July 12, 1980: One Way ft Al Hudson, Shakatak, Level 42, William De Vaughn, Dynasty

Odds ‘N Bods

Surface Noise’s Chris Palmer of Soho Greek Street’s Groove record shop is now compiling Radio Luxembourg’s import chart show (Fridays 9-11pm), which should give it more credibility . . . EMI’s disco dept (ie Gof Abbey) and lots more personnel have been made redundant from the end of the month, and Motown will move back to EMI’s Manchester Square offices . . . Jermaine Jackson ‘Burnin’ Hot’ is due on 12in this week . . . George Benson’s 12in LV B-side will be ‘The World Is A Ghetto’ / ‘Breezin’’ – is that hot or is that hot?! . . . Herb Alpert ‘Beyond’ on 12in evidently should indeed be printed 33 1/3rpm, making it 126-127-126bpm after all, though I think the B-side is at 45rpm . . . Isaac Hayes ‘I Ain’t Never’ is due again with original flip on UK 12in but now in its US promo extended 125-126-125(“go head”)-127bpm 10:26 remix . . . Narada Michael Walden ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else’ / ‘You’re Soo Good’, Mass Production ‘Cosmic Lust’ / ‘Gonna Make You Love Me’, Sun ‘Space Ranger’ / ‘Hot Spot’ / ‘Quest’ will be on UK 12in ere long . . . Sadao Watanabe featuring Dave Grusin & Eric Gale is the latest Japanese digital recording to create a stir on JVC’s Flying Disk label . . . Herbie Hancock’s US 12in of ‘Go For It’ (US Columbia 43-11310) has a much extended ‘Stars In Your Eyes’ as flip . . . Ariola’s Erskine T has reserviced Delegation ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ from last Xmas, while EMI jocks have had a US Capitol promo 12in of Helen Reddy ‘Take What You Find’, a cool chugging 111bpm DOR thudder like Blondie singing current Cliff Richard . . . Motown’s 20th Anniversary is celebrated by the September 5th release of a special box set (which you’d better order now as it’s for immediate deletion) containing 20 double-sided Top 40 hit singles (40 titles), a badge plus the hitherto unreleased Marvelettes ‘Finders Keepers Losers Weepers’ (is that the Nella Dodds song?) c/w Kim Weston ‘Do Like I Do’ . . . PEEL’s latest sponsor-disc development is a flimsy 7in radio commercial advertising a cinema programme – but surely DJs would find it even more useful without backing music so that they could run the message over an instrumental break of their own? . . . Capital Radio’s Graham Dene and his producer Mike Childs are now travelling with me to New York on Sunday (I’m going more for fun than the forum, if Blackburn’s Martin Platts doesn’t object) – and did you catch the hysterical tape on Capital that put Graham and a stumbling lady phone-in contestant to the backing of ‘Je T’Aime’ with amazingly pornographic results?! . . . Alan Jewell (Finchley Road Les Elites) would have come to New York but will lose his day job if he does – oddly enough at Elite Motors (no relation) . . . Tony Jenkins (Mayfair Playboy) will be auditioning DJs for a new central London club, apply to him at 55 Greenacres Avenue, Ickenham, Uxbridge, Middlesex . . . Richard Lofthouse, 8 years a DJ at such Newcastle-upon-Tyne clubs as Julies, Playground & Grobs, is going mobile again with his jazz-funk Lofty’s Roadshow (Newcastle 681913/775401) . . . Kev James of au-pair fame is mobile on Wednesdays (such a busy night of the week) through PSD agency (01-267 7534), and says that as Mondays at Golders Green Great Expectations will soon be a Doctors & Nurses night (for real), he’ll give free tickets to any genuine nurses (and au-pairs) who can supply proof with an SAE at the 911 Finchley Road club . . . Iain Goodkind at Hendon’s Groove Line record shop now does Wed/Fri/Saturdays at Finchley Road’s redecorated Purple Pussycat (in Lithos Road), and reports Chic’s latest is a real floor-clearer . . . Kelly returns to jazz-funk Wigan Pier next Tuesday, flying up from Brighton Sherrys, his Mon-Saturday residency now which is getting a massive refit by Bacchus . . . John DeSade seems to be at Gravesend Wings every Thurs/Friday and Sheerness Woodys on Tuesdays . . . Northern club-owning Pete Stringfellow’s new plush Stringfellows next to Peppermint Park in St Martins Lane evidently has a jacket & tie policy, which may prove too provincial for the type of smart fashion-conscious Londoners it might otherwise attract . . . Wild Walt Brown (Surbiton) of the zany DJ style can be seen in the odd High Street on the back of a Ford Ranchero playing hillbilly music and extolling the virtues of Kentucky Fried Chicken, much to people’s amazement! . . . Sean “Slimline” French celebrated his birthday at the Royalty last Saturday, then with Tom “No Buns Please” Holland and Martin Collins (who’s skinny anyway) came to Gullivers to see James “Thin Man” Hamilton and Fatman Graham “Call Me Cuddles” Canter (who let the side down rather) . . . Jo Field, now helping on Glen Olds’ import stall in Hemel Hempstead and Hatfield markets, warns Sean French that eggs on toast are fattening!

