October 20, 1979: Hudson People, Isley Brothers, Anita Ward, One Way ft Al Hudson, Herbie Mann

Cheesecake Corner – or something! – kicks off the Caister report with a stunning action shot of Primrose Hill in action as one half of the Doris Vincent-partnered “Ladies’ Night” duo, who swished from ballroom to ballroom to lead the sweaty throngs in the 2nd National Soul Weekender’s official anthem, ‘There’ll Always Be A Caister’.

Yes, last Friday the funky hordes descended once again on Ladbrokes’ holiday camp on the Norfolk shore, except this time there were over 5,000 of them spread over not only the chalet camp but also the Silver Sands caravan camp next door . . . and although there were three music venues in the main camp it was the Silver Sands ballroom that came to be considered the best. All the main DJs – Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards, Sean French, Chris Brown, Jeff Young, Froggy, Tom Holland, Brother Louis, Les Knott – moved about between the different venues so that they all shared the load (none was big enough for everyone), but the final Finale of the day always ended up amongst the caravanners.

Even more than that before the accent was on anything goes, and with such a large crowd of hell-bent kids it was likely that something would give. Mainly it was chalet windows that did, though they weren’t necessarily broken on purpose. The fun went in waves: Friday night it was pillow fights, Saturday it was water attacks. Not just water pistols, but dustbins, with people lying in ambush to give others a soaking. Chris Hill, his assistant Snell, promoter Adrian Webb and others were charged at by a hundred egg and flour-hurling kids, who then emptied water through their fleeing Range Rover’s open sunroof! It wasn’t meant viciously, although they weren’t to know that the “stars” were staying in a hotel with only one bathroom between 12 people, so the clean-up would take time.

When everyone had gone and only the “stars” remained, there was an exclusive buffet on Sunday night when the Jocks (and their ladies) behaved in remarkably similar and silly fashion, with Greg Edwards pushing a chocolate cake into Snell’s face and Robbie’s wife getting Greg back in turn! At this event also it was tried to establish just what “THE” Caister record had been (in April it was McFadden & Whitehead), and although it seemed as ¡f Kool & The Gang had dominated the weekend the voting came out in favour of Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’.

Full details of the other contenders and a more complete account of the silliness next week, but don’t forget that all this is happening again at Showstopper Promotions’ other overflow weekender in Cornwall at Perrin Sands next weekend too, October 26-28. Reckon the Jocks’ll wear raincoats and sou’westers for that!

Odds ‘N Bods

Sugarhill Gang ‘Rapper’s Delight’ has already won a US gold disc for New York sales alone, DJ rapping being the new craze – and last Thursday at Mayfair Gullivers the members of FLB took turns to rap along over the record as if it was their own! . . . Shalamar ‘The Second Time Around’ has been remixed for 12in instead of ‘Right In The Socket’ (which remains much better) . . . Jupiter Beyond and Lowrell are on UK 12in early November, Millie & Ike’s ‘Feels Like The First Time’ 12in is due next week, and Dusty Springfield ‘Baby Blue’ will be on limited 12in after all . . . Sylvester’s next is ‘Can’t Stop Dancin’’, a shrieking 131-128bpm pounder, more coherent than of late . . . Brass Construction’s currently reviving ‘Movin’’ oldie is 120-131 bpm, with a 20 bpm soft intro from first noise to main rhythm (if you want to be clever!) . . . Caister jocks kept telling me how Atmosfear and ‘Expansions’ mix together perfectly, evidently forgetting who told them! . . . Sally Ormsby is back at RCA, filling in as disco plugger just one day a week . . . Bill Grainger has set up Fire Island Disco Promotions based at 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6BZ (041-221 7282), to service Scottish jocks with all aspects of disco promotion, and is even mentioning a possible Scottish DJ convention (undeterred by his visit to Frenchies!) . . . Northern Soul is alive and well in London, the Southgate Rhythm & Soul Society start a new venue this Friday (19) at the old Klooks Kleek location, the West Hampstead Railway Hotel, free members – hip with an SAE from Randy Cozens, 273 Chase Road, London N14 . . . Frenchies open a new up-market over 21’s weekly Thursday venue next Thursday (25), The Apartment, at Farnborough Recreation Centre, with prizes including a Paris weekend for two . . . 15-year-old Jo Field, whose big sisters Sally and Jude were wearing nappies at Caister, is frustrated by being too young for most clubs but raves about the upfront funk of DJ Chris Green at the no age limit Oracle Club in Watford . . . Jon Taylor started an under 18’s night this last Monday at Norwich Cromwells . . . Graham Thornton, Tea Council Young DJ winner, has now landed the 2 to 6am early morning DJ slot daily on Birmingham’s BRMB commercial station, starting in December . . . Sonny Rollins, veteran avant garde Jazz saxist, is in line for a 12in soon, while his contemporary (now of ‘Dr Jackyll And Mr Funk’ fame), Jackie McLean plays Chalk Farm Round House next Friday (26) as part of the 9th Camden Jazz Week – but don’t go expecting disco!

