May 12, 1984: Jimmie Gray, Yvonne Gage, L.J. Reynolds, Cherrelle, Jermaine Jackson

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

Giddy up and yi-hah! All those clubs wanting to hire mechanical bucking broncos/bulls can get them from Western Rodeo UK (01-785 6169) or Dave Gilbrook (Farnbrough 0252-510934), and Dave is planning to tour the country’s clubs with a package as The Club Indoor Rodeo Championships 1984 including a gunslinger fast draw contest as well as the bull, so contact him if interested in that too . . . Thames Valley DJ Association again awarded Record Mirror the Best Industry Publication prize at their Shownite ’84 last month – the first I knew about it was from some understandably bitchy remarks in their current newsletter, just received (nobody told me, but I couldn’t have got there that night anyway: however, many thanks and apologies) . . . Jocelyn Brown tells me that as well as being lead singer for Inner Life and certain records by Cerrone and Change (about which we knew), she’s also been on sides by Chic, The Jammers, while session work has included backups behind everyone from Roberta Flack to John Lennon . . . Bobby King is THAT Bobby King, the one who used to come down to Mayfair’s Gullivers whenever over here as vocalist with Ry Cooder! (he had two albums on US Warner Bros in the ‘70s) . . . Capital Radio’s Roger Scott remarks how strong black music is at the moment, all but two of the American singles on the station’s playlist being black – and a third of last week’s UK pop chart was black too (so, did Top Of The Pops going off air have anything to do with it?) . . . Patrice Rushen’s c105bpm hot tempo-ish swayer ‘Feels So Real’ doubtless surfaced on import last weekend, after my deadline . . . Edwin Starr had scheduled a DJs-dedicated ‘Play It Again’ single for this month prior to rushing ‘Marvin’ instead (er, any chance of re-recording the word “Sunday” as “Monday”, Edwin?) . . . Bobby Womack’s LP review last week confused the Patti LaBelle-duetted 35-71½bpm ‘Love Has Finally Come At Last’ and George Benson/Wilton Felder-backed 67/33½bpm ‘Through The Eyes Of A Child’ . . . Mercury here will have a 4-track LJ Reynolds 12in with ‘Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down’/’Weigh All The Facts’/’Love Me All Over’, while Malaco soon belatedly issue Baiser ‘Summer Breeze’ . . . Island are entering the disco competition market with ‘Crew Cuts’ (clever title) including Malcolm X, Art Of Noise, Grandmixer D.ST., Warp 9, Nuance, Junie Morrison all mixed by Chad Jackson (St Helens) – who calls himself “The Man Of The Mix” and recently sent me a cassette of his efforts, a live mix one side and pause button-edited medley t’other, all very good but exhausting (incidentally, is it Chad rather than Chaz who’s walking around under Greg Wilson’s hairstyle?) . . . Bernard Penn, a buyer at Glasgow’s Goldbergs store, got talking soul with Steve Davis when he’d come in to promote his line of snooker tables and played Steve some cassettes he’d mixed himself on a home twin-deck system: this so intrigued Steve that Bernard now wonders if it was this that prompted his subsequent purchase of a disco unit and a course of mixing lessons from Froggy? . . . I can tell you, if you want to make Steve mis-cue, just shout out “Dee Dee Bridgewater”! . . . Cino Berigliano, now doing Ilford Palais Wednesdays with Coral King and Stevenage Annabellas Mondays, is looking to add DJs outside the London area to his Dance Disc Promotions mailing list on 01-551 0631 (office hours) . . . MBT Records want to get PA bookings for new group Universe – call Barry Jameson on 01-476 1880 . . . Switch Records are looking for black music cassette demos or full unsigned masters for a planned compilation LP, or doubtless singles release if up to scratch – details from Loftus Burton on 01-969 7135 . . . Horizon’s Gary Kent needs a new gig for his 1K disco rig to replace a 4 year pub residency (messages on 01-599 1471) . . . ‘Segue’ Steve Goddard sadly has left Horizon – he recently discovered the source of the term “segue” (pronounced segway, meaning one tune following on immediately after another): not surprisingly it’s from “seguera”, Italian for “to follow” . . . Dr Soul more or less knew that! . . . London Town Radio needs more soul DJs: send demo tape and brief CV to LTR, c/o 23 High Street, Little Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU17 8TB, and try and beat the Home Office, and stay off the white lines . . . ‘Fatman’ Graham Canter has horrified his real friends with the avowed intention of buying a pub – don’t even do it! . . . Hammersmith Palais later this month (31) wobbles under the weight of the Weather Girls AND Steve Walsh together on stage – heavy jelly! . . . Cameo play Nottingham Rock City Fri 25, Hammersmith Odeon Sat 26, with more dates due, and Kenny G (minus vocalist Barry Johnson) tours Glasgow, London, Luton, Colchester & Birmingham around that time too . . . Record Shack have formed Anglo-American Management for tour representation of Miquel Brown, Earlene Bentley, Evelyn Thomas, Break Machine (and soon the likes of Lisa, Pamela Stanley, Thelma Houston, Viola Wills, Vicki Sue Robinson, Village People & Ritchie Family): contact Bill Grainger 0506-54305/The Shack 01-434 1498 . . . Misses Brown, Bentley & Thomas will be live together at a Hi-NRG alldayer next Bank Holiday Monday (28) at Preston’s Clouds, but meanwhile Evelyn Thomas continues energizing London Palm Beach Fri (11), Charing Scanners Sat (12), Brighton Bolts Sun (13), Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush Tues (15) . . . Linda Lewis PAs along with a Miss Wet T-Shirt contest Fri (11) at Bournemouth Boscombe’s The Academy (presumably not a Boys Town night!), Harringey Bolts has Simone Sat (12), Edinburgh Fire Island has Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore Sun (13) . . . Steve Allen & The Mad Mixer attempt to re-establish a regular soul night in Leicester at Coasters Nightclub (Lee Circle off Charles Street) this Thursday (10) and again in three weeks (31) . . . Peter Lee launches a Shredded Wheat guzzling contest over the next three Thursdays at Bolton’s Dance Factory, where Monday (14) break dancing Broken Glass Street Crew and zany DJ (it says here) Wayne Curtis Blow II join him for a teenage disco . . . Chris Dinnis, recovering from glandular fever, now souls Exeter Boxes Wednesdays and Taunton Kingstons Thursdays, plus Yeovil Olivers the Fri (11) . . . Froggy funks Southend Zero 6 Fri (11), and Canning Town Bentleys every Thur/Sat . . . Gary Oldis starts a break dancing competition this Sat (12) with cash prizes (teams or singles) – teams wanting a gig at Scarborough Victorias call him on 0325-84619 (days) . . . Jin Kenny, mixing at Dublin’s Tamango, is trying Hi-NRG on Saturdays although product is head to find and due to Eire’s high VAT even UK releases (imported) are very expensive: Miquel Brown ‘So Many Men’ is huge, KC ‘Give It Up’ hit in Ireland a year before Britain – Jim also needs replacement Destination ‘Move On Up’, Brian Adams ‘Let Me Take You Dancing’ . . . Pete Haigh (0253-824156) needs Bloodstone ‘My Love Grows Stronger’ (US T-Neck 12in), Island’s Adrian Sykes will pay anything for the rare 12in of Willie Bobo ‘Always There’ (Big Phil Etgart still wants it too), and Bobby Lyle’s ‘The Genie’ LP . . . Dougall DJ’s computerised record finding service now seems operational (good timing?) – send your wants list (up to 50), mentioning any bids you’re prepared to pay for hotly sought items, with remittance of £6.50 for a full year’s search to Worldwide Records, PO Box 90, Luton, Beds LU1 3UJ . . . Andy Greg (Gregory), souling Laughton’s Tempo Rico wine bar, has a 7in of Peter Brown’s 1979 ‘Love In Our Hearts’ for Adrian Allen should he want it, and wonders whether Carl Anderson is the same guy that played Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’? . . . ‘Hill Street Blues’ is bustin’ out all over now, and in the words of the immortal Michael Conrad, LET’S BE EXTRA CAREFUL OUT THERE!


