December 26, 1981: Beggar & Co, Double Exposure, Tomorrow’s Edition, End Of Year Disco Chart 1981

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

CENTRAL LINE have a new white label 12in presumably for release after the holiday, ‘Don’t Tell Me‘ being a tugging 111(intro)-114-113-114bpm clomper sung less smoothly than before while the 129bpm ‘Shake It Up‘ flip is a fast funky burbler in somewhat Isleys style . . . Lava’s Norwegian jazz-funk import can be ordered by UK dealers via Tony Adler of Polydor’s Import Marketing Services on 01-499 3161 . . . WEA’s Fred Dove recently serviced a US promo 12in off the new Kano album, the rest of which I’ve yet to hear, ‘Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving)‘ being an unhurriedly simple 108bpm disco chugger . . . Soho’s Groove Records shop and Groove Production label held a party over the road in Le Beat Route last week, where Chris Palmer told me he’d placed lots of their product with Prelude in the States . . . Surface Noise’s ‘The Scratch’ still cut through better than anything else played while we were down there — now if only Chris could recapture the magic that had! . . . Chris Brown (whose Sharon is looking ever more gorgeous) warns us to watch out for a scintillating remix of Teena Marie’s ‘Portuguese Love’ in the new year, sez “hello” to Neil Benjamin and welcomes back roving Dave Percy . . . ITV’s World Freestyle Dancin’ Championship actually worked out so the best ones won — the US doubles team were great, but that South African bird — cor! . . . Graham Bond of the Tees Valley Road Show is forming a Cleveland area branch of the DJF (GB) and invites any jocks from the North-East interested in joining to ring him on Middlesbrough 325112 (daytime) . . . West Surrey & Hampshire DJ Assn member DJs hold their annual charity disco on Monday (28) at Guildford Cinderella Rockerfella’s to aid the Cheshire Homes for disabled OAPs — last year they raised £500 for disabled children, and hope that this year’s star raffle prize of a portable telly will help them make even more . . . London’s LODJ association holds a New Year Luncheon on Sunday 10th January with silly hats and party games, all London DJs invited, full details from Ralph Maloney on 01 805 8211 . . . Rob Harknett (Roydon 027979 2329) looks like being so busy next year he’s offering any would-be DJs pub-type work with 100 watt rig and roadie, but not too many records, all supplied (might suit hospital jocks, he thinks) . . . Keith Menezes is praying that a special one-off funky Christmas Eve disco above Barnet’s Red Lion in the High Street will be well attended, as if it is, the pub manager will open the room up regularly — which Keith says will give North London / South Herts a funky alternative to getting slowly blitzed in the boring local pub’s public bar (doesn’t that sound heartfelt?!) . . . Southgate Royalty has a Caister Veterans party with Chris Hill, Jeff Young & Nicky Peck on New Year’s Day — but if you’ve any chance of going you probably know about it already, as only Caister “passport” holders are eligible and passports have to be sent off in advance for tickets (details on 01 866 8141) . . . Phil Jay jazz-funks the Surrey area at various venues these days — Tues/Thursdays at Godalming’s Cobbwebbs Two wine bar, Wed/Fridays at Worplesdon’s Royal Hotel near Guildford, and Sundays at Godalming’s Secrets nightclub in Meadrow . . . Tim Lucas and his partner Jerry do a futurist ‘The Art Of Parties’ night on Thursdays at Staines Jacksons, and sent in a Top 100 for 1981 compiled from requests, which they say would be impossible to make any smaller so if we print it could we include the full hundred — at the foot of which is then a little note saying “The above are not in any particular order”! . . . Larry Foster (Stratford Reflections) and Martin Starr (Bristol Scamps) have both revived Johnny Mathis ‘Begin The Beguine‘ (US Columbia 12in) . . . Christmas this year doesn’t seem the same without a new Whispers album — or have I spoken too soon? . . . Cliff Richard now probably won’t do better than number two, but even so my long range forecast wasn’t bad . . . Noel Wright, who jazz-funks Ware Beckets on Wednesdays when he’s not resident on other nights at Juliets in Watford Baileys, picked up his festive name because — you guessed — he was born on Christmas Day . . . John Douglas (Colchester Andromeda) and his chum, Gary Soul (Ipswich Cinderella’s) sent me not one but two quid with which to have a celebratory drink, so to you guys for the pina colada, thanks — and thanks again to all card senders for your kind wishes . . . Wednesday, January 6th is the deadline for your next charts, so you can relax a while (who am I kidding?!) . . . Paul Major (Gt. Yarmouth Tiffany’s) signs out saying: Keep the wax burning. Keep the vinyl turning. Keep your wheels between the ditches. Keep Smokey off your britches — Jitterbug breaker 10-4 . . . and that’s a big KOOL YULE TO Y’ALL!


