July 6th, 1985: Michael Lovesmith, Luther Vandross, 9.9, Shannon, Five Star

ODDS ‘N’ BODS

PAUL HARDCASTLE’s saga isn’t over yet — now ’19’ has appeared on import in a German Version (German Chrysalis 601 827), (0-)117½bpm, with newscaster Werner Veigel replacing the American commentary! . . . Radio London’s last Soul Night Out of the season this Thursday, July the 4th, in case a misprint confused you, finds Steve Walsh & Graham Gold with all the PA stars at Hammersmith Palais while in a simultaneous two-way broadcast link Tony Blackburn & Dave Pearce will be in New York City on urban contemporary station WBLS with Ricky Ricardo & Mary Thomas, whose regular shows with the Limeys as guests will be relayed in London between 10pm-1am exactly as they are being heard in New York, commercials and all, each side of the Hammersmith link! . . . LWR came back in force, London’s other pirates being off air due to bad weather and windy DJs (who don’t want to get nicked in a studio bust) — the reduction in soul time has certainly resulted in lower record sales, while anti-terrorism measures appear to be holding up imports at the airport for Customs checks . . . Ken Livingstone’s Greater London Council has conducted a survey that shows many residents are in favour of community radio and special interest services: during Mike Gray’s follow-up phone-in on Radio London a caller who was easily spotted as being Marc Damon made the much agreed with point that rather than just community stations catering to specialist music tastes there ought to be national services for such as soul, rock and country & western . . . Mike Shaft had better convince me that Manchester has as much daily soul radio as London, and that black records dominate sales there (which according to Gallup figures they most certainly don’t), or else take back what he said about me on Piccadilly Radio — in a sales research based column for Music Week, I never implied that soul doesn’t have a level of popularity there, just that in London currently it is staggeringly successful with the majority of singles selling better than average being black (you can’t argue with the figures, Mike!) . . . Exeter’s DevonAir, doubtless inspired by Essex Radio, have introduced a Summer Soul playlist to run seven days a week through the summer alongside their normal high-rotation ‘A’ list of pop hits . . . Canadian Club’s Disco Doubles dancing champions are Paul Baker & Lena Dattlani from Richmond, London, who win a holiday in Canada along with spending money and other items, no doubt connected with the heavily promoted brand of rye whisky . . . South Eastern Disco Assn members now meet the first Sunday of the month (ie: July 7) at 8pm in Canterbury’s Coach & Horses pub, so as not to clash with Thames Valley DJ Assn meetings which SEDA members hope to attend in future . . . Brian Mason (Cricklewood Ashtons) interestingly suggests the need for a “temps” agency to supply good temporary stand-in DJs to cover at clubs while resident jocks have a holiday or are otherwise engaged —he emphasises they should be reliable DJs who wouldn’t merely try to muscle their way into the residency job . . . Tony Prince at the charity Silver Clef Award Luncheon donated £500 on behalf of the Disco Mix Club for Dave Dee to “whip” Tony Blackburn while singing his old Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch hit ‘Xanadu’! . . . I have a hunch ‘Ready Steady Go’ could create a Dusty Springfield revival . . . Katrina And The Waves ‘Walking On Sunshine’, as I suddenly realised doing a 21st birthday gig in Derbyshire last Saturday, is exactly the same as The Sweet ‘The Ballroom Blitz’, even down to the BPM — dyn-o-mite! . . . Friday’s ‘6.20 Soul Train’ has Jaki Graham, Arrow, Cool Notes, Animal Nightlife, Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, Sly & The Family Stone — it is getting better, those earlier rock names only being included to broaden its audience base, although unfortunately it appears to be in the hands of someone who (quite possibly rightly) believes fast music makes better TV . . . 