HOT VINYL

JIMMIE GRAY: ‘The Kool People’ (JKO 12 JKO 107, via 01-354 0841)
American singer/keyboardist Jimmie returned home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to remix and speed up this now 115½bpm simple languidly pushing swayer with Tubbs on bass and chix cooing through his own cool vocal, which originally surfaced here in November 1982. Now as then the 117bpm instrumental ‘Keepin’ Kool’ flipside version is possibly even more useful although with the guitar mixed down and everything smoothed off both have become more similar – and equally hypnotic.

YVONNE GAGE: ‘Doin’ It In A Haunted House’ (US Chycago International Music 4Z9 05006)
Stand by for the next Michael Jackson-related smash! Not an answer record as such, this soulfully wailed high “spirited” solidly socking 120-119bpm smacker cleverly appropriates and adapts so many bits from the backing track of ‘Thriller’ that it must be considered as a companion piece (the instrumental flip should be really useful mixed with MJ). Vampiric though this may seem, it’s done with such zest it has to be a hit.

L.J. REYNOLDS: ‘Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down’ (LP ‘Lovin’ Man’ US Mercury 818 479-1 M-1)
The Chocolate Syrup soulster’s great huskily wailing 104bpm rolling and jittering jogger (with Jones Girls support) has already been tipped as possibly – now almost certainly – the next “Dennis Edwards”, but unlike Dennis’s set Larry’s is full of other floor favourites, big up North being the Philly-meets-Brass Construction 118bpm ‘Weigh All The Facts’, romping 127bpm ‘Don’t Worry’, buoyantly skipping 116½bpm title track, the chunkily jolting 111bpm ‘Touch Down’ being his current US single while on three smoochers the man is marvellous as well. Real soul sets rarely come as consistently good.

CHERRELLE: ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ (US Tabu 4Z9 05003).
Freakily started and at first very empty seeming, Jimmy Jam Harris & Terry Lewis’s entry into the “young female innocent” pop-hip hop field may initially disappoint those who prefer their more soulful approach, but the structure of this loosely knit 120bpm dub-like framework of electro beats, juddering bass and tape effects is fascinating – and as adventurous as you might expect. However, should this prove too tricky, the dynamite very differently treated truly infectious instrumental flip starts to cook from the off and features the same sizzling synth sound as Cloud One, really jazz-funky! A brilliant double-sider.

JERMAINE JACKSON: ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ (Too Good To Be True)’ (LP ‘Dynamite’ Arista 206317)
As feared, much of the set is fast rock-disco of the worst sort, but as well as his single’s flipside fabulous 115bpm ‘Come To Me’ electro samba there’s always this jittering 108½bpm duet with brother Michael to rouse interest (which is which?) and a pleasant slow 56bpm ‘Do What You Do’ – however, the standout musically if not commercially has to be the gorgeous gently tripping 112bpm soul duet with Whitney Houston, ‘Take Good Care Of My Heart’, sure to be big in the best clubs.

FUNK DELUXE: ‘Funk Deluxe’ LP (US Salsoul SA 8565)
The Randy Muller produced much augmented Jeff Smith & Lois Tate-led group’s set is so like old-style Brass Construction that it’s conceivable Randy made it especially for British tastes, the funky familiar grooves sounding older the more their rhythms ramble – as well as the 12in-issued 0-114¼bpm ‘This Time’ there’s the 117bpm ‘She’s What I Need’, 120-121-120-119-121-119-122-119-121-122bpm ‘Friends’, 54½(intro)-113-114bpm ‘Tender Lovin’’, 114(intro)-121-122-123bpm ‘Take It To The Top’, 121½bpm ‘Dance It Off’, 117bpm ‘Partime Lover’. If BC’s your bag, you’ll love it.

EL CHICANO: ‘Let Me Dance With You’ (US Columbia 44-04997)
The great infectiously burbling chunkily jogging 96⅓bpm rhythm gets let down rather by the entry of a female vocalist, who does improve on the choruses but still makes the strong instrumental flip, with organ to the fore, a far better bet. The nagging tempo really is a killer, and could be the backing track to a smash!

