January 26, 1980: The Whispers, Brass Construction, Roy Ayers, Merry Clayton, La Pregunta

Odds ‘N Bods

Atmosfear’s newie, ‘Motivation’ / ‘Extracts’, will be on Elite 12in and not MCA in three weeks’ time . . . Light Of The World is due in a fortnight, the 128-129bpm ‘The Boys In Blue’ seguing halfway on 12in into the more jazzily flowing 124bpm ‘This Is This’ instrumental (which most acetate-serviced mafiosi prefer) . . . Real Thing’s jogging 109-108bpm ‘Saint Or Sinner?’ is due then too . . . France Joli is now on 3-track 12in containing both long and short ‘Come To Me’ plus ‘Let Go’ (Ariola/Dreyfus AROD 204) . . . Funkadelic is now set for 12in, to be followed later in February by UK 12in release of Modern Sound Corporation ‘Safari’, Jocko ‘Rhythm Talk’ . . . The Mexicano’s next will be a very different totally electronic Telex-type treatment of ‘The Israelites’, while the gorgeous ‘Lady’ is already set as the Whispers’ follow-up . . . EMI’s LRD division is being disbanded, disco labels like Motown, Source and Fantasy (they’ve just lost Salsoul, incidentally) moving into the UA/Liberty offices in Mortimer Street, with most of the pop labels going to EMI in Manchester Square . . . Positive Force and Shalamar were fleeting visitors last week for club PA’s around London . . . RCA’s “Rowdy” Yeats hopes to arrange a UK tour for the Solar Roadshow, starring Whispers, Shalamar, Dynasty & Lakeside . . . Mr Q’s real name probably is not Dave Crawford, as of course the latter wrote Jackie Moore’s ‘Time’ on which, together with ‘Second Time Around’, Mr Q based his ‘Love & Time’ import . . . DJF stalwart and Polydor plugger Theo Loyla reportedly survived a car smash (though the car didn’t) . . . Cliff Wilding still has some useful year planner wall charts for the cost of an SAE to his disco shop, Early Riser, 50 Beulah Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9LE . . . Honey Bee Benson has now joined such as DLT, Simon Bates & Mike Read for agency and management representation by MPC (01-434 1861) . . . Emperor Rosko, writing from Van Nuys in California says “Hi” and “Remember the Alamo and 208” – see you in LA next month, Rosko! . . . Chris Hill returns on both Fridays and Saturdays to his original funking ground, Canvey Island’s Goldmine, starting this week . . . Steve Martell jazz-funks Preston Clouds every Friday/Saturday, Chris Golland joins Paul Clark on Fridays at Brighton Papillon and solos there Saturdays, Martin Starr jazz-funks Jasper’s Jazz Club in Bristol’s Park Street every Wednesday, and busy Chris Dinnis expands his horizons from South and East to West Devon and even further afield . . . Tom Myles of Wirral’s City Discos (051-677 7500) would like to hear again from the Manchester (or Preston?) DJF jock who rang recently, and also confirms the Wirral/Merseyside lack of import shops . . . Soho’s Groove Records shop have extended their Latin-American/Salsa section . . . New Year over, the disco chart has finally fleshed out again, the bottom end getting much stronger support and many titles increasing support but dropping places – and by the way, despite prophets of gloom and New Mod activity, hasn’t disco done well in the sales chart recently?!

UK Newies

THE WHISPERS: ‘And The Beat Goes On’ (Solar SO12-11) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
In this exceptional week for strong UK releases all the first seven reviews deserve to lead off the list! This happens to be the hottest due to its amazing chart performance after just a few days of release, the smacking and thwhacking 115-116bpm “rock” whacker being hot off the presses and into the chart almost before the import version had hit our decks. Try it with Prince if you haven’t already!

