March 24, 1979: Report from Billboard’s Disco V Forum, New York (Part Two)

This page takes so long to compile that, as mentioned before, by the time I’d typed it, then flown the Atlantic and boogied all night, I’d been up for 66 hours . . . the result you can see above, where snap-happy David See caught Froggy and myself quietly crashing while Chic bombed badly at New York’s Roseland Ballroom! Unfortunately I didn’t get much more sleep during the week of the Billboard Disco Forum V, so that the above picture also explains in part why last week’s page was rather lacking. Sorry!

Anyway, rather than continue my report on the scandal and fun to be found in NYC a fortnight ago, I’d better concentrate on the harder facts. Froggy is actually a good starting point, as he was the only British DJ to attend the Forum purely as a DJ . . . and he came back totally converted to American disco mixing! Although he didn’t pay all the enrollment dues, the trip still cost him £350, which he found to be money well spent. “It’s given me more knowledge about the American scene and equipment – the lighting effects are fantastic – and it’s totally changed my thoughts on mixing. I didn’t take it seriously until I heard it over there. Although I was against them at first, I think vari-speed turntables are now definitely of value, and I can’t wait to get my own. The mixes were brilliant!”

Chris Hill was attending the Forum as both DJ and Ensign label representative, and advisor to Southgate Royalty entrepreneur, Adrian Webb. In Chris’s usual outspoken way, he found the Forum’s panel discussions a waste of money but the exhibition part of the event a real eye-opener. “It took just a visit to New York to convince Webb that the Royalty was a toilet and did need upgrading!” Adrian’s reply was more restrained (if enigmatic). “Terrific, we are in a go situation. Hic! No, seriously, they’ve got good hardware but we’ve got the best DJ’s in the world. If enough DJ’s apply to us at the Royalty, we will do a package deal tour for the next Forum in July, getting a plane, hotel rooms and so on, making it easier for British jocks to attend.” Adrian’s expansive mood could be explained by the fact that he’d discovered 750 dollars (presumably hot money) stuffed under a chair in his hotel suite!

Also club-owners, Paul and Michael Berrow of Birmingham’s Rum Runner (frequent visitors to New York) likewise found the trip worth while. Michael explained, “The cost of our trip is a drop in the ocean when one considers our budget for lighting and sound over the next 12 months. Now we’ve seen everything available.” Paul added, “We should have brought our electrician with us, and a DJ. The British scene has a lot to offer the Americans, and vice versa. The combination of both talents could well develop a great new disco concept.”

So, the hardware and DJing aspect of the Forum seem to have been worth the effort for club owners and DJ’s, but how about for record company people? Henry Hadaway of Satril did not find it worth going to as a convention. “It was not very well organized, the place was badly planned, and I heard very little product. However I did meet several important people, and I still believe it’s a good thing but needs better planning.”

This opinion may not be shared completely by Carlin’s Mike Collier, Miracle’s Pete Waterman or Magnet’s Tilly Rutherford, who were busily beavering away doing record deals left right and centre . . . but more often than not were to be found in the lavish top-floor Hilton suites where US record companies were entertaining the delegates. In fact, you could go to these permanent parties without having to enroll for the Forum, and of course this is where the real business was initiated, if not went on.

Bad news for DJ’s, though, was that free promotional record hand-outs were few and far between this time: fair enough for US jocks who have record pools for distribution of the product that they might otherwise have picked up, but not so fair for foreign visitors hoping for hot vinyl.

What about the Forum’s exhibition as a showcase for British hardware? Pulsar of Cambridge’s popular Derek Saunders was exhibiting their products with both Lights Fantastic and MGM, Pulsar’s US distributors, and reported, “The main surprise was we had people from Hong Kong, France, Germany, Australia – I didn’t think it would be so international. Otherwise it’s been business as usual.” Lasertronics of Westgate-on-Sea’s Mike Geary sold two Laserwriters and set up six new dealerships, adding “There’s no way we can compete with the Americans when you look at the technology they’ve got, but we do fill and have exploited a hole in the market with our small machines.” John Golding, though English, has actually set up his Ultra-Volta Discoware firm in Gilbertville, Massachusetts, as he realises that the very effective fluorescent plastic jewellery he makes will have a far larger market in the States – yet he ended up at the Forum by arranging for Adrian Webb to have a UK dealership!

So, in a variety of ways it’s obvious that the Disco Forum is worth attending . . . not the least of which being the great fun that’s to be had. More about that next week, when we reveal more about the certain Miss Ferne Kaps (a real party pleaser!), the clubs, lights, noise and events that were there to be enjoyed.


