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    shootyourshot is offline Underground Hit [Level 5]

    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – February 7, 1976

    2/7 1/31 Artist - Title - Label
    1 2 Miracles - Love Machine - Tamla Motown
    2 1 Fatback Band - Do The Bus Stop - Polydor
    3 8 Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby - GTO
    4 5 Barry White - Let The Music Play - 20th Century
    5 6 A Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps - Baby Face - Atlantic
    6 9 Sound 9418 - In The Mood - UK
    7 17 Osibisa - Sunshine Day - Bronze
    8 3 Sailor - Glass Of Champagne - Epic
    9 18 Ralph Carter - Extra, Extra (Read All About It) - Mercury
    10 7 Chubby Checker - Let’s Twist Again - London
    11 16 War - Low Rider - Island
    12 4 Paul Davidson - Midnight Rider - Tropical
    13 19 ABBA - Mamma Mia - Epic
    14 14 Small Faces - Itchycoo Park - NEMS
    15 13 Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing - Rak
    16 RE O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    17 RE R & J Stone - We Do It - RCA
    18 20 Roxy Music - Both Ends Burning - Island
    19 12 David Ruffin - Walk Away From Love - Tamla Motown
    20 NEW Faith, Hope & Charity - Just One Look - RCA

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #2 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 11/22/75)
    #3 (mentioned in column 9/27/75, chart debut 10/4/75)
    #4 (mentioned in column 12/20/75, chart debut 3/13/76)
    #5 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #9 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 12/6/75)
    #11 (mentioned in column 9/13/75)
    #16 (mentioned in column 10/11, chart debut 10/25)
    #19 (chart debut 12/20/75)



    “Disco ‘76”, the First International Disco Forum, organized by Billboard magazine’s Bill Wardlow at New York’s midtown Roosevelt Hotel on January 20-23, was a star-studded affair.

    Speakers included Van McCoy, Bob Crewe, Norman Harris, LaBelle, and many record company heads.

    Performers included Bimbo Jet, the Reflections, the Salsoul Orchestra, the Trammps, Crown Heights Affair and Gloria Gaynor.

    Amongst the observers were Hamilton Bohannon, Jeanne Burton, Tamiko Jones, Jonathan King, Capitol Records’s Joe Maimone and a whole host of other record company executives. And then there were several hundred disco DJs and assorted club owners, equipment manufacturers and record pluggers.

    It’s doubtful whether the Forum spread as many ideas amongst all the participants as Bill Wardlow originally hoped it would. Many panel sessions got bogged down with the recurrent (and predictable) pleas from DJs - especially from the Midwest - for free promotional demo records.

    However, the Forum was immensely rewarding on a man-to-man basis - and it was through talking amongst their fellow kind outside the main assembly room that most DJs must have swapped ideas.

    In fact widely acknowledged as one of the best Forum sessions was the mobile disco session. Well-established mobile DJs seem to command much higher fees in America than here, 120 upwards being quite normal, although an Atlanta disco firm’s rate of 220 to 250 and more made everyone gasp.

    There is a certain aggressive arrogance about many East and West Coast mobile jocks who refuse to bend to their audience’s tastes and supply only the current “disco” style of programming, but they do also teach their audiences the latest dances.

    Having still only just scraped the surface, it looks like I’d better continue with more about Disco ’76 next week (when I promise the DJ Hot Line will return as well).



    New Spins

    Status Quo: Rain (Vertigo 6059133)
    Everyone knows what to expect of a Status Quo single, and unlike many groups of similar stature the Quo deliver the goods every time. Good rockin’ get-it-on-and-don’t-forget-to-boogie raunch and roll.

    Louis Jordan: Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie / I Want You To Be My Baby (MCA 228)
    Amazing! Partly instigated by yours truly, here’s the early rockin’ jazz combo’s 30-year-old boogie-woogie classic (even Bill Haley couldn’t better it), just in time to catch all you jitterbuggers. Try it, you’ll like it! 1953 flip’s frantic too.

    Glenn Miller: Moonlight Serenade / Sunrise Serenade / Tuxedo Junction / Pennsylvania 6-5000 / Sentimental Me / In The Mood / Chattanooga Choo Choo / I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo (from ‘A Legendary Performer’ LP, RCA DPM 2065)
    Pure bliss, this double album contains nothing but hitherto uneleased air-checks of Miller’s broadcasts from such romantic spots as the Glen Island Casino, many complete with dialogue to help set the authentic period atmosphere. What timing!

    Henry Buckley: Woman (I’m In Love With You) (Tropical AL 058)
    Extremely powerful, this pretty and only slightly reggaefied thumper is pushed along by a great bouncy beat that’s absolutely right for today’s dancers. Should be the label’s second hit.

    Toby: So Good (I Had To Come Back For More) (Rak 229)
    With a solidly stomping clap rhythm and chanted lyrics, this dead simple and so effective pop funker sounds like another smash for Mickie Most. Shades of New York Groove, guys, so be prepared!

    Loving Influence: Let Me Make You A Woman / I’m Hooked On You (Penny Farthing PEN 907)
    Surprisingly good double-sider, produced by Larry Page, it combines a fast and a slower hustler, sung by squeaky-voiced soulful Four Seasons-ish fellas.

    David Bowie: Station To Station / Golden Years / Stay (from ‘Station To Station’ LP, RCA APL1-1327) (LP chart debut 2/28/76)
    Bowie obviously goes to discos when in New York, as the last third or so of the title track (the ’It’s Too Late’ part) is pure NY hustle! ‘Stay’ is more in the ‘Fame’ bag and the other you know.

    Crown Heights Affair: Every Beat Of My Heart (Polydor 2001623) (chart debut 10/4/75)
    Originally unimpressed by this follow-up to the superlative ‘Dreaming A Dream’, I now love it having heard and - above all - seen it in context. The group are excitingly visual, never staying still for more than a moment, while this happily building romper features incredible phased cymbal hissing that cuts through everything.

    De Blanc: Oh No, Not My Baby (Arista 35) (chart debut 12/27/75)
    A Chris Hill fave for months, this hustling treatment of the Maxine Brown oldie is a happy bouncer with hit chances.

    Ursula Dudziak: Papaya (Arista 31) (chart debut 11/8/75)
    Wukka-wukking fast hustler with mind-boggling scat vocal noises from Miss Dudziak, well worth investigation!



    Import Picks

    Yambu: Sunny (Montuno Gringo MG 8003) (mentioned in column 9/20/75, chart debut 10/4/75)
    This great disco treatment by a jazzy bunch of Latin instrumentalists has been copied vocally but somehow less freshly by the tune’s originator, Bobby Hebb (Laurie LR 3638), who’s actually lost the chart race this time around.

    Jon-Wite Group: Theme From ‘A Summer Place’ (Cenpro CEN 45007) (chart debut 11/22/75)
    Probably the theme’s original disco treatment, this is much faster than Percy Faith and has the melody carried by synthesizer and soprano sax over frantic rhythm.

    Barbra Streisand: Shake Me Wake Me (When It’s Over) (Columbia 3-10272) (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 11/29/75)
    Hard to believe, but Barbra sings Holland-Dozier-Holland to an archetypal cymbal-sizzling hustle backing, and getting soul radio plays! Still, she’s better than Bette Midler’s unfortunately flat and draggy disco rendition of ‘Strangers In The Night’.

    Hank Crawford: I Hear A Symphony / I’ll Move You No Mountains (from ‘I Hear A Symphony LP, Kudu KU 26) (LP mentioned in column 2/7/76, chart debut 2/14/76)
    The jazz saxman goes blatantly disco on these Creed Taylor-produced rhythmic hustlers, title track of course being the Supremes’ oldie. Eric Gale plays guitar, as he did on Van McCoy’s original ‘Hustle’.

    Jeff Evans: I’ll Be Seeing You (Grandstand HK 401) (chart debut 1/31/76)
    The old tear-jerking nostalgic war-horse is another unlikely oldie to go disco, but it really works!

    The Pearls: I’ll See You In My Dreams (Private Stock PVT 1140) (mentioned in column 2/7/76, chart debut 2/28/76)
    The British beauties are right in the NY disco groove on their romping revival of yet another lovely oldie.



    No “DJ Hot Line” this week.



    Next week: Hammy talks about the equipment on display at Disco ’76, and we get a debut at #2!

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    shootyourshot is offline Underground Hit [Level 5]

    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – February 14, 1976

    2/14 2/7 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Miracles - Love Machine - Tamla Motown
    2 NEW Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    3 5 A Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps - Baby Face - Atlantic
    4 3 Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby - GTO
    5 6 Sound 9418 - In The Mood - UK
    6 11 War - Low Rider - Island
    7 7 Osibisa - Sunshine Day - Bronze
    8 16 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    9 2 Fatback Band - Do The Bus Stop - Polydor
    10 19 David Ruffin - Walk Away From Love - Tamla Motown
    11 NEW George McCrae - Honey I - Jay Boy
    12 20 Faith, Hope & Charity - Just One Look - RCA
    13 9 Ralph Carter - Extra, Extra (Read All About It) - Mercury
    14 4 Barry White - Let The Music Play - 20th Century
    15 RE Gloria Gaynor - How High The Moon - MGM
    16 NEW Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman - Jet
    17 12 Paul Davidson - Midnight Rider - Tropical
    18 NEW Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade - RCA
    19 NEW Fire - Oh That's My Man - Jay Boy
    20 NEW Bob Dylan - Hurricane - CBS

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #3 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #4 (mentioned in column 9/27/75, chart debut 10/4/75)
    #6 (mentioned in column 9/13/75)
    #8 (mentioned in column 10/11, chart debut 10/25)
    #9 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 11/22/75)
    #10 (chart debut 12/20/75)
    #11 (chart debut 1/24/76)
    #13 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 12/6/75)
    #14 (mentioned in column 12/20/75, chart debut 3/13/76)
    #15 (mentioned in column 8/23/75, chart debut 9/13/75)



    Disco ‘76, the recent Billboard-organized Disco Forum in New York, failed to come up with any new ideas during its formal panel sessions thanks to poor stage management and bad PA equipment supplied by the Roosevelt Hotel — the sessions never ran to time and were usually all but inaudible.

    British equipment manufacturers and suppliers would have benefited by attending or exhibiting at the Forum. Had Roger Squire turned up for the panel that he was due to sit on, he would have done an immense amount of business. This being only the first Forum to be held In the States, exhibitors were wary (as they were before our own NADJ events became established).

    Of the 30 manufacturers’ exhibits on show, few items of equipment were as well designed as their UK counterparts although as part of the apparent “bigger is better” belief that is widespread amongst US disco operators, there were indeed some extremely powerful speaker horns and amplifiers on display.

    One of the gimmicks of the New York DJ style is to use vast bass horns, separately amplified, to emphasize certain passages of music, and likewise to bring out the sizzling cymbals through clusters of radiating miniature tweeters suspended over the dance floor.

    The most eye-catching exhibits were the three competing video projection systems, all of which transmit three invisible beams of red, blue and green onto screens of up to 15 feet in size, on which they superimpose to produce full colour giant TV pictures. Video cassettes available include packaged soul shows from TV, specially created disco music programmes, and star performances including David Bowie.

    For more about the Forum, see my full report in this month’s Disco Mirror.

    And to finish off, let’s hope that more disco names from Britain will be there next year.



