Don’s Top 10 From February 3, 1978
Back…back…back into time, as my “Time Machine” lands on Friday, February 3, 1978. Lots of hot selling music this weeek, so let’s get right to ’em!
“Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill
(#18 last week) Amazingly sensitive song. In fact, so sensitive it was ripe for parody. It took Hill nine more years to come up with another hit (“Can’t We Try”, with Vonda Sherpard).
“You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” by Rod Stewart
(#10 last week) Can someone please explain to me what (“The Final Acclaim)” means? Why was this instead “(You’re In My Soul)”, like Rod actually sings in the song?
“Here You Come Again” by Dolly Parton
(#7 last week) Usually, Ms. Parton writes her own material, but she let this be written by one of the all-time great songwriting teams, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. Smart move–it was her biggest crossover success to date.
“Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” by Chic
(#8 last week) A young & unknown Luther Vandross sings backup here on Chic’s first hit. The phrase “yowsah, yowsah, yowsah” comes from the 1920s, originating with jazz violinist & radio personality Ben Bernie,The phrase was revived in 1969 by “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, a film about a depression-era dance marathon that starred Jane Fonda & Michael Sarrazin.
“We Are The Champions” by Queen
(#6 last week) Even though “We Will Rock You” was the B side of this single, many radio stations spliced (literally, in those reel-to-reel tape days) it together with this A side, to make one seamless song.
“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel
(#5 last week) Sure, it’s corny. Sure, it’s been played at a million weddings. So? This is still an absolutely beautiful ballad, that touches people a lot. And made Billy Joel a rich man.
“How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees
(#2 last week) Considering the movie “Saturday Night Fever” was all about dancing, it was a surprise that a ballad was the first single from the album. Maybe they wanted to “get it out of the way” before the movie opening, & the uptempo stuff dominating. Whatever, this was humongous. How could the Bee Gees top it? Well, see below.
“Short People” by Randy Newman
(#3 last week) Randy scored surprising top 40 radio success with this PARODY of political correctness. It was A JOKE, folks. Some still don’t get it. Anyway, Randy’s better known to our kids for writing the “Toy Story” music. We know better.
“Baby Come Back” by Player
(#1 last week) Player’s success may have been short-lived, but group member Ronn Moss went on to a quarter-century of starring in the CBS daytime soap “The Bold & The Beautiful”.
“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees
(#4 last week; 1st week at #1) I’d rank this as one of the 25 most important songs of the 20th century, for its musical importance, & it’s absolute brilliance. Surprisingly, this was not planned to be a single, but fans forced RSO Records’s hand. It became the Bee Gees signature song.