January 19, 1980: Phyllis Hyman, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Herb Alpert, Jocko, Alton & Johnny

Odds ‘N Bods

Three Degrees and Earth, Wind & Fire appear to be on commercial UK 12in (obviously CBS can’t sell the latter!) . . . Hi Power and Stop are both group names and both are in circulation on white label promos, Hi Power’s long instrumental version of Brothers Johnson’s ‘Get The Funk Out Ma Face’ being an extremely exclusive acetate due next month on Hithouse, Stop ‘I Can Feel It’ being due on Elite next week but circulated on white label 12in to enough shops around Christmas for it to hit our disco chart this week . . . Stop are NOT Atmosfear in disguise, incidentally (though who ARE Atmosfear in fact?!) . . . Light Of The World’s forthcoming ‘The Boys In Blue / This Is This’ 11:50 12in is also circulating to Mafiosi on acetate . . . Parliament ‘Theme From The Black Hole’ will be a rush-released UK follow-up to their brand new ‘Party People’ / ‘Flashlight’ / ‘Tear The Roof Off The Sucker’ 12in EP . . . Roy Ayers ‘Don’t Stop The Feeling’ is due on UK 12in this week, while next week sees Brass Construction’s LP and a hot 12in coupling of ‘Shakit’ / ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’! . . . Gibson Brothers ‘Cuba’ will be re-released early February on 12in back-to-back with ‘Better Do It Salsa’, and Slave ‘Just A Touch Of Love’ is planned for UK 12in too . . . Kev Hill reports the recent Chelmsford all-dayer went so well that another is set for February 14th, and Paul Clark infos that the Funk Mafia return to Brighton at Easter . . . Chris Britton, the Chris Browne that was, is further protecting his reputation by taking on as manager Rockerfella Discotheques’ Gavin Breck (01-609 2657) . . . Ian Titchener, plugger at Bocu Music and with brother Nick a long-time chart contributor via their Wallington-based Rock Street mobile, is now heading Roger St. Pierre’s Funk Funktion disco promotion service (01-858 8892) . . . Gary Allan (Liverpool McMillan’s) used Henry Hall’s ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ over Christmas and his crowd went so wild that it and many more “sillies” are becoming a regular feature . . . Mark Clark (Wokingham King Of Clubs) advises jazz-funk fans that Ronnie Scott’s quartet is currently featuring a terrific 132-134bpm version of Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower’ in their live spots at Ronnie’s jazz club . . . Groove Records’ Chris Palmer was actually responsible for last week’s “pulled a mussel” joke, telling it to Mike Allen just before he went on air . . . Roger Guidery, who with partner Andrew Shurrock runs the Radnage (High Wycombe)-based Diamond Dog Mobile, also plays organ in church on Sundays! . . . Gary Oldis, as recently mentioned was running a North-Eastern roadshow with dancers Bad Girls Plus, but skidded on black ice just after Christmas, wrote off his car, and smashed a lot of recent oldies: current stuff he’s OK for, but can anyone offer him (name your price) stuff like ‘Contact’, ‘Mighty Real’, ‘Got My Mind Made Up’, ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’, either at his home (14 Neville Parade, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham) or the nearby Gretna Green disco?

UK Newies

PHYLLIS HYMAN: ‘You Know How To Love Me’ (Arista ARIST 12323) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
Big on import LP and now out here on 12in, this superb creamily whapping clapping 116-117bpm soul strutter is right in the ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ and ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ groove.

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: ‘Prayin’’ (Source 12SRC 102)
McFadden & Whitehead-penned steadily clapping smooth 124-127bpm 12in soul romper rawly emoted in gospel style has its almost angelic instrumental intro replaced for the 7in version by a shimmering dead slow deep soul vocal preamble.

HERB ALPERT: ‘Rotation’ (A&M AMSP 7500) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Tapping and synthetically booming intro with a ‘Topsy’-type voice intoning the title starts this sombre strange 105bpm 12in jazz-funk instrumental jiggler, which works well with careful programming, and is evidently packaged in US-style die-cut sleeve and see-thru vinyl. 

