Don’s Top 10 From November 10, 1978
“The Time Machine” lands on Friday, November 10, 1978 this time. Let’s count ’em down!amazon.com
“How Much I Feel” by Ambrosia
(#16 last week) They don’t make ballads like they used to, with sweeping instrumentation. And this song has such emotion! Like Gino Vannelli, this Southern California band also auditioned for Herb Alpert & A&M Records, but they passed. Even though their three biggest hit singles had an “adult contemporary” sound, Ambrosia was really a progressive-rock group. The hits probably hurt their long-term career.
“You Never Done It Like That” by The Captain & Tennille
(#8 last week) Neil Sedaka co-wrote this sexy smash, just like he co-wrote “Love Will Keep Us Together” & “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” for the married duo. While headlining, Toni Tennille sang backup for many other artists, most notably on Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” & even Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”! .
“Ready To Take A Chance Again” by Barry Manilow
(#12 last week) Co-produced by former lead singer of the Archies, Ron Dante. Music from the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase movie “Foul Play”. The song was featured in the opening credits/scene, with Goldie driving along the California coast (I want to hop on a plane & do that myself again! Love that drive). Goldie even hums a few bars of the song, & & then quickly passes a very familiar looking hitchhiker.
“Double Vision” by Foreigner
(#14 last week)Title track & second single from the album of the same name. That made it four top 10 singles in a little over over year for the American-British hybrid band. no, this song isn’t about the results from getting drunk. It’s actually about a New York Rangers player who suffered double vision after being injured in a game!
“Kiss You All Over” by Exile
(#6 last week) Some stations, including WABC, initially refused to play this salacious song, but eventually relented. Jimmy Stokely sang lead here, but he soon left the band, who suddenly decided to “go country”, with much success in the 80s.
“Whenever I Call You Friend” by Kenny Loggins with Stevie Nicks
(#5 last week) Loggins’s first top 10 hit after splitting up from Juimmy Messina. I didn’t know this was co-written by Melissa Manchester. For awhile, it seemed like Stevie Nicks was a featured or backup vocalist on every hit record!
“Reminiscing” by Little River Band
(#4 last week) This wistful song certainly has endured: In 1993 “Reminiscing” was given a BMI Million-Air award for one million plays on US radio. By 2001 that award had expanded to the extraordinarily rare Four Million-Air award, acknowledging four million plays on American radio – the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song. Wow!
“Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder
(#3 last week) Born in London but raised in Vancouver, one-hit wonder Gilder hooked up with super-producer Mike Chapman (“Little Willy”, “Ballroom Blitz”, “Kiss You All Over”, “Stumblin’ In”, “Mickey”) for this ode to the wasted life of a streetwise lolita.
“You Needed Me” by Anne Murray
(#1 last week) The first time Murray tried to sing this song, she couldn’t get through it, because she got so choked up. She knew it would be a smash. And it was.
“MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) One of the most exciting cold endings to a hit song EVER! I always turn it up loud. Donna’s first national #1 single, but her second local #1, following “Last Dance”, which hit the top here in the summer of ’78. This remake of Richard Harris’s unlikely 1968 #2 smash brought the great 60’s songwriter Jimmy Webb back to the public eye. What exactly did he mean by leaving the cake out in the rain? Webb said it was a metaphor for a love affair ending. BTW, the love affair he wrote about was with a lady named Susan Ronstadt. Yep, Linda’s cousin.