Disco News

British DJ Micki Gee broke the 1,176 hour marathon DJing record last Monday and raised £15,000 for retarded kids at Odal’s in Reykjavic, Iceland (so that’s what they do during the long winter nights!) . . . Giorgio and Ritchie Family are now on 12in, while Sylvester and Beach Boys are due on 12in this week . . . WEA’s 12in plans include Lamont Dozier ‘Boogie Business’ / ‘Going Back To My Roots’, Eugene Record ‘Magnetism’, Gino Soccio ‘Dancer’ / ‘Dance To Dance’, Dennis Brown ‘Ain’t That Lovin’ You’ and a US remixed Doobie Bros. . . . Wardell Piper is due next week on Midsong 12in (POSPX 42), while Miracle revive Blair ‘Night Life’ and Brainstorm ‘Lovin’ Is Really My Game’ on 12in in two weeks . . . RCA reissue five 12in Disco Direction Classics on April 6, including Shalamar ‘Uptown Festival’ for the first time commercially . . . London Organisation of DJ’s presents a Jocks Night Out on Monday (26) at Streatham Bali Hai, aimed at fellow DJ’s and their friends, with such as Chris Hill and Greg Edwards socialising – but despite what the ads say, I myself will not be there . . . Manor Park’s Ere For Music disco dept reopens on Saturday (24) . . . Thames Valley DJA meet this Sunday (42) at noon in Farnborough Sports Centre’s Recreational Suite, with several disco pluggers attending . . . Mike ‘Doc’ Hayes (Wellington 2613) is acting secretary of the new Taunton DJ Assn and needs prospective members . . . King Enri, turning on South Londoners at Lewisham’s Chequers record store, wants more evening residencies (call 01-852 3900 in office hours) . . . Robbie Collins now funks Charing Cross Global Village every Friday / Saturday, while Dave Rawlings is resident at Reading Rebeccas every Tuesday / Wednesday . . . Liverpool’s Greg Wilson (New Brighton Golden Guinea) currently sports a really authentic 1963 Merseybeat hairstyle (fringe brushed across but not TOO long at back and sides)!


New Spins

ARPEGGIO: ‘Love And Desire’ (Polydor POSPX 40) (BNDA debut 12/16/78)
Dynamite exciting smash-bound 130bpm backbeater has quavering catchy high-pitched vocals, driving rhythm and “stun-gun” syndrums, all on full-length 7:34 12in. Hot on import, huge in New York, it’ll be the next really big one here.

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else (To Dance With You)’ (Atlantic K 11269) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Monstrous import out now in full 6:30 12in form, the powerfully thudding backbeat jumper – crossover funk at its best seems to be 128bpm on edited 7in although the original US 12in is 126bpm.

WINGS: ‘Goodnight Tonight’ (Parlophone R 6023)
So now McCartney goes disco, for that’s what this relaxed subtle 124bpm roller really is! With lots of interesting changes, including a flamenco-type break, it keeps on chooglin’ and should be the rejuvenating smash he needs. 

THE JACKSONS: ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ (Epic EPC 12-7181) (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
Excellent totally remixed 8:40 12in starts with a bass and percussion intro before rolling at 122bpm into an accumulative powerhouse of jittery chugging funk.

SIDE EFFECT: ‘Disco Junction’ (Fantasy FTC 170)
Bass-bumped happy 121bpm funk burbler with great rudely braying brass, on 3:30 7in and due also in its longer remixed US 12in form.

CRACKIN’: ‘Double Love’ (Warner Bros K 17297)
Basally thudding 112bpm jogger rather in the old Real Thing style, popular already around Liverpool, due on limited 99p 12in.

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’ (Atlantic K 11257) (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
Already hitting the charts, this cleverly crafted Chic-like smooth 116bpm girlie group galloper is on 6:06 12in with a great thudding synthetic strings break, but sadly lacks the US ‘We Are Family’ flip . . . and seems to be 114bpm on 7in.

GEORGE DUKE: ‘I Am For Real’ (from LP ‘Follow The Rainbow’, Epic EPC 83336)
In the Herbie Hancock disco-jazz style but funkier, this ultra-strong set’s hottest track so far is a great freakily babbling 121bpm funker with amazing bellowing intro, while other goodies are the exciting fast chanting ‘Funkin’ For The Thrill’ 124bpm stamper, meandering ‘Straight From The Heart’ 92bpm swayer, and (also on 12in) brassy ‘Party Down’ 121bpm jitterer.

