July 5, 1980: George Duke, Gladys Knight & The Pips, B.T. Express, Locksmith, Rick James

Odds ‘N Bods

George Benson ‘Give Me The Night’ will be on 12in LV here (the year’s last LV, says WEA’s Fred Dove somewhat cryptically) . . . Gayle Adams ‘Stretch’ In Out / ‘Plain Out Of Luck’ is on UK 12in next week, followed later in the month by Rhyze, Jean Carn . . . Diana Ross ‘Upside Down’ will be remixed for UK 12in (but will it be the original Chic mix?) . . . Stanley Clarke’s UK 12in in a fortnight features ‘We Supply’ / ‘More Hot Fun’ / ‘Together Again’ . . . Ben E King ‘You’ve Only Got One Chance To Be Young’ official A-side, which noticeably nobody is playing, is being re-pressed with a brighter new cut . . . Rokel’s next hit after Bunny Mack should be Jimmy Senyah ‘Weakness For Your Sweetness’, a great mid-teens BPM scatting jazzy chugger with Edwin Starr-arranged brass, due in three weeks . . . Rick Clarke ‘Potion’ is the latest UK-recorded moody white label 12in, and possibly the worst to date – some people will play anything! . . . RCA’s merger with PRAT makes for interesting possibilities – somehow the “brat from RATCRAP” has a better ring than “CARPART”! . . . Liverpool would seem to have an import stockist at last, Eric Hearn reporting that all the records he plays at the Timepiece and Cagneys being available from Rumbelows in Whitechapel . . . Paul Clark (Brighton Mr K’s every Thursday – where T-shirts but no jeans are allowed) says Brighton’s HMV store has ‘Live At The Roxy’ for £2.60 . . . Catford & Lewisham’s Chequers record shops are distributing a South London/North Kent-orientated ‘Disco News’ broadsheet put together by Steve Cane (Catford Governor General on Fridays), Robert Sawyer (Beckenham Tites/Bromley Road Squire) & King Enri (Lewisham/various) . . . Billboard’s latest Disco Forum VIII is at New York’s Sheraton Centre Hotel from Monday 14 to Thursday 17th July, the depleted British contingent so far as I can tell being Froggy, Morgan Khan, Leeds Warehouse owner Mike Wiand and most probably myself – yes, it IS worth going over for, for the fun and not the forum itself (why else would I keep going?) . . . I’m not sure I’ll go to any New York discos with Morgan Khan though! . . . Norman Scott says London’s Charing Cross Road Sundown is finally getting a full US-style lighting set-up costing £30,000, a motorised full-size cinema screen already being in place . . . Chris Duke returns next month from Germany, where he founded the British Forces DJ Assn (he’ll start a British branch here), and is looking for suitable potential club premises in the Peterborough area and would also like to hear from East Midlands jocks – so, Steve Allen and others, write to him c/o Armoury flight, RAF Gutersloh, BFPO 47 . . . Chris also nicknamed his top six DJs in Germany “the NAAFIA”! . . . Leeds-based black group Clique were rather good at Gullivers last week, with an interesting mixture of 2-Tone-type twinned saxes, Hi-Tension rhythm, reggae numbers, excellent extrovert showmanship and the best amplified sound I’ve heard in that club – but their own material could be stronger . . . Stephanie Mills married Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniels recently, with gospel’s James Cleveland officiating . . . I hope all soul fans with a sense of history saw last Thurday’s superb BBC2 film about veteran tapdancers Bunny Briggs, Howard “Sandman” Sims and – especially Chuck Green (of legendary Chuck & Chuckles), shot at Harlem’s Smalls Paradise and outside the Apollo (my old stamping grounds in ‘64), it was literally nostalgia on legs! . . . Colchester Embassy Suite has a jazz-funk weekender next Sat/Sunday (12/13) with John Douglas, Gary Soul, Chris Tyler, Andy Starr, Bob Jones plus Sean French (Sat) & Chris Brown (Sun), tickets £2 per day or £3.50 for both . . . Alan Donald does Rothesay Paddle Boat every weekend, and amazingly reports that Donna Summer is not in his chart! . . . Mike Allin, now jazz-funking Hemel Hempstead Scamps on Fri/Saturdays, says Mario Viola does a great Eddie Waring – this is true! . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood 0277 221309/0268 703625) wants more jazz-funk work, especially in clubs . . . Rudy “Rapper” Gilpin is now mixing at Chelsea Click (ex-Country Cousins) . . . Edgbaston Faces gives free entry before 10pm to anyone wearing a Faces Funky Profile badge, which must be good business . . . Ian Hay and twenty dancers had a sponsored 25 hour marathon disco in aid of handicapped children at Cleethorpes Clouds last weekend . . . Mark Clark & Tony Barton’s Back Chat roadshow did Playboy chief Victor Lownes’ marathon party last Sunday . . . Paul Gough funks Hartlepool Gemini and due to pressure of work has actually given up his day job – he’d like to thank record companies who have helped, and also says Prince Philip Mitchell’s old ‘I’m So Happy’ (US Atlantic LP) is el monstro . . . Gary Allan now calls Liverpool McMillans the “home of the gnomes” following his appeal for people to take their garden gnomes out for the night . . . Andy Greg and the Loughton locals in Essex think Liquid Gold are great . . . Kev Rousell (Margate Sounds Sensational mobile) finds that early Boney M and Village People hits are still his saviour when confronted with a totally non-funky crowd who don’t even dance to Top 40 hits . . . I‘ve somehow managed to avoid playing anything by Boney M except for the instrumental intro to the ‘Rasputin’ 12in! I actually did a party for A&M’s foreign executives last week, which didn’t take off until I hit a ‘60s soul groove – though Jerry Moss (the M of A&M) dug the doo-wops having started by promoting the Crests’ ‘16 Candles’! – anyway, one disco segue worked well with the Wallys: Chic ‘Le Freak’ into Donna Summer ‘Bad Girls’, synching outro into Lipps Inc. ‘Funkytown’, second break into Baby ‘O ‘In The Forest’ into Odyssey ‘Use It Or Lose It’, chopping into (surprisingly) Lonnie Liston Smith ‘Give Peace A Chance’ . . . Alan Jewel (Finchley Road Les Elites) mixes Odyssey out of Philly Cream ‘No Time Like Now’ . . . Frenchie sez to look out for Bishop’s Head Ensemble ‘Samba Of The Semen’, big in the North-West . . . Fatman Graham Canter (Mayfair Gullivers), drooling over the Dells’ forthcoming ‘I Touched A Dream’ smoocher (US 20th Century), says “all my ladies prefer me fat and cuddly” – however he seems envious of my lean meat and water diet’s rapid result . . . Nick Bardell (Buckden) writes a good paraphrase doesn’t he? . . . Millie Jackson’s ‘Not On Your Life’ ends with a nice line to startle people with as a stab – try it and see! . . . KEEP IT FUNKY, STAY SLIM!

