September 27, 1980: Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale, Frankie Smith, La Toya Jackson, George Benson, Teena Marie

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

CITY SOUNDS have a limited edition white label “Family Mix” of Linx . . . Light Of The World’s album will be on white label in a fortnight and out in a month, but their white label 12in ‘A New Soft Song‘ will not be on it (or on the commercial 12in) . . . Ensign’s white label of Incognito ‘Parisienne Girl‘ is a specialist loosely structured episodic lazily shuffling throbbing jazzy swayer, slower seeming than 127 – 121 (vocal) – 125 – 123 – 121 (piano) – 122 (vocal) -124bpm might suggest and more pleasant than hard hitting, the flute tootled 131 – 125 – 131 – 125 – 134 – 139 – 0bpm ‘Summer’s Ended’ flip getting grittier . . . Tom Browne ‘Fly High To The Sky‘ on one hearing, sounds too ramblingly disjointed despite its heavy funk to equal his last hit’s pop appeal . . . Fred Wesley will be on UK 12in next month . . . CBS have sent out a special 6-track US promo plugging Phil Int / TSOP tracks by Teddy P, McF & W, Stylistics, O’Jays, Leon Huff & Jones Girls . . . Kim Carnes ‘More Love‘, a US pop smash that deserves to hit here, has been upped to c.110bpm for a 12in re-release soon . . . Manchester’s Spin Inn shop seems to have scooped everyone with a new Terumasa Hino import, while Tony Monson’s, Chelsea Disc Empire shop expects a huge Japanese jazz shipment over the weekend to include David Matthews, John Stubblefield, Shigeharu Mukal, and the new Hino . . . Caisters first Saturday will have a ‘Gong Show’ – type talent contest on the night, with auditions during the afternoon, so each tribe’s “stars” can compete to become the World’s worst act! . . . Morgan Khan’s label is in fact spelt Excaliber to avoid complications with Calibre (it’ll be pressed by PRAT), while Dave McAleer’s DJM label is called Champagne and debuts with Geraldine Hunt plus Hiroshi Fukumura ‘Hunt Up Wind’ on 12in . . . ‘Give Me The Night’ has dropped 140 chart points and 24 DJs since its peak last month yet still stays at number one – will nobody rid me of this troublesome ‘Night’? – while Sheena Easton’s DORC hits would have been at 36 and 65 in the Disco 90 . . . Paul Butler (Kettering Mushroom Lighting/Roadshow) infos that Derek Thorne’s mystery Europop record query of last week is in fact Peter Griffith ‘Spiderman’ on German (and probably other nationality) LEMI 12in/7in . . . Phil Blizzard, back from a residency at Klaton’s Medusa Disco near Athens, returns to his Sunday rock spot on BBC Radio Stoke’s 2:50 Express and mobile gigs on the college circuit . . . Cuddles Canter has gone snuffling off to Israel for a week, leaving Nicky McKenzie in charge at Mayfair Gullivers . . . Wendy Hamilton, no relation, seems like a nice girl doesn’t she, Tom? . . . Bernie Lyons starts a new daytime segued soul show soon on Dublin’s Capital Radio (226 MW), funks Sackville Place Lord John’s every Wed/Friday and Swords Jets on Saturdays, and infos that Dublin’s own funk mafia consists of John Cronin, Dave Dean, Tony Dixon, Kieran Keogh, Tony O’Shea and himself . . . Greg Wilson replaces Nicky Flavell at Wigan Pier when on 8th October the latter opens Manchester’s new Legend in Princes Street . . . Darryl Hayden is resident most nights now at Kingston-on-Thames’ new Dolphin in Fife Road, turning it into the Funk Invader club on Sun/Wednesdays with Ian Shaw & Tony Marston, spinning Mod music Mondays with Nigel Simone and eating fire on Tues/Friday cabaret nights . . . Steve Jason says Peterborough’s Kebab House is bulging with DJ diners now (though Steve Allen’s ulcer can’t stand kebabs!), and adds that somehow he’s heard the Jazz Sluts are Barbara Dickson’s backing band – Oops! . . . Paul ‘Sherlock’ Clark and Fred ‘Shaft’ Dove played detectives recently at Wallington Alladins, tracking down hand-bag thieves . . . Steve Dennis (Edgbaston Faces) says he’ll eat the record if ‘Masterblaster doesn’t make number one . . . Stevie Wonder has no intention of recording ‘Let’s Get Serious’ – but then he has already done it once! . . . Paul Davison (Sawston Black Bull) followed Stevie’s last concert by taking in Kiss (he must be a Diana Ross fan!) and got three days off work when he caught their thrown blood-stained towel and was immediately trampled underfoot by a berserk mob of painted hairies . . . Dennis Brynner (Southampton Barbarellas) wonders if it’s swimming practice for when the rowing boat sinks as now Fatback gets his whole dancefloor wlnd-milling their arms in backstroke swimming style . . . Steve Ball (Stoke-On-Trent) wonders whatever happened to Hi-Tension – what indeed? . . . Rudy ‘Rapper’ Gilpin was briefly glimpsed on Sunday’s ‘It’ll Be All Right On The Night’ . . . Richard Attenborough is a jazz-funk DJ – true! – but under what assumed name? . . . Brian Brindle (Chelsea Alibi) wonders how other jocks cope when women come up and ask for “something funky – like Billy Joel, Bob Seger” . . . Jo ‘School-leaver’ Field (Hemel Hempstead) heard of someone who didn’t buy Linx when it came out just because it wasn’t on white label . . . Gary Allan (no relation) says his funky main room at Liverpool McMlllans, which officially holds 370, gets half a million people nightly, three nights a week – now then, girls, easy does it!


