Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Melanie


John Napper is a British citizen who moved to Brazil when he retired from his work in London. He has lived Rio de Janeiro for a decade now. Both of us like music and I was surprised to know that Napper was a Melanie Safka fan. 

I lived in the USA in the early 1970s and had the chance to be exposed to the beautiful music Melanie made in those post-Woodstock years. I first heard Melanie singing 'Brand new key' but it was listening to her 'Candles in the rain' album that I fell in love with her voice and her music. Here's what John Napper wrote about her. 


Hi, Carlus

I was introduced to Melanie in 1971 by a fellow student who was a big fan and played her 1st four albums (total output at that time) constantly. Unfortunately I eventually lost touch with him but I still like her a lot. I agree with you that her version of 'Ruby Tuesday' is better than the Rolling Stones' original. She also did a brilliant version of 'Wild horses', another Stones' song. Most of her recordings are her own songs but she usually includes a couple of covers on each album which are always adapted to her own style and excellent in my opinion.

You had referred to the song 'Look what they've done to my song, Ma!' which is what she actually sings but the title is 'What have they done to my song, Ma!'.

Melanie one gave an interview to NME in which she said she'd gone into the studio and recorded 'Ruby Tuesday' with just her guitar as she would sing it on stage and thought that was fine. Later she was asked to listen to the finished recording and was not at all happy that strings had been added. Peronally I think it works well, but she was upset at the time and found a corner to sit and think about it... and that's when she wrote 'What have they done to my song, Ma!'. Both songs were included on the album 'Candles in the rain' and ironically issued as a double A-side single which became her first UK chart hit.

I got to see Melanie live in the Royal Albert Hall in 1975, where she was the only act and was accompanied by a single guitarrist whose name I can't recall. I still have the concert programme but he doesn't get a mention, unfortunately. She was on stage for around 3 hours, running well over the schedule finish-line, eventually finishing when her eldest daughter came on stage, apparently unplanned but I suspect it was a ploy by her husband to call time.

I eventually got to see her again much later in 2010, at The Stables which is a small theatre in Wavenden, just outside Milton Keynes, that is now an independent venue run by a trust but was originally created by the late Johnny Dankworth and his wife Cleo Laine on their property. It is an excellent theatre, obviously much more intimate than the Royal Albert Hall and she was able to hold conversations with members of the audience during her show which was nice.

This time she had a support act, her own son Beau Jared who is billed as a guitar-virtuoso and I won't argue with that. Afterwards they sat at the merchandise-table in the theatre-reception and signed autographs. I dashed out to my car and returned with my 1975 programme for her to sign. Melanie was very happy to see that and looked through it before asking if Beau Jared could take a photo of it. Obviously that was no problem and I was impressed that she asked permission, after all she is the star and I just happen to have kept an old concert-programme.

Concert-programmes seem to be a thing of the past. I had a small collection which I put on eBay when I was having a big clear-out in preparation for emigrating to Brazil, but this signed one is not for sale.

I'm guessing that you don't know the story of how she got started in the music business. The programme includes a short biography having the sotry of how she trained to be an actress. One day she went for an audition and went to the wrong office which was that of Peter Schekeryk, a music producer. As it happened, she was carrying a guitar-case and he asked her to play something seeing that she was there. I don't know what song she performed for him  but the result was a recording-contract and later marriage which lasted until he died which sadly was not long after I saw her at The Stables.

Melanie had never planned to be a recording star and always gives me the impression that she never really thought of herself as a star, just a singer performing for friends. Even though she obviously doesn't believe how successful she is. It's like she is still playing for fun in a Greenwich Village folk-club. What's more, her voice is still as good as ever.

Cheers, John Napper.





Wednesday, 4 September 2013

USA Hit Parade from 1959 to 1981

This is a completely different view of Billboard's Weekly USA Hit Parade. It is a MONTHLY view of the 10 most popular hits in the USA from 1959 through to 1981. I have made a point of NOT repeating any song no matter how long it stayed at #1 or any other position.