UK Newies

ONE WAY FEATURING AL HUDSON: ‘Pop It’ (MCA MCAT 619) (‘Do Your Thang’ BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Skippable freaky phone ringing intro to a great sparsely smacking perky 113-114bpm heavy bass thumper that works well out of Tom Browne and ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’ before mixing on perfectly into Denise LaSalle ‘I’m So Hot’, amazingly on 3-track 12in flipped by the previously 7-inched but now full 115-114-115-116bpm ‘Do Your Thang’ and 110-112-114bpm ‘Copy This’ – the import album’s three hottest tracks!

SHAKATAK: ‘Steppin’’ (enquiries to Les McCutcheon, 0602-410055)
On unidentified moody white label and well worth finding, this lovely lazily swaying classy instrumental 99bpm 12in jazz piano jogger obviously has ‘The Groove’ in mind as though much slower it unnecessarily keeps stopping almost too often for comfort. Similar quality jazz (nothing amateur about these) are the flip’s two tracks, the skipping 131-130bpm ‘Killing Time’ and atmospheric dead slow 31bpm ‘Lumiere’. Are they British or American?

LEVEL 42: ‘Love Meeting Love’ (Elite DAZZ 5)
UK-recorded musically ambitious if naggingly derivative mellow flowing and swaying 99-95-100-101bpm 12in vocal jogger with bubbling synth ‘Rise’-like beat at times and jazzy piano intensity building from the break, sax taking the lead on the flip’s longer 100-99-100-101-102-101bpm instrumental love version – the whole effect being rather Lonnie Liston Smith meets Gato Barbieri. Early crackly pressings are being recut so there aren’t many copies about yet. 

CRUSADERS: ‘Soul Shadows’ (MCA MCAT 530)
Bill Withers-sung somber pulsating 44/87-86-88-87-88bpm slow jogger may not be another ‘Street Life’, and rather than with others from their new LP is coupled on 3-track 12in by the old bouncily leaping simple 125-127bpm ‘Put It Where You Want It’ from ’72 and more modern convoluted 124-125-124-126-124-125-124-123-125bpm ‘Sweet ‘N Sour’ from ‘77 (all three penned by Joe Sample).

DIANA ROSS: ‘Upside Down’ (Motown 12TMG 1195) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Chic-produced (but not mixed) distinctively lurching 109bpm 12in thudding jolter, with more bass at least than the album although it’s still decidedly a Diana Ross record.

ANTONIA RODRIGUEZ: ‘La Bamba’ (Magnet 12MAG 149) (BNDA debut 4/7/79)
Remixed 121bpm 12in reissue of last year‘s Wally hit, ideal for (seriously) parties, au-pairs and pensioners out on a spree.