UK NEWIES

BEGGAR & CO: ‘Bahia De Palma’ (LP ‘Monument’ RCA RCALP 6024).
Extremely British sounding set (not surprisingly I suppose), including their ‘(Somebody) Help Me Out’ and ‘Mule (Chant No.2)’ hits, the initially warm newies being this pleasantly pattering lightweight jazzy solo filled 115-114-113-115bpm instrumental shuffler which couldn’t exactly be called ballsy and the thinly textured immediately recognisable brassy 118bpm skittering ‘Got To Get Away‘ jitterer which is let down by the vocals but has some nice instrumental touches. Vital they ain’t.

OTHER NEWIES include albums from the DETROIT SPINNERS, T. S. MONK, CHIC, a ‘Best Of’ ODYSSEY off which the ‘Easy Come Easy Go/Hold De Mota Down‘ Latin-flavoured new medley goes nicely out of Grover Washington’s ‘Little Black Samba’, and a ‘Disco-Rough‘ compilation on the Celluloid label brought to you by Rusty Egan via his own Metropolis logo. Full reviews after Christmas. Right, now maybe I’ve just got time to grab an hour and a half’s sleep before doing a very heavy (but well paying) mobile gig! Dontcha just love this time of the year?


IMPORTS

DOUBLE EXPOSURE: ‘After All This Time’ (US Gold Coast 7401).
Appropriately named ‘One Hundred Per Cent Nice’, good cleanly snapping buoyant zappy 123-124bpm 12in bounder, well arranged with hoarsely led soulful vocals that sound strangely Brit-funk in a way, and some tellingly effective brief breaks.

TOMORROW’S EDITION: ‘U Turn Me On’ (US Mel-O MLO-437).
Doodling slow intro becomes a murky bass textured, purposefully pounding jiggly 109-110-111-110bpm 12in tripper with some good soulful vocal harmony interplay, dramatic brassy bits, synth and guitar twiddles in amongst the simple driving momentum (the “instrumental” side has vocal too), worthy of more mention than given it last week. 

OTHER IMPORTS on 12in include:

EMPIRE: ‘Freakman’ (Quality RFC).
Chix-sung c.105bpm burbler in white vinyl which some rate but I don’t.

KASSO: ‘Kasso’ (Delirium).
Froggy-favoured fast c.123bpm galloper with piano and chix in two different mixes.

DR JECKYLL & MR HYDE: ‘Genius Rap’ (Profile).
Funky rapping c.101bpm cover of Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius Of Love’ with an instrumental version on flip.

A couple of jazz albums getting attention are:
RON CARTER (Milestone) for ‘Bom Dia‘, and MICHAL URBANIAK (PAUSA) for ‘Caramba‘ and ‘Call Me Monday’, while the set by SPUNK (Gold Coast) has been bubbling under the Breakers for some time (and believe me that is as low as you can go!), mainly for the chix-cooed slow jazzily meandering ‘La Bimini‘ and Gil Scott-Heron-ish low key c.106bpm ‘Tighten It Up‘ title track.