MAXIMUM PENETRATION: ‘Maximum Penetration Part 1’ (Sidewalk 12SID 115)
Marathon LP-length jazz-slanted mainly instrumental sax-led 33 1/3 rpm 12in with snatches of disco female and gruff fella sounds just right for specialist attention and progresses through various changes without losing its 130bpm rhythm rating. The similarly varied but very different slower 100bpm B-side ‘Part 2’ is even jazzier.

VARIOUS: ‘Four Hot Imports’ (Casablanca CCSL 3202) (‘I Just Want To Be’ BNDA debut 9/8/79)
Excellent value long four-track 12in EP contains the heavily smacking P-funky 120bpm CAMEO ‘I Just Want To Be’, interestingly progressing slick 127-128-129bpm 7TH WONDER ‘Do It With Your Body’, jittery chugging thudding 121bpm VERNON BURCH ‘Get Up’ (most recently warm of the lot), and sub-Commodores slow 37bpm CAMEO ‘Sparkle’.

VARIOUS: ‘Get To The Source’ (Source 12SRC 101)
Four-track 12in EP sampler has a 1979 US soul chart topper in the dated James Brown-type 110bpm CHUCK BROWN & THE SOUL SEARCHERS ‘Bustin’ Loose’, plus the squeakily effete Temptations-type 114-118bpm FLAKES ‘Miss Fine Lover’, jazzily fiddling spiky 124(intro)-126bpm TRAVIS BIGGS ‘Solar Funk’ and boring rap-less LP version of the Brass Construction-type 114bpm OPUS 7 ‘Bussle’.

PARLIAMENT: ‘Party People’ (Casablanca NBL 2222)
Ten minute non-stop fast 133bpm 12in P-funk chanter with backbeat clapping in the Isleys idiom, flipped by a “live” 115bpm version of ‘Tear The Roof Off The Sucker’ and the original jiggly smacking 106bpm ‘Flash Light’.

LOVE UNLIMITED: ‘High Steppin’ Hip Dressin’ Fella’ (Unlimited Gold ULG 8161)
Recently warm on import 12in, the precisely plodding 104bpm jangling tripper, like a slower Chic, is here on 7in only with instrumental flip.

ZKIFFZ: ‘(I Wanna) Boogie With You’ (UA BP 332)
Sweden’s Bjorn Skiffs sounds like the Isleys meet Hot Chocolate on a well-produced pop-aimed 103-107-110-107bpm 7in pseudo funky disco chugger.

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Winner Takes All’ (Epic EPC 7795)
Unexceptional if workmanlike 119-120-121-122bpm burbling “rock” backbeater which CBS are risking on 7in only (so far).

COMMODORES: ‘Wonderland’ (Motown TMG 1172)
Gently jolting slow 35bpm 7in smoocher.

SALLY TOWNSEND: ‘Love At First Night’ (OBM OBM 1003)
Untidily booming and bumping 114bpm jolter is the first track on the Wrigley’s jingle-interspersed promo 12in mentioned elsewhere, and is now out on its own.

TRIBESMAN: ‘Finsbury Park’ (BOA 102-12)
Bass-heavy naggingly repetitive 61bpm 12in reggae chanter (with a nice ethnic rap and acapella break leading into a dub on this original pressing) is the second track on the Wrigley’s Sponsor-Disc promo.

CLEVELAND EATON: ‘Birmingham Train’ (Miracle M 14)
Reviewed as an LP cut last week, it’s now on 7in as flip to the annoyingly coy ‘I’m Lonely Tonight’.

SPARKS: ‘When I’m With You’ (Virgin VS 319)
Sorta sub-‘Heart Of Glass’ 120bpm 7in synthesizer chugger.

Classic ska oldie right in the Madness mould (though more manageable at 128bpm) on 7in with ‘El Pussy Cat’ as 115bpm flip.

THE SHADOWS: ‘Riders In The Sky’ (EMI 5027)
Somewhat unpolished 126bpm semi-disco 7in twangy revival of the evocative old Western-type tune.

ATLANTIS PEOPLE: ‘Stormy Weather’ (Ice GUY 33-12)
Chix-sung zingily hustling 127-128bpm 12in disco revival of the old standard reaches a better sax break.