    New Spins

    Billy Paul: America (We Need The Light) / People Power / Let’s Make A Baby (from ‘When Love Is New’ LP, Philadelphia Int’l. PIR 69207) (mentioned in column 12/20/75, chart debut 1/3/76)
    Two straight disco tracks that are getting NY radio plays too, while the Chris Hill-tipped last track is more as you might expect from Billy, and embarrassingly near the knuckle for many.

    Love Sounds: Ebb Tide (Pye 7N 45487)
    Out here a year ago, this dreamy ‘n creamy Tony Hatch disco treatment of Frank Chacksfield’s old US biggie is currently getting NY action as an import - a fact which might surprise Pye!

    Bataan: The Bottle (Epic EPC 3818) (mentioned in column and chart debut 1/11/1975)
    Huge a year ago, this Salsoul version of Gil Scott-Heron’s tune was a NY hit and still sounds great - if late! - today. Bouncily hustling instrumental.

    Ramsey Lewis: Spider Man (What’s The Name Of This Funk) (from ‘Don’t It Feel Good’ LP, CBS 81006) (chart debut 1/17/76)
    Funky stuff with chanting and synthetics, already big In the clubs here and still hanging on in NY.

    Cate Bros.: Union Man (from ‘Cate Bros.’ LP, Asylum SYL 9030) (chart debut 1/3/76)
    Roger Chapmanesque vocal and a funky-cum-hustling rhythm are giving this pair of Steve Cropper produced white brothers a NY disco hit.

    Esther Phillips: For All We Know (Kudu 929) (mentioned in column 1/24/76)
    Rapidly released here but many NY disco DJs think that this formularized up-dating of the lovely “We may never meet again” oldie is too much like a parody of the disco sound for even them to play.

    Oliver Sain: Party Hearty (Contempo CS 2081)
    Although the B side here, this bouncy instrumental is a US soul hit.

    Johnny Wakelin: Reggae, Soul, And Rock ‘N Roll (Pye 7N 45552)
    Effective funky thump beat and simple lyrics about the international disco brotherhood.

    Henry Mancini: The Pink Panther Theme (RCA 2569)
    New version (very much like the old) which could be an amusing insert for voice-overs.

    The Sunshine Band: Rock Your Baby (Jay Boy BOY 104) (chart debut 10/18/75)
    With an even bigger beat than George McCrae’s vocal version, KC’s kids give the multi-million-selling tune a socking instrumental treatment that’s disco dynamite!

    Julie: One Fine Day (Tom Cat TOM 1) (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 11/22/76)
    Arranged by Harold “Baby Face” Wheeler - which should be pedigree enough - this gaily romping new hustle version of the Chiffons’ oldie is lotsa fun and just right!

    The Boogie Man Orchestra: Lady, Lady, Lady (Contempo CS 2082) (chart debut 7/5/75)
    Big in US discos, the slow starting lush ‘n lovely theme becomes a bouncing piano-led hustler somewhat like Andre Gagnon’s ‘Wow’, with a vocal version B-side.

    Kokomo: Use Your Imagination (CBS 3917) (chart debut 4/10/76)
    Produced by Florida’s Brad Shapiro, the British soulsters’ newie is one of those irresistible leaping fast funky flyers, authentic in every way and likely to be their first overdue hit.

    The Pearls: I’ll See You In My Dreams (Private Stock PVT 47) (mentioned in column 2/7/76, chart debut 2/28/76)
    Out here just after its US release, the British girls’ super-speedy hustling treatment of the lovely oldie comes complete with sizzling cymbals.

    V.I.P. Connection: Please Love Me Again (Creole CR 115)
    To a terrific steadily hustling rhythm this instrumental - with - cooing just cooks along with hissing hi-hats and perfect disco instrumentation. Check it out.

    Robert Palmer: Give Me An Inch / Pressure Drop (Island WIP 6272)
    Standout track on his great ‘Pressure Drop’ album, this lovely gradually building blue-eyed soul swirler is pulsatingly subtle, while the flipside title track - a Maytals oldie - has that reggae rhythm and is already a funky club fave.

    Beckett Brown: Nobody Else Will Do (RCA 2650)
    Impressively different, this Paul Phillips production gives smoky-voiced Beckett an intriguingly churning rhythm, plenty of tension and pent-up excitement.

    Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance: Don’t Try ‘N Change My Mind (Ireland WIP 6258)
    With mandolins amidst the moody backing, Ron’s great mid-tempo lurcher is full of a sinister jollity that makes his best since ‘How Come’. I love it!

    MFSB: Get Down With The Philly Sound / Brothers And Sisters (from ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ LP, Philadelphia Int’l. PIR 69208) (chart debut 12/6/75)
    My lists of NY disco hits keep getting cut short, so to continue with some typically Philly sounds, these are indeed the big disco tracks from this album.



    Import Picks

    B.C.G.: Street Talk (20th Century TC 2271) (mentioned in column 1/24/76, chart debut 1/31/76)
    In an unprecedented move, this new Bob Crewe Generation instrumental-with-voices has been issued in demo form as a 12” 45 with three different “sides” (editions), running at 9:22, 4:22 and 6:08 - each length being respectively for DJs, Pop 40 and FM radio play. A good gimmick that’s already helping the otherwise slightly uninspired hustler.

    Black Blood: Chicano (Mainstream MRL 5574) (mentioned in column 11/1/75, chart debut 1/17/76)
    Due out here soon, the ex-Japanese Afro-funksters now go Puerto Rican-Mexican on this powerful Latin rhythm chanter. As I guess they’re in fact European, they seem quite versatile!

    The Duprees: Delicious (RCA PB 10407) (chart debut 11/8/75)
    The veterans are bang up to date on their fast hustling thumper, arranged by Bobby Martin and produced by Jerry Ross (who, little heralded, helped start the modern Philly Sound by partnering with Kenny Gamble in the 60s).

    Jay & The Techniques: Number One-derful (Event EV 228) (chart debut 1/31/76)
    The pumpkin pie guys are stirring up disco action again with a catchy Levine and Brown ditty that’s also produced by Jerry Ross.

    Sylvers: Boogie Fever (Capitol 4179)
    The brothers and sisters Jackson Five-type family group’s fast-rising hit is a thumping bass propelled bouncer with more teenage than disco appeal.

    Pinkies: Porto Rico (Philips 40802) (chart debut 9/13/75)
    Appropriately big in Puerto Rican discos, this appears to be the original of the UK-issued Tropical Band version, which actually sounds snappier.



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    Tom Clay: What The World Needs Now Is Love / Abraham, Martin & John (Mowest)
    Donald Byrd: Change (Blue Note) (mentioned in column 10/18/75, chart debut 10/25/75)
    The Disco Sound Of Andre Gagnon: Wow (Decca) (chart debut 1/17/76)
    Jesse Green: Nice And Slow (EMI) (mentioned in column 4/24/76, chart debut 5/1/76)
    Jackie Robinson: Moving Like A Superstar (Pye) (chart debut 3/20/76)
    Richard Hewson Orchestra: Love For Hire (Splash) (mentioned in column 2/7/76, chart debut 2/28/76)
    Brook Benton: Mr. Bartender (All Platinum)



    Next week: A slew of imports reviewed a few weeks ago get released in the UK, Hammy reveals what Tom Moulton did before becoming a remixer, and a certain continental group makes its first appearance in the column!

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    shootyourshot is offline Underground Hit [Level 5]

    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – February 21, 1976

    2/21 2/14 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Miracles - Love Machine - Tamla Motown
    2 2 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    3 NEW Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    4 6 War - Low Rider - Island
    5 4 Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby - GTO
    6 8 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    7 3 A Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps - Baby Face - Atlantic
    8 11 George McCrae - Honey I - Jay Boy
    9 9 Fatback Band - Do The Bus Stop - Polydor
    10 5 Sound 9418 - In The Mood - UK
    11 13 Ralph Carter - Extra, Extra (Read All About It) - Mercury
    12 NEW Manhattan Transfer - Tuxedo Junction - Atlantic
    13 NEW Juggy Jones - Inside America - Contempo
    14 12 Faith, Hope & Charity - Just One Look - RCA
    15 7 Osibisa - Sunshine Day - Bronze
    16 NEW Yvonne Fair - It Should Have Been Me - Tamla Motown
    17 NEW Silk- Forever & Ever - Bell
    18 19 Fire - Oh That's My Man - Jay Boy
    19 NEW Pluto Shervington - Dat - Opal
    20 NEW L. J. Johnson - Your Magic Put A Spell On Me - Philips

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #3 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #4 (mentioned in column 9/13/75)
    #5 (mentioned in column 9/27/75, chart debut 10/4/75)
    #6 (mentioned in column 10/11, chart debut 10/25)
    #7 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #8 (chart debut 1/24/76)
    #9 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 11/22/75)
    #11 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 12/6/75)
    #13 (mentioned in column 11/29/75, chart debut 12/6/75)
    #16 (chart debut 5/15/76)



    New Spins

    Eddie Kendricks: He’s A Friend (Tamla Motown TMO 1021) (mentioned in column 1/3/76, chart debut 1/24/76)
    Produced by Philly’s Norman Harris, Eddie seems set to continue Motown’s new hit streak with this unhurried thumper, which — with the faster ‘All Of My Love’ flip — joins the NY disco hits ‘It’s Not What You Got’ and ‘Chains’ on his new LP (STML 12016). How long before he and David Ruffin make two ex-Tempts on the chart?

    Woody Herman: Woodchopper’s Ball (MCA 230)
    Woody’s jitterbugging swinger from ’39 is to be followed by many more big band singles, which can only establish the new craze even better than the twist.

    Asleep At The Wheel: Bump Bounce Boogie (Capitol CL 15854)
    Great modern-made boogie woogie in the authentic ‘40s style, Andrews Sisters vocal and all!

    M. & O. Band: Let’s Do The Latin Hustle (Creole CR 120)
    UK rights to Eddie Drennon’s hugely popular import being far too expensive, this crisper and punchier soundalike cover will do very well instead.

    Archie Bell & The Drells: ‘Dance Your Troubles Away’ LP (Phila. Intl. PIR 81661) (LP mentioned in column 12/6/75; chart debut 12/13/75)
    The nice enough ‘I Could Dance All Night’ and ‘Soul City Walk’ are totally overshadowed by ‘Let’s Groove’, which, after massive disco success is now their new US single. Like a subdued ‘Tighten Up’!

    Light Fantastic: You Have Got Such A Lovely Mind (Penny Farthing PEN 908)
    Lush ‘n lovely lightweight little hustler.

    Boxer: All The Time In The World (Virgin VS 135)
    Powerfully punching bouncy British funker in the Bad Company, Ace and Stretch tradition. Hit prospect.

    Barrabas: Checkmate (Atlantic K 10716) (chart debut 8/2/75)
    The Spanish hijackers are back with more of that bouncy funk beat stuff.

    L. J. Waiters & The Electrifiers: If You Ain’t Getting Your Thing (Route RT 26)
    Unusual bouncily clopping rhythm from an untypical Philly group. Instrumental flip.

    Exciters: Suffering (20th Century BTC 1015)
    From Ian Levine, with frothily accompanied 100 mph beat and longer disco flip.

