September 1, 1979: David Bendeth, Miroslav Vitous, Matumbi, Eddy Grant, Bobby Rush

Brass Construction were the big discovery of the very first Billboard Disco Forum back in early ’76, so (having got to know them in the meantime) I have had an extra kick from the fact that each of my last two visits were made all the better by the guys in the group taking me to their own favourite out-of-the-way night spots. Big famous discos are all very well, but for a night out with friends you can’t beat a neighborhood club.

In February they took me to Le Cocu, on East 55th Street, which while basically a French student and au-pair type of club becomes on Thursdays an almost exclusively black rendezvous when DJ Emile Sanon spins a mixture of Latin and funkier disco. The place most reminded me of Mayfair Gullivers. It’s not a particularly large room but nevertheless the dance floor boasts a dazzling array of twirling helicopter lights, pencil beams and a mirror ball. Friendly and fun, with great music – the Latin element prompting Dexter, Costa Rican pal of the group’s Mickey Grudge, to promise me he’d send me tapes of a six hour Latin programme that’s evidently a must on radio every Sunday. I’m still waiting!

This July visit, Mickey along with Randy Muller and their respective ladies took myself, Radio One’s Tony Hale and EMI LRD’s Ray Edwards to Tribeca on North Moore Street down near the Holland Tunnel. Built on several layers, the spacious ground floor bar looks down two levels to the dance floor at the back, with two fat columns rising from the dance floor with greenery growing from the top at ground floor height. However, down on the dance floor, these columns tower upwards more like the rocket ships in ‘Moonraker’, while the intermediate floor forms a gallery – all this being on quite a small, cramped scale. None of which concerned us, for while the jock played Village People to keep the kids amused (it was a refreshingly young hetero audience), the menfolk of the party retired to the games room to be beaten (embarrassingly consistently!) by yours truly at pinball. Maybe the hours spent on the old machine in Capital Radio’s canteen weren’t wasted after all!

The Sunday of this visit, Brass Construction’s Joe Wong sacrificed six hours of driving time to ferry a crowd of us in his vast Cadillac Eldorado to and from a barbecue Mickey Grudge threw for us at his home out on the South Shore of Long Island. Not far from the perimeter of Kennedy Airport, his flat in a tower block condominium cluster is an amazing 1½ hour drive from central Mahattan, yet still in New York. The route goes under the Verrazano Bridge of Travolta film fame, while on the way we decided against calling in for a snack at Joe & Mary’s Italian-American Restaurant in nearby Brooklyn – Joe and his guest Carmine Galante had not made a good ad for the food, splashed bloodily across the front pages two days earlier. The food at Mickey’s was terrific, sweet succulent ham and exotic sausages served hero-style in French loaves, but hardly a barbecue as cooked in the kitchen and eaten on a balcony fourteen stories up, and shrouded in deep fog. Many thanks though, Mickey (and Joe), it was really great. Later I looked in at a Brass Construction recording session in producer Jeff Lane’s studio above Studio 54.