For instance let's take Bobby Darin's 'Mack the knife' which was #1 for 9 weeks in 1959, making up October, November and the 1st week in December. Instead of having 'Mack the knife' as #1 in both October and November, I only included it as #1 in October and found a #2 to become #1 in November. Is it right? Probably not, but what matters is that one has 120 hits a year which gives one a comprehensive look for that year. 

This is not a strength or endurance competition. It doesn't matter if a song was 8 weeks at #1 but that the song was the best seller during a particular time. It is a list where one can find that a particular song was a hit at a particular time and had such and such as 'companions'. It was designed to give a 'snapshop' of a particular time without endless repetitions.

Bobby Lewis' 'Tossin' and turnin' was #1 for 7 weeks spanning July and August 1961. It suffices to know 'Tossin' and turnin' was #1 in July 1961. As everyone knows that a 'regular' hit would play  for 8 to 10 weeks on the air waves it is easy to figure it out. 



Sunday, 1 September 2013

1981 USA Hit Parade

Listen to all 1981 hits on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROZFZwWv8A8

JANUARY  31,  1981

1.  The tide is high  -  Blondie
2.  Guilty  -  Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
3.  Whip it  -  Devo
4.  Passion  -  Rod Stewart
5.  De do do do, de da da da   -  Police

6.  Tell it like it is  -  Heart
7.  I made it through the rain  -  Barry Manilow
8.  It's my turn  -  Diana Ross
9.  Never be the same  -  Christopher Cross
10. Suddenly  -  Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard


FEBRUARY  14,  1981

1.  Celebration  -  Kool & the Gang
2.  I love a rainy night  -  Eddie Rabbit
3.  Every woman in the world  -  Air Supply
4.  Hey nineteen  -  Steely Dan
5.  Same Old Lang Syne  -  Dan Fogelberg

6.  Giving it up for your love  -  Delbert McClinton
7.  A little in love  -  Cliff Richard
8.  Watching you  -  Slave
9.  Remote control  -  The Reddings
10. Let me be your angel  -  Stacy Lattisaw


M A R C H   14,  1981

1.  9 to 5  -  Dolly Parton
2.  Woman  -  John Lennon
3.  The best of times  -  Styx
4.  Crying  -  Don McLean
5.  Keep on loving you  -  REO Speedwagon

6.  The winner takes it all  -  Abba
7.  Together  -  Tierra
8.  What kind of fool  -  Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
9.  Hello again  -  Neil Diamond
10. Don't stop the music  -  Yarbrough & Peoples


A P R I L  11,  1981

1.  Kiss on my list  -  Daryl Hall & John Oates
2.  Rapture  -  Blondie
3.  While you see a chance  -  Steve Winwood
4.  Watching the wheels  -  John Lennon
5.  Don't stand so close to me  -  Police

6.  It's a love thing  -  The Whispers
7.  Fly away  -  Peter Allen
8.  Fantastic voyage  -  Lakeside
9.  Bon bon vie (Gimme the good life)  -  T.S.Monk
10. Treat me right  -  Pat Benatar


M A Y    2,  1981

1.  Morning train  (Nine to Five)  -  Sheena Easton
2.  Just the two of us  -  Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers
3.  Being with you  -  Smokey Robinson
4.  Shaddap you face  -  Joe Dolce
5.  Angel of the morning  -  Juice Newton

6.  How 'bout us  -  Champaign
7.  Too much time on my hands  -  Styx
8.  I can't stand it  -  Eric Clapton & His Band
9.  Take it on the run  -  REO Speedwagon
10.  Magic man  -  Robert Winters & Fall


J U N E  6,  1981

1.  Bette Davis eyes  -  Kim Carnes
2.  Stars of 45 medley  -  Stars on 45
3.  Sukiyaki  -  Taste of Honey
4.  A woman needs love (Just like you do)  -  Ray Parker & Raydio
5.  Sweetheart  -  Frankie & the Knockouts

