February 14, 1981: Sharon Redd, Firefly, Barbara Mason, Marvin Gaye, T.S. Monk

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

SISTER SLEDGE’S Narada Michael Walden-produced new LP should be due this week . . . Tom Browne’s single has officially been flipped . . . Kool & The Gang’s 4-track 12in at over 21 minutes total playing time presumably now will not qualify for the singles chart . . . ConFunkShun’s ‘Play Widit’ flip, minus brassy intro, mixes basses beautifully out of Whispers ‘Imagination’ . . . Manu Dibango’s rare acetate remix of ‘Goro City‘ at 128 – 130 – 129 – 130bpm is dynamite out of ‘Southern Freeez’ percussion and was my biggest record at Gullivers last weekend . . . Lenny White’s ‘Fancy Dancer’ promo remix is 114 (intro) – 116 – 118 – 119 – 118bpm with lots of great bass breaks, and Hot Cuisine’s ‘All Fired Up’ remix is now 123 – 122bpm . . . Blondie ‘Call Me’ sung in Spanish (retitled ‘Llamame’) with instrumental flip is on US Salsoul 12in (SG 341) . . . Imagination’s much mucked-about but now finally finished ‘It’s Got To Be Good’ will introduce Excaliber’s new UK product label, R&B . . . Morgan Khan-type US whizz kid Ray Caviano’s RFC label has been dropped by its Warner Bros backers, but looks like moving within WEA to Atlantic, whereupon its new Change album will be released . . . Cecil Parker, William DeVaughn & Captain Sky move from TEC to WMOT following the two labels’ merger in the States – but how will this affect their different outlets here? . . . EMI in fact are now doing a commercial 12in of Cecil Parker’s ‘What It Is’, which didn’t exactly explode on promo 12in, the LP’s ‘Get On Up‘ being far hotter and surely a better bet . . . Gonzalez last week at Gullivers really cooked when they hit those charanga rhythms, little Linda Taylor sounding soulful and George Chandler wailing on ‘Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get’, before Clem Curtis and a show-stopping Bill Fredericks joined in for ‘Cloud Nine’ – what a night! . . . Gonzalez attracted such seldom seen celebrities as Freddie ‘Mr Superbad’ Mack and Johnny ‘Coca Cola, orange drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs on the right hand side’ Gunnell . . . Mayfair Gullivers has in fact opened up its downstairs disco into one large dancefloor for hard dancing sloppy dressers, keeping upstairs with tables for smarter boozers . . . Soho Le Beat Route found the switch from Wally fodder to jazz-funk too drastic for their regular punters even though the jazzateers liked it, so for the time being I’m back at Gullivers with Graham Gold on Saturdays as well as Fridays . . . Robbie Vincent is dead chuffed that his Radio London soul show on Saturday mornings goes stereo this week, but says he won’t be playing Eddie Russ even though he did buy it in Florida . . . Northampton’s jingle machine-making SIS have diversified into disco lighting with a budget priced 3 channel lighting controller and a range of light fittings which look neat and tidy, from simple spots to a six foot “flying saucer” with 24 downlighters . . . Dublin’s Dolphin Discs in Talbot Street is recommended by Bernie Lyons as the local DJs’ favourite source of new product and British Imports . . . Johnny Diamond and some other Brighton jocks have formed a new Brighton Disc Jockey Club whose modest aims are mainly to meet socially for self-help on the first Monday of each month, details it appears from H&R Cloakes record shop in Churchill Square . . . BDJC member Paul Clark (Brighton 698699) promises a coachload or two of jazz-loving supporters in return for any guest spots offered to him on Saturdays . . . Larry Foster (Ilford Room At The Top) hopes to get to Caister and challenge all the tribes to a dancing contest, and to out-dance them all – oh yeah, you and whose army?! . . . Swindon Bo Jangles kept its late licence thanks to the funkateer turnout . . . UK radio played the Reddings because of their Otis connection, so why not TS Monk with their similar Thelonious relationship? . . . Kool & The Gang ‘Celebration’ has hit number one in the US charts . . . Barbra Streisand’s latest singing partner for a future single is – Stevie Wonder! . . . Rob Harknett (Harlow) nominates Kim Cordell ‘We’re Having A Gang Bang‘ (Look) as the new World’s Worst Record . . . Alan Taylor (Rothesay Paddle Boat) defends Tata Vega ‘You Keep Me Hanging On‘ as being an instant chart-topper with his Scottish punters – which just about sums it up . . . Russ Burcham (Rayleigh Crocs Bluenote Club) is another Essex jock on Groove Holmes ‘Let’s Groove‘ (Manhattan LP) . . . Chris Hill & I will be heading once more for Whitehaven’s Whitehouse on Wednesday March 11th . . . lan Turner (Colwyn Bay) asks whatever happened to disco pluggers Nicky Sands and Captaine Yvonne Marvill – whatever indeed? . . . Dolly Parton, by far the star of the movie, is gorgeous in ‘9 to 5’ and not at all like the Barbara Windsor that RCA’s current publicity pix suggest . . . Blackpool’s expatriate slimmer, now reputedly mixing in London’s gay heaven, turns out to have been responsible for a certain piece of vinyl . . . I am sorry but I do not intend listening to ‘Get Up And Boogie 1980’ ever again . . . KEEP IT GOOD!