EDDY GRANT: ‘Preachin’ Genocide’ (from LP ‘Love In Exile’, Ice ICE 19)
Excitingly ethnic 118-120-122-124bpm Afro chanter with throbbing back-beat, stabbing brass, ringing guitar and mounting tension. May be a bit specialist but is really good, ‘Feel The Rhythm (Of You And I)’ being a mellow lush jogging 105(intro)-108bpm revival of the Pioneers oldie with jazzy guitar, and ‘Nobody’s Got Time’ a fast synth-backed 126-127bpm bounder with blues harmonica.

DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Now That You’re Mine Again’ (from LP ‘Love Trippin’’, Atlantic K50131)
Satisfyingly soulful set, this being a great gospel-drenched old-style 25/50bpm deep soul slowie and ‘Heavy On The Sunshine’ a Ullanda-joined 34bpm smoocher, while (apart from their included last three hits), the faster ones getting action are the happily cantering 125bpm ‘Split Decision’ with deep bass vocal bits and slick 121bpm ‘I Just Want To Fall In Love’.

AVERAGE WHITE BAND: ‘For You For Love’ (RCA AWB 12-2)
Jogging 0-35/71bpm 12in slowie with almost Bee Gees squeakiness at times and jerkily starting bumpily loping 121-119-120bpm ‘Help Is On The Way’ flip.

PROTON: ‘We’re Funkin!’ (Ballistic 12BP 364)
Hi-Tension influenced but messy and poorly recorded chix-sung 125bpm 12in jittery thudder, the cleaner lazier instrumental ‘Make Your Move’ B-side version being much better.

DANCE PEOPLE: ‘Dance The Night Away’ (Satril HH 152)
Interesting subdued 114bpm 7in throbber with a Latin lilt.

RITCHIE FAMILY: ‘Give Me A Break’ (from LP ‘Can’t Stop The Music’, Mercury 6399051) (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
Positively unattractive 125-121bpm basic “disco” squawker, the Village People’s typical zingy 134bpm title track being merely uninteresting (to judge from a special back-to-back 12in promo).

GIORGIO MORODER: ‘Night Drive’ (Polydor POSP 134) (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
Instrumental 129bpm 7in synthesizer thumper from ‘American Gigolo’, whose biggest soundtrack hit (though not on the LP) is actually the Miracles’ old ‘The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage’!

NICK STRAKER BAND: ‘A Walk In The Park’ (CBS 8525)
Galloping 128(intro)-133bpm 7in pure pop, once on Pinnacle and big in Europe.


WILLIAM DEVAUGHN: ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ (from LP ‘Figures Can’t Calculate The Love I Have For You’, US TEC TEC SA 1200) (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
Similar still but bassily emphasised faster 108½-109bpm remake of his slowly thudding classic jogger (46/92-47/94bpm in its 1974 original version), this is the cut that’s causing all the excitement, others being a lovely dead slow 0-21bpm smooching of Sam Cooke’s ‘You Send Me’, smooth 121bpm revival of Eddie Floyd’s ‘I Never Found Me A Girl’ and some Curtis Mayfield smoochers including the 7in-issued 103/52-106bpm ‘Hold On To Love’ and 28bpm title track plus 40bpm ‘Love Comes Easy With You’.

DYNASTY: ‘Adventures In The Land Of Music’ LP (US Solar BXL1-3576) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Apart from the 12in-released 115-116bpm ‘I’ve Just Begun To Love You’, this bright ‘n breezy consistent set’s other killers are the Al Hudson-inspired perkily chugging jittery 114bpm ‘Do Me Right’ smacker, bouncily skipping jaunty 115-114-115bpm ‘Day And Night’ squeaker with Whispers’ ‘Beat’-like breaks and even more ‘Beat’-like 117-118bpm ‘Groove Control’, ‘Ice Breaker’ being an exciting zingy 127bpm flier and the title track a jolting slow 39/79bpm jogger.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Love Don’t Make It Right’ (US Warner Bros. WBS 49269) (BNDA debut 7/19/80)
Zappy good bouncily jogging 110bpm 7in backbeat lurcher in the Roberta & Donny mould, full of pent-up excitement (even if it does sound like the Bee Gees singing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, sez Rowdy!), edited from their upcoming ‘A Musical Affair’ LP.

