May 17, 1980: Al Johnson, Stephanie Mills, Three Degrees, Breakwater, Booker T. Jones

Odds ‘N Bods

Surface Noise ‘The Scratch’ (due imminently on Groove Production GP 101) literally exploded in London over the weekend, with rave reaction to the 120bpm jazz instrumental from dancers and saturation radio play from Greg Edwards, Mike Allen & Robbie Vincent – Groove’s Chris Palmer when last heard was muttering “I think I’ll have to press more than the thousand” . . . A&M have unearthed a new longer cut of Brothers Johnson ‘Light Up The Night’ for 12in next week . . . Stacy Lattisaw ‘Jump To The Beat’ will be on 12in here soon . . . Teena Marie’s 12in is delayed due to EMI’s factory strike . . . Jeff Lorber Fusion ‘Lava Lands’ is a frenetic 124-126bpm stereo searer, ‘Fusion Juice’ a punchy 121-122bpm wailer with sax ‘n synth solos, just to clarify last week’s review . . . Roberta & Donny could be another McFadden & Whitehead after all considering they beat even the Specials on Capital Radio ‘People’s Choice’ last week . . . Steve Allen’s seminar last week for his Peterborough DJ team was spirited fun – present were Dave Peters, Barry Jay, Tom Bryan, Pat Mills, Malc James, Paul (Ivor) Lee, Vince King, Rob Starr, Phil Woods, Jay Cee, John Stevens, Mike Barrie . . . Vaughan Mason & Crew ‘Bounce Rock Skate Roll’ is evidently huge in East Anglia’s many USAF bases . . . Peterborough’s Anabelles is at least honest in its seediness while the only other club in town is the brand new La Scala which struck me like a Wimpy Bar with pretensions although the locals think it’s spiffing – suits and ties are the rule at both, giving them real kids appeal, I don’t think! . . . Whitehaven Whitehouse’s Ernie Priestman, suntanned from Cumbrian waterskiing, joins the Peterborough mob in wanting to see more “up-country” gossip in this column – I can’t write it if YOU don’t send it! . . . Bristol mafioso Martin Starr, mightily impressed by Mike Allen’s jazzy Capital shows (around midnight at weekends) since he started funking Basingstoke Sinatras every Friday and Cobham Silvermere plus Sinatras Saturday, reports Yellow Magic Orchestra to be huge in Bristol “. . . and I wasn’t even on it!” . . . Martin Collins getting a good reputation for his funky Sundays at Stevenage Bo Jangles, also his Letchworth gigs at the Grange on Fridays and Pelican Wednesdays . . . Stevenage’s Vergers tribe think that the crowd at Caister are too young now, a comment heard from many more, all of whom are younger than me – but we all like the same music don’t we? . . . Larry Foster (Ilford Room At The Top) invented a dance called the Lurch and now has an even newer Son Of Lurch, while something called Rowing The Boat goes well with the Gap Band down Ilford way, evidently . . . Chris Dinnis reports that “the West’s worst singer” Mike Pidsley has been causing a sensation in Devon by dropping his Y-fronts every time ‘The Groove’ freezes! . . . Thames Valley DJ Assn members meet on Sunday (18) at Wheelers End Brickmakers around lunchtime . . . Steve Young (01-455 6409), promoting the Radio Trent DJs’ “best disco” on alternating Thursdays, wants record company PA’s with the possibility of radio interviews for any artistes supplied . . . Phonogram’s disco promotion dept has been renamed Street Beat promotions by Orin “Ladies Man” Cozier . . . Caroline Roadshow’s current gigs are being advertised on Radio Orwell to get over the lack of newspapers, their up-coming summer tour to be called Shipwreck Tour ‘80 with proceeds going towards the refloating of Mi Amigo, which it is hoped will become an offshore radio museum somewhere in East Kent . . . Steve Day & Neil Harnett will be playing disco music to the crowds at Tottenham Hotspurs FC when the next season opens . . . Pete Haigh & Frenchie (Blackpool) have revived Bataan ‘The Bottle’ (Epic), Patrice Rushen ‘Jubilation’ (US Prestige LP), Archie Bell ‘Let’s Groove’ (Philadelphia Int’l) in the North-West, while Tees Valley Roadshow’s Graham Bond says instrumentals are getting big in the North-East . . . David Emery, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s still flourishing Stage Door every Tuesday, finds it hard getting through to Pye’s Morgan Khan by phone – why not do as I do and ask for “the brat from PRAT”, you’ll get through in no time! . . . Sally Field says “happy birthday Jo” for last week . . . Darryl Hayden is probably the fire eating DJ that Disco Dave Singleton is looking for (try calling 0734-789482 or 01-898 1127) . . . KEEP IT FUNKY!



