January 12, 1980: Prince, George Duke, Dance People, The Whispers, Eddie Cheba

Odds ‘N Bods

Hot newies due on UK 12in in about a fortnight include War ‘The World Is A Ghetto’, Narada Michael Walden ‘Tonight I’m Alright’, Patrice Rushen ‘Haven’t You Heard’, while Martha & The Vandellas ‘Heatwave’ / ‘Dancing In The Street’ will be on Mod-aimed 7in and Trojan launch a six volume ‘Creation Rockers’ LP set of reggae oldies . . . Atmosfear are rumoured to be hiding behind the name Hi Power on a white label 12in titled ‘Stop’ currently circulating . . . WEA’s Fred Dove says that the LV 12in series was a success and sold extremely well, it’s just that the format was used for a more selective choice of repertoire as the year wore on . . . South Eastern Discotheque Association (SEDA) hold their annual equipment exhibition on Sunday, 23rd March, at the Great Danes Hotel just off the M20 near Maidstone . . . Clyde Coast DJ Assn member DJ’s are the exclusive agents for tickets to the George McCrae show at Irvine Magnum Leisure Centre on Wednesday, 23rd January . . . Reggie Bosanquet was a guest at my New Year’s Eve gig, and says his next record will be (I quote) “top of the pops”! . . . Pink Floyd chopped out of the bass break ¡n Kurtis Blow was the surprise best mix of my Christmas gigs – try it LOUD! . . . Paul Anthony (Birmingham Rum Runner/Holy City Zoo etc) sent me a luxury Willy warmer for Christmas – Willy says thanks, but suggests it would be even warmer with the fur side inside! . . . Teesvalley Roadshow (Redcar 475854) now promote themselves with printed ballpoint pens as well as keyrings . . . I’ve been reviving a few oldies during the seasonal lack of new vinyl, and the BPMs might be of use to some of you: BT Express ‘Express’ (Pye) 111(intro)-110-108-110bpm, Candi Staton ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ (Warner Bros 12in) 116-117-118bpm, Crown Heights Affair ‘Dreaming A Dream’ (Polydor LP) 118-119bpm, Eddie Drennon ‘Lets Do The Latin Hustle’ (US Friends & Co LP) 112-119-118-119bpm, Fatback Band ‘Spanish Hustle’ (US Event LP) (19 beat intro) 121-123-125-123bpm / ‘(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop’ 108-111 bpm, Isaac Hayes ‘Disco Connection’ (ABC 12in) c 131bpm – this last being similar to and in range of Isleys ‘It’s A Disco Night’ . . . New Year holidays have held up the mail it seems, so there have been only a few charts and no disco dates since before Christmas.

UK Newies

PRINCE: ‘Sexy Dancer’ (from LP ‘Prince’, Warner Bros. K 56772) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
Totally self-performed multi-tracked set, this terrifically powerful 122bpm backbeat whapping panting breath-sucking strutter being a great chop mixer (especially out of ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’) and even more exciting than the included 118-116bpm ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’, while ‘Still Waiting’ is a perfectly lovely yearning 39/78bpm slow squeaky swayer.

GEORGE DUKE: ‘I Want You For Myself’ (Epic EPC 8137) (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
Also good out of Michael Jackson, this easily chugging attractive current jazz-funk biggie with squeaky Lynn Davis and pretty piano riding the oogie oogie rhythm is now on edited 120bpm 7in only.

DANCE PEOPLE: ‘Funk Attack’ (from LP ‘Fly Away’, Satril SATL 4013)
Although here mixed rather too inextricably out of the preceding zingy title track, this surprisingly authentic electric bass-led 131½bpm instrumental jazz-funk flier goes beautifully out of ‘Space Bass’ and (regardless of that) is picking up some specialist jocks ‘cos it’s darned good. 