CHEESECAKE CORNER

Coffee, who are brewing up a smash in the shape of ‘Casanova’, is comprised of Lenora Dee Bryant, Glenda Hester and Elaine Sims, respectively from Georgia, Chicago and Tennessee but all now based in the Windy City. They decided on their stage name ‘cos Coffee, like them, is black, sweet ‘n’ pipin’ hot!


IMPORTS

WILLIE ‘BEAVER’ HALE: ‘Groove On’ (LP ‘Beaver Fever’ US Cat 2615).
A monster in the making, likely to be this winter’s Lowrell. It’s a dead simple mind-numbingly nagging repetitive little jittery 100 (intro) – 97 – 98bpm jogger already causing a sensation.

FRANKIE SMITH: ‘Double Dutch’ (US WMOT 4W8 5351). Fun-filled terrific call-and-answer bounding 118 – 119 – 118bpm 12in funk smacker with chaps ‘n’ chix swapping childish dares and taunts, making it a must for Caister crowd participation.

LA TOYA JACKSON: ‘If You feel The Funk’ (LP ‘La Toya Jackson’ US Polydor P0-1-6291).
Classily-produced star-studded set by the Jacksons’ sister with some of brother Michael’s sound, party noise starting this deceptively simple buoyantly chugging 122bpm smacker with beefy bass breaks and gimmicky tricks. ‘Are You Ready‘, being Billy Ocean’s 118bpm jittery smacker (which always was like ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’), and ‘Lovely Is She’ a pent-up breathily jiggly 0 – 40/81bpm slowie. 

INSTANT FUNK: ‘The Funk Is On’ LP (US Salsoul SA 8536).
Consistently good set despite an awful cover, the Randy Muller-penned title track chat-introed 116bpm funk smacker seguing through winding-down effects into the Larry Levan mixed charging 118bpm ‘Everybody‘, ‘It’s Cool‘ being a purposeful jiggly jaunty 96bpm heavy funker, ‘What Can I Do For You‘ a surprisingly good 29/58bm smoocher, ‘You’re Not Getting Older‘ a fast 126bpm romper with nice sentiments, the 122bpm ‘Funk-N-Roll‘ being a bit bitty.

MUTINY: ‘Funk Plus The One’ LP (US Columbia JC 36597).
Ex-Parliament drummer Jerome Brailey builds a great heavy funk feel and solid bass line but then lets monotonous repetition replace any further creativity so that nothing really stands on its own, although mixers may like bits of the ‘Oops-ish 107 – 109 – 111 – 109 – 111bpm ‘Semi-First Class Seat’, 115bpm ‘Will It Be Tomorrow?‘, 114 – 115bpm ‘Don’t Bust The Groove‘, 119bpm ‘One On One‘ and 111bpm ‘Reality’.

CAMERON: ‘Funkdown’ (US Salsoul SG 337).
The powerful heavy 109 – 111bpm funker with wobbly synth and acappella outro is now on 12in backed by a speeded-up 118 – 120 – 121 – 122bpm Tee Scott remix of ‘Let’s Get It Off‘ which isn’t actually as good as the original.