UK Newies

AL JOHNSON: ‘I’m Back For More’ (CBS 8545)
Sensuously jogging 90/45bpm 7in soul ballad shared with wailing Jean Carn, a cover of the Leo’s Sunshipp tune and around on import for ages, flipped by the nice 22bpm ‘You Are My Personal Angel’ smoocher.

STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘Sweet Sensation’ (20th Century TCD 2449) (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
Somewhat stolid 109-110-111bpm 12in “rock” clomper borrows from ‘Ladies Night’ but pales now in comparison with her import LP’s superior ‘D-A-N-C-I-N’’.

THREE DEGREES: ‘Starlight’ (Ariola AROD 228)
Giorgio co-produced classy slow 21(intro)-41/82bpm 12in jogger makes a welcome change, but the flip’s frantic 136bpm ‘Bodycheck’ and 134bpm ‘Set Me Free’ find them back on form. 

SUZI LANE: ‘Harmony’ (Elektra K 12390T) (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
Giorgio-produced powerful electronically booming 123bpm “disco” smacker, extremely strong of its dated type, re-released very belatedly on UK 12in after being a US gay hit last year.

LIPPS INC.: ‘Funkytown’ (Casablanca CANL 194) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
Top of the US disco chart for ages a while back, and we all know what little that signifies, this totally UNfunky but trite ‘n catchy chix-chanted electronic 123bpm 12in “disco” rattler has finally started selling in the States and getting belated pop-orientated attention here. Liquid Gold fans could dig!

L.A. BOPPERS: ‘Is This The Best (Bop-Doo-Wah)’ (Mercury MER 12)
Madly jaunty 96(intro)-96-97-98-99bpm 7in jiggly jogger, the full-length twittering jazzy 43-88bpm ‘Watching Life’ instrumental flip being reminiscent of Side Effect’s ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’.

ROXY MUSIC: ‘Manifesto’ (Polydor POSP 93)
Disco-slanted c. 116bpm 7in smacker.

CARLENE CARTER: ‘Do It In A Heartbeat’ (Warner Bros. K 17597)
Slinkily jogging 113bpm 7in DOR/MoR roller inspired by the Temptations’ ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’.

LOOSE CHANGE: ‘I Wanna Hold On To You’ (Casablanca CANL 188)
Chix-sung Lowell-like 96bpm jogger and growlingly soulful 20/41-41/83bpm ‘Rising Cost Of Love’, flipped on 4-track 12in by the explosion-linked 111bpm heavy funk segue of PARLIAMENT ‘Theme From The Black Hole’ / ‘The Big Bang Theory’.

ALLEN & BLEWITT: ‘Chip Shop Wrapping’ (Pye 7P 175)
The Hinckley Bubbles-based DJ duo with an ethnically-enunciated 113bpm 7in “northern sole” (sic) send-up of the Sugarhill Gang, produced by PRAT’s R&B PRO.

VARIOUS: ‘Ice Explosion’ LP (Ice ICE 18)
Extremely useful calypso set of which several are huge at Gullivers (especially when Fatman does a routine over them!), best being the classic 111-113bpm Lord Kitchener ‘Sugar Bum Bum’, 110bpm Diane ‘Got To Give Away’ and 120bpm Lord Slim ‘Carnival Jam’.

LAUREL AITKEN & THE UNITONE: ‘Rudi Got Married’ (I-Spy SEE 6)
Infectiously authentic 119bpm 7in blue beat jump-up by the veteran ska star.

TAMLINS: ‘Baltimore’ (Taxi 12RIC 110)
Nina Simone’s sombre slowie transformed rather well into 40/80bpm 12in reggae.

KING SOUNDS: ‘Patches’ (Island WIP 6595)
Excellent 73bpm 7in reggae revival of the CoB/Clarence Carter story song.