SISTER SLEDGE: ‘Got To Love Somebody’ (Atlantic K 11404T) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
Overly repetitive squawker finds their usual formula speeded up on 125bpm 12in for a tempo change that so far has been a floor clearer, though doubtless radio exposure will help.

JR WALKER: ‘Wishing On A Star’ (from LP ‘Back Street Boogie’, Whitfield K 56668)
Finally out after many months, this superb spurting sax-led soulful instrumental smooching of the Rose Royce slowie (around 40-38-40/80bpm) has been an enduring favourite for many and is still well worth trying, but why isn’t it on a single?

FUNKADELIC: ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’ (Warner Bros. K 17494) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
Hypnotically clapping and burbling 116bpm P-funker now gets split up for 7in but may possibly be on 12in too soon.

T-CONNECTION: ‘Danger Zone’ (TK TKR 7571)
‘Tighten Up’-type 115bpm 7in Bahamian rhythm jiggler from about four months ago goes into a brief rattling and tapping break, and is much better than the official 114bpm ‘Ecstasy’ A-side.

CLEVELAND EATON & THE GARDEN OF EATON: ‘The Birmingham Train’ (from LP ‘Keep Love Alive’, Gull MLP 3008)
Now dead and gone on import, this appropriately chugging Brass Construction-ish 120-119-123bpm funky churner remains the set’s strongest cut, though the staccato 126bpm ‘Get Off’ had some support in its day.

RONNIE LAWS: ‘Always There’ (UA 12UP 36497)
With his new LP due next week, this seems an odd time to put the jazz saxist’s specialist 104bpm jitterer from 1976 on 12in flipped by 1978’s quieter but similar jittery 101bpm ‘Love Is Here’.

GRACE KENNEDY: ‘Fandango Dancing’ (DJM DJS 10932)
Surprisingly good smoothly pushing 110bpm 7in disco jogger, needs a 12in to get DJ attention.

KINSMAN DAZZ: ‘Keep On Rockin’’ (20th Century-Fox TCD 2417)
Staccato fast brassy 128bpm 12in strutter from some months back now out here.

ERROL DUNKLEY: ‘Sit Down And Cry’ (Scope SC 11T)
Jaunty 95bpm reggae 12in rather surprisingly revives a song recorded in 1956 by Elvis Presley.

THE SADONIANS: Goodbye My Love’ (Freedom Sounds FSD 012)
Rather nice chix-cooed plaintive little 66/33bpm 7in reggae slowie with soulful backing.

CRYSTAL GAYLE: ‘The Blue Side’ (CBS 8076)
Gorgeous 34/68bpm swaying smoocher, similar to and her best since ‘Brown Eyes’.

ORION: ‘Honey’ / ‘Ebony Eyes’ (Sun CYS 1060)
Elvis Presley impersonator sounds convincing on these Bobby Goldsboro and Everly Bros slowies to confuse or intrigue MoR crowds.

SHAKIN STEVENS: ‘Hot Dog’ (Epic EPC 8090)
Terrific toe-tappingly compulsive rockabilly bopper.


THE WHISPERS: ‘And The Beat Goes On’ (from LP ‘The Whispers’, US Solar BXL 1-3521) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
Absolutely dynamite easily flowing though stolidly smacking 115-116bpm “rock” thwacker has such immediate impact it’s exploded already (it chops and vari-synchs perfectly with Prince), and is much beefier on 12in (US Solar YD-11895) although the entire album is excellent and a must too. Rather similar at 114-112-113bpm is the choppily “rocking” ‘Out The Box’, the smoother 110-113bpm ‘Can You Do The Boogie’ being the 12in B-side, but the LP’s real killer is a superb bluesily soulful 34bpm smoocher, ‘Lady’, which swings and sways with scat bits, gospel organ and a rare vintage-seeming sophistication. An Instant Funk-echoing 117-119-120-118bpm retread of the Temptations’ ‘My Girl’ is getting attention (especially gay), while the 35½bpm ‘I Love You’ and dead slow ‘A Song For Donny’ (Hathaway) are pleasant smoochers. Get both 12in and LP!