VERNON BURCH: ‘Fun City’ (LP ‘Steppin’ Out’ US Chocolate City CCLP 2014).
Perky little 120bpm smacker with plenty of space between smacks to make it an effective mixer, and better than the funkier 115bpm title track jitterer, excitingly starting but then tailing off sparse 125bpm ‘Hot And Sexy‘ smacker, and Stevie Wonder-ish 120bpm ‘Special Rhyme‘.

MAYNARD FERGUSON: ‘It’s My Time’ LP (US Columbia JC 36766).
Veteran bravura trumpet blaster’s nice steadily smacking 114 – 112 – 110bpm title track jogger has disco chix and percussion breaks. ‘Red Creek‘ after a doodling long intro becoming a rhythmically varied 120 – 124 – 123bpm good jazzy workout, his horn getting really noisy on a facile 0 – 111 – 113bpm version of EWF’s ‘Star‘.

TYRONE DAVIS: ‘How Sweet It Is’ (LP ‘I Just Can’t Keep On Going’ US Columbia JC 36598).
Straightforward brassily swinging 117 – 118 – 119 – 120bpm revival of Marvin Gaye’s Motown classic, the lovely slinky 40/81bpm ‘Overdue‘ being better than the 0 – 46/91bpm title track while the real smoochers are 31 – 32 – 33bpm ‘Never Stopped Loving You’ and 29bpm ‘Comon’ Back Baby’.


UK NEWIES

GEORGE BENSON: ‘Love X Love’ (Warner Bros LV41).
Lovely soaring 116bpm creamy pusher with jazzy gentle guitar licks, on 3-track 12in with the equally hot smacking 126bpm ‘Off Broadway‘ instrumental leaper and, appropriately, the old “live” marathon 124 (intro) – 120 – 119 – 118 – 115 – 120 (drums) – 122bpm ‘On Broadway‘ pressure cooker.

TEENA MARIE: ‘I Need Your Lovin’ (Motown 12TMG 1203).
Dynamite pent-up rumbling and rolling 110 – 111bpm 12in smacking jogger, the flip being a special (and rather hissy) 117bpm remix of ‘Behind The Groove’ segued into a less vocal version of the topside! (Vari-synched, the ‘Groove’ remix and Cameron ‘Let’s Get It Off’ mix back and forth for fab fun).

LIGHT OF THE WORLD: ‘London Town’ (Ensign ENY 4312).
With lyrics that aren’t for once about US place names and some schoolkids joining in, this lovely 25 – 102 – 105 – 102 – 105bpm 12in jogger mixes superbly out of Side Effect ‘Keep That Same Old Feeling’ – which ain’t so surprising as Augie Johnson produced and Wayne Henderson tootles trombone on both! ‘Pete’s Crusade‘ is the jittery Crusaders – inspired 121 – 122 (piano) – 121bpm brassy instrumental flip.

VILLAGE PEOPLE: ‘Magic Night’ (Mercury MERX 39).
Overly rushed 135 – 137bpm racer on 12in with the full 134bpm ‘Can’t Stop The Music’ as flip.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Bourgie Bourgie’ (Warner Bros K 17679T).
As suspected last week’s review was still from a faulty copy, so delete the “144” from the BPM because indeed it does not freak momentarily halfway. Also, adjust Coffee ‘Casanova’ to a correct 124 – 126 – 127 – 128 – 129 – 130bpm, make McFadden & Whitehead 119 (intro) – 120 – 121bpm, and add 1bpm onto the Whispers, Loleatta Holloway and Alfonzo Surrett UK 12in pressings.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries on 7in are Diana Ross 120 – 118 – 121f, Specials ‘Stereotype’ 0 – 122f / ‘International Jet Set’ 0 – 55/109f, Black Slate 61/122f, William DeVaughn 109 – 107 – 108f, Hall & Oates 23/46 – 46/92f, Marti Webb 27 – 56/112 – Or, Linx 121f, Gary Glitter ‘Gang’ 0 – 160f / ‘Rock & Roll’ 128f, Scorpions 175 (intro) – 102 – 105 – 104f.