DELROY WASHINGTON BAND: ‘Magic’ (UA BP 348)
Attractively soulful 60bpm 7in reggae swayer also still on Direction Discs 12in.

STONE CITY BAND: ‘Strut Your Stuff’ (Motown TMG 1181)
Churning 123bpm 7in funk smacker is merely a pale imitation of their LP’s superb ‘Little Runaway’.

LEE OSKAR: ‘Feelin’ Happy’ (MCA 576)
Good gradually building jittery 102-104bpm 7in jazz jogger.

MARCIA HINES: ‘Ooh Child’ (Logo GO 377)
Heavy slow 101-103bpm 7in funk thumper from Australia has Lee Ritenour in it somewhere.

TWO TONS O’ FUN: ‘Just Us’ (Fantasy 12FTC 188) (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
Disjointed 104bpm 12in soul wailer by Sylvester’s large backing ladies, the more Sylvester-style 126bpm gospel-tinged ‘I Got The Feeling’ flip being lighter.

MERRY CLAYTON: ‘When The World Turns Blue’ (MCA 571)
Joe Sample-backed dead, dead slow 7in vocal of his ‘Melodies Of Love’ tune.

ANNIS: ‘After Me’ (GTO GT 266)
Sophisticated 33bpm 7in soul smoocher by a black young London lady, serviced via Midas on 12in promo.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: ‘Let Me Be The Clock’ (Motown TMG 1182)
Typically classy 40½bpm 7in smoocher.

EVELYN THOMAS: ‘Thanks For Being There’ (Casablanca CAN 192)
Ian Levine-produced surprisingly attractive 40-42bpm 7in soul slowie.

BONNIE POINTER: ‘Deep Inside My Soul’ (Motown TMG 1184)
Atmospheric snail-paced 25bpm 7in soul slowie.

MANHATTAN TRANSFER: ‘Twilight Zone’ (Atlantic K 11476) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
Confusing 129bpm 7in gay SLOP is a sorta danceable Batman comic strip.

FRANKIE VALLI: ‘Medley: Passion For Paris/An American In Paris’ (MCA T 572)
Zingy gay 132bpm 12in cymbal sizzler.

MI-SEX: ‘Computer Games’ (CBS 7985) (BNDA debut 3/15/80)
Re-released 119bpm 7in synthetic pop getting disco play in the DOR-besotted US.


Imports

[Note: some of these import reviews are essentially reprints from the March 29 column.]

BREAKWATER: ‘Splashdown Time’ (from LP ‘Splashdown’, US Arista AB 4264) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Trying almost too hard to be noisily exciting this all-happening 122-124-125-126bpm smacker has freaky effects intro and brassy false fade finish, the squeakily sung lazily rattling 105bpm ‘Say You Love Me Girl’ jogger having a lilt that’s attracted mafia attention, while ‘Let Love In’ is a jiggly 103-104bpm vocal lurcher with ‘Rise’ beat, ‘You’ an EWF-ish brassy 120-121-122bpm judderer, ‘Release The Beast’ a rock-tinged 113bpm heavy funker, the 85bpm ‘Love Of My Life’ and 94bpm ‘Time’ being nice swaying joggers.

BOOKER T. JONES: ‘We Could Stay Together’ (from LP ‘The Best Of You’, US A&M SP-4798)
Slow-starting steadily rolling 120bpm ticker, duetted with Rita Coolidge, sounds like ‘It’s The Same Old Song’ backed by the MG’s of the later ‘60s, ‘You Got Me Spinnin’’ being a lazily swaying 105bpm smacker and ‘Down To The Wire’ a smoothly pushing 123-124-125-126-127bpm harmony backbeat thumper with Jerry Knight-like guitar.

COLLINS & COLLINS: ‘You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good’ (from LP ‘Collins And Collins’, US A&M SP-4806)
Now hotter than their Leon Haywood-ish 120-119-120bpm ‘Do You Wanna Dance’, this pattering 96-93-91pm slinker sounds like William DeVaughan’s ‘Be Thankful For What You Got’ sung by DeEtta Little & Nelson Pigford . . . if you get my meaning.

