September 23, 1978: Eddie Henderson, Roy Ayers, Wayne Henderson, Blackwell, Afro-Cuban Band

Disco News

Caroline Roadshow’s stolen van was discovered on Monday abandoned in Stoke Newington, still containing some of their disco gear (not that they’re short of equipment!) . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn members meet this Sunday (24) at noon in Didcot’s Rio Discotheque on Hadden Hill, with a talk on insurance problems and guests including EMT LRD’s Steve Turner . . . Chris Hill’s beach party last Saturday at Canvey’s Goldmine was highlighted by a “butch” contest in which notorious Stevenage pee-pee drinker Tom, made up as the Man From Atlantis, ran across the road for a dip in the sea while an ally pissed into a pint glass on stage, ready for thirsty Tom’s naked return – when he downed the lot! Two girls were heard to remark “he’s very nice, but his breath smells like you could catch (CENSORED!! -Ed.)”. OK, I’ll drink to that! . . . Joe Thomas ‘Plato’s Retreat’ and a new Olympic Runners 12in are due next week, while Quartz ‘Beyond The Clouds’ (on 12in only) is set for Oct 13 and Dan Hartman ‘Instant Replay’ for Oct 27 . . . David Williams ‘Come On Down Boogie People’ will now NOT be out here, but Crown Heights Affair’s LP has been issued at normal UK prices and The Jacksons ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ cover is on same-as-7in-length 12in . . . Atlantic Starr ‘Stand Up’ is on 6:24 remix US 12in, Ashford & Simpson ‘It Seems To Hang On’ is on 6:57 remix promo US 12in, while Gato Barbieri ‘Poinciana’ is edited for 3:40 US 7in . . . Mick O’Shea’s new Yankee record import wholesale business in Chislehurst also services jocks like Chris Hill and Tricky Dicky on a personal basis, so could be worth a call on 01-857 1555/7117 for the hip amongst you . . . Arista’s Tony Berry has moved on to be marketing manager at Pinnacle, while Dougall DJ is standing down from his Strathclyde DJ Assn and DJF roles to concentrate on his career (and save money!), with hopes for a music biz job in London next year . . . Rob Harknett needs label info about a classical piece commonly known as the ‘Death March’ – any ideas?


New Spins

EDDIE HENDERSON: ‘Prance On’ (Capitol 12-CL 16015)
Dynamite 5:16 jazz-funk trumpet jumper has already exploded on LP and is now on 12in, with last year’s great ‘Say You Will’ as double-value £4.98 flip – go get it while its hot!

ROY AYERS: ‘Get On Up, Get On Down’ (Polydor AYERS 12)
Repetitive happy rhythm-rattling leaper on special 4:25 12in with a “reprise cue” band so jocks can whip the stylus back to the last 1:38 for a quick repeat of the chanting title line break. Dealer demand is such that they’ve evidently pressed plenty!

WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Hot Stuff’ (Polydor 2066947)
Long awaited instrumental jazz-funk jiggler by the Crusaders’ old trombonist hits a nagging mid-tempo groove but fades after 3:58. 

BLACKWELL: ‘Put The Funk Back’ / ‘Move Your Ass Gringo’ (Rampage RAM 8) (BNDA debut 6/10/78)
Attractive sax-fronted rhythm-rattling 4:10 instrumental hustler, big on import a while back, and a bouncily jumping fast 4:04 flip that could now be bigger.

AFRO-CUBAN BAND: ‘Black Widow Woman’ (from LP ‘Rhythm Of Life’, Arista SPART 1069) (BNDA debut 9/2/78)
Michael Zager-produced strong set of happy disco-salsa with this simple driving strutter as the likely biggie, but ‘Baila’ has fast funk-jazz appeal while the over-contrived zingy title track seems clumsily cluttered in comparison despite some good breaks.

D.J. ROGERS: ‘Love Brought Me Back, Pts. 1 & 2’ (CBS 6664)
Windswept slow intro to a terrific hypnotically lurching soul bumper with snappy bass, dancing strings, chanting chix and haunting gospel vocal.

ROLLING STONES: ‘Respectable’ (EMI 2861)
Storming fast raunchy rocker, muzzily mixed.