Disco News

Discotek 79, BADEM’s big equipment exhibition at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel near Russell Square, is running from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th and switches from trade-only to public admission at 5pm on Wednesday 12th. Look out for Record Mirror’s stand at Discotek 79, it’ll give you a buzz! . . . John Lewis (Brighton Metro) reports local DJ opinion as favouring a boycott of WEA product in retaliation against the mailing list suspension – but surely WEA’s reason is that the mailing list’s DJ’s don’t create hits anyway? . . . Pye’s Dave McAleer has seen the light and renamed the Disco Dept as the R&B Division to embrace jazz-funk, sophistisoul, Latin & reggae as well – which to many minds always have been Disco here . . . CBS’s Greg Lynn is the latest disco plugger to hint at cuts to come . . . US record companies now are gearing product that they hope will break in roller-discos, of which there are evidently thousands – though we’d probably call ‘em roller-rinks (and I seem to remember enthusing three years ago about DJ Paul Nice’s NY-style mixing for the rollerskating sessions at Edmonton’s Picketts Lock Leisure Centre!) . . . Dave Towry-Coker now features the ready-mixed US Disconet subscription-only 12in medleys (and other gay NY fodder) at the Monday roller-disco in London’s Covent Garden Jubilee Hall . . . David Bendeth of ‘Feel The Real’ import fame, though now working in Canada, is really from the Essex end of East London and used to gig regularly at the Speakeasy – shock, horror, gasp! . . . Cliff Richard ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ is 111 bpm, if you’re interested . . . Archie Bell ‘Strategy’ is due soon, but the Jones Girls’ follow-up will be ‘You Made Me Love You’ and not the already proven ‘Life Goes On’ LP track . . . Sarsie (01-980 2517) is looking for a new East London funk venue (emphasis on FUNK) following trouble with the kids at his last one – why can’t they behave? . . . Clive Southwell, who now adds weekends from Fri-thru-Monday at Angel Islington’s Blue Coat Boy to his gigs, reports the two far and away most popular requests at the recent Teen-Ex ‘79 teenagers’ exhibition were Slick ‘Space Bass’ and Jacksons ‘Shake Your Body’ . . . Decca’s Robert Blenman, fresh from accompanying Radio Luxembourg’s Roadshow, reports that South-Western DJs find disco product hard to get in local shops and have to contend with Wally requests – so what else is new? . . . Gary Oldis (Newton Aycliffe Gretna Green) is disgusted at the power of the (local) press following a recent visit to his club by a reporter who observed healthy disco activity through the bottom of a glass and went away to write lurid headlines about lechery and sex amongst the teenage set . . . Teesvalley Roadshow’s recently mentioned smart printed leather keyrings, handed out in place of business cards, have already brought in six extra bookings . . . David Emery (Newcastle) sez my plug for his promotion organizing service brought an immediate first day result, with Central Line’s agent ringing him to arrange local gigs – so you see it really does make sense to appear on this page! . . . Dave Else (Guildford Bridge) suggests funky silliness with Brother Bones ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ – the Harlem Globetrotters’ old training song – which gets ‘em skipping all over the joint: only trouble is, ya gotta find it, as it’s on 1952 Oriole . . . Iain Borg & Trevor “Rasta” Chapman (Croydon Foxy) are briefly funking Malta at St Paul’s Bay Regals and The Villa Rossa – and their anticipation of Wally fodder being needed too is only half-confirmed by the just-returned Rus Phillips (Manor Park Ere For Music), who says it’s very “disco” but with some cool clubs there as well . . . Rus also kicks off a sorta Jox Yockettes finale: “I approached a Maltese DJ and asked ‘have you got Spyro Gyra?’ – he replied ‘why, does it show?’!” . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillen’s): “A recent disco chart in the Daily Star made me realize I’d been introducing Diana Ross’s newie wrongly – they listed it as ‘The Boff’ (which is US slang for…)” (Enough! -Ed.) . . . Neil Fincham (Dunbar Goldenstones – and Monday late-niters at Gullane Old Clubhouse): “best request of the week – punter appears on stage, ‘can I have a request?’ ‘Sure, what?’ ‘Will you stop the music suddenly for about ten seconds so I can watch everybody looking silly?’ Answer unprintable.” (Thank God! -Ed.) . . . Sterling Vann (Bethnal Green Tipples): “Wally import newsflash – ‘Saturday Night Fever’ for imminent UK release! Latest Wally hit – ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’!” . . . Tom Wilson (Edinburgh Rutland): “Did you hear about the Irishman who had an artificial leg fitted? – his Wellie rejected it!”

UK Newies

DAVID BENDETH: ‘Feel The Real’ (Sidewalk 12SID 113)
Currently the disco chart’s biggest import, this gradually building 122-125 bpm 12in jazz-funk jiggler humps along with laid-back vocals suddenly spurting into a catchy staccato hook over the Canadian-based English guitarist’s chunky rhythm drive.