400 Blows, to judge from our Disco chart, are maybe more credible when heard not seen, while Phil Fearon has possibly learnt to his cost that the all important London market really does prefer slower soul . . . The Cool Notes ‘In Your Car’ came a lowly 3rd in Tony Blackburn’s listeners voted Record Of The Week this week . . . Five Star’s father Buster Pearson evidently thinks his kids don’t need PAs now . . . September, now they’ve settled their name, turn out to be Juliette Jaimes with her brothers Mark & Paul and two chums, from Waltham Abbey . . . Jive’s 14 years old African kid Warren Mills has been produced by Wayne Brathwaite on an excellent ‘Don’t Tell Me About Your Boyfriend‘ which’ll wow the young “New London” soul crowd, great lyrics for the girls, but unfortunately other lesser releases are planned ahead of it . . . Hi Tension ‘You Make Me Happy‘ is still a hot tempo in Liverpool for Simon Edwards at Maxwells & The Dove (could it, post-Loose Ends, do better now if reissued?) . . . Graham Gold (Mayfair Gullivers), forsaking piracy for legality and the hope of a proper job in radio, tips off pop jocks that Skipworth & Turner and the Pointer Sisters ‘Automatic’ synch like a dream . . . Arrow ‘Long Time’ to be totally accurate should be 124¾-124½-124¼bpm! . . . Simply Red ‘Money’s Too Tight’ has crossed to soul venues especially in its initially scarce 112½bpm Cutback Mix, which leaves out the original confusing intro . . . Freddie Jackson ‘Rock Me Tonight’ is now #1 Black LP as well as Black 45 in the USA, where similarly Madonna ‘Angel’/’Into The Groove’ now tops Club Play and 12in Sales — incidentally, ‘Into The Groove’ here will be flipped by neither ‘Angel’ nor the promoed ‘Holiday’, the latter oldie oddly being a separate unconnected picture disc on sale at the same time! . . . Kool & The Gang’s ‘Joanna’ was the most performed song in the States last year out of all those administered by royalty collection agency BMI . . . James Mtume has produced the Comsat Angels, just to flex his muscles, although as you will be relieved to hear he himself is not going rock! . . . JoAnna Gardner has been officially flipped, to make ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ A-side . . . Bohannon has delved back to revamp this time ‘Foot Stompin’ Music Part II‘ (US Phase II) . . . Stars On 45, sound-alikes no more, actually feature Sam & Dave for a medley of their own old Stax classics . . . Midlands soul singer Ruby Turner seems likely to be recording in Memphis produced and penned for by such as Willie Mitchell, Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks, Jones & Weatherspoon, and Allen Jones of the Bar-Kays . . . Friday (5) Richard Searling & Pete Haigh start weekly “Modern”/Northern/Motown Soul at Blackpool Bananas, fire-eating Darryl Hayden and turbanned Tony Patti do under-18s at Greenford Town Hall, Adrian Allen has (half-price if dressed right) Sports & Shorts at South Shields Chelsea Cat, Dave Rawlings hosts the annual Miss Martines final at Basingstoke Martines . . . Dave Clark (stage name Dave Toney) crosses the road from Barking Chains on Fridays to funk Cowpers American bar & restaurant (free, but arrive by 10.30pm) . . . John Dean goofed and in fact it’s this Sunday (7) that mixers Froggy & Flip join him at Hastings Images . . . John Marlow has started a Bolts gay night Sundays at Plymouth’s The Academy (for whose owner coincidentally I’m doing a ’60s Party this weekend in Dorset!) . . . Aretha Franklin ‘Freeway Of Love’, breaking in gay venues, on US pressings as well as our two mixes has an extended Latin Rascals remix which doubtless will be creatively marketed here too at a later stage . . . Ian Levine points out it was John Morales’ mix of Barbara Pennington that was just too damn long! . . . Pete Haigh (0253-824156) is now after Harlequin 4’s recent cover version of Strafe’s ‘Set It Off’ . . . London plugger Mike Sefton needs a press agent to prevent future photo captions calling him “who knows?”! . . . Danny Daniels just funks Mayfair Legends Tuesdays as he’s busy with Erskine Thompson as a Hot Licks plugger now . . . Ralph Tee & Damon Rochefort are moving on down the road — or is that The Street? . . . I’ve been toying with descriptive alternatives to the word Disco and came up with Body Music (Black Orientated Dance-y Music!) . . . One Way’s 7in has here been retitled and overdubbed so that it’s now ‘Let’s Talk About Shh’, with “shh” substituted for every mention of “sex”, which only makes it sound more lewd than ever! . . . C’mon, do it right, we’ve got all night, clear the decks and LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX!


