So far, I’ve done my level best not to include any disco in these lists. This time, though, I was caught between having to do two TV themes (I’m doing one) and “Junk Food Junkie,” throwing in a song or two I don’t recall (and still don’t after hearing them), or doing a couple of disco tunes, and chose the third option. Still, there are some real favorites of mine here.
- Elvin Bishop Group, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” Bishop was an original member of The Butterfield Blues Band and played with them through 1967’s The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw. He returned to his native Texas and started doing country as well as blues. This was the only hit for them, which peaked at #3.
- Starbuck, “Moonlight Feels Right” You already know how much I love this song, so I’ll just mention that it reached #3 in 1976.
- Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” This Irish hard-rock band had already reached #1 in their native Ireland and #6 in the UK with their first single, a rock version of the pub song “Whiskey In The Jar,” but this was the only song to crack the Top 20 in the US, peaking at #12.
- Henry Gross, “Shannon” Originally a member of Sha Na Na, Henry left in 1970 to concentrate on singing and sonwgwriting. He wrote this song to commemorate the passing of Brian Wilson’s Irish Setter, Shannon. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Cash Box survey, and #1 in Canada and New Zealand, but only got to #32 in the UK.
- Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” This quartet from Washington, DC reached #1 with this song and parlayed it into a six-week variety show on CBS during the summer of 1977. Two of the members, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, wrote “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” and later co-wrote “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with John Denver.
- Keith Carradine, “I’m Easy” From the 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville, it won the 1976 Oscar for Best Original Song, the only one the movie won (it was nominated for five Academy Awards). It reached #17 on the Hot 100 and earned Carradine a Golden Globe.
- Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” A country duo from Darby, Florida, this was their only crossover hit, which reached #1 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as #21 on the Country chart. In 1979, they reached #1 on the Country chart with “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” and had a few other Country #1’s in the Eighties.
- The Wing And A Prayer Fife And Drum Corps, “Baby Face” As I recall, this song had reached the Top 20 in every decade beginning in the Twenties when this disco version came out. This song was the reason our first cat, Kismet, was called Kittyface, because I used to carry her around the house singing “Kittyface, you’ve got the cutest little Kittyface” to her. She wasn’t thrilled.
- Cyndi Grecco, “Making Our Dreams Come True” Both the theme songs from Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley reached the Top 20 in 1976. This is the theme from the latter, just because I like it better. It only reached #25. One comment about the song was that it was better than the show. That’s a little harsh…
- Andrea True Connection, “More, More, More (Part 1)” Former porn actress Andrea True used the money she earned in Jamaica doing commercials for a real estate company, which she couldn’t bring into the US because the US imposed sanctions due to the election of a pro-Castro president, to record the demo of this song. By that time she had tired of making adult films, saying she’d rather work as a waitress or a typist than make another one. The song reached #4 on the Hot 100, and a followup single, “N. Y., You Got Me Dancing” reached #27 the following year.
And that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 15, 2017.