EDDIE CHEBA: ‘Lookin’ Good (Shake Your Body)’ (US Tree Line 3711)
Bass-boomed somewhat Brass Construction-ish smoothly churning jittery 125bpm 12in clapper (not unlike Lee Moore) is in fact a rapper – though the musical drive and lack of cliches disguise this fact until about halfway through! Very strong, with an equally good instrumental B-side version for jazz-funkers, it could be big. Mixers should beware of the very start.

MR Q: ‘Rapping Time’ (Canadian DK Sound’s DK 19)
Blatantly based on Shalamar’s ‘Second Time Around’, this melodic attractive 110bpm 12in rapper by Canada’s busy Dave Crawford (with three current releases on import) is more instrumental and chanting chix than pure rap, as it’s really just the shorter backing track version of the A-side’s equally useful (and Shalamar-like) soulful message song, ‘Love & Time’.

PRESSURE: ‘Shove It In The Oven’ (from LP ‘Pressure’, US MCA MCA-3195)
Ronnie Laws produced and stars on his proteges’ lightly vocal jazz-funk set, out just before Christmas, the hottest cut so far being this lurching choppy specialist 115bpm jazz jolter with scatting and a smoother half-tempo lull. ‘Can You Feel It’ is an attractive 107-108bpm jogger with Ronnie’s sax to the fore, ‘That’s The Thing To Do’ a tricky convoluted c.109bpm burbler, ‘Stay Together’ a pretty 53/107bpm guitar tinkled and chix scatted swayer, ‘Hold On’ another pleasant 47/95bpm swayer, and ‘Fantastic Dreams’ a 35bpm smoocher.

JOHNSON PRODUCTS: ‘Johnson Jumpin’’ (US Sound Of New York USA 704)
Although too fast if speed-spun at 45rpm, this rattling and thumping percussive 109bpm 12in instrumental with wheezling synthesizer lines is even better and jazzier in the Azymuth style if taken up a fair way on infinitely variable decks.

JORGE SANTANA: ‘Ain’t No’ (from LP ‘It’s All About Love’, US Tomato TOM-7033)
Allen Toussaint-produced heavily thunking slow 41/82-42/84bpm sinuous plodder which with added harmonica instead of bluesy guitar would have sounded War-like, while the repetitively chanted 119-120-119bpm ‘Feeling Good’ trotter sounds like a less powerful Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’ and the 122bpm ‘Three Mile Island’ is similarly derivative.

MARTHA HIGH: ‘Showdown’ (US Salsoul SG 317) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Out a while and hot for some, this heavy purposeful 116-114-112-111-112bpm 12in thudder goes into a slightly freaky last part with Ms High wailing over burbling synthetic effects.

DYNASTY: ‘Satisfied’ (US Solar YD-11897) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
Pleasant enough hustling melodic 118bpm 12in soul thudder is restricted by a punchy rhythm structure and doesn’t really do much to expand its initial impact, while the romping and skipping 124bpm B-side ‘It’s Still A Thrill’ thumper seems possibly stronger.

THE FLYING LIZARDS: ‘Money’ (US Virgin DK 4809) (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
M’s ‘Pop Muzik’ is now being followed in US discos by this newly remixed and lengthened 129-130bpm 12in of last summer’s UK smash, which goes into a loose bass break before becoming what amounts to a freaky dub version. The earlier ‘Summertime Blues’ is flip.

MR Q: ‘DJ Style’ (Canadian Monica’s DK 18)
Canadian-recorded 118bpm 12in rapper uses the ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ tune, though the track is nowhere near as strong as Michael Jackson.

RON HUNT: ‘Spiderap’ (US Reflection PT 7000)
There’s a good if familiar bass line through the long jittery intro to this 117bpm 12in rapper.

