Every UK #1 Single of the 1970's Discussion Thread (REVISITED)

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  1. Randoms

    Randoms Aerie Faerie Nonsense

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    The Stranglers weren't exactly shy when it came to courting controversy.....
     
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  2. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    Thematically, it seemed an updated variant on The Coasters' 1957 hit "Searchin'."
     
  3. Joe Tex references “Skinny Legs And All” during the fade of “Ain’t Gonna Bump”. He shouts out “Hey Leroy! You can have this one too.” This probably meant nada to 99.999999% of the single’s UK buyers, however.

    I had a chuckle at your Fleetwood Mac comment as I’ve tried hard but failed to feel any excitement for most of the output of the post-Peter Green version of the band. It’s good to know that I’m not alone. Thank you from the bottom of my hi fi rack.
     
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  4. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    #6 of 1977 (#404 in total) - "Free" by Deniece Williams
    (#1 for 2 weeks - 07 May-14 May 1977)

    The UK single:
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    The US single:
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    Wikipedia entry - also NME #434 (3 weeks - 07 May-21 May 1977) and Melody Maker #376 (1 week - 07 May 1977); its U.S. chart performance was more underwhelming in comparison: Billboard - #25; Cash Box - #21; and Record World - #22.
     
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  5. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    Week Ending 07 May 1977

    06 - 03 - 01 - Deniece Williams - FREE
    05 - 04 - 02 - Stevie Wonder - SIR DUKE
    08 - 02 - 03 - Billy Ocean - RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER
    03 - 13 - 04 - Rod Stewart - I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT / FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
    05 - 12 - 05 - Tavares - WHODUNIT
    07 - 06 - 06 - Dead End Kids - HAVE I THE RIGHT
    11 - 01 - 07 - ABBA - KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
    06 - 09 - 08 - Elkie Brooks - PEARL'S A SINGER
    08 - 05 - 09 - Berni Flint - I DON'T WANT TO PUT A HOLD ON YOU
    05 - 20 - 10 - Leo Sayer - HOW MUCH LOVE
    06 - 19 - 11 - Andrew Gold - LONELY BOY
    03 - 24 - 12 - Joe Tex - AIN'T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN)
    05 - 22 - 13 - Van McCoy - THE SHUFFLE
    08 - 07 - 14 - Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis, Jr. - YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW)
    04 - 21 - 15 - Eagles - HOTEL CALIFORNIA
    05 - 17 - 16 - Peter Gabriel - SOLSBURY HILL
    07 - 15 - 17 - Brendon - GIMME SOME
    11 - 11 - 18 - Brotherhood Of Man - OH BOY (THE MOOD I'M IN)
    05 - 25 - 19 - Barbra Streisand - LOVE THEME FROM "A STAR IS BORN" (EVERGREEN)
    08 - 16 - 20 - Smokie - LAY BACK IN THE ARMS OF SOMEONE
    04 - 27 - 21 - Deep Purple - SMOKE ON THE WATER
    02 - 48 - 22 - Kenny Rogers - LUCILLE
    02 - 38 - 23 - Piero Umiliani - MAH-NA, MAH-NA
    04 - 28 - 24 - 10CC - GOOD MORNING JUDGE
    07 - 08 - 25 - David Soul - GOING IN WITH MY EYES OPEN
    03 - 31 - 26 - Delegation - WHERE IS THE LOVE (WE USED TO KNOW)
    09 - 10 - 27 - Boney M - SUNNY
    06 - 14 - 28 - Rose Royce - I WANNA GET NEXT TO YOU
    07 - 23 - 29 - Lynsey De Paul And Mike Moran - ROCK BOTTOM
    02 - 41 - 30 - Billy Paul - LET 'EM IN
    10 - 18 - 31 - Showaddywaddy - WHEN
    1 - NEW - 32 - Marvin Gaye - GOT TO GIVE IT UP
    02 - 42 - 33 - Fleetwood Mac - DON'T STOP
    07 - 33 - 34 - O. C. Smith - TOGETHER
    02 - 47 - 35 - Blue - GONNA CAPTURE YOUR HEART
    05 - 29 - 36 - David Dundas - ANOTHER FUNNY HONEYMOON
    03 - 36 - 37 - Barry Biggs - YOU'RE MY LIFE
    1 - NEW - 38 - The Detroit Spinners - COULD IT BE I'M FALLING IN LOVE (EP)
    1 - NEW - 39 - Heatwave - TOO HOT TO HANDLE / SLIP YOUR DISC TO THIS
    04 - 30 - 40 - Television - MARQUEE MOON
    02 - 50 - 41 - K C And The Sunshine Band - I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN
    1 - NEW - 42 - Bay City Rollers - IT'S A GAME
    03 - 43 - 43 - The Manhattans - IT'S YOU
    03 - 46 - 44 - Eddie And The Hot Rods - I MIGHT BE LYING
    1 - NEW - 45 - Yvonne Elliman - HELLO STRANGER
    1 - NEW - 46 - Roni Hill - YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON / STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE
    1 - NEW - 47 - Joy Sarney - NAUGHTY NAUGHTY NAUGHTY
    07 - 32 - 48 - The Stylistics - $7000 AND YOU
    03 - 44 - 49 - Johnny "Guitar" Watson - A REAL MOTHER FOR YA
    1 - NEW - 50 - The Jam - IN THE CITY


