I had a choice between 1966 and 1977 for WABC (that’s what came up in my DuckDuckGo search) and chose the latter because I think I had just done 1966 at another radio station. Here’s what they were listening to in New York City on August 2, 1977, and surprisingly, there’s not a lot of disco on it.
- The Floaters, “Float On” This is the short version; there’s also a long version and a longer version. Dig those dance moves! This was their one and only hit, #1 on the R&B chart, #2 on the Hot 100, and #5 in Ireland, sure ‘n’ begorrah!
- Barbra Streisand, “My Heart Belongs To Me” The late ’70’s produced some really depressing music, and this is a prime example. Not that it’s a bad song: Ms. Streisand is in especially good form here. It reached #1 on the AC chart and #4 on the Hot 100, not surprising for a woman who could sing the phone book and have a platinum record.
- Peter McCann, “Do You Wanna Make Love” Peter was a songwriter who hit it big in ’77 when Jennifer Warnes sang his “Right Time Of The Night.” 20th Century Records signed him and he rewarded them with this going to #5. “Right Time of the Night” was on the flip side. This was McCann’s only hit as a recording artist.
- Barry Manilow, “Looks Like We Made It” Bette Midler’s former pianist and music director scored his third of five gold records with this song, released on Mary’s 20th birthday. It rose to #1 on the AC chart and the Hot 100 and was #37 for the year.
- Rita Coolidge, “Higher And Higher” Rita had been a backup singer, and was part of Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in the late ’60’s, which boosted her as a solo act. Despite recording since 1969, this was her first Top 10, reaching #2 on the Hot 100, #5 on the AC chart, and #1 in Canada, earning her a gold record.
- Alan O’Day, “Undercover Angel” Alan is probably better known for writing “Angie Baby” for Helen Reddy and “Rock & Roll Heaven” for the Righteous Brothers. He wrote and recorded this one and it found its way to #1.
- Shaun Cassidy, “Da Do Ron Ron” David’s younger (and arguably cuter) half-brother, Shaun was on TV as Joe Hardy in The Hardy Boys Mysteries when he recorded this, and it shot to #1 in both the US and Canada.
- The Emotions, “Best Of My Love” These ladies started as gospel singers and later branched into R&B and soul. From Chicago, they had another Chicago band, Earth Wind & Fire, backing them on this, which no doubt helped it reach #1 on the Pop and R&B charts. VH-1 named them on of the 18 most influential girl groups of all time.
- Peter Frampton, “I’m In You” Still basking in the glory from Frampton Comes Alive! the previous year, this is the title track from his next studio album. It rose to #2 in the US and #1 in Canada, and he didn’t even use the talk box…
- Andy Gibb, “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” Andy’s star burned brightly in the late ’70’s until drugs and depression took him down. This was the first of three straight #1 hits in the US for Andy.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for August 2, 2019.