6.  Living inside myself  -  Gino Vanelli
7.  America  -  Neil Diamond
8. Watcha gonna do for me?  -  Chaka Khan
9.  Searching to find the one  -  Unlimited Touch
10. Two hearts  -  Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass


J U L Y  25,  1981

1.  Jessie's girl  -  Ricky Springfield
2.  All those years ago  -  George Harrison
3.  The one that you love  -  Air Supply
4.  Elvira  -  The Oak Ridge Boys
5.  You make my dreams  -  Daryl Hall & John Oates

6.  Love on a two-way street  -  Stacy Lattisaw
7.  I don't need you  -  Kenny Rogers
8.  You make my dreams  -  Daryl Hall & John Oates
9.  This little girl  -  Gary U.S. Bonds
10. Since I don't have you  -  Don McLean


AUGUST  15,  1981

1.  Believe it or not (Theme from 'Greatest American Hero')  -  Joey Scarbury
2.  Slow hand  -  Pointer Sisters
3.  Hearts  -  Marty Balin
4.  Boy from New York City  -  Manhattan Transfer
5.  The stroke  -  Billy Squire

6.  Time  -  The Alan Parsons Project
7.  Who's crying now  -  Journey
8.  Just be my lady  -  Larry Graham
9.  Sweet baby  -  Stanley Clark/George Duke
10. A heart in New York  -  Art Garfunkel


SEPTEMBER  19,  1981

1.  Endless love  -  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
2.  Stop draggin' my heart around  -  Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
3.  Urgent  -  Foreigner
4.  Queen of hearts  -  Juice Newton
5.  We're in this love together  -  Al Jarreau

6.  Hold on tight  -  Electric Light Orchestra
7.  Lady (You bring me up)  -  Commodores
8.  (There's) No gettin' over me  -  Ronnie Milsap
9.  The Beach Boys Medley  -  The Beach Boys
10.  The breakup song (They don't write 'em)  -  The Greg Khin Band


OCTOBER  17,  1981

1.  Arthur's Theme (Best that you can do)  -  Christopher Cross
2.  For your eyes only  -  Sheena Easton
3.  Here I am (Just when I thought I was over you)  -  Air Supply
4.  Step by step  -  Eddie Rabbit
5.  She's a bad mama Jama (She's built, she's stacked)  -  Carl Carlton

6.  Hard to say  -  Dan Fogelberg
7.  Never too much  -  Luther Vandross
8.  Just once  -  Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram
9.  Say goodbye to Hollywood  -  Billy Joel
10. When she was my girl  -  Four Tops


NOVEMBER  14,  1981

1.  Private eye  -  Daryl Hall & John Oates
2.  Start me up  -  Rolling Stones
3.  Leather and lace  -  Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
4.  Every little thing she does is magic  -  Police
5.  The night owls  -  The Little River Band

6.  I've done everything for you  -  Ricky Springfield
7.  The Theme from Hill Street Blues  -  Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton
8.  Yesterday's song  -  Neil Diamond
9.  Trying to live my life without you  -  Bob Seger
10. Silly  -  Deniece Williams


DECEMBER  12,  1981

1.  Physical  -  Olivia Newton-John
2.  Waiting for a girl like you  -  Foreigner
3.  Let's groove  -  Earth, Wind & Fire
4.  I can't go for that  -  Daryl Hall & John Oates
5.  Why do fools fall in love?  -  Diana Ross

6.  Harden my heart  -  Quarterflash
7.  Young Turks  -  Rod Stewart
8.  Oh no  -  Commodores .
9.  Don't stop believing  -  Journey
10. Waiting on a friend  -  Rolling Stones

1980 USA Hit Parade

Listen to all 1980 hits on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nijn8XFf8i0