SHARON REDD started out, somewhat surprisingly, as one of Bette Midler’s early Harlettes, before leaving the trio to go solo and co-writing ‘Free’ for Deniece Williams. Her relationship to veteran soul arranger/producer Gene Redd is still uncertain, although it’s no secret that her smash import LP (due here in April) comes from the team of Willie Lester & Rodney Brown who brought us Bobby Thurston and Gayle Adams. More importantly, the LP’s out and out winner is now out here on 12in, ‘Can You Handle It’. Well Kanu?


IMPORTS

FIREFLY: ‘Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side)’ (US Emergency EMDS 6515).
Smash-bound exciting powerful ‘Good Times’-structured 113 – 112bpm 12in thudder with great simple ingredients hitting a bass bumped groove before filling out for male Euro-vocals and then dropping out into a guitar scratched long break that then builds back up – try synching between KID ‘Don’t Stop’ and out of the break into ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’!

BARBARA MASON: ‘A Piece Of My Life’ LP (US WMOT JW37060).
The distinctively voiced ‘Yes I’m Ready’ lass returns, more mature but lovely as ever, with what must rank even now as one of the year’s best soul smooch sets absolutely bursting with superb slowies, including a 25bpm remake of her 1965 classic, some being sexy like the perfect fit lyrics of the 33bpm ‘All Inside Of Me‘ and 38/76bpm ‘You Did Not Stay Last Night‘, while all are so good that you’ll have to choose also from the 34 – 35bpm ‘Love Having You Around’, 17 – 34bpm ‘So In Love With You’. 0 – 32 – 33bpm ‘I’ll Never Love The Same Way Twice’, 39 – 40bpm ‘Playing With My Feelings’, 45/89bpm ‘You Know Who I Love’, 89 – 91bpm ‘On And Off’, and token 112bpm ‘Let Me Give You Love’. Just put it on and melt!

BERNARD WRIGHT: ‘Bread Sandwiches’ (LP ‘Nard’ US Arista GRP 5011).
Keyboardist’s strong varied jazz-cum-funk set with ballsy bass by Marcus Miller, this Rodney Franklin-type intense 116 – 119 – 116bpm piano instrumental (good before Young & Co ‘Strut Your Stuff’) working really well so far, although contenders are the bass thumped chattering sparse jiggly 116 (intro) – 118 – 119 – 120bpm ‘Just Chillin’ Out‘ smacker, smacking chunky 114bpm ‘Master Rocker‘ rumbler, P’funky 94 – 96 – 98 – 100bpm ‘Haboglabotribin‘ with goblin voices and ice cream van chimes, ‘Firebolt Hustle’ being a convoluted fast 0 – 122 – 124bpm jazz racer. ‘Spinnin’ an ultra-jittery specialist 110 – 111 – 113bpm snapper, ‘Music Is The Key’ a lush 42 – 43bpm smoocher, ‘We’re Just The Band’, a 119bpm funky fragment, and ‘Solar’ a straight Miles Davis jazz slowie. 

JERRY KNIGHT: ‘Perfect Fit’ (US A&M 2304-S).
Ultra exciting flashy 125bpm 7in bounder with bass synth, socking beat and acid rock guitar that’s perfect before the similarly pitched ‘Southern Freeez’ guitar – worth getting even on 7in.

