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Don’s Top 10 For July 8, 1979

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It's a “Time Machine” trip to the last summer of the 70s! Let's check out the local survey.

 

10

“Chuck E's In Love” by Rickie Lee Jones

 

 
(#10 last week) Rickie Lee won the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1979. The song is a true story, sort of, about her friend Chuck E. Weiss, who had disappeared. He was found on the phone, & Rickie Lee was told, ……….

 

9

“Boogie Wonderland” by Earth Wind & Fire with The Emotions

 

 
(#11 last week) One of the most enduring hits of the disco era, this song has been featured in at least seven movies, two video games & one Broadway musical.

 

8

“I Want You To Want Me” by Cheap Trick

 

 
(#12 last week) The studio version of “I Want You To Want Me” first appeared on Cheap Trick's second album “In Color” in 1977 & was the first single released from that album, but it did not chart in the U.S. However, it was a #1 single in Japan. Its success there, as well as the success of “Surrender”, paved the way for Cheap Trick's famous concerts at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April 1978 that were recorded for the group's most popular album, “Cheap Trick at Budokan”.

 

7

“You Take My Breath Away” by Rex Smith

 

 
(#8 last week) I forgot how big this guy was as a teen idol on the basis of starring in the TV movie “Sooner Or Later”, from whence this tune came. In 1982, he replaced Andy Gibb as co-host of “Solid Gold”.

 

6

“Reunited” by Peaches & Herb

 

 
(#4 last week) Herb Fame (actual last name: Feemster) has several time over his life left show biz to change careers, first as a Washington police officer, then later in government security.

 

5

“She Believes In Me” by Kenny Rogers

 

 
(#6 last week) Kenny first tasted pop chart success with The First Edition from 1968-1970, then reinvented himself as a country-to-pop chart crossover specialist starting in 1977. The hits just kept coming from then until 1983.

 

4

“Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer

 

 
(#2 last week) “Hot Stuff” won Summer the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, making her not only the first African-American artist to achieve that feat, but also the first woman to ever win a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance. It is ranked #104 on the updated Rolling Stone magazine's list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song is at #67 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time. The blistering guitar on the song is by ex-Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.

 

3

“The Logical Song” by Supertramp

 

 
(#5 last week) Honestly, I never knew what this song was all about, but if you believe Wikipedia its a condemnation of an education system not focused on knowledge and sensitivity.

 

2

“Bad Girls” by Donna Summer

 

 
(#3 last week) When Donna first wrote this song, Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart wanted her to give it to Cher! Summer refused. Good move.

 

1

“Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward

 

 
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) Originally offered to Stacy Lattisaw, who's parents thought it too risque for such a young (13) girl. This smash has been featured in at least nine movies & three TV ads.

 

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