UK Disco Top 90 – December 26, 1981

01 02 Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It – De-Lite 12”
02 01 Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove – CBS 12”
03 08 Alton Edwards – I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You) – Streetwave 12”
04 06 New York Skyy – Let’s Celebrate / Call Me – Epic/Streetwave 12”
05 10 Brandi Wells – What Goes Around Comes Around / Watch Out – US WMOT LP/12” promo
06 07 Imagination – Flashback / Burnin’ Up – R&B 12”
07 03 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around – Warner Bros 12”
08 05 Kool & The Gang – Steppin’ Out – De-Lite 12”
09 09 George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing – Warner Bros LP
10 15 Gayle Adams – Love Fever – Epic 12”
11 04 Second Image – Can’t Keep Holding On – Polydor 12”
12 21 Tom Browne – Fungi Mama / Bye Gones / My Latin Sky / Come For The Ride / Can’t Give It Away – Arista GRP LP
13 17 ‘D’ Train – You’re The One For Me (Instrumental) – US Prelude 12”
14 24 Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt / (I Found) That Man Of Mine / ASAP (As Soon As Possible) / Gotta Have Your Love – US Phil Int LP
15 18 Grover Washington Jr – Little Black Samba / Jamming / Be Mine (Tonight) / East River Drive – Elektra LP
16 12 Rose Royce – R.R. Express – Whitfield LP/12”
17 14 Alphonze Mouzon – I’m Glad That You’re Here – London 12”/LP
18 22 Lessette Wilson – Caveman Boogie / Corrida (Ai No Corrida) / Saturday Nite Groovin’ – US Headfirst LP
19 16 Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done – Polydor 12”
20 11 Modern Romance – Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey / Moose On The Loose / Tear The Roof Off The Moose – WEA 12”
21 32 Bohannon/Dr. Perri Johnson – Let’s Start II Dance Again – US Phase II 12”
22 13 Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor – RCA 12”
23 19 Blue Rondo A La Turk – Me And Mr. Sanchez – Diable Noir 12”
24 28 GQ – Shake – Arista 12”
25 33 Shock – Let Your Body Do The Talkin’ / I Think I Love You / Let’s Get Crackin’ – US Fantasy LP
26 42 Norman Connors – Mr. C / Stay With Me / She’s Gone / Keep Doin’ It – US Arista LP
27 27 Letta Mbulu – Kilimanjaro – US MJS 12”
28 26 Level 42 – Starchild – Polydor 12”
29 48 Kool & The Gang – Take My Heart / Good Time Tonight / Be My Lady / Pass It On – De-Lite LP
30 50 Aurra – Make Up Your Mind – US Salsoul 12”
31 34 Mike & Brenda Sutton – We’ll Make It – US SAM 12”
32 30 Jumpp – Bouncy Bouncy / The Bounce – RCA 12”
33 20 Dynasty – Love In The Fast Lane – Solar 12”
34 37 Slave – Snap Shot / Wait For Me / Party Lites / Steal Your Heart – Cotillion LP
35 29 The Quick – Zulu (Remix) – Epic 12”
36 45 Luther Vandross – Never Too Much – Epic 12”
37 25 Earl Klugh – Twinkle – Liberty 12”
38 36 Twennynine/Lenny White – Twennynine (The Rap) / Rhythm / Movin’ On / Need You – Elektra LP
39 49 Hot Cuisine – Disco Calypso / Skunkin’ – Kaleidoscope 12”
40 52 Human League 100 – Don’t You Want Me – Virgin 12”
41 31 Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough / You Are A Winner / Lady Sun / Evolution Orange – CBS LP