KING JOSEY: ‘Keep On Dancin’ (Rap All Night)’ (US Rap City 301)
Fast 125bpm 12in rapper has some scat and moderately amusing bits.

Bobby Robinson-produced 109bpm 12in rapper with alternating voices in the Funky Four Plus One More style.

SCOOPY: ‘Scoopy Rap’ (US Sound Of New York USA 701)
Extremely derivative dull 100bpm 12in rapper.

FAMILY: ‘Family Rap’ (US Sound Of New York USA 702)
The same 100bpm 12in backing track as Scoopy but a different and better rap with some Kurtis Blow “hoa!” bits.

MR B: ‘Rapper-Dapper-B’ (US Hit Makers Of America 718)
Awful frantic 133bpm 12in mess with shouting and squawking rather than rapping, which does slow down but I’d lost interest by then.

RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN: ‘Special Lady’ (from LP ‘Ray, Goodman & Brown’, US Polydor PD-1-6240)
The re-named Moments’ UK 7in-issued lovely 42bpm sweet soul slowie is here not only introed but outroed too by acappella singing, chatting and finger snapping, while the less easily programmable 40bpm ‘Inside Of You’ is similarly treated. The rest though is very disappointing.

DANNY DARROW: ‘Telephones’ (US Mighty Records MR-007)
Fast rattling 132-131bpm 12in thumper with synthesizer stabs.

DJ Dealer

Tricky Dicky runs both the Dicks Inn gay discos at various venues and the soul and import-specialising Disco Music record shop at 391C Mile End Road, London E3 (01-981 4531), servicing East London’s many disco and pub jocks. Dicky reports that since normal record outlets have stopped stocking so much disco product his own business has increased again, and that 7in imports make up a large part of his sales as they are cheaper than UK releases for bona fide DJs at his shop. Disco Music’s current sellers include:

1. Whispers 12”
2. Trussel 12”
3. Eddie Cheba ‘Lookin’ Good’ (US Big Tree 12”)
4. Alton McClain & Johnny Bristol ‘Hang On In There Baby’ (US Polydor 7”)
5. Chain Reaction 12”
6. Joe Bataan 12”
7. Funky Four Plus One More 12”
8. Mr Q ‘Love And Time’ (Canadian Monica’s Production 12”)
9. Risco Connection 12”
10. Dynasty ‘Satisfied’ (US Solar 12”)

While the Tony Rallo LP and 7in versions of Roy Ayers ‘Don’t Stop The Feeling’, Patrice Rushen ‘Haven’t You Heard’ are big too. Now come on, out-of-towners, this space is a free advert for your shop, so let’s have your charts!