UK Newies

GEORGE DUKE: ‘Brazilian Love Affair’ (Epic EPC 13-8751)
Monster left-field jazz-funk smash in the Azymuth tradition, this rattling and tapping Brazilian bounder builds on slightly slower 12in through 61/123-125-126bpm to a terrific exciting 127-131bpm bass, percussion and piano last half.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ (from LP ‘About Love’, CBS 84178) (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Absolute killer of a credibility-restoring 108-110-108bpm pent-up jogging smacker in the Roberta & Donny style has been huge for mafiosi and will eventually be on remixed 12in – but get this now!

B.T. EXPRESS: ‘Give Up The Funk (Let’s Dance)’ (Calibre 503) (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
4-track 12in containing two songs in different versions, this great funkily burbling chugger in a slightly fast 116bpm “original” and much slower 112(intro)-113bpm longer “remix”, the jauntily pushing variety-filled ‘Does It Feel Good’ staying at 117bpm for both editions. 

THE MEXICANO: ‘Dallas’ (Mercury MERX 29)
Horribly catchy trite 108(intro)-112-114-115bpm 12in rapper about “JR” is likely to hit big.

GIBSON BROTHERS: ‘Mariana’ (Island WIP 6617)
Hoarsely hollered happy 128bpm MoR party romper on 7in only, with attractive gentle 53½bpm ‘All I Ever Want Is You’ flip.

