Don’s Top 10 From March 30, 1978
Back…back…back into time as I glide into Thursday, March 30, 1978. Pretty historic week, just like 14 years earlier. Here’s the local top 10 singles. amazon.com
"If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman
(#10 last week) The first of FIVE of this week's top 10 to be written by the brothers Gibb, it was the biggest hit for the Honolulu-born Elliman, who first came to fame in the play "Jesus Christ Superstar", then sang backup for Eric Clapton on "I Shot The Sheriff" before hitting with "Love Me", then this smash.
"Lay Down Sally" by Eric Clapton
(#8 last week) Speaking of the God of guitar, here he is with a country rocker from the album "Slowhand". One of five singles RSO Records has in this weeks top 10, making Robert Stigwood a happy man (& rich).
"Jack & Jill" by Raydio
(#9 last week) You know Ray Parker Jr. came out of this 4-person group. but Jerry Knight did, too, as in Ollie & Jerry, who made the top 10 in 1984 with "Breakin'...There's No Stoppin' Us".
"Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel
(#7 last week) Sure, it's corny. Sure, it's been played at a million weddings. So? This is still an absolutely beautiful ballad, that touches people a lot. And made Billy Joel a rich man.
"Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill
(#6 last week) There's not a lot of in-between on this tune, most people either love it or hate it. It's on AOL's Top 100 Worst Songs Of All Time list at #40. Written by Hill with the legendary Barry Mann. It took Hill a long time for a second hit, but it came in 1987, "Can't We Try".
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" by Andy Gibb
(#5 last week) This was originally planned to be the first single from Andy's debut album, but pulled at the last second for "I Just Want To Be Your Everything". What a sad early passing for Andy, at age 30.
"Can't Smile Without You" by Barry Manilow
(#4 last week) We have more whistling than any other station, proving it again here. One of Manilow's most enduring hits. It had a slightly different sound than most of his other 70s ballads.
"Emotion" by Samantha Sang
(#3 last week) Great to see what Ms. Sang looked like after all these years! BTW, her real last name IS Sang, but her given first name is Cheryl. Barry Gibb actually helped discover her way back in 1969. Sometimes success is a long time coming...& fleeting.
"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees
(#1 last week) There aren't too many songs that have stayed at #1 for as long as this song! It was especially rare in the 60s & 70s. Amazingly, it went back to the top for a ninth week after slipping to #2 this week, after a previous 8 weeks at #1. Simply remarkable.
"Night Fever" by The Bee Gees
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) It took awqhile to get, but hey brothers Gibb, don't get too comfy here at #1: you'll be dethroned next week.....by yourselves, and then return to the top. No artist dominated top 40 radio like this since the Beatles in '64.