CANDI STATON: ‘Betcha I’m Gonna Get Ya’ (from LP ‘Candi Staton’, US Warner Bros. BSK 3428) (‘Looking For Love’ BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Subdued set, liveliest being this bubbling solidly thumping 112bpm chugger with her usual vocal style and a quieter bass-backed bit, the 7in-issued ‘Looking For Love’ being a sombre downbeat deadpan steady 107bpm jogger with ‘Street Life’ tempo and yowling guitar, ‘Halfway To Heaven’ a lazy 85/43bpm slowie and ‘The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game’ a smoothly swinging 124bpm Marvelettes revival still rooted to the dated old Motown structure.

FATBACK: ‘Backstrokin’’ (US Spring 3012) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
Commercially only on US 7in although the promo 12in remix under review will be out here soon, this bass synth-introed good jaunty 118-117-118-117-118bpm heavy funk smacker should work extremely well with Teena Marie.

WHISPERS: ‘Out The Box’ (US Solar YD-12052) (BNDA debut 1/12/80)
Heatwave-flavoured jittery smacking 113-112-113bpm half-stepper with wheezling synth and scrubbing guitar break, from their old ‘And The Beat Goes On’ LP.

CURTIS MAYFIELD: ‘Love Me, Love Me Now’ (from LP ‘Something To Believe In’, US RSO RS-1-3077) (BNDA debut 7/26/80)
Long moody rhythm intro reaches an atmospheric lovely sweetly-sung 110-111bpm loper that’s getting good DJ reaction without being a clearly defined dancer, ‘Tripping Out’ being a ‘Rise’-type 91bpm slowie.

CHIC: ‘Rebels Are We’ (US Atlantic 3665) (BNDA debut 7/26/80)
Lacklustre jerky disjointed 120bpm 7in backbeat lurcher, less than compulsive.

ALFREDO DE LA FE: ‘Hot To Trot’ (from LP ‘Alfredo’, US Criollo C-473) (BNDA debut 4/19/80)
Interesting amalgamation of Brazilian and disco with long Latin percussion intro, then nice fiddle before the hi-hat takes over is too slow at 118-117-118bpm to mix with the Baby’O/George Duke/Odyssey beat but could work anyhow.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘Wide Receiver’ (US Buddah BDA 622) (BNDA debut 10/18/80)
Chat-introed heavy bass-bumped 125bpm 7in funk thumper builds smackingly and will be even more exciting when not spread over ‘Parts 1 & 2’ (the latter at 124bpm).

ALFONZO SURRETT: ‘Make It Feel Good’ (US MCA 41219)
Slightly disjointed repetitive burbling jiggly 111-112-113-112bpm falsetto-backed soul smacker with some yowling rock guitar, occasional claps and bumping bass on US 7in but reviewed from remixed 12in promo.

STARPOINT: ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ (US Chocolate City CC 3208) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
Heavy bass pushed 116-115-114bpm 7in funk chanter should work with the Raydio/Lakeside/Cameo-type things.

A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Rescue Me’ (US Capitol 4888) (BNDA debut 9/20/80)
George Duke-produced Emotions-like breathy jerky 106bpm 7in jogger, not Fontella Bass’s oldie.

PETER JACQUES BAND: ‘The Louder’ (Mexican MAXI MAXI-0013) (BNDA debut 9/6/80)
Chix-sung lazily tripping slow 103bpm bumper like a cooled out Leon Haywood/Al Hudson, much better than the ghastly frantic 133bpm ‘Counting On Love (One Two Three)’ Eurodisco A-side.

PURE ENERGY: ‘Party On’ (US Prism PDS-404) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
Quavery chick-wailed leaping and bounding 126(intro)-129-130-131-132bpm 12in “disco” pounder now evidently selling well in North London.

KANO: ‘I’m Ready’ (US Emergency EMDS 6504) (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
Clapping and bass synth fill out into a squeakily sung but mainly electronic Europop 127bpm 12in thunderer.

JACKIE MOORE: ‘Helpless’ (US Columbia 43-11293) (BNDA debut 7/5/80)
Frantic 135bpm 12in Northern Soul flier originally by Kim Weston.

