February 10, 1979: “Jazz-Funk Over-Kill”

Disco News

Bournemouth Maison Royale’s UK Roadshow Of The Year final is next Thursday (15), with finalists so far being John DeSade (Maidstone), Steve Maxted (Swanley), Paul’s Sound Mobile (Salisbury), while this Thursday (8) the last semi-final is between Glen Ross (Birmingham) & Haze International (Portsmouth) . . . Motown’s Les Spaine is revising his club jock mailing list, so write him at Motown Records, Heron Place, 9 Thayer Street, London W1 . . . Arista have had such phenomenal phone-in reaction to GQ’s previously unheard-of import that it’s being rushed by them as soon as possible . . . RCA schedule Bill Summers next week, followed by Grey & Hanks, David Fathead Newman on remix 12in . . . WEA plan a promo-only Mick Jackson remix 12in, while Sister Sledge 12in is due in two weeks and evidently a 99p Rose Royce 12in has already snuck out . . . Boney M. ‘Dancing In The Streets’ is now on 6:00 remix US Sire 12in . . . Don Ray ‘Got To Have Loving’ is out again on Polydor 12in next week . . . West Midlands DJ Assn mount a “disco-show-exhibition-fun night”, West Midlands Discoscene ’79, next Sunday (18) at Birmingham’s Albany Hotel, Smallbrook Queensway, with member jocks and BRMB’s Dave Barnes, laser show, disco dancing display, various prizes and local dealers demonstrating disco equipment – all in aid of Cancer Research, and the hope that more local jocks will support the association . . . Robby Baron’s Red Bull in Peckham has been completely redecorated and will now feature Greg Edwards every Monday, King Enri on Thursdays, Victor Scott on Fridays and soul band Jabba on Sundays . . . Graham Gold’s successful Sunday funk night at Greenford Champers has had to close due to a brewery policy switch, but the same crowd will be able to groove from Feb 22 at Harrow-on-the-Hill’s Kings Head where Graham’s Tues/Thursday residency will include guest spots by Chris Hill, Graham Canter and Robbie Vincent . . . Erik-Jack, ex-Young Generation dancer and now boss of Bognor’s Life discos, is to choreograph steps for the cheerleaders of Arundel District’s ‘It’s A Knockout’ team – disco comes to that TV show now, too, huh?!

Jazz-Funk Over-Kill

Dave Else (Guildford Bridge) has some good points to make about the jazz-funk trend. “All the warnings flying around these days about using too much jazz-funk seem to make good sense to me. While the various Chrises attract a very hip crowd who will accept all that is thrown at them, I find down here (only 20 miles from central London) that the majority of punters are still not ready for the real heavy heavy jazz which is often listed by the “top” jocks in their Hot Vinyls, etc. We do have a very hip minority at the Bridge, but if I played to them all evening the door money would drop and I’d be out on me ear!”

“Anyway, if I chose to play to a minority then I’d play deep soul and 60’s sounds all night!” (Nice one – JH) “My solution to this problem of satisfying everyone (including Wallies – I deal with them on my mobile gigs)” (yes, Dave does weddings etc. on Godalming 23522 – JH) “is to let my warm-up DJ’s play their latest jazz-funk LP’s amongst more popular sounds during the early part of the evening and keep the minority happy, then I play all the top sounds together with whichever newies I think the majority will take to.”

“By this time the minority are also out for a good time and enjoy everything played. I also do include moody jazz in slow spots, and play out at the end with one. This doesn’t make me the hippest DJ around but I’m more interested in making people happy.”

All of which makes eminent good sense, and can be applied to just about any disco situation. No matter how hip the DJ’s taste or the crowd’s pose, it’s always worth remembering that the best times are had by those who can let their hair down and boogie . . . and to get that atmosphere you need something simple to boogie to. Deep down, which would you really rather boogie to, Sea Level ‘Fifty-Four’? Come in, Section Three!