MIROSLAV VITOUS: ‘New York City’ (Warner Bros. K 17448T)
Much sought jazz-funk collectors’ item from ‘76 finally on 12in, the freaky 133 bpm bass burbler will have specialist appeal only but should go like hot cakes! Pity my copy’s warped.

MATUMBI: ‘Point Of View’ (MR 12RIC 101)
Madly catchy 120-124/62 bpm jaunty reggae 12in with an almost Dr Buzzard-like fascinating harmony echo effect and strange brass, likely to be huge. 

EDDY GRANT: ‘Walking On Sunshine’ (Ice GUY 27-12)
Less immediate than ‘Frontline’, this jittery 115 bpm 12in bass burbler has nice ethnic-style stereo brass, synthesizer break, subdued chanting – and could sneak up on ya, as it’s got a hidden almost Hi-Tension power. Syndrums join in for the B-side ‘Jam’ continuation.

BOBBY RUSH: ‘I Wanna Do The Do’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 13-7805)
Great whomping stomping “blues disco” complete with harmonica is a dynamite bass and clapping-driven 108 bpm 12in strutter that was big for some on import in June and deserves to freshen all our ears now.

TOM BROWNE: ‘What’s Going On’ (Arista/GRP ARIST 12297)
Meandering start to a pleasant 119 bpm jazz-funk version (remember Harvey Mason’s?), with trumpet, some chorus and lush strings, big for specialist jocks as an import LP track and now on 12in flipped by the equally hot but more jazzily convoluted 117 bpm ‘Throw Down’.

HERBIE MANN: ‘Jisco Dazz’ (Atlantic LV 34)
Slickly skipping 131 bpm flute tootler with zingy “disco” chix, flipped on maxi 12in by a segue which mixes 1975’s classic 119-122 bpm ‘Hijack’ and 125 bpm ‘Waterbed’ together and on into a ‘Jisco Dazz’ reprise.

AWB: ‘When Will You Be Mine’ (RCA XC 1096)
Blue-eyed jiggling slow 103 bpm clear vinyl 12in jazz-funk swayer, surprisingly already on the pop charts.


EDDIE HENDERSON: ‘Runnin’ To Your Love’ / ‘This Band Is Hot’ (from LP ‘Runnin’ To Your Love’, US Capitol ST-11984)
Dynamite pair of Patrice Rushen-penned/arranged/sung strutting leapers, the 127 bpm title track like an emptier ‘Boogie Wonderland’ while the 129 bpm latter is jumpier but with Eddie’s trumpet still sizzling through an EWF-ish horn section. ‘Sunchaser’ is a jazzier mellow 123 bpm instrumental skipper, also with specialist attention and arguably more musically valid.

BILL SUMMERS & SUMMERS HEAT: ‘Dancing Lady’ / ‘Feel The Heat’ (US Prestige D-141)
Terrific double-sided 12in, a girlie group vocal leaper which bangs and jumps along at 134 bpm to a crashing 132 bpm break and chaotically exciting instrumental last part, while the brassily stabbing 133 bpm B-side percussion plopper has a socking backbeat, “feel the heat – summer’s heat” chix and Latin lilt that hits a dynamite rattling break.

DYNASTY: ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)’ (US Solar YD-11693) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
Powerfully driving 118 bpm “rock” rhythm stomps and claps with Poussez-type chix repeating the title line for a simple but oh so strong and effective future disco biggie – this the 12in cut being 1 bpm slower than the LP version. Their ‘Your Piece Of The Rock’ flop is flip.

MICHAEL PEDICIN JR.: ‘That’s A Good One’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 4Z8 3693)
Attractively loping 129 bpm 12in sax skipper with cooing chix joining in over the smoothly jazzy groove, it all being so darned pretty it could even go pop!

RALPH MACDONALD: ‘I Need Someone’ (US TK Disco 407)
Considerably speeded-up new 117bpm 12in version of his jazzy jogger now becomes a sprightly pushing pounder with snappy bass, syndrums, chanting and a repeated chord progression. Flipped by the great percussion-driven 110 bpm ‘Discolypso’, which now may finally break outside clubs with West Indian patrons.