42 74 Bohannon – Take The Country To New York City / A Happy Song For You Part 1 / You’re The One / Start The Dance (Inserts) – US Phase II LP
43 35 Light Of The World – Ride The Love Train – EMI 12”
44 44 Linx – Can’t Help Myself – Chrysalis 12”
45 43 Perry Haines – What’s Funk? – Fetish Funk Rox 12”
46 38 The Dukes – Mystery Girl – WEA 12”
47 40 Haircut One Hundred – Favourite Shirts – Arista 12”
48 23 Prince – Controversy – Warner Bros 12”
49 61 Hawk & Co – Nitelife – Epic/12” promo
50 56 Tracy Weber – Sure Shot – Canadian Quality RFC 12”
51 75 Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go For That – US RCA 12”
52 39 K.I.D. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu?! – US SAM 12”
53 81 Vicky ‘D’ – This Beat Is Mine – US SAM 12”
54 NE Mirage – As From Now – Copasetic/12in promo
55 70 Ray Barretto – Pastime Paradise / La Cuna – US CTI LP
56 41 Rick James – Superfreak – Motown 12”
57 51 Four Tops – When She Was My Girl – Casablanca 12”
58 NE Lamont Dozier – Shout About It – US M&M 12”
59 53 Teena Marie – It Must Be Magic – Motown 12”
60 58 Spandau Ballet – Paint Me Down – Reformation 12”
61 68 Main Ingredient – Evening Of Love – US RCA LP
62 59 Garfield Fleming – Don’t Send Me Away – US Becket 12”
63 71 J. Walter Negro & Loose Jointz – Shoot The Pump – Zoo York 12”
64 55 Al Jarreau – Closer To Your Love / Love Is Real – Warner Bros 12”
65 64 Celena Duncan – Shine On – RCA 12”
66 46 Incognito – North London Boy – Ensign 12”
67 54 Melba Moore – Take My Love – EMI America 12”
68 63 Five Special – You Can Do It / Just A Feeling / Sexy Lady / Your Body Heat – US Elektra LP
69 NE Kryptic Krew/Tina B/Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 – Jazzy Sensation – US Tommy Boy 12”
70 NE T.C. Curtis – Bodyshake (Instrumental) – Groove Production 12”
71 85 Gwen McCrae – Funky Sensation – US Atlantic LP
72 NE Fatback – Do It (‘Til The Feelin’ Runs Out) / Gigolo / Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Her Goodbye / Rockin’ To The Beat – US Spring LP
73 69 Bob James – The Steamin’ Feelin’ – Tappan Zee 12”
74 86 Lowrell Simon – Love Massage – US Zoo York 12”
75 79 Syreeta – Quick Slick – Motown 12”
76 NE Zafra Bros – Will You See Me Tonight – US Eastbourne 12”
77 57 Phyllis Hyman – Tonight You And Me – Arista 12”
78 NE Brooklyn Express – Sixty-Nine / Change Position (88) – US One Way 12”
79 NE Sylvia St James – Behind My Back – US Elektra LP
80 62 ABC – Tears Are Not Enough – Neutron 12”
81 88 RE Jeanette ‘Lady’ Day – Come Let Me Love You – US Prelude 12”
82 73 NE Gene Dunlap – Take My Love / Party In Me – US Capitol LP
83 72 Angela Bofill – Tropical Love / I Do Love You – US Arista LP
84 83 Lava – The Ratter / Sky Rocket – Norwegian Polydor LP
85 RE Donald Byrd – I’ll Always Love You – Elektra
86 RE Diana Ross – Mirror Mirror / Work That Body – Capitol LP
87 77 Godmoma – Godmoma Here – US Elektra LP
88 76 Weeks & Co – Rock Your World – US Chaz Ro 12”
89 60 Patti Austin – The Genie (Remix) – Qwest 12”
90 NE Modern Romance – Clubland Mix / Nothing Ever Goes The Way You Plan / Queen Of The Rapping Scene / I Can’t Get Enough / Bring On The Funkateers – WEA LP