GAYLE ADAMS: ‘Stretch’ In Out’ (from LP ‘Gayle Adams’, Epic EPC 84435) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
From the Bobby Thurston team, this insidious chunky semi-jogging 111-108-110-111(break)-112bpm backbeat clapper will be on 12in next week (EPC 13-8791) with the excitingly varied 120-121-122-123-121bpm ‘Plain Out Of Luck’ charger, while the 121-120bpm ‘Your Love Is A Life Saver’ and 124bpm ‘You Brought It On Yourself’ are solidly pushing smackers.

PHILLY CREAM: ‘No Time Like Now’ (Calibre CABL 304)
Buoyant bass-driven old fashioned 125-128-124-128-129-127-128-129bpm 12in soul romper with nagging vocal “bom bom” tied into the bass and an easy melodic structure that should have wide appeal (especially up North?).

VARIOUS: ‘Grooves’ LP (CBS 84389)
Good segued album using long versions, the better side one running Rodney Franklin ‘The Groove’, Wilbert Longmire ‘Hawkeye’, Bobby Thurston ‘You Got What It Takes’ (not as good a mix as I used to do!), Lonnie Liston Smith ‘Give Peace A Chance’- all nice ‘n jazzy while the scrappy side two has Bobby Thurston ‘Check Out The Groove’, Ndugu ‘Shadow Dancing’, Heath Bros ‘For The Public’, Herbie Hancock ‘Go For It’.

Classic croaked and tootled jazzy 116-115-116-114bpm loper finally on very welcome and timely 12in here in both “sober” and “drunken” versions – the latter relating to a slurring intro!

MARK SOSKIN: ‘Walk Tall’ (Prestige PRS 105)
Dynamite straightforward 116-120bpm 7in edit of the brassy jazz instrumental now leaves out all the annoying slow middle bit and is the best of the lot!

OZONE: ‘Walk On’ (Motown TMG 1192)
Bassily pattering and scatting 113-114bpm jazz-funk instrumental import hit on UK 7in only.

KLEEER: ‘Open Your Mind’ (Atlantic K 11541T)
Attractively cooed gentle comes-and-goes jazzy 114bpm 12in jiggler (not unlike ‘You’re A Star’) eventually reaches some sax that always sold ¡t to jazz fans, while finally the full lurching 116-118-116-118-116-117-119bpm ‘Winners’ is flip.

CHICO HAMILTON: ‘Mysterious Maiden’ (Elektra LV 38)
Rhythmically complex gentle 89bpm Sergio Mendes-ish vocal samba on 3-track 12in with the beautiful but similarly tricky 47/94-95-96bpm ‘Strut’ instrumental (nevertheless big for jazz jocks a while back) and more straightforward 103-104bpm ‘Magic Fingers’ jazz-funk jogger. Chico’s currently at Ronnie Scott’s.

KALYAN: ‘Hot Tea’ (RCA PC 1955)
Long overdue pleasant jogging 98-93-98-99-100bpm 12in jazz instrumental with ‘Morning Dance’-like steel drums.

GENE CHANDLER: ‘Rainbow ‘80’ (from LP ‘‘80’, 20th Century/Chi-Sound T-605)
Superb pent-up soul-drenched 63/31bpm climax-filled new version of his 1963 slowie (also revived as ‘Rainbow ‘65’!) done for the first time as he always sang it on stage and a must for veteran fans.

Great catchily-sung rolling and pausing 62bpm reggae title track throbber destined for Ensign since Fatman played it to Chris Hill recently.

MANHATTANS: ‘Shining Star’ (CBS 8624)
Gently starting tranquil 31bpm 7in soul smoocher.

AMII STEWART & JOHNNY BRISTOL: ‘My Guy / My Girl’ (Atlantic K 11560)
Wells/Temptations medley is such an obvious idea it’s a pity this pop-slanted 0-50/100-104bpm 7in isn’t even better, though it’ll be a hit anyway.

MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Girlfriend’ (Epic EPC 8782)
McCartney-penned jerky stop-go 103bprn 7in jogger with initially more radio than disco appeal.

KIM CARNES: ‘More Love’ (EMI America EA 113)
Slow synth intro builds into a chunky slinkily rolling 103bpm 7in smacking pop jogger originally by the Miracles.

LANI HALL: ‘Only You’ (A&M AMS 7534)
Pleasant 103-105bpm 7in B-side jogger builds to military drumming fade.

