September 26, 1981: Mike “T”, Savanna, Bob James, Geraldine Hunt, Candy Bowman


ORIN COZIER in a dramatic switch has left Phonogram to plug for Arista starting next week, and (starting mid-October) his place at Phonogram will be taken by — wait for this — Jeff Young! . . . Jeff the Boy Wonder, complete with new pixie haircut, is giving up his day job as a hospital laboratory technician (not a lot of people knew that!), while remaining at Dartford Flicks with Richard James as support jock every Thursday — Robbie Vincent now only doing Flicks once a month on a Friday with Colin Hudd . . . Central Line ‘Walking Into Sunshine’ (finally at number one) has for some reason been reissued (MERX 78) in an extended remix which mucks up the intro and emphasises the synth more starkly, to no great advantage that I can see . . . Kool & The Gang’s forthcoming new Deodato-produced album has been promoed on exclusive acetate by the somewhat bland and hookless 120bpm ‘Steppin’ Out‘ . . . Arthur Adams has been won for UK release by RCA, and Trevor Walters picked up by Magnet (despite a strong bid by DJM) . . . I gigged at a 50th birthday last Saturday in a marquee in gale lashed Hampshire, where before the dinner could even begin the wind ripped open and blew away half the tent — however, despite some hairy moments, my end held up and a great party then got going to the strains of ‘The Day The Rains Came’, ‘Just Walking In The Rain’, ‘Rhythm Of The Rain’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, and — the biggie — Gene Kelly’s ‘Singing In The Rain’! . . . psst, Old Bond Street’s Embassy is the place to be this Monday (28), ask for Tony The Tycoon . . . Checquers Record Shops (Lewisham/Catford/Crystal Palace) promote a live show with Freeez, Morrissey-Mullen, Inversions and Cayenne next Friday (2) at Catford’s Lewisham Concert Hall in Rushey Green, details on 01-761 1109 . . . Paul Clark turns 23 next Wednesday (30) at Brighton Busby’s, hic! . . . Al Taylor (Rhyl) is organising a coach from North Wales to the DJ Convention at Birmingham Faces on Sunday, 1st November, so any jocks in the area needing a lift let him know on 0745-825111 (Ext 37) or 0745-36757 . . . Geoff Scourfield has scrubbed enough names from Carrere’s mailing list to have room for new applicants, so send him your full work details at Carrere UK, 22 Queen Street, London W1X 7PJ . . . Nicky MacKenzie, back downstairs at Gullivers after some spiffing hols, would love more gigs on Sun/Mon/Tuesdays (01-789 9673) . . . Rose Royce’s ‘R.R. Express’, which Mark Summers (Chadwell Heath) points out is merely a retread of Nytro’s 113-114bpm ‘Nytro Express‘, is rumoured to be in danger of having the great shunting intro edited off for UK 12in, so get the album instead if this proves to be true . . . Kev Hill, whose Southend Rascals venue apparently closed without warning, has finally encouraged Record Shack to sign Essex jazz-funkers Elixia, plus he recommends the very useable ‘Heartbeat Rap’ bootleg mixer which incorporates bits of Grace Jones, Gino Soccio, etc . . . Alan Coulthard (Soho Le Beat Route) synchs two copies of Donald Byrd’s 12in, one four beats behind the other to give “dynamite repetition of each line all the way through — even Froggy thought this mix was good” . . . Jim Kershaw (Sheffield) follows Soft Cell with Nashville Teens ‘Tobacco Road‘ (Decca) from ’64 . . . Evasions ‘Wikka Wrap’ has finally reached the US Soul Top 30, and Bits & Pieces ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ (Island 12in here) is now climbing below it . . . Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields on his next album revives King Pleasure’s ‘Moody’s Mood For Love’ and the Moonglows ‘Sincerely’ — I can’t wait! . . . Joe Sample and the Crusaders from being demi-gods a year and a half ago to their present status is quite an amazing fall from grace . . . Michael Jackson’s looking a little tubby these days, a real chubby cheeks . . . Sylvester and Jeanie Tracy are confirmed as the vocalists on Herbie Hancock’s ‘Magic Number’ . . . Chris Palmer’s Mercedes has a new number plate, 5 GPL — GPL becoming the new logo for Groove Productions Limited (there’s flash for you!) . . . The Quick’s albeit lowly disco chart entry shows what a plugger’s reminder can do, whereas the Dukes crash entry confirms the power of mystique created by a white label wind-up and Chris Hill’s peripheral involvement . . . Jeff Young couldn’t contact Kenny McCloud but says he can’t do the gig anyway (OK, Kenny?) . . . Chris Ellis intimates that a free “Gerbil Sleeping Bag” (lubricated) will be given away with the first fifty copies of the Staines Fusion Few’s Caister mag, the said scurrilous publication being slanted strongly towards pussy (what have cats got to do with Caister?) . . . Richard Hart (Wells-Next-To-Sea) leaves us with another of his awful jokes: two cannibals having an eating contest, one was disqualified because he had a head start . . . GOOD NIGHT!

