Don’s Top 10 for February 12, 1978
Back…back…back into time, as Don Tandler the Record Handler parks “The Time Machine” on Sunday, February 12, 1978. Hear the songs on New Jersey 101.5 starting just after midnight late Saturday night.
“(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” by Andy Gibb
(#13 last week) Here we go with a Gibb-dominated survey. This song was SUPPOSED to be Andy's debut single, but at the last minute, RSO Records went with “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”. That was a smash, & so was this. But Andy felt that if this had been released first as originally planned, it might not have become a hit. Surprise trivia: Guess who plays guitar on this? Eagle Joe Walsh, who just happened to be working in the next studio & volunteered.
“Emotion” by Samantha Sang
(#12 last week) One of the biggest one-hit wonders of all time, helped immensely by the Bee Gees, who are all over this two-million selling smash, which would have been a #1 hit any other time, but ironically, was kept out of the top spot by the Bee Gees! Funny, I'd gone all these years without ever seeing what Samantha Sang looked like. Mystery over.
“We Are The Champions” by Queen
(#6 last week) What a great double-sided single! On the “B” side, “We Will Rock You”. While top 40 radio played that somewhat (& seperately), album rock radio spliced the two songs together. By the way, Freddie Mercury's outfit in the video? Be glad the 70s are over.
“Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill
(#10 last week) When someone brings up the subject of “70s soft rock”, this song is likely to be part of the conversation. Hill wrote the introspective lyrics, while the music was done by the legendary Barry Mann (go look up the list of songs Mann wrote or co-wrote–it'll blow your mind). Dan's from Ontario & worked in government before making music full-time.
“Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” by Chic
(#7 last week) This is interesting. Chic is so closely identified with disco. But Nile Rodgers has said Chic regarded itself as a rock band for the disco movement, whatever that means. Maybe Rodgers simply has a rock sensibility. But he knew the quickest way to platinum sales in 1978! You say the “yowsah” over & over, you ain't “rock”. But still good…..
“How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees
(#4 last week) The Gibb brothers wrote this for Yvonne Elliman, but RSO Records honcho Robert Stigwood heard the demo & was adamant that the Bee Gees record it themselves. Good move. Nationally, this stayed in the top 10 for 17 straight week, a record up to that point.
“Short People” by Randy Newman
(#3 last week) Irony, people. Every heard the term? Given the furor this song caused, apparently not.
“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel
(#5 last week) The anti-irony song. Ah, yes, remember when Billy Joel had hair?
“Baby Come Back” by Player
(#2 last week) Hall & Oates-esque group formed in L.A. In the where-are-they-now department, bass player Ronn Moss has had the most successful afterlife in showbiz: since 1987, he's starred in the CBS soap “The Bold & The Beautiful” as “Ridge”.
“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) O-M-G, Barry Gibb's white pants were soooo tight. Did we really wear them like that then? Originally titled “Saturday Night, Saturday Night” but Barry Gibb resisted, saying so many songs already used that title. The most iconic song of the disco era!