HEAVEN & EARTH: ‘I Feel A Groove Under My Feet’ (from LP ‘Fantasy’, US Mercury SRM 3763)
Gruff soul group’s rattling 116 bpm “rock” chugger is in a slightly dated funk style but their beat is right and builds up a “party” intensity with whoop-whoops, whistling and yowling as it bridges (without fade) from ‘Pt 1’ to ‘Pt 2’’s searing sax-led 118 bpm restatement. Worth checking by nostalgic smoochers is their 30/60 bpm revival of the Flamingos’ ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’.

TRAVIS BIGGS: ‘Solar Funk’ (from LP ‘Solar Funk’, US Source SOR 3154)
Skippable “solar wind” effects intro the jazz fiddler’s jaggedly jumping spiky 127 bpm skipper with some squeaky “disco” chix and much plinkety-plunking, while meandering thunder effects intro the 102-110 bpm ‘After The Storm’ synthesizer and soprano sax instrumental jogger, which builds up power over a strong beat to an 114 bpm fiddle finish. Equally nice, the 117 bpm ‘Autumn Jewel’ is a lushly-grooving mellow instrumental with tootling trumpet.

WILLIE BOBO: ‘Palos’ (from LP ‘Bobo’, US Columbia JC 36108)
Tripping 108-112 bpm instrumental jazz-funk jogger with fluidly nagging guitar and braying brass over a steadily bashing beat, the 125 bpm ‘Reason For Livin’’ being a clippety-clopping Latin hustler with good percussion breaks between wailing vocal, brass and guitar. ‘Set You Free’ is an 104 bpm plodding vocal jogger with hazy soprano sax break.

TOTO: ‘Georgy Porgy’ (US Columbia 43-11040) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Maddeningly catchy haunting cool 97 bpm bumper with jangling piano, deadpan vocal and Cheryl Lynn joining in to build the old nursery rhyme hook line into a soulful experience. Already reviewed as a less good UK 7in, this 12in has finally crossed over to US discos from radio, and really shouldn’t be allowed to escape here. Do try it in a “sleaze” sequence.

GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Yo Vivire’ (US Polydor PD D 512)
Straightforward Spanish-sung 117 bpm 12in version of ‘I Will Survive’ (the original is on flip), useful especially for MoR jocks in conjunction with Regina, Billie Jo Spears (even Charanga 76), and also – don’t snigger! – SHIRLEY BASSEY ‘Copacabana (At The Copa)’ (US UA UA-D6007 D), her version being mellower and better than Barry Manilow’s (it’s the flip of her ‘This Is My Life’ re-remix 12in).

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘It’s A Disco Night (Rock Don’t Stop)’ (US T-Neck 4Z8-2289) (US T-Neck LP) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Their LP’s hottest cut now on 12in, this great 134 bpm jittery stamper is so solid and steady that its grooves make a pattern like a deep space nebula spinning around!

Solidly “oogie oogie” bass-pushed 123 bpm 12in “rock” churner, already causing a slight stir for some fans of the new dance tempo.

NITEFLYTE: ‘If You Want It’ (US Ariola AR 9009)
Out for months, but I only picked up the 4:31 12in when cheap in New York, this superb soaringly soulful 43/86 bpm swaying slowie is an enduring catchy beauty still worth checking – and indeed it’s still hot for many.

D.J. ROGERS: ‘Trust Me’ (US ARC/Columbia 23-10964)
Another that fits the “sleaze” slot, this hypnotically weaving and plopping 94 bpm gospel-style call-and-answer jogger is a new 7:50 12in version of his not-so-recent soul hit.

TAMIKO JONES: ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love’ (US Polydor PD D 513) (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
Updated ‘Telstar’-type intro to a synthetical jittering Randy Muller-arr/penned 119 bpm 12in driven, more pop than “rock”, sweetly sung over the top of it all by Ms. Abbey National (1977).

