October 6, 1979: Gloria Gaynor, Gibson Brothers, Cameo, Hamilton Bohannon, Cognac

Odds ‘N Bods

Jupiter Beyond ‘The River Drive’ will be on the re-activated Pye International label in November, contracts now having been signed . . . Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand sing together on a disco duet due later this month, the 12in on CBS and 7in on Casablanca, while Donna’s ‘Dim All The Lights’ is now on 12in to make it sell better (CANL 162) . . . Kool & The Gang go back to next week . . . LPs on US Capitol but issued here in the over-stickered Tower series include the already reviewed Eddie Henderson (EST 11984) and Bobby Lyle (EST 11956) . . . Showstopper Promotions’ Adrian Webb announced at Frenchies Forum his plans for a “funk under canvas” National Soul Day to be held in 15,000 capacity interconnected gigantic circus bigtops at Knebworth next May Spring Bank Holiday, to follow on from the 2nd Caister weekender next Fri-Sun (12-14) and Perrin Sands overflow in Cornwall (Oct 26-28), a few tickets being left for the latter, incidentally . . . Erik-Jack of Life Entertainment Services (258 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, Sussex PO21 5AX) invites experienced Southern-based pro (or prepared to go pro) jocks to contact his expanding agency, which amongst others recently placed local DJs on the QE II and in a 22 week Isle of Wight residency . . . Chris Dinnis’s jazz-funk import night at Sidmouth Winter Garden has moved from Tuesday to Saturday due to public demand . . . Chris Hill is raving about a brand new club in out-of-the-way Whitehaven (Lake District), the Whitehouse, filled by owners Ernie Priestman, Wayne Nicholls, Phil Haselhurst & Brian Brown with superb equipment, New York-style lighting and queues of hip kids, making it better than any club in London (sez Chris) – I can’t wait to visit it with him next month! . . . St Asaph’s Stables Disco in North Wales starts a weekly specialist jazz-funk night next Thursday (11), complimentary tickets for the first four weeks from DJ Alan Taylor, 26 Terrace Avenue, Rhyl. Clwyd LL18 10D . . . Nikki Peck, a regional runner-up in the recent DJ awards, has left Chatham Scamps for a series of gigs including Chatham Old Ash Tree (Mondays), Harrietsham Victorias (Thursdays) and various nights al Gillingham Joanna’s . . . John Lewis reports that as summer’s over it’s back to “no jeans” at Brighton Metro! . . . I may have been unused to the set-up at Southgate Royalty last Saturday but at least I didn’t take off a record while it was playing – unlike Froggy (whose superb equipment it was)! . . . Sadao Watanabe ‘Duo Creatics’ is on 7in next week, followed by Two Man Sound ‘Disco Samba’, a Mexican million-selling medley of South American hits . . . Blondie ‘Dreaming’ is 163bpm, and Chanson ‘Sing All Night’ 133-131bpm, not as printed last week . . . Leroy Hutson’s ‘Unforgettable’ import is dividing opinions, my own remaining that it’s too “disco” for my taste . . . Tricky Dicky of London’s gay Dicks Inn discos opines that pub jocks will sell more records at present as who really wants to pay for a fast dance-orientated “disco” 12in to play at home in the front room when the money could go towards an LP instead . . . Michele Freeman’s US LP sleeve makes it took as if she’s dreaming of being a disco star in her Maidenform bra while Aretha Franklin’s most definitely does NOT! . . . Trevor “Rasta” Chapman & Iain Borg (Croydon Foxy) confirm Rus Phillips’s view that Maltese discos are less Wally than they’d feared – and in fact Rus wants to hear from you guys, so give me an address next time, huh? . . . Brian Hutchinson (Broxbourne), poised to become one of his area’s top mobiles, will disappointed to learn that mobiles are not normally wanted by record company mailing lists (despite the good music they may play) as their promotional effect is hard to monitor – but he and partner Steve can be cheered up with Christmas bookings on Hoddesdon 65989/65135!