DJ TOP TEN

DAVE RAWLINGS, resident at Reading Rebecca’s and also at Caversham Grosvenor, says we can call him an old fashioned romantic if we like, but he’s one of those jocks who has never stopped playing slowies even when they went through an unfashionable period recently. He also writes a nice line in Waxie Maxie-style soft porn to illustrate the joys of smooching. As WEA’s Fred Dove remarks, “Slow records attract couples to clubs and discos” – so here are Dave ‘Dr Romance’ Rawlings’ current bum-clutchers! He’s not on Fred’s list, is he?!

1. ONE IN A MILLION YOU – Larry Graham – Warner Bros
2. IF YOU’RE LOOKIN’ FOR A WAY OUT – Odyssey – RCA
3. ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY – Randy Crawford – Warner Bros
4. NOW THAT YOU’RE MINE AGAIN – Detroit Spinners – Atlantic
5. HONEY HONEY – David Hudson – TK
6. TURN OUT THE LAMPLIGHT – George Benson – Warner Bros LP
7. LOVE GROOVE – Surface Noise – Groove Production
8. ALL I NEED – David Rollin – US Warner Bros LP
9. DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY – John Klemmer – US Elektra LP
10. CLOSE – Jimmy T & Ricky D – Laser


MIX MASTER

MIX MASTER super segues (most needing vari-speed fine tuning) are Zapp ‘More Bounce’, down into Brass Construction ‘How Do You Do’ (at main beat), up into Ben E King ‘Music Trance’ (the same bass line!); or Teena Marie ‘Lovin’, into Idris Muhammad ‘For Your Love’, into William DeVaughn ‘Thankful’ (or alternatively, up into Ned Doheny); while Ernie Watts, dynamite out of Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’ or Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne ‘Is It In’, synchs sensationally towards the end into Funkadelic ‘Knee Deep’ – and don’t forget Funkadelic ‘One Nation’ out of Michael Henderson ‘Wide Receiver’ (“too wide to get under”!).


NEW CHART

JAZZ JOCKS keep listing specialist tracks which while musically good, can hardly be classified as terribly important dance tunes. Although there is a following for obscurities, I hardly think that five people jiggling in a corner while everyone else stands around looking bored is an adequate “floor” reaction to justify including those tunes in a disco chart. However, there is a case to be made for our starting a new ‘Wine Bar Chart’ for those good jazz tracks that are not necessarily monster floor-fillers. Do please go on listing the truly big jazz dancers in your normal chart return, but if there are other tracks that are better background listening rather than positive dancers, can you note them down under a separate heading? That way we’ll come up with an interesting and useful chart for those jocks who are not always in a dance environment – the Wine Bar Chart seems an appropriate name.


DORC (Dance Orientated Rock Chart)
1 (1) Sheena Easton ‘9 to 5’, 2 (2) Sheena Easton ‘Modern Girl’, 3 (4) Piranhas, 4 (3) Cliff Richard, 5 (5) David Bowie, 6(8) Billy Joel, 7 (6) Abba, 8 (12) Paul Simon, 9 (9) Roxy Music, 10 (-) Odyssey, 11 (7) Jam, 12 (10) ONJ/ELO ‘Xanadu’, 13 (20) Hazel O’Connor, 14 (17) Selector, 15(-) Bob Marley, 16 (13) Shakin Stevens, 17 (16) Mike Berry, 18 (11) ELO, 19 (18) Ultravox, 20 (-) Madness.


