January 14, 1984: George Kranz, Status IV, Donna Summer, O.C. Miller, Tara

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Steve Dennis is now combining his annual DJ Convention with the Disco Mix Club’s 1st anniversary party at London’s Hippodrome on Sunday 11th March, including six top international jocks in a “battle of the mixers” during the buffet supper – £15 tickets (£10 evening entertainment only) from DMC, PO Box 89, Slough, Berks SL1 8NA . . . Alan Coulthard’s current DMC megamix is of Culture Club (and a bit undynamic for dancers?), pride of place going to “new boy” Les Adams with three neat medleys on the cassette, including one comprised of well known breaks and bridges . . . Derek Laurence (Southall) overheard a Brixton Briefcase blasting what sounded like a megamix of Freeez ‘IOU’ with beats from Sharon Redd ‘Beat The Street’, Visual ‘The Music Got Me’, and John Rocca’s voice treated like the tones from ‘Close Encounters’ – what the hell was that?! . . . Sharon Redd’s 12in now seems to be ‘You’re A Winner’, Girls Can’t Help It is due here again on Virgin, Katie Kissoon has covered ‘Penny Lover’, Kool & The Gang ‘Straight Ahead’ has been repressed in a longer version (don’t all rush!) . . . US dollars being so strong against sterling, imports have taken a price hike in most shops to around £7.20 LP, £4.20 12in – ouch! . . . Steve Arrington’s Hall Of Fame have preceded their new album with the zappy c121½bpm ‘Hump To The Bump’ on 7in (US Atlantic 7-89715), building to good vibes . . . Tony Joe White’s Dutch CBS LP is worth checking, his c102bpm revival of Ruby & The Romantics’ ‘Our Day Will Come’ being great with Lionel Richie ‘Love Will Find A Way’, while Dave Pike’s US Muse ‘Moon Bird’ has a lovely jazzy ‘Love For Sale’ . . . BBC-1’s 1983 Team Disco Dance Championships last Wednesday may only have been youth club members dancing to a live group but at least the music was as funky as they wanted (dodgy vocals apart) and rooted in reality, as were many of the dance routines – however, the East Anglian winners pranced about with umbrellas to ‘Dead Giveaway’ (the only fast pop tune), beating the best actual disco routine by Gloucester’s team into second place . . . Peter Powell (who breakfasts apres-gig at Mayfair’s Rockafellas) has stopped his Monday Steppin’ Out soul slot in favour of Radio 1’s new Sunday night Robbie Vincent show – a disastrous move for soul (no disrespect to Robbie), hiding it away again in the minority appeal ghetto . . . Radio 1 also evidently appeared to copy my New Year’s Eve four hour party music show, 10 til 2 just like on Capital! . . . I did well after Xmas, fell over in the gutter (on the rooftop car park at Doncaster’s Arndale Centre, of all romantic locations!) and strained a ligament in my ankle, which resulted in a relaxing week with my leg up! . . . Ian Anthony Stephens produced Hazell Dean’s ‘Evergreen’ for Proto but evidently fell out with the label and rapidly re-recorded it by Fantasia for Passion, Proto then rush-releasing their superior original amidst all sorts of bad feeling . . . Shakatak’s recent recruit Norma Lewis seems a busy girl, lending her voice to many other Hi-NRG names but not to her “own” record? . . . Yvonne Gidden, who didn’t work out on ‘Skiing In The Snow’, is now reviving Joy Lovejoy’s ‘In Orbit’ for producer/veteran Northern Soul jock Kev Roberts . . . Ian Levine is mixing a duet by Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore (the Boys Town Gang girl) on ERC . . . Norman Scott at Haringey Bolts is entering his 25th year as a DJ (“thank heavens for Max Factor and very clever lighting” quoth he!), a biggie at his Thursday Stepping Back Club being Fontella Bass ‘Rescue Me’ while due soon on Proto is the ancient Petula Clark ‘Sailor’ – really? . . . Danny Searle now electro-souls Thurs as well as Sat at Southsea’s Vagabonds in Goldsmith Avenue . . . Cosmic happily soul-funks Fridays again at Basildon New Yorker, and wonders if any major companies might now reconsider him for their mailing lists? . . . Lenny Henry cabarets Chippenham Goldiggers this Friday the 13th (oo-er!), when Froggy funks Dartford Flicks . . . Gary Oldis is trying to establish pure funk ‘n soul Saturdays at Scarborough Victorias . . . Colin Curtis, Shaun Williams, Roger Tovell, Ralph Randell and others do the Birmingham Powerhouse 3pm alldayer this Sunday (15), when Big Al Mayfield & John ‘Nick’ Osborne start weekly under-18s at Streatham Cat’s Whiskers . . . Larry Foster’s 2nd Motown night is at Gants Hill Villa Tuesday (17), Richard Searling & Mike Shaft start weekly at Blackburn’s The Club Wednesday (18), Ian Reading has a toga party at Southend Zero 6 Thursday (19) . . . Ken ‘B’ Brudenell has quit Southampton’s Topshop/Topman instore “radio” after 2½ years to take over Poole’s Mariners Wharf from Dave Van Seiger (now at Southampton Mayfair), funking Tues/Thurs/Sat – the latter with Andy Bianchi, who does Wed/Fri alone (so how about some charts, guys?) . . . Jeff Thomas is back from Norway at Pontardawe Mamma Mia’s near Swansea (Wed-Sun) . . . Alan ‘Gibbo’ Gibson after three months in Norway, seven in Bangkok, two in Germany, is just off to Canada now for Bacchus International, while Rudi ‘Rapper’ Gilpin is in South Africa . . . Alan James Jewell’s Xmas chart-topper at Hong Kong’s incredibly swank Hollywood Boulevard was Toni Basil ‘Over My Head (Remix)’ (US Chrysalis 12in) – thanks for the kimono, Wal! . . . Graham Murray sent a kind “drink” before leaving Teeside for Salzgitter’s Hotel Just and Langelsheim’s Beat Club in West Germany, but a whole “Jereboam” was too generous of Pete Haigh (Blackpool Bananas Tues/Standis Cassinelli’s Thurs/Caton Scarthwaite Hotel Sun)! . . . Weybridge expatriate Steve Ingham now calls himself Steve Stuart after 2½ years in Lincolnshire at Boston’s Elizabethan Club (Lizzy’s) – wouldn’t “Tudor” be more appropriate? . . . Steve Ogley’s gig at Lowestoft Snaps is closed for refurbishment, while South London’s famous Dun Cow in the Old Kent Road closes next week for a fortnight to be refitted with yet more elaborate video, laser and lights – once re-opened in February with a 2am licence, Ron ‘Spider’ Baker will be joined Thursdays by Capital’s Mike Allen, Greg Edwards still funking Tuesday . . . Lionel Richie’s ‘Running With The Night’ video is very “Kid Creole” . . . Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video is rumoured to be longer than as shown on The Tube . . . Mac ‘n Jack’s ‘Say Say Say’ has been a US chart-topper but Paul McCartney’s album has been his smallest US seller ever – which shows whose fans have been buying the single, huh, kids? . . . The hills are alive with The Sound Of Muzak . . . DIN DAA DAA!



