November 10, 1979: Lowrell, Rose Royce, Ramsey Lewis, Spoonin’ Gee, George Duke

Caister Concluded [Again?]

At the recent Caister weekender, Sean French & Chris Brown’s Children’s Party featured such funk hits as ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’, ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?’ and a Sooty show to amuse the kiddywinks. Chris Hill’s opening night fairy story, with everyone sitting on the floor doing sillies linked in with the narrative, was about the triumph of music over evil oppression, while the ‘Shout’ call-and-response chant was accompanied by an arms up-stretched, wrist-twisting cupped hands salute (like unscrewing an imaginary lightbulb). But what has all this got to do with soul music, some sour-faced stick in the muds are asking? Not a lot, but does it matter? The music was there too, as a rallying point and reason for everyone to identify with each other. The current material being played has already worked its way up the disco chart now, but other oldies apart from Brass Construction that were heavily featured included Grover Washington ‘Sausalito’, Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’, Crown Heights Affair ‘Far Out’, Charles Earland ‘Let The Music Play’, Deodato ‘Whistle Bump’, El Coco ‘Let’s Get It Together’, Joe Sample ‘There Are Many Stops’, Miroslav Vitous ‘New York City’ and of course the O’Jays ‘I Love Music’. Of the newies, Positive Force proved to be too late an arrival on import in sufficient numbers, but has more than made up for it since! Anyway, by Caister’s end everyone was singing over Al Hudson the revised lyrics “you know you have done it”, and once again the tribes were able to feel as if they’d achieved something significant, the final Finale on Sunday evening with Billy Paul’s ‘Bring The Family Back’ and huge ‘Auld Lang Syne’ circles.


Odds ‘N Bods

Sugarhill Gang and Positive Force have been snapped up for rush release by Pye . . . Storm ‘It’s My House’ is now on Scope 12in too (SC 10T), and it seems Viola Wills is also on 12in (where’s mine?) . . . Robin Beck ‘Sweet Talk’ 12in and Wayne Henderson ‘Dancing Love Affair’ 7in are due this week . . . Kool’s ‘Too Hot’ has been pulled off the B-side for use as a follow-up, while Phonogram’s John Waller intimates that jocks unable to break ‘Ladies’ Night’ (and there are some!) have been chopped from his mailing list . . . Patrick Juvet ‘Swiss Kiss’ is hitting almost exclusively just Scotland and the South Coast . . . Hudson People ‘Boogie On Downtown’ heavily features Light Of The World . . . Cory Daye (pictured last week) was indeed the leading lady in Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, but has yet to pick up DJ interest here for her current US disco smash . . . Island, with the imminent redundancy of plugger Eon, seem to be reducing their disco output . . . Allen & Blewitt, disco-cabaret duo from Hinckley Bubbles, were planning to blow up Broadcasting House on Guy Fawkes Day as a sponsored stunt in aid of the Variety Club of Great Britain – anyone hear the bang? . . . Capital Radio’s Mike Allen actually warmed up for me at Erith 2001, while at the Daily Star’s 1st birthday party last week I proved that the (jolly nice) people who like Streisand/Summer and similar fast tempos are indeed those who can’t dance – in other words, the majority of the population! . . . Streisand/Summer’s tempo-less intro actually mixes nicely through Herb Alpert and Kat Mandu . . . DJF (GB) Secretary Tony Holden and Press/PRO Mike McLean have both resigned due to other commitments, acting officers elected in their place being LODJ’s Bill Forrester and Clyde Coast DJA’s James “Fish” Heron . . . North Midlands DJ Assn’s next monthly meetings will be at Kirk Sandall Glassmakers Hotel (Doncaster), details from Chris Watts or Derek Dane on Sheffield 686414 or 874280 . . . Ilford Room At The Top jubilantly won their court case, there now being no police objection to their new licence . . . Greg Davies is looking for the “worst singer in the world” at Watford New Penny every Wednesday until Xmas! . . . Steve Dee (High Wycombe) says local band Match agreed with my constructively critical review of their current ‘Mister Dee Jay’ . . . Scott Wilson (Edinburgh) is delighted his local Asylum record shop at last is getting US 12in imports . . . Gary Allen (Liverpool McMillans) sent me the necessary quid with which to celebrate his 21st, so cheers (hic)! . . . Phil Black (Cardiff) sez thanx to Sammy Southall, Gin (a bird) and Oxo for giving him a good time in Jersey . . . Elton John must wonder what happened – his ‘Victim Of Love’ didn’t even hit Scotland! . . . Pop Ten this week (titles outside UK Disco 90) are: 1(4) Dr Hook, 2(1) Buggles, 3 (-) Village People ‘Sleazy’, 4 (6) Dooleys, 5 (2) Blondie, 6 (9) Police, 7 (-) Selecter, 8 (-) Freda Payne ‘Band Of Gold’, 9 (-) Madness ‘The Prince’, 10 (-) Suzi Quatro.


