Don’s Top 10 for this week in 1977
Back…back…back into time, as “The Time Machine” stops on Saturday, January 8, 1977. This time, instead of featuring the big singles, here are the top 10 albums from that date. I'll play cuts from each album starting just after midnight on New Jersey 101.5. The songs are the closest top 40 hit to this date from that artist.
"A New World Record" by Electric Light Orchestra
Playing "Livin' Thing". ELO were underrated, in my opinion. They created an original sound, Beatle-esque harmonies with space-age electronica.
"Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
Playing "Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon". How many other hit songs name check future Hall & Oates manager/Mariah Carey hubby Tommy Mottola? Only this one! "Dr. Buzzard" was August Darnell, who formed Kid Creole & the Coconuts in the 80s.
"Greatest Hits" by Linda Ronstadt
Countless guys had a huge crush on lovely Linda in the 70s, including your reporter. Those doe-eyes. That voice. Those legs....
"Frampton Comes Alive!" by Peter Frampton
Playing "Do You Feel Like We Do". Inspired million kids to play air guitar. And his poster was on a million girls' walls. Those doe-eyes. That voice. That curly blond hair.....
"The Pretender" by Jackson Browne
Playing "Here Come Those Tears Again". Not only are the Eagles on the survey, but two artists closely associated with them, Linda Ronstadt & Jackson Browne, are all in the top 10 at the same time. California rock was at it's peak.
"A Night On The Town" by Rod Stewart
Playing "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)". Aah yes, this is the hit where "Rod the mod" became "Rod the bod". Pretty racy stuff. So racy, in fact, a big radio chain ordered their stations to censor the line "spread your wings & let me come inside". The song still went to #1, proving the record-buying public was more relaxed than nervous radio execs.
"Hotel California" by The Eagles
Playing "New Kid In Town", which would become the Eagles third #1 single & first certified gold million-selling single. Co-written by J.D. Souther with Don Henley & Glenn Frey. The Eagles may have been hugely popular, & never more so than with this album, but a lot of rock critics wouldn't show them much love, preferring the punk sounds of acts like the Sex Pistols.
"Boston" by Boston
Playing "Long Time". I don't have a "long time" to play the full LP version on the radio, so here it is.
"Wings Over America" by Wings
Playing "Maybe I'm Amazed". Sure, the superfans know, but let me clear up the confusion for the rest of you: there were two versions of this McCartney classic, the first an album cut on his debut solo album "McCartney", in 1970. This live version WAS released as a single, & it went top 10 here in 1977. Got it straight now? :-)
"Songs In The Key Of Life" by Stevie Wonder
(12th week at #1) Playing "I Wish". THE masterpiece album from one of the 20 greatest artists of all time, in my opinion. He may not be in the top 10, but just outside it. Funny, though, how few people know the title of the first single, although they love it.