July 31, 1976: problems with NADJ’s “Disco ’76” trade exhibition

Disco ’76, the NADJ-run trade exhibition scheduled for September 6/7/8, at London’s Bloomsbury Centre Hotel, may now take place under different auspices.

Ben Cree, NADJ organiser, last week confessed to a meeting of exhibitors that their Disco ’76 deposits had already been used for other unrelated NADJ activities, and that he had been unable to pay the hotel its advance booking charge to confirm the venue. It is understood that the Centre Hotels group have cancelled the NADJ’s booking.

Undaunted, Cree is now looking for a new London venue, and says: “the NADJ is definitely running a Disco ’76 show in London.”

Naturally concerned at this turn of events, the exhibiting manufacturers have passed a vote of no confidence in Cree’s handling of Disco ’76, and are planning to mount the exhibition under another name and with a new sponsor.

As a temporary measure until a new sponsor can be found, the September 6 and 7 dates at the Bloomsbury Centre are being held as a provisional booking by Roger Squire, the Disco Centre chief.

In a message to manufacturers, Squire says “exhibitors should not panic, as the exhibition will be reconstituted one way or another, although at this stage it’s uncertain under whose sponsorhip.”

It is possible that a committee of five or six manufacturers will be formed to organise the mounting of the exhibition, and there is talk of co-operation between competing firms to help the disco industry as a whole.

Under the new plans, it appears that deposits already paid to NADJ for exhibition space will be honoured by the trade consortium as if paid to them, but from this point on all other intending exhibitors must be sure that they know for which exhibition they are booking.  Continue reading “July 31, 1976: problems with NADJ’s “Disco ’76” trade exhibition”

July 24, 1976: Dion, Hank Thompson, Terese Stevens, The Monkees, Blue Magic

New Spins

DION: ‘Runaround Sue’ (Philips 6146702)
An obvious choice, his other best-known classic has a skippable slow intro before the hand-clap beat begins and the fun starts.

HANK THOMPSON & HIS BRAZOS VALLEY BOYS: ‘Rockin’ In The Congo’ (Capitol CL 15877)
From 1957, the Texas Swinger does a jungle rocker that bops a lot and follows you know what!

TERESE STEVENS: ‘Nothing To Declare’ (Pinnacle P8424)
Stereo airplane touches down and then a supremely silly song bounces along so happily that it has to hit.  Continue reading “July 24, 1976: Dion, Hank Thompson, Terese Stevens, The Monkees, Blue Magic”

July 17, 1976: KC & The Sunshine Band, David Dundas, Strutt, The Dreadnaughts, Bee Gees

New Spins

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: ‘(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty’ (Jay Boy BOY 110) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/17/76, Billboard chart debut 7/31/76)
Immediately recognisable Casey sound and rhythm, and that’s the way we like it, uh-huh!

DAVID DUNDAS: ‘Jeans On’ (AIR CHS 2094)
An obvious smash, the Brutus telly tune has a perky thumping bounce and catchy “taha-taha” hook.

STRUTT: ‘Front Row Romeo’ (Brunswick B 35) (mentioned in Billboard column 4/3/76, Billboard chart debut 4/10/76)
In fact the flip of the smoothly grooving ‘Time Moves On‘, this Brass Construction-type funky jumper is already huge here as an import.  Continue reading “July 17, 1976: KC & The Sunshine Band, David Dundas, Strutt, The Dreadnaughts, Bee Gees”

July 10, 1976: Status Quo, Winifred Shaw, Phizz, Jesse Green, Carl Mann

New Spins

STATUS QUO: ‘Mystery Song’ (Vertigo 6059146)
Wonder if they’ll ever make a single that doesn’t start with a guitar buildup before the rhythm goes WHAM!  More full tilt boogie by the best boogiers of the lot.

WINIFRED SHAW: ‘Lullaby Of Broadway’ (UA UP 361131)
The original soundtrack from Busby Berkeley’s chillingly stark dance sequence in ‘Gold Diggers Of 1935’, this great period piece features one hundred pairs of stamping and tapping feet – all in perfect rhythm!  I’ve been using it for years, as well as other tracks from its parent album, ‘The Golden Age Of Hollywood Musical’ (UAG 29421).

PHIZZ: ‘Caribbean Queen’ (RSO 2090197)
Trying maybe too hard to be this year’s ‘Fatty Bum Bum’, this perky reggae ditty is causing lots of interest even so.  All about a men’s mag centre-spread with a catchy chorus of “in the nude you’re so rude”.  Continue reading “July 10, 1976: Status Quo, Winifred Shaw, Phizz, Jesse Green, Carl Mann”

July 3, 1976: Lou Rawls, Tavares, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, James Brown, B.T. Express

New Spins

LOU RAWLS: ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 4372) (Billboard chart debut 5/22/76)
Philly’s classiest since ‘Me And Mrs. Jones’, this creamily sung beautiful hustler builds from a lush intro to a Lee Garrett-type rhythm at the end.  If it doesn’t smash there ain’t no justice!

TAVARES: ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’ (Capitol CL 15876) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/15/76, Billboard chart debut 5/22/76)
With an initial buzz created by the full-length 12-incher, the ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ originators are hit-bound here as they bound along on a rattling-paced happiness-filled two parter.  Pure vitality!

JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS: ‘Now Is The Time’ (Pye 7N 45606)
Edited from the forthcoming album track, Jimmy’s latest Biddu number is an optimistic pounding bouncer with message lyrics.  The strong beat’ll do it.  Continue reading “July 3, 1976: Lou Rawls, Tavares, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, James Brown, B.T. Express”

June 26, 1976: Van McCoy, Demis Roussos, The Beatles, Sound 9418, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers

New Spins

VAN MCCOY: ‘Jet Setting’ (H&L 6105053) (Billboard chart debut 4/24/76)
His strongest since ‘The Hustle’, Van’s UK-only newie is another similar but more sprightly instrumental, and is out here at the insistence of Liverpool jocks.

DEMIS ROUSSOS: ‘The Roussos Phenomenon’ (Philips DEMIS 001)
There’s no holding this Greek, the EP makes a cheap way of getting such useful smoochers as ‘Forever And Ever’, ‘So Dreamy’ and ‘My Friend The Wind’.

THE BEATLES: ‘Twist And Shout’ (Parlophone R 6016)
Their cover of the Isleys’ ’62 classic remains a punchy party pleaser, while the ‘Back In The USSR’ A-side is a faster fave of less lasting value.  Continue reading “June 26, 1976: Van McCoy, Demis Roussos, The Beatles, Sound 9418, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers”

June 19, 1976: Brass Construction, Ohio Players, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Edgar Hayes, Sonny Worthing

New Spins

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Changin” (UA UP 36134) (mentioned in Billboard column 1/17/76, Billboard chart debut 1/31/76)
Everyone’s second fave LP track, it’s a bouncily clomping hunk of funk that lacks the catchiness of ‘Movin”.  Edited, but the flip is all of ‘Dance‘.

OHIO PLAYERS: ‘Who’d She Coo?’ (Mercury 6167385) (Billboard chart debut 9/18/76)
The only choice disco cut from their new ‘Contradiction’ album, this bubblingly cheerful “hoochie-coochie-coo” chanter is bouncy funk at its best.

ROY AYERS UBIQUITY: ‘Evolution’ (Polydor 2066671)
Ultra-taut tricksily funky hi-hat tapper, a big New York import, which could be good up North. ‘Mystic Voyage’ flip’s a sophisticated smoocher.  Continue reading “June 19, 1976: Brass Construction, Ohio Players, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Edgar Hayes, Sonny Worthing”