Showing posts with label 1978. Show all posts
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Michael Johnson - Bluer Than Blue - on Catching Up With The Superstars Of Country (1978)

Michael Johnson - Bluer Than Blue
"Bluer Than Blue" is the title of a 1978 song recorded by Michael Johnson. The song was written by noted pop and country songwriter Randy Goodrum.

The song became the singer's first Top 40 hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in summer 1978. It also reached #10 on the Cash Box chart. It proved even more popular with adult contemporary radio stations, spending three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart that same year. To date, this is Johnson's highest-charting single on Pop or Adult Contemporary charts. The song has become a well-known American 1970s soft rock single that continues to be played on radio stations.



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Heatwave - The Groove Line - on Central Heating (1978)

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"The Groove Line" is a 1978 single by the British-based funk-disco group Heatwave. It was written by Rod Temperton. It was included on Heatwave's second album, Central Heating.

The song became one of the best-known disco songs by a British group and charted at #12 in the UK Singles Chart and #7 in the Billboard Hot 100. It also appeared on U.S. Billboard R&B at #3. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2001. It is ranked as the 49th biggest US hit of 1978.



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The Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive - on Their Greatest Hits

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"Stayin' Alive" is a disco song by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. The song was written by the Bee Gees members (Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb) and produced by the Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, and Karl Richardson. It was released on 13 December 1977 as the second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It is one of their signature songs. In 2004, "Stayin' Alive" was placed at number 189 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2004, it ranked No. 9 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In a UK television poll on ITV in December 2011 it was voted fifth in "The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song".



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The O'Jays - Use Ta Be My Girl - on So Full Of Love (1978)

The O'Jays - Use Ta Be My Girl
"Use ta Be My Girl" is a song by R&B vocal group The O'Jays. Released from their hit 1978 album, So Full of Love, it became a huge crossover hit. The song spent five weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart. It also peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. "Use ta Be My Girl" became one of their biggest and most familiar hits by The O'Jays. The song has also been certified by the RIAA as a Million-Seller.



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Steely Dan - Peg - on Aja (1978)

Steely Dan - Peg - on Aja
"Peg" is a song by American rock group Steely Dan, first released on the band's 1977 album Aja. The track was released as single in 1977 and reached number 11 on the US Billboard chart in 1978 and number eight on the Cash Box chart. In Canada, "Peg" spent three weeks at number seven during March 1978.



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Odyssey - Native New Yorker - on 54, Vol. 1 (1978)

Odyssey - Native New Yorker - on 54, Vol. 1
"Native New Yorker" is a disco song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell. It was first recorded in 1977 by Frankie Valli and released on his album "Lady Put The Light Out". Later in 1977 the song became a hit single for the soul dance band Odyssey, which reached No. 3 on the U.S. disco chart. Odyssey's "Native New Yorker" also went to No. 6 on the soul chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart.



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Lynyrd Skynyrd - What's Your Name - on Street Survivors (1978)

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"What's Your Name" is a rock song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is the opening track on their album Street Survivors. It peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 6 in the top Canadian songs.




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Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing - on The Best Of Andy Gibb (1978)

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"Shadow Dancing" is a disco song performed by English singer-songwriter Andy Gibb that reached number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. Albhy Galuten (who also produced this song) arranged the song with Barry Gibb. While Andy Gibb would have three more Top 10 hits in the U.S., this would be his final chart-topping hit in America. The song became a platinum record.



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Linda Ronstadt - Ooh Baby Baby on Living In The U.S.A. (1978)

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"Ooo Baby Baby" is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore. It is a classic 1965 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. It achieved its greatest commercial success when Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1978 where she reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has inspired numerous other cover versions by other artists over the years, including covers by Ella Fitzgerald, Todd Rundgren, The Five Stairsteps, and many others.



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In 1978, Linda Ronstadt recorded a cover version of "Ooh Baby Baby" and included it on her double-platinum album Living in the USA. Her version of the single reached number 2 on the Contemporary chart and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 (it also hit the R&B and Country singles charts). Her single was produced by Peter Asher and issued on Asylum Records. Ronstadt performed with Smokey Robinson both "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ooh Baby Baby" on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special broadcast on May 16, 1983.