JANUARY  5,  1980

1.  Rock with you  -  Michael Jackson
2.  Sara  -  Fleetwood Mac
3.  We don't talk anymore  -  Cliff Richard
4.  Coward of the country  -  Kenny Rogers
5.  The long run  -  Eagles

6.  Better love next time  -  Dr. Hook
7.  Don't let go  -  Isaac Hayes
8.  Don't do me like that  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
9.  Do you love what you feel?  -  Rufus & Chaka Khan
10. I wanna be your lover  -  Prince
FEBRUARY  9,  1980

1.  Do that to me one more time  -  The Captain & Tennille
2.  On the radio  -  Donna Summer
3.  Yes, I'm ready  -  Teri DeSario with K.C.
4.  Too hot  -  Kool & the Gang
5.  And the beat goes on  -  The Whispers

6.  The second time around  -  Shalamar
7.  Deja jù  -  Dionne Warwick
8.  Take the long way home  -  Supertramp
9.  Head games  -  Foreigner
10. Too late  -  Journey 


M A R C H  8,  1980

1.  Crazy little thing called love  -  Queen
2.  Longer  -  Dan Fogelberg
3.  Him  -  Rupert Holmes
4.  Daydream believer  -  Anne Murray
5.  Off the wall  -  Michael Jackson

6.  This is it  -  Kenny Loggins
7.  Desire  -  Andy Gibb
8.  How do I make you?  -  Linda Ronstadt
9.  I pledge my love  -  Peaches & Herb
10. Romeo's tune  -  Steve Forgert


A P R I L  12.  1980

1.  Another brick in the wall  -  Pink Floyd
2.  Working my way back to you / Forgive me, girl  -  Spinners
3.  Special lady  -  Ray, Goodman & Brown
4.  I can't tell you why  -  Eagles
5.  With you I'm born again  -  Billy Preston & Syreeta

6.  Heartbreaker  -  Pat Benatar
7.  You may be right  -  Billy Joel
8.  An American dream  -  The Dirty Band
9.  Come back  -  J.Geils Band
10. Don't cry for me Argentina  -  Festival


M A Y  17,  1980

1.  Call me  -  Blondie
2.  Ride like the wind  -  Christopher Cross
3.  Lost in love  -  Air Supply
4.  Fire Lake  -  Bob Segar & the Silver Bullet Band
5.  Sexy eyes  -  Dr. Hook

6.  Hold on to my love  -  Jimmy Ruffin
7.  Stomp!  -  The Brothers Johnson
8.  Pilot of the airwaves  -  Charlie Dore
9.  Inside of you  -  Ray, Goodman & Brown
10. Set me free  -  Utopia


J U N E  14,  1980

1.  Funkytown  -  Lipps, Inc.
2.  Against the wind  -  Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
3.  Don't fall in love with a dreamer  -  Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes
4.  Hurt so bad  -  Linda Ronstadt
5.  Cars  -  Gary Numan

6.  Brass in pocket (I'm special)  -  Pretenders
7.  Biggest part of me  -  Ambrosia
8.  She's out of my life  -  Michael Jackson
9.  Don't say good night (It's time for love)  -  The Isley Brothers
10. A lovers holiday  -  Change


J U L Y  12,  1980

1.  Coming up  -  Paul McCartney & Wings
2.  It's still rock'n'roll to me  -  Billy Joel
3.  The rose  -  Bette Middler
4.  Little Jeannie  -  Elton John
5.  Steal away  -  Robbie Dupree

6.  Cupid / I've loved you for a long time  -  Spinners
7.  Let me love you tonight  -  Pure Praire League
8.  Let's get serious  -  Jermaine Jackson
9.  Shining star  -  Manhattans
10. Tired of toein' the line  -  The S.O.S. Band


AUGUST  9,  1980

1.  Magic  -  Olivia Newton-John
2.  Emotional rescue  -  Rolling Stones
3.  Take your time (Do it right)  -  The S.O.S. Band
4.  Landlord  -  Gladys Knight & the Pips
5.  I'm alive  -  Electric Light Orchestra