BOBBY KING: ‘Sweet Love’ (LP ‘Love In The Fire’ Motown ZL 72151)
Disappointingly slow to explode while on import, this largely excellent soul set is admittedly marred by some fast rock-disco rubbish but such classy stuff as this stunning Ernie Watts-saxed 64-0bpm smoocher, the dreamily jogging Alfie Silas-duetted 83¼bpm ‘Close To Me’, Watts-saxed gently lolloping 115-116bpm ‘Fall In Love’ and bluesily jolting 94bpm ‘Ain’t Never Met A Woman Like You’ are all to my ears even better than his 0-109bpm ‘Lovequake’ hit.

THE SYSTEM: ‘I Wanna Make You Feel Good’ (Polydor POSPX 685)
Although A-side of a 3-track 12in this hot tempo juddered good 113bpm lightweight Shalamar-ish swayer is so far happening less than the flip’s soulfully sung superb classy 103bpm ‘Promises Can Break’ (not surprisingly excellent with Stanley Clarke’s Howard Hewett-sung ‘Heaven Sent You’), which unfortunately is followed by the dreadful frantic 133bpm ‘Get Jumpin’’ to ruin the mood for home listeners.

STARPOINT: ‘Satisfy Me Lover’ (LP ‘It’s All Yours’ Elektra 960353-1)
In which wailing Renee Diggs reaches vocal maturity. The set’s only uptempo dancers (single apart) are this speedily skittering shrill 116bpm electronically rattled hot tempo swinger with great urgently whispering guys halfway, and the less inspired lurching 114½bpm ‘Breakout’ with C-Bank glass shattering effects, while amongst the slowies Bill Withers’ ‘Use Me’ gets an interestingly meshed 80⅓bpm plinky-plonk electro rhythm.

ANNE LeSEAR: ‘Take Him Back (Taxi)’ (Allegiance ALES 4)
Evidently head of promotion at her US label HCRC, Anne’s 69-70bpm answer to ‘Taxi’ (7in only) has the chap asking his cabbie to wait while he checks which apartment number he needs, only for Anne to tell the taxi to take him right back to the other side of town where he started from!

DOMINATRIX: ‘The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight’ (WEA X 9572 T)
The girls’ answer to Frankie Goes To Hollywood is perhaps more exciting in kinky concept than actual fact, but that hasn’t stopped this perky 112bpm tinkling and deadpan-spoken hip hop burbler being huge in US clubs – the longer ‘Dominant Mix’ is best plus there are the self explanatory bonus ‘Beat Me’ and acappella ‘Chants’ (both including a useful “ow!”).

FIVE STAR: ‘Hide And Seek’ (Tent RCAT 399, via RCA)
Young family group pitched with Michael Jackson in mind on an electronically juddered weaving 118bpm jiggler prod (but not penned) by Steve Harvey and mixed by Francois Kevorkian in Nassau… so talent and money weren’t lacking. Why then am I so bored?

KAMIKAZE: ‘Tokyo Rose’ (US A&M SP-12095)
Tedious densely juddering (0-)111bpm rolling smacker with Japanese-type instrumentation amidst the hip hop and Oriental-flavoured singing (dub/acappella flip).

EDDY GRANT: ‘Romancing The Stone’ (Ice ICET 61)
Great video, shame about the 145bpm song.


Hi-NRG

JIMMY JAMES: ‘Love Fire’ (ERC ERCL 110)
Veteran UK-based Jamaican soul singer Jimmy James (of Vagabonds fame) almost meant more to real mods than did Geno Washington, and has never been in more superb voice than in this ripplingly backed 136bpm uptempo soul galloper (inst flip), which I’ve yet to be sent in full form but managed to find on 7in.

HUSH: ‘Hearts On Fire’ (Spirit FIRE T1, via IDS)
Alan Coulthard co-remixed chap ‘n chick cooed ‘n hollered charging 135-136-135bpm vigorous galloper now exciting the boys after being out quite a while in packaging that hardly hinted at the contents.

EASTBOUND EXPRESSWAY: ‘Frantic Love’ (Record Shack SOHOT 19)
Used in adapted form as theme to TV’s ‘Ear Say’, this Ian Levine/Fiachra Trench-prod/penned mindlessly chugging 133bpm galloper has chanting chix and rattling breaks (inst flip), all in authentically dated late ‘70s New York style.

