Don’s Top 10 From January 5, 1978
Back to Thursday, January 5, 1978 in this “Time Machine” trip. Here’s the local top 10 singles:amazon.com
“Sentimental Lady” by Bob Welch
(#8 last week) Talk about bad luck: Welch left Fleetwood Mac just before their huge success. Christine McVie helped make up for it with backup vocals on Welch’s first of three solo hits.
“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel
(Debuts at #9) The anti-irony song. Ah, yes, remember when Billy Joel had hair? Hey, it’s Billy’s world these days. We just live in it.
“We Are The Champions” by Queen
(#10 last week) What a great double-sided single! On the “B” side, “We Will Rock You”. While top 40 radio played that somewhat (& seperately), album rock radio spliced the two songs together. By the way, Freddie Mercury’s outfit in the video? Be glad the 70s are over.
“Native New Yorker” by Odyssey
(#4 last week) This only peaked at #21 nationally, but you liked it a whole lot better, spending many weeks in the top 10 locally. Ironically, it was recorded here in New Jersey, in West Orange! Surprisingly, it won a cover batlle with Frankie Valli.
“Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” by Chic
(#6 last week) This is interesting. Chic is so closely identified with disco. But Nile Rodgers has said Chic regarded itself as a rock band for the disco movement, whatever that means. Maybe Rodgers simply has a rock sensibility. But he knew the quickest way to platinum sales in 1978! You say the “yowsah” over & over, you ain’t “rock”. But still good…..
“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle
(#5 last week) Gayle, the younger sister of Loretta Lynn, is famed for her incredibly long hair. She also has blue eyes! Richard Leigh wrote this crossover smash, & Gayle has said that Leigh wrote the song because his dog had one brown eye & one blue eye.
“Baby Come Back” by Player
(#11 last week) Hall & Oates-esque group formed in L.A. In the where-are-they-now department, bass player Ronn Moss has had the most successful afterlife in showbiz: since 1987, he’s starred in the CBS soap “The Bold & The Beautiful” as “Ridge”.
“Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt
(#3 last week) My guess for why Linda never really got the critical acclaim she deserved: she didn’t write her own material. But so what? Sinatra didn’t. This one was done first by Roy Orbison in 1963.
“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone
(#2 last week) Has there ever been a song so loved, & so hated by so many people? There seemed to be no middle ground with this ballad, a cover version of the movie original, sung by Kasey Cisyk. Debby is related by marriage to George Clooney. Boone married Gabriel Ferrer on September 1, 1979. Like Boone, Ferrer is a member of another well-known Hollywood family. He is the son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, the brother of actors Miguel Ferrer & Rafael Ferrer & the cousin of George Clooney.
“How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) Strangely, the first, advance single from “Saturday Night Fever” was a ballad, but it worked! The Gibb brothers wrote this for Yvonne Elliman, but RSO Records honcho Robert Stigwood heard the demo & was adamant that the Bee Gees record it themselves. Good move. Nationally, this stayed in the top 10 for 17 straight week, a record up to that point.