JAMES BROTHERS: ‘So Easy’ (Precision PAR 103)
Barry Blue-produced lush 53/106bpm 7in swayer.

SWITCH: ‘Don’t Take My Love Away’ (Motown TMG 1187)
Lurching 0-38bpm 7in slowie.

GEORGE FAITH: ‘Midnight Hour’ (Island IPR 2034)
Atmospheric cooled-out quiet 55bpm 12in reggae treatment of Wilson Pickett and nice 31bpm ‘Diana’ (Paul Anka’s) on flip.

GRACE JONES: ‘Private Life’ (Island 12W1P 6629)
Surprisingly authentic 61bpm 12in reggae throbber, though it doesn’t really get anywhere.


LOCKSMITH: ‘Unlock The Funk’ LP (US Arista AB 4274) (‘Unlock The Funk’ BNDA debut 9/6/80)
Harvey Mason-produced jazz-funkers (reputedly Grover Washington Jr’s road band) led by John Blake Jr on fiddle and synth in a largely instrumental set, the title track being a great greasily chugging 114-115-116-117bpm jittery heavy funk chanter in the BT Express/Cameo bag and ‘Far Beyond’ another happy chanted lively 114bpm funky snapper (about the “hung fung tung sung child” – is that Chinese?!). ‘Blackjack’ is a dramatically introed exciting fast yowling 137-138bpm jazz instrumental, ‘Groove Town’ a place-naming simple 115-117-116-115bpm funky burbler, ‘TMI’ a menacing bumpy 118bpm throbber, ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ a jaunty sparse 123-124-123-124bpm tapper, ‘Cinnamon’ a jiggly 57/114bpm piano jogger, ‘Someone Like You’ a ponderous 102bpm Latin thudder and ‘It’s You’ a Stephanie Spruill-sung 40bpm slowie.

RICK JAMES: ‘Big Time’ (US Gordy G 7185F) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
Terrific jaggedly jittery happy 117-118-119-120bpm 7in thumper (evidently due on US 12in) builds with “do do do” chix to a great “I was born to funk, I was born to funk and roll” finale and is his best in ages.

RICHARD TEE: ‘Now’ (from LP ‘Natural Ingredients’, US Tappan Zee JC 36380)
Jazz pianist’s latest (due here next week on CBS 84194) is surprisingly vocal, just this lovely lush rolling 114bpm piano jogger which breaks into attacking sax and aggressive rhythm, and the similarly instrumentated slower 99bpm ‘Us’ being in his old style while the initially bland mellow 132bpm ‘What A Woman Really Means’ galloper builds tension with piano breaks, ‘Tell It Like It Is’ being a nice swaying 85/42bpm treatment of Aaron Neville’s New Orleans soul classic, and both the 108bpm ‘The Nut’s Off On The Screw’ and 99bpm ‘Back Door Man’ gruffly sung bluesy bumpers with chix and harmonica.

DAVE GRUSIN: ‘Mountain Dance’ LP (Japanese JVC VIJ-6326)
Digitally recorded and very expensive (around £11 unless you’re lucky), this much-charted specialist jazz keyboard instrumental set’s three “hottest” cuts could be on UK Arista 12in soon, ‘Rag Bag’ being a chopping and changing comes and goes c. 105-109-105-109-112bpm jittery jogger, ‘Friends And Strangers’ a more credibly coherent 0-107-108-109-48bpm swayer, ‘City Nights’ an alternately tripping and flowing 0-120-123-121-125-122-124bpm jangler and ‘Either Way’ a nice lush 0-42/85-43/87bpm smoocher. Surely there’s a snob element involved here?

BOB JAMES: ‘H’ LP (US Tappan Zee JC 36422)
Superbly arranged and mouthwateringly packaged jazz set for listening rather than dancing (due here this week on CBS 842381), though doubtless more rhythm tracks like the 117bpm-starting ‘Thoroughbred’, 110bpm ‘The Walkman’ and gradually building ‘Snowbird Fantasy’ will appear in some thoroughly specialist charts. It’s certainly worth getting for your home.

SHALAMAR: ‘I Owe You One’ (US Solar YD-12051)
Although brighter and brasher, this old jittery 111bpm 12in smacker from their ‘Big Fun’ LP has a ‘Back Together Again’ feel and will probably mix with it well, the less distinguished 124bpm ‘The Right Time For Us’ being flip.

