Don’s Top 10 From March 2,1980
Back...back...back into time, as I pilot "The Time Machine" to a landing on Sunday, March 2, 1980. Here are the local top 10 singles.
(#11 last week) Guess who Kool & The Gang opened for in concert in 2012? Van Halen! I love it! Music shouldn't be segregated, whether on the radio, or live in concert.
(#8 last week) Remake of a summer of '65 smash by Barbara Mason. Never saw DeSario until watching this video. Nice to put a face to the voice. Harry Wayne Casey (KC) was a high school classmate of Teri's who she reconnected with years later.
(#12 last week) Soul-disco band partially created by "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius (um, conflict of interest?). The female in the group, Jody Watley, left for a moderately successful solo career in the late 80s.
(#3 last week) Who said country doesn't sell in our area? This was even bigger locally than nationally! Like one of his previous story songs, "The Gambler", this was made into a TV-movie.
(#5 last week) Bigger hit locally than nationally. This disco hit has had several lives: it was sampled in Will Smith's 1998 hit "Miami", & it's featured in the videogame "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City".
(#2 last week) Didn't realize the original LP mix is not available anymore. The song was remixed for the single, & that's the version found on all pressings of the album on CD, & all hits collections, & digitally.
(#7 last week) Sometimes, the record company doesn't know a hit. Elektra did not want to release this as a single, even though everyone in Queen was sure it would be a big hit. American radio forced the record company's hand by playing this as an import.
(#4 last week) Nationally, The Spinners, had one #1 hit, 1974's "Then Came You", but it did not hit #1 around here. Locally, The Spinners had one #1 hit, this one, but it did not hit #1 nationally! An interesting medley of two songs, one a remake of the 1966 classic by the 4 Seasons. The new song was written by well-known disco maven Michael Zager ("Let's all Chant").
(#6 last week) As the new decade began, it looked like Donna Summer's 4-year hit streak was unstoppable. But after this smash, she only returned to the top 10 nationally 4 more times over the next 9 years.
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Another week as your favorite 45 for Mr. & Mrs. Dragon. This was their first (& last) hit for a new label, Casablanca, after leaving A&M, who they felt was ignoring "adult contemporary" acts such as theirs & the Carpenters in favor of "new wave" acts.