BILLY PRESTON: ‘And Dance’ (ERC ERCL 116)
Ultra frantic whirling 145bpm racer with interesting brass arrangement and effects whipping up excitement around Billy’s exhortations – good music, regardless of tempo (the different but still speedy 125bpm untitled – on white label – instrumental flip features his organ).

BERLIN: ‘No More Words’ (Mercury MERX 160)
Giorgio Moroder co-produced US hit 130bpm rock throbber with interesting electro effects and brassy stabs driving the Nena-like chick, whose notorious old synth speeding 137½bpm ‘Sex (I’m A Slut)’ is a flip.


MBOOGIE!

Doubtless inspired by the recently printed soca top ten, London’s African music specialist shop Stern’s have sent in their current ethnic sales chart. What has to be remembered about African music should you be (like we are in Mayfair’s Gullivers) in a position to play it to actual Africans is that it’s all from different countries – indeed, different tribes – and unless you happen to hit the exact same language or area that coincides with your audience you could well get disappointing response. This is why soca, although basically a West Indian music, has wide appeal for Africans, as does for instance the soca-tinged though African music of Bunny Mack, who sings in English. Anyway, with country of origin in brackets, the big sellers at Stern’s African Record Centre, 116 Whitfield Street, London W1P 5RW (01-387 5550) are these:

1. CHOC CHOC CHOC 3, Franco & Josky, Edipop (Zaire)
2. PERAMBULATOR, Fela Kuti, Lagos International (Nigeria)
3. WONKO MENKO, Eric Agyemang, Essiebons (Ghana)
4. ADEWALE PLAY FOR ME, Segun Adewale, Sterns (Nigeria)
5. LOYENGHE, Tabu Ley & Mbilia Bel, Sono-Disc (Zaire)
6. HI-LIFE TIME, George Darko, Okoman (Ghana)
7. CASAMANCE, Toure Kunda, Cel (Senegal)
8. TRAVEL & SEE, Hi-Life International, Sterns (Ghana)
9. HIGHLIFE STARS ONE, Highlife Stars, Flying Elephant (Ghana)
10. CHAGRIN D’AMOUR, Mone Bile, S. Ambience (Cameroun)


HIT NUMBERS:

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (all fade):

Human League 123f, Deniece Williams 122f, Terri Wells 115f, Alvin Stardust 0-56-112⅓f, Peter Schilling 163f (reminiscent of Neil Sedaka’s ‘One Way Ticket’!), Yarbrough & Peoples 102-101½f, Kajagoogoo 110f, Rock Steady Crew 115f, Nena 176f.