UK Newies

LOWRELL: ‘Mellow Mellow Right On’ (AVI AVISL 108)
Dynamite hit-bound import smash gently thudding 88bpm 12in swayer like a huskier Marvin Gaye singing ‘Float On’, with for some reason a fractionally faster 91bpm version as flip.

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Is It Love You’re After’ (Whitfield K 17456)
Dramatic synthesizer, brass and syndrums intro to a happily romping 119-121bpm 7in with wide appeal.

RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Spring High’ (CBS 12-8007)
Immensely catchy synthesiser (by Stevie Wonder) and piano 115bpm jazz-funk skipper leads off a 4-track £1.59 12in oldies EP, also including the 41/82bpm ‘That’s The Way Of The World’ slowie, excitingly complex 110-107bpm ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ rhythm chatterer and tootling, tinkling and buzzing 121-122bpm ‘All The Way Live’ loper – all his recent classics! 

REAL THING: ‘Give Me Your Love’ (Pye 12P 142)
Liverpool’s finest revert to their Wally ways with a melodic harmony chanting 115-113-114bpm 12in shuffler, the urgent jittery scat-spiked brassy 123-122bpm ‘You Can’t Force The Funk’ leaper being the alternative disco plug side.

DEBORAH WASHINGTON: ‘Rock It’ (Ariola AROD 197)
Solidly thwacking 117-116bpm 12in “rock” smacker with long rattling intro and gruff guys in the break which could chop nicely into Dynasty.

DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Body Language’ (Atlantic K 11392)
Good bouncy 122bpm 7in chugger, evidently on even better US 12in promo.

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Send One Your Love’ (Motown TMG 1149)
Pleasant enough 37/74bpm 7in slowie.

MILLIE JACKSON & ISAAC HAYES: ‘Sweet Music, Soft Lights And You’ (Spring POSPX 87)
Bumpily jiggling happy 96/48bpm 12in swaying jogger, flip of the clopping 121bpm ‘Feels Like The First Time’, which is possibly the least distinguished track on their already reviewed in depth (on import) but now UK-released ‘Royal Rappin’s’ LP (2480516).

JAMES BROWN: ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ (Polydor JB 1)
Three mid-60s classics on 7in EP, this at 64/129bpm, ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ at 74/148bpm and ‘Out Of Sight’ at 64/129bpm, which proves that BPMs best relate to the other tempos of their own time!

RITZ: ‘Dance Until You Drop’ (Epic EPC 13-8001)
John Luongo-remixed UK-made but US-style (and quality – praise indeed!) fast frothy frantic 131-132-133-132bpm 12in flier with gay appeal.

WILSON PICKETT: ‘Groove City’ (EMI America EA 104)
Overly fast zingy 140bpm 7in galloper, evidently with Northern Wally appeal.

MELBA MOORE: ‘Burn’ (Epic EPC 13-7968)
Somewhat muddled Pete Bellotte-produced strutting fast 125bpm 12in chugging thudder with bottleneck rock guitar and indistinct vocals.

CHANTAL CURTIS: ‘Hit Man’ (Pye 12P 5010)
Bubbling synthesiser tones and a bit more harmonica on 126bpm Europop 12in do not another ‘Get Another Love’ make.


Imports

SPOONIN’ GEE: ‘Spoonin’ Rap (A Drive Down The Street / I Was Spanking And Freaking) / (I Don’t Drink Smoke Or Gamble Neither / I’m The Cold Crushing Lover)’ (US Sound Of New York QC 708)
Latest in what looks like being a flood, this marathon 98bpm 12in rapper’s delight is all rhythm-riding DJ rap with only the most basic of bass bumping backing and no gaps whatsoever on the A-side.