    Week Ending 14 May 1977

    07 - 01 - 01 - Deniece Williams - FREE
    04 - 04 - 02 - Rod Stewart - I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT / FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
    06 - 02 - 03 - Stevie Wonder - SIR DUKE
    04 - 12 - 04 - Joe Tex - AIN'T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN)
    06 - 05 - 05 - Tavares - WHODUNIT
    06 - 13 - 06 - Van McCoy - THE SHUFFLE
    08 - 06 - 07 - Dead End Kids - HAVE I THE RIGHT
    05 - 15 - 08 - Eagles - HOTEL CALIFORNIA
    05 - 24 - 09 - 10CC - GOOD MORNING JUDGE
    07 - 08 - 10 - Elkie Brooks - PEARL'S A SINGER
    06 - 19 - 11 - Barbra Streisand - LOVE THEME FROM "A STAR IS BORN" (EVERGREEN)
    12 - 07 - 12 - ABBA - KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
    09 - 03 - 13 - Billy Ocean - RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER
    06 - 16 - 14 - Peter Gabriel - SOLSBURY HILL
    03 - 23 - 15 - Piero Umiliani - MAH-NA, MAH-NA
    03 - 22 - 16 - Kenny Rogers - LUCILLE
    06 - 10 - 17 - Leo Sayer - HOW MUCH LOVE
    07 - 11 - 18 - Andrew Gold - LONELY BOY
    07 - 28 - 19 - Rose Royce - I WANNA GET NEXT TO YOU
    09 - 09 - 20 - Berni Flint - I DON'T WANT TO PUT A HOLD ON YOU
    09 - 14 - 21 - Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis, Jr. - YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW)
    05 - 21 - 22 - Deep Purple - SMOKE ON THE WATER
    04 - 26 - 23 - Delegation - WHERE IS THE LOVE (WE USED TO KNOW)
    02 - 42 - 24 - Bay City Rollers - IT'S A GAME
    02 - 32 - 25 - Marvin Gaye - GOT TO GIVE IT UP
    03 - 30 - 26 - Billy Paul - LET 'EM IN
    03 - 35 - 27 - Blue - GONNA CAPTURE YOUR HEART
    08 - 25 - 28 - David Soul - GOING IN WITH MY EYES OPEN
    02 - 39 - 29 - Heatwave - TOO HOT TO HANDLE / SLIP YOUR DISC TO THIS
    10 - 27 - 30 - Boney M - SUNNY
    08 - 17 - 31 - Brendon - GIMME SOME
    02 - 38 - 32 - The Detroit Spinners - COULD IT BE I'M FALLING IN LOVE (EP)
    03 - 33 - 33 - Fleetwood Mac - DON'T STOP
    02 - 45 - 34 - Yvonne Elliman - HELLO STRANGER
    11 - 31 - 35 - Showaddywaddy - WHEN
    02 - 47 - 36 - Joy Sarney - NAUGHTY NAUGHTY NAUGHTY
    1 - NEW - 37 - The Trammps - DISCO INFERNO
    12 - 18 - 38 - Brotherhood Of Man - OH BOY (THE MOOD I'M IN)
    04 - 37 - 39 - Barry Biggs - YOU'RE MY LIFE
    09 - 20 - 40 - Smokie - LAY BACK IN THE ARMS OF SOMEONE
    1 - NEW - 41 - Boz Scaggs - LIDO SHUFFLE
    02 - 46 - 42 - Roni Hill - YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON / STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE
    03 - 41 - 43 - K C And The Sunshine Band - I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN
    08 - 34 - 44 - O. C. Smith - TOGETHER
    02 - 50 - 45 - The Jam - IN THE CITY
    1 - NEW - 46 - Tina Charles - RENDEZVOUS
    1 - NEW - 47 - Shalamar - UPTOWN FESTIVAL
    1 - NEW - 48 - Martyn Ford Orchestra - LET YOUR BODY GO DOWNTOWN
    1 - NEW - 49 - Bryan Ferry - TOKYO JOE
    1 - NEW - 50 - Roger Daltrey - WRITTEN ON THE WIND
     