WEA this week launch a set of 12 LV long version 12in specials, selling now for £1.79 each, under the campaign heading “Funk Fixers”. Full reviews and BPM will be in next week’s issue (when I’ve actually seen and checked them for differences from the originals), but their catalogue details are as follows: DENNIS COFFEY: ‘Gimmie That Funk’ / ‘Calling Planet Earth’ (Atlantic/Westbound LV 6), AQUARIAN DREAM: ‘You’re A Star’ / ‘Play It For Me’ (Elektra LV 7), KAREN YOUNG: ‘Hot Shot’ (Atlantic LV 8), BETTYE LAVETTE: ‘Doin’ The Best I Can’ (remix) (Atlantic LV 9), WILLIE HUTCH: ‘Come And Dance With Me’ (remix) / ‘Easy Does It’ (Whitfield LV 10), PHREEK: ‘Weekend’ (remix) / ‘Have A Good Day’ (Atlantic LV 11), SLAVE: ‘Stellar Fungk’ / ‘You And Me’ (Cotillion LV 12), NORMA JEAN: ‘Saturday’ / ‘This Is Love’ (Bearsville LV 13), FANTASTIC FOUR: ‘B.Y.O.F.’ / ‘Sexy Lady’ (remix) (Atlantic/Westbound LV 14), HOWARD KENNEY: ‘Save Some For The Children’ (Warner Bros. LV 15), CHIC: ‘I Want Your Love’ (remix) / ‘Chic Cheer’ / ‘Le Freak’ (Atlantic LV 16), LOVE DE-LUXE: ‘Here Comes That Sound Again’ (Atlantic LV 17).

New Spins

GARY’S GANG: ‘Keep On Dancin’’ / ‘Do It At The Disco’ (CBS 12-7109) (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
Here at last, and on 12in too, is the next Dan Hartman-like sensation from CBS. Already a smash on import, the dynamite “dance dance dance” 126bpm chanter explodes through several breaks and some amazing synthesizer sounds on the full 7:15 12in, but amazingly all these best bits are edited out for the bland radio-aimed 3:40 7in. You’ve GOT to get the 12in! Also big for many, the 127bpm 5:45 B-side’s got squeaky, Mickey Mouse-type vocal harmonies and rattling Latin percussion edited to 3:30 for 7in.

INNER CIRCLE: ‘Everything Is Great’ (Island 12WIP 6472)
In the Third World/Hi-Tension bag but even more funk than fusion, this bottom-heavy chanting 122bpm groover is a bit messy as a song but chugs towards a climax with great freaky stereo effects amongst the percussion. Issued on very limited 12in, even those shops that ordered early are finding it scarcer than hens’ teeth, so do your best to get it!

PARADISE EXPRESS: ‘Dance’ / ‘Poinciana’ (Fantasy 12 XFTC 167) (BNDA debut 12/9/78)
Sadly dropping out of the chart just as it’s finally released, this frantic 131bpm remake of the Paul Jabara number is easily confused with Sylvester . . . mainly because it’s by his backing group! On 8:16 12in, it’s flipped with a 130bpm disco version of the recent Gato Barbieri hit, but this starts with slow seashore effects before the rhythm builds gently to smoothly singing girls and a very pretty vocal, with a syndrum and percussion break. 

GAZ: ‘Sing Sing’ (Salsoul XSSOL 116)
Stolidly thudding 114bpm jitterer progresses on 7:15 12in through girlie group and a variety of instrumental and rhythm breaks, but keeps returning to its catchy opening guitar and brass riff. Huge on import LP for ages, it’s now flipped by a 130bpm 5:40 version, for pop jocks, of ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’!

BEE GEES: ‘Tragedy’ (RSO 27) (BNDA debut 3/17/79)
Already hard to escape, on radio at least, it’s another high-pitched whimperer with a rolling 118bpm beat.

Smoothly pulsating 116-118bpm swinger with the superstars taking turns to sing for Barry Gordy Sr’s 90th birthday. Sadly, he died just after.

BLACKBYRDS: ‘Night Grooves’ LP (Fantasy FT 555)
Big with the jazz-funk jocks on import, this is a greatest hits collection with a difference – all the tracks have been remixed. Hottest have been ‘Rock Creek Park’ (111/55bpm), ‘Gut Level’ (124bpm) and ‘Happy Music’ (115/57bpm). Be warned, it is a bit specialist even now.

Well-known US disco label’s UK debut via Pye is, predictably these days, pressed in bright grapefruit yellow vinyl. The jauntily jogging title track’s a simple little 6:00 115bpm tripper with squeakily wailing chix over a plodding descending bass rhythm and precisely controlled sparse instrumentation, produced as usual by Rinder & Lewis. A similarly slowed down 116bpm treatment of John Miles’s ‘Slow Down’ is less effective, while the unspectacular 7:35 102bpm ‘Do You Have Any’ was a recent import.