JERRY LEE LEWIS: ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ (Charly CYS 1042)
Truly classic rock ‘n roller.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ (CBS 6553)
‘Sgt. Pepper’-culled Beatles funkification swings jazzily and jerkily to a clapping tempo and at 4:08 is 32 seconds longer than the LP!

CHOSEN FEW: ‘Stand By Me’ (Ariola Hansa AHA 526)
Boney M-inspired breezy pop-reggae revival of Ben E King’s soul standard speeds up quite catchily, but stays very soulfully sung.

QUINT: ‘9 To 5’ (RCA PB 5114)
White UK band’s fast disco galloper gets a sound of its own and could well be big – try it if you like left-fielders.

D.C. LARUE: ‘Let Them Dance’ (Pye 7N 25795) (BNDA debut 6/10/78)
Staccato thudding New York disco hit, edited to 3:01 (not that you need more), mixes well out of Grace Jones’s rhythm break.

CAROLE KING: ‘Disco Tech’ (Capitol CL 16009)
Driving brassy disco thumper gets instrumental help from the usual super-session hacks.

RONNIE JONES: ‘Me And Myself’ LP (Lollipop 6306104)
Continuous side one segues from a dull opener through the jaunty Eurodisco ‘Groovin’’ (not the Rascals’), Brenton Woods’s ‘Gimme Little Sign’ and Ronnie’s own hit title track (short version though!). Fine for Boney M fans.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘Do You Feel All Right’ (TK TKR 6050)
Typical high spirited formula thumper, nothing new.

CANDI STATON: ‘Victim’ (Warner Bros. K 17221) (BNDA debut 8/12/78)
Sparse but subtly rhythmic bluesy soul back-beater, edited to 3:50.

PEARLY GATES: ‘Burnin’ Love, Pts. 1 & 2’ (Bronze BRO 61)
Wailing chix-sung monotonous electronically chugging cover of DD Sound’s old LP track, recently serviced on full promo 12in.

DENNIS BROWN: ‘How Can I Leave’ (Lightning LIG 550)
Jaunty reggae jiggler with sorta electronic fly-swatting noises, and good toasting B-side version.

TRIBESMAN: ‘Rockin’ Time’ (Boa 101)
Unusual good perky reggae fusion hasn’t the normally accepted type of disco beat but is worth checking.

ROBERT PALMER: ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ (Island 12 WIP 6445)
Fast pop-reggae chugger, now on lavishly-packaged 3-track 12in sampler.

CLAUDJA BARRY: ‘Sweet Dynamite’ (from LP ‘Claudja Barry’, Lollipop 6306105) (BNDA debuts 3/26/77 & 1/7/78)
Ghastly Euro junk, saved by the long mainly instrumental 6:42 version of this purposefully chugging thudder, and her recent attractive Dr Buzzard-ish ‘Dancin’ Fever’.

VARIOUS: ‘Forty Years From Lambeth Walk’ (EMI Double-Up DUO 126)
Interesting double album of MoR nostalgia spans such as Lupino Lane ‘Lambeth Walk’, Edith Piaf ‘La Vie En Rose’, Russ Conway ‘Side Saddle’, Nemo ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’ and David Frost ‘Deck Of Cards’, plus several recent hits.


Mix Master

Stand by for a Mega Mix which for once does not need variable speed decks to do properly! And the segues are abrupt chops, coming at appropriate breaks and pauses within you’ll have to feel for yourself. Bros Johnson ‘Ain’t We Funkin’ Now’, Sweet Thunder ‘Everybody’s Singin’ Love Songs’ (minus intro), LTD ‘Holding On’, Platinum Hook ‘Standing On The Verge’ (starting at vocal), Switch ‘We Like To Party . . . Come On’ (minus rhythm intro), Nigel Martinez ‘Better Things To Come’ and so on . . . playing only a verse or at least not very much of each to keep the pace going. Another mini-mix is Al Hudson ‘How Do You Do’, James Brown ‘Body Heat’, Dennis Coffey ‘Gimmie That Funk’, James Brown ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ (minus intro), all in similar chopping style. With variable speed decks, you can also get lucky and hit the same beat by mixing between Sylvester ‘Mighty Real’ and Curtis Mayfield ‘No Goodbyes’ and between Musique ‘In The Bush’ and Luv You Madly Orch ‘Rocket Rock’ – but there’s room for error with both! If you’ve never tried mixing (blending) records together without talking at the same time, why not practise a bit and let me know how you get on? You can mix using any kind of music – just feel the heat!