GEORGE DUKE: ‘I Want You For Myself’ (from LP ‘Master Of The Game’, US Epic JE 36263) (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
The full 6:36 of his current single is a lovely smoothly pushing 121bpm oogie-oogie chugger with pretty piano and sweetly squeaking Emotion-al chix, while the thoroughly derivative but great 116bpm burbling Sly-type P-funk ‘Games’ is sadly only 3:13 short and should work well with ‘Knee Deep’. ‘Part 1: The Alien Challenges The Stick’ is a spacey tempoless drum doodler that builds through 49/98bpm to ‘Part 2: The Alien Succumbs To The Macho Intergalactic Funkativity Of The Funkblasters’, a fascinating specialist largely instrumental 9:18 jumping and jolting heavy funk 96-97-96-98bpm meanderer. Other cuts include the ‘I Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely’-like sweet 80/40bpm ‘Every Little Step I Take’ swayer, EWF-ish 125-124-125bpm ‘I Love You More’, moodily-starting brassy 127-128bpm ‘Look What You Find’ lurcher and double-timing 70-75bpm Latin percussion ‘Dog-Man’ with the West Side Story ‘America’ brass.

STARGARD: ‘Footstompin’ Music’ (from LP ‘The Changing Of The Gard’, US Warner Bros. BSK 3386) (‘Wear It Out’ BNDA debut 10/6/79)
EWF’s Verdine White co-produces now (hence the “change”), and as well as the hit 124-126bpm ‘Wear It Out’ this mainly male-sung staccato fast 133bpm strutting flier is EWF-ish too. Elsewhere the girls take the lead, as on the Ross-ish 128bpm ‘Take Me Back’ swinger, burbling funky 113bpm ‘Runnin’ From The Law’ chugger, smacking 120bpm ‘Put On Your Rollerskates’ “rock” jitterer with staccato acappella end, and lovely slow 44½bpm ‘(Once In A Lifetime) Dream Come True’ – which could have UK radio hit appeal.

RUFUS AND CHAKA: ‘Heaven Bound’ (from LP ‘Masterjam’, US MCA MCA 5103) (‘Do You Love What You Feel’ / ‘Any Love’ BNDA debut 11/17/79)
Chaka Khan returns with a Quincy Jones produced set, this most timely track being a Crusaders-ish 96bpm jogger, while ‘Walk The Rockway’ is a whapping spiky 125bpm clapper, ‘Do You Love What You Feel’ (also on UK 7in) a staccato strutting 120bpm “rock” clapper, ‘Any Love’ a smoothly flowing 124bpm thumper, ‘Live In Me’ a slightly Heatwave-like Rod Temperton-penned subdued 107bpm chugger, ‘Body Heat’ a rambling bass-prodded 120bpm clopper, ‘I’m Dancing For Your Love’ a lushly harmonised 124bpm strutting trotter, ‘What Am I Missing?’ a 97bpm plodder and the title track a pent-up 119bpm “rock” jitterer that never quite lets rip to be another Michael Jackson.

BILL SUMMERS: ‘She’s Gone’ (from LP ‘On Sunshine’, US Prestige P-10107)
Hall & Oates’s classic slowie gets a great gorgeous jiggling 95-99bpm reggae treatment, while Eddy Grant’s ‘Walking On Sunshine’ becomes a chix-chanted sparse 122-123bpm clonker with thicker throbbing percussion breaks. Apart from the 12in-issued leaping 134-132bpm ‘Dancing Lady’ and rattling 133bpm ‘Feel The Heat’, this pleasant set is mainly downtempo, ‘Musicland’ being a brassy 101bpm plodder and ‘Love’s All We Need’ a 104bpm jogger, the aim being to show off the percussion star’s Summers Heat support group.

JACKIE MOORE: ‘How’s Your Love Life Baby’ (US Columbia 43-11136) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Powerful bass and bongo slow thwacking “rock” intro to a creamy 115-114-116-115bpm chugger on remixed 12in with instrumental flip.

MICHAEL MCGLOIRY: ‘Love Every Inch Of Me’ (US Atlantic DK 4807)
Ultra-commercial brightly tinkling 122-121bpm 12in romper with Chic-type chix, syndrums and occasional gruffly mumbling fella goes into a very different acid guitar then sparsely booming central section.

DIVA GRAY & OYSTER: ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ (US Columbia 43-11113) (‘St. Tropez’ BNDA debut 12/8/79)
Stark jazz-funk intro to a slinky chix-chanted rolling 108bpm 12in jogger with slight Eastern promise and electric keyboards towards the end, the ‘St. Tropez’ US A-side being a lightweight 124bpm disco romper.