HOT VINYL

MICHAEL LOVESMITH: ‘Break The Ice’ (Motown ZT 40274)
Now likely really to take off, here this good Marvin Gaye flavoured jittery slow 100½bpm hot tempo tugger with classy sax is flipped not only by the bright shallow 115bpm ‘Lucky In Love‘ but also his old 118¼bpm ‘Baby I Will‘ (in Change ‘Searching’ style), while on his LP ‘Rhymes Of Passion’ (US Motown 6145ML) this possibly even better bass bumped lightly fluid 116½bpm ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like It‘ with fascinating keyboards behind real soul singing, and brash Stevie Wonder-ish 120bpm chunky jiggler ‘I’m Good At It‘ are getting reaction.

LUTHER VANDROSS: ‘It’s Over Now (Dance Remix)’ (Epic TA 6414)
Although less blatant than Chaka Khan, this soulfully teased lurching smacker has been freakified with fancy effects and “get out” growls into a drastic 110(intro)-113(start)-114-114½-114¼-113¾(break)-114¼-0bpm remix (straightforward inst flip).

9.9: ‘All Of Me For All Of You’ (RCA PT 49952)
This Richard Dimples Fields-produced good looking girlie trio (why indeed isn’t their photo on the badly designed UK sleeve?) exploded overnight on import with their wailing excellent simple 115¼-115¾-116¼bpm disco wriggler, flipped by a far harder dub (here called a remix) and the traditionally bluesy 92bpm ‘Little Bitty Woman‘. A monster!

SHANNON: ‘Stronger Together’ (Club JABX 15)
Slightly remixed from the album version, this joyfully churning vigorous 0-118¼bpm backbeat basher seems set to be huge after extensive pre-release exposure especially up north (dub flip and older 116bpm ‘My Heart’s Divided’).

FIVE STAR: ‘Let Me Be The One’ (Tent PT 40194)
Less breezy but still bright and right on the button, another Nick Martinelli produced clean and neat sparse 114½bpm strider appealingly pitched in juvenile Jacksons style, flipped by an 115½bpm M&M Dub Mix of ‘All Fall Down’ and the semi hip hop instrumental 0-112½bpm ‘Beat 47‘.

PRINCESS: ‘Say I’m Your Number One’ (Supreme Records SUPET 101)
Surprisingly from the same producers as Dead Or Alive, an excellent chick wailed stately SOS Band style 0-103¾bpm hot tempo scorcher that’s only on single-sided white label until July 22 and already causing a big stir.

CHANGE: ‘Mutual Attraction (Remix)’ (Cooltempo COOLX 111)
Nick Martinelli’s sinuously pushing 106¾bpm remix of their album’s standout sneakily attractive swayer could be another ‘Change Of Heart’ if today ‘Silver Shadow‘ isn’t closer, here flipped by the chunkily fluttering jerky 111½bpm ‘Love The Way You Love Me

BRIDGE: ‘Baby Don’t Hold Your Love Back’ (Atlantic A 9565T)
Reminiscent of the Detroit Spinners and other classic soul vocal groups, a creamily swaying fidgety 111½bpm worrier full of agonised interplay ending acappella (inst/edit flip), pure class.

CHERYL LYNN: ‘Fidelity’ (CBS TX 6373)
Well, well, well! CBS learnt from the last time Cheryl teamed up with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and now instead of leaving another sleeper for Streetwave to pick up, rush out this almost too self-conscious 108(intro)-108¼-108½–108¾bpm top tempo encore of that earlier classic glory (dub flip).

BILLY GRIFFIN: ‘Systematic’ LP (CBS 26449)
Electronic rhythms again underpin the lightly soaring ex-Miracle but really only the trickily preambled then shuffling 0-111½bpm title track has stood out from a set that also includes the (I believe singles scheduled) saxed and jittered 109bpm ‘If I Ever Lose This Heaven‘ duet, wriggly 110½bpm ‘This Ain’t Puppy Love‘, Marvin-ish 121½bpm ‘Electrified‘, swaying (0-)90bpm ‘Waiting To Touch’, lurching 109bpm ‘Everybody Needs Somebody‘, slushy 0-50½-0bpm ‘Easy Thing To Say, Wham!-ified Motown-type 188bpm ‘Can’t Keep Running Away’.

FATBACK: ‘Lover Undercover’ (Atlantic A9638T)
So teasingly introed with a long minimalist lead-in before any beat cuts through that it’ll hardly help DJs, this “Special Club Mix” would make a better “Dub” — the surging then subdued (0-)111½-0bpm tinkly jitterer is adventurous in Arrington-ish style though, flipped for strength by the beefy 111bpm ‘Start It Up‘ and older (0-)109bpm ‘You’ve Got That Magic‘.