    Babe Ruth: Elusive (from ‘Stealin’ Home’ LP, Capitol EST 11451) (chart debut 11/29/75)
    Leaping lively funker from a British based white group fronted by Jenny Haan, available on LP for ages and still not on 45 despite disco demand.

    Simon Said: Smile (Atlantic K 10714) (mentioned in column 11/22/75, chart debut 12/27/75)
    Yet another oldie, getting a slower hustle revamp that’s also big in NY. Do try and see the incredibly funny Smile movie, by the way.

    Fatback Band: (Do The) Spanish Hustle (Polydor 2066656) (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    Totally American and unlike the Bus Stop, this archetypal NY disco hit is the music for the real Hustle dance step. Terrific rhythm, lovely melody.

    Salsoul Orchestra: Tangerine (Epic EPC 4003) (LP mentioned in column 10/18/75; chart debut 11/8/75)
    The Vince Montana-led Orchestra are huge in NY, where this happily hustling big band oldie has already been overtaken by ‘Salsoul Rainbow’ from their great LP (EPC 81127), which also contains ‘Salsoul Hustle’ and ‘Chicago Bus Stop’.

    Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps: ‘Baby Face’ LP (Atlantic K 50227) (LP mentioned in column 2/7/76; chart debut 2/14/76)
    Including the full 6:38 disco version of the title cut, plus the successful formula applied to a 9:45 medley of Al Jolson songs! ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘The Charleston’ get the works too, but another showbiz medley is spoilt by the slow ‘Somewhere’.

    Softones: That Old Black Magic (Avco 6105045) (chart debut 12/20/75)
    Enormously popular with NY’s champion hustlers, here’s another oldie given the full ‘Baby Face’ treatment.

    Toots & The Maytals: Reggae Got Soul (Island WIP 6269)
    . . . and Freddie’ s doing the Mouse! An unnecessary but supposedly commercial combination.



    Import Picks

    Various Artists: ‘Disco-Trek’ LP (Atlantic SD 13158) (chart debut 2/7/76)
    Ruggedly handsome ex-male model Tom Moulton is the king of the Disco Mixers - a new breed of engineers who take another producer’s finished record and re-mix the tape to make a brighter version that’s more suitable for play in discotheques. On this album Tom has re-spliced and re-mixed such well-known hits as Sister Sledge’s ‘Mama Never Told Me’, Blue Magic’s ‘Look Me Up’, Jackie Moore’s ‘Time’, and the Valentinos’ ‘I Can Understand It’ so that they are now longer than before and have emphasized rhythm tracks. Especially, he has picked out the hissing hi-hat cymbal beats, which are all-important to New York’s hustling dancers these days.

    Phillip & Lloyd: ‘The Blues Busters’ LP (Scepter SPS 5121)
    Ska fans will be right in guessing that these are Phillip James and Lloyd Campbell, but this Jamaican-recorded album has been re-mixed by none other than Tom Moulton. Considering that what he does is so similar, Tom is not surprisingly a big fan of Jamaica’s dub producers. However, this is far from dub in sound - instead, Tom’s done his usual trick and brought up the cymbals! So what you get is ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Here I Am, My Girl’ and others with a steadily hissing hi-hat to give reggae an American appeal. Oh well!



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    Archie Bell & The Drells: I Could Dance All Night (Phila. Intl.) (chart debut 5/31/75)
    The Sunshine Band: Rock Your Baby (Jay Boy) (chart debut 10/18/75)
    The Disco Sound Of Andre Gagnon: Wow (Decca) (chart debut 1/17/76)
    Al Matthews: Your Affair (CBS)
    The Pearls: I’ll See You In My Dreams (Private Stock) (mentioned in column 2/7/76, chart debut 2/28/76)
    De Blanc: Oh No Not My Baby (Arista) (chart debut 12/27/75)
    Tabou Combo: New York City (Decca)
    Johnny Wakelin: Reggae, Soul, And Rock ‘N Roll (Pye)
    Bilbo Baggins: Back Home (Polydor)
    Ursula Dudziak: Papaya (Arista) (chart debut 11/8/75)
    Lloyd Parks: Mafia (Cactus)
    Chequers: Miss Payne (Creole)
    Boney M.: Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Hansa - German import)
    George McCrae: Take This Love Of Mine (Jay Boy) (chart debut 1/24/76)
    V.I.P. Connection: Please Love Me Again (Creole)
    John Holt: I’d Love You To Want Me (Trojan)
    Sassafrass: Wheelin’ ‘N Dealin’ (Chrysalis)



    Next week: The Miracles’ run at #1 ends (sooner than I thought, to be honest) and the Who “squeeze” onto the Top 20!

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – February 28, 1976

    2/28 2/21 Artist - Title - Label
    1 3 Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    2 2 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    3 1 Miracles - Love Machine - Tamla Motown
    4 6 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    5 NEW The Who - Squeeze Box - Polydor
    6 5 Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby - GTO
    7 16 Yvonne Fair - It Should Have Been Me - Tamla Motown
    8 10 Sound 9418 - In The Mood - UK
    9 7 A Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps - Baby Face - Atlantic
    10 RE David Ruffin - Walk Away From Love - Tamla Motown
    11 NEW Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - MCA
    12 NEW Stylistics - Funky Weekend - Avco
    13 12 Manhattan Transfer - Tuxedo Junction - Atlantic
    14 13 Juggy Jones - Inside America - Contempo
    15 NEW Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle - Polydor
    16 RE Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman - Jet
    17 20 L. J. Johnson - Your Magic Put A Spell On Me - Philips
    18 18 Fire - Oh That's My Man - Jay Boy
    19 17 Silk- Forever & Ever - Bell
    20 4 War - Low Rider - Island

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #3 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #4 (mentioned in column 10/11/75, chart debut 10/25/75)
    #6 (mentioned in column 9/27/75, chart debut 10/4/75)
    #7 (chart debut 5/15/76)
    #9 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #10 (chart debut 12/20/75)
    #14 (mentioned in column 11/29/75, chart debut 12/6/75)
    #15 (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    #20 (mentioned in column 9/13/75)



    New Spins

    Benny Goodman: Stompin’ At The Savoy (RCA 2657)
    Adding further fuel to the jitterbug fire, Benny’s classic 1936 swinger gets a maxi coupling with the dreamy ‘In A Sentimental Mood’ and the jumpin’ jive ‘Swingtime In The Rockies’, which cooks and cooks! A must for adventurous jocks.

    Glenn Miller: Make Relieve Ballroom Time (from LP ‘The Legendary Glenn Miller, Volume 10’ RCA LSA 3237)
    Here’s the famous 1940 radio theme, long deleted, on one of the latest volumes in this great ever-growing series of all Miller’s studio recordings. Other goodies on this volume are ‘Five O’ Clock Whistle’, ‘Yes My Darling Daughter’ and ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’, while of course the theme itself makes the ideal intro to your Swing spot.

    Andrews Sisters: Bounce Me Brother With A Solid Four (MCA 232)
    Follow-up to their ‘Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar’, this 1941 boogie-woogie offshoot is full of precisely harmonized rhythm, while the ‘Booglie-Wooglie Piggy’ flip is rather like ‘The Flat Foot Flogee’ (With The Floy Floy)!

    Boswell Sisters: Making Faces At The Man In The Moon (Vocalion V 5001)
    Forerunners of the Andrews Sisters, these New Orleans gals give out with a jaunty 1931 ditty that’s great fun though decidedly pre-Swing, as are this maxi’s couplings by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

    Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited: Let’s Do The Latin Hustle (Pye 7N 25702) (chart debut 9/20/75)
    If imports and the M & O Band haven’t creamed their sales, Pye may recoup some of the bread they’ve undoubtedly had to shell out for this monster disco smash, the asking price for which was reputedly 40,000 bucks plus a catalogue deal.

    Barry White: You See The Trouble With Me (20th Century BTC 2277) (chart debut 3/13/76)
    Schlurping cymbals and a pretty melody make for typically effective disco bucks.

    Chequers: Hey Miss Payne (Creole CR 116)
    Commendably jazzy instrumentation pushes along this delightfully bubbling steady rhythm ticker, the subdued vocals of which are left off the backing-track disco flip.

    Chris Hill: Yakety Yak (Philips 6006508)
    The unexpected happens and Chris sings (?!?) in this El Coco-inspired bouncing funk beat version of the Coasters’ classic. Totally disco, it’ll need your support - so hopefully professional jealousy won’t bias DJs against it. On the ‘Ride On’ flip he pantingly reworks Man’s ‘Erotica’ into a comical climax.

    Earth, Wind & Fire: Sing A Song (CBS 3859) (mentioned in column 11/22/75; chart debut 12/6/75)
    Infectious War-like funk could make this happy chanter the elemental supergroup’s first UK biggie. Backing track flip.

    The World Column: So Is The Sun (Capitol CL 15852)
    Very like old-style Sly, but there’s no denying that the old-style excitement still works.

    Pioneers: Feel The Rhythm (Of You And I) (Philips 6006499)
    The reggae guys go the George McCrae way on this potential-filled Eddy Grant production the TK sound of which is emphasized by the backing track flip.

    The Glitter Band: Makes You Blind (Bell 1471) (chart debut 8/21/76)
    Just like on Gary’s last one, the big disco side is the flip - in this case an ace fast funking instrumental of surprising authenticity. Funnily enough, I was the first person to tell Bell that ‘Rock And Roll Part II’ was the hit side of that particular little opus . . .

    Sylvers: Boogie Fever (Capitol CL 15850)
    Graduating from teenage to disco appeal with its increasing acceptance, this spirited romper is propelled by bumping bass and flying feet.

    Supercharge: Get Down Boogie (Virgin VS 134)
    Affectionately accurate ape of all that the title sums up, plus a frantic flip called ‘Don’t Let Go’ that could be bigger in some areas.

    20th Century Steel Band: We’ve Got To Work To Stay Together (UA UP 36065) (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    Blurred vocal but a pleasant Pierre Tubbs melody and lazily effective thumping beat.

    Johnny “Guitar” Watson: I Don’t Want To Be A Lone Ranger (Fantasy FTC 124)
    The original Gangster Of Love has had a huge soul hit with this staccato multi-tracked semi-slowie, which Is strikingly different enough to be a disco - even a chart - hit.

    Biddu: Do You Wanna Groove With Me (GTO GT 48)
    Flip of his nice enough but plummily-intoned ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, this self-penned smooth thumper is much better - and like Elvis singing Barry White!

    Chantelles: Sugar Dumpling (Black Magic BM 110)
    Sam Cooke’s song gets an intriguingly different tootling and throbbing treatment with falsetto vocal and a 7:15 disco flip. Rather nice.