MICK JACKSON: ‘You Don’t Light My Fire’ (CBS 8008)
Messy frantic 133bpm 7in pop thrasher.


JOCKO: ‘Rhythm Talk’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 4Z8 3739)
Jocko Henderson, famous Philadelphia rock ‘n roll radio DJ in the ‘50s, returns with a terrific 12in rapper that’s gonna be a guaranteed smash – why? – ‘cos it uses (with permission) the tune of ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’! What’s more, the flip is the McFadden & Whitehead-like backing track on its own as an immensely useful instrumental. Ain’t NO stoppin’ it now!

ALTON & JOHNNY: ‘Hang On In There Baby’ (US Polydor PD 2050)
Johnny Bristol’s original old 97-98bpm 7in swayer has interestingly been remixed leaving his own vocal in part and adding the now duetting female voice of Alton McClain, the instrumental flip being the original backing track with added sax.

DAVID SIMMONS: ‘Holdin’ Back’ (from LP ‘The World Belongs To Me’, US Fantasy/WMOT F-9588)
Warm a while back on elusive US 12in, the Teddy Pendergrass-style singer’s gruffly souled 119-120-121bpm hustling clippety-clop loper is now joined on excellent LP by the whoop-whoop and burbling synthesizer introed jiggling 124-123-124bpm ‘Locked Up In A Groove’, smoothly “rocking” 117-118-119bpm ‘Someday Someway’, jauntily skipping 133-135bpm ‘Uh Oh I Did It Again’ and truly stand-out slowies 38bpm ‘All I Want To Do’, 47bpm ‘Hooked On You’, dead slow ‘Children’ and 18/39bpm title track.

RINDER & LEWIS: ‘Blue Steel’ (from LP ‘Warriors’, US AVI AVI-607)
Out a while but broken in Bristol and now gaining specialist jazz support, this bland TV theme-type instrumental taps undemonstratively along at 126bpm and subtly builds up sweeping washes of intensity in a series of solos and emphasis shifts.

BONNIE POINTER: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (from LP ‘Bonnie Pointer’, US Motown M7-929R1) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Jeffrey Bowen-produced set of Motown revivals with a minimum of modern trappings sounds somewhat static sometimes, this cleanly clapping and churning uncluttered 128bpm version of the Four Tops’ ‘Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’ romper easily beating the authentically dated strident staccato 134bpm ‘Jimmy Mack’, slowed down 100/50bpm ‘When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes’, backbeat clapping 126bpm ‘Come See About Me’ and strangely rattling sparse 139bpm ‘Nowhere To Run’.

FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Here Comes The Sun’ (from LP ‘Lookin’ For Love’, US Fantasy/WMOT F-9587) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
Jittery rhythm intro to a style-changing choppy 123-122(scat)-123bpm message song, also on US promo 12in, while ‘Last Chance To Dance’ is a repetitive rattling chanted 128-130-131bpm pounder with vocoder and long break and ‘Everything Is Disco’ is a fairly routine though well made chattering 127-126-128-129bpm chugger with brassy break.

MANTUS: ‘Love Is A Natural Thing’ (US SMI SM 12-403)
Coolly tuneful 128-126bpm 12in canterer with cooing chix and plaintive chaps builds up a naggingly pleasant feel spiced by percussive break and outro, the flip’s ‘Fire’ being a guys ‘n gals chanted steadily chugging 125-124bpm thudder with rattling break and spacey synthetics.

FREQUENCY: ‘Loosen Up’ (US Hard Boiled Ltd 2001)
Fast jazzy 139bpm 12in funk flier with loose chaps singing behind the saxy lead line and some short lurches in the tempo.

JOHN LEE & GERRY BROWN: ‘Chaser’ LP (US Columbia JC 36212)
The blandly speeding pleasantly melodic but ultra specialist 135bpm title track jazz sax instrumental hustler sounds nice with some Gilbert O’Sullivan touches but is hardly a normal dancer, though some jocks are buying it.

DANNY DARROW: ‘Telephones’ (US Mighty Records MR-007)
Fast rattling 132-131bpm 12in thumper with synthesizer stabs, phonetic-sounding chap and disco chix goes into a break in which US-style ‘phone tones precede a “dirty” caller, the whole thing hitting quite a lick.