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  6. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And now for those that would be populated amongst all my 45's:


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    One of his most famous other hits (besides "Lowdown") in the States, as from his Silk Degrees album; was #11 in US Billboard, #6 in Cash Box, #12 in Record World, and #4 in Radio & Records.
     
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  7. Pale pink with little bits of a darker pink here and there. :)
     
  8. This was the time when Earth, Wind and Fire were reaching the height of their powers. Not only were they producing some classic melodic and rhythmic tracks of their own, they were also backing Deniece Williams and (soon) The Emotions. All topped off with tight musicianship and sky high production values.

    Lovely stuff!
     
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  9. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And now, the other 'newies':

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    His last U.S. #1, topping Billboard (Hot 100 #428 - 1 week, 25 June 1977), Cash Box and Record World (both 1 week - 18 June 1977); the outlier was Radio & Records, where it could only muster #11 (imagine!).
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    Reached #15 in US Billboard, #14 in Cash Box, #22 in Record World, and #20 in Radio & Records.
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    Yes, Virginia, there was a U.S. release of this . . .
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  10. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    The first time out for this future dance-floor standard; at this juncture, could only eke out peaks of #53 in US Billboard, #70 in Cash Box, and #60 in Record World. Both sides of the pond will hear from this number again.
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    #25 US Billboard / #61 Cash Box / #70 Record World.
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  11. cut to the chase

    cut to the chase Forum Resident

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    The week of April 16, 1977, the same 2 artists were at number 1 & 2 in the UK and the US - but in each country with a different song!
    In the UK, ABBA were at number one with 'Knowing Me Knowing You' and David Soul was at number 2 with 'Going in with My Eyes Open'. The same week in the US, ABBA were at number one with 'Dancing Queen' and Soul at number 2 with 'Don't Give Up on Us'.
     
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  12. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    You have to wonder if a certain Tom Petty was influenced vocally by the likes of Mr. Bolan.
     
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  13. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    That's right! Shows, in a way, how the U.S. was a step behind the UK in issuing some artists' product as singles.
     
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  14. Alf.

    Alf. Forum Resident

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    Free – Insipid

    In The City - Short; sharp; taut; tense; terrific.



    It's A Game - BCR's final fab 45 before the inevitable pop abyss.

    Disco Inferno - Stomping scorcher. Best ever disco single, IMO.
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    Got To Give It Up - Paaaarty-central. Great groove.

    Naughty Naughty Naughty - Laugh? I thought I'd never start. Wooden spoon.
     