STILL WATERS: ‘Carry Me’ (GTO GT 240)
Atmospheric long tempo-less start to a moody monastic-type pure pop chanter with rolling 118bpm beat, hot for some pop peddlers but not really “disco” at all.

ALESSI: ‘Dancing In The Halls Of Love’ (A&M AMS 7406)
Bee Gees-ish 117bpm thumper with a long instrumental intro.

JOHN PAUL YOUNG: ‘Standing In The Rain’ / ‘Lost In Your Love’ (Ariola ARO 142) (BNDA debut 1/21/78)
Sparsely loping 124bpm hi-hat chatterer, his first big US disco hit, now double-A decked with a subtly building 126bpm thwacker, also on 12in promo only.

LUISA FERNANDEZ: ‘Give Love A Second Chance’ (Warner Bros. K 17195)
Appalling Eurocrud with a 124bpm ‘Rasputin’ rhythm.


GQ: ‘Disco Nights (Rock Freak)’ (US Arista SP-38) (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
Exploding overnight, this absolutely monstrous new 123bpm disco driver has jazzy guitar, slick harmonies and a creamily chugging forceful rhythm, on 5:51 12in. Evidently a new version of the Rhythm Makers’ ‘Soul On Your Side’ (thanx, Alex Anders!), it ties into the latest US dance craze, Rock – which you do with a legs akimbo, knees apart, sideways swaying motion (a bit like the Apeman Shuffle unless you get it right!). The 5:15 flip’s a useful new treatment of – wait for it! – ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’, which at 126bpm mixes beautifully into Narada Michael Walden.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else (To Dance With You)’ (US Atlantic DSKO 185) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Bouncily bass-driven long 126bpm intro to a great urgent-sounding strutter with yelping vocals, percussion break and mucho excitement, on 6:30 12in promo . . . and hopefully by now, commercial release.

BOMBERS: ‘(Everybody) Get Dancin’’ (US West End WES 22115) (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
Fast gals-and-guy backbeat galloper with a snickkety driving 127bpm beat and some shrill synthetic strings cutting through before the percussion break on 9:24 12in, is actually a bit ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’-ish.

MONGO SANTAMARIA: ‘Watermelon Man’ (US Columbia/Tappan Zee 28-10912)
Exciting 8:15 revamp of his classic Herbie Hancock-penned early ‘60s Latin rhythm rattler now has a solid 122bpm beat added to the looser percussion and some chanting chix.

7TH WONDER: ‘My Love Ain’t Never Been This Strong’ (US Parachute RRD 20514)
Good slightly dated 121bpm funk stamper in the old Ohio Players-type mould, on remixed 6:20 12in with live party atmosphere in the background and soulful singing.

THE WONDER BAND: ‘Stairway To Love’ LP (US Atlantic SD 38-111) (‘Whole Lotta Love’ BNDA debut 3/24/79)
Just what this world was waiting for – a disco version of Led Zep’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’! From the familiar slow start it speeds into a not very noisy 132bpm and medleys side-long for 17:14 through the non-Zep title-track brass ‘n strings interlude and a disco ‘Whole Lotta Love’ – really! – which actually blows it by watering down the freaky stereo bit. However, the more mundane bass-driven bounding 131bpm B-side ‘Wonderful Medley’, another disco suite – 12:32 of throbbing drums, gruff hollering and long orchestral passages – possibly has more potential here.

GINO SOCCIO: ‘Outline’ LP (US Warner/RFC RFC 3809) (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
The new Warner Bros. disco label’s debut is a strangely deadpan set of undemonstratively thumping rhythms, like the solidly thudding 8:23 ‘Dancer’ with a long 122bpm intro and occasional “disco” chix, the similarly monotonous 7:09 ‘Dance To Dance’ 127bpm girlie group chugger, while the mainly instrumental 6:45 ‘The Visitors’ is a fast but again cool sounding 134bpm flier rather in the Patrick Juvet style.