6.  Let my love open the door  -  Pete Townsend
7.  More love  -  Kim Carnes
8.  Back together again  -  Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
9.  Theme from 'New York, New York'  -  Frank Sinatra
10. In America  -  The Charlie Daniels Band


SEPTEMBER  13,  1980

1.  Sailing  -  Christopher  Cross
2.  Fame  -  Irene Cara
3.  Upside down  -  Diana Ross
4.  All out of love  -  Air Supply
5.  Late in the evening  -  Paul Simon

6.  Give me the night  -  George Benson
7.  Lookin' for love  -  Johnny Lee
8.  One in a million you  -  Larry Graham
9.  Take a little rhythm  -  Ali Thomson
10. Love the world away  -  Kenny Rogers


OCTOBER  18,  1980

1.  Another one bites the dust  -  Queen
2.  He's so shy  -  Pointer Sisters
3.  Xanadu  -  Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra
4.  Drivin' my life away  -  Eddie Rabbit
5.  I'm alright  -  Kenny Loggins

6.  Never knew love like this before  -  Stephanie Mills
7.  Can't we try  -  Teddy Pendergrass
8.  First... be a woman  -  Leonore O'Malley
9.  You'll accomp'ny me  -  Bob Seger & the Silver Bullett Bandn
10. Missunderstanding  -  Genesis


NOVEMBER  8,  1980

1.  Woman in love  -  Barbra Streisand
2.  More than love can say  -  Leo Sayer
3.  The wanderer  -  Donna Summer
4.  Dreamer  -  Supertramp
5.  Real love  -  The Doobie Brothers

6.  I'm coming out  -  Diana Ross
7.  Jesse  -  Carly Simon
8.  Into the night  -  Benny Mardones
9.  Without your love - Roger Daltrey
10. All over the world  -  Electric Light Orchestra


DECEMBER  27,  1980

1.  (Just like) Starting over  -  John Lennon
2.  Lady  -  Kenny Rogers
3.  Master blaster (Jammin')  -  Stevie Wonder
4.  Hit me with your best shot  -  Pat Benatar
5.  Love on the rocks  -  Neil Diamond

6.  Hungry heart  -  Bruce Springsteen
7.  Everybody's got to learn sometime  -  The Korgis
8.  She's so cold  -  Rolling Stones
9.  Dreaming  -  Cliff Richard
10. Sequel  -  Harry Chapin

1979 USA Hit Parade


JANUARY  13,  1979

1.  Too much heaven  -  Bee Gees
2.  Y.M.C.A.  -  Village People
3.  My life  -  Billy Joel
4.  Hold the line  -  Toto
5.  Got to be real  -  Cheryl Lynn

6.  Oh baby baby  -  Linda Ronstadt
7.  You stepped into my life  -  Melba Moore
8.  September  -  Earth, Wind & Fire
9.  Living it up  -  Bell & James
10. Promises  -  Eric Clapton & His Band


FEBRUARY  10,  1979

1.  Do ya think I'm sexy?  -  Rod Stewart
2.  A little more love  -  Olivia Newton-John
3.  Lotta love  -  Nicolette Larson
4.  Fire  -  Pointer Sisters
5.  Somewhere in the night  -  Barry Manilow

6.  Shake your groove thing  -  Peaches & Herb
7.  We've got tonight  -  Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
8.  Everyone's a winner  -  Hot Chocolate
9.  I don't know if it's right  -  Evelyn 'Champagne' King
10. I was made for dancin'  -  Leif Garrett


M A R C H  10,  1979

1.  I will survive  -  Gloria Gaynor
2.  Tragedy  -  Bee Gees
3.  Sultans of Swing  -  Dire Straits
4.  Don't cry out loud  -  Melissa Manchester
5.  Heaven knows  -  Donna Summer & Brooklyn Dreams