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  15. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And here, for your entertainment and edification, is the US Top 30 within a larger chart (actually from the week earlier), with ABBA's and Mr. Soul's "other" singles occupying the first two slots:

    Week Ending 09 April 1977 (not 16th)

    18 - 02 - 01 - ABBA - DANCING QUEEN*
    11 - 03 - 02 - David Soul - DON'T GIVE UP ON US*
    17 - 04 - 03 - Thelma Houston - DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY*
    12 - 01 - 04 - Daryl Hall And John Oates - RICH GIRL**
    09 - 06 - 05 - Glen Campbell - SOUTHERN NIGHTS*
    14 - 07 - 06 - 10CC - THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE*
    07 - 08 - 07 - Eagles - HOTEL CALIFORNIA*
    11 - 09 - 08 - Natalie Cole - I'VE GOT LOVE ON MY MIND**
    18 - 05 - 09 - Barbra Streisand - LOVE THEME FROM "A STAR IS BORN" (EVERGREEN)*
    11 - 12 - 10 - Atlanta Rhythm Section - SO IN TO YOU**
    16 - 11 - 11 - Kansas - CARRY ON WAYWARD SON*
    09 - 10 - 12 - Wings - MAYBE I'M AMAZED*
    17 - 13 - 13 - Steve Miller - FLY LIKE AN EAGLE**
    08 - 18 - 14 - William Bell - TRYIN' TO LOVE TWO**
    11 - 19 - 15 - Jennifer Warnes - RIGHT TIME OF THE NIGHT**
    14 - 15 - 16 - Tom Jones - SAY YOU'LL STAY UNTIL TOMORROW*
    07 - 21 - 17 - Leo Sayer - WHEN I NEED YOU*
    07 - 22 - 18 - Rose Royce - I WANNA GET NEXT TO YOU*
    23 - 14 - 19 - Kenny Nolan - I LIKE DREAMIN'**
    11 - 20 - 20 - Olivia Newton-John - SAM*
    05 - 26 - 21 - Boz Scaggs - LIDO SHUFFLE*
    09 - 23 - 22 - Rod Stewart - THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST*
    04 - 30 - 23 - Captain And Tennille - CAN'T STOP DANCIN'**
    14 - 28 - 24 - Wilton Place Street Band - DISCO LUCY (I LOVE LUCY THEME)**
    07 - 35 - 25 - K C And The Sunshine Band - I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN*
    18 - 27 - 26 - Deniece Williams - FREE*
    08 - 33 - 27 - Climax Blues Band - COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT*
    04 - 32 - 28 - Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis, Jr. - YOUR LOVE**
    10 - 24 - 29 - Electric Light Orchestra - DO YA‡
    09 - 31 - 30 - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan - AT MIDNIGHT (MY LOVE WILL LIFT YOU UP)**

    * Indicates a record that passed through or would later pass through the British charts.
    ** Indicates a record that also saw UK release but did not appear on the UK charts.
    ‡ Indicates a record that did not see UK single release.

    Of those that failed to chart in the UK (apart from "Rich Girl" and "Do Ya" which were already examined), which would y'all lean towards?
     
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  16. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And my 45's from that lot:
     
  17. Mulderre

    Mulderre 60s and 70s Music Lover

    Free promises much, but in the end gets very insipid. The voice of miss Williams is soothing, but in the end it gets you in the nerves. Let's say it's an incomplete song without any type of chorus.

    2'5/5. It qualifies just.
     
  18. Mulderre

    Mulderre 60s and 70s Music Lover

    New entries...

    The Jam - Another of 1977's greatest debuts. Here we find one band that will make much revered songs, and whose style will mark a change in British music. Mods making great rock and roll: very nice. And remember this name: Paul Weller.

    Joy Sarney - I have to admit: I can't stand this song. One of the worst "songs" in the history of music. Maybe it's Sarney's poor voice, or that puppet's grating "noise"... but I think if I listen another time, I may kill someone. Why people bought this, is a mystery.

    Roni Hill - Two Holland-Dozier-Holland songs by the price of one. What we find here, however, is a weak disco version of those two songs in a medley. Nothing too remarkable, perhaps a bit outdated by 1977 standards, and a small hit in the end.

    Yvonne Elliman - Mellow pop-soul by Yvonne, in a very pleasant follow-up to Love Me. One of those mellow songs which was a small hit. Nice to see her in the charts again.

    Bay City Rollers - A blatant middle finger to Tam Paton (a real character of a manager, given what happened next), this is the last shout at the Top 20 of a band who were already dying in the US (not in Japan, where they were adored). It's a change of style, being less teenybopper oriented. Sadly, their star was waning...