RICHARD JONES, alias Big Dipper, looms large between Jean and Gareth behind the counter at Soho’s Groove Records. Situated at 52 Greek Street, London W1 (01-439 8231), Groove is, as must be obvious, where I do my own import shopping. Where do you do yours? Record Mirror has been getting many requests for info on current import stockists around the country, so in these changing times it would be useful to compile and publish a comprehensive list of good import shops. If you can recommend any in your neighbourhood, do please let me know their addresses.


MIKE “T”: ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ (Blue Inc INCD 13, via 01-723 6561).
A surefire floorfiller for all the funky jocks already on it, this dynamite infectiously bubbling and jiggling compulsive jazzy 118bpm 12in happy groove features Mike Thomas’s mellow good humoured rhythm-riding raps as A-side while the flip, exclusively to the UK pressing, spotlights the sax of Joe Thomas (no relation) — who despite information from the Floaters, obviously didn’t get murdered two years ago. This is worth buying again even if you’ve already got the 117bpm US copy so you can mix ’em both together (either side synchs sensationally between ‘Rapp Payback’ and ‘Running Away’).

SAVANNA: ‘I Can’t Turn Away’ (R&B RBL 203).
So sophisticated it almost seems too carefully contrived, this excellent gently pushing 57/115-116-117(incl vibes)-118-117bpm 12in smacking swayer gradually intensifies behind the distinctively deadpan Luther Vandross-ish vocal of Leroy Osbourne, which is so subtly catchy that on just your second hearing you could swear you’d known it for ages, while the superbly understated backing stands out on the largely instrumental flip. Already a monster on white label, there’ll be no stopping it now.

BOB JAMES: ‘Sign Of The Times’ (Tappan Zee CBS A13-1608).
The inspired teaming of composer Rod Temperton with jazz orchestrator Bob James has produced a sensationally strong sleazily jogging irresistible little steady 0-99-100bpm bouncy slow jiggler full of fantastic effects, piping calliope, scat contrabass and Dr Buzzard-ish harmonies, now on 3-track 12in with the older ‘Westchester Lady’ and ‘Tappan Zee’. 

THE DUKES: ‘Mystery Girl’ (WEA K 18867T).
Arif Mardin-produced lovely lush lazily doodling then toughly intensifying 0-106-107-108bpm 12in jogging cool swayer crammed full of jazzy sophisticated atmosphere and ethereal harmonies by — well, you’d better check the composer credits to discover the mystery singers’ surprise identity! Chris Hill’s white label promotional help seems to have paid off, as released without it under their own names (highly respected as hit songwriters) this would have had to fight plenty of unthinking prejudice (which now seems sadly to have halted Chris Rainbow’s progress following initial interest in the “CR Band”).

