70s Music Chart January 17th 1976
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This was the week that a Rugby Union game between England and Wales became a must see event in the UK. The game ended England 9 Wales 21. No doubt about the better team then.
We continue the look at the 70s music charts from January 1976.
(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop by Fatback Band
It was 1970 in New York when this group first formed, and at this time this jazz funk disco group were signed with Event records, and had already charted several times in the 70s music charts. The group had many members including a lady Deborah Cooper. The band took this single from their album “Raising Hell”, and later this year an album called “Night Fever”.
We Do It by R.& J. Stone
This song was produced by Phil Swern, who also produced The Pearls and Polly Brown too. The R is Russell Oliver and the J is Joanne Stone, the husband and wife couple, who also wrote the record. Russell did not want to continue singing and became a writer and producer, his wife Joanne died in 1979 from a brain tumor.
Love Machine by Miracles
This from the album “City Of Angels” on the Motown label for the Miracles, just after Smokey Robinson’s departure. In fact the group had been going since 1958. At this time Billy Griffin was the lead, along with Ronald White who died in 1995, and was the man who discovered Stevie Wonder who was his 11 year old neighbour. Griffin along with fellow member Peter Moore wrote this record, Peter also co wrote “Tracks Of My Tears ” too.
Let The Music Play by Barry White
The “Walrus Of Love” with the voice that just melts you. The album of the same name also included “You See The Trouble With Me”, and “Let The Music Play” was written by Barry himself. Barry was the voice to an African American cartoon rabbit at the end of 1975 in the film Coonskin.
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Itchycoo Park by Small Faces
Originally a number three hit in 1967 for the band that later became The Faces. The song was written by Ronnie Lane who died in 1997, and Steve Marriott who died in 1991. The title seems to be related to stinging nettles in a park in London or Cambridge. But what really made it a huge hit in the 60s and 70s was the clever phasing on the track, very cool.
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In Dulce Jubilo/ On Horseback by Mike Oldfield
A little late for Christmas, but that is what this is a Christmas hit called “In Sweet Rejoicing” and also known as “Good Christian Men Rejoice” and dating from the middle ages, making it a real golden oldie. It has been rearranged so many times over hundreds of years that Bach actually appears on the singles credits.
Mike himself was born in 1943, and had already made his fortune with “Tubular Bells” earlier in the decade for which he won a Grammy.
Mamma Mia by Abba
Glass Of Champagne by Sailor
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
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