Don’s Top 10 for March 10, 1980
Back…back…back into time! “The Time Machine” lands on Monday, March 10, 1980, with the local musicradio survey. Hear me play the songs on the radio on New Jersey 101.5 starting just after midnight late tonight.
“And The Beat Goes On” by The Whispers
(#6 last week) Bigger hit locally than nationally. This disco hit has had several lives: it was sampled in Will Smith's 1998 hit “Miami”, & it's featured in the videogame “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”.
“Rock With You” by Michael Jackson
(#5 last week) Didn't realize the original LP mix is not available anymore. The song was remixed for the single, & that's the version found on all pressings of the album on CD, & all hits collections, & digitally.
“Too Hot” by Kool & The Gang
(#10 last week) 2012: Guess who Kool & The Gang has been opening for in concert? Van Halen! I love it! Music shouldn't be segregated, whether on the radio, or live in concert.
“Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2″ by Pink Floyd
(#13 last week) About as unlikely a hit single as you'll find on top 40 radio. Pink Floyd, of course, was the anthithisis of a singles band. The “Wall” in Roger Waters's lyrics is a metaphor for the group's slow separation from its audience as they grew in popularity.
“Yes, I’m Ready” by Teri DeSario & KC
(#9 last week) Remake of a summer of '65 smash by Barbara Mason. Never saw DeSario until watching this video. Nice to put a face to the voice. Harry Wayne Casey (KC) was a high school classmate of Teri's who she reconnected with years later.
“Longer” by Dan Fogelberg
(#11 last week) I'll let the late Mr. Fogelberg himself describe how he was inspired to write this beautiful ballad: “The song I jokingly refer to as, the song that put me on the elevators, I wrote it on a vacation on Maui in 1979 while lounging in a hammock one night and looking up at the stars. It just seems this song was drifting around the universe, saw me, and decided I'd give it a good home.” Perfect.
“Do That To Me One More Time” by The Captain & Tennille
(#1 last week) After two weeks as your favorite 45, Mr. & Mrs. Dragon are dethroned. This was their first (& last) hit for a new label, Casablanca, after leaving A&M, who they felt was ignoring “adult contemporary” acts such as theirs & the Carpenters in favor of “new wave” acts.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
(#4 last week) Sometimes, the record company doesn't know a hit. Elektra did not want to release this as a single, even though everyone in Queen was sure it would be a big hit. American radio forced the record company's hand by playing this as an import.
“On The Radio” by Donna Summer
(#2 last week) As the new decade began, it looked like Donna Summer's 4-year hit streak was unstoppable. But after this smash, she only returned to the top 10 nationally 4 more times over the next 9 years.
“Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl” by The Spinners
(#3 last week; 1st week at #1) Nationally, The Spinners, had one #1 hit, 1974's “Then Came You”, but it did not hit #1 around here. Locally, The Spinners had one #1 hit, this one, but it did not hit #1 nationally! An interesting medley of two songs, one a remake of the 1966 classic by the 4 Seasons. The new song was written by well-known disco maven Michael Zager (“Let's all Chant”).