THE PAUL SIMPSON CONNECTION: ‘Treat Her Sweeter’ (10 Records TEN 59-12)
Nostalgically shuffling and typically loose soul rambler with “if you treat her sweeter it’ll be cheaper to keep her” chanting chix and some intermittent Vandross-ish vocal on the 117½-117¾-117¼(echoey break)-117¾-118¼bpm Dance Mix, or a possibly stronger and longer 117¼-117½-117¾-117(whole central section)-117½bpm Dubmental Mix. You can tell it’s dated from the rambling BPM!

JOHNNY GILL: ‘Can’t Wait Til Tomorrow’ (Atlantic B 9646T)
Mailing list plugged skittery fast 127¾bpm bounder based on Change’s ‘Searching’ rhythm and quite appealing, although here as well as a dub flip the 187bpm ‘One Small Light’ is hardly an added attraction.

NEW EXPERIENCE: ‘Prove It To Me’ (Boiling Point POSPX 736)
On import months ago, an ultimately lightweight chap led/chicks backed slippery burbling 120½bpm jiggler chugging attractively along with not enough of some nicely old fashioned brass (inst flip).

Again, sorry there aren’t more reviews but it is the height of my mobile gigs season, and I’m knackered!


DISCO TOP 85 – July 6, 1985

01 03 TURN IT UP, Conway Brothers, 10 Records 12in
02 04 SILVER SHADOW, Atlantic Starr, A&M 12in
03 02 HISTORY, Mai Tai, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
04 07 ROUND AND AROUND, Jake Graham, EMI 12in
05 09 GENIE, B.B.& Q. Band, Cooltempo 12in
06 01 SAVE YOUR LOVE (FOR #1), Rene & Angela, Club 12in
07 24 GLOW, Rick James, Gordy 12in
08 05 BUTTERCUP, Carl Anderson, Streetwave 12in
09 19 AXEL F (M&M REMIX), Harold Faltermeyer, MCA 12in
10 08 THE MORE THEY KNOCK THE MORE I LOVE YOU, Gloria D. Brown, 10 Records 12in
11 13 KEEP ON JAMMIN’/IN AND OUT/THE GLOW, Willie Hutch, Motown 12in
12 11 WICKI WACKY HOUSE PARTY (FUNK SUCCULA VAN HELMSINK HOMICIDE MIX), The Team, EMI 12in
13 12 LET’S TALK/DUB VERSION, One Way, MCA 12in
14 06 MOVIN’/INSTRUMENTAL, 400 Blows, Illuminated 12in/promo
15 15 ATTACK ME WITH YOUR LOVE/ROOM 123, Cameo, Club 12in
16 27 ALL OF ME FOR ALL OF YOU, 9.9, RCA 12in
17 14 LAY YA DOWN EZ/YOU GOT ME ROCKIN’/NEVER CRY AGAIN/SEEEKRET, Kleeer, Atlantic LP
18 16 BEST PART OF THE NIGHT (UK REMIX)/STEP BY STEP (US REMIX), Jeff Lorber, Club 12in
19 30 PICK UP THE PIECES/WATCHING YOU (REMIX), JoAnna Gardner, Boiling Point 12in
20 17 ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson, Capitol 12in
21 50 MUTUAL ATTRACTION (REMIX), Change, Cooltempo 12in
22 20 DANCIN’ IN THE KEY OF LIFE (REMIX), Steve Arrington, Atlantic 12in
23 25 TWILIGHT, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Capitol 12in
24 22 LONDON TOWN ’85, Light Of The World, Ensign 12in
25 23 LET ME BE YOUR EVERYTHING, Touch Of Class, US Atlantic 12in
26 78 IN YOUR CAR, The Cool Notes, Abstract Dance 12in
27 70 ON A CROWDED STREET, Barbara Pennington, Record Shack 12in white label
28 36 BABY DON’T HOLD YOUR LOVE BACK, Bridge, Atlantic 12in
29 28 FIDELITY, Cheryl Lynn, CBS 12in
30 32 PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR PUT YOUR LEFT HAND DOWN IN YOUR UNDERWEAR (MASTERMIND MEGAMIX), Redds & The Boys, London 12in
31 26 YOU DON’T NEED A REASON, Phil Fearon & Galaxy, Ensign 12in
32 83 STRONGER TOGETHER (REMIX), Shannon, Club 12in
33 57 TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY, Kleeer, Atlantic 12in
34 34 BREAK THE ICE, Michael Lovesmith, Motown 12in
35 62 THE LOVER IN ME, September, 10 Records 12in
36 55 SINGLE LIFE/I’VE GOT YOUR IMAGE, Cameo, US Atlanta Artists LP