DAVID LAMPELL: ‘I Ran Iran’ (US Prism PDS 403)
Lazily jogging musically varied 108bpm 12in political rapper doesn’t actually say “nuke the Ayatollah” but poses some interesting points without being an especially compulsive dancer.

LADY D: ‘Lady D’ (US Reflection PT-7001)
Bassily thudding 113bpm 12in female rapper goes on and on and on and on . . .

LAURA GREENE: ‘Let Me Blow Your Whistle’ (US Sound Trek ST 103)
Esther Phillips-ish chick emotes a pleasant enough thumping 126bpm 12in New York canterer.

LOURETT RUSSELL GRANT: ‘Hot To Trot’ (US Alvarez ST-NC-1001) (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
Chix-squawked shuffling dated 130bpm 12in disco thudder would have sounded good in the climate of a year ago.

DENIE CORBETT: ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ (US Reflection CBL 121) (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
Basic zingy 134bpm 12in squawking New York pounder.

ARPEGGIO: ‘Saturday Night – Breakout’ (US Polydor PD D 515) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Martin/Coulter-penned Simon Soussan-produced 133bpm 12in, the largely percussive second half not saving it from zingy Village People-derived depths.

PAPER DOLL: ‘Get Down Boy’ (US Heavenly Star 720)
Boring, zingy bass burbled 125-126-127bpm 12in churner with cooing chix and long break.

LA SHE BA: ‘You’ve Been Hunchin’’ (US Heavenly Star 719)
Flat-singing chix on a dull strings and vibes backed 111-112bpm 12in with mainly instrumental flip.

Mix Master

Pete Sedgebeer, mobile as Black Knight from Hildenborough (0732-832385), was surprised at my just discovering the ‘Space Bass’ / ‘Contact’ mix – by the time Slick was out I’d dropped Edwin Starr, Pete, but Froggy and I were reviving 1979’s oldies – as he still continues this synched mix by running ‘Contact’ at the final rhythm break into the intro of Gonzalez ‘Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’, into Hudson People ‘Boogie On Downtown’ (inst), into first beat of Gibson Bros ‘Que Sera Mi Vida’, mixing their rattling break into (minus slow start) Isley Bros ‘It’s A Disco Night’, into Azymuth ‘Jazz Carnival’. Another “couplet” Pete’s fond of is David Bendeth ‘Feel The Real’, mixing about three-quarters through into the first positive loud drum beat of Atmosfear ‘Dancin’ In Outer Space’, which evidently really does get applause if you get it right (and with the right crowd, I should think!).

