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Don’s Top 10 For August 12, 1978

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Time Machine is the word…the word…word(s)……back to Saturday, August 12, 1978, with the local musicradio survey.


10

"Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb

 
 

(#3 last week) This is the first & only #1 song written by all four Gibb brothers. Took 'em only 10 minutes to come up with the chorus.

 
9

"Use Ta Be My Girl" by The O'Jays

 
 

(#10 last week) After original member William Powell died of cancer in 1977 at the absurdly young age of 35, Sammy Strain of Little Anthony & The imperials was hired to replace him. This smash has a lot of that late 50s-early 60s-retro sound to it, so it's fitting.

 
8

"Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty

 
 

(#8 last week) If you've wondered why sometimes this song seems slower, that's because the master tape was sped up slightly to raise the tempo to make it more radio-friendly for the single. This also resulted in raising the key by a half-tone. Some stations today (like us) play the single, while others (most) play the slower album version, mainly due to lack of detective work in finding the faster single version.

 
7

"Love Will Find A Way" by Pablo Cruise

 
 

(#11 last week) The critics didn't like this California pop-rock group. Robert Christgau in the Village Voice said, ""hear David Jenkins sing 'once you get past the pain' fifty times in a day and the pain will be permanent". Ouch. Well, the public felt differently.

 
6

"Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste Of Honey

 
 

(#4 last week) Congrats to co-writer of this smash & one half of A Taste Of Honey, Janice Marie Johnson, who is of Stockbridge-Munsee-Mohican heritage according to her website's biography. She was inducted in the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

 
5

"Copacabana (At The Copa)" by Barry Manilow

 
 

(#5 last week) At first, this was thought of as a novelty (the singles sales outstripped the radio airplay in '78), but it's turned into Manilow's most enduring hit! First featured in the movie "Foul Play" with Chevy Chase & Goldie Hawn.

 
4

"Three Times A Lady" by The Commodores

 
 

(#7 last week) Sometimes, a songwriter only needs the simplest inspiration. Lionel Richie said he was inspired to write this song because of a comment his father made about his mother. His father said to his mother "I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever".

 
3

"Miss You" by The Rolling Stones

 
 

(#2 last week) Cover your eyes, disco haters. Mick Jagger & Ron Wood insist that "Miss You" wasn't conceived as a disco song, while Keith Richards said, "...'Miss You' was a damn good disco record; it was calculated to be one." Even though Richards is credited as co-writer, it apparently was co-written by Jagger with Billy Preston.

 
2

"Grease" by Frankie Valli

 
 

(#6 last week) Written by Barry Gibb. Did not know Peter Frampton was playing on this. They were both filming "Sgt. Pepper" at the time.

 
1

"Last Dance" by Donna Summer

 
 

(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) "Last Dance" was one of the first disco songs to also feature slow tempo parts: it starts off as a ballad; the full-length version on the film soundtrack also has a slow part in the middle. This part was edited out for the 7". The versions found on most greatest hits packages is either the original 7" edit (3:21) or the slightly longer and remixed version from the 1979 compilation "On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2" (4:56). "Last Dance" started a trend for Summer as some of her following hits also had a ballad-like intro before speeding up the tempo. Her other hits of this tempo format include "On the Radio"; "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)"; & "Dim All the Lights".

 

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