July 19, 1980: George Benson, Jermaine Jackson, Baby ‘O, Teena Marie, Narada Michael Walden

Odds ‘N Bods

Surface Noise’s next will be ‘Dancin’ On A Wire’ – expect acetate promo reaction by the weekend! . . . PRAT are rushing Flakes ‘Sugar Frosted Lover’ . . . Locksmith’s UK 12in due imminently is ‘Unlock The Funk’ / ‘Far Beyond’ / ‘Blackjack’ – whew! . . . Johnny Hammond’s 1975 cut ‘Los Conquistadores Chocolates’ off the deleted US Milestone ‘Gears’ LP runs 0-120-122-124-126bpm and is grabbing jazz jocks . . . CBS’s Loraine Trent (who’s bet Ilford Room At The Top’s Terry Hooper £5 that the Manhattans go Top 50 pop) says DJ association secretaries requiring the fortnightly CBS New Releases info sheet should call her on 01-734 8161 . . . US Philadelphia International have reactivated their TSOP label, transferring to it the O’Jays, McFadden & Whitehead, Jean Carn, MFSB and adding the Stylistics . . . Graham Dene dropped out to go to Nice instead, while Morgan Khan & Dave McAleer stayed behind to bite their nails during the RATCRAP merger, leaving Froggy, his roadie Owen, Mike Childs and myself to fly out last Sunday on Air India to New York . . . Froggy’s so keen to get back into Studio 54 he’s hired grey morning suits complete with toppers to make Owen and himself look suitably “freaky”! . . . Noel Wright (Ware Beckets on Fri/Sat), just returned, says disco isn’t dead in New York but from what they’re playing it might just as well be . . . I’m more interested in Broadway this trip, actually . . . Mass Production & Bobby Thurston plus lotsa jox are the attraction at Skegness National Funk Day on August Bank Holiday Monday . . . Pete Haigh & Frenchie (Caton Scarthwaite on Mondays) take a “funk cruise” on Ullswater on Thursday 31st . . . Colin Day, currently playing a vastly varied range of music at the Royal Bugatti in Luxembourg (which he says is even more of a DJ’s paradise than Switzerland), returns to the Birmingham area for the month of September and wants some funky gigs then (UK agent 0905 423842) . . . Mark Tarna & Martin King both run video-featuring roadshows giving a TOTP effect with cameras on the audience as well as live hit clips, available via Tony Rivers’ Hove-based Spectrum agency (0273 776642) who also book such regular HM names as Wild Walt Brown, Honey Bee Benson, Stuart Hughes and Southern Counties National Roadshow . . . Nikki Peck funks Sittingbourne Marteen’s for over-21s on Thurs/Fridays and under-18s on Tuesdays – presumably it’s tough luck if you’re 19 or 20? . . . Steve Dennis (Edgbaston Faces), disappointed so far by the standard of his Wednesday world hula-hoop championship competitors, will be fronting the Peter Stuyvesant Disco Roadshow touring major cities with a 12-strong dancing troupe named Body Talk . . . Gary Oldis & Dave Weir now share the week at Aycliffe Gretna Green . . . Gary Hirst (Mayfair Samanthas) gave regular club visitor Marvin Gaye and his band each a flashing “disco visor” and got tickets in return for Marvin’s Venue show – where they all wore the visors on stage . . . JJ Jackson of ‘60s ‘But It’s Alright’ fame is recording again with some of Marvin’s band backing him . . . CJ Carlos (Soho Hombre De Bahia) was asked if he’d sell his Odyssey LP there and then by yet another bozo foreigner, who handed over 10 quid and then literally went to take the record off while it was still playing! . . . Capital Radio’s Peter Young obviously got the soul bug sitting in for Greg Edwards, as his Saturday night midnight-4am show now follows Mike Allen’s audience-grabbing jazzier forerunner by being extremely funky . . . Mike incidentally says unequivocally that this page is “a fact of life”! . . . Kev Hill (Brentwood) reports that Brick ‘Push Push’ is good for rowing, and he’s noticed a resurgence of what was called “the dog” – perhaps “shirtlifter shuffle” would be better now?! . . . Andy Greg (Loughton), whose punters are very particular about what they dance to and shun jazz-funk or reggae, nevertheless has a game where ten “funkateers” stand in the middle of the floor doing a tricky arm movement to the intro of ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’, the best getting a request played (most popular being Frank Hooker) . . . I’m sorry, I’ll read that again . . . Frenchies celebrated its 3rd anniversary at Camberley Cambridge Hotel last Sunday . . . Cuddles Canter has discovered the first band to play Mayfair Gullivers after he started there in ‘76, the Du Blanc Orchestra/Starfire, included now present members of Shalamar, Lakeside & Dynasty – and they were good then too . . . Cuddles’ companion Nicky McKenzie has an everlasting zit (ouch, that hurt Nicky!) . . . Paul “Wiggy” Wiall (Liverpool Oscars) wants the world to know that Merseyside jocks don’t necessarily play Liquid Gold, Nolans or even Kelly Marie (ugh!) . . . Russell “Arbie” Burtonshaw (Retford MAYC) says as surely Liquid Gold is disco for most it should therefore at least be allowed into the Disco 90: well, if it had been included it would have peaked last week at 43 and now ties at 56 – so surely its DORC position better reflects its true stature? . . . Billboard’s Disco Top 100 now features a lot of new wave/DOR titles at the bottom end – of the nineteen last week none got higher than 40 (the Clash ‘London Calling’) and most being below 70, this latter being where our DORC entries would figure if incorporated into the UK Disco 90, so isn’t it still better to separate ‘em out? . . . Theo Loyla should note that as a 12 year veteran of mobile gigs I don’t need his advice, the sad fact being that today’s pop hits have a narrower appeal than say five or more years ago, making MoR mobiles less easy to do using current records (hence the occasional change of “rock” to “rubbish” in DOAC!) . . . Britain interestingly seems to be returning to the once dated-seeming though still popular in the US heavy funk soul sound, what with Tom Browne, Cameo, BT Express and Gap Band being so big here . . . 2-Tone’s decline and the lack of TOTP has reaffirmed the steady sales power of black music, making the chart funkier than when disco was “alive”! . . . UK record companies are such sheep, slavishly following every trend – be it disco, mod, heavy metal; right now they’re all into sacking people . . . Nick Bardeil (Buckdefl) says, yes, he does write a good paraphrase! . . . Gullivers had its best night ever with record entry and takings last Friday – who said disco was dead? . . . KEEP IT FUNKY!