PATTI AUSTIN: ‘The Genie’ (LP ‘Every Home Should Have One’ Qwest K56931).
Often sounding uncannily like Michael Jackson, Patti’s Quincy Jones-produced quality listening set will doubtless be dominated for dancers by this Rod Temperton-penned sinuous 122-123bpm ‘Stomp’-style cool socker, ‘The Way I Feel‘ being a lovely ‘Rock With You’-like 111/55bpm cool swayer, The Dukes-penned title track a bouncily tripping little 103bpm kicker, ‘Love Me To Death‘ a sensuous 109bpm throbber, ‘Oh No Margarita‘ a rumbling jittery subdued 113bpm stop-start smacker, ‘Baby Come To Me’ a lush smoochy 45bpm duet with James Ingram, ‘Symphony Of Love’ a Bob Marley-dedicated 89bpm semi-reggae slowie, while in this context the already issued 127bpm ‘Do You Love Me?’ starts to sound quite strong.

FREDDIE HUBBARD: ‘You’re Gonna Lose Me’ (Fantasy FTCT 199).
Huskily emoted in ‘Street Life’ style by a sibilantly pressed Jeanie Tracy, trumpeter Freddie’s naggingly tugging jittery jogging 108bpm 12in sways, ebbs and flows in intensity while he actually gets more chance to puff his cheeks and blow than Donald Byrd does currently, the instrumental jiggly jazzy 121(intro)-123-122-123bpm ‘Sister ‘Stine‘ flip being a right little tootler.

RONNIE LAWS: ‘Heavy On Easy’ (Liberty 12UP 644).
By far his desperately disappointing album’s best cut and already on 12in, this jazz-funk instrumental’s nice catchily simple sax slots over a bubbly 0-120(intro)-123-121-123bpm synth groove (1bpm slower on LP) with the dreary slow vocal 0-34/68-69bpm ‘Stay Awake’ as radio plugside, other cuts on the lacklustre ‘Solid Ground’ LP (LBG 30336) being the chix-cooed slick 118bpm ‘Good Feelings’ bounder, lethargic 107bpm ‘Your Stuff’ funker, dull 97/48bpm ‘Summer Fool’ bumper, soulfully intended 79bpm ‘There’s A Way’ croaker, while the title track’s a pleasantly jazzy soprano sax and flute tootled 105/53bpm instrumental jolter.

CRUSADERS: ‘The Longest Night’ (LP ‘Standing Tall’ MCA MCF 3122).
Sounding horribly like the sort of music Steve Walsh hates to hear in supermarkets, their latest disappointing set has a few halfway decent cuts like this 97bpm Joe Sample thumper, the 12in-issued snappy 113-114bpm title track thudder and bland 110-112bpm ‘Sunshine In Your Eyes‘ plunker, Joe Cocker’s vocal sounding like Joe Cocker on the unconvincing 115-116bpm ‘This Old World’s Too Funky For Me‘ while Wilton Felder’s pretty 116/58bpm squealing treatment of Waylon Jennings ‘Luckenbach Texas‘ could just be the surprise sleeper of the set.

THE JONESES: ‘Summer Groove (Moving-On) (Champagne FIZY 507).
Cheerful enough jiggly slick 124-126-127-126-127bpm clopper with bursts of soul.


GERALDINE HUNT: ‘Heart Heart’ (US Prism PDS-412).
A dynamite mix out of Jumbo (reviewed last week), incredibly beefy bass synth pushes this precisely thudding 109-110(break)-109-110bpm 12in lurcher which bursts with pent-up power as it progresses through a great percussion break to a worryingly overwrought finish.

CANDY BOWMAN: ‘I Wanna Feel Your Love’ (US RCA PD-12305).
Solid sounding chunkily jittering 115(intro)-118-119bpm 12in smacker with very much a juvenile squeaky Teena Marie / Stacy-style feel, although it’s more a repetitive title line than an actual song and lacks substance under the surface sound.

CHI-LITES: ‘Me And You’ (US 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound TCD-132).
Combining a snappy modern attack and synth twiddles with the Eugene Record-sung traditional soul vocal group approach, this 113/56-114-115-116bpm 12in burbling smacker happily socks along and has already excited several soul jocks.

