|1||"Silly Love Songs"||Wings|
|2||"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"||Elton John & Kiki Dee|
|3||"Disco Lady"||Johnnie Taylor|
|4||"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"||The Four Seasons|
|5||"Play That Funky Music"||Wild Cherry|
|6||"Kiss and Say Goodbye"||The Manhattans|
|7||"Love Machine"||The Miracles|
|8||"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"||Paul Simon|
|9||"Love Is Alive"||Gary Wright|
|10||"A Fifth of Beethoven"||Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band|
|11||"Sara Smile"||Hall & Oates|
|12||"Afternoon Delight"||Starland Vocal Band|
|13||"I Write the Songs"||Barry Manilow|
|14||"Fly, Robin, Fly"||Silver Convention|
|15||"Love Hangover"||Diana Ross|
|16||"Get Closer"||Seals and Crofts|
|17||"More, More, More"||Andrea True Connection|
|19||"Misty Blue"||Dorothy Moore|
|20||"Boogie Fever"||The Sylvers|
|21||"I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"||England Dan & John Ford Coley|
|22||"You Sexy Thing"||Hot Chocolate|
|24||"Get Up and Boogie"||Silver Convention|
|25||"Take It to the Limit"||Eagles|
|26||"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty"||KC and the Sunshine Band|
|28||"Right Back Where We Started From"||Maxine Nightingale|
|29||"Theme from S.W.A.T."||Rhythm Heritage|
|30||"Love Rollercoaster"||Ohio Players|
|31||"You Should Be Dancing"||Bee Gees|
|32||"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"||Lou Rawls|
|33||"Golden Years"||David Bowie|
|34||"Moonlight Feels Right"||Starbuck|
|35||"Only Sixteen"||Dr. Hook|
|36||"Let Your Love Flow"||The Bellamy Brothers|
|37||"Dream Weaver"||Gary Wright|
|38||"Turn the Beat Around"||Vicki Sue Robinson|
|39||"Lonely Night (Angel Face)"||Captain & Tennille|
|40||"All by Myself"||Eric Carmen|
|41||"Love to Love You Baby"||Donna Summer|
|42||"Deep Purple"||Donny & Marie Osmond|
|43||"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"||Diana Ross|
|45||"That's the Way (I Like It)"||KC and the Sunshine Band|
|46||"A Little Bit More"||Dr. Hook|
|48||"If You Leave Me Now"||Chicago|
|50||"Show Me the Way"||Peter Frampton|
|52||"I Love Music"||The O'Jays|
|53||"Say You Love Me"||Fleetwood Mac|
|54||"Times of Your Life"||Paul Anka|
|55||"Devil Woman"||Cliff Richard|
|56||"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"||Elvin Bishop|
|57||"Convoy"||C. W. McCall|
|58||"Welcome Back"||John Sebastian|
|59||"Sing a Song"||Earth, Wind & Fire|
|60||"Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"||Tavares|
|61||"I'll Be Good to You"||The Brothers Johnson|
|62||"Rock and Roll Music"||The Beach Boys|
|63||"Shop Around"||Captain & Tennille|
|64||"Saturday Night"||Bay City Rollers|
|65||"Island Girl"||Elton John|
|66||"Let's Do It Again"||The Staple Singers|
|67||"Let 'Em In"||Wings|
|68||"Baby Face"||Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps|
|69||"This Masquerade"||George Benson|
|70||"Evil Woman"||Electric Light Orchestra|
|72||"I'm Easy"||Keith Carradine|
|73||"Wake Up Everybody"||Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes|
|75||"Let Her In"||John Travolta|
|76||"Fox on the Run"||Sweet|
|78||"Got to Get You into My Life"||The Beatles|
|79||"Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)"||Bee Gees|
|80||"Getaway"||Earth, Wind & Fire|
|81||"She's Gone"||Hall & Oates|
|82||"Still the One"||Orleans|
|83||"You're My Best Friend"||Queen|
|84||"With Your Love"||Jefferson Starship|
|86||"Who'd She Coo?"||Ohio Players|
|87||"The Boys Are Back in Town"||Thin Lizzy|
|88||"Walk Away from Love"||David Ruffin|
|89||"Baby, I Love Your Way (live)"||Peter Frampton|
|90||"Young Hearts Run Free"||Candi Staton|
|91||"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"||Neil Sedaka|
|92||"Money Honey"||Bay City Rollers|
|93||"Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)"||Parliament|
|94||"Junk Food Junkie"||Larry Groce|
|95||"Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again"||Barry Manilow|
|96||"Rock and Roll All Nite"||Kiss|
|97||"Disco Duck"||Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots|
|98||"Take the Money and Run"||Steve Miller Band|
|99||"Squeeze Box"||The Who|
|100||"Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)"||Glen Campbell|
1. Billboard (magazine) – Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events and it is also known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson later acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses, fairs and burlesque shows. It also created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985. The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards, posters and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and he also re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, carnivals, circuses, vaudeville and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901. Billboard also covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson also published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good tasteBillboard (magazine) – An 1896 issue of Billboard
2. Billboard Hot 100 – The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for singles, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play and online streaming, the weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday, when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July 2015. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming data, is available on a real-time basis. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays, as of the issue for the week ending on April 15,2017, the Hot 100 has had 1,061 different number one hits. The current number one song is Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, prior to 1955, Billboard did not have a unified, all-encompassing popularity chart, instead measuring songs by individual metrics. At the start of the era in 1955, three such charts existed, Best Sellers in Stores was the first Billboard chart, established in 1936. This chart ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country, Most Played by Jockeys was Billboards original airplay chart. It ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys, Most Played in Jukeboxes ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States. On the week ending November 12,1955, Billboard published The Top 100 for the first time, the Top 100 combined all aspects of a singles performance, based on a point system that typically gave sales more weight than radio airplay. The Best Sellers In Stores, Most Played by Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes charts continued to be published concurrently with the new Top 100 chart. The week ending July 28,1958 was the publication of the Most Played By Jockeys and Top 100 charts. On August 4,1958, Billboard premiered one main all-genre singles chart, the Hot 100 quickly became the industry standard and Billboard discontinued the Best Sellers In Stores chart on October 13,1958. The Billboard Hot 100 is still the standard by which a songs popularity is measured in the United States, the Hot 100 is ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan and streaming activity provided by online music sources. There are several component charts that contribute to the calculation of the Hot 100. Charts are ranked by number of gross audience impressions, computed by cross-referencing exact times of radio airplay with Arbitron listener data. Hot Singles Sales, the top selling singles compiled from a sample of retail store, mass merchant and internet sales reports collected, compiled. The chart is released weekly and measures sales of commercial singles. With the decline in sales of singles in the USBillboard Hot 100 – The Billboard logo
3. 1976 in music – A list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1976. January 5 – Former Beatles road manager Mal Evans is shot dead by Los Angeles police after refusing to drop what police only later determine is an air rifle, January 13 – A trial begins for seven Brunswick Records and Dakar Records employees. The record company employees are charged with stealing more than $184,000 in royalties from artists, January 19 – Concert promoter Bill Sargent makes an offer of $30 million to the Beatles if they will reunite for a concert. February 15 – Bette Midler bails seven members of her out of jail after they are arrested on charges of cocaine. February 19 – Former Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens is arrested and charged with the murders of three men in San Jose, California. February 20 – Kiss have their footprints added to the sidewalk outside Hollywoods Graumans Chinese Theater, february 24 – Having been released one week before, The Eagles Their Greatest Hits compilation becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum by the RIAA. The new platinum certification represents sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles, march 4 – ABBA arrive at Sydney airport for a promotional tour in Australia. March 6 – EMI Records reissues all 22 previously released British Beatles singles, all 23 singles hit the UK charts at the same time. March 7 – A wax likeness of Elton John is put on display in Londons Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, march 9 – The Whos Keith Moon collapses onstage ten minutes into a performance at the Boston Garden. March 15 – Members of The Plastic People of the Universe are arrested in communist Czechoslovakia and they were sentenced from 8 to 18 months in jail. March 20 – Alice Cooper marries Sheryl Goddard in an Acapulco restaurant, march 25 – Jackson Brownes wife Phyllis commits suicide. March 26 – In Paris, France, Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch breaks one of his fingers when he slips in his hotel following the final performance on the bands European tour. The injury ended up delaying the bands United States tour by three weeks, april 3 – British pop group Brotherhood of Man win the 21st Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, Netherlands, with the song Save Your Kisses For Me. It goes on to be the biggest selling Eurovision winner ever, april 14 – Stevie Wonder announces that he has signed a $13 million-plus contract with Motown Records. April 23 – The Ramones release their eponymous titled debut studio album Ramones, april 24 – Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels makes a semi-serious on-air offer to pay the Beatles $3000 to reunite live on the show. On May 22, Michaels raises his offer from $3,000 to $3,200, april 28 – The Rolling Stones open their European tour in Frankfurt, Germany. April 29 – When his tour stops in Memphis, Tennessee, Bruce Springsteen jumps the wall at Elvis Presleys mansion, Graceland, security guards stop Springsteen and escort him off the grounds. May 1 - The Alan Parsons Project release their album, Tales of Mystery1976 in music – Jimmy McCulloch (left) and Paul McCartney (right) of " Wings " in 1976