DISCO TOP 85 – MAY 12, 1984

01 01 SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY, Jocelyn Brown, Fourth & Broadway 12in
02 05 I’LL BE AROUND, Terri Wells, London 12in
03 08 AUTOMATIC (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, Planet 12in
04 04 CHANGE OF HEART/YOU ARE MY MELODY/WARM/TRUE LOVE, Change, US Atlantic RFC LP
05 02 AIN’T NOBODY, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Warner Bros 12in
06 03 SHE’S STRANGE/CLUB MIX (REMIX), Cameo, Club 12in
07 17 EMERGENCY (DIAL 999) (REMIX)/DUB MIX, Loose Ends, Virgin 12in
08 11 LOVE ME LIKE THIS, Real To Reel, Arista 12in
09 12 LOVE IS IN SEASON/TWO OF A KIND, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic LP
10 09 LOVEQUAKE/FALL IN LOVE, Bobby King, Motown 12in
11 10 HI, HOW YA DOIN? (GRAVITY MIX), Kenny G, Arista 12in
12 13 DON’T GIVE ME UP, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, London 12in
13 14 STEPPIN’ OUT/PHILLY TALK/DREAM RIDE/DR ROCK, George Howard, US TBA LP
14 06 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME/DAYBREAK/A.M. (MEDLEY)/INSTRUMENTAL, Paul Hardcastle, Total Control Records 12in
15 21 DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME (REMIX), Yarbrough & Peoples, Total Experience 12in
16 07 DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER, Dennis Edwards, Gordy 12in
17 15 THIS TIME, Funk Deluxe, Dutch Rams Horn 12in
18 39 JUST BE GOOD TO ME, The SOS Band, Tabu 12in
19 28 KEEP IT COMIN’/YOU CAN’T HAVE MY LOVE, AH AH AH AH, The Jones Girls, US Philadelphia International LP
20 23 TELL ME WHY/LOVE HAS FINALLY COME AT LAST, Bobby Womack, Motown LP
21 33 I’LL BE AROUND/RIGHT OR WRONG, Detroit Spinners, Atlantic 12in
22 20 MATT’S MOOD, Matt Bianco, WEA 12in
23 19 SOMEDAY/OUTSTANDING, Gap Band, Total Experience 12in
24 31 JAM ON IT, Newcleus, Sunnyview 12in
25 41 DON’T LET NOBODY HOLD YOU DOWN/DON’T WORRY/WEIGH ALL THE FACTS/TOUCH DOWN/LOVIN’ MAN, L.J. Reynolds, US Mercury LP
26 24 BREAK/NEXT TIME IT’S FOR REAL/INTIMATE CONNECTION/TONIGHT/GO FOR IT/YOU DID IT AGAIN, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
27 25 WHAT DO I DO?, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
28 22 BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA), Julia & Company, London 12in
29 26 COME BACK LOVER, Fresh Band, US Are ‘N Be 12in
30 42 IN THE HEART, Kool & The Gang, De-Lite 12in
31 18 GIVE ME TONIGHT/DUB VERSION, Shannon, Club 12in
32 38 IT’S ALL YOURS, Starpoint, Elektra 12in
33 59 ONE LOVE-PEOPLE GET READY, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Island 12in
34 69 LOVE WARS (REMIX), Womack & Womack, Elektra 12in
35 37 PLANE LOVE (REMIX), Jeffery Osborne, US A&M 12in
36 32 STAY WITH ME TONIGHT (US CLUB MIX)/THE JEFFREY OSBORNE SOUL MIX/PLANE LOVE (UK REMIX), Jeffrey Osborne, A&M 12in
37 61 LAND OF HUNGER, The Earons, US Island 12in
38 34 STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOIN’, The Chi-Lites, US Private I 12in
39 36 P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING), Michael Jackson, Epic 12in
40 47 COME BE WITH ME/LIGHT MY FIRE/IS THIS WHAT HAPPENS TO A LOVE?, The Ronnie McNeir Experience, Capitol 12in