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    Brass Construction: Movin’ / Changin’ (UA - US import LP cut) (LP mentioned in column 1/17/76; chart debut 1/24/76)
    Surprise Sisters: La Booga Rooga (Good Earth)
    Hidden Strength: Hustle On Up (UA - US import) (chart debut 1/31/76)
    Asleep At The Wheel: Bump Bounce Boogie (Capitol)
    Rhythm Makers: Zone (Vigor - US import) (chart debut 1/31/76)
    Softones: That Old Black Magic (Avco) (chart debut 12/20/75)
    Salsoul Orchestra: Tangerine (Epic) (mentioned in column 10/18/75; chart debut 11/8/75)
    Simon Said: Smile (Atlantic) (mentioned in column 11/22/75, chart debut 12/27/75)
    5000 Volts: Bye Love (Philips) (mentioned in column 2/7/76; chart debut 3/6/76)
    Jesse Green: Nice And Slow (EMI) (mentioned in column 4/24/76, chart debut 5/1/76)
    De Blanc: Oh No Not My Baby (Arista) (chart debut 12/27/75)
    L.T.D. Exchange: Money Mad (RCA - US import)
    J. Quarterman: Young Man (Mercury - US import)
    Sharonettes: Broken Hearted Melody (Black Magic) (mentioned in column 6/5/76)
    Billy Ocean: Love Really Hurts Without You (GTO) (chart debut 4/3/76)
    Boney M.: Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Hansa - German import)



    Next week: An American group’s UK-only single going over huge in NYC discos gets its long-overdue review!

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – March 6, 1976

    3/6 2/28 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    2 2 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    3 4 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    4 12 Stylistics - Funky Weekend - Avco
    5 3 Miracles - Love Machine - Tamla Motown
    6 15 Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle - Polydor
    7 NEW Evelyn Thomas - Weak Spot - 20th Century
    8 RE Pluto Shervington - Dat - Opal
    9 7 Yvonne Fair - It Should Have Been Me - Tamla Motown
    10 NEW Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You - GTO
    11 NEW Status Quo - Rain - Vertigo
    12 RE Ralph Carter - Extra, Extra (Read All About It) - Mercury
    13 9 A Wing & A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps - Baby Face - Atlantic
    14 20 War - Low Rider - Island
    15 6 Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby - GTO
    16 11 Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - MCA
    17 5 The Who - Squeeze Box - Polydor
    18 17 L. J. Johnson - Your Magic Put A Spell On Me - Philips
    19 18 Fire - Oh That's My Man - Jay Boy
    20 NEW Brass Construction - Movin' / Changin' - United Artists

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #3 (mentioned in column 10/11/75, chart debut 10/25/75)
    #5 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #6 (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    #9 (chart debut 5/15/76)
    #10 (chart debut 4/3/76)
    #12 (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 12/6/75)
    #13 (mentioned in column 10/4/75, chart debut 10/11/75)
    #14 (mentioned in column 9/13/75)
    #15 (mentioned in column 9/27/75, chart debut 10/4/75)
    #20 (mentioned in column 1/17/76; chart debut 1/24/76)



    New Spins

    KEVIN AYERS: Falling In Love Again (Island WIP 6271)
    Marlene Dietrich’s languid lilter (rousingly revived by Alan Price in 1970) now gets a flustering rhythm retread from husky-voiced Kevin (whose Lou Reed-like ‘Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes’ is also out, on Harvest HAR 5107). MoR jocks on the lookout for another ‘Misty’ are sure to fall in love again!

    MILLS BROTHERS: Opus No. 1 (MCA 235)
    Excitingly brassy 1954 swinger, a well-proven must for Jitterbuggers.

    GEORGE FORMBY: The Window Cleaner (Columbia DB 8959)
    Maxi-coupled with mirthful CHARLIE PENROSE’s ‘The Laughing Policeman’ (especially apt if your gig gets raided by the fuzz), this cheerful vintage silliness is useful nostalgic fun.

    MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY: Mighty High (ABC 4102) (mentioned in column 11/22/75; chart debut 12/6/75)
    Huge in US discos, terrific zest-filled performance and sizzling rhythm.

    TERRY WEBSTER: Angela (Satril SAT 105)
    Truly dazzling evocation of the oldies-but-goodies vocal group sound, unexpectedly enough by the Rockin’ Berries’ resident impressionist! Stylistics/Four Seasons-type MoR/Pop semi-slowie.

    DRIFTERS: Hello Happiness (Bell 141)
    Computerised jolliness.

    STAMPEDERS: Hit The Road Jack (Private Stock PVT 48)
    Brilliant idea involving impressions of US TV hosts Wolfman Jack (Midnight Special) and Don Cornelius (Soul Train) woven into Ray Charles’s 1961 oldie.

    BIG YOUTH: Hit The Road Jack (Trojan TR 7977)
    Much-imported great dreader than dread treatment of the same song.

    TRAMMPS: That’s Where The Happy People Go (Atlantic K 10703) (mentioned in column 11/8/75; chart debut 2/14/76)
    Top disco hit in New York, where they’re having to import this UK-only single, it’s a spirited cymbal schlurping hustler with strong rhythm.

    DOOLEY SILVERSPOON: Game Players (Seville SEV 1022)
    Picked by DJs from his great LP, this less adventurous British-originated fast churner is I suppose enough in the Billy Ocean bag to hit big here.

    RHYTHM HERITAGE: Theme From ‘S. W. A. T.’ (ABC 4095) (chart debut 10/25/75)
    SWAT are baaad mother. . . (shut yo’ mouth!) Torpid rhythm but quite a good melody line, and supposedly a million Americans can’t be wrong?

    MEXICANOS: Let’s Do The Latin Hustle / Street Dance (Hustle) (Klik KL 614)
    And another! Pared down to just rhythm and synthesizer the Drennon side is still surprisingly effective, while with brass and guitar the Fatback Band flip is even more powerful. Good value.

    CRYSTAL GRASS: Lemme See Ya Gitcher Thing Off, Baby / Taj Mahal (Philips 6042635) (mentioned in column 12/6/75; chart debut 1/3/76)
    Good hi-hat hustler, while the frantic flip (by Brazil’s Jorge Ben) is the official A-side.

    SILVER CONVENTION: Get Up And Boogie (Magnet MAG 55) (mentioned in column 2/14/76; chart debut 3/13/76)
    Thudding rhythm track, the title line from the girls and “that’s right” from some guys. Uncompromisingly disco.

    BOBBY AZIFF ORCHESTRA: My Way (Creole CR 118)
    Clopping fast beat, Euro-Disco chix and a synthesizer replacing the undistinguished vocal on the flip. Yes, it’s the Sinatra tune!

    MARTYN FORD ORCHESTRA: Theme From ‘Gone With The Wind’ / Hustle Wit’ Every Muscle (Mountain TOP 7)
    ‘Tara’s Theme’ from the movie goes disco a bit messily, with a better Kay-Gees flip.

    RON CARTER: Anything Goes (Kudu 927) (mentioned in column 10/4/75; chart debut 2/7/76)
    Jazz super-session veteran, bassist Carter may be the driving force but otherwise takes back seat to the hustle trim as Cole Porter goes disco.

    TOGA: More (State STAT 18) (chart debut 5/8/76)
    The theme from ‘Mondo Cane’ goes disco too, quite pleasantly.

    JASON SINCLAIR: Tammy (Cactus CT 86)
    Debbie Reynolds goes reggae, but very gently and so prettily that this is ideal MoR!

    JOHNNY MATHIS: Stardust (CBS 3913)
    The DJ short version misses a boring long slow intro, and is lovely mushy smooch stuff.

    SHARONETTES: Broken Hearted Melody (Black Magic BM 113) (mentioned in column 6/5/76)
    Sarah Vaughan’s pretty oldie given a taut churning rhythm that’s both modern and Northern. Instrumental flip.

    HAMILTON BOHANNON: Bohannon’s Beat (Brunswick BR 33) (mentioned in column 12/13/75; chart debut 1/17/76)
    James Brown-type surface monotony over subtly shifting rhythm.

    ISAAC HAYES MOVEMENT: Disco Connection (ABC 4100) (chart debut 1/24/76)
    Fast synthetic rhythm and lots of electronic wizardry make for a pacey instrumental.

    INNER STRENGTH: The World Is A City (EMI 2412)
    Temptations-type fast beater, impressive

    JOHN ASHER: Twistin’ Party (Creole CR 117)
    Chubby’s ‘Dancin’ Party’ (which should have been his own follow-up) quite amusingly updated.

    DREAM EXPRESS: Dream Express (EMI 2400)
    Euro-Disco breeziness.

    WILLIAM BELL: Happy (Stax STXS 2038)
    Joyful Northern noises.

    ROSKO & THE ROSKETTES: Hey Sah-Lo-Ney (MCA 226)
    Sock it to me one time, UHHH!



    Import Picks

    THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND: Texas (Kama Sutra KA 607)
    Frantically fiddling Charlie’s breakneck hoedown may not be the most obvious disco choice, but at the right place (such as segued with ‘Bump Bounce Boogie’!) it should cause a riot. I hope it’s out here soon.

    JOHNNIE TAYLOR: Disco Lady (Columbia 3-10281) (chart debut 3/20/76)
    Surprisingly subdued label debut by the ‘Who’s Making Love’ man, this low-key rhythm jiggler took off like a rocket as soon as it came out in the States. He’s a bumper, not a hustler.

    HOSANNA: Hipit (Calla CAST 12078GM) (chart debut 10/4/75)
    Nice bouncy rhythm to a hit New York hustler, with vocal and instrumental disco sides.

    BROWN SUGAR: I’m Going Through Changes Now (Capitol P 4198) (mentioned in column 2/7/76; chart debut 2/28/76)
    Arr/prod by Vince Montana, this girlie group combines elements of Diana Ross and the Three Degrees with a steadily hustling flow.

    TODAY’S PEOPLE: S.O.S. (All We Need Is Time For Love) (Gamma GA 5050) (chart debut 11/22/75)
    A Canadian import with constantly ticking cymbal and lisping gals ‘n guys phonetically pronouncing the English lyrics.



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    Softones: That Old Black Magic (Avco) (chart debut 12/20/75)
    20th Century Steel Band: We’ve Got To Work To Stay Together (UA) (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    The Glitter Band: Makes You Blind (Bell) (chart debut 8/21/76)
    The Sunshine Band: Rock Your Baby (Jay Boy) (chart debut 10/18/75)
    M. & O. Band: Let’s Do The Latin Hustle (Creole)
    Salsoul Orchestra: Tangerine (Epic) (mentioned in column 10/18/75; chart debut 11/8/75)
    Earth, Wind & Fire: Sing A Song (CBS) (mentioned in column 11/22/75; chart debut 12/6/75)
    Champs Boys: Tubular Bells (Vogue - French import) (mentioned in column 4/3/76; chart debut 4/24/76)
    Andrea True Connection: More, More, More (Buddah - US import) (mentioned in column 1/3/76; chart debut 1/17/76)
    Billie Davis: I’ve Been Loving Someone Else (UA)
    Sylvers: Boogie Fever (Capitol)
    Elton John: Grow Some Funk Of Your Own (DJM)
    Toby: So Good (Rak)
    V.I.P. Connection: Please Love Me Again (Creole)
    Petula Clark: Sailor (Pye)
    Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance: Don’t Try ‘N Change My Mind (Island)
    Andy Fairweather-Low: Champagne Melody (A&M)
    The World Column: So Is The Sun (Capitol)
    Jackie Edwards: I’m Still Waiting (Grounation)



    Next week: Two versions of the same song hit the Top 20 and Hammy makes some comments on the amount of disco product being released!

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

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    SILVER CONVENTION: Get Up And Boogie (Magnet MAG 55) (mentioned in column 2/14/76; chart debut 3/13/76)
    Uncompromisingly disco.