4. Silly Love Songs – Silly Love Songs is a song written by Paul McCartney and performed by Wings. The song appears on the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound and it was also released as a single in 1976, backed with Cook of the House. The song, written in response to critics accusing him of writing only silly love songs. Silly Love Songs was written as a rebuttal to critics, as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon. Author Tim Riley suggests that in the song, McCartney is inviting his audience to have a laugh on him, but over the years people have said, Aw, he sings love songs, he writes love songs, hes so soppy at times. I thought, Well, I know what they mean, but, I like em, other people like em, and theres a lot of people I love -- Im lucky enough to have that in my life. So the idea was that you may call them silly, the song was, in a way, to answer people who just accuse me of being soppy. I see what you were doing, by the way, Silly Love Songs also had a good bassline and worked well live. McCartney allowed the horn section to create their own parts for the song, the US single was released on 1 April 1976 and spent five non-consecutive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Silly Love Songs was the number 1 pop song in Billboards Year-End Charts of 1976 and it was also the groups second of three number ones on the Easy Listening chart. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of one million copies. Billboard listed Silly Love Songs as Paul McCartneys all-time biggest Hot 100 single, in 2008, the song was listed at No.31 on Billboards Greatest Songs of All Time, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The UK single was released on 30 April 1976 and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, the song was McCartneys 27th number one as a songwriter, the all-time record for most number one hits by a songwriter. With this song, McCartney became the first person to have a year-end No.1 song as a member of two distinct acts and he previously hit No.1 in the year-end Billboard chart with I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1964 and Hey Jude in 1968. Silly Love Songs has since appeared on multiple of McCartneys greatest hits compilations, including Wings Greatest and it also appeared on the Hits half of the compilation Wingspan, Hits and History. In 1976, Wings recorded Silly Love Songs live for their live album Wings Over America. In 1984, three years after the dissolution of Wings, Paul McCartney re-recorded Silly Love Songs for the soundtrack to the critically panned motion picture Give My Regards to Broad Street. Silly Love Songs has generally received positive reviews critics, despite the common criticism of the song lacking substanceSilly Love Songs – German single sleeve
5. Wings (band) – Wings were noted for frequent personnel changes as well as commercial success, going through three lead guitarists and four drummers. Created following the McCartneys 1971 album Ram, the bands first two albums, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, were viewed as artistic disappointments beside Paul McCartneys work with the Beatles. After the release of the track of the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, McCullough. The McCartneys and Laine then released 1973s Band on the Run, following that album, the band recruited guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton, only for Britton to quit shortly afterwards and be replaced by Joe English. With the new line-up, Wings released Venus and Mars, which included the US number one single Listen to What the Man Said, and undertook a highly successful world tour over 1975–76. Intended as more of an effort, Wings at the Speed of Sound was issued midway through the tour and featured the hit singles Silly Love Songs. In 1977, the band earned their only UK number one single, with Mull of Kintyre, Wings experienced another line-up shuffle, however, with both McCulloch and English departing before the release of the groups 1978 album London Town. The McCartneys and Laine again added new members, recruiting guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holley, the resulting album, Back to the Egg, was a relative flop, with its singles under-performing and the critical reception negative. During the supporting tour, Paul McCartney was arrested in Japan for cannabis possession, despite a final US number one, the live version of McCartneys solo single Coming Up, Wings broke up permanently in 1981. After the Beatles break-up in 1970, McCartney recorded two albums, McCartney, credited to himself, and Ram, with wife Linda, Ram was recorded in New York City, where McCartney auditioned a number of drummers and guitarists, selecting Seiwell and guitarist David Spinozza. When Spinozza became unavailable due to other commitments, Hugh McCracken was enlisted to take his place. After the release of Ram, McCartney decided to form a new group and asked Seiwell, Seiwell accepted, but McCracken declined, so McCartney invited Denny Laine, whom he had known since the early 1960s, to join. He said, Nothing, so I said, Right, Laine then dropped plans for his album there and then. In August 1971, Seiwell and Laine joined Paul and Linda McCartney to record Pauls third post-Beatles album for Apple Records, the result was Wild Life, released 7 December. It was the first project to credit Wings as the artist, the band name is said to have come to McCartney as he was praying in the hospital while Linda was giving birth to their second child together, Stella, on 13 September 1971. Paul McCartney recalled in the film Wingspan that the birth of Stella was a bit of a drama, there were complications at the birth and he was praying fervently and the image of wings came to his mind. He decided to name his new band Wings, in an attempt to capture the spontaneity of live performances, five of Wild Lifes eight songs were first takes by the band. The album included a cover of Mickey & Sylvias Love Is Strange, like Ram, Wild Life left music critics cold, a response that typified the anti-McCartney sentiments that prevailed among the music press following the Beatles break-upWings (band) – Wings, 1975. L–R: Joe English, Denny Laine, Linda McCartney, Jimmy McCulloch, and Paul McCartney.
6. Kiki Dee – Pauline Matthews, better known by her stage name Kiki Dee, is an English singer born in Little Horton, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. Known for her blue-eyed soul vocals, she was the first female singer from the UK to sign with Motowns Tamla Records. In 1993 she performed another duet with Elton John for his Duets album, a version of Cole Porters True Love. During her career, she has released 40 singles, three EPs and 12 albums, Kiki Dee began singing with a local band in Bradford in the early 1960s. Her recording career began as a session singer and she sang backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, among others, and was well regarded by other singers but did not achieve solo success in the UK for many years. In 1963 Dee released her first single Early Night, and recorded her debut album I’m Kiki Dee, which included a series of Phil Spector style tracks and covers for Fontana Records. Her 1966 release Why Dont I Run Away From You was a big hit on Radio London and Radio Caroline and her 1968 release On a Magic Carpet Ride, which was originally a B-side, has remained popular with the Northern Soul circuit. Much of her recorded work for Fontana Records was released on 24 January 2011. Songwriter Mitch Murray created her name and penned her first single. In the United States she became the first white British artist to be signed by Motown, releasing her first Motown single in 1970. In the days before BBC Radio 1, Dee was a performer of cover versions on BBC Radio. She also appeared in an episode of The Benny Hill Show in January 1971, performing the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit. Nevertheless, it was only after she signed with Elton Johns label named The Rocket Record Company that she became a name in the UK. Her first major hits were Amoureuse and Ive Got the Music in Me. Her biggest hit came in 1976 when she replaced an ailing Dusty Springfield for the recording of a duet with John, the single reached No.1 in both the UK and US, remaining at the top for six weeks in the UK. After a quiet period in the late 1970s, Dee launched a comeback in 1981, releasing one of her biggest hits, Star and this later became the theme music to the BBC1 programme Opportunity Knocks between 1987 and 1990. Also in 1981, Dee joined forces again with Elton John, recording a cover of the Four Tops song Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever which was written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder. Both of these were included on her album Perfect Timing, which became a modest hit on the album chart, in 1983, she supplied backing vocals to Elton Johns album Too Low for ZeroKiki Dee – Kiki Dee (right) performing at London's Royal Albert Hall, October 2009, in aid of the PRS for Music (formerly the Performing Right Society) for Music Members' Benevolent Fund.
