Don’s Top 10 From August 16, 1977
A sad, historic day, as we remember the top 10 local singles the day Elvis Presley died, Tuesday, August 16, 1977.
“You And Me” by Alice Cooper
(#14 last week) Even though this was a big hit, three ballad singles in three years may have meant Cooper had “jumped the shark” among his core headbangin’ fans. Going on “The Muppet Show” & singing this with Miss Piggy probably didn’t help!
“Whatcha Gonna Do” by Pablo Cruise
(#12 last week) There was no Pablo Cruise; like other bands of the 70s, they named themselves with an individual name. Initially, there were many fans who were left wondering who Pablo Cruise really was. When asked the question, the band, which is a quartet, would answer, “He’s the guy in the middle.” When asked what Pablo Cruise meant, the band would say that “Pablo represents an honest, real, down to earth individual; and Cruise depicts his fun loving and easy going attitude towards life.”
“Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day
(#5 last week) The late Mr. O’Day was an accomplished songwriter. Besides this smash, he wrote the classic “Rock & Roll Heaven” for the Righteous Brothers, & “Angie Baby”, the Helen Reddy hit. My fellow New Jersey 101.5 DJ, Craig Allen, wrote a blog on Alan last year. Check it out! http://nj1015.com/remembering-singersongwriter-alan-oday-photos-videos/
“I’m In You” by Peter Frampton
(#4 last week) For such a bland corporate rock ballad, Frampton had pretty good company on this track: Stevie Wonder on string synthesizer & Mick Jagger on background vocals.
“Do You Wanna Make Love” by Peter McCann
(#8 last week) 1977 was the year McCann not only had a hit single as a singer. He also had one as a songwriter, “Right Time Of The Night” by Jennifer Warnes. He also wrote a cut on Whitney Houston’s debut album, “Take Good Cf My Heart”.
“Float On” by The Floaters
(#9 last week) A song instantly made fun of & parodied, by Cheech & Chong (“Bloat On”). Hard to remember a day when single people would ask each other “what’s your sign?”
“Easy” by The Commodores
(#7 last week) This hit is noted for a feedback noise, with an echo, that is heard in the bridge of the song. Also, an electric guitar solo dominates the instrumental portion of the song. In addition, the other Commodores are heard singing wordless harmonies during the chorus of the song.
“(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher” by Rita Coolidge
(#3 last week) Remake of the 1967 smash from Jackie Wilson. Of course, Rita was married to Kris Kristofferson, but I didn’t know her sister Priscilla was also married to another famous musician, Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & The MG’s). It’s his arrangement here.
“Best Of My Love” by The Emotions
(#2 last week) Same title as the Eagles ’75 smash, but a different song. Co-written by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Supposedly sampled without permission by Mariah Carey on her 90s hit “Emotions” (ironically titled).
“I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb
(#1 last week; 4th week at #1) He was called “the baby Bee Gee”, but Andy was never officially a member of the group. Although this is credited as written by brother Barry, it’s known that he wrote it with Andy as a tribute to Andy’s new marriage.