UK Newies

GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Let Me Know (I Have A Right) (Polydor STEPX 5) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
Melodically romping 127bpm 12in galloper, very much a faster ‘I Will Survive’ with similar cleverly crafted mass appeal.

GIBSON BROTHERS: ‘Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)’ (Island 12WIP 6525) (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
Excitingly whapping and zapping 130-129(break)-131bpm 12in galloper makes a Village People-ish change of pace.

CAMEO: ‘Find My Way’ (Casablanca CANL 166)
Exhilaratingly zipping and zinging 134bpm 12in remake of their ‘Thank God It’s Friday’-featured oldie (oddly, that original 126-123bpm version is the 7in now), with an exciting mix-in point at a rattling rhythm break if the first vocal third is too “disco” for some tastes. Double value flip features last year’s monster (but now dated) 122bpm ‘It’s Serious’. 

HAMILTON BOHANNON: ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ (Mercury 9199830) (BNDA debut 7/22/78)
Still available on 12in, last autumn’s disco smash sounds brand new again as it mixes superbly with Al Hudson and several other newies, running at 119(1st vocal)-120(1st break & 2nd vocal)-119(2nd break & on)-118bpm (final break & fade). Similarly, and already being much revived, Eumir Deodato’s ‘Whistle Bump’ 12in runs 117(1st minute)-120bpm, and varies up perfectly into Shalamar ‘Socket’. Try ‘em again, they work!

COGNAC: ‘How High’ (Electric LWOT 41) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
British-recorded sax, vibes and chix swinger pushed along by old fashioned churning bass on 12in at 129(intro)-127(1st vocal)-128(sax break)-127(2nd vocal)-128bpm (bass break – 56 secs – & outro vocal). This is getting complicated!

ISAAC HAYES: ‘Don’t Let Go’ (Polydor STEPX 4) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
Roy Hamilton/Manhattan Transfer oldie dressed up with sparse “rock” trimming on a misleadingly fast 137bpm 12in which sounds (and dances) a lot slower until you come to mixing it!

IDRIS MUHAMMAD: ‘(Dance Dance) Work Your Body’ (from LP ‘Foxhuntin’’, Fantasy FT 562)
Continuously segued side runs ‘Boogie Boots’ and the hot title track on into this similar 134-135bpm funk-jazz disco driver, which with some ‘Troglodyte’-type snorting and lotsa percussion work is equally if not more strong.

FREDA PAYNE: ‘Band Of Gold’ (Inferno HEAT 17)
Stolidly stomping 109bpm classic from 1970, on gold vinyl 7in with odd-sounding alternative remix version as flip, should be an interesting mix out of Fern Kinney!

DOBIE GREY: ‘The In Crowd’ (Infinity INFT 115)
Somewhat disco-fied 127-130bpm gray vinyl 12in remake of the original 1965 Mod anthem, which is also out on Decca as ‘The London Boys’ maxi (FR 13864).

CHOSEN FEW: ‘Boogie Army (Boogie Down)’ (Ariola Hansa AHAD 548)
Marching intro to a simple 116bpm pop disco 12in with sound effects and repetitive Olympic Runners-type chanting.

ADDRISI BROTHERS: ‘Ghost Dancer’ (Scotti Brothers 11361T)
Bee Gees-ish squeaky 118bpm 12in chugger with trotting instrumental and rhythm sections.

THE RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Put Your Feet To The Beat’ (from LP ‘The Ritchie Family’, Mercury 9109627) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Conceived as female Village People by the same production team, the LP is as you would expect, this 128-126bpm pounder having enough ballsy changes to be interesting.


Imports

LOWRELL: ‘Mellow, Mellow Right On’ (from LP ‘Lowrell’, US AVI AVI-6070)
Out a few weeks and hitherto ignored, this unexcitingly packaged stick of dynamite has suddenly exploded overnight! A moody lush slowly thudding hypnotic 44/88bpm smoocher with romantic rap before the soulful mellow vocal, it’s like a huskier Marvin Gaye and continues instrumentally into the next track for a marathon 10:45. Eugene Record is amongst the co-producers, and it’s quality all the way.