37 29 ALL FALL DOWN, Five Star, Tent 12in
38 37 ON THE SHELF/MAIN ATTRACTION/DREAMER/DON’T FORCE IT/RICCOCHET, B B & Q Band, Dutch Break LP
39 10 WICKI WACKY HOUSE PARTY, The Team, EMI 12in
40 51 ONE LOVE/IN THE HEAT OF PASSION/FREAK-A-RISTIC, Atlantic Starr, A&M LP
41 38 WHAT’S MISSING, Alexander O’Neal, Tabu LP
42 18 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE (A LADY SINGS THE BLUES REMIX #2), Skipworth & Turner/Helena Springs, 4th + B’way 12in
43 49 SYSTEMATIC, Billy Griffin, CBS LP
44 52 PLEASE DON’T BREAK MY HEART, The Affair featuring Alyson, 10 Records 12in
45 45 BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE (REMIX), A Taste Of Honey, Capitol 12in
46 33 THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE, Skipworth & Turner, 4th + B’way 12in
47 75 TAKE IT EASY, T.C. Curtis, Virgin/Hot Melt 12in
48 39 I’LL BE GOOD, Rene & Angela, US Mercury LP
49 58 BABY FACE, Merc And Monk, Manhattan 12in
50 41 LOVE SITUATION, Mark Fisher, Total Control 12in
51 46 IT AIN’T FAIR, Edwin Starr, Hippodrome 12in
52 59 IS THIS LOVE (CLUB REMIX), Chris Cameron, Steinar 12in
53 54 LOVER UNDERCOVER/START IT UP/SO DELICIOUS, Fatback, Cotillion LP
54 43 FINESSE (REMIX/DANCE VERSIONS), Glenn Jones, US RCA 12in
55 47 TAKE ME TO THE TOP (REMIX), Advance, Boiling Point 12in
56 40 CALLING/I WANNA SAY I LOVE YOU/HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU (LIKE I DO), Freddie Jackson, Capitol LP
57 73 LONG TIME, Arrow, London 12in
58 56 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, Gordy 12in
59 — LET ME BE THE ONE, Five Star, Tent 12in
60 63 GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE, James Brown, Boiling Point 12in EP
61 65 SUPERFINE (FROM BEHIND), Skool Boyz, US Columbia 12in
62 64 RIPE FOR THE PICKING (HARDCASTLE MIX), LW5, Virgin 12in
63 77 BACKED UP AGAINST THE WALL, Will King, Total Experience 12in
64 re TREAT HER SWEETER, The Paul Simpson Connection, 10 Records 12in
65 66 IT’S OVER NOW (DANCE REMIX), Luther Vandross, Epic 12in
66 60 WHERE OUR LOVE BEGINS/LOVE IS ALIVE (INSTRUMENTAL), David Grant, Chrysalis 12in
67 69 I CHOOSE YOU/YOU’VE GOT ALL NIGHT, North West Ten, Ensign 12in
68 — LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT PRETENDER ’85, Animal Nightlife, Island 12in
69 61 OH WHAT A FEELING/LET’S GO TOGETHER (PAUL HARDCASTLE REMIXES), Change, Cooltempo 12in
70 — MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) (CUT BACK MIX), Simply Red, Elektra 12in
71 71 I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME, Lisa Lisa, CBS 12in
72 — BUTTERCUP (US PERCUSSION REMIX), Carl Anderson, Streetwave 12in
73 76 I WANT YOU (ALL TONIGHT), Curtis Hairston, RCA/Pretty Pearl 12in
74 re MOONCHILD/SOMEBODY (THE GIRL’S GOT), Rick James, Gordy LP
75 — CAN’T WAIT TIL TOMORROW (REMIX), Johnny Gill, Atlantic 12in
76 67 DON’T STOP/STAR/PLAIN AS BLACK AND WHITE/YOU ARE EVERYTHING, York, US Passion Records LP
77 72 LOVE SO FINE, Sahara, Elite 12in
78 — SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE, Princess, Supreme Records 12in white label
79 — CHEY CHEY KULE (UK REMIX), Eugene Wilde, 4th + B’way 12in promo
80 79 LOST IN LOVE, Michelle Gold, Dutch Palace Records 12in
81 — CONGA, Miami Sound Machine, Epic 12in
82 68 LET’S TALK/SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME, Carl Anderson, US Epic LP
83 81 FRANKIE (CLUB MIX), Sister Sledge, Atlantic 12in
84 — BAD BOY, Juicy, US Private I Records 12in
85 re DON’T WASTE THE NIGHT (REMIX), Legacy, Epic 12in