UK Disco Top 90 – January 12, 1980

01 01 Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill 12″
02 03 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – Epic 7″
03 02 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night – Mercury 12″
04 05 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
05 04 Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida – Island 12″
06 06 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – Sugarhill 12″
07 08 Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – CBS 12″
08 07 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – AVI 12″
09 10 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Music – MCA 12″
10 11 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
11 12 Shalamar – The Second Time Around – Solar 12″
12 19 Azymuth – Jazz Carnival – Milestone 12″
13 18 Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover – Warner Bros. 12″
14 15 Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After – Whitfield 12″
15 09 Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ – Mercury 12″
16 14 Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – MCA 12″
17 13 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
18 16 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu / Brazos River Breakdown – MCA 12″
19 22 Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing – Atlantic 12″
20 17 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – Pye 12″
21 21 Commodores – Still – Motown 7″/LP
22 20 Herb Alpert – Rise / Aranjuez (Mon Amour) – A&M 12″
23 25 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
24 23 War – The World Is A Ghetto – US UA LP
25 27 Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music – Epic 12″
26 28 Stargard – Wear It Out – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
27 24 Dan-I – Monkey Chop – Island 12″
28 33 Diana Ross – It’s My House – Motown 12″
29 26 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – Warner Bros. 12″
30 35 Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Let Go – CBS 7″
31 32 Three Degrees – My Simple Heart – Ariola 7″
32 34 Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer – Carrere 12″
33 30 Trussel – Love Injection – US Elektra 12″
34 42 Michael Jackson – Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / Burn This Disco Out – Epic LP
35 38 Madness – One Step Beyond – Stiff 7″
36 43 Roy Ayers – Don’t Stop The Feeling / No Stranger To Love / Shack Up, Pack Up, It’s Up – Polydor LP/US 12″ promo
37 36 Brass Construction – Brass Construction 5 (all cuts) – US UA LP
38 37 Slave – Just A Touch Of Love / Roots / Funky Lady / Shine – US Cotillion LP
39 39 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright / I Shoulda Loved Ya / You’re Soo Good – US Atlantic LP
40 29 Rufus & Chaka – Do You Love What You Feel – MCA 12″
41 40 Deborah Washington – Rock It – Ariola 12″
42 44 George Duke – I Want You For Myself – Epic 7″/LP
43 53 Kool & The Gang – Too Hot / Tonight’s The Night – Mercury 12″
44 31 Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Ariola Hansa 12″
45 45 Sylvester – Can’t Stop Dancing / In My Fantasy – Fantasy 12″
46 41 Herb Alpert – Rotation – US A&M 12″
47 46 Robin Beck – Sweet Talk – Mercury 12″
48 51 Delegation – Put A Little Love On Me – Ariola 12″
49 47 Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me – US Arista LP
50 50 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
51 48 Hudson People – Boogie On Downtown – Virgin 12″
52 52 Chain Reaction – Dance Freak – US Sound Of New York 12″
53 56 Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – US Arista 12″
54 63 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
55 59 Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band – Holdin’ On – US Casablanca LP
56 49 France Joli – Come To Me – Ariola 12″
57 66 Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall – Harvest 7″
58 61 ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) – Epic 7″
59 54 Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep – Warner Bros. 7″/LP
60 62 Shalamar – Right In The Socket / The Right Time For Us / Let’s Find The Time For Love – Solar LP
61 57 Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O – US Salsoul 12″
62 72 KC & The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go – TK 7″
63 64 Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Capitol 7″/US 12″
64 67 Selecter – On My Radio / Too Much Pressure – 2-Tone 7″
65 65 Storm – It’s My House – Scope 12″
66 55 Earth, Wind & Fire – Star – CBS 7″
67 70 Janis Ian – Fly Too High – CBS 12″
68 60 Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard – US Elektra 7″/LP
69 77 Brass Construction – Movin’ / Changin’ – UA LP
70 80 Specials – A Message To You Rudy / Nite Klub – 2-Tone 7″
71 73 Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions – Atlantic 7″
72 NE Players Association – We Got The Groove / The Get Down Mellow Mellow Sound / Dance / We’re Almost There – Vanguard promo LP
73 75 Billy Cobham – What Is Your Fantasy – US Columbia 12″
74 83 Police – Walking On The Moon – A&M 12″
75 79 Edgar Winter – Above And Beyond – US Blue Sky 12″
76 58 Prince – Sexy Dancer – Warner Bros. LP
77 76 Ramsey Lewis – Spring High – CBS 12″
78 69 Jean Carn – When I Find You Love (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
79 NE Whispers – And The Beat Goes On / Lady / Out The Box / My Girl / Can You Do The Boogie – US Solar 12″/LP
80 71 Nature’s Divine – I Just Can’t Control Myself / Nature Divine – Infinity 12″
81 78 Bar-Kays – Move Your Boogie Body / Up In Here / More And More – US Mercury LP
82 NE Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance / Party Lights / Who Do You Call – US Mercury LP
83 85 Xanadu & Sweet Lady – Rocker’s Choice / Rapper’s Delight – US Joe Gibbs 12″
84 74 Crème D’Cocoa – Doin’ The Dog / Doggin’ It – US Venture 12″/LP
85 NE The Beat – Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop – 2-Tone 7″
86 88 Marvin Gaye – Ego Tripping Out – Motown 12″
87 68 Stevie Wonder – Send One Your Love – Motown 7″
88 NE Village People – Ready For The 80s – Mercury 12″
89 81 Sergio Mendes Brasil 88 – I’ll Tell You – US Elektra 12″/LP
90 89 Busta Jones – (You) Keep On Making Me Hot – US Spring 12″

