- Hey Deanie - Shaun Cassidy: Peaked at #7 in January 1978. Completely formulaic: member of a famous musical family sings an Eric Carmen tune to capitalize on his popularity as a TV show teen idol. Pretty much the same formula Disney uses these days. However, this is a pretty good song and Cassidy doesn't have AutoTune to clean up his vocals. I'll be right back - I'm going to ask my wife if she had a Shaun Cassidy poster. Her response: "Of course!"
- Heaven On The 7th Floor - Paul Nicholas: Peaked at #6 in November 1977. And now I'm dancing thanks to this little slice of disco heaven. You may remember Nicholas as Dougie Shears in the film version of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band.
- Thank You For Being A Friend - Andrew Gold: Peaked at #25 in April 1978. Long before TV's The Golden Girls copped it for its theme, I enjoyed this one on the AM radio. It's cheesy soft rock (right up my alley), but for me the highlight is the spacey bridge.
- Makin' It - David Naughton: Peaked at #5 in July 1979. This TV show theme, sung by the show's lead, is the true gem of this volume. I've always liked this song and it doesn't appear on any disco compilations I own. I even watched the 8 or 9 episodes of the TV show! Curiously, this song lasted longer in the Top 40 than the program was on the air.
- The King is Gone - Ronnie McDowell: Peaked at #13 in October 1977. Shamelessly capitalizing on the death of Elvis, this song is better off forgotten.
- Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood of Man: Peaked at #27 in July 1976. this song bears more than a passing resemblance to Tie A Yellow Ribbon. Late '60s bubblegum pop released about ten years late. For those of you that keep up with such things, this song won the Eurovision contest in 1976.
- Feel So Good - Chuck Mangione: Peaked at #4 in June 1978. Love it. This song is most likely responsible for opening the door and exposing me to other music genres - Mangione as a gateway drug that eventually led to Miles Davis. It was a long, strange trip. More on this song (including lyrics!) here.
- Emotion - Samantha Sang: Peaked at #3 in March 1978. Basically a BeeGees song featuring Sang. Featuring a hushed vocal, Sang rode the BeeGees' coattails as far as she could. And who could blame her? If I had the opportunity to record it back then, I'd woulda done the same thing. It's a great song; Barry Gibb simply couldn't miss back then.
- Love Fire - Jigsaw: Peaked at #30 in April 1976. Pleasant, but ultimately forgettable follow-up to the group's far superior Sky High.
- Everybody Be Dancin' - Starbuck: Peaked at #38 in May 1977. When I first heard this without knowing the artist, I thought, "hey, that sound's like somebody playing Moonlight Feels Right at a faster tempo." Turns out I was right. But like I always say: ain't nothing wrong with stealing from yourself. I like this, but would rather hear Moonlight Feels Right.
- Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) - Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids: Peaked at #29 in October 1976. First of all, that is a fantastic band name. Complete with a Wolfman Jack cameo, this is an okay attempt to ride the '50s nostalgia wave of the 1970s (Grease/American Graffiti/Happy Days). This Beach Boys knock-off was a big hit with me, however, because I was hitting puberty around the time of its popularity and all I could think about was boogie-ing with my baby in the back row of the picture show.
- Street Corner Serenade - Wet Willie: Peaked at #30 in February 1978. I always liked this southern-tinged homage to Brill Building songs of the early '60s, particularly the sax solo, guitar picking, and the (almost) a capella breakdown.
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