ISAAC HAYES: ‘It’s All In The Game’ (from LP ‘And Once Again’, US Polydor PD-1-6269) (‘I Ain’t Never’ BNDA debut 6/7/80)
Exactly the sort of stuff Fatman spins for Gullivers’ grope sessions, this typically romantic 30-61bpm smooching of the lovely standard joins on side one the dreamy slow 29½bpm sweet nothins of ‘Ike’s Rap VII’ seguing into the 30½-34bpm ‘This Time I’ll Be Sweeter’, while the disco side features a smoothly whapping chix-supported 124½bpm ‘I Ain’t Never’ smacker and melodically flowing 124-125bpm ‘Love Has Been Good To Us’ canterer.

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Shante’ (from LP ‘Massterpiece’, US Cotillion SD 5218)
Amazingly War-like jazzy instrumental builds with shifting solos in ‘Ghetto’ style (though shorter at just 6:17) from an expectant quiet intro through 124(intro)-126-124-127-128bpm and is a killer! Unfortunately nothing else matches it, though ‘Gonna Make You Love Me’ is a loose 129(intro)-130bpm vocal skipper.

CON FUNK SHUN: ‘Got To Be Enough’ (US Mercury 76051) (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
Solidly smacking jittery 124bpm 7in “rock” clapper with staccato choppy vocals and booming bass pattern is also on promo-only 12in (with 123bpm start to the long version’s intro), the LP being due next week.

COMMUNITY PEOPLE: ‘Education Wrap’ (US Delmar Int’l DI 747)
Easily swallowed “stay in school” message put across as an unison rapped/sung 118(intro)-119-120-121bpm 12in “rock’’ clapper gets really good with excellent long jazzy piano, guitar and sax solos.

AVENUE B BOOGIE BAND: ‘Bumper To Bumper’ (US Salsoul SG 322)
Joe Tex/Bobby Rush-type old fashioned jittery 112-110-111bpm 12in “funky soul’’ burbler also has James Brown touches and seems to be selling well in a slow week. Incidentally, Soho’s Groove is now the only shop with Leo’s Sunshipp, having bought out the entire available stock (but then they actually found it first).

MASQUERADERS: ‘Rock Jam’ (from LP ‘The Masqueraders’, US Bang NJZ 36321)
Hamilton Bohannon-style exciting polyrhythmic fast 119-120-121bpm jitterer, the veteran soul group reverting to type for the pleasant softly bumping 48½(intro)-46½-47½bpm ‘It’s So Nice’ sweet slowie, dead slow 17/34bpm ‘Into Your Soul’ smoocher and gruffly hollered dated 126bpm ‘Desire’ soul stormer.

RAY PARKER JR & RAYDIO: ‘For Those Who Like To Groove’ (US Arista AS 0494) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
Funkadelic-like bass synthesizer-buzzed heavy 115bpm 7in instrumental funker, official A-side being the slow thudding 44/87bpm ‘Two Places At The Same Time’.

COMMON SENSE: ‘Just Can’t Help Myself’ (US BC BC-4005) (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
Gals ‘n guys-sung 108bpm 12in ‘I Want Your Love’-like Chic copy with burbling bass break.

RUDDY THOMAS & WELTON IRIE: ‘Shake Your Body Down To The Ground’ (US Joe Gibbs JGMD 8085)
Slowed down 94bpm 12in reggae version of the Jacksons oldie goes into a ‘Funky Reggae Party’ chanting dub last part.

GIL SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON: ‘Shut ‘Um Down’ (from LP ‘1980’, US Arista AL 9514)
‘Rise’-like heavily thudding 99bpm vocal jitterer protesting about the danger from nuclear power stations, ‘Willing’ being a mellower 107bpm swayer also sung in a rasping lived-in gruff croak.

Hot newies to look out for are:

GAYLE ADAMS: ‘Plain Out Of Luck’ (120-121-122-123-121bpm) / ‘Your Love Is A Life Saver’ (121-120) / ‘Stretch’ In Out’ (111-108-110-111-112) / ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear It’ (122-123-124) / ‘You Brought It On Yourself’ (124) (US Prelude PRL 12178 – dynamite set from the Bobby Thurston team!) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)

JEAN CARN: ‘Was That All It Was’ (116-117-118-119) (US Philadelphia Int’l 4Z8 3103 – killer 12in remix) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)

FRANK HOOKER & POSITIVE PEOPLE: ‘This Feelin’’ (111-114-115-116-118-121-122-117) (US Panorama YD-11985 – powerful 12in) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)

