Don’s Top 10 From June 8, 1978
It’s a trip back to the disco era, but there are really only two true disco songs in this top 10 from Thursday, June 8, 1978.amazon.com
“Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty
(#26 last week) Former Stealers Wheel lead singer Rafferty’s first solo hit, with a scintillating sax by Raphael Ravenscroft. Gerry hadn’t recorded for 3 years after his group broke up due to legal problems, a common occurance in the 70s.
“The Closer I Get To You” by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
(#6 last week) The third hit duet for Roberta & Donny (anymore remember the first? “You’ve Got A Friend” in ’71. Yep, THAT song). Roberta & her people knew Donny was suffering from on-and-off severe depression & hospitalizations & purposely hired him for this song to help pay his huge medical bills. Sadly, Donny Hathaway died by his own hand in 1979.
“Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste Of Honey
(Debut at #8) A huge debut way up at #8 for this 2-man, 2-woman group, although you never saw the guys on TV. Wonder why. This would go on to be the #1 hit of the year, 1978, locally.
“It’s A Heartache” by Bonnie Tyler
(#10 last week) Tyler’s signature raspy voice made people compare her to Rod Stewart. at first, she thought her career was over. Her doctors had ordered complete silence after vocal cord surgery, but Bonnie screamed in frustration one day, thus ensuring her raspiness would be permanent. Oh, Rod recorded this song in 2006, too. It was inevitable.
“Dance With Me” by Peter Brown (& Betty Wright)
(#7 last week) Betty Wright had a huge hit in 1972 with “Clean-Up Woman”, but also backed up other singers on dozens of other songs, most notably this disco smash. Peter Brown had only one other hit, 1977’s “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me”.
“Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione
(#5 last week) The man who taught us all about the flugelhorn (had you even heard of that before this song?) was much more than this one hit. Rochester, NY, native Mangione has recorded over 30 albums over the last 50+ years.
“You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
(#4 last week) A generation of men would like to thank Olivia Newton-John for fulfilling their fantasies, as she went from innocent-to-sexy starting with this movie & song, setting a template that more than a few female singers have since followed.
“With A Little Luck” by Wings
(#3 last week) To some critics, this hit was proof that Paul McCartney could sing the phone book & it’d be popular. But the public ignored the critics. Boy, do the people dancing here look goofy, BECAUSE THIS ISN’T A DANCE SONG.
“Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
(#1 last week; was #1 for 3 weeks) Talk about a surprise comeback, Johnny Mathis was it! His last top 10 song was 15 years earlier, pre-Beatles, in 1963. But a song about divorce really resonated with boomers, who were watching their parents divorce in very large numbers.
“Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Ironically, for a song with “Dancing” in its title, this wasn’t very danceable, which didn’t stop it from being a huge smash. While “Boogie Oogie Oogie” was the local #1 hit of the year, this would become the national #1 hit of the year. It was the first written by all four Gibb brothers.