    I always loved how Hammy described certain tracks as being 'disco' (by the end of the 70s he used this as a term of resentment unfortunately). We all know that there are dozens of different styles of dance music that get classified under the general disco category but there is a particular type of disco music that can only be described as 'disco' & Silver Convention were probably one of the earliest examples of this genre IMO.
    This is how I learned to hate Rock 'n Roll

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column


    UK Disco Top 20 – March 13, 1976


    3/13 3/6 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    2 2 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    3 6 Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle - Polydor
    4 10 Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You - GTO
    5 4 Stylistics - Funky Weekend - Avco
    6 3 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    7 11 Status Quo - Rain - Vertigo
    8 NEW M. & O. Band - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Creole
    9 NEW Glitter Band - People Like You - Bell
    10 17 The Who - Squeeze Box - Polydor
    11 NEW Gallagher & Lyle - I Wanna Stay With You - A&M
    12 NEW 20th Century Steel Band - We've Got To Work To Stay Together - UA
    13 NEW Be-Bop Deluxe - Ships In The Night - Harvest
    14 NEW Sharonettes - Broken Hearted Melody - Black Magic
    15 16 Louis Jordan - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - MCA
    16 8 Pluto Shervington - Dat - Opal
    17 RE Manhattan Transfer - Tuxedo Junction - Atlantic
    18 NEW Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Pye
    19 NEW C. W. McCall - Convoy - MGM
    20 18 L. J. Johnson - Your Magic Put A Spell On Me - Philips

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #3 (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    #4 (chart debut 4/3/76)
    #6 (mentioned in column 10/11/75, chart debut 10/25/75)
    #12 (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    #18 (chart debut 9/20/75)



    Something ultimately harmful seems to be happening - something that needs a warning before it gets totally out of control.

    Over the last month or so, the disco market has become saturated with product. The type of music released on singles in this country has dramatically changed, so that material appealing to disco audiences now dominates. ‘Heavy’ groups have practically vanished. MoR has become beatier, teenybopper acts and straight pop purveyors are less in evidence.

    In America, which is in the throes of an enormous ‘disco’ boom, this trend could be expected. In fact, it is amazing to see how few of the really big disco hits actually go on to make a sizeable impression on the national Top 100 there. Which is the point of my message here . . .

    A hell of a lot of good disco records are coming out here - far too many! Very few of them are going on to the sort of success that they deserve. Disco DJs, radio programmers and even record reviewers are so swamped with potentially useful singles that they haven’t a chance of being able to break more than just a few.

    OK, so record producers have discovered that a market exists which they can aim for when concocting their creations (and a surprisingly large number of the disco singles come from Britain and Europe). But, please fellows, ease up before you kill the goose that lays those golden eggs! A look at the British Top 50 shows that disco reaction can definitely make Pop hits, but another look also shows that there is only so much room for disco records.

    Ease up before there’s a backlash, as is beginning to be the case in the States. In fact, ease up before it’s too late.



    New Spins

    BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Movin’ / ‘Changin’ (from LP ‘Brass Construction’ UA UAS 29923) (LP mentioned in column 1/17/76; chart debut 1/24/76)
    From possibly the biggest selling import album of all time, now out here, these two eight minute plus tracks are almost as unremittingly funky as they are when done live. Terrific!

    THE ROYAL SHOW BAND: ‘The Hucklebuck’ (Irish EMI IEMI 5038)
    A mind-reading plugger from EMI Ireland has sent me this re-issue of the Brendan Bowyer-led showband’s 1965 smash, an infectious party-type styling after Chubby Checker’s twisted treatment of the late ‘40s dance tune.

    FRANK SINATRA: ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ (Reprise K 14420)
    Pity it’s the applause-riddled live ‘Main Event’ cut, but even so this is great quickstepping stuff.

    BETTE MIDLER: ‘Strangers In The Night’ (Atlantic K 10729) (chart debut 2/14/76)
    Bette’s trendy ‘disco’ treatment is still good for the old folk, while her ‘Samedi Et Vendredi’ flip has that Tabou Combo sound.

    GEOFF MULDAUR: ‘Livin’ In The Sunlight (Lovin’ In The Moonlight)’ (Reprise K 14421)
    Maria’s hubby has authentic ‘20s-type fun with this happy Henry Hall-style silliness.

    JOHN INMAN: ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ (DJM DJS 645)
    A fine - if faster alternative to Henry Hall’s famous 1932 version (which is still available on World Records LP SH 172).

    JOE BOB’S NASHVILLE SOUND COMPANY: ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ (Capitol CL 15857)
    Less powerful than their great ‘In The Mood,’ though a good segue out of ‘Bump Bounce Boogie’ even so. The flip’s ‘Take The “A” Train’ is possibly stronger.

    BONEY M: ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump’ (Creole CR 119)
    Prince Buster’s ‘Al Capone’ goes disco with a title change and zingy new rhythm!

    HOT CHOCOLATE: ‘Don’t Stop It Now’ (Rak 230)
    Predictable as crushed cacao seeds.

    10CC: ‘I’m Mandy Fly Me’ (Mercury 6008019)
    Ruthlessly edited from the LP though it is, this slowie’s an obvious smash.

    LEROY HUTSON: ‘Feel The Spirit (In ‘76)’ (Curtom K 16702) (chart debut 2/7/76)
    Lovely synthetic melody, cooing chix and hustling rhythm.

    GENE PAGE: ‘Wild Cherry’ (Atlantic K 10727) (mentioned in column 3/20/76)
    Subdued ‘60s brass, softened by ‘shoo-be-dooing’ chorus, whistling, strings and general MoR lushness.

    PEIERO UMILIANI: ‘Mah-Na-Mah-Na’ (EMI INT 519)
    Original version of a much-sought 1969 movie theme - nagging nonsense noises, pure Easy Listening.

    THE ALLAN BERNARD LITTLE BIG BAND: ‘Twelfth Street Rag’ (Destiny DP1)
    Useful fun-filled Dixieland reading of the party fave.

    CHANTER SISTERS: ‘Band Of Gold’ (Polydor 2058699)
    Freaky stereo intro to an incredibly inventive revival that deserves to hit big.

    LINDA LEWIS: ‘Baby I’m Yours’ (Arista 43)
    Clumsy build-up to a US-recorded hustling treatment of Barbara Lewis’s oldie.

    BARBRA STREISAND: ‘Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)’ (CBS 4027) (mentioned in column 11/15/75, chart debut 11/29/75)
    Slightly over-done churning hustle beat revival.

    FRANKIE AVALON: ‘Venus’ (Polydor 2001631) (chart debut 1/17/76)
    Philadelphia’s finest reprises his ‘59 hit with hustling hi-hats - lovely, but maybe more radio than disco.

    JAMES FOUNTAIN: ‘Seven Day Lover’ (Cream CRM 5002)
    Good gosh almighty Lord, UHH! In fact this William Bell production is genuinely good and worth getting by Soul fans both Southern and Northern.

    ISAAC HAYES: ‘Groove-A-Thon’ (from LP ‘Groove-A-Thon’ ABC ABCL 5155)
    Aptly-titled 9:48 marathon funky groove.

    RONJI SOUTHERN: ‘I Just Wanna Dance’ (UA UP 36069)
    Pierre Tubbs gives American Ronji a great bouncing funky hustle rhythm that grooves on into a Part 2 flip.

    LEROY BROWN: ‘Real Love’ (EMI 2399)
    Pretty light rhythm thunker in the Al Matthews bag.

    JESS RODEN BAND: ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ (Island WIP 6286)
    Randy Newman’s hilariously kinky love swig is wordy but should cut through via this bottom-heavy sinister semi-slow roller.

    DAVID NICHOLSON: ‘Getting A Little Lonely’ (Polydor 2058680)
    Punchy Pop harmonies with a good Neil Sedaka beat.

    CHRIS SPEDDING: ‘New Girl In The Neighborhood’ (Rak 232)
    Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ meets ‘Viva Bobby Joe’ and ‘The Batman Theme’ . . . hah - sussed!

    MIKE BERRY: ‘Tribute To Buddy Holly’ (Polydor 2058700)
    Modern remake of his 1961 classic, similar but minus the Joe Meek touch, this was a recent Netherlands hit.

    DONNY GERRARD: ‘A Woman, A Lover, A Friend’ (Rocket PIG 17)
    Soulful slowie, like a male ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’.

    RAINY DAYS: ‘Party’ (Seville SEV 1009)
    Hissing hi-hats rool, OK?!

    ANACOSTIA: ‘All I Need’ (CBS 3742) (chart debut 9/27/75)
    The ex-Presidents hustle along.

    PEOPLES CHOICE: ‘Nursery Rhyme’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 4064) (chart debut 11/8/75)
    Gruff-voiced sparse slow funk.



    Import Picks

    IODI: ‘Querida Mom’ (Argentinian EMI 1244)
    Setting the cat among the pigeons, here’s a simply terrific import from Argentina! Combining perfect American hustle ingredients with Eastern influences, Marvin Gaye vocal sounds, stomping rhythm breaks and freakout guitar, it’s an inventively frothy delight that deserves release here, there and everywhere. Definitely a US smash if it gets out there.

    BILLY COLE ORCHESTRA: ‘Mystic Mood’ (Recreational and Educational Enterprises, from G. Francis, 12 Canary Avenue, Kingston 11, Jamaica)
    And another! This beautifully lush and sophisticated Easy Listening instrumental smoocher is credited to Zap-Pow as composer, yet it bears no relation to conventional Jamaican music. Be warned, it really is just straight Easy Listening, and truly lovely.

    SOUL CHILDREN: ‘Finders Keepers’ (Epic 8-50178)
    Meanwhile, back in the States, this old-fashioned Don Davis-produced Soul pounder is currently Sam and Dave-ing round about the halfway mark on the R&B chart.

    MONDAY AFTER: ‘Merry-Go-Round’ (Buddah BDA 512) (mentioned in column 1/3/76; chart debut 1/31/76)
    Here’s a Tom Moulton-mixed two-parter that’s climbing the Soul Top 30. A bright and breezy cymbal sizzler, it’s typically characterless despite some impassioned wailing from the guys in the group.

    TOM SCOTT: ‘Uptown and Country’ (Ode 66116)
    Featuring gospel-type organ by Richard Tee and slipper slide guitar by Hugh McCracken, this bouncing rhythm showcase for the sax-playing LA Express leader is enough of a hustler to go disco in a big way. Here, Jr Walker fans should love it.



    Reggae

    THE SELECTORS: ‘Rock Back’ (Reggae RE 003)
    Evidently a new dance, this rhythm and the chanted lyrics have a simple but peculiar power that is immediately grabbing. Not necessarily another ‘Dat’, but well worth checking.

    BANDIT: ‘Money Money’ (Grounation GRO 2023)
    Funky instrumental treatment of the O’Jays’ ‘Ship Ahoy’ album track, rather good.

    THE CREATIVE AND THE RECEPTIVE: ‘Skin Tight - Too Tight’ (Tropical AL 060)
    Inspired by the Ohio Players, this organ-led instrumental has a strong steady rhythm with wide appeal.

    JOHN HOLT: ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ (Trojan TR 7975)
    Almost a Pop hit, John’s light reggaefication of Lobo’s oldie is far from ethnic and could go MoR.

    NORRIS WIRE: ’Pump The Pump’ (Grounation GRO 2033)
    The title refers to the bass voice’s line in the Gladiolas / Diamonds oldie, ‘Little Darlin’ - which this in fact is, minus lyrics! Great fun.

