October 21, 1978: “Parliafunkadelicment tour in early December with three nights at Hammersmith Odeon”

Disco News

Heatwave’s reggae remix of ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’ will now be B-side of their ‘Always And Forever’, due on 20,000 copy limited edition 12in this Friday (GTO GT 12 236)! . . . Sylvester ‘Dance (Disco Heat)’ is finally confirmed as his follow-up here on Nov 10, while a week earlier, Chaka Khan’s great ‘I’m Every Woman’ is set for 12in release . . . Commodores ‘Three Times A Lady’ is currently about on 6:31 Dutch 12in, with ‘Brick House’ as flip, and there’s evidently a Mick Jackson “extended” remix 12in on yellow vinyl . . . Parliafunkadelicment tour in early December with three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, which mean Funkadelic’s 11 minute remix 12in of ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ could be out here then . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn members meet at noon in the Tower Arms, Richings Park, Iver. Slough, to meet WEA’s Fred Dove and Phonogram’s John Waller, and learn about crime prevention – hmmmm, if I’m awake I could make it too!


New Spins

Once again pressure of events have made me late with the deadline, so there was no time to listen to the newies – sorry! However, these look like being the week’s most interesting:

PHIL HURTT ‘Giving It Back’ (Fantasy 12 FTC 161) on full 12in remix or 3:45 7in; MANU DIBANGO ‘Sun Explosion’ / ‘Big Blow’ (Decca GFR 13810) on 12in at full 8:05 and 8:00; QUARTZ ‘Beyond The Clouds’ (Pye 7NL 25797-12) (BNDA debut 7/22/78) great electronic 12in goes well with Cerrone; VELVELETTES ‘Needle In A Haystack’ / ‘He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’’ (Motown TMG 1124) classic stompers; AFRO-CUBAN BAND ‘Rhythm Of Life’ (Arista ARIST 12-214) (BNDA debut 9/2/78) on 5:46 12in or 3:24 7in; BUNNY MALONEY ‘Baby I’ve Been Missing You’ (Gull GULS 65) great reggae; PETER TOSH & MICK JAGGER ‘(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back’ (EMI 2859) pop-reggae; TIMMY THOMAS ‘Freak In Freak Out’ (TK TKR7505); RICK JAMES ‘Mary Jane’ (Motown TMG 1121) heavy funk; FINISHED TOUCH ‘Need To Know You Better’ LP (Motown STML 12095) mid-tempo title track remains most popular; PAUL JABARA ‘Keeping Time’ LP (Casablanca CAL 2029) (BNDA debut 8/26/78) includes original of ‘Last Dance’; EASTBOUND EXPRESSWAY ‘Never Let Go’ (Pye 7NL 25798) (BNDA debut 10/28/78) on 9:55 12in; STEVE KHAN ‘The Blue Man’ LP (CBS 83146) with jazz-funk ‘Some Down Time’; DONNA MCGHEE ‘Do As I Do’ (Anchor ANC 1061) on 12in and 7in; KRAFTWERK ‘Neon Lights’ (Capitol 12CL 15998) on luminous 12in; KEBEKELEKTRIK ‘Kebekelektrik’ LP (Epic EPC 83005) (BNDA debut 6/24/78) with 8:07 ‘War Dance’; CONSTELLATION ORCHESTRA ‘Perfect Love Affair’ LP (CBS 83004) (BNDA debut 7/1/78) with 7:20 ‘Perfect Love Affair’, 7:07 ‘Cosmic Melody’ and 6:40 ‘Funk Encounter’; INNER CITY EXPRESS ‘Spring Rain’ (Ebony EYE 15) cover of Silvetti; CLAUDJA BARRY ‘Down By The Water’ (Lollipop LOLLY 3) Boney M sound-alike; MADLEEN KANE ‘C’est Si Bon’ (Decca FR 13805); SWITCH ‘There’ll Never Be’ (Motown TMG 1123); TYRONE ASHLEY ‘Don’t Stop Dancing’ (UA UP 36431); M. J. WILLIAMS ‘Only Your Love Can Save Me Now’ (Ariola ARO 136); WEATHER REPORT ‘River People’ (CBS 6743); GIL SCOTT-HERON ‘Show Bizness’ (Arista ARIST 215); HARVEY MASON ‘Pack Up Your Bags’ (Arista ARIST 208); IN CROWD ‘A Little Bit Of Reggae’ (Cactus CT 114); VIVIAN WEATHERS ‘Hip Hug’ (Virgin Front Line FLS 114); ZAP POW ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ (Island WIP 6451). Full reviews next week, hopefully. 


