Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by W.B., Mar 30, 2020.
The Stranglers weren't exactly shy when it came to courting controversy.....
Thematically, it seemed an updated variant on The Coasters' 1957 hit "Searchin'."
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.
#6 of 1977 (#404 in total) - "Free" by Deniece Williams
(#1 for 2 weeks - 07 May-14 May 1977)
The UK single:
The US single:
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.
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
And now for those that would be populated amongst all my 45's:
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.
Pale pink with little bits of a darker pink here and there.
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.
And now, the other 'newies':
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!).
Reached #15 in US Billboard, #14 in Cash Box, #22 in Record World, and #20 in Radio & Records.
Yes, Virginia, there was a U.S. release of this . . .
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.
#25 US Billboard / #61 Cash Box / #70 Record World.
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'.
You have to wonder if a certain Tom Petty was influenced vocally by the likes of Mr. Bolan.
That's right! Shows, in a way, how the U.S. was a step behind the UK in issuing some artists' product as singles.
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.
Got To Give It Up - Paaaarty-central. Great groove.
Naughty Naughty Naughty - Laugh? I thought I'd never start. Wooden spoon.
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?
And my 45's from that lot:
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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":
#7 in US Billboard, #5 in Cash Box, #8 in Record World, and #4 in Radio & Records.
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):
#5 in US Billboard and Record World, #3 in Cash Box, and #9 in Radio & Records.
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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