Alexis Korner

A shortage of commercials on telly this last week could have been caused by the sad death of the voice in so many of them, Alexis Korner, undisputed father of British R&B. Anyone familiar with his distinctive croaking smokey vocal will not be surprised that a cancerous lung finally felled him.

Of mixed East European parentage, Alexis in the ‘50s played guitar in trad jazz band leader Chris Barber’s pioneering blues splinter group (which Lonnie Donegan left to popularize skiffle as a home grown hybrid).

By the early ‘60s Alexis had teamed with tubby mouthed harpist Cyril Davies to form the incredibly influential Blues Incorporated, instituting Thursday R&B sessions at London’s Marquee Club when it was still a jazz venue under the Academy Cinema in Oxford Street.

It was Alexis’s enthusiasm for then current sounds that led to a split in the group, as he liked playing ‘Green Onions’ (etc) in amongst the Chicago bar room standards, Davies talking singer Long John Baldry into his own group while Alexis recruited the black Ronnie ‘US Air Force’ Jones. A Thursday regular at the Marquee from October ’62, I nevertheless remember the best set ever being fronted by Ronnie in his uniform up at La Discotheque in Wardour Street.

The first star I ever got to know, Alexis subsequently mentioned several times on his occasional radio series (where he played a range of obscure delights) how it was I who first turned him onto Otis Redding. By coincidence, that was exactly 20 years ago. Now they’re both gone, but their influence will linger on . . . if only in the Rolling Stones.