UK Disco Top 90 – September 27, 1980

01 01 George Benson – Give Me The Night – Warner Bros. 12″
02 06 Rick James – Big Time – Motown 12”
03 02 Fatback – Backstrokin’ – Spring 12″
04 03 Gap Band – Oops Up Side Your Head – Mercury 12″
05 11 Linx – You’re Lying – Aves/Chrysalis 12”
06 04 Locksmith – Unlock The Funk / Blackjack / Far Beyond – Arista 12″
07 05 Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica (N.Y.) – Arista GRP 12″
08 10 Deodato – Night Cruiser / Groovitation / Love Magic / Uncle Funk – Warner Bros. LP
09 07 Change – Searching / Angel In My Pocket – WEA 12″
10 13 William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – EMI 12”
11 08 Gladys Knight & The Pips – Taste Of Bitter Love – CBS 12″
12 09 Diana Ross – Upside Down – Motown 12″
13 20 Black Slate – Amigo – Ensign 12″
14 22 Shalamar – I Owe You One – Solar 12″
15 14 Rose Royce – Pop Your Fingers – Whitfield 12″
16 12 Hiroshi Fukumura – Hunt Up Wind / Captain Caribe – US Inner City LP
17 15 Ashford & Simpson – Love Don’t Make It Right – Warner Bros. 12”
18 21 Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love – Calibre Plus 12″
19 23 Geraldine Hunt – Can’t Fake The Feeling – US Prism 12”
20 25 Queen – Another One Bites The Dust – EMI/US Elektra 12” Promo
21 27 Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin’ / Behind The Groove (Remix) – Motown 12”
22 17 George Benson – Love X Love / Off Broadway – Warner Bros 12”
23 26 Coffee – Casanova – De-Lite 12”
24 18 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – US Brunswick 12″
25 16 Stacy Lattisaw – Dynamite – Atlantic 12″
26 19 Cameron – Let’s Get It Off / Magic Of You – Salsoul 12″
27 41 Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away / Blue Flame – Warner Bros. 12”
28 24 Dells – All About The Paper / I Touched A Dream – 20th Century-Fox 12″
29 36 Stevie Wonder – Masterblaster (Jammin’) (Motown 12”)
30 31 Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You – Solar 12″
31 43 Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love – Japanese CBS Sony LP
32 28 Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out – RCA 12″
33 32 Surface Noise – Dancin’ On A Wire / Love Groove – Groove Production 12″
34 35 Level 42 – Love Meeting Love – Polydor 12″
35 45 Jimmy Senyah – Weakness For Your Sweetness – Rokel 12″
36 29 Baby’O – In The Forest – Calibre 12″
37 34 Shakatak – Steppin’ – Polydor 12″
38 39 Village People – Can’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
39 44 Ramsey Lewis – Colors In Space / Come Back Jack / High Point / Whisper Zone / Hell On Wheels / Caribbean Blue – CBS LP
40 38 S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) – Tabu 12″
41 33 Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat – Atlantic 12″
42 49 80’s Ladies – Ladies Of The Eighties – US Uno Melodic 12”
43 NE Light Of The World – London Town / Pete’s Crusade – Ensign 12” Promo
44 66 Ernie Watts – Just Holdin’ On – US Elektra LP
45 83 Diana Ross – My Old Piano – Motown 12”
46 53 Nick Straker Band – A Walk In The Park – Pinnacle 12”/CBS
47 46 Gibson Brothers – Mariana – Island
48 30 George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair – Epic 12″
49 40 Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee – CBS 12″
50 56 Chocolate Milk – I’m Your Radio – RCA 12”
51 51 Roberta Flack – Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long – Atlantic 12″
52 50 McFadden & Whitehead – I Heard It In A Love Song – TSOP 12”
53 48 Crown Heights Affair – You’ve Been Gone / Far Out – De-Lite 12″
54 59 Michael Henderson – Wide Receiver – US Buddah LP/12” Promo
55 65 Fred Wesley – House Party – US RSO
56 62 Teddy Pendergrass – Take Me In Your Arms Tonight / Love T.K.O. / Can’t We Try / Feel The Fire – Phil Int LP
57 26 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Can You Get To This – US De-Lite LP
58 54 Flakes – Sugar Frosted Lover – Calibre 12″
59 58 Ritz – I Wanna Get With You – US Posse 12″
60 NE Mirage – Summer Grooves – Flamingo 12”
61 64 Starpoint – I Just Wanna Dance With You – Casablanca 12”
62 61 Detroit Spinners – Split Decision / Now That You’re Mine Again – Atlantic 12”
63 82 D.I.S.C.O. / You’re OK – Ottawan – Carrere 12”
64 71 Norman Connors – Take It To The Limit – Arista 12”
65 84 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out / Tenderness – Motown LP
66 72 Brass Construction – How Do You Do / We Are Brass / Do Ya – US UA LP
67 67 Maze – Joy And Pain / Changing Times – US Capitol LP
68 NE Sadao Watanabe – No Problem / Nice Shot / Up Country – US Columbia LP
69 60 Jean Carn – Was That All It Was – Philadelphia Int’l 12″
70 17 George Benson – Moody’s Mood / Turn Out The Lamplight / Dinorah Dinorah / Star Of A Story (X) – Warner Bros LP
71 52 A Taste Of Honey – Rescue Me / Boogie Oogie Oogie – Capitol 12″
72 55 Narada Michael Walden – I Don’t Want Nobody Else (To Dance With You) / You’re Soo Good – Atlantic 12″
73 74 Larsen-Feiten Band – Further Notice – Warner Bros/US LP
74 70 Sadao Watanabe – Nice Shot – Japanese Flying Disk LP
75 86 Michal Urbaniak – Joy / Nanava – US Motown LP
76 RE Kwick – Can’t Help Myself – EMI America 12”
77 69 Grace Jones – Private Life – Island 12″
78 68 Terumasa Hino – Send Me Your Feelings / Samba De La Cruz – Japanese Flying Disk LP
79 NE Gap Band – Party Lights / Baby Baba Boogie – Mercury 12”
80 57 Rhyze – Do Your Dance – Epic LP
81 75 Carrie Lucas – Keep Smilin’ – Solar 12”
82 73 Sadao Watanabe – Samba Do Marcos / Down East – Japanese Flying Disk LP
83 89 Casiopea – I Love New York / Asayake – Japanese Alta LP
84 NE Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce – US Warner Bros LP
85 81 Judy Roberts – The Other World – US Inner City LP
86 NE David Matthews – Cosmic City – Japanese Electric Bird LP
87 NE Willie ‘Beaver’ Hale – Groove On / Party Times – US Cat LP
88 63 Starship Orchestra – You’re A Star – CBS 12″
89 NE RJ’s Latest Arrival – Ultimate Masterpiece – US VR 12”
90 27 Teena Marie – Chains / You Make Love Like Springtime / First Class Love – US Gordy LP