BRICK: ‘Free’ (from LP ‘Waiting On You’, US Bang JZ 36262)
Beefy bass guitar pushed jazzy 123-124bpm leaper, ‘Get Fired Up’ being a spiky staccato 127-126-124(bass/flute)-126bpm smacker, the title track an effetely sung 117-118bpm brassy yowling guitar smacker, others being the slinky slow 105bpm ‘Push Push’ bass bumper, slow ‘My Girl’ bass-started 103bpm ‘All The Way’ swayer with whistling and familiar lilt, solidly soulful 33bpm ‘Don’t Ever Lose Your Love’ smoocher, brassy 124-125bpm ‘Sweet Lips’ funk churner, dated 115bpm ‘Get Started’ lurcher, mellow 35bpm ‘Let Me Make You Happy’ smoocher and blandly dull 0-124-125-121bpm ‘Spread Love’.

EVERLIFE: ‘(You’re My) Superhero’ (US CRC CRC-D-31402)
Flashily backed simple 116-117-118-119-120bpm “rock” smacker with lotsa syndrums ‘n things and a slight resemblance to KC’s ‘That’s The Way I Like It (uh huh uh-huh)’, the flip’s instrumental ‘Superhero’s Theme’ version benefiting from a lack of the A-side’s “disco” chix.

ROD: ‘Shake It Up (Do The Boogaloo)’ (US Prelude PRL D 601) (BNDA debut 7/5/80)
Quite good jittery chugging 117-118bpm 12in variation on the Al Hudson formula with gibberish rapping (they’re obviously foreign and probably African), the “disco mix” side being best.

WILLIAM DEVAUGHN: ‘Hold-On-To-Love’ (US TEC 767)
Steadily thumping semi-slow lovely 103/52-106bpm 7in swayer with Old Curtis Mayfield-style sound.

JAMES SIMPSON BAND/PENETRATION/JSB: ‘On The Money (Bounce – Get Down)’ (US Penco PNT 12001)
Vocal group chanted burbling slow 109-108-109bpm 12in “rock” chugger with rolling offbeat thud and long percussion break. Take your pick of the artists’ names – they’re all listed!