FRANK HOOKER & POSITIVE PEOPLE: ‘Ooh Suga Wooga’ (LP ‘Frank Hooker & Positive People’ US Panorama BXL 1-3853).
Great gradually building episodic languid-seeming but powerful 105 – 107 – 108 – 109 – (110 – 111 – 112 rap) – 110bpm beefily bumping plodder reaches a rapper section towards the end and goes well before Mammatapee ‘Monster Fun’, while the remixed but otherwise unrestructured 111 – 114 – 115 – 116 – 118 (bass/scat) – 121 (conga) – 122 (brass) – 117bpm ‘This Feelin‘ now completely lacks that terrific bass synth oomph which for me, and surely many others, originally made it.

DENISE LA SALLE & SATISFACTION: ‘I’m Trippin’ On You’ (LP ‘Guaranteed’ US MCA MCA-5161).
Strong almost ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ type mellow 118 – 119bpm swayer has Positive Force-style guitar through a tapping break and could easily become big, ‘ERA (Equal Rights Amendment)‘ being a Millie Jackson-ish jittery 115bpm message rapper and ‘I’ll Get You Some Help‘ a thrusting 119bpm dated trucker, harking back as do most other cuts to her Memphis past.

LEPRECHAUN: ‘Loc-It-Up’ (US Citation CI-711).
Usefully good little gentle smacking 119 – 120 – 119 (break) – 120bpm 12in swinger with mellow male vocals and catchy sax figure, mixing beautifully between Whispers ‘It’s A Love Thing’ (which I’m playing now too!) and Demo Cates ‘Magic’.

ALICIA MYERS: ‘Spirit Of The Boogie’ (LP ‘Alicia’ US MCA MCA-5181).
One-time Al Hudson vocalist with a good buoyant bass-driven sparse bounding 117 (intro) – 121 – 123 – 122 – 124bpm wailer structured rather like Hamilton Bohannon’s ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ (which chops out of it perfectly). ‘Don’t Stop What You’re Doin‘ being a more flowing 117 – 120 – 122 – 121bpm backbeat tripper.

ONE WAY: ‘Push’ (LP ‘Love Is . . . One Way’ US MCA MCA-5163).
Slightly disappointing set from uncredited Al Hudson divided between a slow and a dance side, this being an extremely sparse 113 (intro) – 117 – 118bpm unison chanter with Prince ‘Head’-like backing, ‘I Didn’t Mean To Break Your Heart‘ a jittery 117 (intro) – 120 – 122 – 123bpm jiggler, ‘Be Serious‘ another smoother 118 – 121bpm jitterer and ‘Wait Until Tomorrow‘ a “live” effects-backed 131bpm pinch from ‘Masterblaster’ with good guitar.

PROJECT: ‘Love Rescue’ (Canadian PBI W-12032).
Out a while but largely ignored, this bouncily chugging jazzy 121bpm 12in strutter mixes superbly with MFSB’s main beat (forget the break this time!), although it is slightly spoilt by some shrill disco chix at times.

SADANE: ‘One Way Love Affair’ (US Warner Bros WBS 49663).
Mtume & Lucas-prod/penned impassioned bloke-sung lovely lushly easing 43 – 44bprn 7in soul slowie, trailing an imminent album.

TIERRA: ‘Together’ (US Boardwalk 4W8-5707).
LA Chicano group’s US Top 20 hit revival of the Intruders’ lovely 1967 smoocher here in a Spanish-sung 0 – 43/86 – 21 – 43bpm 12in version, superb out of Sadane, with a slowed down greasy rap near the end and an ultra-frantic pure Latin 139bpm ‘Latin Disco‘ flip.

MAURICE STARR: ‘Dance To The Funky Groove’ (US RCA PD-12162).
Never very hot when an LP track, this now beefily remixed 12in smacking 117 – 118bpm ‘Got My Mind Made Up’-copying pure simple dance rhythm thudder has been getting rave reaction from South Wales in particular.

BOHANNON: ‘Don’t Be Ashamed To Call My Name’ (US Phase II 4W8-5656).
Booming bass and clacking castanets chug along on slightly fluctuating 113bpm 12in building a bouncy monotonous groove with party noises and snatches of male/female vocal in – er – Billy Frazier style, the flip’s ‘Thinking Of You‘ being a fabulous fast 162 – 164bpm happy piano-played jazz clapper, full of zest.