BREAKERS

BUBBLING UNDER the UK Disco 90 with increased support are:

Central Line: ‘Don’t Tell Me’ (Mercury 12in promo)
Jerry Carr: ‘This Must Be Heaven’ (US Cherie 12in)
Kano: ‘Can’t Hold Back’ (US Mirage LP/12in promo)
Beggar & Co: ‘Bahia De Palma’ / ‘Got To Get Away’ (RCA LP)
K.I.D.: ‘You Don’t Like My Music’ (Excaliber 12in)
Tomorrow’s Edition: ‘U Turn Me On’ (US Mel-O 12in)
Vernon Burch: ‘Do It To Me’ (US SRI 12in)
Lakeside: ‘Magic Moments’ / ‘Your Wish Is My Command’ (Solar LP)
Diana Ross: ‘Tenderness’ (Motown 12in)
LTD: ‘Kickin’ Back’ / ‘Burnin’ Hot’ (US A&M 12in)
Creme D’Cocoa: ‘I Will Survive’ (US Venture 12in)
Bobby Womack: ‘So Many Sides Of You’ / ‘Games’ (US Beverly Glen Music LP)
Simon & McQueen: ‘I’m Down If You’re Down’ (US Landmark 12in)
Bill Summers: ‘We Call It The Box’ / ‘Jam The Box’ (US MCA LP)
Session In Session: ‘Direct Response’ / Charmaine Burnette: ‘(Am I The) Same Girl’ (PRO 12in)
Kat Mandu: ‘I Wanna Dance’ (US Brass 12in)
Rhyze: ‘Bizzaar’ (US 20th Century-Fox LP)
Rufus/Chaka Khan: ‘Secret Friend’ / ‘Music Man’ (US MCA LP)
Purple Flash: ‘Creme Souflee’ (Canadian Uniwave 12in)
Ron Carter: ‘Bom Dia’ (US Milestone LP)


POD (Pop Orientated Dance — compiled from DJs playing a wide range of material):

1(10) Human League 100, 2(4) Haircut 100, 3(2) Modern Romance 12in, 4(1) EWF 12in, 5(3) Soft Cell, 6(7) ABC, 7(5) Blue Rondo, 8(13) Duran Duran, 9(15) Julio Iglesias, 10(6) Kool ‘Steppin’, 11(12) Queen/Bowie, 12(14) Jumpp, 13(29) Diana Ross ‘Fools’, 14(20) Public Bar Supporters Club ‘Xmas Crackers’ (Chrysalis), 15(47) Godley & Creme, 16(8) Four Tops ‘When’, 17(-) Police ‘Spirits’, 18(17) George Benson 12in, 19(9) Spandau Ballet, 20(16) Police ‘Magic’, 21(26) Ultravox, 22(21) Imagination, 23(30) Pretenders, 24(18) Rod Stewart ‘Tonight’, 25(40) Snowmen, 26(-) Madness, 27(35) Cliff Richard, 28(24) Olivia Newton-John, 29(19) Second Image, 30(37) Nuptown Keys ‘The Best Of Xmas’ (EMI), 31(43) Tweets ‘Birdie Song’, 32(-) John Lennon ‘Happy Xmas’, 33(23) Alphonse Mouzon, 34(39) Eddy Grant ‘Time To Let Go’ (Ice), 35(34) Boney M, 36(22) Japan, 37(28) Rose Royce, 38(42) Trini Lopez, 39(-) Abba, 40(-) Four Tops ‘Walk’, 41(-) Slade ‘Merry Xmas’, 42(31) Ottawan ‘Hands’, 43(27) Ouick, 44(11) Arthur Adams, 45(32) Fun Boy Three, 46(49) Jets, 47(-) Altered Images, 48(-) David Bowie, 49(25) Soft Cell ‘Tainted’, 50(45) Shakatak.


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s pop chart entries on 7in (endings denoted by f for fade, c for cold, r for resonant) are:
Kool 110-111f, Slade 122(intro)-127-129-131-0r, Four Tops 0-125-124-125f, Roy Wood/Wizzard 0-141-0-70f, John Lennon 50/25-49/24-0f, Holly & The Ivys 0-123-122f, Trini Lopez 143f.


