I went back and forth with what I wanted to do today as far as M4, and finally I decided to go with the old tried-and-true survey post. So, I spun the wheel and came up with 1977 (sorry, there’s disco) at WLS, by then heavily into their “Musicradio” phase. Let’s see what Larry Lujack was playing on this date in 1977.
- Peter Frampton, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” Frampton chucks the voice box (temporarily) and goes with a Motown classic. It was on his I’m In You LP, releaed earlier in ’77, and reached #18 nationally. It reached #9 the following week before beginning its descent.
- Andy Gibb, “I Just Wanna Be Your Everything” The youngest brother Gibb was at the peak of his popularity when he released this, from his Flowing Rivers album. It hit the #1 spot nationally on the Hot 100, spending three weeks there. It had reached #1 at WLS in September and was on its way back down, falling to #13 the next week.
- Johnny Rivers, “Swayin’ To The Music (Slow Dancin’)” I had it in my head that Boz Scaggs had done this, but his was “low Dancer.” Anyway, this was written by Jack Tempchin, who was with a band called The Funky Kings, who had minor success with it. This was Johnny Rivers’s last Top 10 song, reaching #10 nationwide. It peaked at #7 the following week on WLS, where it spent two weeks, then spent a week at #1 before sliding down the chart.
- Foreigner, “Cold As Ice” Foreigner’s first single from their eponymous debut album, “Feels Like The First Time,” reached #4 nationally. After “Starrider,” which failed to chart, they had another Top 10 hit with this, which reached #6 nationally. The song had risen to #7 after spending several weeks at #8. It began its descent three weeks later, after peaking at #6 in Chicago.
- Carly Simon, “Nobody Does It Better” Theme song for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (which starred a too-old-for-007 Roger Moore), this peaked at #3 and spent three weeks there. It peaked at #2 nationally.
- Peter Brown, “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me” Wikipedia tells me “Chicago radio superstation WLS, which gave the song much airplay, ranked “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky with Me” as the 35th most popular hit of 1977. It reached as high as number three on their survey of October 22, 1977.” ‘Nuff said.
- Meco, “Star Wars (Disco Version)” One of the two songs that kept “Nobody Does It Better” from reaching the top spot, it peaked at #2 and stayed there for four weeks. Kind of a fun tune, really.
- Shaun Cassidy, “That’s Rock & Roll” Half-brother to David and son of Shirley Jones and perpetual Columbo bad guy Jack Cassidy, this song reached #1 in Chicago for one week two weeks before and was falling slowly through the Top 40 by October 15.
- KC and The Sunshine Band, “Keep It Comin’, Love” This peaked at #2 on October 15 and started right back down the week after. KC and the band now play on oldies cruises. One of the musicians in the band (and I don’t remember which) is a friend of our parish’s music director and comes by every year to play on Easter.
- Debby Boone, “You Light Up My Life” You knew it was coming… This was its second week at #1. It would spend another 5 weeks in the top spot before being supplanted by Heat Wave’s “Boogie Nights” at the end of November.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 15, 2018.