DAVID FATHEAD NEWMAN: ‘One Step At A Time’ / ‘You Gotta Keep Gotta Keep Dancin’’ (from LP ‘Scratch My Back’, US Prestige P-10108).
Interesting fast jazzy build-up to an exciting multi-textured romping 124-128-129-132-135-131bpm sax squawker topped off by wailing and chortling Tanyette Willoughby’s vocal, the whole frantic 12:25 marriage of jazz and New York-orientated disco being a blinding success – if not maybe too frisky for here. ‘Rock Me, Baby (Like My Back Ain’t Got No Bone)’ is an accelerating 109-113bpm Bessie Ruth Scott-sung sultry slow “sleaze” rocker, ‘The Buggs’ a samba-flavoured 97bpm jazz instrumental, ‘Two Can Do It’ an atmospheric 76/38bpm smoocher, and the title track a purposeful thumping slow 107-109bpm plodder with slightly out of place zingy strings ‘n chix.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Expansions’ (from LP ‘The Best Of’, US RCA AFL1-2897)
Due soon on UK 12in, this very specialist but surprisingly exciting tinkling, rattling and tootling 63/126-129bpm atmospheric jazz vocal from a few years back is big for some South-Eastern funksters and makes an incredibly good mix out of the 63 1/2bpm central section of Atmosfear ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ . . . which I possibly proved at the Royalty!

CLEVELAND EATON & THE GARDEN OF EATON: ‘The Birmingham Train’ (from LP ‘Keep Love Alive’, US Ovation OV 1742)
Chix-chanted 120-119-123bpm jittery jumper (not actually a chugger despite hooting train whistle!), modelled on Rufus Thomas’s old ‘Memphis Train’, while his staccato funky chanting intro of ‘Get Off’ dissipates once the flute-spiced 126bpm strutter gets going. ‘Free At Last’ is a lush 122/61bpm jazz-funk instrumental, the title track a dramatically scored slow 92/41bpm jogging soul duel, ‘I’m Lonely Tonight’ an almost cloyingly breathy 89bpm jogger, ‘Burnin’’ a ponderous 104-105bpm roller, and ‘I Don’t Know’ a 117bpm harmony swayer.

T-CONNECTION: ‘Danger Zone’ (from LP ‘Totally Connected’, US Dash 30014)
Disappointing set, this jolly 115bpm jitterer being the only one with their old rattling Bahamian rhythm – and it’s short, too. The pleasantly meandering 40/80bpm ‘Choosing’ smoocher at 6:03 is the set’s longest, other cuts being the jiggly 115bpm ‘Ecstasy’, swaying 93/42bpm ‘Let’s Do It Today’, dated 105bpm ‘I Like Funkin’ With You’, burbling 101bpm ‘That’s Love’, and brassy 108bpm ‘Born To Boogie’.

ANITA WARD: ‘Don’t Drop My Love’ (US TK Disco 420) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
Cowbell-clonking 126bpm intro builds into a stridently piercing 125bpm 12in canterer of no special note.

JO-ANN BROOKS: ‘Love Can Be Sold’ (US IGM 12E4-8336)
Bass-bumped bouncy long intro to an attractive sparsely arranged 129-128bpm 12in canterer with sensuously wailing Jo-Ann and staccato support, much better than the official A-side’s 129bpm ‘The Stranger’, with pounding Injun war drums intro to a breathy pop bounder.

CORY DAYE: ‘Green Light’ (US New York International YD-11669) (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
Gradually building low energy rambling 121-118-120-121bpm 12in thumper by a chick who must surely have been Dr Buzzard’s singer, more interesting than the hit “rock” but pop-orientated 126-124-125bpm Injun rhythm ‘Pow Wow’ plug side.