Terrific bumping and jumping 121-122-123-120-124-120-124-120-124-123bpm ‘Moving’-type driver with catchy counting and butch chanting, now on 12in but strangely as flip to the good though less immediate 116-117bpm ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’ “rock” churner with gimmicky synthesizer effects. Their best in years, the parent LP (reviewed in depth on import) is also out (UAG 30285), but these are the best two tracks back-to-back.

ROY AYERS: ‘Don’t Stop The Feeling’ (Polydor STEPX 9) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
Maddeningly nagging insistent repetitive simple chant over a great funkily thudding basic beat, the 7in being 113-114bpm, LP version 114-115bpm and US promo 12in 115-116bpm – so who knows what the overdue UK 12in will be?! The two bar wailing intro goes nicely out of Edgar Winter’s outro, or can be skipped for a chop out of Slave. 

PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: ‘We Got The Groove’ (Vanguard VSL 5015) (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
Resonant bass winds up a catchily churning 129bpm brassy chanter with all sorts of classy changes weaving through the easily loping “rock” backbeat of this eagerly awaited 12in, which mixes nicely out of Maximum Penetration.

SHALAMAR: ‘Right In The Socket’ (Solar SO12-2) (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
The one we all thought should have been out first is a happily rattling and skittering 123bpm “rock” sizzler now on 12in flipped by the less complicated plaintive 125bpm ‘The Right Time For Us’ clippety-clopper.

OSIBISA: ‘Pata Pata’ (Pye 12P 5013)
Although twice as rhythmic and very different in attack this dynamite happily rattling and plopping 127bpm 12in revival of Miriam Makeba’s afro oldie is amazingly the same basic BPM as the original, making interesting overdub possibilities. Huge for me already, it smells like a smash!

STOP: ‘I Can Feel It’ (Elite DAZZ 3)
Excellent prettily skipping instrumental 124-125-124-123bpm 12in jazz piano tinkler goes through guitar, flute, harmonica and bass breaks with other interesting variations too, the UK-recorded group having no connection with Atmosfear other than being from the same stable.

PATRICE RUSHEN: ‘Haven’t You Heard’ (Elektra K 12414T) (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
Staccato spikily lurching 129-128-129-128-127bpm strutter, due and indeed presumably on intended 12in.

BONNIE POINTER: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (Motown TMG 1171) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
Happily churning old Four Tops romper on 129bpm 7in mixes so perfectly into Montana’s ‘I Love Music’ (LP version) that Froggy didn’t even notice I’d done it!

FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Here Comes The Sun’ (Fantasy 12FTC 185) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
Jittery choppily clapping 123-122-123bpm 12in harmony chanter with message lyrics, bass scatting break, racing jazzy piano and scrubbing guitar but less flow than ‘Lookin’ For Love Tonight’; however, the full 12in mix of ‘Center City’ is flip, the complex emphasis-shifting oldie working through 126(intro)-124(vocal)-122(chorus)-124(instr)-123(instr & chorus fade)bpm. Phew! At least, that’s the old version, I’ve yet to get this 12in!

FREDDIE JAMES: ‘Hollywood’ (from LP ‘Get Up And Boogie’, Warner Bros. K 56735)
This and the similar ‘Crazy Disco Music’ are both like bland and interminable 129bpm continuations of ‘Get Up And Boogie’. “Disco” pure and simple.

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: ‘Chatty, Chatty’ (Island 12WIP 6544)
Infectiously happy old-fashioned 120bpm ska-type reggae rollicker, evidently on 12in.

NITEFLYTE: ‘If You Want It’ (Ariola ARO 220)
Supersessioneer-supported gorgeous 43/86bpm sweet soul slowie from last spring, finally here on 7in, sways and lurches with falsetto shrieks and mucho emotion. Great.

TERI DESARIO WITH KC: ‘Yes, I’m Ready’ (Casablanca NB 2225)
KC’s hit balladeering style now heads back up the US charts as the duetting partner (unbilled on the UK label) for this pretty 36bpm 7in revival of Barbara Mason’s soul classic.