HOT VINYL

GEORGE KRANZ: ‘Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)’ (Fourth & Broadway 12 BRW 2, via Island)
A mindblowing monster of silly gibberish gimmickry given an epic Wagnerian production, this fabulously exciting 0-123-0-123-aca-122⅓bpm 12in amalgamation of doo-wop, scat, nonsense and noise builds ever upwards to an acappella break (try chopping Hot Streak minus intro out of it), and although far from electro it’s perfect mixed with Hashim (less dense 121bpm original and ditto accapella-ish dub flip). From Germany, it’s now huge in the States and could be another ‘Underwater’ here.

STATUS IV: Lovin’ You (Radar RDR-12010)
Hottest import smash since Christmas (welcomed with open arms by vinyl-starved junkies – oops, jocks!), this Eric Matthew-produced excellent creamily bumping very soulfully harmonised mellow 113bpm 12in jogger has some superb wailing horns halfway (inst dub flip), and mixes perfectly between Circle City Band and Lefturno.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘Stop Look And Listen’ (Mercury DONNA 312)
Although nominally A-side, this quite beefily textured choppily lurching 124bpm 12in thudder is likely to be overtaken by its really lovely and actually very soulful 93bpm ‘Tokyo’ flip, which could be huge and is certainly worthy of “summer tempo” play (appropriate, what?!).

O.C. MILLER: ‘How Can I Love Again’ (Orbitone D-ORB-7, via 01-965 8292)
Co-star of ‘Dr. No’ and original co-front man of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Count Prince Miller reverts to his real initials for a sensational knee-tremblingly soulful 56-54-54½-0bpm 12in smooching of Millie Jackson’s oldie, complete with rawly searing sax honking through the oh-so-mellow mix. A floor-packer at black clubs, it’s so romantic it deserves to be heard everywhere – and the flip’s gruffly speeded up 120-119bpm revival of Jimmy Ricks’ ‘Oh What A Feeling’ has mild soca appeal too.

TARA: ‘Fresh Flesh’ (US Unlimited Gold UT-3010)
Unbelievably produced by Barry White, this extremely Prince/Rick James-like backing track starts with the door-knocking dialogue: “Who is it?” “It’s Rhonda, is Bobby there?” “Hey! No he’s not, but – uh – why don’t you come in for a while?” “For what?” “Well, er, there’s something I want to tell you” Help, help me Rhonda! Anyway, the 0-119⅓bpm 12in vocal side is actually less beefy than the 120bpm instrumental, which has all the chat but no vocal and mixes brilliantly between Captain Rapp and Rick James ‘Cold Blooded’ or Vanity 6 ‘Nasty Girl’ and Arcade Gang. My kinda music!

DAVID JOSEPH: ‘Joys Of Life’ (Island 12IS 153)
Oh dear, remixers Godwin Logie and Froggy have totally destroyed the gorgeous easy mellow jazzy impact of David’s hit LP track, constructing now a long dull disco intro: however, they do add extra sax towards the end of this still pleasant slinky 95bpm 12in swayer, flipped by the fairly lacklustre 112bpm ‘Baby Won’t You Take My Love’. White labels are about ahead of full release next week.

FIRST LIGHT: ‘Wish You Were Here’ (London/Oval LONX 43)
After all the build-up by various interested parties I must confess to initial disappointment with the South London duo’s slickly produced, squeakily sung and slinky but cold, calculated and passionless 42/84bpm smoocher, the radio edit oddly being A-side on 3-track 12in leaving the acappella-introed much extended version crammed next to the lightly reggae instrumental 88½bpm ‘Stop The Clock’ flipside.

THE COOL NOTES: ‘I Wanna Dance’ (Sour Grape SG 116, via PRT)
Soulfully pitched cheerful chick sung 118bpm 12in swayer (not reggae), her vocal rising above the formularized if unobtrusive backing before the eventual break is then followed by a rapping chap, who (singing) also hogs the limelight on the equally nice 119bpm ‘Blown It’ flip, with good jazzy guitar. A quick ‘phonecall reveals they’re Lorraine and husband Steve McIntosh. Lend ‘em an ear.

FINE QUALITY featuring CUZ: ‘Aah Dance’ (Sugarhill SHL 110)
Pleasantly harmonised catchy little 121-122-123-125(break on)bpm 12in shuffling loper with synth piping through the jittery rhythm and a distinctive title line hook (inst flip), originally out in ’81 but now reserviced.