REN WOODS: ‘Everybody Get Up’ (US ARC 43-11075) (BNDA debut 11/3/79)
Cheerful bouncy 125bpm 12in strutter by a multi-tracked chick, with more strings than brass to ring the changes on the clopping EWF-like tempo. Instrumental flip.

FATBACK: ‘King Tim III (Personality Jock)’ (from LP ‘XII’, US Spring SP-1-6723) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
Jiggling 118bpm “rock” chugger with some but not enough Sugarhill Gang-type DJ rap, already on UK 7in (POSP 78) coupled with the boring 113bpm ‘You’re My Candy Sweet’ jogger, while the burbling 121bpm ‘Disco Bass’ has deep bass vocal bits and oogie-oogie backing over a clapping “rock” beat.

RONNIE MILSAP: ‘Get It Up’ (US RCA PD 11683) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
Blind white sixties soul singer and now Country superstar gets funky again with a thudding slow 104bpm 12in bumper that echoes the recently reviewed City Streets title in its “get it up, get down, get it on, or get on out” refrain, while many prefer his thumping unhurried 111bpm B-side revival of Tommy Tucker’s ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers’.

PLEASURE: ‘Future Now’ LP (US Fantasy F-9578) (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
Out a while but still warm for some, the sparsely strutting 123-124bpm ‘The Real Thing’ “rock” funker smacks into “uh-huh, get down” chix towards the end, ‘Glide’ is a bass-snapped 111 1/2bpm laid-back “rock” clapper, ‘Universal’ an 118bpm brassy jogger, and ‘Nothin’ To It’ a ticking 112bpm harmony swayer.

TOWER OF POWER: ‘Back On The Streets’ LP (US Columbia JC 35784)
Also still warm after a while, the jittery jogging 102/51bpm ‘In Due Time’ swayer has Jackson-ish vocals while the smacking 124bpm ‘Nowhere To Run’ revival is like ‘Shake Your Body’ once past a rattling and bumping intro, the clapping 119bpm ‘Rock Baby’ is a jerky “rock” stamper.


Mix Master

Chris Browne (High Wycombe Tuesdays) stumbled drunkenly into a nice mix coming out of a slow spot recently: Archie Bell ‘Strategy’ / Herb Alpert ‘Rise’ / AWB ‘When Will You Be Mine’ / Bobby Rush ‘Wanna Do The Do’ / Roy Ayers ‘Love Will Bring Us Back Together’ / Crusaders ‘Street Life’ / Joe Sample ‘There Are Many Stops Along The Way’ / Deodato ‘Whistle Bump’ . . . from 98 bpm to 120 bpm in easy stages. Hic!


Hot Vinyl

Martin Starr (Bristol Just 4U/Smiths/etc) import tips:

LOWRELL: ‘Mellow, Mellow Right On’ (US AVI LP)
LUTHER RABB: ‘Make A Little Move’ (US MCA LP)
CHANSON: ‘Make It Happen’ (US Ariola LP)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
DAVID FATHEAD NEWMAN: ‘The Buggs’ / ‘One Step At A Time’ (US Prestige LP)
BOBBY LYLE: ‘For Love’ (US Capitol LP)
MELBA MOORE: ‘Miss Thing’ (US Epic 12”) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
LALO SCHIFRIN: ‘No One Home’ (US Tabu 12”)
HEAVEN & EARTH: ‘I Feel A Groove Under My Feet’ (US Mercury LP)
TRAVIS BIGGS: ‘After The Storm’ (US Source LP)
NEIL LARSEN: ‘Demonette’ (US Horizon LP)