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Earth, Wind & Fire - September on Greatest Hits (1978)

Earth, Wind & Fire - September on Greatest Hits
"September" is a song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the I Am sessions and released as a single in 1978. Featured on the band's album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, "September" reached number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the UK singles chart.

White's unusual lyrics for the chorus were debated by Willis: "I said, 'We are going to change 'ba-dee-ya' to real words, right?' ... I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove."



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Gino Vannelli - I Just Wanna Stop on Brother To Brother (1978)

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"I Just Wanna Stop" is a song by Canadian singer/songwriter Gino Vannelli. Released as a single in 1978, the song is his biggest hit single to date, reaching number one in his native Canada and number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It appears on his sixth album, Brother to Brother. The song was produced by the three brothers Gino, Joe and Ross Vannelli, and written by Ross.



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Carly Simon - You Belong To Me on Boys In The Trees (1978)

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"You Belong to Me" is a song written by American singer-songwriters Carly Simon and Michael McDonald. Originally recorded by McDonald's rock group The Doobie Brothers for their seventh studio album, Livin' on the Fault Line (1977), the song was made famous by Simon herself when she recorded it for her seventh studio album, Boys in the Trees (1978). Released as the album's lead single, her version reached the top ten of the Billboard Pop Singles chart, peaking at #6, and remained on the chart for 18 weeks. Simon received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Female Vocalist in 1979. A live version of the song from The Doobie Brothers' 1983 album Farewell Tour would later chart on the Pop Singles chart at #79 in August 1983.



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Paul McCartney & Wings - With A Little Luck - on London Town (1978)

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"With a Little Luck" is a single by the band Wings from their 1978 album London Town.

Written in Scotland, "With a Little Luck" would become Wings' follow-up single to the then best-selling UK Single of all time, "Mull of Kintyre."



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Samantha Sang - Emotion - on Emotion (1978)

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"Emotion" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb. It was first recorded by Australian singer Samantha Sang, whose version reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. The Bee Gees recorded their own version of the song in 1994 as part of an album called Love Songs which was never released but it was eventually included on their 2001 collection titled Their Greatest Hits: The Record. In 2001, "Emotion" was covered by the American R&B girl group Destiny's Child. Their version of the song was an international hit, reaching the top ten on the US Hot 100 chart and peaking in the top five on the UK Singles Chart.



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Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love from the album Nicolette (1978)

Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love from the album Nicolette (1978)




"Lotta Love" is a song written by Neil Young and recorded by Nicolette Larson in 1978. It reached No. 8 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart in February 1979 and also reached No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart. "Lotta Love" was also a hit in Australia (No. 11) and New Zealand (No. 22).
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Little River Band - Reminiscing (1978) on Greatest Hits Album

Little River Band - Reminiscing (1978) on Greatest Hits Album




"Reminiscing" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It remains their greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart. The song is about a couple reminiscing about the past, with certain music (such as Glenn Miller or Cole Porter tunes) reminding them of certain memories.

"Reminiscing" was given a BMI Five Million-Air award for five million plays on US radio – the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song.

According to Albert Goldman's biography, John Lennon named "Reminiscing" as one of his favourite songs. May Pang, erstwhile girlfriend of Lennon, said "Oddly, with all the fantastic music he wrote, "our song" was Reminiscing by the Little River Band."

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Sweet - Love Is Like Oxygen - From the album Best Of Sweet (1978)

Sweet - Love Is Like Oxygen - From the album Best Of Sweet (1978)




"Love Is Like Oxygen" is a song by the British band Sweet, co-written by the group's guitarist Andy Scott and Trevor Griffin, a musician who had played with various unsuccessful bands before becoming a roadie and sound engineer, and released in January 1978. The song was a departure from earlier recordings by the Sweet, which were more guitar-driven and featured high vocal harmonies. The extended album version of the song (6 minutes 19 seconds), which appeared on their album Level Headed, incorporates strings and has some disco elements.

Their first release on the Polydor label after their departure from RCA, it was also their last Top 10 hit, reaching #4 in New Zealand, #6 in Switzerland, #8 in Belgium, Canada and the United States, #9 in United Kingdom and #10 in West Germany.