UK Disco Top 90 – July 5, 1980

01 02 Surface Noise – The Scratch – WEA 12″
02 07 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
03 04 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove – Motown 12″
04 01 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″
05 03 Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious – Motown 12″
06 06 Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown – Casablanca 12″
07 05 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
08 11 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ – DJM 12″
09 08 Freeez – Keep In Touch – Calibre 12″
10 15 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love – WEA 12″
11 16 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – Epic 12″
12 09 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic 12″
13 14 Bobby Thurston – You Got What It Takes – Epic 12″
14 24 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out / Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her – RCA 12″
15 10 Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up – Capitol 12″
16 12 Brothers Johnson – Light Up The Night – A&M 12″
17 49 Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica – Arista 12″
18 27 Cameo – On The One / Cameosis – Casablanca 12″
19 19 Sho Nuff – It’s Alright – Ensign 12″
20 20 Baby’O – In The Forest – US Baby’O 12″
21 21 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot / You Got To Hurry Girl / Feelin’ Free – Motown LP
22 25 Randy Crawford – Last Night In Danceland / Tender Falls The Rain – Warner Bros. 12″
23 22 Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again – RCA 12″
24 42 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Do Your Thang / Copy This – MCA 7″
25 38 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – A&M 12″
26 13 Rodney Franklin – The Groove – CBS 12″
27 17 Mass Production – Shante – Atlantic 12″
28 34 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
29 32 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star / New York New York / All Those Things – US Columbia LP
30 23 Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove / Two Places At The Same Time – Arista 12″
31 30 Eddy Grant – My Turn To Love You – Ice 12″
32 28 Aurra – When I Come Home / In The Mood – Salsoul 7″/US Dream 12″
33 35 Kool & The Gang – Hangin’ Out / Open Sesame – De-Lite 12″
34 31 Gary Bartz – Music – Arista 12″
35 36 Johnny Guitar Watson – Booty Ooty – DJM 12″
36 40 Donald Byrd – Dominoes (live at the Roxy) – US Blue Note LP
37 55 Rene & Angela – Free And Easy / Do You Really Love Me / Turn It Out / I Don’t Know – Capitol LP
38 26 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Does It Feel Good – Calibre 12″
39 39 Stacy Lattisaw – Don’t You Want To Feel It / Dynamite! / You Know I Like It / Let Me Be Your Angel – Cotillion LP
40 68 Cameron – Let’s Get It Off / Magic Of You / Funkdown – US Salsoul LP
41 29 Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing – Island 12″
42 46 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love – CBS LP
43 37 Mark Soskin – Walk Tall – Prestige 12″
44 48 Cecil Parker – Really Really Love You – US TEC 12″
45 71 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 12″
46 18 Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove – Epic 12″
47 50 Phyllis Hyman – Under Your Spell / Kiss You All Over – Arista 12″
48 62 Lonnie Liston Smith – Give Peace A Chance / Space Princess / Sunburst / A Song For The Children – CBS 12″
49 58 Dave Grusin – Rag Bag / Friends And Strangers / City Nights / Either Way – Japanese JVC LP
50 67 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Pop It / Let’s Go Out Tonite / I Wanna Be With You – US MCA LP
51 80 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved / One Drop – Island 12″
52 51 Diana Ross – Diana (all cuts) – Motown LP
53 72 George Benson – Give Me The Night / Dinorah, Dinorah – US Warner Bros. 7″
54 44 Gayle Adams – Gayle Adams (all cuts) – US Prelude LP
55 47 Change – Searching / It’s A Girl’s Affair – US RFC LP
56 56 John Handy – Hard Work – ABC/Impulse LP
57 61 Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend – 20th Century 12″
58 73 Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover – US Magic Disc 12″
59 NE Crusaders – Soul Shadows / Last Call / Honky Tonk Struttin’ – US MCA LP
60 52 GQ – GQ Down – Arista 12″
61 NE Detroit Spinners – Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time – Atlantic 12″
62 45 Detroit Spinners – Body Language – Atlantic 12″
63 88 Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee – CBS LP
64 53 Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves – Island 12″
65 64 Deodato – Whistle Bump / Knights Of Fantasy / Space Dust – Warner Bros. 12″
66 63 Randy Crawford – Same Old Story / Blue Flame / My Heart Is Not As Young As It Used To Be / One Day I’ll Fly Away – Warner Bros. LP
67 NE Patti Austin – I Can’t Stop / Body Language / He’s Killing Me / People In Love – US CTI LP
68 89 Isaac Hayes – I Ain’t Never – Polydor 12″
69 60 Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough – Mercury 12″
70 85 L.A. Boppers – Is This The Best / Watching Life – Mercury 12″
71 41 El Coco – Let’s Get It Together – AVI 12″
72 65 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Lava Lands / Fusion Juice / Wizard Island – US Arista LP
73 78 Denise LaSalle – I’m So Hot / May The Funk Be With You – US MCA LP
74 81 Two Tons ‘O Fun – Just Us / Got The Feeling – Fantasy 12″
75 NE Johnny Guitar Watson – Love Jones / Going Up In Smoke – DJM LP
76 86 Temptations – Power – Motown 12″
77 76 Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
78 84 Sylvia St. James – Better Things / Can’t Make You Mine – US Elektra LP
79 NE Sun – Space Ranger / Hot Spot / Fancy Feet / Quest – US Capitol LP
80 54 Michael Jackson – She’s Out Of My Life – Epic 7″
81 74 Ben E. King – Music Trance – Atlantic 12″
82 66 Ozone – Walk On – US Motown LP
83 70 Dan Siegel – Bad Habit / Friday / Nite Ride – US Inner City LP
84 NE Al Jarreau – Distracted / Love Is Real – US Warner Bros. LP
85 90 Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Co. – Shadow Dancing – Epic 12″
86 NE Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – US Brunswick 12″
87 NE Whispers – My Girl – Solar 12″
88 79 Fern Kinney – I Want You Back / Groove Me – WEA 12″
89 NE Kurtis Blow – The Breaks (instrumental) – US Mercury 12″
90 NE Isley Brothers – Don’t Say Goodnight – Epic 7″
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #3 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #4 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#8 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #10 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #12 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#13 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #14 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
#20 (BNDA debut 4/26/80) / #21 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #23 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#24 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #26 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #28 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
#30 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #32 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #33 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#38 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #39 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #40 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#41 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #42 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #45 (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
#46 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #47 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #51 (BNDA debut 10/4/80)
#52 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #53 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #54 (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
#55 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #58 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #61 (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
#65 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #68 (BNDA debut 6/7/80) / #73 (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
#74 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #76 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #77 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)
#81 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #86 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #88 (BNDA debut 8/4/79)
#89 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

