Don’s Top 10 From March 22, 1980
Takin’ a Time Machine trip to Saturday, March 22, 1980. Here’s the local singles survey:amazon.com
"And The Beat Goes On" by The Whispers
(#10 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 video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City".
"I Pledge My Love" by Peaches & Herb
(#12 last week) Since the duo Peaches & Herb first charted way back in 1966, there has only been one Herb, Herbert Feemster ("Herb Fame"), but there have been six "Peaches"! The one here (& on "Reunited" & "Shake Your Groove Thing") was Linda Greene.
"On The Radio" by Donna Summer
(#4 last week) Donna's last hit on Casablanca Records. 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 on her hew label, Geffen.
"Too Hot" by Kool & The Gang
(#6 last week) The followup to "Ladies Night", which returned the Gang to the top 10 for the first time in over five years. Guess who Kool & The Gang opened for in concert a few years ago? Van Halen! I love it! Music shouldn't be segregated, whether on the radio, or live in concert.
"Longer" by Dan Fogelberg
(#5 last week) I'll let the late Mr. Fogelberg himself describe how he was inspired to write this beautiful ballad: "The song I jokingly refer to as, the song that put me on the elevators, I wrote it on a vacation on Maui in 1979 while lounging in a hammock one night and looking up at the stars. It just seems this song was drifting around the universe, saw me, and decided I'd give it a good home." Perfect.
"Call Me" by Blonide
(#11 last week) Producer/co-writer Giorgio Moroder originally offered this track slated for the soundtrack of "American Gigolo" to Stevie Nicks, but she was legally unable to record it. It really isn't “Blondie”, just Harry's vocals over Moroder's already completed instrumental track.
"Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman & Brown
(#7 last week) This Newark trio were originally called The Moments, whose biggest moment came with the 1970 smash written by Sylvia Robinson, "Love On A Two Way Street".
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
(#3 last week) Sometimes, the record company doesn't know a hit when they have one. 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
(#2 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").
"Another Brick In The Wall, Part II" by Pink Floyd
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Aside from Led Zeppelin, there was no more “album-oriented” band than Pink Floyd, so it was a big surprise when they came up with a #1 hit single (something Zeppelin never did, although “Stairway To Heaven” probably would have been one if it had BEEN a single). The “wall” in Roger Waters' words was a metaphor for the band's slow separation from its audience as they grew more popular. The song's popularity is then VERY ironic.