SHADOW: ‘Born To Hustle’ (LP ‘Shadows In The Street’ (US Elektra 6E-345).
Car hooter interspersed funky vocal interplay and accomplished instrumental fills is the form for this Leon Ware-produced workmanlike set, off which this unhurried 107bpm chitterer can be made to mix out of ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’, ‘Sinister Way‘ is an accurately titled atmospheric slow 0-102bpm P’funk jolter, the title track a P’funkily introed 117bpm chugger, while strongest in the long run could be the happy cowbell clonking 120-121bpm jittery romping ‘Best Lady‘.

JR FUNK AND THE LOVE MACHINE: ‘Good Lovin’ (US Brass BRDS 2518).
The James Brown copyist returns with a great 118-119bpm 12in retread of ‘Honky Tonk’ in all but name, while possibly more interesting if less immediately danceable is the beautifully arranged up-front bass pushed bounding 121-120bpm ‘From The Giddy Up‘ B-side with incredible horse-copying vocal whinnies.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: ‘It’s Time For Love’ LP (US Philadelphia International TZ 37491).
Another lovely bunch of butch smoochers by the Teddybear, the 38/77bpm title track mixing conveniently with Donald Byrd ‘I Feel Like Loving You Today’ while the 0-33-34bpm ‘You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration‘ is as nice as it sounds. These are the two I’m using, others will obviously surface but I haven’t time for them right now.

LUTHER VANDROSS: ‘She’s A Super Lady’ (LP ‘Never Too Much’ US Epic FE 37451).
Keenly anticipated though actually disappointing self-penned/produced set by the Change ‘Glow Of Love’ ‘Searching’ singer, this staccato bumpy 119-118-119bpm jolter having bass twanged beginning and later bits between splurging about, ‘Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl)‘ being a jerky semi-slow starting lurching 109-110-111bpm judderer with soaring vocal passages and more twangy bass bits, ‘Never Too Much‘ a languid rolling slow 110/55bpm swayer, ‘Don’t You Know That?’ a soulful jolting 45-46bpm smoocher, while ‘I’ve Been Working’ is a sparse fast 136-134bpm empty clonker not actually like but obviously related to ‘Searching’.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘I Can’t Take No More’ (LP ‘I Like Your Style’ US Motown M8-952M1).
Pin-up pic packaged (he’s in red and black this time), the set’s strongest cut is this vibrantly bounding strutting 0-121bpm smacker with lotsa gruff Stevie Wonderfulness in his voice, although initial ill-judged reaction is coming on the frantic jagged jittery 129bpm ‘I Gotta Have Ya‘ insubstantial smacker, his revival of Stevie’s 120bpm ‘Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours‘ being pretty predictable, while there are also pleasant joggers which could have the best chart chances.

THE DELLS: ‘Happy Song’ (US 20th Century-Fox TCD-133).
Fast brassy 128-130bpm 12in galloping smacker with all their usual vocal touches, dated but excellent of its energy packed type.

KUMANO: ‘Take Me Downtown’ (Canadian Rio RIO-12).
Brassily vibrant exciting pop-aimed 120bpm 12in jitterer with the flavour if not exact sound of Stevie or the Jacksons, say.

FUNK FUSION BAND: ‘Can You Feel It’ (US WMOT 4W9 02416).
Brassily starting largely instrumental 112 (intro)-114-113bpm 12in loping swayer builds jazzy tension with some honking sax at times.

EXP EXPRESS: ‘Express Yourself (With A Little EXP)’ (US Precision PRC12-1701).
Leon Pendarvis co-prod/penned disjointed staccato sung 120-122bpm 12in jitterer with some jazzily blowing sax, better on the instrumental B-side.

2WICE: ‘You Set Me On Fire’ (US Mia Sound MSD 101).
Smoothly churning 127-129-130-129bpm 12in slick groover with slightly jazzy feel between smooth vocals and synth, mixed by Larry Levan.

TOM GRANT: ‘Heaven Is Waiting’ (LP ‘You Hardly Know Me’ US WMOT FW 37443).
Self-produced keyboard/vocalist’s jazz set is getting most attention for this Patrice Rushen-duetted it 99-97-96-98bpm wailing lush piano jogger, evidently also on 7in, other LP cuts being specialist jazz.