BREAK MACHINE: ‘Street Dance’ (Record Shack SOHOT 13)
Jacques Morali & Henri Belolo-produced 115bpm 12in beat box jitterer with a naff strained bloke hollering away but a nice whistling hook, which stands out on the preferable instrumental hip hop flip. The vocal’s closer to Santa Monica Boulevard than the South Bronx!

FASCINATION: ‘Out To Get You’ (Banana FRUIT 4T, via Pinnacle)
Chicks started but mainly chaps sung ponderously plodding purposeful 107bpm 12in jiggly jolter with nice brass ‘n breaks once it gets going – don’t be put off by the dull intro (edit/inst flip).

TONY BRUTUS: ‘Water Pistol’ (Intense INTO13)
Presumably when you squeeze the trigger, you’re water pumping? Yeah? Lovely sleazy 66½bpm 12in reggae, soulfully sung (‘Shooting Water’ dub flip).

PAZ: ‘Look Inside’ LP (Paladin PALP001, via Rough Trade/The Cartel)
Selling like hot cakes to jazz freaks, this classily conceived Paul Buckmaster-produced British latin-jazz set featuring Ray Warleigh on sax and flute is best for listening as such as the frantic 146-0bpm ‘AC/DC’ are ultra-specialist, although the short but punchily jogging 99bpm ‘One Hundred’ joins the 0-106/53bpm ‘Sunny Day’ and 0-102bpm title track at an easier tempo.

FAT LARRY’S BAND: ‘Straight From The Heart (Remix)’ (Virgin VS 652-12)
Smoothly routine rolling 118-120bpm 12in soul swayer with tinkling keyboards in the long instrumental break (dub/edit flip).

RICHARD JON SMITH: ‘In The Night’ (Jive JIVE T 53)
Keith Diamond-prod/penned dull formularized 108bpm jogger on 3-track 12in with its 107⅓bpm dub and the slightly lighter 108bpm ‘I Need You’. C’mon RJ, let it rip!

JAMAICA GIRLS: ‘Need Somebody New’ (Fourth & Broadway 12 BRW 1, via Island)
Larry Levan-mixed chix-squawked lurching 0-121bpm 12in pounder, none too special (alternative ‘Somebody New’ flip).


Hi NRG

HAZELL DEAN: ‘Evergreen’ (Proto ENAT 114)
Only on white label until February 3rd but so hot it had to be reviewed, this Ian Anthony Stephens-produced superb classily restrained 130bpm 12in disco revival of Barbra Streisand’s one-time smoocher has all that it takes to cross over as an MoR smash. The less impressive Euro-type 128bpm ‘Jealous Love’ flip may have wally appeal.

FANTASIA: ‘Evergreen’ (Passion PASH 1216)
Instantly eclipsed by the superior Hazell Dean, this rival 130bpm 12in version suffers from an uncertain vocal but does have an instrumental flip, which could be useful.

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: ‘Relax’ (US Island 096975)
Serviced as an import but on sale here, the third (and finally definitive?) “US Remix” of the Liverpudlians’ sombre meandering Trevor Horn-produced throbbing 115bpm 12 thudder is largely instrumental until the vocals pile up the pressure in classic New York style (more instantly punchy 7in edit and inst flip).

SLEEPING LIONS: ‘Sound Of My Heart’ (CBS TA 3755)
Originally ignored when out last year but now (prompted by US interest) spreading fast from Heaven, this pop chick-sung 129bpm 12in skitterer has “baroque” strings twiddling over a Northern Soul-type structure (inst ‘Heart Dance’ flip). How long before Peter Young plays it?

NORMA: ‘Life Is The Reason’ (ERC ERC/L 108)
Ian Levine-mixed frisky 126bpm 12in galloper given a Jessica-type dated ‘70s vocal before the usual stark breaks (beefier – and better? – inst flip).

SHIRLEY LEWIS: ‘Didn’t Say A Word’ (Electricity ELECT 1, via PRT)
Northern Soul-ed by the Sensations’ Yvonne Baker on US Parkway (London here), this Kev Roberts-prod/Ian Levine-mixed rather empty 0-132½bpm 12in revival by Linda’s kid sister debuts a new label within the High Energy/KRP stable (edit/inst flip).