UK Newies

It’s been an “excruciatingly dull” week for imports, to quote Groove’s Chris Palmer, with nothing new worthy of review, but meanwhile back in Britain . . .

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Give Me The Night’ LP (Warner Bros. K56823) (‘Give Me The Night’ BNDA debut 7/12/80)
Quincy Jones-produced sensational set, largely penned by Rod Temperton and featuring Lee Ritenour on second guitar, the monster 110bpm title track (like a slower ‘Stomp!’) being due on 12in next week, others being the subduedly angry 124bpm ‘Off Broadway’ instrumental skipper, lushly jogging 114/57bpm ‘Love X Love’, scatting 118bpm ‘Dinorah Dinorah’ instrumental, lovely 30/60bpm smooching of King Pleasure’s classic ‘Moody’s Mood’, AWB-ish 51/103bpm ‘What’s On Your Mind’ slowie, swaying 39/79bpm ‘Midnight Love Affair, and a brace of atmospheric old Heatwave smoochers, the 0-22-44-bpm ‘Star Of A Story (X)’ and 37bpm ‘Turn Out The Lamplight’.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Burnin’ Hot’ (Motown 12TMG 1194) (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
Simpler than ‘Serious’, this powerfully smacking 119bpm 12in smash has as you surely know been huge on LP for months.

BABY ’O: ‘In The Forest’ (Calibre CABL 505) (BNDA debut 4/26/80)
Thunderously rattling and jumping 126bpm 12in Latin party leaper is already huge on import and should be another Odyssey as it’s well established especially with MoR and Wally crowds. 

TEENA MARIE: ‘Lonely Desire’ (Motown 12TMG 1196)
Noisy lurching bass-thumped 124bpm 12in chugger is messily over-busy, but the previously promo-only (I think?) instrumental sax-led 117-118-117bpm B-side remix of her old ‘I’m A Sucker For Your Love’ is dynamite, and definitely THE side!

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN: ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Else (To Dance With You)’ (Atlantic K 11549T) (BNDA debut 4/14/79)
Now that he’s huge maybe this bass-pushed brassy 126-125-126bpm jumper with long percussion break will sell better than two winters ago, when according to all disco charts it should have been a smash. The current album’s excitingly cantering 126-127-124-125-128-125-126(guitar)-124-126bpm ‘You’re Soo Good’ is flip.

JOHN HANDY: ‘Hard Work’ (MCA MCAT 626)
Cheerfully clopping classic 131-130-131-132bpm jazz sax loper from ‘76, now on 3-track 12in thanks to Chris Hill’s adding his own adaptation of Chuck Berry’s ‘Reelin’ & Rockin’’ over the top of it at all his major gigs – in fact it’s a pity the record has to lack that extra Hill dimension!

