Don’s Top 10 From May 26, 1975
Back into time, “The Time Machine” stops on Monday, May 26, 1975. Here are the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
“How Long” by Ace
(#13 last week) Like Paul Rodgers, Paul Carrack was lead singer for multiple groups. After Ace, he fronted Squeeze, & Mike And The Mechanics, as well as having solo hits. This song has a simple beat & spareness, but it works.
“Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire
(#10 last week) EWF’s only #1 hit, but not their biggest seller. That was their last hit, “Let’s Groove”.
“Jackie Blue” by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
(#9 last week) I will long remember Dan Ingram’s semi-salacious intros to this song. No, can’t repeat them now.
“Walking In Rhythm” by The Blackbyrds
(#3 last week) Only opop chart hit for this jazzy soul band from D.C. Leader Donald Byrd (he passed away in the last year) went to high school with, of all people, Casey Kasem!
“Ease On Down The Road” by Consumer Rapport
(#5 last week) Very hard-to-find local hit, featured in the Broadway musical “The Wiz”. Only peaked at 42 nationally. This studio band never had another hit, & it has long been unavailable as a single.
“Bad Luck, Part 1″ by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
(#4 last week) Local smash, making the top 3 here. You have to get up & dance to this one, which had a great mixture of disco & the gritty vocals of lead singer Teddy Pendergrass. Check out the video with a clearly stoned Richard Pryor interviewing the band.
“Before The Next Teardrop Falls” by Freddy Fender
(#8 last week) What a great story of redemption Freddy’s was, after spending time in jail in the 60s. I can’t move on without mentioning his awesome 70s hair! You could lose things in it.
“He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)” by Tony Orlando & Dawn
(#2 last week) Remake of a 1960 hit from the Iceman, Jerry Butler. Retitled from “He Will Break Your Heart”. Seemed like the hits would never stop for Orlando, but they did, within a year.
“Philadelphia Freedom” by The Elton John Band
(#1 last week) I’d love to know why, out of every Elton John single, this one would be by “The Elton John Band”. Anybody? Very cool video of John on “Soul Train”. He was the first white star on the “Train”. You couldn’t get any hotter: this single wasn’t on any album, but his new one “Captain Fantastic”, is #1, & an album track from the “Tommy” soundtrack was being heavily played this week.
“The Hustle” by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
(#7 last week; 1st week at #1) Van McCoy ascends to the #1 position with the biggest dance craze since “The Twist”. Van’s mainly remembered in the music biz for his many producing & writing credits, notably including “Baby I’m Yours”, “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)” & “Walk Away From Love”. But he kept this one for himself. Good move. Van died way too young, at the age of 39, in 1979.