DYNASTY: ‘I’ve Just Begun To Love You’ (US Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
LOCKSMITH: ‘Unlock The Funk’ / ‘Blackjack’ / ‘Groove Town’ / ‘TMI’ (US Arista LP) (BNDA debut 9/6/80)
DAN HARTMAN: ‘Free Ride’ (Blue Sky 12”) (BNDA debut 1/19/80)
KELLY MARIE: ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’ (Calibre Plus 12”) (BNDA debut 11/22/80)
PHILLY CREAM: ‘No Time Like Now’ (Calibre 12”)
STANLEY CLARKE: ‘We Supply’ (US Epic 12” promo)
DONNA SUMMER: ‘Sunset People’ / ‘Our Love’ (Casablanca 12”) (BNDA debut 4/21/79)
FRANKIE VALLI: ‘Passion For Paris/An American In Paris’ (MCA 12”)
RICK CLARKE: ‘Potion’ (white label 12”)
VAUGHAN MASON & CREW: ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ (US Brunswick 12”) (BNDA debut 2/9/80)
CHAKA KHAN: ‘Papillon’ / ‘Move Me No Mountain’ (Warner Bros. LP)
CHOCOLATE MILK: ‘I’m Your Radio’ / ‘Hey Lover’ (US RCA LP)
PLEASURE: ‘Take A Chance’ / ‘Now You Choose Me’ (US Fantasy LP)
MANFREDO FEST: ‘Jungle Kitten’ / ‘Koko An Leeroe’ (US Tabu LP)
MEXICANO: ‘Dallas’ (Mercury 7”)
JOHNNY HAMMOND: ‘Les Conquistadores Chocolates’ (US Milestone LP)
PATRYCE “CHOC’LET” BANKS: ‘It’s Lovin’ Time’ / ‘Sunshine Love’ / ‘Thanks For Stayin’ Around’ (US T-Electric LP)
MANHATTANS: ‘Shining Star’ (CBS 7”)
CHARANGA 76: ‘Music Trance’ (US TR 12”)
RICK JAMES: ‘Big Time’ (US Gordy 7”) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
LEON HAYWOOD: ‘If You’re Lookin’ For A Night Of Fun (Look Past Me I’m Not The One)’ (20th Century 12”)
JIMMY SENYAH: ‘Weakness For Your Sweetness’ (Rokel 12” promo)
EVERLIFE: ‘(You’re My) Superhero’ (US CRC 12”)


1 (1) Roxy Music, 2 (2) Liquid Gold, 3 (3) Hot Chocolate, 4 (6) Don McLean, 5 (5) Manhattan Transfer, 6 (4) ELO, 7 (16) Olivia Newton-John & ELO, 8 (8) MASH, 9 (-) Hall & Oates, 10 (12) Korgis, 11 (17) B.A. Robertson, 12 (-) Specials, 13 (9) Gary Numan, 14 (20) Police ‘The Bed’s Too Big’, 15 (10) Dexy’s, 16 (-) UB40, 17 (-) Rolling Stones, 18 (11) Matchbox, 19 (18) Darts, 20 (14) Elton John

2 thoughts on “July 5, 1980: George Duke, Gladys Knight & The Pips, B.T. Express, Locksmith, Rick James”

  1. As someone who became part of the Jazz – funk scene in London and the South East a couple of years after this its really interesting to see many of the tubes that were already legendary by then get released or often rediscovered around this time such as Manfredo Fest ‘Jungle Kitten’ and Johnny Hammond ‘Chocolates’ and it’s also the time when George Benson went from big on the club scene to being one of the defining, inescapable and dominating sounds of the early eighties as he crossed over big time to the pop world from Give Me the Night onwards.

    Within a year jazz funk had become throughout South East England the default musical choice of young working class people.


  2. 1980 was a great time to be a young clubber- so much awesome music now available and also beginning to get radio play too.


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