BUSTA JONES: ‘Just A Little Misunderstanding’ (US Spring SP D 406)
Less frantically building 128-130bpm 12in Northern churner (now on UK 7in only 2095234) originally by the Contours.

DJ Top Ten

Christopher Hall of Lidget Green in Bradford, though not himself a DJ, has kindly worked out a chart for the last six months’ biggest disco hits, using our UK Disco 90 and the usual inverse scoring method. Of the individual artists, Narada Michael Walden leads over Michael Jackson, Bros Johnson, Whispers and Bobby Thurston, while the top ten for the first half of 1980 are:
1 Whispers – And The Beat Goes On – Solar
2 Brothers Johnson – Stomp! – A&M
3 Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright – Atlantic
4 Bobby Thurston – Check Out The Groove – Epic
5 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic
6 Tony Rallo – Holdin’ On / Burnin’ Alive – Calibre
7 Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It Don’t Force It – 20th Century
8 Rodney Franklin – The Groove – CBS
9 Positive Force – We Got The Funk – Sugarhill
10 Michael Jackson – Rock With You – Epic

UK Disco Top 90 – July 12, 1980

01 02 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
02 04 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – Atlantic 12″
03 03 Teena Marie – Behind The Groove / You’re All The Boogie I Need – Motown 12″
04 01 Surface Noise – The Scratch – WEA 12″
05 05 Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious – Motown 12″
06 06 Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown / All Night Dancing – Casablanca 12″
07 07 Crown Heights Affair – Use Your Body & Soul / You Gave Me Love – De-Lite 12″
08 14 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out – RCA 12″
09 10 Change – A Lover’s Holiday / The Glow Of Love – WEA 12″
10 08 Frank Hooker & Positive People – This Feelin’ – DJM 12″
11 17 Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica – Arista 12″
12 11 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – Epic 12″
13 09 Freeez – Keep In Touch – Calibre 12″
14 13 Bobby Thurston – You Got What It Takes – Epic 12″
15 18 Cameo – On The One / Cameosis – Casablanca 12″
16 16 Brothers Johnson – Light Up The Night – A&M 12″
17 20 Baby’O – In The Forest – US Baby’O 12″
18 12 Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya – Atlantic 12″
19 15 Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up – Capitol 12″
20 23 Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again – RCA 12″
21 25 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker – A&M 12″
22 24 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Do Your Thang / Copy This – MCA 7″
23 28 Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance – Mercury 12″
24 19 Sho Nuff – It’s Alright – Ensign 12″
25 44 Cecil Parker – Really Really Love You – EMI 12″
26 21 Jermaine Jackson – Burnin’ Hot / You Got To Hurry Girl / Feelin’ Free – Motown LP
27 45 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 12″
28 51 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved – Island 12″
29 38 B.T. Express – Give Up The Funk / Does It Feel Good – Calibre 12″
30 29 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star / New York New York / All Those Things – US Columbia LP
31 34 Gary Bartz – Music – Arista 12″
32 22 Randy Crawford – Last Night In Danceland / Tender Falls The Rain – Warner Bros. 12″
33 33 Kool & The Gang – Hangin’ Out / Open Sesame – De-Lite 12″
34 37 Rene & Angela – Free And Easy – Capitol 12″
35 32 Aurra – When I Come Home / In The Mood – Salsoul 7″/US Dream 12″
36 40 Cameron – Let’s Get It Off / Magic Of You / Funkdown – US Salsoul LP
37 47 Phyllis Hyman – Under Your Spell / Kiss You All Over – Arista 12″
38 53 George Benson – Give Me The Night / Dinorah, Dinorah – US Warner Bros. 7″
39 42 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love – CBS LP
40 35 Johnny Guitar Watson – Booty Ooty – DJM 12″
41 48 Lonnie Liston Smith – Give Peace A Chance / Space Princess / Sunburst / A Song For The Children – CBS 12″
42 43 Mark Soskin – Walk Tall / Colossus – Prestige 12″
43 27 Mass Production – Shante – Atlantic 12″
44 26 Rodney Franklin – The Groove – CBS 12″
45 36 Donald Byrd – Dominoes (live at the Roxy) – US Blue Note LP
46 30 Raydio – For Those Who Like To Groove / Two Places At The Same Time – Arista 12″
47 39 Stacy Lattisaw – Don’t You Want To Feel It / Dynamite! / You Know I Like It / Let Me Be Your Angel – Cotillion LP
48 50 One Way feat. Al Hudson – Pop It / Let’s Go Out Tonite / I Wanna Be With You – US MCA LP
49 31 Eddy Grant – My Turn To Love You – Ice 12″
50 41 Invisible Man’s Band – All Night Thing – Island 12″
51 49 Dave Grusin – Rag Bag / Friends And Strangers / City Nights – Japanese JVC LP
52 57 Gene Chandler – Does She Have A Friend – 20th Century 12″