UK Newies

HUDSON PEOPLE: ‘Boogie On Downtown’ (Virgin VS 30112)
Totally exhilarating brassy instrumental bounder (forget the awful chix on the vocal A-side) winds along in Brass Construction style through 126-131-127-130-127-130-133 bpm until the 12in practically takes off at the end! Easily the biggest newie at Caister, it has immediate impact and will obviously be huge.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘It’s A Disco Night (Rock Don’t Stop) (Parts 1 & 2)’ (Epic EPC 13-7911) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Emphatically clapping fast 133 bpm jittery funker, finally on UK 12in, really got ’em “rocking” at Caister!

ANITA WARD: ‘Don’t Drop My Love’ (TK TKR 13-7562) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
Clonking 126 bpm cowbell intro becomes a bass and backbeat driven 125 bpm 12in pop churner with Anita’s shrill wailing cutting through the smoother support. 

DAN-I: ‘Monkey Chop’ (Island WIP 6520)
Gently bubbling 112 bpm 7in jogger, more old-style Real Thing than the reggae you’d expect, with syndrums and simple catchily swaying lilt.

UMBERTO TOZZI: ‘Gloria’ (Epic EPC 7415)
Somehow restrained yet steadily speeding 133 bpm 7in original of the Europop smash covered here by Jonathan King, this has already showed up as a disco breaker on import.

ROKOTTO: ‘Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed’ (State STAT 96)
Disappointingly retrogressive 135bpm 7in revival of 100 Proof (Aged In Soul’s) oldie soul stormer.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Do Me’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 7927)
Romping bass-driven but otherwise sparsely arranged 130bpm skipper, due on 12in.

GRANT SANTINO: ‘L.O.V.E.’ (Polydor 2059168)
Dizzily booming 125bpm 7in bumper, only on promo 12in, to prove that his pectorals are still his strong point.

NOSTROMO: ‘Alien’ (Bronze BRO 80)
Heavy handed 124bpm synthesized clodhopper, also on 12in.

BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA: ‘With You I’m Born Again’ (Motown TMG 1159)
Tempo-less dead slow lushy orchestrated MOR yawner, flipped on 7in by Billy’s exciting 114-121-123bpm synthesizer blazer, ‘Sock-It, Rocket’.

MINNIE RIPERTON: ‘Lover And Friend’ (Capitol CL 16102)
Stevie Wonder-backed Natalie Cole-type 125bpm 7in soul swinger.

JONES GIRLS: ‘You Made Me Love You’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 7843)
Boogie oogieish 131bpm 7in bubbler.

MARLENA SHAW: ‘Love Dancin’’ (CBS 7766) (BNDA debut 9/1/79)
Impersonally hustling 129bpm 7in galloper.


ONE WAY FEAT AL HUDSON: ‘Music’ (from LP ‘One Way’, US MCA MCA-3178) (BNDA debut 11/3/79)
Al & The Partners by their new name have a surprisingly subdued set, all six long tracks being cut with annoyingly low volume. However, this muddily smacking funky “rock” jiggler does cut through and starts at 116bpm before reaching 120-121bpm obviously to mix with the 116bpm ‘You Can Do It’ US 12in (ideally through the rhythm after “come on” halfway) – the full version here is at 111bpm – while ‘Come Dance With Me’ is a gently lurching 117-118-119-120bpm strutter. The rest are quietly attractive slowies, ‘Now That I Found You’ being a pleasant 111(intro)-113-112bpm swayer, ‘I Am Under Your Spell’ a lovely jogging 107-108-110bpm swayer with pretty piano over softly wheezling synthesizer, and ‘Guess You Didn’t Know’ a dead slow 15/30bpm synth-backed smoocher.

