Hey gang, I'm back with seven more nuggets from the 70s, and this week I'm back to 1977, the year Star Wars opened in theaters (I saw it in Wildwood opening weekend)...
The Emotions - "Best Of My Love"
from the album Rejoice (1977)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Albert McKay, Maurice White
Earth, Wind, & Fire members gift the vocal trio with this absolute treasure of a jam that is so healing that it should be approved by the FDA.
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Heatwave - "Boogie Nights"
from the album Too Hot To Handle (1976)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2
Songwriter: Rod Temperton
The best of all the "boogie" songs, this song can be directly tied to everything that made Michael Jackson's Thriller great.
Paul Nicholas - "Heaven On The 7th Floor"
from the album Paul Nicholas (1977)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6
Songwriters: Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker
British stage and screen actor sidejobbed as a twee pop star with this psuedo-disco confection.
Ram Jam - "Black Betty"
from the album Ram Jam (1977)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18
Songwriter: Huddie Ledbetter
The New Yorkers, including a former Lemon Piper, brought old blues to the dance floor with this revamped Lead Belly song.
Wilton Place Street Band - "Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme)"
from the single 'Disco Lucy' (1977)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #24
Songwriters: Harold Adamson, Eliot Daniel
Producer Trevor Lawrence only "formed" the "band" named for a street in L.A. to make this disco cover of the theme to the beloved show that ended its regular seasons twenty years before.
Slave - "Slide"
from the album Slave (1977)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32
Songwriters: Mark Adams, Carter Bradley, Tim Dozier, Mark Hicks, Tom Lockett, Floyd Miller, Steve Washington, Dan Webster, Orion Wilhoite
This seminal classic was one of the lesser remembered rock-funk hybrids, but much more exciting in my book.
Latimore - "Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha"
from the album It Ain't Where You Been... (1976)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37
Songwriter: Benny Latimore
Tennessee native mixed country and jazz notes in his music, but this one was pure 100% booty call smooth grooves.
That does it for this week's 70s trip...I'll be back later with 8 from 1987...