7. Johnnie Taylor – Johnnie Harrison Taylor was an American vocalist in a wide variety of genres, from blues, rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel to pop, doo-wop and disco. Johnnie Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas and he grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas, performing in gospel groups as a youngster. As an adult, he had one release, Somewhere to Lay My Head, on Chicagos Chance Records label in the 1950s, as part of the gospel group Highway QCs, which had been founded by a young Sam Cooke. His singing then was close to that of Sam Cooke, and he was hired to take Cookes place in the latters gospel group. A few years later, after Cooke had established his independent SAR Records, Taylor signed on as one of the labels first acts, however, SAR Records quickly became defunct after Cookes death in 1964. In 1966, Taylor moved to Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee and he recorded with the labels house band, which included Booker T. & the MGs. His hits included I Had a Dream, Ive Got to Love Somebodys Baby and most notably Whos Making Love, Whos Making Love sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1970, Taylor married Gerlean Rocket and they remained married until his death in 2000, I Believe in You also sold in excess of one million copies, and was awarded gold disc status by the R. I. A. A. in October 1973. He appeared in the film, Wattstax, which was released in 1973. After Stax folded in 1975, Taylor switched to Columbia Records and it spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks at the top of the R&B chart. It peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1976, Disco Lady was the first certified platinum single by the RIAA. Taylor recorded several successful albums and R&B single hits with Davis on Columbia, before Brad Shapiro took over production duties. Z. Hills funeral in spring 1984, in 1996, Taylors eighth album for Malaco, Good Love. Reached number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart, and was the biggest record in Malacos history, with this success, Malaco recorded a live video of Taylor at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 1997. The club portion of the Good Love video was recorded at 1001 Nightclub in Jackson, Taylors final song was Soul Heaven, in which he dreamed of being at a concert featuring deceased African-American music icons from Louis Armstrong to Otis Redding to Z. Z. Hill to The Notorious B. I. G. among others, in the 1980s, Johnnie Taylor was a DJ on KKDA-AM, a radio station in the Dallas area, where he had made his home. The stations format was mostly R&B and Soul oldies and their personalities were often local R&B, Soul, blues. Taylor was billed as The Wailer, Johnnie Taylor, Taylor died of a heart attack at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas, on May 31,2000, aged 66Johnnie Taylor – Taylor in 1967
8. December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with the usual lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections and backing vocals, and bass player Don Ciccone singing the falsetto part. The song is an up-tempo, piano-led dance song with a distinct and easily recognizable opening drum and it is written in 4/4 and in the key of D-flat major. The single was released in December 1975 and hit one on the UK Singles Chart on February 21,1976. It repeated the feat on the US Billboard Hot 100 on March 13,1976, Billboard ranked it as the No.4 song for 1976. On April 10 the same year, it topped the RPM National Top Singles Chart in Canada, drummer Gerry Polci sang lead with bassist Don Ciccone and long-time frontman Frankie Valli singing the bridge and refrain. It was the Four Seasons final song, as a group, in both 1988 and 1993, Dutch DJ and producer Ben Liebrand remixed the song and rereleased it as a single. The 1993 rerelease spent 27 weeks on the Hot 100, the peak position of the 1993 remix version was #14. Adding together the two 27-week chart runs for the 1975 original single and the 1993 remix version gave the song the longest tenure ever on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart up to that time, the tenure has since been surpassed many times. A music video was produced to accompany the original 1975 release, the video used the edited single version, which had a Phaser effect during Frankies vocals, not heard on any other version of the song. The Fatback Band recorded a cover of the song for the track of their LP Night Fever. Change recorded a cover of the song on their third album Sharing Your Love, in 1995 the Mexican banda group Banda Vallarta Show recorded a Spanish version called Diciembre del 63 for their last album La Fiesta. In 1996, British dance duo Clock took it to #13 in the UK chart and this version was used as a brand image theme by the American television network The WB in image spots, promos, and interstitials during the 2000-01 television season. Slovene singer Tomaž Domicelj covered the song on his album Na planini je živel, whether it is a cover of the original song or Claude François is unclear. Mr. Vegas did a cover of song which was featured on his album Damn Right. Wyclef Jean produced a version of this song, titled What a Night, about his journey as a hip-hop artist. In 2006 Camron sampled the song on a track called Oh What A Night, the full version was finally released in 2007 but never made a release album due to sample clearance issues. John Barrowman covered this song, which was featured on his album John Barrowman, in 2011, Football song parodist James Daly wrote a reworded version of this in reaction to Crystal Palaces 3-1 victory over fierce rivals Brighton and Hove Albion. In 2012, Ball Park Music covered the song during their set at Splendour in the Grass, in the 2014 film Jersey Boys, the cast sings the song during the closing creditsDecember, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
9. The Four Seasons (group) – The Four Seasons is an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock band before the Beatles, since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The legal name of the organization is the Four Seasons Partnership, formed by Gaudio, while singers, producers, and musicians have come and gone, Gaudio and Valli remain the groups constant. Gaudio no longer live, leaving Valli the only member of the group from its inception who is touring as of 2017. The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and they are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. Frankie Vallis first commercial release was My Mothers Eyes in 1953, the following year, he and guitarist Tommy DeVito formed The Variatones, which between 1954 and 1956 performed and recorded under a variety of names before settling on the name The Four Lovers. The same year, the released their first record, Youre the Apple of My Eye. Five additional Four Lovers singles were released over the year, with virtually no sales, airplay. In 1957, the seventh single had a similar lack of success. In 1958, Charles Calello replaced Nick Massi on bass in the lineup, in 1959, the group started working with producer/songwriter Bob Crewe, primarily for session work. In late 1959, Gaudio was added to the Four Lovers on keyboards and guitar, early the following year, Nick Massi returned to replace Calello, who remained the bands musical arranger. In 1960, despite the changes of personnel, the fortunes of the Four Lovers had not changed—they failed an audition for a lounge at a Union Township, Union County, according to Gaudio, We figured well come out of this with something. So we took the name of the bowling alley and it was called the Four Seasons. Despite the last few years of frustration of the Four Lovers, later, on a handshake agreement between keyboardist/composer Bob Gaudio and lead singer Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons Partnership was formed. The Four Seasons signed as artists to Crewes production company, the group continued working with producer Bob Crewe as background vocalists, and sometimes leads under different group names, for productions on Crewes own Topix label. As a follow-up, Bob Gaudio wrote a song that, after some discussion between Crewe and Gaudio, was titled Sherry, after the song was recorded, Crewe and the members of the group solicited record labels to release it. It was Frankie Valli who spoke with Randy Wood, West coast sales manager for Vee-Jay Records who, in turn, Sherry made enough of an impression that Crewe was able to sign a deal between his production company and Vee-Jay for its release. They were the first white artists to sign with Vee-Jay, in 1962, the group released their first album, featuring the single Sherry, which was not only their first charted hit but also their first number-one songThe Four Seasons (group) – Valli and the Four Seasons at London's Royal Albert Hall, June 2012
10. Play That Funky Music – Play That Funky Music is a song written by Rob Parissi and recorded by the band Wild Cherry. The single was the first release by the Cleveland-based Sweet City record label in April 1976, the single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 18,1976, and was also number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 2 million records, the song was listed at No.73 on Billboard magazines All-Time Top 100 Songs in 2008. American rapper Vanilla Ice later released a song featuring an interpretation of Play That Funky Music, songwriter Robert Parissi was not credited. Parissi was later awarded $500,000 in an infringement lawsuit. Although it did not initially catch on, its B-side, Ice Ice Baby, gained more success when a disc jockey played that track instead of the singles A-side. Following the success of Ice Ice Baby, Play That Funky Music was reissued as its own single, canadian saxophonist Warren Hill covered the song on his 2005 album PopJazz. Instead of white boy, the words, hey, funky music were substituted and that version is now a collectors item. In 1988, the band Roxanne reached number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover version, the song appears on the open show Ces Gars-Là, a French-Canadian show on V Télé featuring the stand-up comic Sugar Sammy and Simon-Olivier Fecteau. List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1976 List of Cash Box Top 100 number-one singles of 1976 List of number-one R&B singles of 1976Play That Funky Music – "Play That Funky Music"