HERBIE MANN: ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ (from LP ‘Yellow Fever’, US Atlantic SD 19252)
Dynamite subtly “rocking” 122bpm instrumental of Lou Reed’s tune isn’t recognisable until the “doop de-doo” chix come in and it builds through throbbing percussion, but apart from his 102(intro)-104-107-108-112-115(outro) bpm remake of the Meters’ sinuously funky ‘Hey Pocky A-Way’ jiggler the jazz flautist otherwise favours an uncluttered lightweight New York sound. Mel Torme’s ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ getting an emptily thumping 128bpm chix ‘n syndrums treatment, the title track being a 123bpm chix-sung cool clopper, and both the 124 bpm ‘City Of Dreams’ and 124½bpm ‘Kidnappin’ Lover’ being simple monotonous thudders.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: ‘Dance To The Music’ (US Epic 48-50794) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
John Luongo-remixed 121bpm 12in restructuring of their ‘68 classic now gallops along with long rhythm bits and arguably less immediate punch (plus there’s an album of remixed oldies just like it – out now presumably to counteract Sly’s new Warner Bros product), but it worked well every time after ‘There’ll Always Be A Caister’!

PRINCE: ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ (US Warner Bros. WBS 49056) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
Emotions-type jerkily strutting 119-115bpm squeaker, due on 12in (when it’ll be reviewed anew) but debuted with some success at Caister on 7in.

PLEASURE: ‘The Real Thing’ (US Fantasy D-146) (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
Now on 12in, the brassily staccato strutter chops perfectly out of Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop’, especially if you skip the 123bpm first half and swap both records’ mid-way pauses so that this 124-125bpm “uh huh, get down” last part takes over! Officially the A-side is ‘Gilde’, a bass-snapped but energy-diffused 117½bpm “rock” clapper.

LAKESIDE: ‘Pull My Strings’ (from LP ‘Rough Riders’, US Solar BXL1-3490)
Staccato-chanted bass-snapped clapping 123bpm “rock” chugger, while galloping hoofbeat effects intro the Isleys-type smacking ‘It’s A Disco Night’-style 133-134bpm title track.

YUSEF LATEEF: ‘Morocco’ (from LP ‘In A Temple Garden’, US CTI 7088)
Exotically throbbing 113bpm mellow Jazz sax instrumental with freaky synthetics over a clopping rhythm outro, ‘Bismillah’ being an odd romping conga tempo 124bpm sax squawker and ‘Honky Tonk’ a roaring 130-136bpm revival of Bill Doggett’s 1956 classic.

HERB ALPERT: ‘Street Life’ (from LP ‘Rise’, US A&M SP-4790)
The Crusaders get the ‘Rise’ treatment to become another heavily thudding 89bpm instrumental, short at only 5:01; but a good speed-spin according to Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillan’s). Other tracks did not impress me as being good dancers, though some jocks like ‘em.

STAN GETZ: ‘You, Me And The Spring’ (from LP ‘Children Of The World’, US Columbia JC 35992)
Further to last week’s review, it now seems that Chris Hill is pushing this track, a specialist Spyro Gyra-style subtle 41/82-84bpm sax samba.

WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Emphasized’ LP (US Polydor PD-1-6227)
The prettily swaying 114-115bpm ‘Dancin’ Love Affair’ was originally reviewed off promo 12in but the ex-Crusaders trombonist’s whole LP proves to be interestingly varied, ‘I Want’cha To Dance’ is an “are you ready”-introed exciting 123bpm P-funk charger with speeded-up “chipmunk” voices, ‘Get The Ants Out Ya Pants’ a jerkily jittering 117-118-119-120bpm heavy funk churner with staccato beat-riding scat, ‘So In Love With You’ a slow-starting pleasant 115-117-118bpm brassy instrumental jogger, ‘For You’ a squeakily sung attractive 115bpm loper and ‘Feel The Fire’ a semi-slow 48/97bpm funk jiggler.