UK Disco Top 90 – January 19, 1980

01 01 Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill 12″
02 02 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall – Epic 7″
03 03 Kool & The Gang – Ladies’ Night – Mercury 12″
04 05 Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida – Island 12″
05 06 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – Sugarhill 12″
06 04 Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night – Epic 12″
07 13 Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover – Warner Bros. 12″
08 07 Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – CBS 12″
09 09 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Music – MCA 12″
10 08 Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On – AVI 12″
11 14 Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After – Whitfield 12″
12 12 Azymuth – Jazz Carnival – Milestone 12″
13 11 Shalamar – The Second Time Around – Solar 12″
14 10 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Epic 12″
15 19 Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing – Atlantic 12″
16 16 Atmosfear – Dancing In Outer Space – MCA 12″
17 15 Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ – Mercury 12″
18 20 Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive – Pye 12″
19 17 Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – Solar 12″
20 26 Stargard – Wear It Out – Warner Bros. 7″/US 12″
21 24 War – The World Is A Ghetto – US UA LP
22 18 Stix Hooper – Cordon Bleu – MCA 12″
23 28 Diana Ross – It’s My House – Motown 12″
24 37 Brass Construction – Brass Construction 5 (all cuts) – US UA LP
25 33 Trussel – Love Injection – US Elektra 12″
26 36 Roy Ayers – Don’t Stop The Feeling / No Stranger To Love / Shack Up, Pack Up, It’s Up / Slyde – Polydor LP/US 12″ promo
27 39 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright / I Shoulda Loved Ya / You’re Soo Good – US Atlantic LP
28 30 Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Let Go – CBS 7″
29 21 Commodores – Still – Motown 7″/LP
30 38 Slave – Just A Touch Of Love / Are You Ready For Love / Funky Lady / Shine – US Cotillion LP
31 22 Herb Alpert – Rise – A&M 12″
32 29 Freddie James – Get Up And Boogie – Warner Bros. 12″
33 25 Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music – Epic 12″
34 32 Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer / Don’t Go – Carrere 12″
35 27 Dan-I – Monkey Chop – Island 12″
36 40 Rufus & Chaka – Do You Love What You Feel – MCA 12″
37 31 Three Degrees – My Simple Heart – Ariola 12″
38 43 Kool & The Gang – Too Hot / Tonight’s The Night – Mercury 12″
39 34 Michael Jackson – Rock With You / Get On The Floor / Working Day And Night / Burn This Disco Out / She’s Out Of My Life – Epic LP
40 42 George Duke – I Want You For Myself – Epic 7″/LP
41 35 Madness – One Step Beyond – Stiff 7″
42 23 Al Hudson & The Partners – You Can Do It – MCA 12″
43 55 Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band – Holdin’ On / Burnin’ Alive – US Casablanca LP
44 52 Chain Reaction – Dance Freak – US Sound Of New York 12″
45 79 Whispers – And The Beat Goes On / Lady / Out The Box / My Girl / Can You Do The Boogie – US Solar 12″/LP
46 72 Players Association – We Got The Groove / The Get Down Mellow Mellow Sound / We’re Almost There – Vanguard promo LP
47 49 Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me – Arista 7″/US LP
48 53 Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – US Arista 12″
49 45 Sylvester – Can’t Stop Dancing / In My Fantasy – Fantasy 12″
50 44 Viola Wills – Gonna Get Along Without You Now – Ariola Hansa 12″
51 41 Deborah Washington – Rock It – Ariola 12″
52 54 Kat Mandu – The Break – US TK 12″
53 57 Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall – Harvest 7″
54 62 KC & The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go – TK 7″
55 46 Herb Alpert – Rotation – US A&M 12″
56 61 Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O – US Salsoul 12″
57 59 Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep – Warner Bros. 7″/LP
58 58 ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) – Epic 7″
59 50 Cognac – How High – Electric 12″
60 47 Robin Beck – Sweet Talk – Mercury 12″
61 56 France Joli – Come To Me – Ariola 12″
62 51 Hudson People – Boogie On Downtown – Virgin 12″
63 71 Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions – Atlantic 7″
64 NE Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Prayin’ – Source 12″
65 64 Selecter – On My Radio / Too Much Pressure – 2-Tone 7″
66 RE Billy Ocean – Are You Ready – GTO 12″
67 63 Dr. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Capitol 7″/US 12″
68 76 Prince – Sexy Dancer / Still Waiting – Warner Bros. LP
69 60 Shalamar – Right In The Socket / The Right Time For Us / Let’s Find The Time For Love – Solar LP
70 70 Specials – A Message To You Rudy / Nite Klub – 2-Tone 7″
71 75 Edgar Winter – Above And Beyond – US Blue Sky 12″
72 48 Delegation – Put A Little Love On Me – Ariola 12″
73 68 Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard – US Elektra 7″/LP
74 NE Stop – I Can Feel It – white label 12″
75 83 Xanadu & Sweet Lady – Rocker’s Choice / Rapper’s Delight – US Joe Gibbs 12″
76 74 Police – Walking On The Moon – A&M 12″
77 67 Janis Ian – Fly Too High – CBS 12″
78 82 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance / Party Lights / Who Do You Call – US Mercury LP
79 81 Bar-Kays – Move Your Boogie Body / Up In Here / More And More – US Mercury LP
80 65 Storm – It’s My House – Scope 12″
81 80 Nature’s Divine – I Just Can’t Control Myself / Nature Divine – Infinity 12″
82 RE Rick James – Love Gun / Come Into My Life / Fire It Up – Motown LP
83 90 Busta Jones – (You) Keep On Making Me Hot – US Spring 12″
84 85 The Beat – Tears Of A Clown / Ranking Full Stop – 2-Tone 7″
85 78 Jean Carn – When I Find You Love (all cuts) – US Philadelphia Int’l LP
86 73 Billy Cobham – What Is Your Fantasy – US Columbia 12″
87 69 Brass Construction – Movin’ / Changin’ – UA LP
88 NE Commodores – Wonderland – Motown 7″
89 NE Eddie Cheba – Lookin’ Good – US Tree Line 12″
90 RE Herb Alpert – Street Life / 1980 – A&M LP