BILLY PRESTON: ‘Sock-It, Rocket’ (from LP ‘Late At Night’, US Motown M7-925R1)
Rumbling 114 bpm “take-off” to an excitingly intensifying 120-122 bpm synthesizer skipper with bass and electronic “claps” giving it the “rock” tempo – pity it’s only 3:10. The Stevie Wonder-ish ‘You’ is a pleasant 107 bpm swaying jogger.

EASY GOING: ‘Baby I Love You’ (US Prism PDS 4)
Exciting rattling intro to a weird 128 bpm 12in leaper with almost Demis Roussos-like vocoder vocal, normal chanting chix and all the while this great Latin rhythm pumping away. The vocoder (plus a choo-choo train intro), crops up on the more “disco” chugging 128 bpm B-side treatment of Dale Hawkins’s old ‘Suzie Q’.

Mix Master

Sterling Vann (Bethnal Green Tipples) lumps around the BPMs for a megamix of his own: EWF ‘After The Love Is Gone’ (CBS), mix saxes into Spyro Gyra ‘Morning Dance’ (Infinity), into intro Me And You ‘You Never Know What You’ve Got’ (Laser 12in), chop after c. 5 mins into vocal Benelux & Nancy Dee ‘Switch’ (Scope 12in), chop instrumental break into Stephanie Mills ‘Put Your Body In It’ (20th Century 12in), mix into FLB ‘Lookin’ For Love Tonight’ (Fantasy 12in), chop into Teena Marie ‘I’m A Sucker For Your Love’ (Motown 12in), mix middle jive-talk break into vocal intro Frantique ‘Strut Your Funky Stuff’ (Philadelphia Int’l 12in), chop after c. 6 mins into Gibson Bros ‘Ooh! What A Life’ (Island 12in), mix into Archie Bell ‘Strategy’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 12in), mix into Al Wilson ‘Earthquake’ (RCA 12in), chop into Johnny Mathis ‘Gone Gone Gone’ (CBS 12in), mix any rhythm break into Candido ‘Dancin & Prancin’’ (Salsoul 12in), mix into Crusaders ‘Street Life’ (MCA 12in). Tipples is still a non-dancing pub, isn’t it, Sterling?

Hot Vinyl

Bob Jones (Braintree Barn/Chelmsford Dee Jay’s/Southend Zero 6) import tips:

BOB JAMES: ‘Rush Hour’ / ‘Big Stone City’ (US Tappan Zee LP)
HEAVEN & EARTH: ‘I Feel A Groove Under My Feet’ (US Mercury LP)
DYNASTY: ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak’ / ‘Satisfied’ (US Solar LP) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
JEFF LORBER FUSION: ‘Water Sign’ / ‘Sparkle’ (US Arista LP)
MICHAEL PEDICIN JR: ‘That’s A Good One’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
WILLIE BOBO: ‘Palos’ / ‘Reason For Livin’’ (US Columbia LP)
DEXTER WANSEL: ‘The Sweetest Pain’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
LEE MOORE: ‘Reachin’ Out (For Your Love)’ (instrumental) (US Source 12”)
TRAVIS BIGGS: ‘Solar Funk’ / ‘Autumn Jewel’ / ‘After The Storm’ (US Source LP)

And revives UK oldies:
MIROSLAV VITOUS: ‘New York City’ (Warner Bros. LP)
GROVER WASHINGTON JR: ‘Inner City Blues’ (Kudu LP)
JIMMY OWENS: ‘Do It To It’ (Horizon LP)

DJ Top Ten

David Emery (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Discotrax Agency, 0632-813797), recently returned from kidnap-crazy Sicily, reports that the discos in Cefalu are very up-to-date with their sounds as DJs there rely on imports (both US and UK) more than on the patchy domestic releases. They mix continuously without talk, and much of the mixing is of a notably high standard considering that most discos only use separate hi-fi components linked through a basic mixer, while the fairly straightforward lighting is varied to create moods that match the music. David’s Sicilian chart is a combination from Club Ogliastrillo, Sabie D’Oro, and the local Radio Cefalu.