BELL & JAMES: ‘Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)’ (US A&M SP-17058)
Laid back bass-bumped jittery 119bpm funky chanter hits an Olympic Runners/‘One Nation’ groove on 7:03 remix 12in and now comes storming out of the North-West . . . whereas last year on 7in it bombed!

LONNIE SMITH: ‘Do It’ (from LP ‘Gotcha’, US LRC 9328)
Grunting intro to a staccato chanted 132bpm jerkily leaping 6:09 funk-jazz jumper, which spotlights snappy bass and horns around finger-lickin’ Lonnie’s organ work.

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ (US Cotillion DSKO 144) (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
Coolly rolling 116bpm thudder with jittery tension behind relaxed chix and a strange strings ‘n rhythm break, on 6:04 12in with pop-soul appeal.

VARIOUS: ‘From The Vaults’ LP (US Natural Resources NR 4014TT)
Treasure trove collection of unreleased vintage Motown rejects from the golden formative first half of the ‘60s, when cha-cha rather than 100mph was the more usual temp – so they’re mainly mellow ‘n soulful (very), but Northern fans should check the 168bpm Miracles ‘It’s Fantastic’. Sho nuff is!

FEVER: ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Love’ (US Fantasy D-115) (BNDA debut 10/28/78)
Overfrantic 135bpm treatment, out for ages but recently circulated by EMI (LRD), the 7:11 12in throws in everything including a rattling rhythm but somehow doesn’t quite work for most dancers.

CHUCK BROWN: ‘Bustin’ Loose’ (US Source SOR-13910)
Old fashioned James Brown-type turgid 112bpm plodder, now on 7:42 12in remix with a repetitive “freak” chant.

Hot Vinyl

Alex George jocks as Alex “Freaky” Anders at such London clubs as Giovannia’s Room, Beagles and Studio 21 (as the Diplomat is renamed from today, Thursday 8th). His import tips include several revivals, some of which he now plays at full strobe speed on variable decks:
BT EXPRESS: ‘Do You Like It’ (US Scepter LP)
BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND: ‘Psychoticbumpschool’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
Normal speed are:
GQ: ‘Disco Nights (Rock Freak)’ (US Arista 12”) (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
RICK JAMES: ‘High On Your Love’ (US Gordy LP)
NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else’ (US Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
RANDY BROWN: ‘I Love You Baby’ (US Parachute LP)
ROY AYERS: ‘Coffy Is The Colour’ / ‘Aragon’ (US Polydor LP)
JOHNNY HAMMOND: ‘Morning Magic’ / ‘For People Only’ (US Milestone LP)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘Groove-A-Thon’ (instrumental) (US ABC LP)
Where’dja get the ABC job lot, Alex?

Import-orientated DJ chart returns compile this “Funk 30”:

01 Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up – US Salsoul 12″
02 Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancin’ / Do It At The Disco – CBS 12″
03 Herbie Hancock – You Bet Your Love – CBS 12″
04 Players Association – Turn The Music Up / Everybody Dance / Ride The Groove / The Closer I Get To You – US Vanguard LP
05 Lonnie Liston Smith – Space Princess / Quiet Moments – US Columbia 12″
06 Keith Barrow – Turn Me Up – US Columbia 12″
07 FLB – Boogie Town – US Fantasy/WMOT 12″
08 Grey & Hanks – Dancin’ – US RCA 12″
09 Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force – Pye 12″
10 Edwin Starr – Contact – 20th Century 12″
11 Gaz – Sing Sing – US Salsoul 12″
12 Sea Level – Fifty Four – US Capricorn 12″
13 Bill Summers – Straight To The Bank – US Prestige 12″
14 Mantus – (Dance It) Freestyle Rhythm – US SMI 12″
15 GQ – Disco Nights (Rock Freak) / Boogie Oogie Oogie – US Arista 12″
16 Gene Chandler – Get Down – 20th Century 12″
17 Lonnie Smith – Do It – US LRC LP
18 Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson – Heat Of The Beat – Polydor 12″
19 Mike Mandell – Peg / Just The Way You Are / Jupiter Finger – Vanguard LP
20 T-Connection – Saturday Night / Midnight Train – US Dash LP
21 Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove – Warner Bros. 12″
22 Fantastic Four – BYOF – US Westbound LP
23 Donald Byrd – Thank You For Funking Up My Life / Loving You – Elektra 12″
24 Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real – CBS 12″
25 Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – US A&M 12″
26 Village People – YMCA – US Casablanca 12″
27 Stanley Cowell – The Stoker – US Galaxy LP
28 Lemon – A-Freak-A / Chance To Dance – US Prelude 12″
29 Rainbow – I Like It – US Inner City LP
30 Inner Circle – Everything Is Great – Island 12”

