Don’s Top 10 From July 14, 1977
It’s day 2 of the Great New York City Blackout, Thursday, July 14, 1977. Luckily, Jersey still had the juice. And you have the local top 10 songs from that crazy day (after crazy overnight).amazon.com
“Got To Give It Up, Part 1″ by Marvin Gaye
(#2 last week) Supposedly, Robin Thicke’s “inspiration” for his current 2013 #1 hit, “Blurred Lines”. Um…Robin…you ain’t fit to shine Marvin Gaye’s shoes. Insanely propulsive, crazy sexy track. You MUST dance when you hear it. Sort of like Marvin himself during this appearance on “Soul Train”, proving he could keep up with contemporary music 15 years after his chart debut. Unfortunately, personal demons & problems took over his life for years.
“Angel In Your Arms” by Hot
(#6 last week) One-hit wonder, but a sexy one. The name of the group helps. Too bad there’s no performance video available.
“Lonely Boy” by Andrew Gold
(#7 last week) Second of three songs called “Lonely Boy”, all different, to be hits (the others: Paul Anka/1959, & The Black Keys/2011). Andrew Gold was the son of two award winning music people, movie composer Ernest Gold (“Exodus”) & “ghost” singer Marni Nixon (that’s Marni doing Natalie Wood’s singing in “West Side Story”).
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
(#4 last week) Stevie Nicks wrote this song in Sausalito, California. “I sat down on the bed with my keyboard in front of me,” she said. “I found a drum pattern, switched my little cassette player on & wrote ‘Dreams’ in about 10 minutes. Right away I liked the fact that I was doing something with a dance beat, because that made it a little unusual for me.”
“I’m In You” by Peter Frampton
(#5 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.
“Gonna Fly Now (Theme From “Rocky”) by Bill Conti
(#3 last week) Even though this was a #1 smash, Conti eventually became more well known for leading the orchestra during each year’s Academy Awards telecast. That lasted almost a quarter century.
“Looks Like We Made It” by Barry Manilow
(#9 last week) 2013: Barry guests on the Dennis & Judi Show on New Jersey 101.5! Listen here. http://nj1015.com/barry-manilow-talks-nj-music-and-more-on-the-dennis-and-judi-show/
“Da Doo Ron Ron” by Shaun Cassidy
(#7 last week) First a hit for the Crystals in ’63. Shaun became the main competition to Andy Gibb for #1 teen idol of ’77. Both were younger brothers to older hitmakers (David Cassidy, Bee Gees).
“I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb
(#10 last week) 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. First of three straight national #1 hits for “the baby Bee Gee”.
“Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) The late Mr. O’Day wasan 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, has written a blog on Alan. Check it out! http://nj1015.com/remembering-singersongwriter-alan-oday-photos-videos/