1. DONNA SUMMER: ‘Hot Stuff’ / ‘Bad Girls’ (Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
2. ALAN SORRENTI: ‘Tu Sei L’Unica Donna Per Me’ (Italian EMI 12”)
3. GINO SOCCIO: ‘Dancer’ / ‘Dance To Dance’ / ‘The Visitors’ (Warner Bros. LP) (BNDA debut 2/24/79)
4. REAL THING: ‘Can You Feel The Force’ (Pye 12”)
5. ROCKETS: ‘Electric Delight’ (French Rockland LP)
6. EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Boogie Wonderland’ / ‘After The Love Is Gone’ / ‘Star’ (CBS LP) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
7. ATLANTIC STARR: ‘(Let’s) Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (A&M 12”)
8. MATIA BAZAR: ‘Un Raggio Di Luna’ (Italian Ariston 7”)
9. EXILE: ‘How Could This Go Wrong’ (Rak 7”)
10. EDWIN STARR: ‘H.A.P.P.Y. Radio’ / ‘It’s Called The Rock’ (20th Century LP) (BNDA debut 6/9/79)

UK Disco Top 90 – September 1, 1979

01 03 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
02 01 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
03 08 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″/LP
04 02 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life – Island 12″
05 09 FLB – Lookin’ For Love Tonight – Fantasy 12″
06 05 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
07 04 Donna Summer – Bad Girls – Casablanca 12″
08 06 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
09 07 Teena Marie – I’m A Sucker For Your Love – Motown 12″
10 14 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance – Infinity 12″
11 10 Diana Ross – The Boss – Motown 12″
12 15 Earth, Wind & Fire – After The Love Is Gone – CBS 7″
13 13 Olympic Runners – The Bitch – Polydor 12″
14 11 Earth, Wind & Fire & The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland – CBS 12″
15 12 Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love – Pye 12″
16 23 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
17 28 Johnny Mathis – Gone, Gone, Gone – CBS 12″
18 18 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Canadian IGM 12″
19 27 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
20 21 Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
21 16 Deniece Williams – I’ve Got The Next Dance – CBS 12″
22 30 Sister Sledge – Lost In Music – Atlantic 7″
23 22 Real Thing – Boogie Down (Get Funky Now) – Pye 12″
24 20 Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You – Arista 12″
25 19 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star / Let Your Feelings Show / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
26 40 Gene Chandler – When You’re No. 1 – 20th Century 12″
27 26 Me And You – You Never Know What You’ve Got – Laser 12″
28 41 Ian Dury – Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 – Stiff 12″
29 34 Skyy – First Time Around – Salsoul 12″
30 37 Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – Warner Bros. 12″
31 17 Janet Kay – Silly Games – Scope 12″
32 29 Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It – 20th Century 12″
33 51 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Seeing Is Believing / Love Till The End Of Time / Take It On Up – Pablo Today LP
34 36 Kandidate – Girls Girls Girls – Rak 7″
35 35 Philly Cream – Motown Review – Fantasy 12″
36 48 Roxy Music – Angel Eyes – Polydor 12″
37 46 Sparks – Beat The Clock – Virgin 12″
38 25 Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
39 45 Benelux & Nancy Dee – Switch – Scope 12″
40 31 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
41 32 Anita Ward – Ring My Bell – TK 12″
42 43 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo – Salsoul 12″
43 24 Sister Sledge – We Are Family – Atlantic 12″
44 62 Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
45 55 Savoy – Sunny Side Of The Street – EMI 12″
46 39 Terry Callier – Sign Of The Times – Elektra LP/US 12″
47 44 Bonnie Pointer – Heaven Must Have Sent You – Motown 12″ remix
48 64 Deodato – Shazam / Space Dust / Knights Of Fantasy – US Warner Bros. LP
49 90 Bobbi Humphrey – Say The Word / Love When I’m In Your Arms / Sweet ‘N Low / The Good Life – US Epic LP
50 33 Eddy Grant – Living On The Frontline – Ensign 12″
51 50 Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man – Ballistic 12″
52 61 Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore – EMI 7″
53 49 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night / Life In The City – Epic 7″/LP