CHERYL LYNN: ‘Star Love’ (from LP ‘Cheryl Lynn’, CBS 83145) (BNDA debut 11/25/78)
Wailing super soulstress, reminiscent vocally and visually of the late Linda Jones, adds two dynamite cuts to the full Got To Be Real’, this 7:23 slow-starting then frantic Sylvester-style 131bpm US hit and the chunkily strutting 112bpm ‘You Saved My Day’, which has a great “thank you – thank you” break and lots of tension that should mix well with Bohannon.

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Livin’ Inside Your Love’ LP (Warner Bros. K 66085)
Staggeringly beautiful double album, every track a gem, although standouts for jazz-funk jocks could be Young-Holt’s old ‘Soulful Strut’ (100bpm) and ‘Nassau Day’ (110), as well as the 12in ‘Love Ballad’ (112), while slower killers include ‘Unchained Melody’ (33), ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ (28/57), ‘Hey Girl’ (38) and ‘Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing’ (43). A must for sophisticated audiences, and smoochers!

LONNIE SMITH: ‘Do It’ (from LP ‘Gotcha’, TK TKR 83356)
Brief abrupt panting 126bpm intro to a great spikily jumping 130bpm jazz-funk filer, while the lovely lush slow 97bpm ‘Sweet Honey Wine’ has the ex-George Benson sideman’s old finger-lickin’ organ sound.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD: ‘Swingin’’ (Ensign ENY 2212)
Hi-Tension-type highly touted UK funk outfit hits 134bpm in a polyrhythmic rush on exciting 7:07 12in or 3:49 7in. I love the trumpet bit nicked from ‘Doctor On The Go’!

KEITH BARROW: ‘Turn Me Up’ (CBS 7090)
Slightly specialist but widely popular and disgracefully overdue import hit is a falsetto-sung chugging 111bpm rattler that gets nowhere on 4:00 7in but is also on 11:38 12in, with the strangely empty 126bpm ‘Joyful Music’ as 3:30 flip for extra value.

CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘Dance Lady Dance’ LP (Mercury 6372762)
Building through tight brass, squeaky strings and staccato vocals with a bouncily skipping rhythm pushing it at 117bpm, the subtle 6:25 title track (also on 12in, Mercury 9198161) now has a long catchy Sine-style wheezling synthesizer break for most of the last half. Also hot so far are the 118bpm ‘The Rock Is Hot’ rattler and 114-122bpm ‘Come Fly With Me’ (a poor man’s ‘Galaxy Of Love’).

RICK JAMES: ‘High On Your Love Suite’ (Motown 12TMG 1137)
Similar in structure to the Real Thing, this 7:18 “eye-cued” 12in segues from 132bpm into the slightly slower, skippable, ‘One Mo’ Hit’ and has been hot in import but may not click too widely. Bigger for many will be his old ‘You And I’ 124bpm funker on the flip, where the “eye-cue” bands seem to be particularly stupidly placed.

DESMOND CHILD & ROUGE: ‘Our Love Is Insane’ (Capitol 12CL 16038) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Insidious 118bpm thudder with a disturbing combination of worryingly wailing chix and sparse backing which becomes naggingly powerful after a few hearings and is huge in New York – it mixes in front of Sister Sledge too. Due on 5:18 12in, but confusingly there’s also another longer and much faster US 12in version.

DON RAY: ‘Got To Have Loving’ (Polydor POSPX 33) (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
Big in pop venues last year but surprisingly not a seller then, the Cerrone-produced gay 125bpm disco chugger is now on full 8:13 12in complete with syndrum explosions and quieter last half.

DIANA ROSS, MARVIN GAYE, SMOKEY ROBINSON, STEVIE WONDER: ‘Pops We Love You’ (Motown 12TMG 1136)
Remixed, edited (Diana’s sickly bit goes) and elongated for 6:32 12in, this tribute to Berry Gordy’s dad is now much better and a bit faster at 120-124 bpm.

DAVID FATHEAD NEWMAN: ‘Keep The Dream Alive’ (Prestige PRC 102)
What a great jazz-funk instrumental with a powerful abrupt start has been mucked about with and remixed for 5:39 12in so that it now sounds like any other disco record, with percussion intro and boring cowbell clonking! You may prefer this lightweight 118bpm flute-tootler, but I recommend you compare it first with the original 114bpm 5:39 title track of his finally issued LP (PR 10106), hot on import for ages.