11. Wild Cherry (band) – Wild Cherry was an American funk rock band best known for their song Play That Funky Music. Rob Parissi was raised in the mill town of Mingo Junction. Parissi graduated from Mingo High School in 1968, Rob formed the band Wild Cherry in 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio, one mile north of Mingo Junction along the Ohio River. The bands name Wild Cherry was taken from a box of cough drops while Rob was recuperating from a hospital stay. The band played the Ohio Valley region, Wheeling, West Virginia and the rest of the Northern West Virginia panhandle, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original lineup included, Ben Difabbio, Louie Osso from Steubenville, Ohio, Larry Brown from Weirton, West Virginia, Larry Mader from East Springfield, Ohio. Over time, the members changed, with Osso, Brown. Buchmelter was soon replaced by Bucky Lusk, several records before Play That Funky Music were released under their own label during the early 1970s, including You Can Be High, and Something Special On Your Mind, in 1971. The music at this stage was rock music, not funk. Several demos and singles on Knights Brown Bag label distributed by United Artists were produced including Get Down, the band broke up when a disillusioned Parissi left the music scene to become the manager of a local steakhouse. Rob quickly realized that the gig was not going to cut it. As his enthusiasm for the music eventually returned, Rob decided to give the one last shot. Parissi re-formed the band with new musicians, the new lineup consisted of Bryan Bassett, Ron Beitle, and Allen Wentz, who hailed from Detroit, Michigan. As the quartet began to perform non-stop and built a huge, devoted following in the Pittsburgh area, disco was beginning its rule on the radio and the dance floor. At the 1971 Club in Pittsburgh, a full of black fans kept coming to the stage and teasing. One night during a break between sets, drummer Ron Beitle, in a meeting in the dressing room, uttered the phrase, Play That Funky Music. On the way back to the stage to play the set, Rob Parissi was immediately inspired to write a song around the phrase. The song took a total of 5 minutes to write, Parissi had intended to record the song as the B-side to a cover version of the Commodores I Feel Sanctified, but the label suggested it as the A-sideWild Cherry (band) – Wild Cherry
12. Kiss and Say Goodbye – Kiss and Say Goodbye is a song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Manhattans. It was one of the biggest hits of 1976, the song was written by Manhattans member Winfred Blue Lovett. The lyrics and melody came to him one night. As he later recalled, Everything was there, I got up about three oclock in the morning and jotted down the things I wanted to say. I just put the words together on my tape recorder and little piano, ive always thought that when you write slow songs, they have to have meaning. In this case, its the love triangle situation weve all been through, I figured anyone whos been in love could relate to it. And it seemed to touch home for a lot of folks, Lovett originally considered the song a country tune more appropriate to be sung by Glen Campbell or Charley Pride. He decided to do it with his group and sing background on it, the original demo of the song was recorded with The Manhattans backing band, Little Harlem. After hearing a tape of the recording, producer/arranger Bobby Martin decided to re-record the song with MFSB at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, recorded in early 1975, Columbia Records officials withheld releasing the song until 14 months later. Lovett had his concerns over when the record out as well as the record itself. I was critical, a perfectionist in the studio, and there are parts of it that make my skin crawl. For example, in one place, the background vocals go off pitch, somehow, though, that didnt seem to bother anyone else. Released as a single, the became a worldwide hit for the group. And reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart in the middle of 1976, in the U. S. the song was the 400th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. It also became just the single to earn platinum certification status. Billboard ranked it as the No.6 song for 1976, besides being the first and only No.1 pop hit for the Manhattans, Kiss and Say Goodbye marked more than 11 years since the group first made the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 with I Wanna Be. Hong Kong Pop Diva Anita Muis rendition of song, Cherish When We Meet Again, was the final song she performed before her death from Cervical Cancer in December 2003. Billy Joe Royal released a version of the song on his 1989 album, british reggae/pop band UB40 covered the song for their 2005 album Who You Fighting ForKiss and Say Goodbye – "Kiss and Say Goodbye"
13. The Manhattans – The Manhattans are an American popular R&B vocal group. Their work includes million-selling songs Kiss and Say Goodbye recorded in 1976, the Manhattans have recorded twelve top 10 R&B hits in the United States charting on the Billboard chart for the first time in 1965. Their 1983 song Forever By Your Side remains especially popular in Brazil thirty years after its release, the Manhattans, originally from Jersey City, formed in 1962 with members George Smitty Smith, Edward Sonny Bivins, Winfred Blue Lovett, Kenny Wally Kelley, and Richard Ricky Taylor. Bivins, Lovett, and Kelley were graduating from Lincoln High School, while Taylor, all five enlisted in the armed forces and came together as a group following their discharges from their respective branches. The groups first single was For the Very First Time, released in 1964 by Carnival Records and they continued recording successfully with songs written by various members of the group. In 1968, the received the Most Promising Group award by NATRA. In 1969, the moved to the De Luxe record label. While playing at Kittrell College in North Carolina, the group met another group and they were so impressed with Alston that they asked him to join the group, but he declined. Misfortune hit the group late in 1970 when George Smith fell down a flight of stairs, with him unable to perform, the group began to search for a new lead. First they attempted to woo The Cymbals lead, Lee Williams, the group then renewed their request to Gerald Alston, who accepted and took over the lead spot. Original lead singer George Smith died of a tumor on December 16,1970,2 days before his 31st birthday. The Manhattans continued recording throughout the 1970s with Alston singing lead vocals and they struck chart gold in 1973 with the Bivins-written song Theres No me Without You. The song quickly became a #1 chart topper on both the US Billboard Pop and R&B charts and it also became only the second single to go platinum, after the RIAA introduced the award in 1976. Taylor left in 1976 to concentrate on his conversion to Islam and he died in 1987 after a long illness. The group continued as a quartet, and found success in March 1980 with the release of Shining Star. Produced and co-written by the Chicago-based record producer, Leo Graham, in 1983, The Manhattans released the album Forever By Your Side, by Columbia Records, which brought the two singles the group that year. The first was the song Crazy, the success of this album. The success made Forever By Your Side gain a Portuguese version the following year, called Pra Sempre Vou Te Amar, the group celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1985 with the release of Too Hot To Stop ItThe Manhattans – The Manhattans in 1972
14. Love Machine (The Miracles song) – Love Machine is a 1975 single recorded by Motown group The Miracles, taken from their album City of Angels. This song was a #1 Pop smash on the Billboard Hot 100, and this single was one of two Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hits recorded by The Miracles with Billy Griffin as lead vocalist, the other is 1973s Do It Baby. Griffin had replaced Miracles founder Smokey Robinson as lead singer in 1972, the song features a growling vocal by Miracle Bobby Rogers, with group baritone Ronnie White repeating Yeah Baby throughout the song. Engineered and mixed by Kevin Beamish, Love Machine was produced by Freddie Perren and it was written by Billy Griffin and his Miracles group-mate, original Miracle Pete Moore, with whom he wrote the rest of the City of Angels tracks as well. The songs lyrics, delivered over a beat, compare a lover to an electronic device such as a computer or a robot. The seven-minute song was split into two parts for its release as a single, with Part 1 receiving most notoriety. Love Machine was a multi-million selling Platinum single, and a smash hit on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. The single went to #5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and it was also a Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. By 1979, the song saw its first cover version, performed by Thelma Houston, Houstons version became a popular song with club DJs at the time in the United States, although it did not chart. In Asia, and especially in Japan, Love Machine became Houstons most successful single, the success prompted her album Ride to the Rainbow to be reissued as Love Machine for the Japanese release. Performed a cover version of Love Machine on their 1983 album, the 1995 Disney film Heavyweights The 1997 crime film Donnie Brasco The 1998 disco film 54 The 2002 film The New Guy. Around 2004, The Hotel Chain Travelodge started to use the song with the brands mascot bear dancing, the movie trailer for the 2000 animated film Chicken Run The TV spot for the 2001 Pixar film Monsters, Inc. A new version of the song appears in the 2013 Disney film. The 1999 episode of Ally McBeal, Loves Illusions, the 2001 episode of Futurama, I Dated a Robot. The 2002 episode of My Wife and Kids, Jr. s Dating Dilemma, list of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1976 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsLove Machine (The Miracles song) – "Love Machine (Part 1)"