REVELATION: ‘Feel It’ (US Handshake 4W8 5309).
Flipped as was the recent UK 7in by ‘When I Fall In Love‘ but now on welcome 12in, the soul vocal group’s 0 – 115 – 116bpm jittery steady swayer has placid piano cutting through the surface urgency and a new long instrumental extension, most DJ support coming so far from the North.

DENNIS DEAN: ‘Lady Change’ (Canadian Unidisc UNI-1040).
Buoyantly plunking brassily accented 122 – 123 – 124bpm 12in strutter with bland vocals intensifying over the bass later, while the bass really gets gritty on the 126 – 127bpm ‘I Feel It‘ flips exciting storming leaper which deserves even jazz attention.

BREEZE: ‘Just In The Nick Of Time’ (US Silver Dollar SD 1980).
Soulful guys-sung angrily snapping 114 – 112 – 113 – 114 (incl break) bpm 12in purposeful plodder with a title hookline the tunefulness of which is dulled by repetition.

CAROL DOUGLAS: ‘My Simple Heart’ (US 20th Century-Fox TCD-125).
Three Degrees oldie given a good powerfully clomping speeded-up simple 118 – 119bpm 12n treatment.

MR FOX: ‘Smooth Talk’ (US Golden Flamingo 16000).
Predictable 108bpm 12in rapper, good enough of its type, with an instrumental ‘Party Track’ flip.


UK NEWIES

SHARON REDD: ‘Can You Handle It’ (Epic EPC 13-9572).
Dynamite rattling, tapping and jiggling deceptively frisky 109 – 108 – 109bpm 12in jogging swayer with great jazzy sax and guitar breaks between Sharon’s soulfully unhurried repeated questioning, all filled with an infectious urgency driven by conga-kicking bumpy beats.

MARVIN GAYE: ‘Heavy Love Affair’ (LP ‘In Our Lifetime’ Motown STML 12049).
Superb ‘What’s Goin’ On’-style 99 – 98 – 99bpm jiggling swayer (great between Yarbrough & Peoples and Boz Scaggs), already by far the set’s biggie but evidently the lilting convoluted smooth 0 – 117 – 118bpm ‘Praise‘ could be its first single, while the rolling 112 – 114 – 113bpm ‘Funk Me‘ and skipping 120 – 122 – 121bpm ‘Love Party‘ are bass-bubbled continuations of his old ethereal multi-layered sound, and ‘Love Me Now Or Love Me Later’ a nice 81 – 79 – 80bpm slowie.

T.S. MONK: ‘Candidate For Love’ (LP ‘House Of Music’ Mirage K 50773).
Slow-starting then smoothly romping chix-sung 0 – 121 – 123bpm lightweight ‘I Love Music’-ish galloper is fairly bland but jazz jocks like it and many mix (minus intro) out of ‘Imagination’s’ bass break, ‘Can’t Keep My Hands To Myself‘ being a squeaky pleasant 54/108 – 53/105bpm jogger.

JOE SAMPLE: ‘Burnin’ Up The Carnival’ (LP ‘Voices In The Rain’ MCA 5172).
I personally prefer the harder sound of this the original 106 – 107 – 108 – 110 – 0bpm version of his now drastically altered 12in-issued Latin jiggler, all the other tracks being for strictly specialist (or home) play only.

LINX: ‘Intuition’ (Chrysalis CHS 12-2550).
Commendably different and excellently made 123 (intro) – 120 – 121 – 123 (break on) bpm 12in jitterer with an underlying Heatwave-type smooth drive obscured by tricky steel drums and Latin American flavour, making it difficult for normal disco use (although middle-aged Wallys may find it easy), the more ‘You’re Lying’-like 119 (intro) – 102 – 122bpm ‘Together We Can Shine‘ flip being a straightforward atmospheric cool bumper, equally well made if not particularly incisive.

THE JACKSONS: ‘Can You Feel It’ (Epic EPC 13-9554).
Dramatically introed totally pop-orientated exciting 125 – 126bpm galloper like a disco ‘Evita’ with Village People beat on 3-track 12in with a full length 121bpm “special disco version” of ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ and the lightweight squeaky 130bpm ‘Wonderin’ Who‘.

ADRIAN BAKER: ‘High Time’ (Polo 127).
Liquid Gold’s producer has successfully hoodwinked several “hip” jocks into playing this admittedly well made but otherwise not dissimilar 126bpm 12in “disco” jiggler with instrumental flip by pushing out white labels through import-orientated specialist shops – which I can’t help finding perversely funny.

