win, Somebody’s Gotta Lose’ (TK 7”)
LEE RITENOUR: ‘Sugarloaf Express’ (Elektra LP)
SUGAR: ‘Manhattan Fever’ (Power Exchange 12”)
DEE D. JACKSON: ‘Meteor Man’ (Mercury 7”)
FRANKIE VALLI: ‘Grease’ (RSO LP)
ERNIE WATTS: ‘Alone At A Drive-In Movie’ (RSO LP)
AMII STEWART: ‘You Really Touched My Heart’ (Atlantic 7”)
ENCHANTMENT: ‘If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)’ (UA 7”)
DELEGATION: ‘Oh Honey’ (State 7”)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Imports):
BENNY GOLSON: ‘Georgia On My Mind’ / ‘I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music’ (US Columbia LP)
INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT: ‘Slippin’ Away’ (US Polydor LP)
BOBBY CALDWELL: ‘Down For The Third Time’ (US Clouds LP)
SAMUEL JONATHAN JOHNSON: ‘You’ (US Columbia 12”)
WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Hot Stuff’ (US Polydor LP)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: ‘Turn Me Loose’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
MARSHA HUNT: ‘The Other Side Of Midnight’ (Canadian Attic 12”) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
JEAN CARN: ‘You Can’t Come Back Now’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
SWITCH: ‘We Like To Party . . . Come On’ (US Gordy LP)
POCKETS: ‘Take It On Up’ (US Columbia 7”)
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘It Seems To Hang On’ (US Warner Bros. 7”)
EDDIE DANIELS: ‘Preparation F’ (US Marlin LP)
SYLVERS: ‘Don’t Stop Get Off’ (US Casablanca LP)
LUV YOU MADLY ORCHESTRA: ‘Rocket Rock’ (US Salsoul LP)
KEBEKELEKTRIK: ‘War Dance’ (US Salsoul 12”) (BNDA debut 6/24/78)
SYMBOL 8: ‘I Thought You Wanted To Dance’ (US Shock 7”)
LA BIONDA: ‘Sandstorm’ (US Polydor LP)
JOHN DAVIS & THE MOSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘Disco Fever’ (US SAM LP)
PASSPORT: ‘Loco-Motive’ (US Atlantic 12”)
PHIL HURTT: ‘Giving It Back’ (US Fantasy 12”)
BLAIR: ‘Night Life’ (US Solar Sound LP)

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