53 52 Diana Ross – Diana (all cuts) – Motown LP
54 61 Detroit Spinners – Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time – Atlantic 12″
55 59 Crusaders – Soul Shadows / Last Call / Honky Tonk Struttin’ – US MCA LP
56 58 Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover – US Magic Disc 12″
57 55 Change – Searching / It’s A Girl’s Affair – US RFC LP
58 56 John Handy – Hard Work – ABC/Impulse LP
59 54 Gayle Adams – Gayle Adams (all cuts) – US Prelude LP
60 81 Ben E. King – Music Trance / You’ve Only Got One Chance To Be Young – Atlantic 12″
61 63 Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee – CBS LP
62 69 Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough – Mercury 12″
63 65 Deodato – Whistle Bump / Knights Of Fantasy – Warner Bros. 12″
64 NE Philly Cream – No Time Like Now – Calibre 12″
65 NE Locksmith – Unlock The Funk (all cuts) – US Arista LP
66 NE Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love – Calibre Plus 12″
67 79 Sun – Space Ranger / Hot Spot / Fancy Feet / Quest – US Capitol LP
68 64 Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves – Island 12″
69 74 Two Tons ‘O Fun – Just Us / Got The Feeling – Fantasy 12″
70 NE Donna Summer – Sunset People / Our Love – Casablanca 12″
71 87 Whispers – My Girl – Solar 12″
72 60 GQ – GQ Down – Arista 12″
73 73 Denise LaSalle – I’m So Hot / Try My Love – US MCA LP
74 66 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
75 70 L.A. Boppers – Is This The Best / Watching Life – Mercury 12″
76 67 Patti Austin – I Can’t Stop / Body Language / People In Love – US CTI LP
77 68 Isaac Hayes – I Ain’t Never – Polydor 12″
78 86 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – US Brunswick 12″
79 NE Mexicano – Dallas – Mercury 12″
80 NE Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You – US Solar 12″
81 82 Ozone – Walk On – Motown 7″
82 72 Jeff Lorber Fusion – Lava Lands / Fusion Juice / Wizard Island – US Arista LP
83 76 Temptations – Power – Motown 12″
84 85 Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Co. – Shadow Dancing – Epic 12″
85 84 Al Jarreau – Distracted – US Warner Bros. LP
86 NE Leon Haywood – If You’re Lookin’ For A Night Of Fun – 20th Century 12″
87 77 Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – US Philadelphia Int’l 12″
88 71 El Coco – Let’s Get It Together – AVI 12″
89 83 Dan Siegel – Bad Habit / Friday / Nite Ride – US Inner City LP
90 78 Sylvia St. James – Better Things / Can’t Make You Mine – US Elektra LP
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #3 (BNDA debut 3/29/80)
#5 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #7 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#8 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #9 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #10 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#11 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #14 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #17 (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
#18 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #20 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #22 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#23 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #26 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #27 (BNDA debut 4/12/80)
#28 (BNDA debut 10/4/80) / #29 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #33 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#35 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #36 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #37 (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
#38 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #39 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #44 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#46 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #47 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #50 (BNDA debut 1/26/80)
#53 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #54 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #56 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#57 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #59 (BNDA debut 5/24/80) / #60 (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
#63 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #65 (BNDA debut 9/6/80) / #66 (BNDA debut 11/22/80)
#69 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #70 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #73 (BNDA debut 5/31/80)
#77 (BNDA debut 6/7/80) / #78 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #80 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#83 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #87 (BNDA debut 12/22/79)

Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

STANLEY CLARKE: ‘We Supply’ (Epic LP)
B.T. EXPRESS: ‘Takin’ Off’ / ‘Have Some Fun’ (US Columbia LP)
BOB JAMES: ‘H’ LP (Tappan Zee LP)
PLEASURE: ‘Take A Chance’ / ‘Now You Choose Me’ / ‘Law Of The Raw’ (US Fantasy LP)
RICK CLARKE: ‘Potion’ (white label 12”)
KLEEER: ‘Winners’ / ‘Open Your Mind’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
DRAFI: ‘Can I Reach You’ (Youngblood 7”)
ROY AYERS & WAYNE HENDERSON: ‘Thank You Thank You’ / ‘Tell Me What You Want’ / ‘Have Your Way’ (US Polydor LP)
RICHARD TEE: ‘Now’ / ‘What A Woman Really Means’ (Tappan Zee LP)
DONALD BYRD: ‘Dominoes’ / ‘Wind Parade’ (Blue Note 12”)
JOHNNY HAMMOND: ‘Les Conquistadores Chocolates’ / ‘Shifting Gears’ (US Milestone LP)
SADAO WATANABE: ‘Samba Do Marcos’ / ‘Morning Island’ / ‘Down East’ (Japanese JVC/Flying Disk LP)
PURE ENERGY: ‘Party On’ (US Prism 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
RENE & ANGELA: ‘Turn It Out’ / ‘Do You Really Love Me’ (Capitol LP)
A TASTE OF HONEY: ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ (Capitol 12” promo) (BNDA debut 5/27/78)
RICK JAMES: ‘Big Time’ (US Gordy 7”) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
CURTIS MAYFIELD: ‘Love Me, Love Me Now’ (US RSO LP) (BNDA debut 7/26/80)
CHICO HAMILTON: ‘Strut’ / ‘Magic Fingers’ / ‘Mysterious Maiden’ (Elektra 12”)
PETER BROWN: ‘Can’t Be Love – Do It To Me Anyway’ (TK 12”) (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Girlfriend’ (Epic 7”)
EDDY GRANT: ‘Feel The Rhythm’ / ‘Preachin’ Genocide’ (Ice LP)
SHALAMAR: ‘I Owe You One’ (US Solar 12”)
SHEILA & B. DEVOTION: ‘King Of The World’ (Carrere 12”)
LONNIE LISTON SMITH: ‘Expansions’ (RCA 12”)
FEVER: ‘The One Tonight’ / ‘Don’t You Want Me’ (US Fantasy LP) (BNDA debut 8/30/80)
LEVEL 42: ‘Love Meeting Love’ (Elite 12”)
BRICK: ‘Free’ / ‘Get Fired Up’ (US Bang LP)
ROBBIE DUPREE: ‘Steal Away’ (Elektra 7”)


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

3 thoughts on “July 12, 1980: One Way ft Al Hudson, Shakatak, Level 42, William De Vaughn, Dynasty”

  1. Another momentous week.
    Level 42 and Shakatak both receiving their first mentions . Sadao Watanabe signalling the start of the Jap jazz invasion. Wide Receiver by Michael Henderson, Backstrokin by Fatback, the remake of Be Thankful , the first (?) mention of Starpoint.


  2. Level 42 & Shakatak make their debut- they would of course go on to become the big hitters of the Jazz Funk movement with the great unwashed UK public. Also worthy of note is the CHIC release that burst their bubble as a top flite recording act and see Nile & Bernard concentrate on production for other acts such as the mega success with the Diana Ross project. Amazing how quickly the dance music scene had matured by 1980 with so much great music being danced to by thousands across the UK and fewer clunkers managing to skip “quality control” and pollute scene -again mostly down to radio jocks pushing the “radio friendly” dross such as Kelly Marie… watch this space


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