Later that year it was honoured with a Song of the Year nomination at the Ivor Novello awards, although beaten by "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. The song is frequently included on greatest hits compilations, usually in its edited single version.

February 18, 1978, Billboard Review


SWEET—Love Is Like Oxygen (3:20); producer: Sweet; writers: Scott, Griffin; publishers: Sweet/WB, ASCAP. Capitol P4549. First single from Sweet's new "Level Headed" LP opens with powerful guitar chorus before shifting gears into various instrumental changes. Tight, multi-layered harmonies accents the tune with an underlying tenderness while retaining a degree of biting toughness.
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Evelyn "Champagne" King - Shame on Love Come Down Album (1978)

Evelyn "Champagne" King - Shame on Love Come Down Album (1978)
"Shame" is a 1978 hit single recorded by American singer Evelyn "Champagne" King. It reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, number eight on the U.S. Disco Chart, and number seven on the U.S. R&B Chart, earning a Gold certification by the RIAA that same year. In the UK Singles Chart, "Shame" spent twenty three weeks in the chart but only one week in the top 40, peaking at number 39.

The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the in-game radio station Fever 105.

On September 20, 2004, King's "Shame" became one of the first records to be inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York's Spirit club.



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Barry Manilow - Can't Smile Without You on Ultimate Manilow Album (1978)

Barry Manilow - Can't Smile Without You on Ultimate Manilow Album (1978)
"Can't Smile Without You" is a song written by Christian Arnold, David Martin, and Geoff Morrow, and recorded by various artists including Barry Manilow and The Carpenters. The version recorded by Manilow in 1977 and released in 1978 is perhaps the most well-known version, though it was not the first to be recorded or released.

"Can't Smile Without You" was recorded by Manilow in 1977 and released on his 1978 album, Even Now. Manilow also issued the song as a single in 1978 where it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Manilow's version has slightly different lyrics from the Carpenters' version such as the Carpenters's line "I can't laugh and I can't walk/I'm finding it hard even to talk" which was changed in Manilow's version to "I can't laugh and I can't sing/I'm finding it hard to do anything". The Carpenters remixed the song with additional orchestration for the B-side of the 1977 "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" single, revising the lyrics to read "I can't laugh and I can't sleep/I don't even talk to people I meet".

A version on Manilow's greatest hits box set, The Complete Collection and Then Some..., contains a slightly different version to the previously released version.




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John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air on Classic Hits Album (1978)

John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air on Classic Hits Album (1978)
"Love Is in the Air" is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young. The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda and it became Young's only worldwide hit in 1978, peaking at No. 2 on the Australian charts and No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US top 40 hit.

John Paul Young said of the recording, "We actually did 'Love Is in the Air' because we needed something for the German market. 'Standing in the Rain' became a hit in the clubs over there and then on the charts, so we needed a follow-up. I'd been to Germany and heard the music. It was electronic mania, all clicks and electronic buzzes. So George and Harry gave it the treatment."

"Love Is in the Air" was covered in Canada by Quebec artist Martin Stevens (born Roger Prud'homme), and had the distinction of sharing Toronto's CHUM (AM) Top 30 chart, the premier pop chart in Canada, with John Paul Young's version.

Stevens's version debuted on the October 7, 1978, chart at no. 11, six weeks after John Paul Young's version which was no. 12 at that point. Next week they shared the 10th place position, and were listed at the same position for the remainder of both versions' run of the CHUM chart. Both versions stayed on the chart until the end of November.

"Love Is in the Air" was covered by Tom Jones in 1979 and by Gary Barlow under the stage name of Kurtis Rush in 1989. "Love Is in the Air" was the theme song to Baz Luhrmann's 1992 debut feature film Strictly Ballroom. In 1997, the song was covered by Krush featuring Simon Green. In 2007, the song was also covered by Rupert Everett and Colin Firth for the movie St. Trinian's.

Young performed the song at the Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

The song is regularly sung at football matches by supporters of Dundee United, who have adopted it as an unofficial anthem for their club. The song was covered by Cher in 1998 for her epic Believe album, however it was never released and still remains unreleased today.



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