54 54 Peter Brown – Crank It Up – TK 12″
55 52 Central Line – Wot We Got – Mercury 12″
56 63 Bombers – Let’s Dance – Flamingo 12″
57 59 Cameo – Secret Omen (all cuts) – US Chocolate City LP
58 66 Chain Reaction – Sweet Lady (Dance With Me) – US Jam Sessions 12″
59 42 Carrie Lucas – Dance With You – Solar 12″
60 38 Edwin Starr – H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – 20th Century 12″
61 56 Commodores – Sail On / Midnight Magic / Still / Gettin’ It / Sexy Lady / Wonderland – Motown 7″/LP
62 70 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
63 NE Con Funk Shun – Chase Me – Mercury 12″
64 79 Boney M. – Gotta Go Home – Atlantic 7″
65 47 Amii Stewart – Light My Fire – Atlantic 12″
66 65 Hot Chocolate – Going Through The Motions – Rak 12″
67 72 Teddy Pendergrass – Turn Off The Lights – Philadelphia Int’l LP
68 87 McFadden & Whitehead – Do You Want To Dance – Philadelphia Int’l 7″ promo
69 76 ABBA – Voulez Vous / Angeleyes – Epic 7″
70 78 Fern Kinney – Groove Me – US TK 12″
71 NE Bonnie Boyer – Got To Give In To Love – CBS 12″
72 74 Domenic Troiano – We All Need Love – Capitol 12″
73 60 Sylvester – Stars – Fantasy 12″/US 12″ remix
74 81 Ronnie Foster – Argentina / You’re The One / Let Me Into Your Life – CBS LP
75 84 Pockets – Catch Me – US ARC 12″
76 NE Stanley Turrentine – Take Me Home / Betcha / Love Is The Answer – US Elektra LP
77 NE Heaven & Earth – I Feel A Groove Under My Feet – US Mercury LP
78 NE Slick – Sexy Cream – Fantasy 12″
79 57 James Brown – It’s Too Funky In Here – Polydor 12″
80 85 Idris Muhammad – Foxhuntin’ – Fantasy 12″
81 73 Kleeer – It’s Magic / I Love To Dance / Tonight’s The Night – Atlantic 12″/LP
82 NE Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – US Solar 12″
83 68 Peaches & Herb – We’ve Got Love / Four’s A Traffic Jam – Polydor 7″
84 NE B. A. Robertson – Bang Bang – Asylum 7″
85 77 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – US Warner Bros. 12″
86 RE Nuggets – New York – Mercury 12″
87 RE Gibson Brothers – Better Do It Salsa / Que Sera Mi Vida / West Indies – Island LP
88 86 Ronn Matlock – Let Me Dance / Back Street / Love City – US Cotillion LP
89 75 Clem Curtis – Unchained Melody – RCA 12″
90 NE Michael Pedicin Jr. – That’s A Good One – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 5/19/79)
#11 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #13 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #14 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#15 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #16 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #19 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#21 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #26 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#28 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #30 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 4/7/79) / #41 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#43 (BNDA debut 2/10/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 5/5/79) / #48 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
#53 (BNDA debut 8/25/79) / #54 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #57 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#59 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 6/9/79) / #62 (BNDA debut 3/10/79)
#70 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #71 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #72 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#73 (BNDA debut 3/24/79) / #75 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#79 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #85 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#86 (BNDA debut 6/30/79) / #87 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)

No Bubbling Under titles this week.

One thought on “September 1, 1979: David Bendeth, Miroslav Vitous, Matumbi, Eddy Grant, Bobby Rush”

  1. Another fascinating time capsule. The regular misogyny and politically incorrect content such as Irish jokes illustrate just how much things have changed- it wouldn’t be allowed in a similar column published today. It really is great to read these old pieces on a number of levels


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