    HORACE ANDY: ‘Nice And Easy’ (Attack ATT 8117)
    Melodic falsetto hustling reggae.

    MICHAEL ROSE: ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’ (Oval 1008)
    Natty Dred Locks, that’s who - and not Joe Dassin, despite the ‘Indian Summer’ sound.

    OWEN GRAY: 'I Say “Super-Jaws”' (Horse HOSS 122)
    Borrowing slightly from the Seven Seas tune, the veteran ska star does a soulful semi-slowie about the big fish.



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    20TH CENTURY STEEL BAND: We’ve Got To Work To Stay Together (UA) (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    THE GLITTER BAND: Makes You Blind (Bell) (chart debut 8/21/76)
    EDDIE KENDRICKS: He’s A Friend (Tamla Motown) (mentioned in column 1/3/76, chart debut 1/24/76)
    PIONEERS: Feel The Rhythm (Philips)
    HAMILTON BOHANNON: Bohannon’s Beat (Brunswick) (mentioned in column 12/13/75; chart debut 1/17/76)
    ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: Bump Bounce Boogie (Capitol)
    DR. FEELGOOD: Back In The Night (UA)
    LINDA THOMPSON: Ooh What A Night (Magnet) (mentioned in column 10/25/75, chart debut 1/17/76)
    BUTTERFLY: Crazy Legs (Thunderbird)
    BUNNY SIGLER: Girl Don’t Make Me Wait (London)
    DALIDA: J’Attendrai (Decca)
    RHYTHM HERITAGE: Disco-Fied / Boogie Down (ABC - US import LP cut)
    PARLIAMENT: Mothership Connection (Casablanca - US import)
    JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS: I Am Somebody (Pye) (mentioned in column 9/27/75, chart debut 11/1/75)



    Next week: Hammy reviews more oldies, while the upper half of the chart remains static despite seven debuts and two re-entries!
    Last edited by shootyourshot; August 26th, 2011 at 06:45 PM.

  8. #23
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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    I always loved how Hammy described certain tracks as being 'disco' (by the end of the 70s he used this as a term of resentment unfortunately).
    I decided to post the column a week earlier than usual, because Hammy's editorial ties in with your comments. A few weeks after disco was "demolished" in the States, Hammy placed the blame for the backlash squarely on over-saturation by record companies eager to have disco hits crossover into radio playlists and pop charts. He also remarked, rather proudly, that the dance scene in the UK was truer to its black roots.

    Hammy isn't really criticizing the disco product itself at this point, but I recall seeing Vince Aletti bemoaning the unoriginality of disco product in late '75/early '76 in his Record World column. And with songs like "Baby Face" (which I had the misfortune to listen to for the first time a few days ago), it's easy to see why.

    Another interesting note is that "disco" never seemed to become a dirty word in the UK. I've made copies of RM up to the end of '86 now, and the top 100 (not 50 like in the US) dance records in the UK are listed in a chart simply titled "Disco". Going forward, it'll be interesting to see when they change it.

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    And this comment was all the way back in 1976! He probably had just finished listening to dreck like The Wilton Place Street Band's "I Love Lucy Theme" :-(

    Looking at it now the the issue of over saturation and even possibly a backlash was written all over the wall. It's amazing to read articles like this. Thanks for posting as a lot of us here in the States were not in tune with what was happening in UK and Europe.

    Something ultimately harmful seems to be happening - something that needs a warning before it gets totally out of control.

    Over the last month or so, the disco market has become saturated with product. The type of music released on singles in this country has dramatically changed, so that material appealing to disco audiences now dominates. ‘Heavy’ groups have practically vanished. MoR has become beatier, teenybopper acts and straight pop purveyors are less in evidence.

    In America, which is in the throes of an enormous ‘disco’ boom, this trend could be expected. In fact, it is amazing to see how few of the really big disco hits actually go on to make a sizeable impression on the national Top 100 there. Which is the point of my message here . . .

    A hell of a lot of good disco records are coming out here - far too many! Very few of them are going on to the sort of success that they deserve. Disco DJs, radio programmers and even record reviewers are so swamped with potentially useful singles that they haven’t a chance of being able to break more than just a few.

    OK, so record producers have discovered that a market exists which they can aim for when concocting their creations (and a surprisingly large number of the disco singles come from Britain and Europe). But, please fellows, ease up before you kill the goose that lays those golden eggs! A look at the British Top 50 shows that disco reaction can definitely make Pop hits, but another look also shows that there is only so much room for disco records.

    Ease up before there’s a backlash, as is beginning to be the case in the States. In fact, ease up before it’s too late.
    Bernard Lopez

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – March 20, 1976

    3/20 3/13 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    2 2 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    3 3 Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle - Polydor
    4 5 Stylistics - Funky Weekend - Avco
    5 4 Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You - GTO
    6 6 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    7 8 M. & O. Band - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Creole
    8 9 Glitter Band - People Like You / Makes You Blind - Bell
    9 12 20th Century Steel Band - We've Got To Work To Stay Together - UA
    10 NEW Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me - 20th Century
    11 7 Status Quo - Rain - Vertigo
    12 NEW Sassafras - Wheelin' 'N Dealin' - Chrysalis
    13 11 Gallagher & Lyle - I Wanna Stay With You - A&M
    14 RE Brass Construction - Movin' / Changin' - UA
    15 NEW Linda Thompson - Ooh What A Night - Magnet
    16 NEW Trammps - Where The Happy People Go - Atlantic
    17 RE Small Faces - Itchycoo Park - NEMS
    18 NEW John Kongos - I No. 7 (Only Wants To Get To Heaven) - A&M
    19 NEW Parliament - Give Up The Funk - Casablanca [Imp]
    20 NEW Pink Floyd - Money - Harvest

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #3 (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    #5 (chart debut 4/3/76)
    #6 (mentioned in column 10/11/75, chart debut 10/25/75)
    #8 (chart debut 8/21/76)
    #9 (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    #10 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #14 (chart debut 9/20/75)
    #15 (mentioned in column 10/25/75, chart debut 1/17/76)
    #16 (mentioned in column 11/8/75; chart debut 2/14/76)
    #19 (chart debut 9/18/76)



    New Spins

    BIDDU ORCHESTRA: ‘Rain Forest’ (Epic EPC 4084) (mentioned in column 4/17/76, chart debut 4/24/76)
    Lushly arranged with sweeping strings and prodding brass, this beautiful almost Santana-ish rhythm throbber is an ever-evolving delight. I’ve been having great fun making it even longer by mixing two copies together. The flip will please many too, as it's the much-demanded ‘Exodus’, an archetypal ‘disco’ sound.

    MICHAEL ZAGER & THE MOON BAND: ‘Do It With Feeling’ (London HLM 10521) (mentioned in column 11/22/75; chart debut 11/29/75)
    Ex-Ten Wheel Drive, Zager gets a great funky chant thing going with a big bouncy beat.

    GEORGE & GWEN MCCRAE: ‘Let’s Dance, Dance, Dance’ (President PR 451)
    Standout cut from their album, this exuberant fast happy dancer is a stone gas that ends up by quoting from other disco hits.

    ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION: ‘More, More, More’ (Buddah BD 442) (mentioned in column 1/3/76; chart debut 1/17/76)
    At last starting to chart in the States, this monotonously nagging US disco smash by a deadpan-voiced New York actress has a rhythm that’s just one notch of variable turntable speed above Donna Summer. A Tom Moulton mix, of course!

    TED HEATH: ‘Opus 1’ (Decca 13629)
    Coupled with the catchy clapping ‘Hot Toddy’ from ‘53, this brash and brassy 1957 treatment of the tune currently out by the Mills Brothers is an adrenaline rush of excitement. Oh yeah!

    SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA: ‘Pennsylvania 6-5000’ (Philips 6006510)
    Nice clean recreation the Glenn Miller hit, and ditto for the ‘String Of Pearls’ flip.

    SAILOR: ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ (Epic EPC 3858)
    Jolly street busker sound.

    COMMODORES, JACKSON 5, EDDIE KENDRICKS, ETC: ‘Motown DiscoTech 2’ (LP Tamla Motown STML 12019)
    Third [?!?] in their DiscoTech line, this album segues (very well) a mixture of Motown material from ‘73/74/75 by those named plus Undisputed Truth, Temptations, Yvonne Fair, Miracles, Marvin and Diana and others, including the LP-length versions of ‘Keep On Truckin’’ and ‘Forever Came Today’. Excellent for DJs who want a slow pint!

    HARPTONES, 5 SATINS, PARAGONS, DUBS, ETC: ‘Doowop Doowop’ (LP DJM DJSLM 2026)
    Never before on one UK LP have so many true classics of this ‘50s vocal group style been available. One outstanding rarity is the Rainbows’ ‘Mary Lee’ - the 1955 group included Marvin Gaye, Billy Stewart and Don Covay, and man do they wail! Not normal disco fodder maybe, but try a track instead of the Stylistics in your smooch spot.

    BLOODSTONE: ‘Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)’ (Decca F 13628)
    The soul group go MoR on a usefully straight version of Cole Porter’s wittily naughty "Lithuanians and Letts do it" ditty. Ella Fitzgerald does it more slyly though!

    DIANA ROSS: ‘Love Hangover’ (from LP ‘Diana Ross’, Tamla Motown STML 12022) (chart debut 2/28/76)
    After a slower first few minutes actually sung by Di, the 7:48 track suddenly perks up into a bubblingly beaty instrumental disco romp that’s all the rage in New York and Canvey Island.

    JOHN PAUL YOUNG: ‘Yesterday’s Here’ (Private Stock PVT 49)
    Out here months ago before its US success, this beefy Australian Pop stomper will be good if it’s a hit this time, and may have Northern appeal.

    JONA LEWIE: ‘Piggy Back Sue’ (Sonet SON 2048)
    Louisiana-loving Lewie throws the lot plus all he’s got into this great piano rockin’ boogie. Fantastic full sound, bopping rhythm.

    JR. WALKER: ‘Don’t Lose What You Got’ (from LP ‘Hot Shot’, Tamla Motown STML 12018)
    Holland Bros instrumental with a terrific modern bouncy rhythm pushed along by some great synthetic noises and Walker’s wailing sax.

    BRECKER BROTHERS BAND: ‘Keep It Steady (Brecker Bump)’ / ‘Grease Piece’ / ‘If You Wanna Boogie . . . Forget It’ (from LP ‘Back To Back’, Arista ARTY 128)
    A hustler, a bouncy-funker, and a tricksy slower vocal funker from the brassy band’s US hit album, which I find a bit boring.

    JOE SIMON: ’I Need You, You Need Me’ (Polydor 2066649) (mentioned in column 12/20/75)
    Stomping semi-hustler.

    TYRONE DAVIS: ‘Turning Point’ (Brunswick BR 31)
    Great Beat for black clubs.

    THE TYMES: ‘Only Your Love’ (RCA 2658) (chart debut 2/21/76)
    Slickly skipping hustler.



    Import Picks

    PETER FRAMPTON: ‘Show Me The Way’ (A&M AM 1795)
    Taken from his States-shaking ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ LP, this is one of the numbers on which he bends the guitar notes by using a Talkbox connected to his mouth. An incredibly effective sound results, which dominates the otherwise normally sung happy toe-tapper.

    GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION: ‘The Jam’ (Warner Bros. WBS 8175)
    Burbling organ-driven rhythm and plenty of complicated convoluted funk, with only scant vocals in funny accents.



    No “DJ Hot Line” this week.



    Next week: Tina holds on to the top spot for a fifth week, and, figuring John did well enough with ‘Imagine’, British DJs spin one of Paul’s best-known slow songs!
    Last edited by shootyourshot; September 2nd, 2011 at 06:44 PM.

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – March 27, 1976

    3/27 3/20 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    2 5 Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You - GTO
    3 3 Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle - Polydor
    4 2 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    5 10 Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me - 20th Century
    6 13 Gallagher & Lyle - I Wanna Stay With You - A&M
    7 7 M. & O. Band - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Creole
    8 RE Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Pye
    9 8 Glitter Band - People Like You - Bell
    10 9 20th Century Steel Band - We've Got To Work To Stay Together - UA
    11 4 Stylistics - Funky Weekend - Avco
    12 14 Brass Construction - Movin' / Changin' - UA
    13 NEW Pioneers - Feel The Rhythm - Philips
    14 6 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    15 NEW Beatles - Yesterday - EMI
    16 NEW Rod Stewart - It's All Over Now - Vertigo
    17 NEW Salsoul Orchestra - Tangerine - Epic
    18 11 Status Quo - Rain - Vertigo
    19 16 Trammps - Where The Happy People Go - Atlantic
    20 NEW Sailor - Girls, Girls, Girls - Epic

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #2 (chart debut 4/3/76)
    #3 (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    #5 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #8 (chart debut 9/20/75)
    #10 (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    #12 (chart debut 9/20/75)
    #14 (mentioned in column 10/11/75, chart debut 10/25/75)
    #17 (mentioned in column 10/18/75; chart debut 11/8/75)
    #19 (mentioned in column 11/8/75; chart debut 2/14/76)



    New Spins

    SPARKS: ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ (Island WP 6282)
    Treated as a quaveringly sung full-blown emotional ballad, the Beatles’ old bubble-gummer is now worthy of Shirley Bassey and screamingly funny. Alternatively, it’s like Smokey Robinson with a head cold! Good short-term MoR.

    PETER FRAMPTON: ‘Show Me The Way’ (A&M AMS 7218)
    Out here already, here’s the Face of ‘76 bending his guitar via a Talkbox connected with his mouth, thus producing an immediately grabbing sound that makes this happy toe-tapper a pure delight.

    BAD COMPANY: ‘Run With The Pack’ (Island WIP 6263)
    Title track of their album, it’s a medium paced thunker that drags through some slow bits which prevent it from being a total disco delight.

    CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ (Fantasy FTC 128)
    Dramatically edited from their marathon old album track to now match the Marvin Gaye length, which misses the point — the shambling album version was a nice extended groove (useful for DJs who wanted to take a walk!), but no way was it as punchy or concise as Marv.

    BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Movin’’ (UA UP 36090) (chart debut 9/20/75)
    The whole point about Brass Construction is that they just go on and on which means that you’ve GOT to get their album for the full-length version of this disco smash.

    CARPENTERS: ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)’ (A&M AMS 7219)
    Herman’s Hermits oldie gets a typical light jogalong treatment that’s naturally just right for the old folks.

    LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS: ‘Day After Day’ (Antic K 11525)
    Immediately appealing Easy Listening quickstepper, with lovely melody and harmonies — it should have been the A-side.

    SWEET BLINDNESS: ‘Cowboys To Girls’ (Quality QUPS 1)
    The Canadian label bows in with a great new fast hustling treatment of the Intruders’ lovely oldie, which retains much of the original’s flavour thanx to the soulful group’s singing.

    ROGER COLLINS: ‘You Sexy Sugar Plum (But I Like It)’ / ‘I’ll Be Here (When The Morning Comes)’ (Fantasy FTC 132)
    Two goodies from the ‘She’s Looking Good’ guy, the top side having synthetics and panting while the slip features clucking chicken guitar, both with strong bouncy soul beats and Al Green-ish singing.

    JOHNNIE TAYLOR: ‘Disco Lady’ (CBS 4044) (chart debut 3/20/76)
    A US chart sensation, the ‘Who’s Making’ Love’ man’s biggest for years is surprisingly far removed from the current ‘disco’ sound . . . which probably proves something. A subdued rhythm jiggler, really quite subtle.

    KEITH NICHOLS: ‘Mardi Gras’ (EMI 2435)
    Brassy goodtimey rumpty-trumpty Charleston-ish fun, from the new musical show. Good for MoR parties.

    SPARROW: ‘House Of Swing’ (Bronze BRO 24)
    With the blue lights shining on the swinging hips, here’s a slick harmony pastiche of all the Forties sounds you’ve come to know and love. Almost fantastic, but ultimately shallow.

    SOUND 9418: ‘Stranger On The Shore’ / ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’ (UK 127)
    Pure Easy Listening, with steel guitar instead of clarinet, this once again goes into a reggae section — which while making it different, also messes up whatever groove the dancers are in. The even slower and lusher flipside reading is kept perfectly straight, for middle-aged smoochers!

    PLUTO: ‘Ram Goat Liver’ (Opal PAL 8 / Trojan TR 7978)
    Two labels, same record. Older than ‘Dat’, dis is about a bus driver who eats the liver of a goat he’s run over, only to find its an aphrodisiac!

    BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Mr. Brown’ (Trojan TR 7979)
    Freaky deep toned organ and powerful wailing from the Wailers make this slow funker fairly remarkable.

    CARRIE HAUGHTON: ‘Rock Me’ (Cactus CT 87)
    Carrie’ll probably plead a speech defect, but the first few times she sings the title line it sounds more like another four-lettered word! Thus this gentle reggae slowie is sure to find fans.

    WAR: ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’ (Island WIP 6289) (mentioned in column 4/26/75)
    Slow-ish reggae rhythm changer, a bit boring.

    STEPHANIE MILLS: ‘This Empty Place’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1020) (chart debut 11/29/75)
    Bacharach & David review their early Dionne Warwick hit for the 16 year old ‘Wiz’ kid, who makes it a bluesy thumping cymbal schlurper.



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    BROTHERHOOD OF MAN: ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’ (Pye)
    PIONEERS: ‘Feel The Rhythm’ (Philips)
    CRYSTAL GRASS: ‘Let Me See You Gitcher Thing Off Baby’ (Philips) (mentioned in column 12/6/75; chart debut 1/3/76)



    Next week: New releases from The Miracles, Maxine Nightingale, Bobby Womack and . . . Mel Blanc!?

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    UK Disco Top 20 – April 3, 1976

    4/3 3/27 Artist - Title - Label
    1 1 Tina Charles - I Love To Love - CBS
    2 2 Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You - GTO
    3 5 Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me - 20th Century
    4 3 Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle - Polydor
    5 4 Four Seasons - December 1963 - Warner Bros.
    6 NEW 10cc - I'm Mandy, Fly Me - Mercury
    7 11 Stylistics - Funky Weekend - Avco
    8 15 Beatles - Yesterday - EMI
    9 6 Gallagher & Lyle - I Wanna Stay With You - A&M
    10 20 Sailor - Girls, Girls, Girls - Epic
    11 12 Brass Construction - Movin' / Changin' - UA
    12 8 Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Pye
    13 10 20th Century Steel Band - We've Got To Work To Stay Together - UA
    14 RE Sassafras - Wheelin' 'N Dealin' - Chrysalis
    15 9 Glitter Band - People Like You / Makes You Blind - Bell
    16 NEW Brotherhood Of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me - Pye
    17 NEW Cate Brothers - Union Man - Asylum
    18 19 Trammps - Where The Happy People Go - Atlantic
    19 14 O’Jays - I Love Music - Philadelphia Int'l
    20 7 M. & O. Band - Let's Do The Latin Hustle - Creole

    Appeared in Billboard:
    #1 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #2 (chart debut 4/3/76)
    #3 (chart debut 3/13/76)
    #4 (mentioned in column 12/20/75; chart debut 12/27/75)
    #11 (chart debut 9/20/75)
    #12 (chart debut 9/20/75)
    #13 (mentioned in column 8/28/76)
    #17 (chart debut 1/3/76)
    #18 (mentioned in column 11/8/75; chart debut 2/14/76)
    #19 (mentioned in column 10/11/75, chart debut 10/25/75)



    New Spins

    KEITH EMERSON: ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’ (Manticore K 13513)
    ELP’s Keith turns to his “other” piano as he knocks out a great swinging version of Meade Lux Lewis’s 1930s boogie-woogie raver. Authentic in every way, Benny Goodman-type backing and all!

    ATLANTA DISCO BAND: ‘Bad Luck’ (Ariola America AA 102) (chart debut 10/4/75)
    A disco smash since last year on import, this ultra-rhythmic bumpy bass and jiggly guitar instrumental is an established classic already. Drummer Earl Young was never busier!

    MEL BLANC: ‘I Taut I Taw A Puddy-Tat’ (Capitol CL 15866)
    Probably best if used only in part, as a surprise insert, this vintage silliness is indeed Tweetie-Pie and friend of cartoon fame. Lotsa laffs, while the flip’s ‘That’s All Folks’.

    CHUBBY CHECKER: ‘Dancin’ Party’ (London HLU 10524)
    If only Decca had heeded the advice that this just had to be the follow-up to ‘Let’s Twist Again’, they’d have given Chubby another hit. Now, great though this hand clapper is, it’s probably missed the boat. ‘Limbo Rook’ as alternative A-side has its uses too.

    MUTTER SLATER: ‘Dancing On Air’ (Rocket ROKN 510)
    Although brand new, Mr. Slater’s coolly crooned frothy little ditty sounds like an authentic early Thirties fox trot with vocal refrain. Lovely MoR.

    ELLA FITZGERALD: ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ (Verve 2009017)
    One of several evocative slowies that make a greet end to the evening, Ella’s dreamy reading of the “how strange the change from major to minor” tune is of course an ace smoocher at anytime.

    PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA: ‘Top Hat, White Tie And Tails’ (Transatlantic BIG 589)
    Jaunty Thirties recreation of the famous Fred Astaire-sung number.

    ARMADA ORCHESTRA: ‘Band Of Gold’ (Contempo CS 2063) (chart debut 11/29/75)
    Starting as a UK LP track, exported to and remixed in New York, and now back on 45 in all its thunking bouncing backing-track glory! A hit!

    CHARLIE RASP: ‘Randy Rooster’ (EMI 2429)
    Extremely effective disco instrumental, full of funky bounce.

    MIKE MORAN BAND: ‘Chatanooga Shoe Shine Boy’ (Power Exchange PX 203)
    Powerfully pounding semi-heavy treatment, miles better than the much-touted ‘Autumn Leaves’ plug side.

    THE TEMPREES: ‘I Found Love On A Disco Floor’ (Epic EPC 4097) (mentioned in column 2/28/76)
    In the rapidly churning Trammps style, the Temprees find friends among the happy people. Effectively abrupt clavinet break should help.

    BOBBY WOMACK: ‘Daylight’ (UA UP 36068)
    Tense lead-in to a gorgeous mellow medium thudding swayer of great beauty.

    ATLANTIC CROSSING DRUM AND PIPE BAND: ‘Skye Boat Song’ (Riva 2)
    The original pipe version on the flip is no way a dancer but could be good if you’re into creating evocative sound pictures.