6.  Haven't stopped dancing yet  -  Gonzales
7.  Shake it  -  Ian Matthews
8.  Keep on dancin'  -  Gary's Gang
9.  Soul man  -  The Blue Brothers
10. What you won't do for love  -  Bobby Caldwell


A P R I L  14,  1979

1.  What a fool believes  -  The Dobbie Brothers
2.  Heart of glass  -  Blondie
3.  Knock on wood  -  Amii Stewart
4.  He's the greatest dancer  -  Sister Sledge
5.  Disco nights (Rock-Freak)  -  GQ

6.  Lady  -  Little River Band
7.  At midnight  -  T-Connection
8.  Take me home  -  Cher
9.  Every time I think of you  -  The Babys
10. I got my mind made up (You can get it girl)  -  Instant Funk


M A Y  12,  1979

1.  Reunited  -  Peaches & Herb
2.  Hot stuff  -  Donna Summer
3.  In the Navy  -  Village People
4.  Stumblin' in  -  Suzy Quatro & Chris Norman
5.  Good night tonight  -  Paul McCartney & Wings

6.  Music box dancer  -  Frank Mills
7.  Precious love  -  Bob Welch
8.  There but for the grace of God go I  -  Machine
9.  Ain't no stoppin' us now  -  McFadden & Whitehead
10. Shake your body (Down to the ground)  -  The Jacksons


J U N E  30,  1979

1.  Ring my bell  -  Anita Ward
2.  Love you inside out  -  Bee Gees
3.  We are family  -  Sister Sledge
4.  The logical song  -  Supertramp
5.  Just when I needed you most  -  Randy Vanwarmer

6.  Blow away  -  George Harrison
7.  Honesty  -  Billy Joel
8.  I want your love  -  Chic
9.  You take my breath away  -  Rex Smith
10. Love is the answer  -  England Dan & John Ford Coley


J U L Y  14,  1979

1.  Bad girls  -  Donna Summer
2.  Good times  -  Chic
3.  Chuck E.'s in love  -  Rickie Lee Jones
4.  She believes in me  -  Kenny Rogers
5.  Boogie wonderland  -  Earth, Wind & Fire

6.  Watcha gonna do with my lovin'?  -  Stephanie Mills
7.  You gonna make me love somebody else  -  The Jones Girls
8.  I want you to want me  -  Cheap Trick
9.  Shine a little love  -  Electric Light Orchestra
10. Makin' it  -  David Naughton


AUGUST  25,  1979

1.  My Sharona  -  The Knack
2.  You can't change that  -  Raydio
3.  The Main Event / Fight  -  Barbra Streisand
4.  When you're in love with a beautiful woman  -  Dr. Hook
5.  Gold  -  John Stewart

6.  I was made for lovin' you  -  Kiss
7.  Is she really going out with him?  -  Joe Jackson
8.  Mama can't buy you love  -  Elton John
9.  Young blood  -  Ricky Lee Jones 
10. Lead me on  -  Maxine Nightingale


SEPTEMBER  29,  1979

1.  Sad eyes  -  Robert John
2.  After the love has gone  -  Earth, Wind & Fire
3.  The devil went down to Georgia  -  The Charlie Daniels Band
4.  Don't bring me down  -  Electric Light Orchestra
5.  Goodbye stranger  -  Supertramp

6.  The boss  -  Diana Ross
7.  Come to me  -  France Joli
8.  Bad case of loving you (Doctor doctor)  -  Robert Palmer
9.  Sail on  -  Commodores
10. Let's go  -  The Cars


OCTOBER  13,  1979

1.  Don't stop 'til you get enough  -  Michael Jackson
2.  Rise  -  Herb Alpert
3.  Lonesome loser  -  The Little River Band
4.  I'll never love this way again  -  Dionne Warwick
5.  All of  my love  -  Led Zeppelin

