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(1975)

Early Morning Love by The Supremes

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The Supremes

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(1975)

T.L.C. (Tender Lovin’ Care) by MFSB & The Three Degrees

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MFSB & The Three Degrees

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(1975)

K-Jee by MFSB

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MFSB

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(1971)

Theme From “Shaft” by Isaac Hayes

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PRE-DISCO ERA DANCE HITS/ Where “Disco Charts” predicts “would have been” dance smashes that came out prior to the beginning of disco.

Theme From “Shaft” by Isaac Hayes

Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1971. The song was one of the first proto-disco songs, and it does have a high-hat disco stomp beat for a little less than a minute.

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Zoom DISCO CHART DEBUT
For Week Ending June 14, 1975
K-Jee- MFSB
T.L.C. (Tender Lovin’ Care)- MFSB & The Three Degrees
Early Morning Love- The Supremes
Walk On By- Gloria Gaynor
Fight The Power- Isley Brothers
Three Steps From True Love- Billy Davis Jr. 

DISCO CHART DEBUT

For Week Ending June 14, 1975

  • K-Jee- MFSB
  • T.L.C. (Tender Lovin’ Care)- MFSB & The Three Degrees
  • Early Morning Love- The Supremes
  • Walk On By- Gloria Gaynor
  • Fight The Power- Isley Brothers
  • Three Steps From True Love- Billy Davis Jr. 
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Just Pants fashion ad

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Playmobil “Summer Fun”

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Disco Fashion

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Zoom K-tels, 1975 release of “Super Hits Of The Superstars” included many big disco hits of 1975 including: “Walking in Rhythm” - Blackbyrds, Rock the Boat - Hues Corporation, “I Wanna Dance Wit’Choo (Doo Dat Dance)” - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes, “The Hustle” - Van McCoy & The Soul City Orchestra and “Get Dancin’” - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes.

K-tels, 1975 release of “Super Hits Of The Superstars” included many big disco hits of 1975 including: “Walking in Rhythm” - Blackbyrds, Rock the Boat - Hues Corporation, “I Wanna Dance Wit’Choo (Doo Dat Dance)” - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes, “The Hustle” - Van McCoy & The Soul City Orchestra and “Get Dancin’” - Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes.

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DISCO ACTION by Tom Moulton

June 7, 1975

(NEW YORK) The ”Forever Came Today” cut on the Jackson Five’s ”Moving Violation” LP (Motown) is getting unbelievable response in several of the top clubs here. Both Tom Savarese of the 12 West Club and Bobby DJ of Le Jardine say that their dance audiences have been responding “immediately” to the cut.

Bruce Kova of Colony Records, retail outlet, is getting a number of calls for ”Love Came” by Ronnie Lamar (BRC). He also reports that they have been doing well with Dennis Roussos’s LP (European import on Phillips International), mainly because of the song ”Midnight Is The Time I Need You” which is also out in the states as a single on the Atlantic-distributed Big Tree label.

The most talked about import these days, though, is a single by Brian Benett called ”Pegasus.” It has a “Crystal World” sound, but with a stronger r&b guitar feel. The disk is on Phonogram’s Fontana label (England).

Scepter Records has given out a number of test pressings of ”Call Me (Your Anything Man)” by Bobby Moore. Scheduled for release next week, the record will have a five-minute disco version on the flip side of the commercial version. 

Hector Le Bron, DJ at the Limelight Club, says he’s getting a good response on ”King Kingston” by George Fischoff (P.I.P.). The record was originally cut as an MOR tune, but the producer ended up going back into the studio to add the New York Rhythm Section, with the results being a disco disk.

Turning to the disco scene in Boston this week, Allen Shivek reports that at present there are about nine discos locally, the top five being 1270 Club, Jimmy Stuard DJ; the Rhinoceros, John Luongo DJ; Sticks, Danae Jacovidis DJ; the Mirage, Tony Marino DJ and the Other Side, Sam Sampson DJ.

Boston’s top 10 audience response records (compiled from the five clubs above) are: 

  1. Get Down Tonight- KC & The Sunshine Band
  2. Ease On Down The Road- Consumer Rapport
  3. Free Man- South Shore Commission
  4. Bad Luck- Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
  5. The Hustle- Van McCoy
  6. 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)- Gary Toms Empire
  7. Peace And Love- Ron Butler & The Ramblers
  8. El Bimbo- Bimbo Jet
  9. Swearin’ To God- Frankie Valli
  10. Shotgun Shuffle- The Sunshine Band

Shivek says the the strongest up and coming records are “I Could Dance All Night” by Archie Bell & the Drells (TSOP) and “Forever Came Today” by the Jackson Five (Motown).

There are also a number of Boston retail shops which are catering to the disco scene. According to Shivek the four most mentioned are Discount Records (two stores), Everett Music and Skippy White’s. The combined top 10 best seller list from the outlets is made up by such records as: "Get Down Tonight" "Bad Luck" "The Hustle" "El Bimbo" "Free Man" "Love Do Me Right" "Hijack" "Peace And Love" "I Could Dance All Night" "Spirit Of The Boogie." The two best up and coming disks on the retail side are “Sexy” by MFSB (Philadelphia Intl.) and “Three Steps From True Love” by The Reflections (Capitol). ~ Billboard Magazine

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BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

WEEKLY TOP 15 “Most Played In N.Y. Discos” Chart

June 7, 1975

  1. Free Man- South Shore Commission
  2. El Bimbo- Bimbo Jet
  3. Ease On Down The Road- Consumer Rapport
  4. The Hustle- Van McCoy
  5. Bad Luck- Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
  6. Foot Stompin’ Music/Disco Stomp- Bohannon
  7. Three Steps From True Love- The Reflections
  8. Swearin’ To God- Frankie Valli
  9. Love Do Me Right- Rockn’ Horse
  10. Stop And Think/Trammps Disco Theme- The Trammps
  11. (Sending Out An) S.O.S.- Retta Young
  12. Life Is What You Make It- Tapestry 
  13. Helplessly- Moment Of Truth
  14. Peace And Love- Ron Butler And The Ramblers
  15. Forever Came Today- Jackson Five
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