GIL SCOTT-HERON: ‘Gun’ (LP ‘Reflections’ US Arista AL 9566).
One for the man’s fans, cuts getting ’em so far being this typical and typically good gruffly sung mellow sleazy rolling 105bpm message song with War-like feel and nice guitar solo amidst the brass, Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues‘ being lazily croaked at 83-84-0bpm with some street poetry added.

UK Disco Top 90 – September 26, 1981

01 05 Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine – Mercury 12”
02 02 Funkapolitan – As The Time Goes By / Rap – London 12”
03 01 Modern Romance – Everybody Salsa/Salsa Rappsody – WEA 12”
04 06 Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around – Elektra 12”
05 04 Human League – Love Action/Hard Times – Virgin 12”
06 03 Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 / Feel The Chant – Reformation 12”
07 12 Linx – So This Is Romance – Chrysalis 12”
08 08 Hi-Gloss – You’ll Never Know / I’m Totally Yours – Epic 12”
09 10 Imagination – In And Out Of Love – R&B 12”
10 16 Al Jarreau – Easy / We’re In This Love Together – Warner Bros 12”
11 28 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor – US Inculcation Band 12”
12 22 Mike ‘T’ – Do It Any Way You Wanna / Instrumental – Blue Inc 12”
13 14 Level 42 – Turn It On – Polydor 12”
14 15 Rafael Cameron – Funtown USA / All That’s Good To Me – Salsoul 12”
15 07 Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama – 20th Century-Fox 12”
16 19 Love Unlimited Orchestra – Lift Your Voice And Say – Unlimited Gold 12”
17 13 Evelyn King – I’m In Love – RCA 12”
18 09 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday – Motown 12”
19 17 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – I Like Your Lovin’ / Lovely Lady – Epic
20 39 Savanna – I Can’t Turn Away – R&B 12”
21 57 Ottawan – Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) – Carrere 12”
22 18 Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight – CBS 12”
23 27 Keni Burke – You’re The Best – RCA 12”
24 30 Al Jarreau – Roof Garden / Closer To Your Love / Teach Me Tonight / My Old Friend – Warner Bros LP
25 59 Bob James – Sign Of The Times – Tappan Zee 12”
26 21 Phyllis Hyman – You Sure Look Good To Me / Tonight You And Me – Arista 12”
27 26 Boys Town Gang – Remember Me/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Suite / Cruisin’ The Streets – Moby Dick LP
28 34 Sylvester – Give it Up (Don’t Make Me Wait) / Here Is My Love – Fantasy 12”
29 37 Quincy Jones – Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me – A&M 12”
30 11 Tight Fit – Back To The 60’s – Jive 12”
31 23 Randy Crawford – Rainy Night In Georgia – Warner Bros
32 64 Rose Royce – R.R. Express – US Whitfield LP
33 31 Wish – Nice And Soft – US Perspective 12”/Excaliber 12”
34 43 Evelyn King – If You Want My Lovin’ – RCA 12”
35 24 Lobo – The Caribbean Disco Show – Polydor 12”
36 NE The Dukes – Mystery Girl – WEA 12”
37 41 Beggar & Co – Mule (Chant No.2) / Go Forth – RCA 12”
38 20 Jacksons – Walk Right Now – Epic 12”
39 35 The Joneses – Summer Groove (Moving-On) – Champagne 12”
40 29 Third World – Dancing On The Floor – CBS 12”
41 44 K.I.D. – No.1 – Record Shack 12”
42 54 Heaven 17 – Play To Win / Play – BEF 12”
43 36 Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus – WMOT 12”
