Don’s Top 10 From May 5, 1977
Back into time once again, with the local top 10 singles from Thursday, May 5, 1977.
“Right Time Of The Night” by Jennifer Warnes
(#15 last week) Jennifer had three big hits in her career, all five years apart, but is much better known for the second & third, both #1 duets, with Joe Cocker & Bill Medley. Written by Peter McCann, who would have his own hit as an artist in just a few weeks (“Do You Wanna Make Love”).
“The Things We Do For Love” by 10cc
(#4 last week) This is one insanely catchy song! But not a surprise. The members of 10cc have a long, complicated history in pop music. Leader Graham Gouldman was a hugely successful songwriter first, penning hits like “For Your Love” (The Yardbirds) & “Bus Stop” (The Hollies). An early version of 10cc without Gouldman called Hotlegs scored a big international hit with “Neanderthal Man” in 1971. Two years earlier, while on vacation (!), they cut a GREAT tune called “Sausalito” that somehow was released under the name Ohio Express (who had previously hit with “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” & Chewy Chewy”) & was a minor hit. Eric Stewart was lead singer on the Mindbenders 1966 classic “A Groovy Kind Of Love”. All this is just scratching the surface. Two other members, Godley & Creme, left after “I’m Not In Love” in 1975. They had a hit as a duo with “Cry” in 1985.
“Rich Girl” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
(#1 last week) Turns out, this song was about a rich BOY (his then-girlfriend Sara’s ex-boyfriend), but Daryl Hall changed it to girl so as not to offend her. This was the second single from the album “Bigger Than Both Of Us”; everyone with the duo thought the biggest hit would be the first single, “Do What You Want, Be What You Are”, but it bombed out at #39.
I’ve Got Love On My Mind” by Natalie Cole
(#6 last week) Cole released her first platinum record with her third release, Unpredictable, mainly thanks to this number-one R&B hit.
“Tryin’ To Love Two” by William Bell
(#9 last week) What was in the water in 1977 that TWO songs about one person & two lovers would become hits within weeks of each other? First Mary MacGregor, then this soul smash from R&B veteran Bell.
“So In To You” by Atlanta Rhythm Section
(#11 last week) Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed from two other bands, the Candymen (Roy Orbison’s backup group in the 60s) & the Classics IV (“Spooky”). In 1978, they made it all the way to the White House, becoming one of the first rock groups to perform there.
“Hotel California” by The Eagles
(#2 last week) The Eagles describe this as their “interpretation of the high life” in Los Angeles. The single won the Grammy for Record Of The Year & was a certified million-seller. Interestingly, not all the critics loved it immediately. Rolling Stone’s knocked it in a cover article on the band in 1977. Much later, the magazine named this the 49th greatest song of all time.
“Whodunit” by Tavares
(#7 last week) Much bigger hit locally than nationally, where this didn’t even make the top 10 (#22 peak). If #13 was about a series of real musicians, #3 was about a series of fictional detectives. Very reminiscent lyrically of the 1957 hit “Searchin” by the Coasters.
“Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell
(#5 last week) Another chart veteran still pumping out the hits. Glen goes as far back as the Champs, the group that did “Tequila” (he joined them after). As a member of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” (or, “The Clique”), Glen played on countless hits other than his own.
“When I Need You” by Leo Sayer
(#8 last week; 1st week at #1) Written by the team of Albert Hammond & Carole Bayer Sager, some have said this was “borrowed” from a Leonard Cohen song, “Famous Blue Raincoat”. Sayer & the songwriters were sued & settled out of court.