DADDY DEWDROP: ‘Nanu Nanu (I Wanna Funky Wich You)’ (Pye 7N 25803)
Mork from Ork’s catchphrase (see ‘Mork & Mindy’ on ITV Friday at 7pm) woven into a good 118bpm pop-disco song that’s almost in Gary’s Gang class on 3:40 7in, while the 5:00 12in on green vinyl is very different, with a long clapping intro and much more 123bpm rhythm emphasis, but less tight and commercial.

GARY’S GANG: ‘Showtime’ (from LP ‘Keep On Dancin’’, CBS 83583)
Hottest cut, apart from both sides of the hit, is this 5:15 instrumental 122bpm “live” introduction to the boys in the band, which is actually quite jazzy and good.

CHAPLIN BAND: ‘Madman’s Discotheque’ (Sonnet SON 2176)
Twittering synthesizer intro to a straightforwardly simple 124bpm stomper, strongest in its instrumental B-side form.


Imports

SWEET TALKS: ‘Do The Beat’ (from LP ‘Sweet Talks’, US Mercury SRM-1-3761)
Light-sounding but solidly thwacking 133bpm skipper with a delicate strings arrangement over the the 5:12 Brass Construction-type groove that’s already hot.

HILARY: ‘Do It’ (US Columbia 23-10924)
Wayne Henderson-produced accelerating 126-135bpm skittery rhythm flier now on 8:06 12in does a dynamite mix into ‘Heat Of The Beat’ (not surprisingly!), with a beefy bass synthesizer and chanting chix behind the lady flautist’s occasional toot.

RICHARD T. BEAR: ‘Sunshine Hotel (Just Walk On In)’ (US RCA PD 11492) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
Rhythm dominated 6:13 12in has a bouncing 117bpm beat with syndrum fill-ins and snatches of gruff male vocal and laughter with girlie group support, all rather odd, but effective.

PETER JACQUES BAND: ‘Fire Night Dance’ LP (US Prelude PRL 12163) (BNDA debut 2/10/79)
Fast and furious Eurodisco, big in New York and growing here, the 130bpm title track pounder hits a good booming rhythm break, while ‘Walking On Music’ goes full tilt at 139bpm with hissing hi-hats and subdued synthetic pulse until it too hits a percussion break. Just about ringing the changes, the other less big cuts are ‘Devil’s Run’ (136bpm) and ‘Fly With The Wind’ (140bpm).

ALTON MCCLAIN & DESTINY: ‘It Must Be Love’ (from LP ‘Alton McClain & Destiny’, US Polydor PD-1-6163) (BNDA debut 3/24/79)
Alton’s a lady, as are her two companions, and they come on like a quieter Emotions on this 118bpm strutter, big on import already – but better as a longer promo 12in than this 4:42 LP cut. Also warm is the gradually building 104-108bpm ‘Crazy Love’ swayer, laid-back and pretty.

HERBIE MANN: ‘Super Mann’ LP (US Atlantic SD 19221)
Disappointingly zingy “disco” set with nothing slower than 129bpm – and the two at that tempo are the best, ‘Rock Freak’ and especially the simple Bohannon-ish ‘Stomp Your Feet’. ‘Jisco Dazz’ and of course ‘Superman’ are both hot at 131bpm, while ‘Body Oil’ (132bpm) has some support, but they all suffer from a surfeit of frothy female squawking.