44 61 Trevor Walters – Love Me Tonight – Ital 12”
45 45 Strikers – Inch By Inch – US Prelude LP/Epic 12” remix
46 32 Enigma – I Love Music – Creole 12”
47 82 Roger – I Heard It Through The Grapevine / A Chunk Of Sugar / So Ruff So Tuff / Do It Roger – US Warner Bros LP
48 25 Commodores – Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Motown 12”
49 38 Teena Marie – Square Biz – Motown 12”
50 60 Donald Byrd – I Feel Like Loving You Today / Love For Sale / I Love Your Love / I’ll Always Love You – Elektra LP
51 51 Cameo – Freaky Dancin’ / Don’t Be So Cool / The Sound Table – Casablanca 12” pack
52 59 Bob James – The Steamin’ Feelin’ – US Tappan Zee LP
53 33 BB&Q Band – On The Beat – Capitol 12”
54 49 Level 42 – ’43’ / Starchild – Polydor LP
55 68 Aretha Franklin – Hold On I’m Comin’ / Love All The Hurt Away – Arista 12”
56 40 Rah Band – Rock Me Down To Rio / Riding On A Fantasy – DJM 12”
57 NE Dynasty – Love In The Fast Lane / High Time (I Left You Baby) / Revenge / That Lovin’ Feeling – US Solar LP
58 78 Pieces Of A Dream – Warm Weather / Body Magic – US Elektra LP
59 58 M.S.O. – Colombia (In The Jungle) / The Music Man – Mainstreet 12”
60 55 Chris Rainbow – Body Music – EMI 12”
61 NE T Life – Somethin’ That You Do To Me – US Arista 12”
62 42 Brick – Sweat (‘Til You Get Wet) – US Bang 12”
63 77 Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love – Motown
64 73 The Time – The Stick / Get It Up / Cool – US Warner Bros LP
65 67 Stanley Turrentine – Havin’ Fun With Mr.T / Tamarac / Hermanos / After The Love Is Gone – US Elektra LP
66 81 Big Dipper & The Heavenly Bodies – Victim Of The Planets – Epic 12”
67 46 Pig Bag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag – Y
68 53 Boys Town Gang – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough/Remember Me (Edit) – Moby Dick 12”
69 88 Maze – Joy And Pain – Capitol 12”
70 65 General Saint & Clint Eastwood – Another One Bites The Dust – Greensleeves 12”
71 NE Michael Henderson – (We Are Here To) Geek You Up – US Buddah LP
72 79 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby / Instrumental – US Motown 12”
73 76 Lonnie Youngblood – Feelings/Expressions – WEA LP
74 63 Stephanie Mills – Top Of My List / Magic – 20th Century-Fox 12”
75 86 Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields – She’s Got Papers On Me – US Boardwalk LP
76 50 Roy Ayers – There’s A Master Plan / Destination Motherland / Land Of Fruit And Honey / The River Niger – Polydor LP
77 NE Real Thing – Foot Tappin’ – Calibre 12” white label
78 87 Dr. York – Shake-N-Skate – Groove Production 12”
79 80 Patti Austin – Do You Love Me? – Qwest 12”
80 75 Hi-Tension – We Got The Funk – EMI 12”
81 56 Startrax – Startrax Club Disco – Picksy 12”
82 71 Vicki Sue Robinson – Hot Summer Night / Hot Version – US Prelude 12”
83 NE Ronnie Laws – Heavy On Easy / Stay Awake – Liberty 12”
84 62 BB&Q Band – Starlette / I’ll Cut You Loose – Capitol 12”
85 NE Candy Bowman – I Wanna Feel Your Love – US RCA 12”
86 RE Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One – Epic 12”
87 66 Rockie Robbins – Time To Think – US A&M LP
88 85 Multivizion – Work To Live Don’t Live To Work – Situation 2 12”
89 NE The Quick – Sharks Are Cool Jets Are Hot – Epic 12”
90 NE Geraldine Hunt – Heart To Heart – US Prism 12”


BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Jacksons: ‘Time Waits For No One’ (Epic)
Keith Diamond Band: ‘The Dip’ (US Millennium 12in)
Jimmy Ross: ‘First True Love Affair’ (Megafunk 12in)
Harlow: ‘Take Off’ (Champagne 12in)
Chi–Lites: ‘Me And You’ (US 20th Century-Fox/Chi-Sound 12in)
One Way: ‘Hold It’ (US MCA LP)
Shadow: ‘Born To Hustle’ / ‘Sinister Way’ / ‘Shadows In The Street’ / ‘Best Lady’ (US Elektra LP)
Larry Graham: ‘Just Be My Lady’ (Warner Bros)
Pleasure: ‘Glide’ (Fantasy 12in)
Captain Sky: ‘Station Brake’ / ‘(Innermission)’ (US WMOT 12in)
Junior Giscombe: ‘Mama Used To Say’ (Mercury 12in)
Bang Gang: ‘Street Music’ (US Sugarscoop 12in)
Freddie Hubbard: ‘You’re Gonna Lose Me’ / ‘Sister ‘Stine’ (Fantasy 12in)
Klymaxx: ‘The Beat Of My Heart’ / ‘All Fired Up’ (US Solar LP)
Bill Summers: ‘Summer Fun’ (MCA 12in)
Was (Not Was): ‘Wheel Me Out’ / ‘Where Did Your Heart Go?’ (Ze 12in)
Billy Ocean: ‘Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)’ / ‘Are You Ready’ (GTO 12in)
Sheree Brown: ‘It’s A Pleasure’ (US Capitol LP)
Jumbo: ‘Take It Light’ (US Atlantic 12in)
Gladys Knight & The Pips: ‘Reach High’ (US Columbia LP)
Love Unlimited Orchestra: ‘Welcome Aboard’ (US Unlimited Gold 12in)
Jose De Jesus: ‘Get Tough’ (US Park Place 12in)
Midnight Star: ‘Tuff’ (US Solar LP)
Thelma Houston: ’96 Tears’ (RCA 12in)
Luther Vandross: ‘She’s A Super Lady’ / ‘Sugar And Spice’ / ‘Never Too Much’ (US Epic LP)
Linda Taylor: ‘(You’re) In The Pocket’ / ‘Let Me Into Your Heart’ (Groove Production 12in)
Tom Grant: ‘Heaven Is Waiting’ (US WMOT LP)
Gil Scott–Heron: ‘Gun’ (US Arista LP)
Jermaine Jackson: ‘I Gotta Have Ya’ / ‘Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours’ (US Motown LP)
Enigma: ‘Summer Groovin’ (Creole LP)

DORC (Disco Featured Pop Hits)

1(1) Soft Cell, 2(18) Rolling Stones, 3(2) Aneka, 4(3) Duran Duran, 5(5) UB40, 6(6) Ultravox, 7(4)ELO, 8(10) John Foxx, 9(20) Pointer Sisters, 10(-) Tweets, 11(13) Havana Let’s Go, 12(8) Gidea Park ‘BBG’, 13(16) Japan, 14(30) Gidea Park ‘Seasons’, 15(22) Alvin Stardust, 16(24) B-52’s, 17(-) Depeche Mode ‘Enough’, 18(21) Cliff Richard, 19(-) Adam, 20(12) Tenpole Tudor, 21(7) Depeche Mode ‘Life’, 22(11) Kid Creole, 23(25) Nolans, 24(23) Grace Jones, 25(9) Kraftwerk B/A, 26(-) Hollies, 27(-) Stewart / Gaskin, 28(-) Smith / Sweet, 29(27) Bill Wyman, 30(-) Ivor Biggun.


Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries on 7in (endings denoted by “f” for fade, “r” for resonant, “c” for cold) are:
Starsound 124r, Depeche Mode 127f, Pretenders 139f, Electronics 0-190/95r, Japan 131f, Odyssey 0-34-35/71f, Franklin/Benson 31½-32½f, Stewart / Gaskin 0-53-0f, Slade 0-138c, Marc Bolan 160-164c.

One thought on “September 26, 1981: Mike “T”, Savanna, Bob James, Geraldine Hunt, Candy Bowman”

  1. James does it again… fails to spot the track that will become synonymous with the artist! His underwhelming reaction to Luther Vandross’ career defining stone cold classic- Never Too Much! It really is fascinating to see the music that we now know and love so much through contemporary eyes from 37 years ago!


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