NATURE’S DIVINE: ‘I Just Can’t Control Myself’ (US Infinity 50027)
Michael Stokes-produced ticking and plopping slow 40½/81bpm old fashioned soul swayer, a US soul hit on 7in but circulated here on promo 12in.

BELL & JAMES: ‘Only Make Believe’ LP (US A&M SP-4784)
Although mainly male-sung this set reeks of Emotions influence, especially on the slow strutting 118-117bpm ‘(Babe) You Don’t Love Me Like You Should’ jogger and fast exciting brassily spiky 66/132(intro)-136bpm ‘Shakedown’, with stereo “jet” effects. The jerkily swaying 116bpm title track has a long organ and cymbals intro, while ‘Say It’s Gonna Last Forever’ is a sax-introed pleasant slow 52/105-55/110bpm jogger.

BILLY MOORE: ‘Go Dance’ (US Emergency EMDS 6503) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
Synthetically burbling and powerfully clapping and smacking 127bpm pop disco 12in pounder with an instrumental flip that’s already preferred by some.

MAX BERLIN: ‘World Wide Party’ LP (US Emergency EMLP 7502) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
Classed as an LP although really 12in length, the two side-long frantic foreign “visits” (in Voyage style) have the same excitingly pounding 136-131bpm beat for pop fans.

TAANA GARDNER: ‘When You Touch Me’ (US West End WE 107) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
Larry Levan-mixed eye-cued long slow 43½bpm intro to a clomping 131-135bpm pounder on twin-pack 12in LP set, with a remixed 126bpm ‘Work That Body’ on the other disc.