6.  Good girls don't  -  The Knack
7.  Dirty white boys  -  Foreigner
8.  Ladies night  -  Kool & the Gang
9.  Heaven must have sent you  -  Bonnie Pointer
10. Driver's seat  -  Sniff 'n' the Tears


NOVEMBER  24,  1979

1.  No more tears (Enough is enough)  -  Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer
2.  Still  -  Commodores
3.  Heartache tonight  -  Eagles
4.  Pop Musik  -  M
5.  Tusk  -  Fleetwood Mac

6.  You decoracted my life  -  Kenny Rogers
7.  Dim all the lights  -  Donna Summer
8.  Ships  -  Barry Manilow
9.  Forever mine  -  O'Jays
10. Broken hearted me  -  Anne Murray


DECEMBER  15,  1979

1.  Babe  -  Styx
2.  Please don't go  -  K.C. & the Sunshine Band
3.  Escape (The Pina Colada song)  -  Rupert Holmes
4.  You're only lonely  -  J.D. Souther
5.  Crusin'  -  Smokey Robinson

6.  Send one your love  -  Stevie Wonder
7.  I want you tonight  -  Pablo Cruise
8.  Half the way  -  Crystal Gayle
9.  Take the long way home  -  Supertramp
10. Cool change  -  The Little River Band

1978 USA Hit Parade

Listen to all 1978 hits on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXDamhlsc7c

JANUARY  14,  1978

1.  Baby come back  -  Player
2.  Here you come again  -  Dolly Parton
3.  You're in my heart (The final acclaim)  -  Rod Stewart
4.  Slip, sliding away  -  Paul Simon
5.  Short people  -  Randy Newman

6.  Come sail away  -  Styx
7.  Don't let me be misunderstood  -  Santa Esmeralda
8.  Serpentine fire  -  Earth, Wind & Fire
9.  Turn to stone  -  Electric Light Orchestra
10. Concomotion (instr.)  -  El Coco


FEBRUARY  11,  1978

1.  Stayin' alive  -  Bee Gees
2.  Just the way you are  -  Billy Joel
3.  We are the champions  -  Queen
4.  Dance, dance, dance (Yowsah, yowsah, yowsah)  -  Chic
4.  Sometimes when we touch  -  Dan Hill
5.  Peg  -  Steely Dan

6.  (What a) Wonderful world  -  Art Garfunkel with James Taylor & Paul Simon
7.  Tumblin' dice  -  Linda Ronstadt
8.  Desiree  -  Neil Diamond
9.  What's your name?  -  Lynyrd Skynyrd
10. Theme from 'Close Encounters'  -  Meco


M A R C H   4,  1978

1.  (Love is) Thicker than water  -  Andy Gibb
2.  Lay down Sally  -  Eric Clapton
3.  Emotion  -  Samantha Sang
4.  Thunder Island  -  Jay Ferguson
5.  Ebony eyes  -  Bob Welch

6.  Falling  -  Leblanc & Carr
7.  Running on empty  -  Jackson Browne
8.  The way you do the things you do  -  Rita Coolidge
9.  I go crazy  -  Paul Davis
10. The name of the game  -  Abba


A P R I L  8,  1978

1.  Night fever  -  Bee Gees
2.  Can't smile without you  -  Barry Manilow
3.  Dust in the wind  -  Kansas
4.  We'll never have to say goodbye again  -  England Dan & John Ford Coley
5.  Jack and Jill  -  Raydio

6.  Our love  -  Natalie Cole
7.  Thunder Island  -  Jay Ferguson
8.  Goodbye girl  -  David Gates
9.  Always and forever  -  Heatwave
10. Flash light  -  Parliament
M A Y  13,  1978

1.  If I can't have you  -  Yvonne Elliman 
2.  The closer I get to you  -  Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
3.  With a little luck  -  Paul McCartney & Wings
4.  More than a woman  -  Bee Gees
5.  Disco inferno  -  Trammps