CLIFFORD COULTER: ‘Don’t Wanna See You Cry’ (111-110-113) / ‘The Better Part Of Me’ (34/68) (US Columbia JC 35786 – soul-jazz vocal set)

KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Hangin’ Out’ (117-118-121) (US De-Lite DDS-502 – beefy 12in remix) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)

DENISE LASALLE: ‘I’m So Hot’ (114-115) / ‘May The Funk Be With You’ (111-113) (US MCA 3239 – soul set) (BNDA debut 5/31/80)

OZONE: ‘Walk On’ (113-114) (US Motown M7-938R1 – jazz instrumental set)

LEON HAYWOOD: ‘If You’re Lookin’ For A Night Of Fun’ (116) (US 20th Century T-613 – ‘You Can Do It’-like LP cut)

MARK SOSKIN: ‘Walk Tall’ (US Prestige P-10109 – excellent jazz instrumental cut)

CHICK COREA: ‘The Slide’ / ‘Samba L.A.’ (US Warner Bros. BSK 3425 – specialist tricky jazz set)


UK Disco Top 90 – May 17, 1980

01 03 Rodney Franklin – The Groove – CBS 12″
02 01 Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove – Epic 12″
03 02 Brothers Johnson – Stomp! – A&M 12″
04 04 Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up – Capitol 12″
05 06 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic 12″
06 07 Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious – Motown 12″
07 05 Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It Don’t Force It – 20th Century 12″
08 08 Detroit Spinners – Working My Way Back To You – Atlantic 12″
09 11 Mass Production – Shante – Atlantic 12″
10 09 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright – Atlantic 12″
11 10 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
12 20 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″/US LP
13 16 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove – Motown 12″
14 17 Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove / Two Places At The Same Time – Arista 7″
15 12 Tony Rallo & The Midnite Band – Holdin’ On / Burnin’ Alive – Calibre 12″
16 13 Whispers – And The Beat Goes On – Solar 12″
17 14 Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy – Polo 12″
18 21 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot – Motown LP
19 18 Shalamar – Right In The Socket (remix) / The Second Time Around – Solar 12″
20 29 Jerry Knight – Overnight Sensation – A&M 7″/US 12″
21 22 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Supremes Medley / Love Hangover – Motown 12″
22 23 Brenda Russell – In The Thick Of It / So Good So Right – A&M 12″
23 28 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away / Can’t You See Me – Polydor 12″
24 24 Blondie – Call Me – Chrysalis 7″/Polydor LP
25 15 Gibson Brothers – Cuba / Better Do It Salsa – Island 12″
26 26 Chuck Cissel – Cisselin’ Hot – Arista 12″
27 27 Gary Bartz – Music / Rockin’ All Night / After The Love Has Gone / Need Your Love / After Glow – US Arista LP
28 19 Bobby Thurston – You Got What It Takes – Epic LP
29 35 Bunny Mack – Love You Forever / Let Me Love You – Rokel 12″
30 55 Freeez – Keep In Touch – Pink Rhythm 12″
31 25 Sharon Paige – Tonight’s The Night – Source 12″
32 45 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Taking Off / Funk Theory / Does It Feel Good / Heart Of Fire – US Columbia LP
33 32 Ben E. King – Music Trance – Atlantic 7″/US 12″ promo
34 30 Michael Jackson – Rock With You / Get On The Floor – Epic 12″
35 33 Dayton – Eyes On You / Livin’ For Today / Dank – US UA LP
36 42 James Last Band – The Seduction (Love Theme) – Polydor 12″
37 39 Stephanie Mills – D-A-N-C-I-N’ / Try My Love / Mixture Of Love – US 20th Century LP
38 44 Prince – Sexy Dancer – Warner Bros. 12″
39 62 Sho Nuff – It’s Alright – Ensign 12″
40 38 Lonnie Liston Smith – Love Is The Answer (all cuts) – US Columbia LP
41 43 Chico Hamilton – Strut / Magic Fingers / Alekasam / Mysterious Maiden – US Elektra LP