UK Disco Top 90 – September 23, 1978

01 01 Crown Heights Affair – Galaxy Of Love – Mercury 12″
02 02 Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Fantasy 7″/12″
03 06 Hi-Tension – British Hustle / Peace On Earth – Island 7″/12″
04 04 Commodores – Three Times A Lady – Motown 7″/LP
05 05 Karen Young – Hot Shot – Atlantic 7″/12″/US West End 12″
06 03 A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 7″/12″/LP
07 07 Herbie Hancock – I Thought It Was You – CBS 12″/LP
08 09 Cerrone – Supernature – Atlantic 7″/12″/LP
09 08 Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance – Mercury 12″/US LP
10 12 Brothers Johnson – Ain’t We Funkin’ Now / Mista Cool / Ride-O-Rocket / Streetwave – A&M 12″/LP
11 11 Quincy Jones – Stuff Like That – A&M 7″/12″/LP
12 10 Charles Earland – Let The Music Play / Over And Over – Mercury 12″/US LP
13 13 Stargard – What You Waitin’ For – MCA 7″/12″
14 25 Third World – Now That We Found Love – Island 7″/12″
15 21 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday – Mercury 7″
16 30 Eddie Henderson – Prance On / Cyclops / Butterfly – Capitol 12″/Tower LP
17 23 Frankie Valli – Grease – RSO 7″
18 18 Roy Ayers – Can’t You See Me / Get On Up, Get On Down – Polydor LP
19 19 Wilbert Longmire – Black Is The Color – US Tappan Zee LP
20 20 Musique – Keep On Jumpin’ / In The Bush – US Prelude LP
21 16 Boney M. – Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring – Atlantic 7″/12″
22 14 Sweet Thunder – Everybody’s Singin’ Love Songs – US Fantasy/WMOT 12″
23 15 Rick James – You And I – Motown 7″/12″/LP
24 24 Curtis Mayfield – No Goodbyes / Do It All Night – US Curtom LP
25 22 Cissy Houston – Think It Over – Private Stock 7″/12″
26 31 Nigel Martinez – Better Things To Come – State 7″/12″
27 27 Atlantic Starr – Stand Up – A&M LP/US 12″ remix
28 17 Al Hudson – How Do You Do – ABC 7″/12″/US LP
29 39 Phil Hurtt – Giving It Back – Fantasy LP/US 12″
30 59 Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore / Do It Do It / First Come First Served – Whitfield 7″/LP
31 33 Patrick Juvet – Got A Feeling – Casablanca 7″/12″
32 41 Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame – RCA 7″/12″
33 36 Andy Gibb – An Everlasting Love – RSO 7″
34 57 Samuel Jonathan Johnson – You – US Columbia 12″ remix
35 NE Stanley Turrentine – Disco Dancin’ – US Fantasy 7″/12″/LP
36 51 Teddy Pendergrass – Only You – Philadelphia Int’l LP
37 32 Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running / I Still Reach Out – ABC 12″/LP
38 29 Barry Manilow – Copacabana (At The Copa) – Arista 7″/12″
39 42 L.T.D. – Holding On / It’s Time To Be Real – A&M 12″/LP
40 46 Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On / Get Up And Do Something – US Warner Bros. 7″/12″
41 74 Joe Thomas – Plato’s Retreat – US TK 12″
42 NE Dan Hartman – Instant Replay – US Blue Sky 12″
43 45 Sugar Cane – Montego Bay – Ariola Hansa 7″/12″
44 68 Blair – Night Life – US Solar Sound LP
45 28 Deodato – Whistle Bump – Warner Bros. 7″/12″/US 12″ promo
46 53 Bobby Caldwell – Down For The Third Time – US Clouds LP
47 52 Cleveland Eaton – Bama Boogie Woogie – Gull 7″/12″
48 37 Real Thing – Rainin’ Through My Sunshine – Pye 7″/12″
49 38 Foxy – Get Off – TK 7″
50 26 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want – RSO 7″
51 70 Pockets – Take It On Up – US Columbia 7″/12″ promo