UK Disco Top 90 – October 6, 1979

01 01 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″
02 02 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
03 06 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
04 04 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
05 03 FLB – Lookin’ For Love Tonight – Fantasy 12″
06 08 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Sidewalk 12″
07 05 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life – Island 12″
08 10 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
09 07 Sister Sledge – Lost In Music – Atlantic 7″
10 09 Gene Chandler – When You’re No. 1 – 20th Century 12″
11 12 Johnny Mathis – Gone, Gone, Gone – CBS 12″
12 11 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
13 20 Slick – Sexy Cream – Fantasy 12″
14 13 Roxy Music – Angel Eyes – Polydor 12″
15 25 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo 12″
16 14 Earth, Wind & Fire – After The Love Is Gone – CBS 7″
17 19 Commodores – Sail On – Motown 7″
18 15 Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – Warner Bros. 12″
19 27 Edwin Starr – It’s Called The Rock – 20th Century 12″
20 26 Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights – Casablanca 12″
21 28 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night / Tonight’s The Night / Hangin’ Out / If You Feel Like Dancin’ – US De-Lite 12″ promo/LP
22 24 Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It / What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ – 20th Century 12″
23 17 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive – Gem 12″
24 18 Benelux & Nancy Dee – Switch – Scope 12″
25 41 Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love – Polydor 12″
26 52 Gap Band – Baby Baba Boogie – Mercury 12″
27 35 Lee Moore – Reachin’ Out – US Source 12″
28 16 Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance – Infinity 12″
29 38 Bill Summers – Feel The Heat / Dancing Lady – Prestige 12″
30 85 Van McCoy – The Hustle (remix) – H&L 12″
31 22 Olympic Runners – The Bitch – Polydor 12″
32 31 Eddie Henderson – Runnin’ To Your Love / This Band Is Hot / Sunchaser – US Capitol LP
33 36 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo – Salsoul 12″
34 21 Donna Summer – Bad Girls – Casablanca 12″
35 23 Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore – EMI 7″
36 88 Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
37 51 Shalamar – Right In The Socket / Right Time For Us / Second Time Around / I Owe You One / Girl – US Solar LP
38 34 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
39 43 Bill Lovelady – Reggae For It Now – Charisma 7″
40 40 Teena Marie – I’m A Sucker For Your Love – Motown 12″
41 45 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall / Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / Burn This Disco Out – Epic LP
42 37 Rose Royce – Rainbow Connection (all cuts) – Whitfield LP
43 57 Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do The Do – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
44 29 Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
45 30 Me And You – You Never Know What You’ve Got – Laser 12″
46 32 Slick – Space Bass – Fantasy 12″
47 50 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
48 44 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – US T-Neck 12″
49 NE Earth, Wind & Fire – Star – CBS 7″/LP
50 47 Lonnie Liston Smith – A Song For The Children / Nightlife / Street Festival / Fruit Music – US Columbia LP
51 46 Eddy Grant – Walking On Sunshine – Ice 12″
52 39 Diana Ross – The Boss – Motown 12″
53 55 Kleeer – It’s Magic / I Love To Dance / Tonight’s The Night – Atlantic 12″/LP
54 42 Con Funk Shun – Chase Me – Mercury 12″
55 NE O’Jays – Sing A Happy Song – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
56 33 Earth, Wind & Fire – Let Your Feelings Show / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
57 58 Matumbi – Point Of View / Pretender – MR 12″
58 59 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – US Warner Bros. 12″
59 48 Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You – Arista 12″
60 53 Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy – Philadelphia Int’l 7″/US 12″
61 71 Fern Kinney – Groove Me – TK 12″
62 49 Deniece Williams – I’ve Got The Next Dance – CBS 12″
63 54 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
64 61 Teddy Pendergrass – Turn Off The Lights / Come Go With Me / If You Know Like I Do / Life Is A Circle – Philadelphia Int’l LP
65 69 Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing / My Forbidden Lover / A Warm Summer Night / Can’t Stand To Love You / What About Me – Atlantic LP
66 RE Poussez – Come On And Do It – Vanguard 12″
67 75 Debbie Jacobs – Undercover Lover / Don’t You Want My Love / Hot Hot (Give It All You Got) – MCA 12″/US LP
68 64 Savoy – Sunny Side Of The Street – EMI 12″
69 74 Jeff Wayne – The Eve Of The War – CBS 12″
70 72 Idris Muhammad – Foxhuntin’ / Boogie Boots / (Dance Dance) Work Your Body – Fantasy 12″/LP
71 RE Bonnie Boyer – Got To Give In To Love – CBS 12″
72 82 Miroslav Vitous – New York City – Warner Bros. 12″
73 NE Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – US AVI LP
74 84 Billy Ocean – American Hearts – GTO 12″
75 65 Boney M. – Gotta Go Home / El Lute – Atlantic 7″
76 RE Tom Browne – What’s Going On / Throw Down / The Closer I Get To You / Herbal Scent – Arista/GRP 12″/LP
77 NE Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – US AZO 12″
78 77 Cameo – Secret Omen (all cuts) – Casablanca 12″/US Chocolate City LP
79 62 Stanley Clarke – Just A Feeling – Epic LP/US 12″
80 68 Twennynine feat. Lenny White – Citi Dancin’ / Betta / Best Of Friends / Peanut Butter / Morning Sunrise – US Elektra LP
81 NE Errol Dunkley – OK Fred – Scope 12″
82 76 Deodato – Shazam / Space Dust / Knights Of Fantasy / Sherlock / Bachmania – US Warner Bros. LP
83 73 Janet Kay – Loving You – Pye 12″
84 89 Love De-Luxe – Here Comes That Sound Again – Atlantic 12″
85 90 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
86 NE Specials – Gangsters – 2-Tone 7″
87 NE Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down – Jet 12″
88 NE Sterling – Roll-Her, Skater – Motown 12″
89 NE Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell – Sound City 12″
90 RE Mexicano – Move Up Starsky – Ice 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#10 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #13 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#18 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #20 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#22 (BNDA debut 6/2/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 5/19/79) / #25 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
#26 (BNDA debut 5/12/79) / #31 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #33 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#34 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #36 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#38 (BNDA debut 3/10/79) / #41 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
#48 (BNDA debut 8/25/79) / #52 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #58 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#59 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #61 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #62 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#63 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #65 (BNDA debut 9/1/79) / #66 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#67 (BNDA debut 6/2/79 & 1/5/80) / #69 (BNDA debut 2/16/80) / #71 (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
#78 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 12/1/79) / #84 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
#85 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