Now that the disco chart has been computerised it means that specialist surveys can be extracted from it at the touch of a button. This is the “A” chart – DJ’s returns being divided by musical content into (A) import-orientated, (B) mainstream mailing list “disco”, (C) pop-orientated. Further, DJ’s venues are divided down into (1) star appearances, (2) club residencies, (3) pub/restaurant residencies, (4) mobile, (5) DJ Associations, (6) gay clientele . . . plus, of course, each geographical area is coded, along with every individual jock.

UK Disco Top 90 – February 10, 1979

01 01 Village People – YMCA – Mercury 7″/12″/US Casablanca 12″ remix
02 03 Earth, Wind & Fire – September – CBS 7″
03 02 Chic – Le Freak – Atlantic 7″/12″
04 04 Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove – Warner Bros. 7″/12″/LP
05 06 Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up – Salsoul 7″/12″/US 12″ remix
06 07 Dan Hartman – Countdown / This Is It – Blue Sky 7″/12″/LP/US 12″
07 09 Edwin Starr – Contact – 20th Century 12″
08 08 Shalamar – Take That To The Bank – RCA 12″
09 05 Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman – Warner Bros. 7″/12″
10 10 Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Stiff 7″/12″
11 14 Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing – Polydor 12″
12 23 Herbie Hancock – You Bet Your Love – CBS 12″
13 19 Blondie – Heart Of Glass – Chrysalis 12″
14 18 Olympic Runners – Sir Dancealot – Polydor 12″
15 15 Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancin’ / Do It At The Disco – CBS 12″
16 12 Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson – Heat Of The Beat – Polydor 12″
17 17 Gene Chandler – Get Down – 20th Century 12″
18 26 Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force – Pye 12″/LP
19 11 Musique – In The Bush / (remix) – CBS 7″/12″
20 22 Chanson – Don’t Hold Back – Ariola 12″
21 13 Dan Hartman – Instant Replay – Blue Sky 7″/US 12″
22 16 Two Man Sound – Que Tal America – Miracle 12″
23 28 Bionic Boogie – Cream – Polydor 12″
24 24 Damon Harris – It’s Music – Fantasy 12″
25 25 Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy – Riva 7″/12″ promo
26 21 Rahni Harris – Six Million Steps – Mercury 12″
27 29 FLB – Boogie Town – US Fantasy/WMOT 12″
28 31 Village People – I’m A Cruiser / My Roommate – Mercury LP
29 27 Cerrone – Je Suis Music – CBS 12″
30 36 Lonnie Liston Smith – Space Princess / Quiet Moments – US Columbia 12″
31 20 Sylvester – Dance (Disco Heat) – Fantasy 7″/12″
32 30 Grey & Hanks – Dancin’ / You Fooled Me – US RCA 7″/12″/LP
33 43 Three Degrees – Woman In Love – Ariola 7″/12″ promo
34 57 Players Association – Turn The Music Up / Everybody Dance – US Vanguard LP/12″
35 38 Lakeside – It’s All The Way Live – RCA 12″
36 37 Keith Barrow – Physical Attraction / Turn Me Up / Joyous Music – US Columbia LP/12″ remix
37 33 Gaz – Sing Sing / Boogie Woman – US Salsoul 12″/LP
38 32 Barry White – Just The Way You Are / Your Sweetness Is My Weakness – 20th Century 7″/12″
39 44 Leif Garrett – I Was Made For Dancin’ – Scotti Bros. 7″/US 12″
40 35 Donald Byrd – Thank You For Funking Up My Life / Have You Heard The News – Elektra 12″/LP
41 39 Ronnie Jones – Groovin’ / Me And Myself – Lollipop 12″
42 45 Dolly Parton – Baby I’m Burnin’ – RCA 12″
43 72 Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive – Polydor 7″/12″
44 42 Sea Level – Fifty Four – US Capricorn 12″/LP
45 47 Tasha Thomas – Shoot Me With Your Love – Atlantic 12″
46 51 Third World – Cool Meditation – Island 7″/12″
47 34 Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip – Starship Trooper – Ariola Hansa 7″/12″