52 35 Voyage – Voyage (all cuts) – GTO 7″/LP
53 73 Atlantic Starr – Gimme Your Lovin’ – A&M 12″
54 47 Boney M. – Rasputin / Painter Man – Atlantic LP
55 34 Gap Mangione – Mellow Out / Time Of The Season – A&M 7″/LP
56 NE Gregg Diamond – Starcruisin’ – US Marlin LP
57 61 Platinum Hook – Standing On The Verge – Motown 7″/12″/LP
58 87 Raydio – Honey I’m Rich – Arista 7″
59 40 Dennis Coffey – Gimme That Funk – US Westbound LP
60 72 Gato Barbieri – Poinciana – A&M LP/US 7″
61 49 Ronnie Jones – Me And Myself – Lollipop 7″/12″ promo
62 67 Teri DeSario – Ain’t Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You – Casablanca 7″
63 83 Nina Simone – Baltimore – CTI LP
64 64 Grace Jones – Do Or Die – Island 12″
65 NE Jimmy McGriff – Outside Looking In / Playland – US LRC LP
66 80 Finished Touch – Need To Know You Better / New Frontiers – US Motown LP
67 48 Tyrone David – Mind Blowing Decisions – D-Roy 7″/12″
68 NE Jimmy Ponder – Sometimes When We Touch / Chasing That Face – US LRC LP
69 NE Howard Kenney – Save Some For The Children – US Warner Bros. LP
70 58 Ohio Players – Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee / Funk-O-Nots / Shoot Yer Shot – US Mercury LP
71 43 Saturday Night Band – Come On Dance Dance – CBS 7″/12″/LP
72 NE Exile – Kiss You All Over – Rak 7″
73 56 Trammps – Disco Inferno – Atlantic 7″/12″/RSO LP
74 63 Don Ray – Got To Have Loving / Midnight Madness – Polydor 7″/LP
75 65 Slave – Stellar Fungk – Cotillion LP/US 12″ promo
76 60 Darts – It’s Raining – Magnet 7″
77 NE Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove – US Warner Bros. 7″
78 71 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Come Back And Finish What You Started – Buddah 7″
79 54 Passport – Loco-Motive – Atlantic LP/US 12″ promo
80 62 Linda Clifford – Runaway Love – US Curtom 12″ remix
81 NE Sylvester – Dance (Disco Heat) – US Fantasy 12″
82 79 Players Association – Disco Inferno – Vanguard 7″/12″
83 NE Luv You Madly Orchestra – Rocket Rock – US Salsoul 12″
84 69 Switch – We Like To Party . . . Come On – US Gordy LP
85 66 Solar Flare – Boogie Fund – RCA 12″
86 77 Major Harris – Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Atlantic 7″
87 82 Kandidate – Don’t Wanna Say Goodnight / Closer – Rak 7″/12″
88 NE O’Jays – Brandy – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
89 RE Motors – Forget About You – Virgin 7″/12″
90 NE Mick Jackson – Blame It On The Boogie – Atlantic 7″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 7/8/78) / #5 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #6 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#8 (BNDA debut 11/26/77) / #9 (BNDA debut 7/22/78) / #20 (BNDA debut 7/29/78)
#23 (BNDA debut 5/13/78) / #24 (BNDA debut 9/9/78) / #25 (BNDA debut 7/22/78)
#27 (BNDA debut 10/7/78) / #31 (BNDA debut 6/3/78) / #32 (BNDA debut 10/1/77)
#37 (BNDA debut 7/29/78) / #38 (BNDA debut 4/15/78) / #41 (BNDA debut 8/12/78)
#42 (BNDA debut 8/19/78) / #45 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #49 (BNDA debut 5/6/78)
#52 (BNDA debut 2/11/78) / #56 (BNDA debut 9/2/78) / #64 (BNDA debut 6/17/78)
#71 (BNDA debut 4/15/78) / #73 (BNDA debut 1/15/77) / #74 (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
#77 (BNDA debut 11/11/78) / #80 (BNDA debut 3/25/78) / #81 (BNDA debut 7/8/78)