6.  Count on me  -  Jefferson Starship
7.  Dance with me  -  Peter Brown
8.  London Town  -  Paul McCartney & Wings
9.  Movin' out (Anthony's song)  -  Billy Joel
10. Make you feel love again  -  Wet Willie


J U N E  17,  1978

1.  Shadow dancing  -  Andy Gibb
2.  You're the one that I want  -  John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
3.  Baker Street  -  Gerry Rafferty
4.  Too much, too little, too late  -  Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
5.  It's a heartache  -  Bonnie Tyler

6.  On Broadway  -  George Benson
7.  Love is like oxygen  -  Sweet
8.  Imaginary lover  -  Atlanta Rhythm Section
9.  Two out of three ain't bad  -  Meat Loaf
10. This time I'm in it for love  -  Player


J U L Y   29,  1978

1.  Miss you  -  Rolling Stones
2.  Still the same  -  Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
3.  You belong to me  -  Carly Simon
4.  Take a chance on me  -  Abba
5.  Baby hold on  -  Eddie Money

6.  Feel so good  -  Chuck Mangione
7.  Use ta be my girl  -  O' Jays
8.  Shame  -  Evelyn 'Champagne' King
9.  Because the night  -  Patti Smith Group
10. The groove line  -  Heatwave
AUGUST  12,  1978

1.  Three times a lady  -  Commodores
2.  Copacabana (At the Copa)  -  Barry Manilow
3.  Last dance  -  Donna Summer
4.  Hot blooded  -  Foreigner
5.  Bluer than blue  -  Michael Johnson

6.  Macho man  -  The Village People
7.  Magnet and steel  -  Walter Egan
8.  Runaway love  -  Linda Clifford
9.  Life's been good  -  Joe Walsh
10. Love will find a way  -  Pablo Cruise


SEPTEMBER  16,  1978

1.  Boogie oogie oogie  -  A Taste of Honey
2.  Grease  -  Frankie Valli
3.  Hopelessly devoted to you  -  Olivia Newton-John
4.  Summer nights  -  John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
5.  Get off  -  Foxy

6.  You and I  -  Rick James
7.  Fool if you think it's over  -  Chris Rhea
8.  Got to get you into my life  -  Earth, Wind & Fire
9.  My angel baby  -  Toby Beau
10. Stuff like that  -  Quincy Jones


OCTOBER  28,  1978

1.  Hot child in the city  -  Nick Gilder
2.  An everlasting love  -  Andy Gibb
3.  Kiss you all over  -  Exile
4.  Whenever I call you 'friend'  -  Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks
5.  Love is in the air  -  John Paul Young

6.  Reminiscing  -  The Little River Band
7.  Hollywood nights  -  Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band
8.  Don't look back  -  Boston
9.  Got to have loving  -  Don Ray
10. Who are you?  -  The Who
NOVEMBER  4,  1978

1.  You needed me  -  Ann Murray
2.  MacArthur Park  -  Donna Summer
3.  Ready to take a chance again  -  Barry Manilow
4.  Back in the USA  -  Linda Ronstadt
5.  Beast of burden  -  Rolling Stones

6.  One nation under a groove  -  Funkadelic
7.  Instant replay  -  Dan Hartman
8.  In the bush  -  Musique
9.  Right down the line  -  Gerry Rafferty
10. Alive again  -  Chicago  


Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
DECEMBER  16,  1978

1.  Le Freak  -  Chic
2.  I love the night life (Disco 'round)  -  Alicia
3.  You don't bring me flowers  -  Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
4.  (Our love) Don't thow it all away  -  Andy Gibb
5.  Sharing the night together  -  Dr. Hook

6.  Time passages  -  Al Stewart
7.  I'm every woman  -  Chaka Khan
8.  How much I feel  -  Ambrosia
9.  Double vision  -  Foreigner
9.  I just wanna stop  -  Gino Vanelli
10. You never done it like that  -  Captain & Tenille