Last year, we visited WEEX in Easton, Pennsylvania and looked at their survey from April of 1975. Let’s go back and have a look at their survey from August 10, 1979.
I changed the table to include my remarks, as requested. Let me know what you think!
|10||“The Devil Went Down To Georgia”
Charlie Daniels Band
|3||The song is based on Vassar Clements’s 1975 song “Lonesome Fiddle Blues,” on which Charlie had played. It was kept from going further than #3 by “After The Love Is Gone” (which see) and “My Sharona.” Still, it was the CDB’s highest-charting single.|
|1||From their 1979 album Risque, this song is frequently sampled on rap and hip-hop records. I chose a live, three-minute version of the song rather than the full eight-minute single. You’re welcome…|
|8||“I’ll Never Love This Way Again”
|5||Written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings and produced by her Arista labelmate Barry Manilow, this was her first single after moving to Arista from Warner Bros. The song earned Ms. Warwick the 1980 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and earned Platinum status for sales in excess of 1 million. Interesting that, earlier in her career, she had a hit with “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”…|
|13||From his 1979 album Loveline, it reached #1 on the Country chart as well as #13 on the Hot 100. He says he wrote it in five minutes on a lunch break, and it was named BMI’s Song of the Year in 1980.|
|6||“You Can’t Change That”
|9||From Raydio’s second album Rock On, it reached #3 on the R&B chart. Raydio was primarily Arnell Carmichael on vocals and Ray Parker Jr. (who would go on to have a #1 hit with the theme from Ghostbusters in 1984) on bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals.|
|5||“Mama Can’t Buy You Love”
|9||The song was from Elton’s EP The Thom Bell Sessions, which was recorded in 1977 but not released until 1979. The Spinners provide background vocals. It also spent one week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.|
|1||From his eponymous 1979 album, it was one of the few non-disco songs to reach #1 that year. 1979 was also the year Steve Dahl of Chicago’s WLUP held “Disco Demolition” at Comiskey Park as Americans tired of disco. Coincidence? I think not!|
|3||“Lead Me On”
|24||This was originally on the UK versions of her 1978 album Love Lines. The album was never released in the US; however, Al Teller, who had produced Maxine’s single “Right Back Where We Started From” and just taken control of Windsong Records, issued it on that label as a single. It was written by Allee Willis and David Lasley.|
|2||“After The Love Has Gone”
Earth Wind & Fire
|2||This was the Song of the Day last Wednesday, so check out that post for the details on it. To quote Barney Fife, I don’t chew my cabbage twice…|
|1||“The Main Event/Fight”
|3||This is a medley of two songs from the 1979 movie The Main Event, which starred Ms. Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. It’s one of two disco-type songs she did in 1979, and was off the charts very shortly after it peaked.|
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 11, 2020.