15. The Miracles – Formed in 1955 by Smokey Robinson, Warren Pete Moore, and Ronnie White, the group started off as the Five Chimes, changing their name to the Matadors two years later. The group then settled on the Miracles after the inclusion of Claudette Robinson in 1958, the most notable Miracles line-up included the Robinsons, Moore, White, Bobby Rogers and Marv Tarplin. In all, the group had over fifty charted hits by the time they disbanded, on the R&B charts, the Miracles scored 26 Top 10 Billboard R&B hits, with 4 R&B # 1s, and 11 U. S. R&B Top 10 Albums, including 2-#1s. Bobby Rogers and Ronald White revived the group as a touring ensemble sporadically during the 1980s, following Whites death in 1995, Rogers continued to tour with different members until he was forced into retirement due to health issues in 2011, dying less than two years later. The Miracles have been awarded many top music industry honors over the years, in 1997, the group received the Pioneer Award at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for their musical achievements. Four years later, in 2001, they were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, in 2004, they were ranked thirty-two on the Rolling Stone magazines list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, retaining that same position seven years later, in 2011. Four of their hit songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, in 2009, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout their careers, the Miracles were also enshrined with honors for their songwriting by both BMI and ASCAP, in 2008, Billboard listed them at #61 on their 100 most successful Billboard artists ever list. After much controversy, the Miracles were inducted to the Rock, the group that later became the Miracles was formed in 1955 by five teenage friends from Detroit, Michigan, under the name the Five Chimes. Three of the members, Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore. The group, influenced by such as Billy Ward and His Dominoes and Nolan Strong & the Diablos, featured Clarence Dawson. All FIVE CHIMESoriginal members attended Northern High School in Detroit, after Dawson quit the group and Grice dropped out to get married, they were replaced by Emerson Sonny Rogers and his cousin Bobby and changed their name to the Matadors. Ironically, both Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers were born in the hospital on the same month, date and year. In 1957, Sonny Rogers left to join the United States Army and Claudette Rogers, his sister, following two years of courtship, Smokey and Claudette married in November 1959. The group auditioned for Brunswick Records in front of Alonzo Tucker, Nat Tarnopol and one of the staff songwriters, Berry Gordy. Tucker was unimpressed by the audition, stating that there was the Platters that there couldnt be two groups in America like that with a woman in the group. Gordy recorded their first single, Got a Job, a song to the Silhouettes Get a Job in January 1958. Gordy shortly thereafter struck a deal with George Goldners End Records to distribute the single, before the song was released, the group changed their name to the Miracles, taking it from the moniker Miracletones, with the Tones taken outThe Miracles – The Miracles in the early 1960s. From left to right: Smokey Robinson, Claudette Robinson, Ronald White, Pete Moore, and Bobby Rogers. Not pictured: Marv Tarplin
16. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the single from his fourth studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years. Backing vocals on the single were performed by Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, the song features a recognizable repeated drum riff performed by drummer Steve Gadd. One of his most popular singles,50 Ways was released in December 1975 and it became Simons sole number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was his highest position in France, where it peaked at number two. Elsewhere, the song was a top 20 hit in Canada, the single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting sales of over one million copies. Written after Simons divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song is a mistresss humorous advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship, the song was recorded in a small New York City studio on Broadway. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover was Paul Simons biggest solo hit and it hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on February 7,1976, and remained there for three weeks, it topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks. Overseas, on the UK Singles Chart, the reached number 23 in January 1976. It was certified gold on March 11,1976, and remained a best seller for nearly five months, Billboard ranked it as the No.8 song of 1976. The Muppets covered the song when Paul Simon appeared on that show, when appearing, Simon himself did a parody on the title when saying that there must be 50 ways to love your lever. Eminem used a sample of the first verse of 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover in his song Murder, Murder, brad Mehldau covered the song on the album Day is Done. Michel Delpech covered the song in French with the title Trente manières de quitter une fille, Kid Cudi sampled the song on his 2008 mix tape A Kid Named Cudi for 50 Ways To Make A Record. Miley Cyrus covered the song in her Backyard Sessions for her charitable Happy Hippie Foundation, julia Louis Dreyfus as Vice-President Selina Meyer sang a parody of this song called 50 Ways to Win In Texas in the hit HBO comedy Veep. Hot 100 number-one hits of 1976 Paul Simon biography Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
17. Paul Simon – Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simons fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the songs, including three that reached No.1 on the U. S. singles charts, The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson. In 1986, he released Graceland, an inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman with the poet Derek Walcott. On June 3,2016, Simon released his 13th solo album, titled Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart and the UK charts. Simon has earned sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, in 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the 100 People Who Shaped the World by Time magazine. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, in 2015, he was named as one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters by Rolling Stone. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congresss Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007, in 1986, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Simon was born on October 13,1941, in Newark, New Jersey and his father, Louis, was a college professor, double bass player, and dance bandleader who performed under the name Lee Sims. His mother, Belle, was a school teacher. In 1945, his family moved to the Kew Gardens Hills section of Flushing, Queens, the musician Donald Fagen has described Simons childhood as that of a certain kind of New York Jew, almost a stereotype, really, to whom music and baseball are very important. I think it has to do with the parents, Simon, upon hearing Fagens description, said it isnt far from the truth. Simon says about his childhood, I was a ballplayer, Id go on my bike, and Id hustle kids in stickball. He adds that his father was a New York Yankees fan and he didnt play with me as much as I played with my kids. He was at work until late at night, Simons musical career began after meeting Art Garfunkel when they were both 11. They performed in a production of Alice in Wonderland for their sixth-grade graduation and their idols were the Everly Brothers, whom they imitated in their use of close two-part harmony. Simon also developed an interest in jazz, folk, and blues, especially in the music of Woody Guthrie and Lead BellyPaul Simon – Simon performing at the 9:30 Club, May 27, 2011
18. Love Is Alive (Gary Wright song) – Love Is Alive is a 1976 song by Gary Wright that was a hit single in the US, reaching No.2 in the Billboard charts. Taken from the album The Dream Weaver, released the year, it features Wright on vocals. The albums title cut and Love is Alive both peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Love is Alive spent 27 weeks on the chart, seven weeks longer than Dream Weaver. Billboard ranked Love is Alive as the No.9 song of 1976, in Canada, the song reached No.6. Chaka Khan covered the song as My Love Is Alive on her 1984 album I Feel For You, the track was edited, mixed and co-produced by John Robie. In 1989, New York rap group 3rd Bass sampled Love Is Alive for their song Wordz of Wisdom off their debut full-length album The Cactus Album, a remastered version was released as part of The Best of Joe Cocker Live DVD in 2006. In 1997, dance act 3rd Party recorded the song for their debut album Alive, survivor covered this track on their 1999 album Empires Anastacia included Love Is Alive on her 2000 album Not That Kind. Joan Osborne recorded the song for her album Righteous Love released in 2000 and her version was also used in promotion and on the soundtrack for the film One Night at McCools in 2001. Also in 2001, Vonda Shepard and Anastacia recorded a duet of the track for For Once in My Life, the song is heard briefly in Mr. Deeds, when Babe Bennett enters the pizzeria looking for Deeds. In 2013, Susan Ashton recorded the track for her EP Thief, american folk singer Richie Havens included his own version of Love Is Alive on Wishing Well, a 2002 recording for Evangeline Records. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsLove Is Alive (Gary Wright song) – "Love Is Alive"
