Don’s Top 10 From June 30, 1976
Flying high in “The Time Machine” to America’s bicentennial week, Wednesday, June 30, 1976! Here are the local top 10 singles.
“Shop Around” by The Captain & Tennille
(#11 last week) I shouldn’t like this remake of a Miracles classic, but I do, in all its 70s cheesiness. Fourth big hit for Daryl Dragon & wife Toni in one year.
“I’ll Be Good To You” by The Brothers Johnson
(#17 last week) Killer soul, the debut hit for siblings George & Louis. Produced by Quincy Jones. Uptempo & fun to dance to.
“Sara Smile” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
(#7 last week) Yes, there was a Sara, Sara Allen, Daryl’s real life girlfriend for almost 30 years.
“Get Up & Boogie (That’s Right)” by Silver Convention
(#6 last week) Somehow, this one-hit wonder studio group managed to become a two-hit wonder. I guess it was all in the grooves….that’s right! “Lead singer”, such as she was, Penny Mclean, had a big solo club hit, “Lady Bump”.
“Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson
(#9 last week) How many one-hit wonders names do we remember? Right, not many, but everyone around from 1976 remembers Vicki Sue. It helps that her only hit is a stone-cold classic.
“More, More, More, Part 1″ by The Andrea True Connection
(#5 last week) Porn star turned one-hit wonder. Only other chart appearance, the minor ditty “NY, You Got Me Dancing”.
“Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore
(#4 last week) Gorgeous ballad that sounded more like a 60s song than a 70s smash.
“Love Hangover” by Diana Ross
(#3 last week) It took awhile to convince Miss Ross to record a disco song. Like her fellow soul veteran Marvin Gaye, she initially resented the disco movement, but she finally relented. The producers actually installed a strobe light in the recording studio so she’d be in the “disco mindset”!
“Silly Love Songs” by Wings
(#1 last week) My former boss Banana Joe Montione had an experience the rest of us can only dream about. After his station, WFIL, had John Lennon helping out during a charity event in 1975, Lennon asked Joe if he could crash at his pad in Philadelphia! They established enough of a relationship that when Paul McCartney was telling John the list of cities he’d be performing the “Wings Over America” tour in 1976, when he got to Philly, John said, “Philly! you’ve got to get together with the Banana Man!” So Paul rang up Joe on the phone when he got to Philadelphia & invited him to dinner.
“Kiss & Say Goodbye” by The Manhattans
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) It took a long time for this veteran soul band from Jersey City to hit the top; they first charted back in 1965.