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #4 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 8/25/79) / #7 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#8 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #9 (BNDA debut 11/3/79) / #13 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#14 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #19 (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
#20 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #24 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #25 (BNDA debut 12/8/79)
#26 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #27 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #30 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#31 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #32 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #33 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
#34 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #36 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #38 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#39 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #40 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #41 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#42 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #43 (BNDA debut 1/5/80) / #45 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#46 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #47 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #48 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#49 (BNDA debut 11/17/79) / #50 (BNDA debut 3/15/80) / #52 (BNDA debut 8/11/79)
#53 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #56 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
#57 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #59 (BNDA debut 9/29/79) / #60 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#61 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #66 (BNDA debut 12/13/80) / #68 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#69 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #71 (BNDA debut 2/16/80) / #73 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#77 (BNDA debut 12/15/79) / #78 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#82 (BNDA debut 11/24/79) / #83 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #85 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

SONNY ROLLINS: ‘Harlem Boys’ (Milestone 12”)
PEACHES & HERB: ‘I Pledge My Love’ / ‘Roller Skatin’ Mate’ (Polydor 12”)
DAN HARTMAN: ‘Relight My Fire’ (Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
DANCE PEOPLE: ‘Funk Attack’ (Satril LP)
ONE WAY FEAT. AL HUDSON: ‘I Am Under Your Spell’ / ‘Tonight’ (US MCA LP)
LOVE DE-LUXE: ‘Here Comes That Sound Again’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 6/30/79)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
SISTER SLEDGE: ‘Got To Love Somebody’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘You Can Get Over’ (20th Century 12”) (BNDA debut 6/2/79)
DONALD BYRD: ‘Giving It Up’ / ‘Pretty Baby’ / ‘Morning’ (Elektra LP)
RUFUS & CHAKA: ‘Heaven Bound’ / ‘What Am I Missing’ (MCA LP)
FUNKY FOUR PLUS ONE MORE: ‘Rappin’ And Rocking The House’ (US Enjoy 12”)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘Come Go With Me’ / ‘Turn Off The Lights’ / ‘Life Is A Circle’ (Philadelphia Int’l LP)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
GIORGIO MORODER: ‘What A Night’ / ‘E=MC2’ (Oasis 12”) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
MR Q: ‘Rapping Time’ / ‘Love & Time’ (Canadian DK Sound’s 12”)
THE YOUNGER GENERATION: ‘We Rap More Mellow’ (US Brass 12”)
STEVIE WONDER: ‘Black Orchid’ (Motown 7”)
SANTA ESMERALDA: ‘Another Cha Cha’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
JORGE SANTANA: ‘Ain’t No’ / ‘Feeling Good’ (US Tomato LP)
FRIENDSHIP: ‘Tighten Up’ / ‘Bullet Train’ (Elektra LP)
FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Here Comes The Sun’ / ‘Last Chance To Dance’ (US Fantasy/WMOT LP) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
PARLIAMENT: ‘Theme From The Black Hole’ / ‘Party People’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 2/23/80)

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

One thought on “January 19, 1980: Phyllis Hyman, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Herb Alpert, Jocko, Alton & Johnny”

  1. Phyllis Hyman’s “You Know How to Love Me” stands head and shoulders above all the other releases this week. A true dance classic. Noticeable that the shift in musical style has truly taken root. The “classic days of disco” do now seem to be in the rear view mirror. Just a few short weeks ago 90% of the new releases were fantastic examples of dance music that went on to achieve iconic status- not so so this week- apart from the awesome Phyllis the rest of the releases are real clinkers that deservedly sank without a trace!


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