MARVIN GAYE: ‘Ego Tripping Out’ (US Tamla T 54305F)
Conversational pulsating gentle 120bpm 7in thudder (due on 12in too) finds Marv riding the rhythm at times almost in DJ rap style.

DONALD BYRD: ‘Morning’ (from LP ‘And 125th Street, N.Y.C.’, US Elektra 6E-247)
The jazz trumpet tootler teams up with chanting singers for a funk-orientated set but his horn often intrudes too much, except on this keyboardist Clare Fischer-tinkled insidious 96bpm instrumental jolter with nagging appeal. The high spirited but messy 124bpm ‘Gìving It Up’ jittery funk burbler has an acappella chanting intro, ‘Pretty Baby’ is a jolting slow 102bpm chanting jiggler, while ‘Gold The Moon White The Sun’ is a Procol Harum-like 84bpm slowie, ‘People Suppose To Be Free’ is a lurching 109bpm jogger, ‘Veronica’ a slow-starting lush 78bpm instrumental swayer and ‘I Love You’ a loosely chugging 129bpm chanter.


DJ Top 10

Cloud 9 Discotheque operators from Southgate Chris Clark and John Bennett (01-368 7447 / 886 2325) are just back from the Paris-held Discom 79 exhibition, which they report as being worthwhile and where they came across a lot of Hungarian disco DJ’s. Hence, this is their compilation of what evidently is danced to in Hungary (no label info unfortunately). Ever heard of any of them?

1. VC PEOPLE: ‘Eliza
2. REVOLUTION FRANCAISE: ‘Discorico’
3. BABE: ‘Never Listen To A Bouzouki Player
4. EASY CONNECTION: ‘Ali Baba
5. NOEL: ‘I Want A Man
6. BLACK JACK: ‘Y.O.U.
7. BABE: ‘Please Me Please Do
8. LOU & HOLLYWOOD BANANAS: ‘Kingston Kingston
9. FREDDY: ‘Wojtila Disco Dance
10. GEORGE BAKER SELECTION: ‘Sing For The Day