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
#9 (BNDA debut 11/3/79) / #10 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#13 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #17 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #19 (BNDA debut 6/23/79)
#22 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #23 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #25 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
#26 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #29 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
#33 (BNDA debut 12/8/79) / #34 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #35 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#36 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #37 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #38 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#39 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #40 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#43 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 3/15/80) / #45 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#46 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #49 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#50 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #54 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
#56 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #57 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #59 (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
#60 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #61 (BNDA debut 12/1/79) / #67 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#68 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #72 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #75 (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
#76 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #79 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#81 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #88 (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
#89 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #90 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

BILLY OCEAN: ‘Are You Ready’ (GTO 12”) (BNDA debut 12/13/80)
RICK JAMES: ‘Love Gun’ / ‘Come Into My Life’ (Motown LP) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
HIROSHIMA: ‘Lion Dance’ (US Arista LP)
SONNY ROLLINS: ‘Harlem Boys’ (Milestone 12”)
RONNIE LAWS & PRESSURE: ‘Shove It In The Oven’ / ‘Can You Feel It’ / ‘Stay Together’ / ‘That’s The Thing To Do’ / ‘Hold On’ (US MCA LP)
LOVE DE-LUXE: ‘Here Comes That Sound Again’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
SYLVERS: ‘Theme From Mahogany’ (Casablanca 12”)
DANCE PEOPLE: ‘Funk Attack’ (Satril LP)
RISCO CONNECTION: ‘Good Times’ (Sound City 12”)
CONTROLLERS: ‘I Can’t Turn The Boogie Loose’ (US TK 12”) (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
DONNA SUMMER: ‘On The Radio’ (Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
WILSON PICKETT: ‘I Want You’ (US EMI America LP)
PRINCE BUSTER: ‘Al Capone’ / ‘One Step Beyond’ (Blue Beat 12”)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
DAN HARTMAN: ‘Relight My Fire’ (Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
RAY, GOODMAN & BROWN: ‘Special Lady’ (US Polydor LP)
FUNKY FOUR PLUS ONE MORE: ‘Rappin’ And Rocking The House’ (US Enjoy 12”)

Pop 15 (hit titles outside the Disco 90):
1. M, 2. Tourists, 3. Moody Blues, 4. Fiddlers Dram, 5. Queen, 6. Nolans, 7. Billy Preston & Syreeta, 8. The Jam, 9. ELO, 10. ABBA, 11. David Bowie, 12. Barry Biggs, 13. Blondie, 14. Pretenders, 15. Boney M. ‘Bahama Mama’.

One thought on “January 12, 1980: Prince, George Duke, Dance People, The Whispers, Eddie Cheba”

  1. Here we are, the 2nd week in January and there is a noticeable increase in the number of Rap records released. Looking back from a 2018 perspective the 1980 dance scene appears to be changing more rapidly than I remember at the time! The chart of course is still one big New Year hangover filled with records associated with the previous year, 79. The first new record that I would associate as a 1980 “sound” is The Whispers “And the Beat Goes On”. It is now fairly clear that we are in the “last days of disco”, the golden era is now officially over- although living through it, it was never so obvious to us! The reference to mainstream record shops no longer stocking disco product confirms the shift. The Mod revival- mainly down to the Quadrophenia movie did have a limited impact and of the Two Tone Ska movement was picking up momentum and saw a number of oldies back in vogue. Can’t believe its almost 40 years ago! Looking back 40 years from 1980 and we were right at the start of WW2 BEFORE Dunkirk and the Blitz!


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