41 — DOIN’ IT IN A HAUNTED HOUSE, Yvonne Gage, US CIM 12in
42 75 DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE AWAY, Pushé, US Partytime 12in
43 60 IT’S YOU THAT’S HAPPENING, Exquisite Taste, US Starlite 12in
44 62 CALIFORNIA/NO QUESTION ABOUT IT/LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOWS, Kent Jordan, US Columbia LP
45 43 SATISFY ME LOVER/BREAKOUT, Starpoint, US Elektra LP
46 35 DEJA VU, AB’s, Streetwave 12in
47 29 JUST A TOUCH OF LOVE/STEPPIN’ OUT – WAIT FOR ME (MEDLEY), Slave, Atlantic 12in
48 50 CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE, Executive, US Oh My! Records 12in
49 51 DON’T GO LOSE IT BABY, Hugh Masekela, Jive Afrika 12in
50 — MR GROOVE/LADY YOU ARE/I’LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU, One Way, US MCA LP
51 70 HEAVEN SENT YOU, Stanley Clarke, Dutch Epic LP
52 80 A LITTLE SPICE/DIAL 999/CHOOSE ME/FEELS SO RIGHT NOW/SO MUCH LOVE, Loose Ends, Virgin LP
53 44 STAY HERE WITH ME, Evan Rogers, US RCA Victor 12in
54 27 LUCKY STAR (US REMIX), Madonna, Sire 12in
55 81 MARVIN, Edwin Starr, Streetwave 12in
56 30 GET IN TOUCH WITH ME (US MIX), One Blood, Ensign 12in
57 48 LOVELITE, O’Bryan, US Capitol 12in
58 67 LUCKY STAR, Madonna, Sire 12in
59 49 HELLO, Lionel Richie, Motown 12in
60 85 GOTTA GIVE A LITTLE LOVE, Timmy Thomas, US Gold Mountain 12in
61 71 MEGA-MIX, Herbie Hancock/Grandmixer D.ST., US Columbia 12in
62 — COME TO ME (ONE WAY OR ANOTHER), Jermaine Jackson, Arista 12in
63 16 WHAT DO I DO? (CARNIVAL MIX), Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
64 57 PROMISES CAN BREAK, The System, Polydor 12in
65 — TELL ME I’M NOT DREAMIN’/TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY HEART, Jermaine Jackson, Arista LP
66 — EXTRAORDINARY GIRL, O’Jays, Philadelphia International 12in
67 73 ALL NIGHT LONG (SOCA), Gloria Ifill, Trindisc 12in
68 55 BREAKIN’ DOWN (M&M REMIX), Julia & Company, London 12in
69 — WHEN YOU’RE HOT YOU’RE HOT/I LIKE IT/NIGHT STALKERS/WITH YOU, Ingram, US Mirage LP
70 53 FEELS SO GOOD, Midnight Star, Solar LP/7in
71 58 ALL NIGHT PASSION, Alisha, Fourth & Broadway 12in
72 66 SMALL TOWN CREED/INSTRUMENTAL, The Kane Gang, Kitchenware 12in
73 79 THE CHAMP, American Gypsy, Dutch Break 12in
74 56 I’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY, Zena Dejonay, Calibre 12in
75 — YAH MO B THERE, James Ingram/Michael McDonald, Qwest 12in
76 82 YOU’RE THE BEST/ALL THINGS COME IN TIME, The Emotions, US Red Label LP
77 — SHE’S WHAT I NEED/TENDER LOVIN’/FRIENDS, Funk Deluxe, US Salsoul LP
78 40 S.O.S., Matsubara, US D&D 12in
79 — I FOUND LOVIN’, Fatback Band, US Spring LP
80 — TECHNO-FREQS, Junie Morrison, Ze 12in
81 — BREAK DANCE PARTY/DUB MIX, Break Machine, Record Shack 12in/7in
82 65 FOR YOUR LOVE/EXTENDED VERSION, The SOS Band, US Tabu 12in
83 — WHAT’S THE NAME OF YOUR GAME/HOLD ON, Jaki Graham, EMI 12in
84 — TOSSING AND TURNING/ANXIOUSLY WAITING, Windjammer, US MCA LP
85 64 RUNNIN’ AROUND/I KEEP COMIN’ BACK TO YOU/HEY GIRL (I LOVE THE WAY YOU DANCE), The Chi-Lites, US Private I LP