UK Disco Top 90 – November 10, 1979

01 01 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
02 03 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night / Too Hot – Mercury 12″
03 02 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
04 04 Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
05 09 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
06 06 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star – CBS 7″/LP
07 08 Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
08 05 Crusaders – Street Life – MCA 12″
09 07 Paulinho Da Costa – Déjà Vu / Love Till The End Of Time – Pablo 12″
10 10 Chic – My Forbidden Lover – Atlantic 12″
11 12 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
12 14 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall / Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / She’s Out Of My Life – Epic LP
13 11 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
14 15 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu / Brazos River Breakdown / Rum Or Tequila / Little Drummer Boy – US MCA LP
15 18 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – AVI 12″
16 25 Errol Dunkley – OK Fred – Scope 12″
17 26 Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions – RCA 12″
18 13 Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights – Casablanca 12″
19 28 Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Ariola Hansa 12″
20 29 Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – Elite 12″
21 37 Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – US Sugarhill 12″
22 16 Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love – Polydor 12″
23 30 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – US AZO 12″
24 43 Hudson People – Boogie On Downtown – Virgin 12″
25 58 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – US Turbo 12″
26 23 O’Jays – Sing A Happy Song – Philadelphia Int’l 7″
27 31 Fern Kinney – Groove Me – WEA 7″/US TK 12″
28 40 Gloria Gaynor – Let Me Know (I Have A Right) – Polydor 12″
29 35 Stargard – Wear It Out – US Warner Bros. 12″
30 17 Edwin Starr – It’s Called The Rock – 20th Century 12″
31 19 FLB – Lookin’ For Love Tonight – Fantasy 12″
32 32 Gap Band – Baby Baba Boogie – Mercury 12″
33 33 Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – CBS 12″
34 24 Shalamar – Right In The Socket – Solar LP
35 22 Van McCoy – The Hustle (remix) – H&L 12″
36 41 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Music / I Am Under Your Spell / Come Dance With Me – US MCA LP
37 20 David Bendeth – Feel The Real – Sidewalk 12″
38 21 Slick – Sexy Cream – Fantasy 12″
39 54 Commodores – Still – Motown 7″
40 34 Gene Chandler – When You’re No. 1 – 20th Century 12″
41 36 Matumbi – Point Of View – MR 12″
42 27 Lee Moore – Reachin’ Out – US Source 12″
43 49 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
44 42 Robin Beck – Sweet Talk – US Mercury 12″
45 38 Sister Sledge – Lost In Music – Atlantic 7″
46 39 Commodores – Sail On – Motown 7″
47 51 Shalamar – Second Time Around – US Solar 12″
48 67 Herb Alpert – Street Life / Rotation / 1980 – US A&M LP
49 44 Gibson Brothers – Oooh! What A Life – Island 12″
50 72 Jay Hoggard – West End Dancer – US GRP/Arista LP
51 65 Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Go – Polydor 12″
52 45 Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure – Warner Bros. 12″
53 79 Gibson Brothers – Better Do It Salsa / Que Sera Mi Vida / West Indies – Island 12″/LP
54 50 Three Degrees – Jump The Gun – Ariola 12″
55 46 Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ / Jingo – Salsoul 12″
56 48 Poussez – Come On And Do It – Vanguard 12″
57 71 Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep – US Warner Bros. LP
58 80 Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music – US Epic 12″
59 47 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – US Warner Bros. 12″
60 60 Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do The Do – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
61 52 Sergio Mendes Brasil 88 – I’ll Tell You – US Elektra 12″
62 85 Cleveland Eaton – The Birmingham Train / Get Off / Free At Last / I Don’t Know / I’m Lonely Tonight / Burnin’ – US Ovation LP
63 NE Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – CBS 12″
64 59 Cameo – Find My Way / It’s Serious – Casablanca 12″
65 RE Brass Construction – Movin’ – UA LP
66 62 Roxy Music – Angel Eyes – Polydor 12″
67 69 Emotions – I Should Be Dancing – CBS 7″
68 NE Dan Hartman – Hands Down – Blue Sky 12″
69 NE Azymuth – Jazz Carnival – US Milestone LP
70 74 Teena Marie – Don’t Look Back – Motown 12″
71 70 Debbie Jacobs – Undercover Lover – MCA 12″
72 73 Wayne Henderson – Dancin’ Love Affair – US Polydor 12″/LP
73 64 Stanley Clarke – Just A Feeling – Epic LP/US 12″
74 NE Prince – Sexy Dancer / I Wanna Be Your Lover – US Warner Bros. LP
75 57 Lonnie Liston Smith – A Song For The Children / Nightlife – US Columbia LP
76 RE Earth, Wind & Fire – Let Your Feelings Show / In The Stone / I Can’t Let Go – CBS LP
77 53 Spyro Gyra – Shaker Song – Infinity 12″
78 63 Discotheque – Intro Disco – Mercury 12″
79 86 Patrick Juvet – Swiss Kiss – Casablanca 12″
80 66 Eddie Henderson – Runnin’ To Your Love / This Band Is Hot / Sunchaser – Capitol 12″/LP
81 68 Diana Ross – No One Gets The Prize – Motown 7″
82 NE Ren Woods – Everybody Get Up / I Love The Way You Do It – US ARC 12″/LP
83 NE Dusty Springfield – Baby Blue – Mercury 12″
84 77 Crème D’Cocoa – Doin’ The Dog – US Venture 12″
85 NE ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) – Epic 7″
86 87 Ritchie Family – Put Your Feet To The Beat / It’s A Man’s World / Bad Reputation – Mercury LP/US Casablanca 12″
87 NE Jean Carn – When I Find You Love (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
88 89 Bob Marley – So Much Trouble In The World – Island 7″
89 81 Nature’s Divine – I Just Can’t Control Myself / Nature’s Divine / Never Felt This Way Before – US Infinity 12″ promo/LP
90 83 Hi-Tension – There’s A Reason – Island 12″

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #2 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)#3 (BNDA debut 6/16/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 9/22/79)#7 (BNDA debut 7/28/79)#8 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#10 (BNDA debut 9/1/79)#11 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)#12 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#13 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)#18 (BNDA debut 10/20/79)#19 (BNDA debut 3/15/80)
#21 (BNDA debut 10/13/79)#22 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)#25 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#27 (BNDA debut 8/4/79)#28 (BNDA debut 10/6/79)#29 (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
#31 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)#32 (BNDA debut 5/12/79)#33 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#34 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)#36 (BNDA debut 11/3/79)#38 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)
#40 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)#43 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)#44 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#47 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)#49 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)#51 (BNDA debut 10/6/79)
#52 (BNDA debut 7/14/79)#53 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)#54 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#55 (BNDA debut 6/30/79)#56 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)#57 (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
#58 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)#59 (BNDA debut 7/7/79)#61 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#63 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)#64 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)#68 (BNDA debut 8/18/80)
#71 (BNDA debut 6/2/79 & 1/5/80)#74 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)#79 (BNDA debut 6/9/79)
#81 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)#82 (BNDA debut 11/3/79)#86 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#87 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