THE HOT FORTIES: ‘Theme From Firepower’ (DJM DJS 10934)
Gato Barbieri-penned but more Chuck Mangione-ish 122bpm 7in trumpet instrumental jiggler, evidently used as Radio One’s Top 40 show theme, should have disco, MoR and even jazz appeal.

THE SPECIALS: ‘Too Much Too Young’ (2-Tone CHS TT7)
Sorry, disco purists, but this ultra zestful 127bpm ska jump-up is just so full of life that I love it! However, you can read about this sort of stuff all over the place so I won’t review the other Mod newies.


Dramatic slow brassy clashing intro (useful as a tempo changer) to the title track becomes a superb 91bpm haunting soul jogger that gets strongly rhythmic through Merry’s wailing, like a steady-paced ‘Street Life’, and could be huge. In typical American style, the obviously intended disco cuts are a surprisingly unswinging 120bpm ‘Sly Suite’ medley of Sly Stone oldies and a better 119-121-119bpm revival of First Choice’s ‘Armed And Extremely Dangerous’.

LA PREGUNTA: ‘Chameleon’ (US GNP Crescendo GNP 12003)
Great rattling and jumping rhythm workout speeds Herbie Hancock’s oldie up to 118-119-118-119-118bpm, adds some chanting chix and syndrums between the jazzy solos, mixes perfectly out of Tony Rallo’s ‘Holdin’ On’, and is at both 45 and 33 1/3 rpm on different sides of the same 12in.

INSTANT FUNK: ‘Bodyshine’ (US Salsoul SG 318) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
Much better now that it’s on remixed 12in, the steadily stamping sparse 119bpm bass burbler builds up as it progresses and keeps harking back to their old 113bpm ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ by reviving the “anytime” catchword and same style of spoken vocal phrasing. C’mon, you can get it, get it girl, anytime, tonight is fine!

BIG FOOT: ‘I Apologize’ (US Sue International SRI-1224)
Juggy Murray (Jones)-produced lovely mellow sax-introed 49/97bpm 12in jogging swayer leads into a Lou Rawls-like vocal, while the similarly long good value ‘Watch Your Step’ B-side is a subdued funky 116-115-116-117-116-118-117bpm steady clapper which quotes spooky music themes and in its stage-whispered warning lyrics also coincidentally echoes Instant Funk’s phrasing (mixing quite well with ‘Bodyshine’).

SHARON PAIGE: ‘Tonight’s The Night’ (US Source SOR-13952) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
Pleasant sounding though none too profound Harold Melvin-produced and Blue Notes-supported creamy 118-119-120-121-120-121-122bpm 12in “rock” clonker works through a long symdrums, strings and scratching guitar intro to become an intensifying but mainly lazy repetitive simple soul doodler which amazingly also borrows some vocal patterns from Instant Funk.

GREY & HANKS: ‘Now I’m Fine’ (from LP ‘Prime Time’, US RCA AFL1-3477) (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
Insistently chugging 121-122bpm “rock” trotter with creamy strings and obvious disco feel is possibly the best from a set with too many short tracks that are much of a muchness. A Bobby Rush-type dated funk flavor appears at one tempo, on the jolting 111bpm ‘For The People’, 112bpm title track and slightly more “rock” 110bpm ‘We Need More’, while faster tunes lack personality, like the frantic chix-chanted jiggly 122bpm ‘Single Girls’, repetitive jiggly ‘Tired Of Taking Chances’, jerkily clapping 134bpm ‘Love’s In Command’ and leaping 135bpm ‘I’m Calling On You’.

LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: ‘Creepin’’ (from LP ‘Planet Of Love’, US AVI AVI-6080) (‘Planet Of Love’ BNDA debut 3/8/80)
Coolly thumping 128bpm flier sounds zingy to begin with (chanting chix don’t help), but builds through synthesizer and a jaunty rhythm (full of mix points) into trombone and trumpet solos to become rather respectable jazz-funk.