HI-NRG DISCO

01 02 ENDING UP ON A HIGH, Seventh Avenue, Record Shack 12in
02 03 HOMOSEXUALITY/THANK GOD FOR MEN/CUBA LIBRE, Modern Rocketry, US Megatone LP
03 01 UNEXPECTED LOVERS, Lime, Canadian Matra 12in
04 04 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, Evelyn Thomas, Record Shack 12in
05 05 I BELIEVE IN DREAMS, Jackie Rawe, Fanfare 12in
06 06 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU WANT ME, Gina Lamour, Calibre 12in
07 08 HUMAN NATURE, Gino Soccio, Canadian Celebration 12in
08 07 STRANGER IN DISGUISE, Marsha Raven, Record Shack 12in
09 09 FEELS LIKE LOVE/ONE WAY TICKET, Louise Thomas, Passion 12in
10 10 THE EASY WAY OUT/ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, Miquel Brown, Record Shack LP
11 12 ENDLESS ROAD, Time Bandits, Dutch CBS 12in
12 28 DONT LET THE FLAME DIE OUT, Kelly Marie, Passion 12in
13 — CLOSE TO PERFECTION (REMIX), Miquel Brown, Record Shack 12in promo
14 — BLACK KISSES, Curtie & The Boom Box, Dutch RCA 12in
15 13 SAY YOU WILL, Santana, US Columbia 12in/Disconet remix
16 11 HI FANTASY, Nola York, Dutch Injection 12in
17 — FREEWAY OF LOVE (ROCK MIX), Aretha Franklin, Arista 12in
18 30 NO WAR NO MORE, Mirage, Proto 12in
19 15 AROUND MY DREAM, Silver Pozzoli, German Teldec 12in
20 22 SQUARE ROOMS, Al Corley, Polydor 12in
21 18 SO MACHO, Sinitta, Fanfare 12in
22 14 KEEP ON WALKING, Steve Rodway, Record Shack 12in
23 17 DANCING IN THE DARK, Mike Mareen, German Night & Day 12in
24 26 TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY, Divine, Proto 12in
25 20 KNOCK ON WOOD, Francine Kerr, US Boulevard 12in
26 — LOVE IN THE DARK, The Twins, German Hansa 12in
27 23 RISE UP FOR MY LOVE, Yvonne Kay, Italian X-Energy 12in
28 21 BODY ROCK (REMIX), Maria Vidal, Dutch Chart 12in bootleg
29 29 YOU CAN WIN IF YOU WANT (REMIX), Modern Talking, German Hansa 12in
30=24 DON’T GIVE IT AWAY, Alexis, US Disconet 12in
30=16 TUNNEL OF LOVE, Carol Cooper, US Profile 12in


HIT NUMBERS

Beats Per Minute for last week’s Top 75 entries on 7in (endings denoted by f/r/c for fade/resonant/cold):

Howard Jones (0-)101f, The Damned 0-220f, Dead Or Alive 117½f, Atlantic Starr 109½-0f, Oakey & Moroder 142¼f, Jaki Graham 101½f, Toyah 118½f, Feargal Sharkey 0-53½-0f, Jennifer Rush 0-35f, One Way 0-114f, Chris Rea 95-97f, 400 Blows 123f, Mark Fisher 0-114½f.

2 thoughts on “July 6th, 1985: Michael Lovesmith, Luther Vandross, 9.9, Shannon, Five Star”

  1. The Paul Simpson Connection although disco/funk at this stage are now known for big house hits from 1988-90 such as Musical Freedom. Are they the first act that were firmly part of house that we’ve encountered – I think they were mentioned a few weeks ago originally. I know some people would mention Colonel Abrams but the he was all over by 1988 anyway.

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    1. Paul Simpson actually got his first mention on May 21st 1983, but you could make a case for him being the first house artist to be reviewed – Frankie Knuckles has already featured, but only as a remixer, and some of the Chicago Hot Mix DJs were also name-checked.

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