48 56 Thelma Houston – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – Motown 7″/US 12″
49 41 Racey – Lay Your Love On Me – Rak 7″
50 40 Village People – Macho Man / San Francisco – DJM 12″
51 88 Herbie Mann – Superman / Etagui – Atlantic 7″/US 12″
52 61 Mantus – (Dance It) Freestyle Rhythm – US SMI 12″
53 54 Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real / Star Love – CBS 12″
54 NE GQ – Disco Nights (Rock Freak) – US Arista 12″
55 62 Ronnie Laws – All For You / Nothin’ ‘Bout Nothin’ – UA 12″
56 49 John Davis & The Monster Orch. – Ain’t That Enough For You – Miracle 12″
57 55 Melba Moore – You Stepped Into My Life – Epic 12″
58 58 Fantastic Four – BYOF – US Westbound LP
59 81 Bill Summers – Straight To The Bank – US Prestige 12″
60 78 Chic – I Want Your Love / Chic Cheer – Atlantic LP
61 64 T-Connection – Saturday Night / Funkannection / Funky Lady / Midnight Train – US Dash LP
62 48 David Simmons – Will They Miss Me – Fantasy 12″
63 RE Switch – We Like To Party . . . Come On / There’ll Never Be / I Wanna Be Closer – Motown 12″
64 73 Lonnie Smith – Do It – US LRC LP
65 71 Dobie Gray – You Can Do It – Infinity 12″
66 RE Eddie Henderson – Cyclops – Capitol 7″
67 83 Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – US A&M 12″
68 65 Carolyn Crawford – Coming On Strong / A Nice Feeling – US Mercury 7″/12″/LP
69 87 Rose Royce – I’m In Love – Whitfield 7″
70 53 Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Fantasy 7″/12″/LP
71 68 Mike Mandell – Just The Way You Are / Peg / Jupiter Finger – Vanguard LP
72 RE Eddie Horan – Turn My World Back Around – London 12″
73 52 Mankind – Dr. Who – Pinnacle 12″
74 46 Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife – Polydor 7″/12″
75 66 Zulema – Change – London 12″
76 86 Philly Cream – Sly-Hi – US Fantasy/WMOT 12″
77 77 Eruption – Leave A Light – Atlantic 7″
78 50 Goody Goody – #1 Dee Jay – Atlantic 12″
79 NE Santana – One Chain – CBS 7″/12″
80 NE Mick Jackson – Weekend – Atlantic 7″
81 NE T-Connection – At Midnight – TK 7″/US 12″
82 90 Miquel Brown – Symphony Of Love – Polydor 12″
83 NE Lemon – A-Freak-A / Chance To Dance – US Prelude 12″/LP
84 NE Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer – TK 7″
85 76 Bobby Caldwell – Down For The Third Time – TK 7″
86 60 Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven – RSO 7″
87 59 War – Youngblood – MCA 12″
88 NE Lenny White – Lady Madonna / Pooh Bear – Elektra 7″/12″/LP
89 79 Arpeggio – Love And Desire / Let The Music Play / Runaway – US Polydor LP
90 RE Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket – Jamaican Gibbs 12″ promo
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 10/21/78) / #3 (BNDA debut 10/21/78) / #4 (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
#5 (BNDA debut 1/27/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 11/18/78) / #9 (BNDA debut 12/2/78)
#10 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 10/28/78) / #13 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#15 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #17 (BNDA debut 11/18/78) / #19 (BNDA debut 7/29/78)
#20 (BNDA debut 10/14/78) / #21 (BNDA debut 8/19/78) / #22 (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
#23 (BNDA debut 11/11/78) / #25 (BNDA debut 1/20/79) / #29 (BNDA debut 11/4/78)
#31 (BNDA debut 7/8/78) / #32 (BNDA debut 1/20/79) / #34 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#38 (BNDA debut 10/14/78) / #42 (BNDA debut 12/16/78) / #43 (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
#45 (BNDA debut 11/4/78) / #48 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #50 (BNDA debut 3/18/78)