UK Disco Top 90 – March 24, 1979

01 01 Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancin’ / Do It At The Disco – CBS 12″
02 02 GQ – Disco Nights (Rock Freak) / Boogie Oogie Oogie – Arista 12″
03 03 Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force – Pye 12″
04 04 Edwin Starr – Contact – 20th Century 12″
05 07 Players Association – Turn The Music Up – Vanguard 12″
06 08 Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive – Polydor 7″/12″
07 05 Gene Chandler – Get Down – 20th Century 12″
08 12 Chic – I Want Your Love / Chic Cheer – Atlantic 12″
09 06 Herbie Hancock – You Bet Your Love – CBS 12″
10 10 Inner Circle – Everything Is Great – Island 12″
11 26 Gibson Brothers – Cuba – Island 12″
12 16 FLB – Boogie Town – Fantasy 12″
13 09 Instant Funk – I Got My Mind Made Up – Salsoul 12″/US 12″ remix
14 15 Bill Summers – Straight To The Bank – Prestige 12″
15 21 Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer / We Are Family – Atlantic 12″/US Cotillion 12″
16 11 Gaz – Sing Sing – Salsoul 12″
17 14 Fantastic Four – BYOF / Sexy Lady – Atlantic 12″
18 NE Village People – In The Navy – Mercury 7″/12″
19 27 Grey & Hanks – Dancin’ – RCA 12″
20 18 Bee Gees – Tragedy – RSO 7″/US 12″ promo
21 23 Narada Michael Walden – I Don’t Want Nobody Else – Atlantic 12″
22 13 Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing – Polydor 12″
23 25 T-Connection – At Midnight – TK 12″
24 33 Gonzalez – Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ Yet – Sidewalk 12″
25 29 Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket – Lightning 12″
26 20 Mick Jackson – Weekend – Atlantic 7″/US 12″ promo
27 22 Herbie Hancock – Tell Everybody / Ready Or Not – CBS LP
28 32 Kleeer – Keep Your Body Workin’ – Atlantic 12″
29 19 Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real – CBS 12″
30 45 Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – A&M 12″
31 17 Blondie – Heart Of Glass – Chrysalis 12″
32 39 Bombers – (Everybody) Get Dancin’ – US West End 12″
33 30 Sea Level – Fifty Four – Capricorn 12″
34 24 Players Association – Ride The Groove / Everybody Dance / The Closer I Get To You – Vanguard LP
35 47 Rick James – High On Your Love / Bustin’ Out / Fool On The Street – Motown 12″/LP
36 38 Paradise Express – Dance / Poinciana – Fantasy 12″
37 80 Crown Heights Affair – Dance Lady Dance – Mercury 12″/LP
38 28 Village People – YMCA – Mercury 12″/US Casablanca 12″ remix
39 37 Lonnie Liston Smith – Space Princess – US Columbia 12″
40 59 Machine – There But For The Grace Of God Go I – RCA 12″
41 35 Leif Garrett – I Was Made For Dancin’ – Scotti Bros. 7″/US 12″
42 42 Carolyn Crawford – Coming On Strong / A Nice Feeling – Mercury 12″
43 84 George Benson – Love Ballad / Unchained Melody / Soulful Strut / Nassau Day / Hey Girl / Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing – Warner Bros. 12″/LP
44 52 Donna Summer – Heaven Knows – Casablanca 7″
45 31 Earth, Wind & Fire – September – CBS 7″
46 43 Thelma Houston – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – Motown 7″/12″ promo
47 36 Mike Mandel – Peg / Jupiter Finger – Vanguard 12″
48 51 Breakwater – Work It Out / Feel Your Way / No Limit / Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot – US Arista LP
49 40 Two Man Sound – Que Tal America – Miracle 12″
50 NE Hilary – Do It – US Columbia 12″/LP
51 50 Keith Barrow – Turn Me Up – CBS 12″
52 RE Hamilton Bohannon – Cut Loose – Mercury 12″
53 87 George Duke – I Am For Real / Funkin’ For The Thrill / Straight From The Heart / Party Down – Epic 12″/LP
54 58 Wardell Piper – Captain Boogie – US Midsong 12″
55 49 Sweet Talks – Do The Beat – US Mercury LP
56 75 Mantus – (Dance It) Freestyle Rhythm – Atlantic 12″
57 48 Dennis Coffey – Gimme That Funk – Atlantic 12″
58 54 Dobie Gray – You Can Do It – Infinity 12″
59 63 Lamont Dozier – Boogie Business / Love Me To The Max – US Warner Bros. LP
60 74 Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes – Warner Bros. 7″
61 69 Lemon – A-Freak-A / Chance To Dance – US Prelude 12″/LP
62 41 Chic – Le Freak – Atlantic 12″
63 57 Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man – US Tappan Zee 12″
64 82 Arpeggio – Love And Desire / Let The Music Play – Polydor 12″
65 72 Carrie Lucas – Dance With You – US Solar 12″
66 64 Joe Sample – Sunrise / Carmel / Cannery Row – ABC LP
67 NE Light Of The World – Swingin’ – Ensign 7″/12″
68 46 Dan Hartman – Countdown / This Is It – Blue Sky 12″/US 12″
69 70 Boney M. – Painter Man – Atlantic 7″
70 NE Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance / I’m Funking You Tonite – US Gold Mind 12″/LP