End Of Year Disco Chart 1981

01. IT’S A LOVE THING – Whispers – Solar 12”
02. YOU GOT THE FLOOR – Arthur Adams – RCA 12”
03. WALKING INTO SUNSHINE – Central Line – Mercury 12”
04. LOVE HAS COME AROUND – Donald Byrd – Elektra 12”
05. SOUTHERN FREEEZ – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
06. CAN YOU FEEL IT – Jacksons – Epic 12”
07. IF YOU FEEL IT – Thelma Houston – RCA 12”
08. GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS – Odyssey – RCA 12”
09. EVERYBODY SALSA – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
10. DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – Yarbrough & Peoples – Mercury 12”

11. GIVE IT TO ME BABY – Rick James – Motown 12”
12. CAN YOU HANDLE IT – Sharon Redd – Epic 12”
13. YOU’LL NEVER KNOW – Hi-Gloss – Epic 12”
14. R.R. EXPRESS – Rose Royce – Whitfield 12”/LP
15. CHANT No.1 – Spandau Ballet – Reformation 12”
16. BURN RUBBER ON ME – Gap Band – Mercury 12”
17. RAZZAMATAZZ – Quincy Jones – A&M 12”
18. LET’S GROOVE – Earth, Wind & Fire – CBS 12”
19. I’M IN LOVE – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
20. INTUITION – Linx – Chrysalis 12”

21. GET TOUGH – Kleeer – Atlantic 12”
22. MAKE THAT MOVE – Shalamar – Solar 12”
23. I CAN MAKE IT BETTER – Whispers – Solar 12”
24. SO THIS IS ROMANCE – Linx – Chrysalis 12”
25. SHE’S A BAD MAMA JAMA – Carl Carlton – 20th Century-Fox 12”
26. BODY TALK – Imagination – R&B 12”
27. MYSTERIES OF THE WORLD – MFSB – TSOP 12”
28. (SOMEBODY) HELP ME OUT – Beggar & Co. – Ensign 12”
29. DANCING ON THE FLOOR – Third World – CBS 12”
30. AS THE TIME GOES BY – Funkapolitan – London 12”

31. TIME – Light Of The World – Mercury 12”
32. BODY MUSIC – Strikers – Epic 12”
33. TRY IT OUT – Gino Soccio – Atlantic 12”
34. MYSTERY GIRL – Dukes – WEA 12”
35. STEPPIN’ OUT – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
36. RAPP PAYBACK – James Brown – RCA 12”
37. WIKKA WRAP – Evasions – Groove Production 12”
38. GET DOWN ON IT – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
39. STARS ON 45 – Starsound – CBS 12”
40. GANGSTERS OF THE GROOVE – Heatwave – GTO 12”

41. DO IT ANY WAY YOU WANNA – Mike ‘T’ – Blue Inc 12”
42. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stevie Wonder – Motown 12”
43. AI NO CORRIDA – Quincy Jones – A&M 12”
44. FLYING HIGH – Freeez – Beggars Banquet 12”
45. HARD TIMES/LOVE ACTION – Human League – Virgin 12”
46. HIT ‘N’ RUN LOVER – Carol Jiani – Champagne 12”
47. CELEBRATION – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
48. QUE PASA – ME NO POP I – Coati Mundi – Ze 12”
49. DO YOU FEEL MY LOVE – Eddy Grant – Ensign 12”
50. I SHOT THE SHERIFF – Light Of The World – Ensign 12”

51. IN AND OUT OF LOVE – Imagination – R&B 12”
52. WHEN SHE WAS MY GIRL – Four Tops – Casablanca 12”
53. GOOD THING GOING – Sugar Minott – RCA 12”
54. ALL MY LOVE – L.A.X. – Epic 12”
55. ON THE BEAT – B. B. & Q. Band – Capitol 12”
56. TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
57. YOU’RE TOO LATE – Fantasy – Epic 12”
58. CAN’T KEEP HOLDING ON – Second Image – Polydor 12”
59. BEING WITH YOU – Smokey Robinson – Motown/12” promo
60. BON BON VIE – T. S. Monk – Mirage 12”

61. I’M GLAD THAT YOU’RE HERE – Alphonse Mouzon – London 12”
62. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE / A CHUNK OF SUGAR – Roger – Warner Bros 12”
63. SLIDE – Rah band – DJM 12”
64. SIGN OF THE TIMES – Bob James – Tappan Zee 12”
65. BY ALL MEANS – Alphonse Mouzon –Excaliber 12”
66. AY AY AY AY MOOSEY – Modern Romance – WEA 12”
67. RAPTURE – Blondie – Chrysalis 12”
68. INCH BY INCH – Strikers – Epic 12”
69. AIN’T NO STOPPING (DISCO MIX ‘81) – Enigma – Creole 12”
70. LOVE GAMES – Level 42 – Polydor 12”