#52 (BNDA debut 2/17/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 11/25/78) / #54 (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 9/2/78) / #57 (BNDA debut 10/28/78) / #59 (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
#60 (BNDA debut 12/16/78) / #70 (BNDA debut 7/8/78) / #74 (BNDA debut 9/16/78)
#75 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 9/9/78) / #79 (BNDA debut 5/5/79)
#81 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #83 (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
#84 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #87 (BNDA debut 10/7/78) / #89 (BNDA debut 12/16/78)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
WILTON FELDER: ‘Let’s Dance Together’ (ABC 12”)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Stir It Up’ (Island LP)
POINTER SISTERS: ‘Everybody Is A Star’ (Planet 7”)
WEATHER REPORT: ‘River People’ (CBS 7”)
DEBORAH WASHINGTON: ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Love’ (Ariola 12” promo) (BNDA debut 9/23/78)
INNER CIRCLE: ‘Everything Is Great’ (Island 12”)
SUPERMAX: ‘Lovemachine’ (Atlantic 12”)
J.A.L.N. BAND: ‘Mockin’ Bird Hill’ (Magnet 12”)
JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON: ‘Gangster Of Love’ (DJM 12”)
KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘Who Do Ya Love?’ (TK 7”)
BOB MCGILPIN: ‘Superstar’ (Ember 12”) (BNDA debut 8/26/78)
GROVER WASHINGTON JR: ‘Do Dat’ (Motown 7”)
WINNERS: ‘Get Ready For The Future’ (Ariola 12” promo)
EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING: ‘I Don’t Know If It’s Right’ (RCA 12”) (BNDA debut 2/3/79)
BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Help Yourself’ (UA 12”)
SWEET CREAM: ‘I Don’t Know What I’d Do’ (Ember 12”) (BNDA debut 2/18/78)
CHICK COREA: ‘Central Park’ / ‘Fickle Funk’ (Polydor LP)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Imports):
STANLEY COWELL: ‘The Stoker’ (US Galaxy LP)
RAINBOW: ‘I Like It’ (US Inner City LP)
GB EXPERIENCE: ‘Disco Extravaganza’ (US Atlantic 12”)
CRACKIN’: ‘Double Love’ (US Warner Bros. 12”)
RICK JAMES: ‘High On Your Love’ / ‘Bustin’ Out’ / ‘Fool On The Street’ (US Gordy LP)
TAVARES: ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before’ (US Capitol 12”)
BOMBERS: ‘Get Dancin’’ (US West End 12”) (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
MARILYN MCCOO & BILLY DAVIS JR: ‘Shine On Silver Moon’ (US Columbia 12”) (BNDA debut 1/27/79)
7TH WONDER: ‘My Love Ain’t Never Been This Strong’ (US Parachute 12”)
FEVER: ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Love’ (US Fantasy 12”) (BNDA debut 10/28/78)
WILSON PICKETT: ‘She’s So Tight’ (US Atlantic 12”)
GARCIA’S SUPER FUNK: ‘I Didn’t Know That You Could Dance’ (US TK 12”)
MONGO SANTAMARIA: ‘Watermelon Man’ (US Tappan Zee 12”)
JOE SAMPLE: ‘Surprise’ / ‘Carmel’ / ‘Cannery Row’ / ‘Midnight And Mist’ (US ABC LP)
BLUE NOTES: ‘Disco Explosion’ (US Fantasy 12”)
REFLECTIONS: ‘Boogie City’ (US RCA 12”)
HUBERT EAVES: ‘Flead Dancing’ (US Inner City LP)
PETER JACQUES BAND: ‘Walking On Music’ / ‘Fire Night Dance’ (US Prelude LP) (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else’ (US Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
GENTLE PERSUASION: ‘Litterbug’ (US Warner Bros. 12”)
CORNELL DUPREE: ‘Shadow Dancing’ (US Versatile LP)
DADDY DEWDROP: ‘Nanu Nanu’ (US Inphasion 12”)
ORIGINALS: ‘Blue Moon’ (US Fantasy 12”)
INSTANT FUNK: ‘Dark Vader’ (US Salsoul LP)
RUFUS: ‘Red Hot Poker’ (US ABC 7”)
GOODY GOODY: ‘It Looks Like Love’ (US Atlantic 7”)
DIANA ROSS: ‘What You Gave Me’ (US Motown 12”) (BNDA debut 12/23/78)

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