HI-NRG DISCO

01 01 HIGH ENERGY, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
02 02 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU FOREVER, Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore, ERC 12in
03 10 DOCTOR’S ORDERS – COUCH COUGH, Maegan, Savoir Faire 12in
04 05 WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM, Ramming Speed, Proto 12in
05 03 COMING OUT OF HIDING, Pamela Stanley, US TSR 12in
06 04 EMERGENCY, Laura Pallas, Record Shack 12in
07 16 ONE NIGHT ONLY, Scherrie Payne, US Megatone 12in
08 07 NOTHING’S WORSE THAN BEING ALONE, Velvette, Electricity 12in
09 06 COUNTDOWN (HERE I COME), Kofi & The Lovetones, Electricity 12in
10 14 JUST ANOTHER BROKEN HEART, Dorothy Moore, US Streetking 12in
11 09 ALIVE WITH LOVE, Tina Fabrique, Electricity 12in
12 12 TIE ME DOWN, Romance, Passion 12in
13 11 THE UPSTROKE/Hi-NRG MIX, Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes, Proto 12in
14 08 DESIRE (HI-ENERGY MIX), Paul Parker, Technique 12in
15 22 WE ARE INVINCIBLE, 501’s, ERC 12in
16 21 I LOVE MEN, Cinema, Streetwave 12in
17 17 FRANTIC LOVE, Eastbound Expressway, Record Shack 12in
18 19 HEARTS ON FIRE (REMIX), Hush, Spirit 12in
19 18 I’M LIVING MY OWN LIFE (REMIX), Earlene Bentley, US TVI 12in
20 15 SOMEBODY TO LOVE, Café Society, Passion 12in
21 23 LOVE FIRE, Jimmy James, ERC 12in
22 24 YOU TURNED MY BITTER INTO SWEET, Linda Lewis, Electricity 12in
23 13 ROCKET TO YOUR HEART (REMIX), Lisa, Dutch BMC 12in
24 25 THE NEXT IN LINE, Eric Roberts, Electricity 12in
25 — COLOUR MY LOVE, Fun Fun, Dutch High Fashion 12in
26 26 HAPPINESS, Christopher Street, ERC 12in
27 28 WHAT A WAY TO GO (ENERGETIC MIX), Life Force, Polo 12in
28 30= KEEP DANCING, Touch Of Class, US Next Plateau 12in
29 30= JUMP (REMIX), Pointer Sisters, US Planet 12in
30= 30= DETERMINATION/IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, Jayne Edwards, US Profile 12in
30= — TRIPPIN’ ON THE MOON, Claudja Barry, US Personal 12in
30= — THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, Peter Brown, CBS 12in