42 34 Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me – Arista 12″
43 40 Ronnie Laws – Young Child – UA 12″
44 47 Billy Ocean – Stay The Night – GTO 12″
45 41 V/A – Calibre Cuts – Calibre 12″
46 37 Trussel – Love Injection – Elektra 12″
47 46 Herbie Hancock – Go For It / Making Love / Tell Everybody – CBS 12″
48 31 Brothers Johnson – Light Up The Night / This Had To Be / Celebrations / Smilin’ On Ya / You Make Me Wanna Wiggle – A&M LP
49 50 Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes / When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Capitol 12″
50 54 Chicago – Street Player – CBS 12″
51 53 Isley Brothers – Go All The Way / Pass It On / Don’t Say Goodnight / Say You Will – Epic LP
52 48 Community People – Education Wrap – US Delmar Int’l 12″
53 58 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / Searching / The Glow Of Love / It’s A Girl’s Affair – US RFC LP
54 51 Heath Brothers – For The Public – US Columbia 12″/LP
55 59 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out / Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her – US RCA 12″
56 72 Kleeer – Close To You – Atlantic 12″
57 52 Herbie Hancock – Saturday Night / Stars In Your Eyes / Don’t Hold It In – CBS LP
58 90 El Coco – Let’s Get It Together (remix) – AVI 12″ promo
59 76 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat / Don’t You Want To Feel It / Dynamite! – US Cotillion LP
60 71 Donald Byrd – Dominoes (live at the Roxy) – US Blue Note LP
61 85 Cameo – Cameosis (all cuts) – US Chocolate City LP
62 49 Light Of The World – The Boys In Blue / This Is This – Ensign 12″
63 67 Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again – RCA 12″
64 66 Stephanie Mills – Sweet Sensation – US 20th Century 12″
65 64 Ronnie Laws – O.T.B.A. Law (Outta Be A Law) / Every Generation / As One – UA LP
66 73 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
67 68 Aurra – When I Come Home / In The Mood – US Dream 12″
68 NE Jimmy Ruffin – Hold On To My Love – RSO 7″
69 86 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Wizard Island (all cuts) – US Arista LP
70 60 Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough / Happy Face – US Mercury 7″/12″/LP
71 82 Breakwater – Splashdown (all cuts) – US Arista LP
72 61 Skyy – First Time Around (remix) / High – Salsoul 12″
73 RE Avenue B Boogie Band – Bumper To Bumper – Salsoul 12″
74 77 Kwick – I Want To Dance With You / We Ought To Be Dancing / Tonight Is The Night – US EMI America LP
75 84 Manu Dibango – Goro City / Tek Time – Island 12″
76 78 Michael Jackson – She’s Out Of My Life – Epic 7″
77 74 Voyage – I Love You Dancer / Do It Again / All The Way – US Marlin LP
78 81 Randy Crawford – Last Night In Danceland / Same Old Story / Tender Falls The Rain – Warner Bros. LP
79 RE Detroit Spinners – Body Language – Atlantic 12″
80 NE Judy Roberts – Never Was Love – US Inner City LP
81 80 Stone City Band – Strut Your Stuff – Motown 7″/US Gordy LP
82 79 Renzo Fraiese / La Pregunta / Rinder & Lewis / David Benoit – 12 Engle Street / Chameleon / Blue Steel / Los Angeles – Pye 12″ EP
83 70 Mandrill – Dance Of Love / Feeling Good – US Arista LP
84 NE Surface Noise – The Scratch – Groove Production 12″ promo
85 RE Kleeer – Winners / Open Your Mind / Rollin’ On – US Atlantic LP
86 57 Raydio – It’s Time To Party Now / Until The Morning Comes / Tonight’s The Night – Arista LP
87 87 Dynasty – Satisfied / It’s Still A Thrill – Solar 12″
88 88 Grey & Hanks – Now I’m Fine – RCA 12″
89 NE Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves – Island 7″/12″
90 RE Osibisa – Pata Pata (remix) – Calibre 12″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry


Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #3 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #6 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
#8 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #10 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #11 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#12 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #13 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #14 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#15 (BNDA debut 1/5/80) / #16 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 11/17/79)
#18 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #19 (BNDA debut 10/20/79) / #20 (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
#23 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #24 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #25 (BNDA debut 4/7/79 & 9/8/79)
#26 (BNDA debut 1/12/80) / #28 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
#32 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #33 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #34 (BNDA debut 8/18/79)
#38 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #42 (BNDA debut 11/10/79) / #44 (BNDA debut 4/11/81)
#46 (BNDA debut 12/8/79) / #47 (BNDA debut 7/14/79 & 4/19/80) / #51 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#53 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #57 (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
#59 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #61 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #63 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#64 (BNDA debut 4/12/80) / #66 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #67 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#71 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #72 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #74 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#77 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #83 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #85 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#86 (BNDA debut 12/6/80) / #87 (BNDA debut 1/19/80) / #88 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)


Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

LIPPS, INC.: ‘Funkytown’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
VIOLA WILLS: ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ (Ariola Hansa 12”) (BNDA debut 6/30/80)
SLAVE: ‘Are You Ready For Love’ (Atlantic 12”)
DEODATO: ‘Whistle Bump’ (remix) (US Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
TRAMMPS: ‘Hard Rock And Disco’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
CLIFFORD COULTER: ‘Don’t Wanna See You Cry’ / ‘The Better Part Of Me’ / ‘Nothing In The World Is Free’ (US Columbia LP)
DENISE LASALLE: ‘I’m So Hot’ / ‘May The Funk Be With You’ (US MCA LP) (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
SHOTGUN: ‘Happy Feelin’’ (MCA 12”)
JOHN HANDY: ‘Hard Work’ (ABC/Impulse LP)
L.A. BOPPERS: ‘Watching Life’ / ‘Is This The Best’ (Mercury 7”)
VAUGHAN MASON AND CREW: ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ (US Brunswick 12”) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
CHICK COREA: ‘The Slide’ / ‘Samba L.A.’ (US Warner Bros. LP)
KOOL & THE GANG: ‘Hangin’ Out’ (remix) (US De-Lite 12”) (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
JOHNNY HAMMOND: ‘Les Conquistadores Chocolates’ (US Milestone LP)
EDDY ROSEMOND: ‘Funk It’ (US Laser 12”)
DOROTHY MOORE: ‘Talk To Me/Every Beat Of My Heart’ (Epic 7”)
COLLINS & COLLINS: ‘You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good’ / ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ (US A&M LP)
LAKESIDE: ‘From 9:00 Until’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA: ‘Computer Game/Firecracker’ (A&M 12”) (BNDA debut 2/16/80)
PARLIAMENT: ‘Theme From The Black Hole’ (Casablanca 12” EP) (BNDA debut 2/23/80)
EDDY GRANT: ‘My Turn To Love You’ (Virgin 12”)
JEAN CARN: ‘Was That All It Was’ (remix) (US Philadelphia Int’l 12”) (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
RAY GOODMAN & BROWN: ‘Special Lady’ (Mercury 7”)
FRANK HOOKER & POSITIVE PEOPLE: ‘This Feelin’’ (US Panorama 12”) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
LOVE COMMITTEE: ‘I Wanna Make Love To You’ / ‘Boogie Papers’ (US T-Electric LP)
WEBSTER LEWIS: ‘Give Me Some Emotion’ (Epic 7”)
NORMA JEAN: ‘High Society’ (Bearsville 12”) (BNDA debut 1/5/80)
OZONE: ‘Walk On’ (US Motown LP)
CHAKA KHAN: ‘Clouds’ (Warner Bros. 12”) (BNDA debut 5/3/80)
GROVER WASHINGTON: ‘Sausalito’ (Kudu LP)


DORC (Dance-Orientated Rock Chart):

1 (1) UB40, 2 (3) Dexy’s, 3 (4) Paul McCartney, 4 (2) Lambrettas, 5 (5) Bodysnatchers, 6 (7) Madness, 7 (6) Genesis, 8 (9) Muffins, 9 (8) Bad Manners, 10 (11) Nolans, 11 (-) Hot Chocolate, 12 (13) Vapors, 13 (12) Dooleys, 14 (18) Pretenders, 15 (19) Harry J, 16 (10) B.A. Robertson, 17 (14) The Beat, 18 (16) Elvis Costello, 19 (17) Jam, 20 (15) Motors.

One thought on “May 17, 1980: Al Johnson, Stephanie Mills, Three Degrees, Breakwater, Booker T. Jones”

  1. Yep, that “rowing dance” craze that swept the nation and helped propel the Gap Band Oops Up into the pop top 10, it was a much simpler time!

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