71. IF YOU WANT MY LOVIN’ – Evelyn King – RCA 12”
72. I CAN’T TURN AWAY – Savanna – R&B 12”
73. WAIT FOR ME / SNAP SHOT / PARTY LITES / STEAL YOUR HEART / SMOKIN’ / FUNKEN TOWN – Slave – Cotillion LP
74. JITTERBUGGIN’ – Heatwave – GTO 12”
75. BACK TO THE 60’s – Tight Fit – Jive 12”
76. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP – Patrice Rushen – Elektra 12”
77. WALK RIGHT NOW – Jacksons – Epic 12”
78. TAINTED LOVE – Soft Cell – Some Bizarre 12”
79. FLASHBACK / BURNIN’ UP – Imagination – R&B 12”
80. I LIKE (WHAT YOU’RE DOING TO ME) – Young & Company – Excaliber 12”

81. ALL AMERICAN GIRLS – Sister Sledge – Atlantic 12”
82. LOVE (IS GONNA BE ON YOUR SIDE) – Firefly – Excaliber 12”
83. HUMPIN’ – Gap Band – Mercury 12”
84. ZULU (REMIX) – The Quick – Epic 12”
85. STARS ON 45 VOLUME 2 – Star Sound – CBS 12”
86. HANDS UP (GIVE ME YOUR HEART) – Ottawan – Carrere 12”
87. LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU – Keni Burke – RCA 12”
88. TAKE IT TO THE TOP / CELEBREMOS – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
89. TURN IT ON – Level 42 – Polydor 12”
90. PULL UP TO THE BUMPER – Grace Jones – Island 12”

91. HOW ‘BOUT US – Champaign – CBS 12”
92. DON’T STOP – K.I.D. – Groove Productions 12”
93. EASY – Al Jarreau – Warner Bros 12”
94. THE BOTTLE – Gil Scott-Heron / Brian Jackson – Champagne 12”
95. STRETCH / DO IT (TILL YOU’RE SATISFIED) – BT Express – Excaliber 12”
96. SHAKE IT UP TONIGHT – Cheryl Lynn – CBS 12”
97. HERE’S TO YOU – New York Skyy – Excaliber 12”
98. WORDY RAPPINGHOOD – Tom Tom Club – Island 12”
99. UNDERWATER – Harry Thumann – Decca 12”
100. LET’S START II DANCE AGAIN – Bohannon – US Phase II 12”


DISCO CHART TOPPERS 1981

CELEBRATION – Kool & The Gang (2 wks)
DO YOU FEEL MY LOVE – Eddy Grant (2 wks)
DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – Yarbrough & Peoples (5 wks)
SOUTHERN FREEEZ – Freeez (5 wks)
IT’S A LOVE THING – Whispers (9 wks)
GIVE IT TO ME BABY – Rick James (2 wks)
IF YOU FEEL IT – Thelma Houston (1 wk)
GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS – Odyssey (6 wks)
I’M IN LOVE – Evelyn King (1 wk)
CHANT No.1 – Spandau Ballet (5 wks)
EVERYBODY SALSA – Modern Romance (1 wk)
WALKING INTO SUNSHINE – Central Line (1 wk)
LOVE HAS COME AROUND – Donald Byrd (3 wks)
R.R. EXPRESS – Rose Royce (1 wk)
YOU GOT THE FLOOR – Arthur Adams (3 wks)
LET’S GROOVE – Earth, Wind & Fire (4 wks)
GET DOWN ON IT – Kool & The Gang (1 wk)

4 thoughts on “December 26, 1981: Beggar & Co, Double Exposure, Tomorrow’s Edition, End Of Year Disco Chart 1981”

  1. An absolutely fascinating excursion into a bygone era, and a wonderful wallow in nostalgia. Many thanks to those involved in posting up these columns. Loving them.

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