#85 (BNDA debut 9/9/78)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
LORD KITCHENER: ‘Sugar Bum Bum’ (Ice 12”)
ALICIA BRIDGES: ‘I Love The Nightlife (Disco Round)’ (Polydor 7”) (BNDA debut 9/16/78)
MANHATTAN TRANSFER: ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ (Atlantic 7”)
VOYAGE: ‘Point Zero’ (GTO 7”) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
JAMES BROWN: ‘The Spank’ (Polydor LP)
MARC JORDAN: ‘Survival’ (Warner Bros. 7”)
SUPERMAX: ‘World Of Today’ (Atlantic 7”)
MUSIQUE: ‘Summer Love’ (CBS 12”)
MILLIE JACKSON: ‘Sweet Music Man’ (Spring 7”)
PATRICK JUVET: ‘I Love America’ (Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 6/3/78)
BUNNY MALONEY: ‘Baby I’ve Been Missing You’ (Moodisc 7”)
LUISA FERNANDEZ: ‘Lay Love On You’ (Warner Bros. 7”)
SHERRY: ‘Let’s Go Wild’ (Magnet 12”)
CONTROLLERS: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Win, Somebody’s Gotta Lose’ (TK 7”)
DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘If You Wanna Do A Dance’ (Atlantic 7”)
DEAN FRIEDMAN: ‘Lucky Stars’ (Lifesong 7”)
JEFF WAYNE: ‘The Eve Of The War’ (CBS 7”) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
WAYNE ST JOHN: ‘Something’s Up’ (State 12”) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
SUGAR: ‘Manhattan Fever’ (Island 7”)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Imports):
GOODY GOODY: ‘Superjock’ / ‘#1 Dee Jay’ (US Atlantic LP) (BNDA debut 9/9/78)
MANU DIBANGO: ‘Sun Explosion’ (French Fiesta LP)
CLOUD ONE: ‘Happy Music’ (US Queen Constance 12”)
STEVE KHAN: ‘Some Down Time’ (US Tappan Zee LP)
EDDIE HORAN: Turn My World Back Around’ (US HDM LP)
SHALAMAR: ‘Take That To The Bank’ (US Solar LP)
RAY BARRETTO: ‘Can You Feel It’ (US Atlantic LP)
HEATWAVE: ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’ (reggae remix) (US Epic 12”)
WRIGHT BROS FLYING MACHINE: ‘Leatherman’s Theme’ (remix) (US Casablanca LP)
LEMON: ‘Freak On’ (US Salsoul 12”)
INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT: ‘Slippin’ Away’ (US Polydor 12”)
JORGE SANTANA: ‘Seychelles’ / ‘Sandy’ (US Tomato LP)
LA BIONDA: ‘Sandstorm’ (US Polydor LP)
EL COCO: ‘Love In Your Life’ / ‘Dancing In Paradise’ (US AVI LP) (BNDA debut 7/15/78)
THE BROTHERHOOD: ‘Soul Power’ (US MCA LP)
CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Street Corner Symphony’ (US Solar 12”)
LALO SCHIFRIN: ‘Fortune Tellers’ / ‘To Cast A Spell’ (US Tabu LP)
JOE FARRELL: ‘Another Star’ / ‘Katherine’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
GREY & HANKS: ‘You Fooled Me’ (US RCA 12”)
CAROL DOUGLAS: ‘Burnin’’ (US Midsong LP) (BNDA debut 9/9/78)
DOUBLE EXPOSURE: ‘Newsy Neighbors’ (US Salsoul 12”)
MOSES: ‘Mexican Sunset’ (US Pure As Silk LP)
SONNY FORTUNE: ‘Turning It Over’ (US Atlantic LP)
CHANSON: ‘Don’t Hold Back’ (US Ariola LP) (BNDA debut 10/14/78)
AL GREEN: ‘I Feel Good’ (US Hi 12”) (BNDA debut 1/21/78)
UNIVERSAL ROBOT BAND: ‘Footsteps On The Roof’ (US Red Greg LP)
FUTURES: ‘Deep Inside Of Me’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
DEBORAH WASHINGTON: ‘Ready Or Not’ / ‘Anyway You Want It’ (US Ariola LP) (BNDA debut 6/24/78)
BEAUTIFUL BEND: ‘Make That Feeling Come Again’ LP (US Marlin LP) (BNDA debut 8/19/78)
TIMMY THOMAS: ‘Freak In Freak Out’ (US Glades 7”)

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