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:
Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne – ‘Is It In’ (US Sunshine Sound 12ín)
Kanu Sukalagwun – ‘Stand Up Please’ / ‘Shaft’ / ‘In The Sheath’ (Japanese Flying Dick LP)
Pointer Sisters – ‘He’s So Shy’ (Planet)
Osibisa – ‘Moving On’ / ‘Celebratlon’ (Calibre 12in)
Larry Graham – ‘One In A Million You’ (Warner Bros)
Dave Valentin – ‘Astro-March’ / ‘Land Of The Third Eye’ / ‘Fantasy’ (US GRP LP)
Earth Wind & Fire – ‘Let Me Talk’ (CBS)
David Hudson – ‘Honey Honey’ (TK)
JR Funk & The Love Machine – ‘Feel Good Party Time’ (US Brass 12in)
John Klemmer – ‘Deja Vu’ / ‘Adventures In Paradise’ / ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away’ / ‘Magnificent Madness’ (US Elektra LP)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – ‘Behind The Mask’ (A&M 12in)
Dimples – ‘Confidential’ (Orbitone 12in)
Stephanie Mills – ‘D-a-n-c-i-n’ (20th Century-Fox 12in)
Leon Huff – ‘The Money’s Tight’ (US Phil Int)
Lakeside – ‘From 9:00 Until’ (Solar 12in)
Tom Browne – ‘Fly High To The Sky’ (Arista 12ín promo)
Jazz Sluts – ‘Fuchi (Free Spirit)’ (Epic 12in)
Pointer Sisters – ‘Save This Night For Love’ / ‘Could I Be Dreaming / ‘Special Things’ / ‘We Got The Power’ (Planet LP)
Kurtis Blow – ‘The Breaks’ (Mercury 12in)
Gibson Brothers – ‘Latin America’ / ‘On The Riviera’ / ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ / ‘Dancin’ The Mambo’ (Island LP)
Frankie Smith – ‘Double Dutch’ (US WMOT 12in)
Minnie Riperton ‘Here We Go’ / ‘I’m In Love Again’ / ‘Strange Affair’ (US Capitol LP)
David Ruffin – ‘All I Need’ / ‘Slow Dance’ (US Warner Bros LP)
Terumasa Hino – ‘Daydream’ (Japanese Flying Disk LP)
Zen ‘Music Is Life’ / ‘Just A Matter Of Time’ (Laser 12in)
Gonzalez – ‘Digital Love Affair’ (EMI 12in)
Incognito – ‘Parisienne Girl’ / ‘Summer’s Ended’ (Ensign 12in promo)
Bunny Brown – ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ (Groove Prod 12in)
Maynard Ferguson – ‘Red Creek’ / ‘Star’ / ‘Dance To Your Heart’ / ‘It’s My Time’ (US Columbia LP)
Idris Muhammad – ‘For Your Love’ (US Fantasy LP/12in promo)

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