VARIOUS: ‘Passion Tracking Vol 1’ LP (Passion PADLP 101)
Another LP/12-in twin-pack compilation (although unsegued) that’s already charted thanks to Charade’s ‘I’m The One’, a chick-sung frantic zingy 136bpm flier, and Dee Dee Martin’s 132bpm ‘Save Yourself For Me’ plus the enclosed 12in coupling of The Simon Orchestra’s 128bpm ‘I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten’/Jessica William’s original Boys Town classic 132bpm ‘Queen Of Fools’, other previously 12-inched tracks being the latter’s ‘(They Call Me) The Queen Of Fools’, Marsha Raven ‘Catch Me’, Charade ‘Got To Get To You’, Cascade Orch ‘Spring Rain’.

THE CASCADE ORCHESTRA: ‘Spring Rain’ (Passion PASH 1212)
Soundalike specialist Nigel ‘Malibu’ Wright now revives Silvetti’s disco oldie, an obviously dated disjointedly episodic 117bpm 12in instrumental with piano and sickly strings (135bpm instrumental of Charade’s ‘I’m The One’ on flip).

RICHIE: ‘Trying It On’ (Challenge TALL 5, via Blackmarketing 01-609 7017)
Empty attempt to crack the Hi-NRG market, an 141½bpm 12in electronic skitterer with Bee Gees voices backed by Marvellos type “do-do-do-do” girls (142bpm inst flip). Best thing’s the kinky cover!

PETER GODWIN: ‘Baby’s In The Mountains’ (Polydor POSPX 647)
Better regarded Stateside than here, Peter tries again with a John Luongo-mixed but somewhat murky 118bpm 12in rumbler which might work with ‘Relax’ (slow flip).


BREAKERS

Bubbling under the Boys Town/Hi-NRG 30, which has seen a major shake up since Christmas (including the unprecedented high entry of Hazell Dean, who only missed the top by a tiny margin!) are:

Parachute Club ‘Rise Up’ (USA RCA 12in)
First Choice ‘Doctor Love (Mega Dub Remix)’ (US Salsoul 12in)
Earlene Bentley ‘I’m Living My Own Life’ (Record Shack 12in promo)
Norma ‘Life Is The Reason’ (ERC 12in)
Sleeping Lions ‘Sound Of My Heart’ (CBS 12in)
Master Genius ‘Let’s Break’ (Dutch Break 12in)
Baumann ‘Strangers In The Night’ (US Portrait 12in)
Waterfront Home ‘Take A Chance On Me’/Stephanie Mills ‘Pilot Error’ (US Hot Tracks LP remixes)
Gary Criss ‘Acapulco’ (US Disconet LP)
X-Ray Connection ‘Get Ready’ (Dutch Break 12in)
France Joli ‘Blue Eyed Technology’/’Girl Of The ‘80s’ (US Epic 12in/LP)
Vickie Sue Robinson ‘ Everlasting Love’ (US Profile 12in)
Tapps ‘My Forbidden Lover (Remix)’ (US Power 12in)
Cascade Orchestra ‘Spring Rain’ (Passion 12in)


DISCO TOP 85 – JANUARY 14, 1984

Rated by the country’s top DJ’s as the most up-front disco chart in the UK, compiled on Monday, on the street on Wednesday