UK Disco Top 90 – October 21, 1978

01 01 Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Fantasy 7″/12″/LP
02 04 Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Whitfield 7″
03 03 Third World – Now That We Found Love – Island 7″/12″
04 02 Hi-Tension – British Hustle / Peace On Earth – Island 7″/12″
05 05 Crown Heights Affair – Galaxy Of Love – Mercury 12″/LP
06 07 Boney M. – Rasputin – Atlantic 7″/12″/LP
07 10 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Summer Nights – RSO 7″
08 11 Dan Hartman – Instant Replay – Blue Sky 7″/US 12″
09 08 Frankie Valli – Grease – RSO 7″
10 13 Phil Hurtt – Giving It Back – Fantasy LP/US 12″
11 20 The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie – Epic 7″/12″
12 14 Karen Young – Hot Shot – Atlantic 7″/12″/US West End 12″
13 12 Eddie Henderson – Prance On / Cyclops / Butterfly – Capitol 12″/Tower LP
14 18 Sylvester – Dance (Disco Heat) – Fantasy LP/US 12″
15 09 Stargard – What You Waitin’ For – MCA 7″/12″
16 15 Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
17 16 Roy Ayers – Can’t You See Me – Polydor LP
18 21 Cleveland Eaton – Bama Boogie Woogie – Gull 7″/12″
19 06 Herbie Hancock – I Thought It Was You – CBS 12″/LP
20 24 A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 7″/12″/LP
21 23 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday – Mercury 7″
22 22 Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance – Mercury 12″
23 19 Commodores – Three Times A Lady – Motown 7″/LP
24 25 Musique – Keep On Jumpin’ / In The Bush – CBS LP
25 54 Rahni Harris – Six Million Steps – US Inspirational Sounds 12″
26 33 Sugar Cane – Montego Bay – Ariola Hansa 7″/12″
27 17 Cerrone – Supernature – Atlantic 7″/12″/LP
28 28 Mick Jackson – Blame It On The Boogie – Atlantic 7″
29 26 Wilbert Longmire – Black Is The Color – US Tappan Zee LP
30 52 Roy Ayers – Get On Up, Get On Down – Polydor 12″/LP
31 35 Shalamar – Take That To The Bank – US Solar 7″/LP
32 39 Teddy Pendergrass – Only You – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″ remix
33 34 Stanley Turrentine – Disco Dancin’ – US Fantasy 12″/LP
34 31 Curtis Mayfield – No Goodbyes – US Curtom LP
35 49 Goody Goody – #1 Dee Jay – US Atlantic 12″/LP
36 48 La Bionda – One For You, One For Me – Mercury 7″/12″
37 45 Manu Dibango – Sun Explosion – Decca 12″
38 32 Joe Thomas – Plato’s Retreat – TK 7″/US 12″
39 53 Crown Heights Affair – Say A Prayer For Two / I Love You / Dream World – Mercury LP
40 55 Rose Royce – I’m In Love / First Come, First Serve – Whitfield LP
41 27 Brothers Johnson – Ain’t We Funkin’ Now – A&M 7″/12″
42 30 Al Hudson – How Do You Do – ABC 7″/12″
43 47 Gap Mangione – Mellow Out / Time Of The Season – A&M 7″/12″/LP
44 76 Donna Summer – MacArthur Park – Casablanca 7″/LP
45 60 Patrick Juvet – I Love America – Casablanca LP/US 12″ promo
46 43 Heatwave – Mind Blowing Decisions – US Epic 12″ remix
47 38 Samuel Jonathan Johnson – You – US Columbia 12″ remix
48 44 Howard Kenney – Save Some For The Children – US Warner Bros. LP
49 51 Jimmy McGriff – Outside Looking In / Playland / Midnight Boogie / Tapioca – US LRC LP
50 42 Atlantic Starr – Gimme Your Lovin’ – A&M 7″/12″
51 50 Solar Flare – Boogie Fund – RCA 12″
52 57 Bobby Caldwell – Down For The Third Time – US Clouds LP