UK Disco Top 90 – October 20, 1979

01 01 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
02 04 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
03 02 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
04 03 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″
05 11 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo 12″
06 06 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Sidewalk 12″
07 19 Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
08 14 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night – Mercury 12”
09 05 FLB – Lookin’ For Love Tonight – Fantasy 12″
10 21 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
11 07 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
12 12 Slick – Sexy Cream – Fantasy 12″
13 27 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star – CBS 7″/LP
14 08 Sister Sledge – Lost In Music – Atlantic 7″
15 16 Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights – Casablanca 12″
16 10 Gene Chandler – When You’re No. 1 – 20th Century 12″
17 15 Edwin Starr – It’s Called The Rock – 20th Century 12″
18 09 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life – Island 12″
19 59 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
20 26 Van McCoy – The Hustle (remix) – H&L 12″
21 23 Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love – Polydor 12″
22 18 Commodores – Sail On – Motown 7″
23 38 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
24 30 Shalamar – Right In The Socket / Right Time For Us / Second Time Around – US Solar LP
25 20 Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – Warner Bros. 12″
26 29 Lee Moore – Reachin’ Out – US Source 12″
27 24 Gap Band – Baby Baba Boogie – Mercury 12″
28 13 Johnny Mathis – Gone, Gone, Gone – CBS 12″
29 33 O’Jays – Sing A Happy Song – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
30 77 Chic – My Forbidden Lover – Atlantic 12″
31 22 Roxy Music – Angel Eyes – Polydor 12″
32 56 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu / Brazos River Breakdown / Rum Or Tequila – US MCA LP
33 39 Matumbi – Point Of View – MR 12″
34 35 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo – Salsoul 12″
35 54 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall / Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / Burn This Disco Out / She’s Out Of My Life – Epic LP
36 17 Chic – Good Times – Atlantic 12″
37 43 Poussez – Come On And Do It – Vanguard 12″
38 31 Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It / What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ – 20th Century 12″
39 37 Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do The Do – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
40 47 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – US Warner Bros. 12″
41 64 Errol Dunkley – OK Fred – Scope 12″
42 44 Lonnie Liston Smith – A Song For The Children / Nightlife / Street Festival / Fruit Music – US Columbia LP
43 46 Fern Kinney – Groove Me – TK 12″
44 48 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – US AZO 12″
45 62 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – US AVI LP
46 58 Stargard – Wear It Out – US Warner Bros. 12″
47 73 Robin Beck – Sweet Talk – US Mercury 12″
48 28 Bill Summers – Feel The Heat / Dancing Lady – Prestige 12″
49 36 Eddie Henderson – Runnin’ To Your Love / This Band Is Hot / Sunchaser – Capitol LP
50 25 Earth, Wind & Fire – After The Love Is Gone – CBS 7″
51 NE Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – Elite 12″
52 41 Bill Lovelady – Reggae For It Now – Charisma 7″
53 NE Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Ariola Hansa 7″
54 NE Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions – RCA 12″
55 69 Diana Ross – No One Gets The Prize – Motown 7″
56 83 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
57 32 Benelux & Nancy Dee – Switch – Scope 12″
58 52 Con Funk Shun – Chase Me – Mercury 12″
59 67 Sergio Mendes Brasil 88 – I’ll Tell You – US Elektra 12″
60 65 Stanley Clarke – Just A Feeling – Epic LP/US 12″
61 RE Spyro Gyra – Shaker Song – Infinity 12″
62 49 Al Wilson – Earthquake – RCA 12″
63 81 Three Degrees – Jump The Gun – Ariola 12″
64 53 Debbie Jacobs – Undercover Lover / Don’t You Want My Love / Hot Hot (Give It All You Got) – MCA 12″/LP
65 75 Cameo – Find My Way – Casablanca 12″
66 51 Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy – Philadelphia Int’l 7″/US 12″
67 57 Rose Royce – Rainbow Connection (all cuts) – Whitfield LP
68 72 Lalo Schifrin – No One Home – US Tabu 12″
69 55 Kleeer – It’s Magic / Keeep Your Body Workin’ / Tonight’s The Night – Atlantic 12″/LP
70 88 Sly Dunbar – Rasta Fiesta – Virgin Front Line 12″
71 42 David Naughton – Makin’ It – RSO 12″
72 71 Sterling – Roll-Her, Skater – Motown 12″
73 70 Jeff Wayne – The Eve Of The War – CBS 12″
74 NE Wayne Henderson – Dancin’ Love Affair / I Want Cha To Dance – US Polydor 12″ promo/LP
75 NE Discotheque – Intro Disco – Mercury 12″
76 82 Emotions – I Should Be Dancing – CBS 7″
77 NE Hi-Tension – There’s A Reason – Island 12″
78 63 Billy Ocean – American Hearts – GTO 12″
79 NE Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – US Sugarhill 12″
80 RE Patrick Juvet – Swiss Kiss – Casablanca 12″
81 RE Miroslav Vitous – New York City – Warner Bros. 12″
82 NE Crème D’Cocoa – Doin’ The Dog – US Venture 12″
83 79 Earth, Wind & Fire – Let Your Feelings Show / In The Stone / Rock That / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
84 76 Twennynine feat. Lenny White – Citi Dancin’ / Betta / Best Of Friends / Peanut Butter – US Elektra LP
85 80 Mexicano – Move Up Starsky – Ice 12″
86 NE Gloria Gaynor – Let Me Know (I Have A Right) – Polydor 12″
87 86 Tom Browne – What’s Going On / Throw Down / The Closer I Get To You / Herbal Scent – Arista/GRP 12″/LP
88 89 Love De-Luxe – Here Comes That Sound Again – Atlantic 12″/LP
89 78 Boney M. – Gotta Go Home / El Lute – Atlantic 7″
90 NE Ritchie Family – Put Your Feet To The Beat – US Casablanca 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#7 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#10 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#15 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #16 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #18 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#19 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 8/11/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#24 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #25 (BNDA debut 7/14/79) / #27 (BNDA debut 5/12/79)
#30 (BNDA debut 9/1/79) / #34 (BNDA debut 6/30/79) / #35 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#36 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #43 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #46 (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
#47 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 3/15/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 8/11/79) / #59 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #63 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#64 (BNDA debut 6/2/79 & 1/5/80) / #65 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #71 (BNDA debut 3/10/79)
#73 (BNDA debut 2/16/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #80 (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
#86 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #88 (BNDA debut 6/30/79) / #90 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