19. Gary Wright – Wrights breakthrough album, The Dream Weaver, came after he had spent seven years in London as, alternately, a member of the British heavy rock band Spooky Tooth and a solo artist on A&M Records. His work since the late 1980s has embraced world music and the new age genre, a former child actor, Wright performed on Broadway in the hit musical Fanny before studying medicine and then psychology in New York and Berlin. After meeting Chris Blackwell of Island Records in Europe, Wright moved to London and he also served as the bands principal songwriter on their recordings – among them, the well-regarded albums Spooky Two and You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw. His solo album Footprint, recorded with contributions from Harrison, coincided with the formation of Wrights short-lived band Wonderwheel, Wright turned to film soundtrack work in the early 1980s, which led to him re-recording his most popular song, Dream Weaver, for the 1992 comedy Waynes World. Following Spooky Tooths reunion tour in 2004, Wright has performed frequently, either as a member of Starrs All-Starr Band, with his own live band. Wrights most recent solo albums, including Waiting to Catch the Light, in 2014, Penguin Random House published his autobiography, titled Dream Weaver, Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Gary Wright was born and raised in Cresskill, New Jersey, a child actor, he made his TV debut at the age of seven, on the show Captain Video and His Video Rangers, filmed in New York. Among other acting work, he appeared in TV and radio commercials, Wright played the role of Cesario, the son of Fanny, who was played by future Brady Bunch matriarch Florence Henderson. He spent two years with the production, during which he performed with Henderson on The Ed Sullivan Show, having studied piano and organ, Wright led various local rock bands while attending high school at Tenafly, New Jersey. In 1959, he made his first commercial recording, with Billy Markle at NBC Radios New York studios, credited to Gary & Billy, the single Working After School was released on 20th Century Fox Records in 1960. Having specialized in psychology in New York, he went to West Germany in 1966 to complete his studies at the Free University of Berlin. While in Europe in 1967, Wright abandoned his plans to become a doctor and instead toured locally with a band he had formed, when the latter supported the English group Traffic – at Oslo in Norway, according to Wright – he met Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Wright recalls that he and Blackwell had a friend in Jimmy Miller. Blackwell invited Wright to London, where he joined English singer and pianist Mike Harrison, the group soon changed its name to Spooky Tooth, with Wright as joint lead vocalist and Hammond organ player. While noting the lack of significant commercial success over its career. Spooky Tooths first album was Its All About, released on Island in June 1968, produced by Miller, it contained the Wright-composed Sunshine Help Me and six songs he co-wrote with either Miller, Harrison or Luther Grosvenor, the bands guitarist. Spooky Two, often considered the bands best work, followed in March 1969, Wright composed or co-composed seven of the albums eight songs, including That Was Only Yesterday and Better By You, Better Than Me. Spooky Two sold well in America but, like Its All About, the third Spooky Tooth album was Ceremony, a Wright-instigated collaboration with French electronic music pioneer Pierre Henry, released in December 1969Gary Wright – Gary Wright on stage in Paris in 2011
20. A Fifth of Beethoven – A Fifth of Beethoven is a disco instrumental recorded by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band, adapted from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethovens Fifth Symphony. The record was produced by noted music and sound effects recording producer Thomas J. Valentino. Released as a single by Private Stock Records in 1976, the song debuted at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and climbed to number 1 within 19 weeks, in 1977, it was licensed to RSO Records for inclusion on the best-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The song is one of Murphys few Top 40 hits, and is considered one of the most popular pieces of music from the disco era. In college, Murphys interests included music, particularly that which was adapted from classical music, such as Joy by Apollo 100. Later, in 1976, he was writing a song for a commercial, when a producer gave him the idea of updating classical music. The response was generally unimpressive, but Fifth caught the interest of Private Stock Records owner Larry Uttal, Murphy signed on to Private Stock and recorded the album A Fifth of Beethoven, containing the title track and first single of the same name. The single was credited to Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band upon encouragement from Private Stock, however, two days following the records release, Private Stock discovered the existence of another Big Apple Band. The record was later re-released and credited to The Walter Murphy Band, following its release, A Fifth of Beethoven was a hit, starting out at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually reaching number 1 within 19 weeks, where it stayed for one week. The single sold two million copies, while the album sold about 750,000 copies, the second single, a rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovs Flight of the Bumblebee titled Flight 76, was less successful, reaching only number 44 on the Hot 100. The song was featured in the video games LittleBigPlanet 2 and DJ Hero 2 and the movies Mystery Men, Semi-Pro, and The Stepford Wives. It was also featured in the 2006 Family Guy episode Hell Comes to Quahog and this is a tongue-in-cheek gag, as Murphy is also one of the composers for Family Guy. Robin Thickes 2002 song When I Get You Alone and A+s 1999 song Enjoy Yourself both sample A Fifth of Beethoven, a snippet of A Fifth of Beethoven can be heard during Chicago Bulls games, whenever the opposing team loses possession of the ball. List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1976 List of Cash Box Top 100 number-one singles of 1976 List of number-one singles of 1976A Fifth of Beethoven – "A Fifth of Beethoven"
21. Walter Murphy – Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for the instrumental A Fifth of Beethoven, further classical–disco fusions followed, such as Flight 76, Rhapsody in Blue, Toccata and Funk in D Minor, Bolero, and Mostly Mozart, but were not as successful. He has had a partnership with Seth MacFarlane, composing music for his films and TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show. Murphy was born on December 19,1952, in New York City, at age four, he attended music lessons hosted by Rosa Rio, studying an array of instruments, including the organ and piano. Rio frequently opted for him to star in advertisements for the Hammond organ. There, Murphy studied jazz and classical piano, referring to his studies, in 1972, he married Laurie Robertson, who worked in the plastics industry. In the early 1970s, Murphy was the leader of a band called WAM and they gigged in the New York tri-state area, often at the New Rochelle club Pearlys. In 1976, Murphy played piano on Peter Lemongellos second album Do I Love You, in college, Murphys interests included rock music, particularly that which was adapted from classical music, such as Joy by Apollo 100 and A Lovers Concerto by The Toys. Later, in 1976, he was writing a song for a commercial, when a producer gave him the idea of updating classical music. Response was generally unimpressive, but Fifth caught the interest of Private Stock Records owner Larry Uttal, Murphy signed on to Private Stock and recorded the album A Fifth of Beethoven. The first single and title track, A Fifth of Beethoven, was released on May 29,1976 and it was a hit, starting out at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually reaching number 1 within 19 weeks, where it stayed for one week. The single sold two million copies, while the album sold about 750,000 copies, the second single, a rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovs Flight of the Bumblebee titled Flight 76, was less successful, reaching only number 44 on the Hot 100. The record was credited to Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band upon encouragement from Private Stock, who believed it would become a hit if credited to a group rather than an individual. Following the success of A Fifth of Beethoven, Murphy toured with his band and made guest appearances on such as Don Kirshners Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, Dinah. In addition, as a result of the success, Murphy and his wife were able to move out of their two-room apartment in Yonkers. On the success of the single, he said, Its really sad that the kids today can only relate to Beethoven via a version of his music. He hoped that maybe if theyve heard this much of his symphony, theyll go out, in 1977, A Fifth of Beethoven was licensed to RSO Records for inclusion on the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever, giving it a new lease on life. Also that year, Murphy recorded the album Rhapsody in Blue, two singles were released, a disco treatment of George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue, and the self-penned instrumental Uptown SerenadeWalter Murphy – Murphy in 1977, during a photo shoot for Rhapsody in Blue.