53 75 Candi Staton – Victim – Warner Bros. 7″/LP/US 12″ promo remix
54 37 Sweet Thunder – Everybody’s Singin’ Love Songs – US Fantasy/WMOT 12″
55 41 Quincy Jones – Stuff Like That – A&M 7″/12″/LP
56 40 Patrick Juvet – Got A Feeling – Casablanca 7″/12″
57 80 Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame – RCA 7″/12″
58 NE Olympic Runners – Get It While You Can – Polydor 12″
59 72 Dean Friedman & Denise Marsa – Lucky Stars – Lifesong 7″
60 29 Charles Earland – Let The Music Play / Over And Over – Mercury 12″/US LP
61 59 O’Jays – Brandy – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
62 73 Eddie Horan – Turn My World Back Around – US HDM LP
63 62 Gregg Diamond – Starcruisin’ / Fancy Dancer – US Marlin LP
64 71 Brothers Johnson – Ride-O-Rocket / Streetwave / Mista Cool – A&M LP
65 46 Atlantic Starr – Stand Up – A&M LP/US 12″ remix
66 36 Nigel Martinez – Better Things To Come – State 7″/12″
67 77 Three Degrees – Giving Up, Giving In – Ariola 7″/12″
68 66 Ronnie Jones – Groovin’ / Gimme Little Sign / Me And Myself – Lollipop LP
69 63 Raydio – Honey I’m Rich – Arista 7″
70 65 L.T.D. – Holding On / It’s Time To Be Real – A&M 12″/LP
71 NE Jonathan King – One For You, One For Me – GTO 7″/12″
72 67 Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife – Polydor 7″/US 12″
73 56 Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running – ABC 12″/LP
74 70 Rick James – You And I – Motown 7″/12″/LP
75 NE Goody Goody – Superjock – US Atlantic LP
76 NE Joe Farrell – Night Dancing – US Warner Bros. 12″ promo
77 74 Grover Washington Jr. – Do Dat / Steppin’ Thru / Santa Cruzin’ – US Motown LP
78 88 Ramsey Lewis – All The Way / Don’t Look Back / Moogin’ On – US Columbia LP
79 58 Blair – Night Life – US Solar Sound LP
80 86 Gladys Knight & The Pips – It’s A Better Than Good Time – Buddah 7″/12″
81 64 ABBA – Summer Night City – Epic 7″
82 79 Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life – CBS 7″
83 NE Afro-Cuban Band – Rhythm Of Life – Arista 7″/12″
84 69 Nina Simone – Baltimore – CTI 7″/LP
85 RE Grace Jones – Do Or Die – Island 12″
86 NE John Travolta – Sandy – Midsong 7″
87 NE Aquarian Dream – You’re A Star – US Elektra LP
88 NE Chanson – Don’t Hold Back / I Can Tell – US Ariola LP
89 68 Pockets – Take It On Up – US Columbia 7″/12″ promo
90 83 Passport – Loco-Motive – US Atlantic 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 7/8/78) / #8 (BNDA debut 8/19/78) / #11 (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
#12 (BNDA debut 6/17/78) / #14 (BNDA debut 7/8/78) / #20 (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
#22 (BNDA debut 7/22/78) / #24 (BNDA debut 7/29/78) / #27 (BNDA debut 11/26/77)
#34 (BNDA debut 9/9/78) / #35 (BNDA debut 9/9/78) / #38 (BNDA debut 8/12/78)
#44 (BNDA debut 9/23/78) / #45 (BNDA debut 6/3/78) / #51 (BNDA debut 9/9/78)
#53 (BNDA debut 8/12/78) / #56 (BNDA debut 6/3/78) / #57 (BNDA debut 10/1/77)
#63 (BNDA debut 9/2/78) / #65 (BNDA debut 10/7/78) / #67 (BNDA debut 11/4/78)
#72 (BNDA debut 9/16/78) / #73 (BNDA debut 7/29/78) / #74 (BNDA debut 5/13/78)
#75 (BNDA debut 9/9/78) / #83 (BNDA debut 9/2/78) / #85 (BNDA debut 6/17/78)
#88 (BNDA debut 10/14/78)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