SHAKATAK: ‘Living In The UK’ (Polydor POSPX 12-230).
By now with an immediately recognisable “Shakatak Sound”, this pleasant piano-led 117bpm 12in instrumental loper with vocoder refrain is just what you’d expect, if maybe a bit bland. The 94/47bpm ‘Esperito‘ flip being a gentle slow jogger. It’s on white label until the end of the month.

POWERLINE: ‘Double Journey’ (Elite DAZZ 7).
Monotonously burbling empty (or if you prefer, eerily spacey) 0 – 131 (intro) – 133 – 132bpm 12in instrumental, first in a sort of dub version and then repeating the original A-side’s ‘Journey’ treatment – but it’s not selling at all well after an initial burst.


DJ TOP 20

JIMMIE BELL of Twiggs Entertainments from Denny, near Falkirk between Glasgow and Edinburgh (so in other words it’s in Scotland), doesn’t tell us anything more about himself or where he plays, but has sent in a Top 20 that prompted chart compiler Alan Jones to remark, “The most bizarre collection of the week” . . . and indeed it is! This is not intended as a put-down of Jimmie, variety being the spice of life for most people, but I think it’s worth printing the full listing. So this is Scotland . . .

1. Bits & Pieces III – Various – Canadian 12in
2. Manhattan Shuffle – 212 – US LP
3. Watch Out For Goofy – Walt Disney Prod’s – Pickwick LP
4. Wanna Be A Rollin’ Stone – Nadine Expert – French AB 12in
5. If You Walk Out That Door – Jerome – DJM 12in
6. Rock Me – Cerrone – US Atlantic 12in promo
7. Margherita – Massara – Champagne 12in
8. Good Morning Starshine – Hair Disco – RCA LP
9. Do Re Me For Soul – Richard Evans – US Horizon 12in
10. Rapture – Blondie – Chrysalis 12in
11. I’m Starting Again – Grace Kennedy – DJM 12in
12. Vienna – Ultravox – Chrysalis 12in
13. Can’t Hide It (I Came Here To Dance) – Le Pamplemousse – US AVI LP
14. Dead Man’s Curve – Nash The Slash – DinDisc
15. Disco Mickey Mouse – Walt Disney Prod’s – Pickwick LP
16. Fade To Grey – Visage – Polydor 12in
17. The Freeze – Spandau Ballet – Chrysalis 12in
18. New York New York – Frank Sinatra – Reprise
19. Love Out Of Reach – Willie Ellison – Red Bus 12in
20. You And Me – Spargo – Champagne 12in

(Thanks a lot, Ian & Nick!)