RAYDIO: ‘Rock On’ (Arista 12”)
LALO SCHIFRIN: ‘No One Home’ (US Tabu 12”)
SERGIO MENDES BRASIL ‘88: ‘I’ll Tell You’ (US Elektra 12”) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
DISCOTHEQUE: ‘Intro Disco’ (Mercury 12”)
DIANA ROSS: ‘No One Gets The Prize’ (Motown 12”) (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
STARGARD: ‘Wear It Out’ (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
SLY DUNBAR: ‘Rasta Fiesta’ (Virgin Front Line 12”)
MIGHTY POPE: ‘Sweet Blindness’ (US RFC 12”) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
ATMOSFEAR: ‘Dancing In Outer Space’ (Elite 12”)
PAUL LEWIS: ‘Inner City Blues’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
DEXTER WANSEL: ‘Time Is Slipping Away’ LP (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
CLEM CURTIS: ‘Unchained Melody’ (RCA 12”)
HAREEM: ‘(Look Out For) The Boogie Man’ (Creole 12”)
THREE DEGREES: ‘Jump The Gun’ (Ariola 12”) (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
CURTIS MAYFIELD: ‘Between You Baby And Me’ (RSO LP) (BNDA debut 9/15/79)
RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Put Your Feet To The Beat’ / ‘It’s A Man’s World’ (Mercury LP) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
STIX HOOPER: ‘Cordon Bleu’ (US MCA LP)
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Expansions’ (RCA LP)
EMOTIONS: ‘I Should Be Dancing’ (CBS 7”)
ADDRISI BROTHERS: ‘Ghost Dancer’ (Scotti Bros. 12”)
ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Shout’ (RCA 12”)
SPYRO GYRA: ‘Shaker Song’ (Infinity 12”)
RAY ANTHONY: ‘Cosmopolitan London’ (Vasko 12”)
MICHAEL PEDICIN JR: ‘That’s A Good One’ (US Philadelphia Int’l LP)
CHARANGA 79: ‘Good Times’ (US TR 12”)
ADRENALIN: ‘Feel The Real’ (Hithouse 12”)
CHANSON: ‘Sing All Night’ / ‘Rock Don’t Stop’ / ‘Make It Happen’ (US Ariola LP)
DAN HARTMAN: ‘Hands Down’ (US Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
7TH WONDER: ‘Do It With Your Body’ (US Parachute LP)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘Don’t Let Go’ / ‘Fever’ (US Polydor LP) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
TATA VEGA: ‘If Love Must Go’ (Motown 7”)
JAMES BROWN: ‘Star Generation’ (Polydor 12”)
ROBIN BECK: ‘Sweet Talk’ (US Mercury 12”) (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
CREME D’COCOA: ‘Doin’ The Dog’ (US Venture 12”)
JOHNNY MATHIS: ‘Begin The Beguine’ (CBS LP)
DELORES HALL: ‘Snapshot’ (US Capitol 12”)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: ‘Baby Blue’ (Mercury 12” promo)
BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA: ‘With You I’m Born Again’ (Motown 7”)
DAVID SIMMONS: ‘Holdin’ Back’ (US Fantasy 12”)
WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Dancin’ Love Affair’ (US Polydor LP)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
GRACE JONES: ‘On Your Knees’ (Island 12”) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
BARBRA STREISAND: ‘The Main Event / Fight’ (CBS 12”) (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
POSITIVE FORCE: ‘We Got The Funk’ (US Turbo 12”) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
MICHELLE FREEMAN: ‘Tumble Heat’ (US Polydor 12”) (BNDA debut 9/1/79)
STAN GETZ: ‘Hopscotch’ (US Columbia LP)
SUGARHILL GANG: ‘Rapper’s Delight’ (US Sugarhill 12”) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
JIMMY “BO” HORNE: ‘They Long To Be Close To You’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
UMBERTO TOZZI: ‘Gloria’ (Italian CBS 7”)