SHADOW: ‘I Need Love’ / ‘I Enjoy Ya’ / ‘Love Lite’ (US Elektra LP)
GONZALEZ: ‘Move It To The Music’ / ‘People’s Party’ (Sidewalk 12”)
CHOSEN FEW: ‘Boogie Army (Boogie Down)’ (Ariola Hansa 12”)
DAN-I: ‘Monkey Chop’ (Island 7”)
GEORGE MCCRAE: ‘Don’t You Feel My Love’ (TK 7”)
RICK JAMES: ‘Love Gun’ / ‘Come Into My Life’ (US Gordy LP) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
LOVE UNLIMITED: ‘High Steppin’, Hip Dressin’ Fella’ (US Unlimited Gold 12”)
DEODATO: ‘Whistle Bump’ (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
SEVENTH EXTENSION: ‘Reasons’ (Scope 12”)
SONNY ROLLINS: ‘Harlem Boys’ (US Milestone LP)
HERBIE MANN: ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ / ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ / ‘Yellow Fever’ / ‘Hey Pocky A-Way’ (US Atlantic LP)
WILSON PICKETT: ‘Groove City’ (EMI America 7”)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
SHOWBIZZ: ‘Do It In The Dark’ (US Capitol 12”)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
BELL & JAMES: ‘Shakedown’ / ‘Only Make Believe’ / ‘Say It’s Gonna Last Forever’ (US A&M LP)
ELUSION: ‘When The Bell Rings (Come Out Dancin’)’ (US Midsong 12”)
DELEGATION: ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ (Ariola 12”)
STANLEY CLARKE: ‘Together Again’ (Epic 7”)
JOE SAMPLE: ‘Carmel’ (MCA 12”)
FREEDOM: ‘Dance Sing Along’ (Pye 12”)
REAL THING: ‘Give Me Your Love’ / ‘You Can’t Force The Funk’ (Pye 12”)
DOBIE GREY: ‘The In Crowd’ / ‘Makin’ Love And Goin’ Crazy’ (Infinity 12”)
PLEASURE: ‘The Real Thing’ / ‘Glide’ (US Fantasy 12”) (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
YUSEF LATEEF: ‘Morocco’ (US CTI LP)
INNER CIRCLE: ‘We “A” Rockers’ (Island 12”)
CHANTAL CURTIS: ‘Hit Man’ (Pye 12”)
MARVIN GAYE: ‘Ego Tripping Out’ (US Tamla 7”)
MILLIE JACKSON & ISAAC HAYES: ‘Sweet Music Soft Lights And You’ / ‘If I Had My Way’ (Spring LP)
STORM: ‘It’s My House’ (Soundoff 12”)
LADY B: ‘To The Beat Y’All’ (US TEC 12”)
ANGELA BOFILL: ‘What I Wouldn’t Do’ / ‘I Try’ / ‘Angel Of The Night’ / ‘People Make The World Go Round’ (US Arista/GRP LP)
BILLY MOORE: ‘Go Dance’ (US Emergency 12”) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
CHARME: ‘Do It For Love’ / ‘Georgy Porgy’ (US RCA 12”)

5 thoughts on “November 10, 1979: Lowrell, Rose Royce, Ramsey Lewis, Spoonin’ Gee, George Duke”

  1. Looking back at this chart we can see that this is the point where the disco “sound” begins to morph. The shift would appear to be quite dramatic. We’ve gone from a stream of classic releases each week- the creative peak of the disco era- to much slimmer pickings.

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    1. George Duke’s I Love You More caused an unexpected jolt of recognition, as the intro was lifted many years later for a very well known track. Aside from the obvious classics from Lowrell (also lifted many years later) and Rose Royce (ditto!) I’ve always loved Rufus & Chaka’s Masterjam album… while only the very bravest of souls should check out that Hungarian disco chart – yikes.

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  2. To me this chart is absolutely amazing. Expansions, Atmosfear., We’ve Got The Funk, Lowrell, Don’t Stop til you Get Enough, and the album it’s from, Jazz Carnival, David Bendeth, Lookin For Live Tonight, Rappers Delight, déjà Vu , Jupitet Beyond, Music by One Way, Cameo It’s Serious, Georgy Porgy and Pleasure with Glide all in or bubbling under in one week. How much better could it get?

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