01 02 Holiday – Madonna – Sire 12”
02 01 The Sound Of Music – Dayton – Capitol 12”
03 08 Another Man / Rap – Barbara Mason – Streetwave 12”
04 13 Share The Night – World Premiere – US Easy Street 12”
05 06 Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) – Hashim – Streetwave 12”
06 03 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
07 07 On The Upside – Xena – Streetwave 12”
08 04 Crazy Cuts – Grandmixer D.ST. – Island 12”
09 15 Magic – Circle City Band – US Circle City Records 12”
10 05 Let The Music Play (Dub) / (Vocal) – Shannon – Club 12”
11 14 Serious – Billy Griffin – CBS 12”
12 12 Love How You Feel / Dub – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
13 33 I Wanted Your Love – Luther Vandross – US Epic LP
14 09 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie – Motown LP remix
15 — Lovin’ You – Status IV – US Radar 12”
16 16 Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Warner Bros 12”
17 18 Straight Ahead – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite 12”
18 10 Cuttin’ Herbie / Rock The House / Two Three Break – The B Boys – Streetwave 12”
19 46 You Ain’t Got No Money – Jaime Lynn – US Salsoul 12”
20 20 Out Of Sight – Lefturno – US Ascot 12”
21 17 Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner – Capitol 12”
22 35 Just Can’t Get Enough / Don’t Give Up Your Dream – Lew Kirton – Epic 12”
23 24 Love Will Find A Way / Penny Lover – Lionel Richie – Motown LP
24 66 (I’m Just A) Sucker For A Pretty Face – West Phillips – Canadian Quality 12”
25 27 I Wanna Be With You – Armenta – Savoir Faire 12”
26 53 So Different – Kinky Foxx – Sound Of New York 12”
27 26 Watch The Closing Doors / Dub – I.R.T. – US RCA 12”
28 71 Bigger Than Life – Lamont Dozier – Demon LP
29 22 Joys Of Life – David Joseph – Island LP/12” promo
30 52 Baby Doll (Remix) – Girls Can’t Help It – US Sire 12”
31 11 I’m Out Of Your Life – Arnie’s Love – Streetwave 12”
32 39 Fo-Fi-Fo / Tell Me A Bedtime Story – Pieces Of A Dream – German Elektra LP
33 34 Big Apple Noise – Trans-Lux – US Master Mix 12”
34 49 This Love Is For Real – Ron Banks – US CBS Associated Records LP
35 30 White Lines – Grandmaster & Melle Mel – Sugarhill 12”
36 28 Somebody Save The Night / Activate / You’re A Winner / Sweet Sensation – Sharon Redd – Prelude LP
37 32 Just Can’t Let You Go – Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove – US Crossroad Entertainment Corp 12”
38 59 A Night In New York – Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – EMI America 12”
39 — Wish You Were Here – First Light – London/Oval 12”
40 — Be With You Tonight / Ourselves – Total Contrast – Total Contrast Records 12”
41 72 Bad Times – Captain Rapp – US Saturn/Becket 12”
42 19 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack 12”
43 65 (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine – Instant Funk – US Salsoul 12”
44 76 Give Me Your Love (Remix) – Active Force – US A&M 12”
45 48 Got To Have Your Love / It’s Really Love / Never Say Never – Melba Moore – Capitol LP
46 25 Get It On – Spence – Arista 12”
47 41 Running With The Night (Remix) – Lionel Richie – Motown 12”
48 42 No Sell Out – Malcolm X / Keith LeBlanc – US Tommy Boy 12”
49 77 Electric Boogie (Remix) / (Long Version) – Marcia Griffiths – Island 12”
50 56 Cavern – Liquid Liquid – US 99 12” EP
51 37 Make Mine Guarana – Azymuth – US Milestone LP
52 63 Radio Activity Syndrome / Radio Activity Rapp – Arcade Gang / MC Fosty & Lovin’ C – US Rappers Rapp Disco Co 12”
53 44 Baby I’m Scared Of You / Love Wars / T.K.O. – Womack & Womack – German Elektra LP
54 43 My Guy – Mary Wells – US Allegiance 12”
55 74 Give Me The Night (Medley) – Mirage – Passion 12”
56 21 Happiness Is Just Around The Bend – Cuba Gooding – London 12”
57 55 Beat Wave – Warp 9 – US Prism 12”
58 31 Scratch Break (Glove Style) – Motor City Crew – Motown 12”
59 84 The Good Times – Stanley Clarke / George Duke – Epic LP
60 29 Love Is The Message – Hi Voltage – KRP 12”
61 23 Inside Love (So Personal) (Vocal) – George Benson – Warner Bros 12”
62 — Dance, Let’s Shake It Tonight – Sun – US Air City Records 12”
63 — Get Into The Mix / Inst. Scratch Version – DJ Divine – US West End 12”
64 51 All Night Long (All Night) (Instrumental) – Lionel Richie – US Motown 12”
65 — Hot, Hot, Hot – Arrow – AIR 12”
66 79 How Can I Love Again – O.C. Miller – Orbitone 12”
67 — Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) – George Kranz – Fourth & Broadway 12” promo
68 45 Crotona Park – Dave Valentin – US GRP LP
69 36 B-Boys Beware / B-Boys B-Dubbed – Two Sisters – US Sugarscoop 12”
70 — AC/DC / One Hundred / Sunny Day / Look Inside – Paz – Paladin LP
71 78 Copy Cat – P.Funk All-Stars – US Uncle Jam LP
72 83 Encore – Cheryl Lynn – CBS LP/US Columbia 12”
73 67 You And Me Right Now / I Want My Baby Back – Teddy Pendergrass – Philadelphia International LP
74 73 Summer Breeze – Baiser – Canadian Celsius 12”
75 — Livin’ In A Back Street – Kadenza – Calibre 12”
76 61 King Of Soul Medley – Soul Kings – US Pandisc 12”
77 80 You Are Beautiful / Believer – Chic – US Atlantic LP
78 — All Of My Lovin’ – Jimmy Williams – US Salsoul 12”
79 69 Love Is Still Waiting – Al Jarreau – WEA 12”
80 — Taxi – J. Blackfoot – US Sound Town LP
81 — Here’s Your Chance – Enchantment – US Columbia 12”
82 82 Let’s Take Time Out – Howard Johnson – A&M 12”/US remix
83 — Rescue Me – Sybil Thomas – West End 12”
84 — Brighten Up Your Night – Ebony Brothers – RCA 12”
85 — Out To Get You – Fascination – Banana 12”


