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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.


“Too Hot” by Kool & The Gang



(#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.



“Yes I’m Ready” by Teri DeSario & KC



(#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.



“The Second Time Around” by Shalamar



(#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.



“Coward Of The County” by Kenny Rogers



(#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.



“And The Beat Goes On” by The Whispers



(#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”.



“Rock With You” by Michael Jackason



(#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.



“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen



(#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.



“Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl” by The Spinners



(#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”).



“On The Radio” by Donna Summer



(#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.



“Do That To Me One More Time” by The Captain & Tennille



(#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.


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