STANLEY CLARKE: ‘We Supply’ (Epic EPC 134749)
Snappy bass behind a veddy veddy British voice saying “hello – are you tired of the same old funk?” fills out to become a repetitive powerful 99bpm heavy funk half-stepper, on 3-track 12in with the old explosively jittery 121bpm ‘More Hot Fun’ and attractively skipping steadily accelerating jazzy 130-131bpm ‘Together Again’.

AL JARREAU: ‘Distracted’ (Warner Bros. K 17650)
Lovely meandering pent-up gently jogging 43/87bpm edited 7in jazz-soul swayer with sax ‘n scatting, flip of the less coherent staccato samba-ish 103/51bpm ‘Never Givin’ Up’, while his good listening ‘This Time’ LP (K56804) also has the nice 46/92bpm ‘Your Sweet Love’ slowie and quietly tapping comes-and-goes 118bpm ‘Love Is Real’ jitterer.

CRUSADERS: ‘Last Call’ (from LP ‘Rhapsody And Blues’, MCA MCG 4010)
With ‘Soul Shadows’ eventually appearing on 12in, the other useful cuts off a disappointing set are this deceptively fast 124-123-124bpm but polite tootler and the slinkily building 98-99-100bpm ‘Honky Tonk Struttin’’.

BARBARA THOMPSON: ‘Sunset’ (MCA 621)
Great rattling, thumping and bumping sprightly 127-128bpm 7in jazz sax instrumental from the home-grown UK jazz artist deserves DJ attention but needs a 12in.

RICK CLARKE: ‘Potion (instrumental)’ (enquiries to Les McCutcheon on 0602-410053)
The other current moody white label mystery record, and although still not blindingly brilliant this synthetically yowling Atmosfear-type UK-recorded steadily burbling 123-121-122-121bpm 12in brassy pusher ¡s perhaps better than a cursory listen and other peoples’ adverse comments initially led me to believe. The answer, if for record makers to ship their product to me pronto so I can review it in comfort at home! [sic]

GAYLE ADAMS: ‘Stretch’ In Out’ (Epic EPC 13-8791) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
This jittery chugging jaunty smacker recalculates on 12in at 112-111-112-111-113(break onwards)bpm, the joyously zapping ‘Plain Out Of Luck’ B-side clocking in at a brutally edited 121-122-123-120bpm that misses the great synth finish and somehow loses its stereo signal momentarily near the end. Stick with the album!

CHIC: ‘Rebels Are We’ (Atlantic K 115391) (BNDA debut 7/26/80)
Trademarked typical jerky sound but somehow this lurching 121bpm 12in backbeat smacker seems particularly irritating and empty (though possibly this sparse almost reggae feel will become nagging with familiarity), ‘Open Up’ being a strange 104bpm jazzy strings instrumental flip.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ‘Landlord’ (CBS 12-8542) (‘Bourgie Bourgie’ BNDA debut 6/14/80)
Amazingly the ultra-hot radio-plugged ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ is delayed so this admittedly lovely pent-up jogging 43/87bpm US soul chart topper can go on 3-track 12in with the romping 0-120bpm ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ and jerky 125bpm ‘We Need Hearts’.

RHYZE: ‘Just How Sweet Is Your Love’ (Epic EPC 13-8794) (BNDA debut 5/10/80)
Steadily smacking simple chugging 118-119bpm 12in thudder with glibly soulful melodic chanting has been moderately popular for months.

IRENE CARA: ‘Fame’ (RSO 2090450) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
Donna Summer-ish 131bpm 7in, title tune from a stunningly kaleidoscopic film (with mind-blowing quadraphonic effects) about kids at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts, the soundtrack LP (2479253) including also the exhilarating frantic 137-136-137-0bpm ‘Hot Lunch Jam’ and Linda Clifford-sung clomping 120bpm ‘Red Light’, music penned/produced by Lesley Gore’s brother Michael. See the movie when it opens.

VIOLA WILLS: ‘Up On The Roof’ (Ariola Hansa AHAD 564)
Brightly galloping 124bpm 12in Drifters revival strictly for pop crowds.

JAVAROO: ‘Breakin’ In’ (Capitol 12CL 16142)
Limp sub-Bee Gees 119-120bpm 12in chugger only beefs up ¡n the break.

FRANK SINATRA: ‘Theme From New York, New York’ (Reprise K 14502)
Superb brassily blasting 55/110-96bpm version is a must for MoR mobile jocks . . . and I’m not prejudiced towards the song this particular week!

SHEENA EASTON: ‘9 To 5’ (EMI 5066)
Pop they may be, but I loved ‘Modern Girl’ and this breezy 123bpm 7in smacker is just as infectious.