BOYS TOWN/HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt – Record Shack 12”
02 — Evergreen / Jealous Love – Hazell Dean – Proto 12” promo
03 02 He’s A Saint He’s A Sinner / Manpower / So Many Men So Little Time (Remake) / Beeline – Miquel Brown – Record Shack LP
04 03 I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor – Chrysalis 12”
05 26 Love On The Rocks – Lama – US Disconet LP
06 10 It’s Too Late – Simone – KRP 12”
07 — Rocket To Your Heart (Remix) / Zarah / Reach Out & I’ll Be There – Lisa / Nina Hagen / Dynamic 7 – US Hot Tracks LP
08 08 You’re A Winner – Sharon Redd – Prelude LP
09 25 Thriller – Michael Jackson – Epic 12”
10 04 Skiing In The Snow – Laura Pallas & The Reputations – Record Shack 12”
11 24 Sweet Temptation – Gem – US Street King 12”
12 20 Let The Music Play / Dub – Shannon – Club 12”
13 22 Relax (US Remix) – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – US Island 12”
14 15 I’m The One / Save Yourself For Me / I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten / Queen Of Fools – Charade / Dee Dee Martin / Simon Orchestra / Jessica Williams – Passion LP/12” twin-pack
15 — Didn’t Say A Word (Megamix) – Shirley Lewis – Electricity 12”
16 09 Where Are You Now – Cerrone – Record Shack 12”
17 — Shake It Up – Divine – Design Communications/Dutch Break 12”
18 06 Giving Up / I Cry For You – Bobby “O” – Design Communications 12”
19 — Holiday – Madonna – Sire 12”
20 11 Trouble In Paradise / Too Late – Sylvester – US Megatone 12”
21 14 Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love) – Marsha Raven – Passion 12”
22 — How About It – M.D.M.C. – Dutch High Fashion 12”
23 — Going Through The Motions – Danny Lugo & Destination – US C&M 12”
24 — On The Grid (Remix) – Lime – US Prism 12”
25 21 Reputation – Bobby “O” – Dutch BMC LP
26 19 Love How You Feel – Sharon Redd – Prelude 12”
27 18 Evergreen – Fantasia – Passion 12”
28 — It’s So Right / Pressure – Gillian Lane – Dutch Rams Horn LP
29 12 You Can Dance – Motion – Canadian DBA 12”
30 — Bobby “O” Medley – Various – Canadian Unidisc 12”

One thought on “January 14, 1984: George Kranz, Status IV, Donna Summer, O.C. Miller, Tara”

  1. As neither side of the O.C. Miller single was available on YouTube, and as I have a 7″ copy that actually belonged to James at the time, I’ve uploaded both tracks myself. I think he’s wrong about “How Can I Love Again” being a Millie Jackson cover, though – it was previously recorded by Mavis John.

    Another significant first mention this week – this time it’s for Les Adams, who became one of James’s closest friends and his long-term collaborator on the Capital Radio New Year’s Eve mixes. James also featured on one of Les’s L.A. Mix hits, which we’ll get to in the fullness of time. Les sadly passed away in September 2019.

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