UK Disco Top 90 – February 14, 1981

01 01 Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music – Mercury 12”
02 02 Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me – Mercury 12”
03 04 Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove – GTO 12”
04 03 James Brown – Rapp Payback – RCA 12”/US TK LP
05 05 L.A.X. – All My Love – Epic 12”
06 07 MFSB – Mysteries Of The World – TSOP 12”
07 15 Blondie – Rapture – Chrysalis 12”
08 13 Freeez – Southern Freeez / Version – Beggars Banquet 12”
09 08 Light Of The World – I Shot The Sheriff – Ensign 12”
10 06 Fantasy – You’re Too Late – Epic 12”
11 10 Kool & The Gang – Celebration – De-Lite 12”
12 11 Whispers – Imagination / I Can Make It Better / Up On Soul Train / Continental Shuffle – US Solar LP
13 09 Eddy Grant – Do You Feel My Love – Ensign 12”
14 12 Stevie Wonder – I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It – Motown 12”
15 14 (New York) Skyy – Here’s To You / No Music – Excaliber 12”
16 20 Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson – The Bottle – Vintage Champagne 12”
17 39 Joe Sample – Burnin’ Up The Carnival – MCA 12”
18 16 T.S. Monk – Bon Bon Vie – Mirage 12”
19 24 Cloud – All Night Long (Remix) / Take It To The Top – UK Champagne 12”
20 18 Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love – CBS 12”
21 22 Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It / Try My Love On For Size / You Got My Love / It’s A Lie – US Prelude LP
22 17 Patrice Rushen – Never Gonna Give You Up – Elektra 12”
23 66 Rah Band – Slide / Drat That Cat – DJM 12”
24 23 It’s A Love Thing – Whispers – US Solar 12”
25 25 T.S. Monk – Candidate For Love / Can’t Keep My Hands To Myself – US Mirage LP
26 19 Various – Bits & Pieces III – Canadian Special Disco Mixer 12”
27 29 Beggar & Co – (Somebody) Help Me Out / Rising Sun – Ensign 12”
28 21 Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me) – Excaliber 12”
29 28 Level 42 – (Flying On The) Wings Of Love (Remix ’81) – Polydor 12”
30 42 Inversions – Passport / Mr Mac / In The Meantime – Groove Prod 12”
31 32 Unlimited Touch – I Hear Music In The Streets – Epic 12”
32 34 K.I.D. – Don’t Stop – Groove/EMI 12”
33 87 Kleeer – Get Tough – US Atlantic LP
34 40 Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair / Funk Me / Praise / Love Party / Love Me Now Or Love Me Later – US Tamla LP
35 33 Wilton Felder – Insight – MCA 12in
36 63 Millie Jackson – I Had To Say It – Spring 12”
37 36 Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) – GTO 12”
38 35 Funk Masters – Love Money – Tania Music 12”
39 59 Harry Thumann – Underwater – Decca 12”
40 48 The Reddings – Remote Control / The Awakening – Epic
41 26 BT Express – Stretch / Do It (Till You’re Satisfied) / Express – Excaliber 12”
42 27 UK Players – Everybody Get Up – A&M 12”
43 51 Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You – Island 12”
44 52 Odyssey – Hang Together – RCA 12”
45 31 Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out – Motown 12”
46 45 ConFunkShun – Too Tight / Play Widit – Mercury 12”
47 37 Young & Company – Strut Your Stuff (Sexy Lady) / Waiting On Your Love / Checking You Out – US Brunswick LP/12” promo
48 43 Fuse One – Grand Prix / Double Steal – Japanese CTI LP
49 38 Central Line – (You Know) You Can Do It / We Chose Love – Mercury 12”
50 90 Ozone – Love Zone / Mighty-Mighty / Jump On It / Rock And Roll, Pop And Soul / Ozonic Bee Bop – US Motown LP
51 54 Mystic Touch – Get Yourself Together / Party People – US Reflection 12”
52 46 Slave – Watching You / Dreamin’ – Atlantic 12”
53 30 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday / Lately / Do Like You / Did I Hear You Say You Love Me – Motown LP/12” promo
54 79 Linda Clifford – Runaway Love – US Curtom 12” promo
55 NE Gene Dunlap – Love Dancin’ / It’s Just The Way I Feel / Rock Radio / Surest Things Can Change / Before You Break My Heart – US Capitol LP
56 74 Breakfast Band – L.A.14 – Disc Empire 12”
57 85 Tom Browne – Midnight Interlude / Magic – Arista GRP 12”
58 58 Bar-Kays – Boogie Body Land – Mercury 12”
59 44 Ernie Watts – Just Holdin’ On – Elektra 12”
60 NE Spectrum – Taking It To The Top – Smokey 12”
61 76 Hot Cuisine – All Fired Up / Dancin’ Me To Ecstacy – Kaleidoscope 12”
62 65 Nick Straker Band – A Little Bit Of Jazz – CBS 12”
63 NE Grace Kennedy – I’m Starting Again – DJM 12”
64 47 Grover Washington Jr – Let It Flow / Winelight – Elektra 12”
65 NE Bill Summers – T.V. / Call It What You Want / You Better Turn Around / Jammin’ / Snatch (Is A Dance) / Summer Fun – US MCA LP
66 56 Change – The Glow Of Love – WEA 12”
67 75 David Bendeth – Goldmine / Love Collect – Ensign 12”
68 61 Freeez – Flying High / Mariposa (Butterfly) / Caribbean Winter – Beggars Banquet LP
69 71 Rose Royce – I Wanna Make It With You / You’re A Winner – Whitfield LP
70 NE Mammatapee – Monster Fun / Dance With Me Baby – US Whitfield LP
71 RE Kool & The Gang – Jones Vs Jones / Summer Madness / Funky Stuff / Hollywood Swinging – De-Lite 12” EP
72 86 Free Expression – Chill-Out! – US Vanguard 12”
73 88 One On One – Body Music – US Bonus 12”
74 83 Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love – US Uno Melodic 12”
75 53 Hiroshima – Cruisin’ J-Town – Arista 12”
76 NE Freda Payne – Band Of Gold – Vintage Champagne 12”
77 69 Coffee – I Wanna Be With You / Slip And Dip – De-Lite 12”
78 73 Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park / Don’t Know What To Say – Fantasy 12”
79 NE Diana Ross – It’s My Turn – Motown
80 78 Heatwave – Posin’ ‘Til Closin’ / Jitterbuggin’ / Turn Around / Goin’ Crazy – GTO LP
81 NE Wizzdom – Free Bass / W-I-Z-Z-D-O-M – US TK 12”
82 NE Lenny White/Twennynine – Fancy Dancer (Remix) – WEA 12in promo
83 60 Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson – Back Together Again / Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long / Love Is A Waiting Game / Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love) – US Atlantic LP
84 64 Altitude – Six Nine Shuffle – UK Champagne 12”
85 84 Shalamar – Full Of Fire – US Solar 12”
86 81 James Brown – Funky Men / Honky Tonk – US TK LP
87 NE Mikio Masuda – My Delight – Japanese Electric Bird LP
88 NE Frank Hooker & Positive People – Ooh Suga Wooga / This Feelin’ (Remix) – US Panorama LP
89 NE Firefly – Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) – US Emergency 12”
90 72 Norman Giscombe Jnr – Get Up And Dance – Pressure 12”


