Don’s Top 10 From April 21, 1979
“The Time Machine” lands on the last months of “the disco era”! Here are the local top 10 singles from Saturday, April 21, 1979.
“Take Me Home” by Cher
(#8 last week) Seemed like EVERYBODY was recording a disco song in 1979, but not everyone had HITS with them. Cher was one. This went gold. Her first chart appearance in 5 years, since “Dark Lady”. She wouldn’t be back on the charts again until 1987.
“I Just Fall In Love Again” by Anne Murray
(Re-entry) Basically, “You Needed Me”, Anne’s previous hit, sideways.
“I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)” by Instant Funk
(#6 last week) South Jersey band, who achieved much success as session musicians in Philadelphia before their one hit as artists. Got to #1 on the disco & R&B chart.
“Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)” by GQ
(#5 last week) From the Bronx. Co-lead vocalist Keith Crier’s dad was a one-hit wonder with the doo-wop band The Halos (“Nag”, 1961), & his nephew is Keith Sweat (“I Want you”, 1987).
“Lady” by Little River Band
(#14 last week) LRB chose its name after passing a road sign leading to the victorian township of Little River, on the way to a performance. This is my personal favorite of theirs. The single & album versions are quite distinct.
“Tragedy” by The Bee Gees
(#3 last week) The brothers Gibb wrote this propulsive smash during an afternoon off from filming “Sgt. Pepper”. That same night, they wrote “Shadow Dancing” for baby bro Andy. Not a bad day’s off!
“Heart Of Glass” by Blondie
(#4 last week) I’ve always been a “leg man”, probably because skirts couldn’t get any shorter when I came of age. So, much of the 70s disappointed me, with unisex fashions being most popular. And then along came the lovely Debbie Harry, who almost singlehandedly revived the mini. Speaking for men everywhere, thanks, Debbie! Oh yeah, their music also was insanely catchy.
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
(#2 last week) One of the biggest hits of all time, this was actually a “B” side when first released. The “A” side”? A Righteous Brothers song called “Substitute”, which was a worldwide hit in 1978 (except here in the U.S.) for a South African Abba-soundalike band called Clout.
“What A Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers
(#7 last week) Record Of The Year, & Song Of The Year (songwriters: Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins). I didn’t know this: Michael Jackson claimed to have contributed at least one backing track to the original Doobie Brothers recording, but was not credited for having done so.
“Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Disco remake of the 1966 soul classic writen by Eddie floyd (who sang it) & guitarist Steve Cropper (“play it, Steve”, in “Soul Man”). This is one of the most excitingdisco hits of the era. At the very least spelling her first name with two I’s instead of a Y insured Ms. Stewart immortality…….