NIGHTCLUB

Pop jox are playing: 1 (1) Phil Fearon, 2 (3) Rufus, 3 (5) Kool ‘ITH’/’T’, 4 (2) Michael Jackson A/B, 5 (7) Weather Girls, 6 (8) Culture Club, 7 (4) Madonna, 8 (6) Shannon ‘GMT’, 9 (17) Pointer Sisters, 10 (10) Lionel Richie A/B, 11 (11) Gap Band, 12 (9) Cameo, 13 (12) Paul Hardcastle, 14 (18) Jocelyn Brown, 15 (14) The SOS Band, 16 (15) Thompson Twins, 17 (20) Scritti Politti, 18 (13) Break Machine ‘SD’, 19 (19) Depeche Mode, 20 (39) Evelyn Thomas, 21 (21) Dead Or Alive, 22 (25) Bob Marley, 23 (26) Terri Wells, 24 (33) Hazell Dean, 25 (23) The Special AKA, 26 (16) Dennis Edwards, 27 (28) OMD, 28 (31) Bananarama, 29 (42) Trans-X, 30 (46) Blancmange, 31 (34) Psychedelic Furs, 32 (40) Jeffrey Osborne ‘SWMT’, 33 (30) Melle Mel ‘WL’, 34 (36) Kenny G, 35 (32) Alisha, 36 (22) Julia & Co, 37 (35) Propaganda, 38 (38) Queen, 39 (-) Miquel Brown ‘So Many Men (Remix)’, 40 (27) Sade, 41 (24) Shannon ‘LTMP’, 42 (29) The Cure, 43 (48) Art Of Noise, 44 (49) Matt Bianco B/A, 45 (37) Kool ‘J’, 46 (-) Loose Ends, [positions 47-49 are missing], 50 (47) Malcolm X, 51 (-) Harold Melvin, 52 (50) Womack & Womack, 53 (-) Peter Brown, 54 (43) Crusaders, 55 (-) Real To Reel, [positions 56-58 are missing], 59 (-) The Kane Gang, 60 (-) Nik Kershaw. So, even with an early deadline, there was time to compile a chart (the longest yet, at that) . . . not that the result is exactly exciting.

2 thoughts on “May 12, 1984: Jimmie Gray, Yvonne Gage, L.J. Reynolds, Cherrelle, Jermaine Jackson”

  1. First mentions here for Whitney Houston and Five Star , and it’s interesting to see an early Sterns chart – they continued publishing them on their website all the way through to December 2017, and they’re still releasing African music through Bandcamp.

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  2. And Chad Jackson – he of the big 1990 (?) crossover hit Here The Drummer Get Wicked. He must have been a pretty good mixer even this far back as I see to remember him finishing runner up (?) in the national mixing championships around this time.

    Also Windjammer appearing at the bottom of the chart – this soon became pretty unavoidable around London for what seemed like months – JH hasn’t reviewed it yet just like the other monster from 1984/85 Fatback Band’s ‘I Found Lovin’ which was already being played quite a bit.

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