CARLY SIMON: ‘Come Upstairs’ (Elektra K 17644) (BNDA debut 8/23/80)
Carly does a Blondie on 140bpm 7in.

SHADOWS: ‘Heart Of Glass’ (EMI 5083)
Basic 117bpm 7in Blondie instrumental soundalike for mobiles.

STEPHEN BISHOP & YVONNE ELLIMAN: ‘Your Precious Love’ (Warner Bros. K 17668)
Ashford & Simpson-penned nice lurching rolling 38/76bpm 7in blue-eyed soul swayer.


UK Disco Top 90 – July 19, 1980

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

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #2 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #3 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#4 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #5 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #6 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)
#9 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #10 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #11 (BNDA debut 3/22/80)
#12 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #14 (BNDA debut 4/26/80) / #15 (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
#17 (BNDA debut 4/12/80) / #19 (BNDA debut 4/19/80) / #20 (BNDA debut 3/1/80)
#22 (BNDA debut 10/4/80) / #23 (BNDA debut 4/5/80) / #24 (BNDA debut 3/8/80)
#25 (BNDA debut 7/12/80) / #26 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #28 (BNDA debut 9/8/79)
#29 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #30 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #31 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#33 (BNDA debut 6/14/80) / #35 (BNDA debut 5/17/80) / #37 (BNDA debut 9/6/80)
#38 (BNDA debut 12/22/79) / #39 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #48 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#52 (BNDA debut 1/26/80) / #54 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #55 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#57 (BNDA debut 4/14/79) / #59 (BNDA debut 3/29/80) / #62 (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
#64 (BNDA debut 11/22/80) / #66 (BNDA debut 6/28/80) / #68 (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
#69 (BNDA debut 8/23/80) / #72 (BNDA debut 4/21/79) / #73 (BNDA debut 8/16/80)
#75 (BNDA debut 6/7/80) / #78 (BNDA debut 3/8/80) / #79 (BNDA debut 5/17/80)
#81 (BNDA debut 5/27/78) / #84 (BNDA debut 3/1/80) / #85 (BNDA debut 6/14/80)
#86 (BNDA debut 5/31/80) / #90 (BNDA debut 4/5/80)


Bubbling under the UK Disco Top 90:

ISLEY BROTHERS: ‘Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)’ (Epic 7”)
DONALD BYRD: ‘Dominoes’ (Blue Note 12”)
RICK CLARKE: ‘Potion’ (white label 12”)
CHICO HAMILTON: ‘Strut’ / ‘Magic Fingers’ / ‘Mysterious Maiden’ (Elektra 12”)
GIBSON BROTHERS: ‘Mariana’ (Island 7”)
LEVEL 42: ‘Love Meeting Love’ (Elite 12”)
SADAO WATANABE: ‘Samba Do Marcos’ / ‘Morning Island’ / ‘Down East’ / ‘We Are The One’ (Japanese JVC/Flying Disk LP)
HERB ALPERT: ‘Beyond’ (A&M 12”) (BNDA debut 7/12/80)
DETROIT SPINNERS: ‘Split Decision’ / ‘Now That You’re Mine Again’ (Atlantic LP)
PURE ENERGY: ‘Party On’ (US Prism 12”) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
CHOCOLATE MILK: ‘I’m Your Radio’ / ‘Hey Lover’ (US RCA 12”)
CURTIS MAYFIELD: ‘Love Me, Love Me Now’ (US RSO LP) (BNDA debut 7/26/80)
FATBACK: ‘Backstrokin’’ (US Spring 12” promo) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
GRACE JONES: ‘Private Life’ (Island 12”)
SHALAMAR: ‘I Owe You One’ (US Solar 12”)
JIMMY RUFFIN: ‘Night Of Love’ (RSO 12”)
BRICK: ‘Get Started’ / ‘Push Push’ / ‘Free’ / ‘Get Fired Up’ / ‘Sweet Lips’ (US Bang LP)
LAKESIDE: ‘From 9:00 Until’ (Solar 12”) (BNDA debut 5/24/80)
GIL SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON: ‘The Bottle’ (Inferno 12”)
CANDI STATON: ‘Betcha I’m Gonna Get Ya’ / ‘Looking For Love’ (US Warner Bros. LP) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)
DELEGATION: ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ (Ariola 12”)
JAVAROO: ‘Breakin’ In’ (Capitol 12”)
ELAINE & ELLEN: ‘Fill Me Up’ (US Ovation 12”) (BNDA debut 3/15/80)
STARPOINT: ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ (US Chocolate City 12”) (BNDA debut 8/9/80)
DYNASTY: ‘Do Me Right’ / ‘Day And Night’ / ‘Groove Control’ (US Solar LP) (BNDA debut 6/28/80)

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