5 thoughts on “October 6, 1979: Gloria Gaynor, Gibson Brothers, Cameo, Hamilton Bohannon, Cognac”

  1. So this is the week when Lonnie Liston Smith’s ‘Expansions’ one of the most legendary tunes in the history of the jazz-funk scene in Britain gets its first mention. He describes it as very ‘specialist’ when within a short time it’d be extremely typical of the sounds being played on the scene – well in London and the South East anyway.

    He also mentions the Cameo tune ‘It’s Serious’ as dated when ironically now and or much o the last 30 years it would sounds ar more current than a lot o the other stu being played then.

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    1. Cameo’s “It’s Serious” is actually one of my very best discoveries from this blog; what an absolute monster of a track that is. (It was also heavily and repeatedly championed by James during 1978.)

      The recent”dated” comment which struck me as misplaced is 7th Wonder’s “Daisy Lady”, mentioned in the column before this one. As the track was subsequently lifted by the Sugarhill Gang for “8th Wonder”, thereby finding its way onto “Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel”, it actually turned out to be the sound of the future, not the past!

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  2. It is fascinating to see the low key references to new releases that would eventually be massive club hits and go on to achieve cult status- often James’ original review is lukewarm or even pretty negative!

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    1. There was a particular phase in Summer 1976 where James was lukewarm over several future classics, including Young Hearts Run Free and Harvest For The World. But then at other times, he’s well ahead of the pack; despite rarely having a good word to say about Donna Summer, he was all over I Feel Love from the word go.

      What’s struck me more recently is that he’s no big fan of Chic. Lost In Music was given particularly short shrift, for sticking too closely to the formula, and he positively hated Chic live at the Roseland Ballroom!

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  3. Apologies for the deterioration into gibberish in my last paragraph – the f key on my PC decided to stop working as I was typing it.

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