My 1977 Charts

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This is what I was listening to exactly 35 years ago this week, when I looked like this photo, preparing to go off to College in Lincoln, away from home student digs…great times!

UK TV is currently showing music TV from this period, hooray! “Top Of The Pops”. Appropriately at No.1 is the record that changed pop music forever, the sound of the future, this record came suddenly onto the radio and I went “Woah!” Sounding like nothing before it, and 35 years of dance music since, “I Feel Love” was an instant number One in my chart, a perfect pop moment that still sounds fresh. The Rock N Roll Hall Of fame should hang its head in shame, incapable of seeing innovative music for what it is, preferring bland rock acts much of the time…

AUG 16TH 1977 

1. (1) I FEEL LOVE – Donna Summer

2. (5) THE CRUNCH – The Rah Band

3. (6) DREAMS – Fleetwood Mac

4. (3) ROADRUNNER ONCE – Jonathon Richman

5. (2) SLOWDOWN – John Miles

6. (4) FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN – Emerson, Lake & Palmer

7. (7) IT’S YOUR LIFE – Smokie

8. (12)FLOAT ON – The Floaters

9. (11)TWIST AND SHOUT – The Beatles

10. (8) ANGELO – Brotherhood Of Man

11. (10) FEEL THE NEED – The Detroit Emeralds

12. (20) NOBODY DOES IT BETTER – Carly Simon

13. (26) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR – Deniece Williams

14. (19) NIGHTS ON BROADWAY – Candi Staton

15. (21) WILL YOU BE MY LOVER – Maxine Nightingale

16. (14) SO YOU WIN AGAIN – Hot Chocolate

17. (15) OH LORI – Alessi

18. (16) MA BAKER – Boney M

19. (9) WE’RE ALL ALONE – Rita Coolidge

20. (40) DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – Thin Lizzy

21. (24) EXODUS – Bob Marley & The Wailers

22. (22) LONG DISTANCE LOVE – Helen Reddy

23. (–) SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE – The Stranglers

24. (17) BABY DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND – Gladys Knight & The Pips

25. (–) YOU TAKE MY HEART AWAY – Bill Conti

26. (49) SPANISH STROLL – Mink De Ville

27. (13) ONE STEP AWAY – Tavares

28. (23) EASY – The Commodores

29. (46) ALL AROUND THE WORTLD – The Jam

30. (45) TULANE – Steve Gibbons Band

31. (18) YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES – Showaddywaddy

32. (32) DANCIN’ EASY – Danny Williams

33. (44) A DIFFERENT DRUM – Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies

34. (36) LIFE IN THE FAST LANE – The Eagles

35. (25) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND – Gary Glitter

36. (29) SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO – The Jacksons

37. (38) YOUR SONG – Billy Paul

38. (43) CAN’T GET YOU OUTA MY MIND – Yvonne Elliman

39. (28) ALL I THINK ABOUT IS YOU – Harry Nilsson

40. (41) STRAIGHTEN OUT – The Stranglers

two 60’s tracks in amongst these, a bit of punk, west coast rock, disco, MOR, pop, 50’s rocknroll revival, reggae, progrock, garage rock, and soul. Not sure it’s as varied as that in genre terms these days….

Of course, Elvis died on the week listed above, but it took two weeks for the chart invasion of his records to be listed, and so 3 weeks later before it registered on my charts – I was actually gutted when Elvis died, he had always been there for all of my life, films records etc. Not nearly as upset, though, as when Marc Bolan died later in the month. Anyway, I only allowed oldies that charted in my chart, so that’s the chartweek of …

SEPT 6TH 1977

1. (3) MAGIC FLY – Space

2. (1) THE CRUNCH – The Rah Band

3. (2) WAY DOWN – Elvis Presley

4. (6) DOWN DEEP INSIDE – Donna Summer

5. (4) I FEEL LOVE – Donna Summer

6. (8) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN – Elkie Brooks

7. (12) OXYGENE PART IV – Jean-Michel jarre

8. (–) THE WONDER OF YOU – Elvis Presley

9. (5) DREAMS – Fleetwood Mac

10. (19) DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO – The Rods

11. (9) SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE – The Stranglers

12. (7) FLOAT ON – The Floaters

13. (–) IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley

14. (20) TELEPHONE MAN – Meri Wilson

15. (21) TULANE – Steve Gibbons Band

16. (24) ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder

17. (33) I CAN’T GET YOU OUTA MY MIND – Yvonne Elliman

18. (26) THINK I’M GONNA FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU – The Dooleys

19. (30) SILVER LADY – David Soul

20. (16) ANGELO – Brotherhood Of man

21. (11) ROADRUNNER – Jonathan Richman

22. (10) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR – Deniece Williams

23. (29) DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – Thin Lizzy

24. (15) NOBODY DOES IT BETTER – Carly Simon

25. (14) CELEBRATE SUMMER – T.Rex

26. (18) FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN – Emerson lake & Palmer

27. (23) SLOWDOWN – John Miles

28. (–) RETURN TO SENDER – Elvis Presley

29. (–) WOODEN HEART – Elvis Presley

30. (41) DREAMER – The Jacksons

31. (17) IT’S YOUR LIFE – Smokie

32. (13) NIGHTS ON BROADWAY – Candi Staton

33. (–) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley

34. (34) SPANISH STROLL – Mink Deville

35. (28) FEEL THE NEED – Detroit Emeralds

36. (25)  DIFFERENT DRUM – Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies

37. (32) ALL I THINK ABOUT IS YOU – Harry Nilsson

38. (43) BLACK BETTY – Ram Jam

39. (48) DOWN THE HALL – The Four Seasons

40. (22) WILL YOU BE MY LOVER – Maxine Nightingale

41. (27) YOU TAKE MY HEART AWAY – Deetta Little/ Nelson Pigford

42. (–) JAILHOUSE ROCK – Elvis Presley

43. (–) CRYING IN THE CHAPEL – Elvis Presley

44. (35) MA BAKER – Boney M

45. (36) SO YOU WIN AGAIN – Hot Chocolate

46. (–) ARE YOU DANCING – Hudson-Ford

47. (47) HARD ROCK CAFE – Carole King

48. (–) ALL SHOOK UP – Elvis Presley

49. (–) ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT – Elvis Presley

50. (38) IF I HAVE TO GO AWAY – Jigsaw

So, 4 instrumentals, all very different, punk, rock, bubblegum, soul, 2 disco classics from Donna Summer and ten Elvis hits, a record in my chart at that time.

That shoved a lot of records that would otherwise have gone up, out of the chart, such as Alice Cooper. Ahhh.

 

 

 

OK, it’s been a while since I posted a 35-years-ago chart. Me, I was at College, first year Lincoln and enjoying student life and Art in particular, and I remember sitting through hours of Saturday morning kids TV waiting for the promised airing of the Abba video (to the annoyance of housemates). Top Of The Pops 1977 seems to have caught up, so here’s my chart exactly as rated for:

 

November 22nd 1977:

 

  1. (2) THE NAME OF THE GAME – Abba
  2. (1) VIRGINIA PLAIN/PYJAMARAMA – Roxy Music
  3. (4) TURN TO STONE – E.L.O.
  4. (5) CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT – Carpenters
  5. (3) STAR WARS – Meco
  6. (13) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE – Bee Gees
  7. (7) LOVE HURTS – Nazereth
  8. (10) WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS – Queen
  9. (14) DANCIN’ PARTY – Showaddywaddy
  10. (16) ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD – Status Quo
  11. (8) YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE – Baccara
  12. (6) 2-4-6-8 MOTORWAY – Tom Robinson Band
  13. (11) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – Giorgio
  14. (12) BLACK BETTY – Ram Jam
  15. (25) GOING PLACES – Jacksons
  16. (9) SHE’S NOT THERE – Santana
  17. (18) HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN – Sex Pistols
  18. (29) DADDY COOL – Darts
  19. (17) BLACK IS BLACK – la Belle Epoque
  20. (15) NEEDLES AND PINS – Smokie
  21. (46) IT’S A HEARTACHE – Bonnie Tyler
  22. (26) BELFAST – Boney M
  23. (19) HEROES – David Bowie
  24. (–) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING – Righteous Brothers
  25. (20) YOU’RE IN MY HEART – Rod Stewart
  26. (–) MULL OF KINTYRE – Wings
  27. (35) GEORGINA BAILEY – Noosha Fox
  28. (28) WONDROUS STORIES – Yes
  29. (24) WAY DOWN – Elvis Presley
  30. (23) MAGIC FLY – Space
  31. (30) CAPTAIN KREMMEN – Kenny Everett
  32. (32) I BELIEVE YOU – Dorothy Moore
  33. (45) I WILL – Ruby Winters
  34. (22) MY BABY LEFT ME/ THAT’S ALRIGHT MAMA – Slade
  35. (21) LOVE BUG – Tina Charles
  36. (27) ANGEL OF THE MORNING – Mary Mason
  37. (34) I CAN’T GET YOU OUTA MY MIND – Yvonne Elliman
  38. (33) YOU MAKE LOVIN’ FUN – Fleetwood Mac
  39. (43) BABY BABY MY LOVE’S ALL FOR YOU – Deniece Williams
  40. (31) NO MORE HEROES – Stranglers
  41. (–) LOVE OF MY LIFE – Dooleys
  42. (49) DON’T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE – Crystal Gayle
  43. (41) FROM NEW YORK TO LA – Patsy Gallant
  44. (39) DOWN DEEP INSIDE – Donna Summer
  45. (40) OXYGENE PART IV – Jean-Michel Jarre
  46. (–) HIGHWAYMAN – Brotherhood Of Man
  47. (–) WATCHING THE DETECTIVES – Elvis Costello
  48. (37) RIGHT ON TIME – Brothers Johnson
  49. (–) FLORAL DANCE – Brighouse & Rastrick Band
  50. (–) YOU’RE FABULOUS BABE – Kenny Williams

 

 

I’m struck by how many songs have become widely regarded as classics, as well as the acts. Abba were my top act of the time, with ELO runners-up, but I’d also had periods of being mad on Queen, Roxy, Wings, Donna, Bowie, and with a great body of work even by this time, the Bee Gees. Oldies from Roxy and Righteous Brothers charted in the UK, and recharted in my chart. Righteous Brothers would eventually go all the way – in 1990, on one of it’s many revivals. It is, of course, one of the greatest most perfect pop singles of all-time. Elvis Costello debuts, first in a long career. In at 26, one of the biggest-sellers in the UK of all-time, Wings Mull Of Kintyre, and a future number one.

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