    CHAMPS BOYS: ‘Tubular Bells’ (Philips 6006519) (mentioned in column 4/3/76; chart debut 4/24/76)
    Chris Hill’s little secret, this French plodder puts the main theme from Mike Oldfield’s modern classic to the Donna Summer bass line (which doesn’t need much juggling).

    THE MIRACLES: ‘Night Life’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1023)
    Staccato fast thwacker, probably too fast and too insubstantial. At least the hustling instrumental ‘Overture’ flip is a proven US disco hit, but again it’s a bit empty.

    HELEN DAY AND CATCH: ‘You Can Do It Better With Me’ (Philips 6006503)
    Catchy ditty with some baion added to the hustle for wider MoR appeal. ‘I Got The Catch’ on the flip is getting disco action too.

    HIDDEN STRENGTH: ‘Hustle On Up (Do The Bump)’ (UA UP 36085) (chart debut 1/31/76)
    The champion hustlers at NY’s Disco ’76 did their thing to Hidden Strength playing live until things got serious, at which stage they asked for the Softones on record! Useful if unspectacular disco fodder.

    JACKEY BEAVERS: ‘Trying To Get Back To You, Girl’ (Jay Boy BOY 102)
    Subtle cymbal schlurper with bubbling bass and soulful singing, unusual enough to click.

    MAXINE NIGHTINGALE: ‘Gotta Be The One’ (UA UP 36086)
    Bit of a grower, catchily taken at half speed, with a main melody hook that’s naggingly reminiscent of something else.

    DON SEBESKY: ‘Skyliner’ (CTI CTSP 003)
    Charlie Barnet’s famous wartime theme goes subduedly disco.



    No “DJ Hot Line” this week.



    Next week: Somebody must have been sleeping on the job, because there’s no Top 20!

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

    Much as I love the 10cc & Sailor tracks , I'd loved to have seen what sort of dancing people did to them in the discos!
    This is how I learned to hate Rock 'n Roll

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    Quote Originally Written by SandraDee View Post
    Much as I love the 10cc & Sailor tracks , I'd loved to have seen what sort of dancing people did to them in the discos!
    As a matter of fact, Hammy raises the issue of non-danceable records charting on the Disco Chart a few weeks down the road. I think I'll type the article out when that week rolls around.

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    Re: 1975 UK Disco Top 20: James Hamilton's Record Mirror Disco Column

     

     

     

    UK Disco Top 20 – April 10, 1976

    Record Mirror repeats last week’s Top 20 due to “circumstances beyond our control”.



    New Spins

    KOOL AND THE GANG: 'Love And Understanding' (Polydor 2001645)
    This perturbing funky hustler has a long instrumental build-up to some KC-type chanting which oozes in through the rhythmic crescendo, only to end in a strange mid-air anti-climax.

    JEFF PERRY: ‘Love Don’t Come No Stronger’ (Arista 51)
    Slow intro to a happily romping Pop-Soul hand-clapper of wide appeal.

    SUZANNE STEVENS: ‘Make Me Your Baby’ (Capitol CL 15861).
    Maddeningly nagging melody sung by a cool Anne Murray/Helen Reddy voice over lightly hustling backing.

    GLENN MILLER: ‘String Of Pearls’ / ‘Pennsylvania 6-5000’ / ‘Perfidia’ (RCA 2670)
    Again mushily reprocessed, this new maxi contains less evocative numbers than the last one but will be useful for some.

    EASY STREET: ‘I’ve Been Lovin’ You’ (Polydor 2058711)
    Slow-starting subtle smoocher sung with bags of blue-eyed soul, maybe a bit laid back for many.

    PIONEERS: ‘Feel The Rhythm’ (Mercury 6198061)
    Now switched to the Mercury label, this swaying George McCrae-type hustler is popular enough to hit.

    RIMSHOTS: ‘Do What You Feel’ (All Platinum 8146314) (mentioned in column 11/1/75)
    Heavily compressed drumkit sound pushes along a chanting hustler (with instrumental flip for Northern fans), much imported since last year.

    THE HONEYBEES: ‘Dream Express’ (Chelsea 2005064) (mentioned in column 11/20/76; chart debut 11/27/76)
    Phased fluttering hi-hats and shrill chix cut through well on a UK cover of the Euro Disco hit, and it’s already getting plenty of plays.

    JIMMY JAMES: ‘I’ll Go Where Your Music Takes Me’ (Pye 7N 45585) (chart debut 4/17/76)
    Smoothly throbbing slick disco sounds by Biddu, quite catchy.

    UJIMA: ‘Keep On Rolling (Disco Train)’ (Chelsea 2005061)
    Clanking bells help this ultra-contrived — but very WELL contrived — constantly churning fast hustler.

    THE QUICKEST WAY OUT: ‘Thank You Baby For Loving Me’ (Warner Bros. K 16714) (chart debut 12/20/75)
    Familiar ingredients mixed well on the first disco hustler from the new Philly Groove label.

    SUGARCANE BAND: ‘Ladbroke Groove’ (Alpine ALDRE 1)
    Fruity trombones and happy island rhythms make this jolly West Indian knees-up a real rarity, as it’s extremely useful party music but hard to find on singles. MoR jocks should check it out.

    SANGANAS FIVE: ‘Mama’ (EMI 2433)
    Happy African chanting over jumping rhythms (unfortunately discofied with hustling hi-hats). Not another ‘Burundi Black” but pretty good.

    EVELYN THOMAS: ‘Doomsday’ (20th Century BTC 1017)
    Brand new but 1965-sounding tearaway Northern fodder, with backing track flip.

    GLORIA JONES: ‘Get It On’ (EMI 2431)
    Marc Bolan takes his lady friend back to her roots, making his T. Rex hit sound like ‘Heartbeat - Part 2’. Nice for Northerners!

    EARL JACKSON: ‘Soul Self Satisfaction’ (ABC 4110)
    Mid-‘60s Northern stuff.

    SOUL CHILDREN: ‘Finders Keepers’ (Epic EPC 4098)
    Not the Nella Dodds number, but in fact the throaty Sam & Dave sound is that type of vintage despite being a current US hit.

    LEE GARRETT: ‘You’re My Everything’ (Chrysalis CHS 2087)
    Slow start to a grow-on-you attractively multi-layered gently thumping hustler.

    DAVID RUFFIN: ‘Heavy Love’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1022) (mentioned in column 8/2/75; chart debut 11/1/75)
    Another gently thumping semi slow hustler, a bit disjointed.

    QUANTUM JUMP: ‘The Lone Ranger’ (Electric WATT 2)
    Amusing lyrics send up the masked man amidst Tonto-type polyrhythms.

    CENTRAL PARK: ‘Love The Way You Love’ (GTO GT 49)
    Soothing Steely Dan-type sounds from Glasgow, a personal fave.

    BELLAMY BROTHERS: ‘Let Your Love Flow’ (Warner Bros. K 16690)
    Tightly harmonised Country chanting over solidly booming bass patterns, like a modern Everly Brothers.

    ALVIN STARDUST: ‘It’s Better To Be Cruel Than Be Kind’ (Magnet MAG 62)
    Surprisingly nice slowie, full ‘50s influence.

    GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR: ‘Silly Thing’ (Vertigo 6059135)
    Brassy pub-rockers with an easy-swaying handclapper.

    LATIMORE: ‘There’s A Red-Neck In The Soul Band’ (President PT 449)
    Great Blues vocal and guitar, thudding jiggly rhythm, nice storyline.

    ADRIAN BAKER: ‘Don’t Do It’ (Magnet MAG 61)
    Clever mickey-take of the Jackson Five.

    BONNIE ST. CLAIR & UNITY GLORIA: ‘Like-A-Locomotion’ (Sonet SON 2073)
    Euro-pop pounder, catchy enough for kids.

    THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON: ‘Over My Shoulder’ (Gull GULS 30)
    Bouncy ‘Baby Face’ treatment of a 1934 hit first sung by Jessie Matthews.

    CAROL DOUGLAS: ‘Lifetime Guarantee’ (RCA 2669)
    Carol switches from doctors to insurance agents for her verbal imagery, but nothing else changes.

    HANK CRAWFORD: ‘I Hear A Symphony’ (Kudu 931) (mentioned in column 2/7/76; chart debut 2/14/76)
    Hustling sax and chix chorus rework loses impact by taking too long to get going.

    JASPER CARROT: ‘Car Insurance’ (DJM DJS 649)
    You gotta chuckle!

    DON WOODY: ‘Barking Up The Wrong Tree’ (MCA 240)
    After ‘Jungle Rock’ here’s another well-loved Rockabilly bopper that’ll get all the Teds and crewcut kids going “woof woof” with it! For flip there’s PEANUTS WILSON’s ‘Cast Iron Arm’, another bopping fave.

    JUDD & MISS MUNRO: ‘You Got It (Boobily-Boop Song)’ (Aquarius AQ 3)
    Currently driving ‘em wild on radio, this catchy little singalong ditty should be good bouncy MoR. Judd Hamilton (no relation) is ex-US T-Bones and wife Caroline Munro is the Lamb’s Navy Rum girl — a new Sonny & Cher?



    LP Trax

    TINA CHARLES: ‘I Love To Love’ (CBS 81299) (chart debut 3/13/76)
    All cuts are varying shades of good to excellent, being divided into either ‘I Love To Love’ or ‘Disco Fever’ style (plus one slowie), with Tina’s distinctive voice dominating. The gaps between cuts are so short that a very quick voice-over or jingle stab should make them segue if you want. ‘You Set My Heart On Fire Pts. 1 & 2’ and the breakneck fast ‘Hold Me’ stand out.

    BIDDU ORCHESTRA: ‘Rain Forest’ (Epic EPC 81168) (mentioned in column 4/17/76; chart debut 4/24/76)
    As well as the title cut and the underrated ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, the album’s high point is a terrific segue between the exciting ‘Jump For Joy’ and a dazzlingly bright revamp of ‘Laura’ - the new ‘Exodus’ of the set, sure to take America by storm.

    CAMP GALORE: ‘Deco Disco’ (D & M Sound DML 2) (chart debut 3/20/76)
    Unoriginal but competently made bright and breezy ‘Baby Face’ rip-off revamps of various razzamatazz singalong oldies, not all of which work. Samey sound throughout so OK background music and possible good MoR for James Last lovers.



    Songs mentioned in “DJ Hot Line”:

    ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION: ‘More, More, More’ (Buddah) (mentioned in column 1/3/76; chart debut 1/17/76)
    JESSE GREEN: ‘Nice And Slow’ (EMI) (mentioned in column 4/24/76, chart debut 5/1/76)
    SOUND 9418: ‘Stranger On The Shore’ (UK)
    OLYMPIC RUNNERS: ‘Party Time’ (London LP cut - US import) (LP mentioned in column 3/27/76)
    BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND: ‘Stretchin’ Out’ (Warner Bros. - US import)
    GERRI GRANGER: ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ (20th Century - US import) (chart debut 11/15/75)
    EQUALS: ‘Georgetown Girls’ (President)



    Next week: As expected after this week’s absence, the Disco Chart sees a host of new entries!
    Last edited by shootyourshot; September 13th, 2011 at 10:17 PM.

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