Don’s Top 10 From February 24, 1979
Back into time once again, this time to a time when disco simply was overwhelming the pop charts (& pop culture), Satuerday, February 24, 1979. These are the local top 10 singles.
"Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb
(#12 last week) Same Herb, new Peaches. The 60s soul duo returns. Herb had taken time from show biz to work as Washington D.C. police officer.
"Livin' It Up (Friday Night)" by Bell & James
(#13 last week) In the fall of 2011, LeRoy Bell (his uncle is the legendary producer Thom Bell) of this one-hit-wonder disco duo got a second chance at stardom, as a contestant on NBC's "The Voice".
"I Don't Know If It's Right" by Evelyn "Champagne" King
(#7 last week) Discovered singing in the washroom of the record company she worked at, King scored a second hit following "Shame" with this catchy soul gem.
"Fire" by The Pointer Sisters
(#6 last week) Another Bruce cover goes top 10, before Bruce ever does (on the singles chart). Wonder if it was giving Springsteen a complex.
"Tragedy" by The Bee Gees
(#22 last week) Biggest mover of the week. Second single from "Spirits Having Flown". Always been my favorite of all their disco hits.
"Le Freak" by Chic
(#4 last week) Producers/group leaders Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards were very underrated. Their Chic recording were very complex musically. Mr. Rodgers recently wrote his autobiography.
"Heaven Knows" by Donna Summer & Brooklyn Dreams
(#10 last week) Not Donna's biggest hit, but one of her best, in my opinion. And her collaboration with this Brooklyn group gave her something even more important: a husband, Bruce Sudano.
"YMCA" by The Village People
(#3 last week) If you want to see a very strange vieeo, youtube the Village People's appearance on a Bob Hope special from an aircraft carrier in New York Harbor. The navy men sit slackjawed, gaping at the spectacle. Talk about a culture clash! Hilarious.
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
(#2 last week) Hard to imagine, but this started out as the "B" side of a song called "Substitute", first done by a South African band called Clout.
"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Rod's had a lot of big hits, but, believe it or not, this was the biggest, in terms of singles sales. However, I think Rod played a heavy price, alienating his hardcore early fans.