CLEVELAND EATON: ‘The Birmingham Train’ / ‘Free At Last’ / ‘Get Off’ (US Ovation LP)
7TH WONDER: ‘Do It With Your Body’ (US Parachute LP)
MARVELS: ‘Sh-Boom’ (Dimples 12”)
JAY HOGGARD: ‘West End Dancer’ (US Arista/GRP LP)
CAMEO: ‘I Just Want To Be’ (US Chocolate City 12”) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
ISAAC HAYES: ‘Don’t Let Go’ / ‘Fever’ (US Polydor LP) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
JAMES BROWN: ‘Star Generation’ (Polydor 12”)
FUNKADELIC: ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’ (US Warner Bros. LP) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Hangin’ Out’ / ‘Tonight’s The Night’ (Mercury LP)
HERB ALPERT: ‘Street Life’ / ‘Rotation’ / ‘1980’ (US A&M LP)
ADDRISI BROTHERS: ‘Ghost Dancer’ (Scotti Bros. 12”)
GIBSON BROTHERS: ‘Better Do It Salsa’ / ‘Que Sera Mi Vida’ (Island LP) (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Stay Free’ / ‘Nobody Knows’ (Warner Bros. LP) (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
DEODATO: ‘Whistle Bump’ (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
FREDA PAYNE: ‘Band Of Gold’ (Inferno 7”)
CHANSON: ‘Rock Don’t Stop’ / ‘Make It Happen’ (US Ariola LP)
ONE WAY: ‘Music’ (US MCA LP) (BNDA debut 11/3/79)
T-CONNECTION: ‘Danger Zone’ / ‘Choosin’’ (US Dash LP)
BILLY PRESTON & SYREETA: ‘With You I’m Born Again’ (Motown 7”)
DAVID FATHEAD NEWMAN: ‘The Buggs’ / ‘One Step At A Time’ / ‘Rock Me Baby’ (US Prestige LP)
TEENA MARIE: ‘Don’t Look Back’ (Motown 12”)
GONZALEZ: ‘Move It To The Music’ / ‘People’s Party’ (Sidewalk 12”)
CHARANGA 79: ‘Good Times’ (US TR 12”)
KAREN SILVER: ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ / ‘Hot Stuff’ (Arista 12”) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
CARLOS ROMANOS: ‘Are You Ready’ (inst) (PVK 12”)
DANCE PEOPLE: ‘Fly Away’ (Satril 12”)
RAY ANTHONY: ‘Cosmopolitan London’ (Vasko 12”)
JOE SAMPLE: ‘There Are Many Stops Along The Way’ (MCA LP)
ANITA WARD: ‘Don’t Drop My Love’ (TK 12”) (BNDA debut 10/20/79)
VERNON BURCH: ‘Get Up’ / ‘Never Can Find The Way’ (US Chocolate City LP)
GEORGE MCCRAE: ‘Don’t You Feel My Love’ (TK 7”)
MARY WILSON: ‘Red Hot’ (Motown 12”) (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
NATURE’S DIVINE: ‘Never Felt This Way Before’ (US Infinity LP)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: ‘Dance To The Music’ (US Epic 12”) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
PRINCE BUSTER: ‘Al Capone’ (Blue Beat 7”)
INNER CIRCLE: ‘We “A” Rockers’ (Island 12”)

2 thoughts on “October 20, 1979: Hudson People, Isley Brothers, Anita Ward, One Way ft Al Hudson, Herbie Mann”

  1. And what would go on to become yet another milestone in music history is recorded with little fanfare- The debut appearance of one young artist named simply… Prince! A glance through the disco top 90 and it’s an embarrassment of riches- so many bone fide dance classics. I’ve always regarded 79 as the peak year for disco in terms of the creativity, quality and sheer volume of great music that was produced over those 12 months. I turned 18 in 79 and October that year was my first term at Uni- hedonistic happy days!


    1. Yes, this is indeed the first time that James actually gives Prince a review. That said, “Just As Long As We’re Together” peaked at #62 in the Disco Chart in June 1978, and “Soft And Wet”spent a few weeks in the Bubblers, between September and November 1978.


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