71 34 Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove – Warner Bros. 12″
72 NE Crème D’Cocoa – Toe Jam – US Venture 12″
73 65 Lonnie Smith – Do It / Sweet Honey Wine – TK LP
74 61 T-Connection – Saturday Night – TK LP
75 76 Gino Soccio – Dancer – US RFC LP/12″ remix
76 NE Tata Vega – Get It Up For Love – US Motown LP
77 RE Diana Ross – What You Gave Me – Motown 12″
78 85 Ritchie Family – American Generation – Mercury 7″/12″
79 60 Herbie Mann – Superman – Atlantic 12″
80 NE Peter Jacques Band – Fire Night Dance / Walking On Music – US Prelude LP
81 62 Three Degrees – Woman In Love – Ariola 7″/12″ promo
82 79 Alton McClain & Destiny – It Must Be Love / Crazy Love – US Polydor 12″/LP
83 NE General Johnson – Can’t Nobody Love Me Like You Do – Arista 12″
84 71 Bar-Kays – Holy Ghost – Stax 7″/12″ promo
85 RE Lorraine Johnson – Feed The Flame – Epic 7″/US Prelude 12″
86 RE Howard Kenney – Save Some For The Children – Warner Bros. 12″
87 NE Motown Sounds – Bad Mouthin’ / Groove Time – Motown LP
88 NE Sticky Fingers – Sticky Fingers (all cuts) – US Prelude LP
89 NE Ross / Gaye / Robinson / Wonder – Pops We Love You – Motown 12″
90 NE B. Baker Chocolate Co. – Snow Blower – US LRC LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 2/24/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 11/18/78)
#5 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 11/11/78) / #7 (BNDA debut 11/18/78)
#8 (BNDA debut 12/16/78) / #11 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #13 (BNDA debut 1/27/79)
#14 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #18 (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
#19 (BNDA debut 1/20/79) / #20 (BNDA debut 3/17/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#22 (BNDA debut 10/28/78) / #23 (BNDA debut 1/6/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 12/23/78)
#27 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #29 (BNDA debut 11/25/78)
#31 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #36 (BNDA debut 12/9/78)
#38 (BNDA debut 10/21/78) / #40 (BNDA debut 1/27/79) / #46 (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
#49 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #54 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #56 (BNDA debut 2/17/79)
#59 (BNDA debut 5/5/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #61 (BNDA debut 1/6/79)
#62 (BNDA debut 10/21/78) / #64 (BNDA debut 12/16/78) / #65 (BNDA debut 3/10/79)
#70 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #71 (BNDA debut 11/11/78) / #75 (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
#76 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #77 (BNDA debut 12/23/78) / #78 (BNDA debut 7/22/78)
#80 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 3/24/79) / #85 (BNDA debut 11/25/78)
#88 (BNDA debut 3/3/79)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Domestic):
GIORGIO MORODER: ‘Chase’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 1/20/79)
JAMES BROWN: ‘For Goodness Sakes Look At Those Cakes’ / ‘Sex Machine’ (Polydor 12”)
TAVARES: ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before’ (Capitol 12”)
MICHAEL ZAGER BAND: ‘Life’s A Party’ (Private Stock LP promo)
KOFI & KIKI: ‘24 Hours In A Disco’ (Bronze 12”)
DON RAY: ‘Got To Have Loving’ (Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
SARAH DASH: ‘Sinner Man’ (Kirshner 12”) (BNDA debut 11/11/78)
PEGGY SCOTT: ‘You’ve Got It All’ (Pinnacle 12”)
PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Hang It Up’ (Elektra 12”)
KANDIDATE: ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose You’ (Rak 7”)
SIDE EFFECT: ‘Disco Junction’ (Fantasy 12”)
MARVIN GAYE: ‘A Funky Space Reincarnation’ (Motown 12”)

Bubbling Under the Top 90 (Imports):
CRACKIN’: ‘Double Love’ (US Warner Bros. 12” promo)
EUGENE RECORD: ‘Magnetism’ (US Warner Bros. 12”)
TRAMMPS: ‘Soul Bones’ (US Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 1/13/79)
MARILYN MCCOO & BILLY DAVIS JR: ‘Shine On Silver Moon’ (US Columbia 12”) (BNDA debut 1/27/79)
DELLS: ‘Face To Face’ / ‘The Best In Me’ (US ABC LP)
HERBIE MANN: ‘Jisco Dazz’ / ‘Rock Freak’ / ‘Stomp Your Feet’ / ‘Body Oil’ (US Atlantic LP)
ULTIMATE: ‘Love Is The Ultimate’ / ‘Touch Me Baby’ / ‘Ritmo De Brazil’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 1/20/79)
PHILLY CREAM: ‘Jammin’ At The Disco’ (US Fantasy WMOT 12”) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
BEACH BOYS: ‘Here Comes The Night’ (US Caribou 12”) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)

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