Don’s Top 10 For May 20, 1977
“The Time Machine” this time lands on Friday, May 20, 1977, with the local hit music survey. I'll play them as usual starting just after midnight on New Jersey 101.5.
“Right Time Of The Night” by Jennifer Warnes
(#7 last week) Jennifer had three big hits in her career, all five years apart, but is much better known for the second &b third, both #1 duets, with Joe Cocker & Bill Medley. Written by Peter McCann, who would have his own hit as an artist in just a few weeks (“Do You Wanna Make Love”).
“Couldn’t Get It Right” by The Climax Blues Band
(#16 last week) This band from Stafford, England, originally called themselves the Climax Chicago Blues Band, but were pressured into dropping “Chicago” by the band Chicago. Lead vocalist/saxophonist Colin Cooper was already quite ancient by top 40 standards when this hit big, at almost 38 years old. He died at 69 in 2008.
“So In To You” by Atlanta Rhythm Section
(#6 last week) Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed from two other bands, the Candymen (Roy Orbison's backup group in the 60s) & the Classics IV (“Spooky”). In 1978, they made it all the way to the White House, becoming one of the first rock groups to perform there.
“Got To Give It Up, Part 1″ by Marvin Gaye
(#14 last week) One of the greatest of all time with one of his biggest hits, proving he could keep up with contemporary music 15 years after his chart debut. Unfortunately, personal demons & problems took over his life for years.
“Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell
(#4 last week) Another chart veteran still pumping out the hits. Glen goes as far back as the Champs, the group that did “Tequila” (he joined them after). As a member of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” (or, “The Clique”), Glen played on countless hits other than his own.
“I’m Your Boogie Man” by KC & The Sunshine Band
(#9 last week) Robert W. Walker, DJ at Miami's Y100, this was written about you, buddy! But you knew that. Walker was one of the first to play KC & the boys.
“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
(#5 last week) Second single from “Songs In The Key Of Life” (incredibly, “Isn't She Lovely” was never a single), after “I Wish”. Never knew this: lead guitar on “Sir Duke” was Michael Sembello, who would have his own #1 song in 1983 with “Maniac”.
“Whodunit” by Tavares
(#3 last week) Much bigger hit locally than nationally, where this didn't even make the top 10 (#22 peak). If #4 was about a series of real musicians, #3 was about a series of fictional detectives. Very reminiscent lyrically of the 1957 hit “Searchin” by the Coasters.
“Hotel California” by The Eagles
(#2 last week) The Eagles describe this as their “interpretation of the high life” in Los Angeles. The single won the Grammy for Record Of The Year & was a certified million-seller. Interestingly, not all the critics loved it immediately. Rolling Stone's knocked it in a cover article on the band in 1977. Much later, the magazine named this the 49th greatest song of all time.
“When I Need You” by Leo Sayer
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) Written by the team of Albert Hammond & Carole Bayer Sager, some have said this was “borrowed” from a Leonard Cohen song, “Famous Blue Raincoat”. Sayer & the songwriters were sued & settled out of court.