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Frankie Valli: ‘Soul’ (MCA 12in)
Demo – Barry: ‘Funk’ (Canadian Scorpio 12in)
Bernard Wright: ‘Bread Sandwiches’ / ‘Spinnin’ / ‘Just Chillin’ Out’ / ‘Firebolt Hustle’ / ‘Haboglabotribin’ / ‘Master Rocker’ (US Arista GRP LP)
Ray Carless: ‘Tarantula Walk’ / ‘New Born Child’ (Ensign 12in promo)
Delegation: ‘Singing’ (Ariola 12in)
Toshiyuki Honda: ‘Burning Waves’ (Japanese Electric Bird LP)
Nobuo Yagi: ‘Mi Mi Africa’ (Japanese Invitation LP)
Jerry Knight: ‘Perfect Fit’ (US A&M)
Trammps: ‘Looking For You’ (Atlantic 12in)
Lenny Williams: ‘Ooh Child’ (MCA)
Sunburst: ‘Sunburst’ / ‘Circus Time’ (Japanese JVC LP)
Manu Dibango: ‘Goro City (Remix)’ / ‘Happy Feelin’ (Island 12in promo)
Rose Royce: ‘Golden Touch’ (Whitfield 12in)
Tata Vega: ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ (Motown 12in)
Cassandra: ‘Thank You For The Many Things You’ve Done’ (Chrysalis 12in)
Al Foster: ‘She Is The Greatest Dancer’ (Japanese Better Days LP)
Second Image: ‘Dance Dance Dance’ / ‘The Jazzy Dancer’ (Polydor 12in)
Sister Sledge: ‘All American Girls’ (US Cotillion)
George Benson: ‘What’s On Your Mind’ / ‘Turn Out The Lamplight’ (Warner Bros 12in)
Maurice Starr: ‘Dance To The Funky Groove’ (US RCA 12in)


DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(1) Spandau Ballet ‘Freeze’, 2(2) Adam ‘Ant-music’, 3(13) Visage, 4(5) Susan Fassbender, 5(1) John Lennon ‘Imagine’, 6(3) The Look, 7(4) Police, 8(7) Lennon ‘Woman’, 9(9) Specials, 10(8) Nolans, 11(12) Spandau ‘Story’, 12(10) Bad Manners, 13(-) Madness, 14(11) Beat, 15(-) Phil Collins, 16(-) Ultravox, 17(17) Police ‘Voices’, 18(-) Cliff Richard, 19(14) David Bowie, 20(-) Gen X, 21(21) Steve Winwood, 22(19) Lennon ‘Starting Over’, 23(15) Robert Palmer, 24(18) Racey, 25(-) Coast To Coast.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries on 7in are:
Joe Dolce 60/120c, Stray Cats 203 – 0c, Jam 141f, Freeez 125 (intro) – 128f, Barry Manilow 0 – 16 – 35f, Angelic Upstarts 178c, George Benson 0 – 105f, Talking Heads 119f, Rah Band 62 (intro) – 116f, Beggar & Co 58 (intro) – 116f, Krankies 135f, Kelly Marie 116f.

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