    Heatwave - How you carry on with the success of Boogie Nights? Easy, with another song a bit more heavier than its predecessor. It's very danceable and more palatable than some of those funky singles at the beginning of the year. That certain Rod Temperton was starting to become famous.

    Detroit Spinners - What we find here is a budget EP (at 70p!) which includes their (up to this moment) biggest hit and three songs which didn't make the cut in the UK charts: it's soul by number and almost got to the Top 30. The new face of the Spinners will come in a few years time.

    Marvin Gaye - Live from London (Los Angeles, in fact)... it's the disco Gaye. Divided into two parts, it's a superb song which is obviously hinted at the disco consumption. The sounds is fantastic, the groove is amazing and the voice of Gaye (I think) is more of a background than the most important thing. The first hit by Gaye in some 4 years and number one in the US, where people danced to that day and night. And somebody was taking notes some 30 odd years... a certain R. Thicke.


    Roger Daltrey - Daltrey's solo hits have been quite different from the output he had with The Who: a tale of misery, an orchestra with him and, as this example, a quite soft rock ballad. It borders on pop-rock territory and it's not one of those great efforts he was accustomed to do, hence the low position in the charts.

    Bryan Ferry - Sayonara... Ferry's hit was a homage to Japan (the country, not the band) and included everything: the instruments, the Asian rythm and some interjections in Japanese. One of those classy efforts by Ferry in a time where class was being engulfed by disco and punk.

    Martyn Ford Orchestra - Written by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran (those twist and turns of fate), this is yet another attempt to have British disco in the charts. The start may be some kind of different (perhaps cosmic disco?), but the rest is more of the same mistakes UK disco had: paling in comparison with the American counterpart. Nevertheless, it's a great danceable tune.

    Shalamar - It was something new. A medley of various songs became famous in one specific year in the 80s, but there was a predecessor. A band whose success was to be in the 80s decided to release a Motown medley with the great songs of the 60s in funky-disco version. It's OK, but nothing too brilliant.

    Tina Charles - If Tina's 1976 was a year of success, 1977 began a bit underwhelmingly. This seems a very lounge-y song which may suite more to Tina's voice, but in the end is very vapid. Pleasant? Maybe. A great hit? Nah, mate.

    Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees was becoming a terrific success, and this third single was yet another success. Top 20 for this pop-rock song which includes some synths to give much more of a punch. Great song on a great album.

    Trammps - Burn, baby, burn! One of the best disco songs to come out from the US, this is indeed an edit (long intro shortened) from the American hit single. It wasn't a great hit in America until the SNF film, but here it struck because it was one of those incredible disco hits. Great effort!
     
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  19. Mulderre

    Mulderre 60s and 70s Music Lover

    There wre a few non-hits on ToTP the weeks Deniece was on top. First, Frankie Valli with his new single... Easily is the name, and easily it failed.



    (that week also saw the appearance of Mac and Katie Kissoon with Your Love, but no video of such is on the Tube).
     
  20. Mulderre

    Mulderre 60s and 70s Music Lover

    A week later we have one (and a half) performances. First, Mud's newest single. They changed from Private Stock to RCA and their new single Slow Talkin' Boy was promoted here. Sadly, people have moved on.

     
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  21. Mulderre

    Mulderre 60s and 70s Music Lover

    The "other" (and half) of the non-charting hits was the b-side of a single which would chart! I won't spoil the a-side, but here's Lights Out by Dr. Feelgood. A sign of times to come.

     
  22. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    And here are some of those US charted records from that week two acts had #1 and #2 hits with different songs on each side of the pond, that failed to chart in the UK. First, "So In To You":

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    #7 in US Billboard, #5 in Cash Box, #8 in Record World, and #4 in Radio & Records.
     
  23. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    Then, "I've Got Love On My Mind" (after "This Will Be," Britons wouldn't see Ms. Cole on the UK charts for another dozen years):

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    #5 in US Billboard and Record World, #3 in Cash Box, and #9 in Radio & Records.
     
  24. Almost Simon

    Almost Simon Forum Resident

    Superb!!
     
  25. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector Thread Starter

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    On both sides o' the pond, I might add. Not a trace of it on US Billboard's Hot 100 either.
     

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