22. Sara Smile – Sara Smile is a song written and recorded by the American musical duo Hall & Oates. It was released in January 1976 as the single from their album Daryl Hall & John Oates. The song was the groups first Top 10 hit in the US, Sara Smile was the second single released from Hall & Oates 1975 self-titled album for RCA Records. Co-written by both halves of the duo, it was Hall & Oatess breakthrough single, with a #4 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1976 and it was written about Halls then-girlfriend, Sara Allen. The couple was together for almost 30 years before breaking up in 2001, following the success of Sara Smile, the Atlantic Records label re-released the duos previous single, Shes Gone. Sara Smile was the duos first Top Ten hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it also peaked at #23 on Hot Soul Singles and #18 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. Billboard ranked it as the No.11 song of 1976, the song also earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. R&B group After 7 released a version in 1997, on their greatest hits album The Very Best of After 7. It peaked at number 31 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts, r&B group Boyz II Men released a cover version in 2004, on their album Throwback, Vol.1. Country music singer Jimmy Wayne released a version in 2009. This version debuted at #51 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated October 3,2009 and serves as the track for Waynes third album. It became Hall & Oates first single to chart on the country charts, thom Jurek described the cover favorably in his review of the album, saying that Wayne basically apes Halls lead vocalnote for note but pulls it off in spades. Jimmy Waynes version of Sara Smile debuted at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2009, after seven weeks on the country chart, the song peaked at 31 in December 2009. British female singer-songwriter Rumer released a version on July 30,2012 as the second single from her second studio album Boys Dont Cry. The song has charted in Belgium Rumer and Daryl Hall perform the song together on Live From Daryls House, a music video to accompany the release of Sara Smile was first released onto YouTube on June 28,2012 at a total length of three minutes. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Sara Smile at AllMusicSara Smile – "Sara Smile"
23. Afternoon Delight (song) – Afternoon Delight is a song recorded by Starland Vocal Band, featuring close harmony and sexually suggestive wordplay. It was written by Bill Danoff, one of the members of the band, Hot 100 single on July 10,1976. Afternoon Delight also reached #1 in Canada and peaked at #5 in New Zealand, in Australia it was a #6 hit. Danoff enjoyed writing the song and downplayed the somewhat controversial lyrics, saying, I just wanted to write something that was fun and hinted at sex. Concurrent with the Starland Vocal Band version, country singer Johnny Carvers cover went Top 10 on Billboard Hot Country Singles. In 1983, the Circle Jerks also covered it as one of the six covers on Golden Shower of Hits, british experimental folk music band Current 93 used an industrial-style cover as an introduction to performances of their 2009 album. Claude François sang it in French as Dimanche après-midi, the popular TV show Glee also covered it in their episode Sexy, with Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Mark Salling, Lea Michele, and John Stamos singing. At the 19th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1977, Afternoon Delight received three nominations for recordings from 1976 and it won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement for Voices and was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. In 2010 Billboard named Afternoon Delight the 20th sexiest song of all time, since the original songs release, many works have alluded to or even featured Afternoon Delight or its suggestive lyrics, often ironically. It appeared in a 2014 TV commercial for Taco Bell, on July 4,1976 it was featured as the theme song for CBSs all day Bicentennial coverage hosted by Dan Rather. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Author of the song Bill Danoff reflects on its use in pop cultureAfternoon Delight (song) – "Afternoon Delight"
24. Starland Vocal Band – Starland Vocal Band was an American pop band, known primarily for Afternoon Delight, one of the biggest-selling singles of 1976. The group began as Fat City, a duo of Bill Danoff. Danoff and Nivert co-wrote the song I Guess Hed Rather Be in Colorado and then, with John Denver, Take Me Home, the duo recorded two albums as Fat City, and two more as Bill & Taffy, all released from 1969-1974. In the mid 70s, Starland Vocal Band was formed and subsequently signed to Denvers label Windsong Records, Starland Vocal Band was also composed of Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman. Carroll and Chapman married after meeting as members of the group and their son Ben Carroll is also a musician. The groups debut album was the self-titled Starland Vocal Band and included Afternoon Delight, the song was a US #1 hit and the album also charted. They were nominated for four Grammy Awards and won two, Best Arrangement for Voices and Best New Artist, the song also reached #18 in the UK. The follow-up album, Rear View Mirror, did not fare as well, with 13 weeks on the Billboard 200, the band hosted a variety show, The Starland Vocal Band Show, that ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman was a writer and regular on the show, which also featured Mark Russell, Jeff Altman, april Kelly was a writer for the series. The band broke up in 1981, unable to match their previous success, Danoff and Nivert divorced shortly afterward. Each of the members went on to a solo career. In 1998 the Starland Vocal Band reunited for a few concerts, in 2007, they appeared on a 1970s special on the New Jersey Network, singing Afternoon Delight. In 2010 Billboard named Afternoon Delight the 20th sexiest song of all time, the Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Band won two awards from five nominations, of course the others provide priceless harmoniesStarland Vocal Band – Starland Vocal Band: June 1977
25. I Write the Songs – I Write the Songs is a popular song written by Bruce Johnston in 1975 and made famous by Barry Manilow. Manilows version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1976 after spending two weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart in December 1975 and it won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and was nominated for Record of the Year in 1977. Billboard ranked it as the No.13 song of 1976, the original version was recorded by The Captain & Tennille, who worked with Johnston in the early 1970s with The Beach Boys. It appears on their 1975 album, Love Will Keep Us Together, the first release of I Write the Songs as a single was by then teen-idol David Cassidy from his 1975 solo album The Higher They Climb, which was also produced by Bruce Johnston. Cassidys version reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart in August of that year, Johnston has stated that, for him, the I in the song is God, and that songs come from the spirit of creativity in all of us. He has said that the song is not about his Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson and it could be misinterpreted as a monumental ego trip. After persuasion by Clive Davis, then president of Arista Records, Manilow recorded the song and it first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 15,1975, reaching the top of the chart nine weeks later, on January 17,1976. Frank Sinatra sang it as I Sing the Songs from 1976, in 1979, Sammy Davis, Jr. performed it as part of his live show. At the Forum de Montréal in 1974, Quebec popular singer René Simard performed it live in a French-English two-verse version, in 1975, French singer Claude François performed a French adaptation named Je Chante des Chansons. In 1976, Filipino singer Rico J. Puno also covered this song with the Tagalog verse in line as the Manila Sound version. In 2008, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes recorded it on their album Have Another Ball, Manilow performed a parody duet entitled I Write the Songs/I Wreck the Songs with Rosie ODonnell on her talk show on April 18,1997. Manilow performed another shortened version of song with Stephen Colbert when he was a guest on The Colbert Report on October 30,2006. In the finale he sings sometimes, unreleased at the time, it was included as a bonus track on the reissue of his album This Ones for You in 2006. List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1975 List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1976 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsI Write the Songs – "I Write the Songs"
26. Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, and producer with a career that has spanned over 50 years. He is best known for a string of hit recordings such as Mandy, Cant Smile Without You. He has recorded and released 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 that hit number one and 27 of which appeared within the top ten, and has released many multi-platinum albums. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R and Billboard magazines, Manilow has been praised by several well-known entertainers, including Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s saying, Hes next. In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, Dont stop what youre doing, as well as producing and arranging albums for other artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has written songs for musicals, films, and commercials. From February 2005 to December 2009, he was the headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton, since March 2010, he has headlined at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the worlds best-selling artists of all time, Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17,1943, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus. His father was born to a Jewish father and an Irish-American Catholic mother, Barry adopted his mothers maiden name, Manilow, at the time of his bar mitzvah. Manilow grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and attended Eastern District High School and that same year, he enrolled in the City College of New York where he briefly studied before entering the New York College of Music. He also worked at CBS while he was a student in order to pay his expenses, according to one source, he married Susan Deixler that year, with the marriage lasting only one year. Another source says Manilow got an annulment from Deixler in 1966 after two years of marriage and he later studied Musical Theater at the Juilliard performing arts school. In 1964, Manilow met Bro Herrod, a CBS director, instead, Manilow wrote an entire original score. Herrod used Manilows composition in the Off Broadway musical, which enjoyed a run at New Yorks 13th Street Theatre. Manilow then earned money by working as a pianist, producer and arranger, during this time, he began to work as a commercial jingle writer, continuing well into the 1970s. Many of the jingles he wrote and/or composed he would perform, including State Farm Insurance. A1965 Polaroid Swinger commercial featuring Manilows Meet The Swinger jingle starred a young Ali MacGraw and his singing-only credits include commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, and the famed McDonalds You Deserve a Break Today campaign. Manilow won two Clio Awards in 1976 for his work for Tab and Band-Aid, by 1967, Manilow was the musical director for the WCBS-TV series Callback, which premiered on January 27,1968. He next conducted and arranged for Ed Sullivans production company, arranging a new theme for The Late Show, while writing, producing, and singing his radio and television jinglesBarry Manilow – Manilow performing live in 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.
