Don’s Top 10 For August 5, 1977
The Time Machine flies into the very hot & steamy summer of '77, a summer filled with blackouts, looting & fear of “Son Of Sam”. No wonder we wanted to escape with catchy hit music such as the following.
“Float On” by The Floaters
(#11 last week) A song instantly made fun of & parodied, by Cheech & Chong (“Bloat On”). Hard to remember a day when singles would ask each other what's your sign?”
“My Heart Belongs To Me” by Barbra Streisand
(#7 last week) There were maybe two moments in Babs's carer when she could be called a “sex symbol”. First was her starring role as a hooker in “The Owl & The Pussycat”, & the second was the “Streisand Superman” LP cover, where she rocked a pair of short shorts. This was the second straight hit from that album.
“Do You Wanna Make Love” by Peter McCann
(#8 last week) The answer to the trivia question, “what song was playing on WABC when the New York City blackout happened on the night of July 13, 1977?” A one-hit wonder, but McCann was in the top 10 as a writer just a few months earlier with Jennifer Warnes's “Right Time Of The Night”.
“Looks Like We Made It” by Barry Manilow
(#6 last week) Everyone sees the title & instantly assumes this is an uplifting, positive song, but it's really about surviving after a breakup.
“(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher” by Rita Coolidge
(#9 last week) Remake of the 1967 smash from Jackie Wilson. Of course, Rita was married to Kris Kristofferson, but I didn't know her sister Priscilla was also married to another famous musician, Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & The MG's). It's his arrangement here.
“Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day
(#4 last week) Alan's an accomplished songwriter. Besides this smash, he wrote the classic “Rock & Roll Heaven” for the Righteous Brothers, & “Angie Baby”, the Helen Reddy hit.
“Da Doo Ron Ron” by Shaun Cassidy
(#3 last week) First a hit for the Crystals in '63. Shaun became the main competition to Andy Gibb for #1 teen idol of '77. Both were younger brothers to older hitmakers (David Cassidy, Bee Gees).
“Best Of My love” by The Emotions
(#5 last week) Same title as the Eagles '75 smash, but a different song. Co-written by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Supposedly sampled without permission by Mariah Carey on her 90s hit “Emotions” (ironically titled).
“I’m In You” by Peter Frampton
(#2 last week) For such a bland corporate rock ballad, Frampton had pretty good company on this track: Stevie Wonder on string synthesizer & Mick Jagger on background vocals.
“I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Although this is credited as written by brother Barry, it's known that he wrote it with Andy as a tribute to Andy's new marriage.