Don’s Top 10 For August 12, 1978
Time Machine is the word…the word…word(s)……back to Saturday, August 12, 1978, with the local musicradio survey.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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”.
“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.
“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.
“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”.