ROLLING STONES: ‘Respectable’ (EMI 7”)
CHANTER SISTERS: ‘Can’t Stop Dancing’ (Safari 7”)
LEN BOONE: ‘Love Won’t Be Denied’ (Chrysalis 12”) (BNDA debut 8/12/78)
LORD KITCHENER: ‘Sugar Bum Bum’ (Ice 12”)
CARRIE LUCAS: ‘Tic Toc’ / ‘Street Corner Symphony’ (RCA 12”)
PETER BROWN: ‘You Should Do It’ (TK 7”)
D.C. LARUE: ‘Let Them Dance’ (Pye 12”) (BNDA debut 6/10/78)
WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Hot Stuff’ (Polydor 7”)
FOUR TOPS: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (Motown 7”)
SWITCH: ‘We Like To Party . . . Come On’ (Motown LP)
KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘Do You Feel Alright’ (TK 7”)
MARSHA HUNT: ‘The Other Side Of Midnight’ (Magnet 12”) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
EL COCO: ‘Love In Your Life’ / ‘Dancing In Paradise’ (Pye 12”) (BNDA debut 7/15/78)
FINISHED TOUCH: ‘Need To Know You Better’ (Motown LP)
PULSE: ‘The Warrior’ (Ipi Tombi 12”)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Imports):
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Stand Up And Do Something’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
FUNKADELIC: ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ (US Warner Bros. 7”) (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Everybody’s Dancin’’ (US De-Lite LP)
RAY BARRETTO: ‘Can You Feel It’ (US Atlantic LP)
WILLIE HUTCH: ‘Easy Does It’ (US Whitfield LP)
RODNEY FRANKLIN: ‘I Like The Music Make It Hot’ (US Columbia LP)
MELBA MOORE: ‘You Stepped Into My Life’ (US Epic 12”) (BNDA debut 10/28/78)
WILLIE BOBO: ‘Always There’ / ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ (US Columbia LP)
OLLIE BABA: ‘Stomp Your Feet’ / ‘Give Me A Break’ / ‘Do It Good’ (US Polydor LP)
LUV YOU MADLY ORCHESTRA: ‘Rocket Rock’ (US Salsoul 12”)
PRIME TIME: ‘Good Times’ / ‘Soul Train’ (US Motown 12” promo)
LAURA TAYLOR: ‘Dancing In My Feet’ (US TK 12”) (BNDA debut 9/23/78)
JORGE SANTANA: ‘Seychelles’ (US Tomato LP)
CHAKA KHAN: ‘I’m Every Woman’ (US Warner Bros. 12” promo) (BNDA debut 12/2/78)
GREY & HANKS: ‘You Fooled Me’ (US RCA 12”)
MFSB: ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ / ‘To Be In Love’ / ‘Let’s Party Down’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
EROTIC DRUM BAND: ‘Plug Me To Death’ (US Prism LP)
RONNIE FOSTER: ‘Happy Song’ (US Columbia LP)
RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘American Generation’ (US Marlin LP) (BNDA debut 7/22/78)
LEON HAYWOOD: ‘Party’ (US MCA 7”)
PRINCE: ‘Soft And Wet’ (US Warner Bros. 7”)
PHYLICIA ALLEN: ‘Josephine Superstar’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 8/5/78)
AL GREEN: ‘I Feel Good’ (US Hi 12”) (BNDA debut 1/21/78)
QUAZAR: ‘Funk ‘N Roll’ (US Arista 7”)
CAMEO: ‘Ugly Ego’ (US Casablanca LP)
JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘Ain’t That Enough For You’ / ‘Disco Fever’ (US SAM LP) (BNDA debut 9/2/78)
SYLVERS: ‘Don’t Stop Get Off’ (US Casablanca LP)
VIVIAN REED: ‘It’s Alright’ (US UA LP)
RICHARD GROOVE HOLMES: ‘Let’s Groove’ (US Versatile LP)
CHERYL LYNN: ‘Got To Be Real’ (US Columbia 7”) (BNDA debut 11/25/78)
PATTI LABELLE: ‘Eyes In The Back Of My Head’ (US Columbia 12”)

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