CANDIDO: ‘Candi’s Funk’ LP (US Salsoul SA 8530)
In most ways a disappointing set as three of the tracks are all within a whisker of the same frantically fast tempo, but Azymuth fans may appreciate this as they should mix quite well out of ‘Jazz Carnival’ during its latest rhythm break. All are rattling Latin percussion bashers, the brassy 138-140-141bpm ‘Samba Funk’, flying but softly crooned 139-141bpm ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ and more cleanly pounding 137bpm ‘Super City’, while the gently starting 123bpm title track tapper doesn’t do much.

BEVERLY JOHNSON: ‘Don’t Run For Cover’ (from LP ‘Don’t Lose The Feeling’, US Buddah BDS 5726) (‘Can’t You Feel It’ BNDA debut 2/2/80)
Jittery pushing and tapping good 118-116-119bpm “rock” thumper with Osibisa backing, as has the steady 116bpm ‘Can’t You Feel It’ “rock” clomper, though not the title track bass-bumped fast yet smoothly sung 133-129-132-132bpm melodic romper with ‘Shame’-like sax.

PARLIAMENT: ‘Theme From The Black Hole’ (from LP ‘Gloryhallastoopid’, US Casablanca NBLP 7195) (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
Not the film theme tune, it’s more of that typical slow jolting heavily burbling P-funky stuff, and to judge from a specially segued promo 12in (the tracks join with a useful explosion effect) is the same 111bpm as the more interesting instrumental ‘The Big Bang Theory’, which mixes quite well out of Slave.

MARGO’S KOOL OUT CREW: ‘Death Rap’ (US Heavenly Star 721)
Quite good party atmosphere 12in rapper with ‘Good Times’ hints in the heavily textured varied 110-114-116-117bpm backing.

UK Disco Top 90 – January 26, 1980

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

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #3 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #4 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#5 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #8 (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
#9 (BNDA debut 10/27/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 11/3/79) / #12 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#13 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #15 (BNDA debut 6/23/79) / #17 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#19 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #21 (BNDA debut 10/6/79) / #25 (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
#26 (BNDA debut 5/10/80) / #27 (BNDA debut 9/22/79) / #28 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#29 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #30 (BNDA debut 8/18/79) / #31 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#32 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #33 (BNDA debut 7/7/79) / #36 (BNDA debut 10/27/79)
#37 (BNDA debut 1/5/80) / #38 (BNDA debut 7/28/79) / #40 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#41 (BNDA debut 12/8/79) / #43 (BNDA debut 6/16/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#45 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #47 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #49 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#51 (BNDA debut 2/23/80) / #52 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #53 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#54 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #56 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #57 (BNDA debut 12/1/79)
#58 (BNDA debut 12/13/80) / #59 (BNDA debut 3/15/80) / #61 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#63 (BNDA debut 8/4/79) / #64 (BNDA debut 2/16/80) / #65 (BNDA debut 12/15/79)
#67 (BNDA debut 8/11/79) / #68 (BNDA debut 10/13/79) / #69 (BNDA debut 9/29/79)
#71 (BNDA debut 3/22/80) / #73 (BNDA debut 11/24/79) / #74 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#75 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #76 (BNDA debut 9/8/79) / #82 (BNDA debut 11/10/79)
#86 (BNDA debut 2/2/80) / #88 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #90 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90 are:

GLORIA GAYNOR: ‘Tonight’ (Polydor 12”)
VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Ready For The 80’s’ (Mercury 12”) (BNDA debut 10/13/79)
MODERN SOUND CORPORATION: ‘Safari’ (US Sunshine Sound 12”)
SONNY ROLLINS: ‘Harlem Boys’ (Milestone 12”)
DONNA SUMMER: ‘On The Radio’ (Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
INSTANT FUNK: ‘Bodyshine’ / ‘Slap Slap Lickedy Lap’ / ‘It’s Your Love On My Mind’ / ‘Witch Doctor’ (US Salsoul LP) (BNDA debut 11/24/79)
DANCE PEOPLE: ‘Funk Attack’ (Satril LP)
MR Q: ‘Rapping Time’ / ‘Love & Time’ (Canadian DK Sound’s 12”)
THE YOUNGER GENERATION: ‘We Rap More Mellow’ (US Brass 12”)
GIBSON BROTHERS: ‘Better Do It Salsa’ / ‘West Indies’ (Island LP) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
JOCKO: ‘Rhythm Talk’ (US Philadelphia Int’l 12”)
STEVIE WONDER: ‘Black Orchid’ (Motown 7”)
RINDER & LEWIS: ‘Blue Steel’ (US AVI LP)
MAXIMUM PENETRATION: ‘Maximum Penetration Part 1’ (Sidewalk 12”)
FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Here Comes The Sun’ (US Fantasy/WMOT LP) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
ALTON & JOHNNY: ‘Hang On In There Baby’ (US Polydor 7”)
LOVE UNLIMITED: ‘High Steppin’ Hip Dressin’ Fella’ (US Unlimited Gold 12”)
DESTINATION: ‘Move On Up / Up Up Up’ (US Butterfly 12”) (BNDA debut 8/25/79)
THE INVISIBLE MAN’S BAND: ‘All Night Thing’ (US Mango 12”) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
HERBIE HANCOCK: ‘Tell Everybody’ / ‘I Thought It Was You’ / ‘Doin’ It’ (CBS LP) (BNDA debut 7/14/79)
PRINCE BUSTER: ‘Al Capone’ / ‘One Step Beyond’ (Blue Beat 12”)
MILLIE JACKSON & ISAAC HAYES: ‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ / ‘I Changed My Mind’ (Spring LP)
JUNIOR WALKER: ‘Wishing On A Star’ (Whitfield LP)
JOHNSON PRODUCTS: ‘Johnson Jumpin’’ (US Sound Of New York 12”)
JORGE SANTANA: ‘Ain’t No’ / ‘Feeling Good’ (US Tomato LP)
FREDDIE JAMES: ‘Hollywood’ (Warner Bros. LP)
LOOSE CHANGE: ‘I Wanna Hold On To You’ / ‘Babe’ (US Casablanca LP)
SYLVERS: ‘Theme From Mahogany’ (Casablanca 12”)
DON ARMANDO’S 2ND AVENUE RHUMBA BAND: ‘Deputy of Love’ / ‘I’m An Indian Too’ (US ZE 12”) (BNDA debut 9/22/79)
BONNIE POINTER: ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ (US Motown LP) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
BEVERLY JOHNSON: ‘Don’t Run For Cover’ / ‘Can’t You Feel It’ / ‘Don’t Lose That Feeling’ (US Buddah LP) (BNDA debut 2/2/80)
THE SEQUENCE: ‘Funk You Up’ (US Sugarhill 12”)
PARLIAMENT: ‘Theme From The Black Hole’ / ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (US Casablanca LP) (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
DYNASTY: ‘Satisfied’ / ‘It’s Still A Thrill’ (US Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
DAVID SIMMONS: ‘Holdin’ Back’ / ‘Locked Up In A Groove’ (US Fantasy/WMOT LP)
THELMA HOUSTON: ‘Suspicious Minds’ (US RCA LP)

Pop 15 (hit titles outside the Disco 90):
1. Tourists, 2. Storm, 3. Nolans, 4. Pretenders, 5. David Bowie, 6. Dr. Hook, 7. Madness, 8. Moody Blues, 9. Queen, 10. Fiddlers Dram, 11. The Jam, 12. Inmates, 13. Bee Gees, 14. Boney M., 15. Amii Stewart.

One thought on “January 26, 1980: The Whispers, Brass Construction, Roy Ayers, Merry Clayton, La Pregunta”

  1. What a great week for new releases – one of my all time favourite dance tunes Roy Ayers Don’t Stop the Feeling and also Players Association We Got The Groove.


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