27. Fly, Robin, Fly – Fly, Robin, Fly is a song by German disco group Silver Convention from their debut studio album Save Me. Sylvester Levay and Stephan Prager wrote the song, and the latter produced it, Fly, Robin, Fly was released as the third single from Save Me in September 1975, peaking at number one on the United States Billboard Hot 100. Thanks to the success of Fly, Robin, Fly, Silver Convention became the first German act to have a one song on the American music charts. Fly, Robin, Fly carries the distinction of being a Billboard chart-topper with only six words, during a segment on VH1s 100 Greatest Dance Songs, it was revealed that the original working title was Run, Rabbit, Run. In the United States, it rose to one on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1975. It was both preceded and succeeded by Thats the Way by KC and the Sunshine Band, the single also was number one on the Soul Singles Chart for one week. Fly, Robin, Fly also spent three weeks at one on the Dance/Disco Chart. W. McCalls Convoy a week later, CBS Sports used part of the song as intro music for NFL coverage in the late 1970s. The song was featured in the films Boogie Nights and The Lego Batman Movie. Jamaican producer Derrick Harriott and his group, the Chariot Riders, released a version of Fly, Robin. American jazz flautist Herbie Mann recorded a version of Fly, Robin, method Man and Redmans video version of their 1995 song How High contains an interpolation of Fly, Robin, Fly. Australian/British string quartet Bond recorded a version of Fly, Robin, resembling the members of the band, choreographed arm and legs movements are also featured by the Hong Kong students, in order to introduce the mathematical concepts together with the lyrics. comFly, Robin, Fly – "Fly, Robin, Fly"
28. Love Hangover – Love Hangover was the fourth number one single for Motown singer Diana Ross. Ross recorded Love Hangover in 1975 and it was released in March 1976, and rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously. The song was written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod as a disco number, producer Hal Davis recorded the instrumental track in 1975 thinking it ideal for Marvin Gaye or Diana Ross, who were his two favorite vocalists to work with. He thought Diana would be sexier on it, so he recorded the song with her, background vocals on the track were provided by Motowns in-house trio, The Andantes. Studio musicians included James Gadson on drums, Henry E. Davis on bass, Hal Davis instructed the songs engineer Russ Terrana to install a strobe light so that Ross could be in the disco mindset. As the song changed from ballad to uptempo, Ross became more comfortable with the material, she hummed, sang bit parts, laughed, danced around, the carefree and sensual nature of Ross vocals and the musics direction helped to sell the song. The song was released on the Diana Ross LP in February,1976, the lead single from the album was I Thought It Took A Little Time. Singing group the 5th Dimension also released Love Hangover as a single, Motown then issued Ross version on 45. Both versions entered the chart the same day, by the time Ross version of Love Hangover went to number one, Ross had reinvented herself as a disco diva and the 5th Dimensions version had peaked at number 80. It won Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, Love Hangover reached number one on May 29,1976. That week, Casey Kasem reported on American Top 40 that with that song Diana had broken the record for the most number-one hits by a female vocalist. With her fourth number-one, she surpassed Connie Francis, Helen Reddy, Roberta Flack, during the 1980s, Ross went on to score two more number-one hits, making six, establishing her record for 12 years. Whitney Houston would break it in 1988 and Madonna in 1990, but counting 12 number-one hits as lead singer of The Supremes, Rosss grand total is 18, a feat equalled only by Mariah Carey as of 2016. The song was featured in the 1977 Diane Keaton film Looking for Mr. Goodbar during a bar scene, Diana Ross sang the song on the episode of The Muppet Show in which she appeared as the guest star. The song was featured in BBC2s 1995 punk documentary Arena, Punk, the song was featured in CBCs annual year-end playoff montage on Hockey Night in Canada in 2009. The song is featured in promos for the season of Mad Men. Motown released versions of Rosss version in 1988 and 1993, almighty Records released a remixed version in 2007. Players Association also covered the track in 1977, as did Stanley Turrentine on The Man with the Sad Face in 1976, the song was sampled in Monicas 1998 hit The First Night, which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100Love Hangover – "Love Hangover"
29. Diana Ross – Diane Ernestine Earle Ross, known professionally as Diana Ross, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. As part of the Supremes, her success made it possible for future African-American R&B, Dianas high-pitched and bright lyric-soprano voice has been enjoyed and still is by fans around the world. The group released a record-setting twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including the hits Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop. In the Name of Love, You Cant Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin On, Love Child and she later released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973, its title track reached number 1, as her second solo hit. That same year, her album Lady Sings The Blues, which was the soundtrack of her film based on the life of jazz singer Billie Holiday. By 1975, the Mahogany soundtrack included her third number-one hit and her eponymous 1976 album included her fourth number-one hit, Love Hangover. In 1979, Ross released the album The Boss and her 1980 semi-eponymous album Diana reached number 2 on the US Billboard albums chart, and spawned the number-one hit Upside Down, and the international hit Im Coming Out. After leaving Motown, Ross achieved her sixth and final US number-one hit, Ross has also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award-nominated performance for her performance in the film Lady Sings the Blues. She also starred in two films, Mahogany and The Wiz, later acting in the television films Out of Darkness, for which she also was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Ross was named the Female Entertainer of the Century by Billboard magazine, Ross has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, when her releases with the Supremes and as a solo artist are tallied. In 1988, Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes, alongside Mary Wilson and she was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. She is a 12-time Grammy nominee, never earning a competitive honor, in December 2016, Billboard magazine named her the 50th most successful dance artist of all time. Diane Ross was born at Hutzel Womens Hospital in Detroit on March 26,1944 and she was the second eldest child of Ernestine, a schoolteacher, and Fred Ross, Sr. a former Army soldier. Much has been made of whether her first name ends in an a or an e, according to Ross, her mother actually named her Diane but a clerical error resulted in her name being recorded as Diana on her birth certificate. She was listed as Diane during the first Supremes records, she introduced herself as Diane until early in the groups heyday and her friends and family still call her Diane. Rosss grandfather John E. Ross, a native of Gloucester County, Virginia, was born to Washington Ross, Virginia Baytops mother Francis Frankey Baytop was a former slave who had become a midwife after the Civil War. Ross and her family lived at Belmont Road in the North End section of Detroit, near Highland Park, MI. When Ross was seven, her mother contracted tuberculosis, causing her to seriously illDiana Ross – Diana Ross performing at the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo
30. Seals and Crofts – Seals and Crofts were an American soft rock duo made up of James Jim Seals and Darrell Dash Crofts. They are best known for their Hot 100 No.6 hits Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl and they reunited briefly in 1991–1992 and again in 2004, when they released their final album, Traces. Both members have long been advocates of the Baháí Faith. Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in Texas, Seals in Sidney and Crofts in Cisco and they first met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band. Later, Seals joined a band called Dean Beard and the Crew Cats, with Beard, they moved to Los Angeles to join The Champs, but the two did so only after the groups Tequila reached #1 in 1958. Seals also spent time during 1959 in the band of Eddie Cochran. In 1963, Jimmy Seals, Dash Crofts, Glen Campbell, and Jerry Cole left The Champs to form a band named Glen Campbell, the band only lasted a couple of years before the members went their separate ways. Crofts returned to Texas and Seals joined a band named The Dawnbreakers, Crofts eventually returned to California to join The Dawnbreakers and thus both Seals and Crofts were introduced to and became members of the Baháí Faith. However, the turned out to be unsuccessful. Crofts married fellow Dawnbreaker Billie Lee Day in 1969 and Seals married Ruby Jean Anderson in 1970, after the failure with The Dawnbreakers, the two decided to play as a duo, with Seals on guitar, saxophone and violin, and Crofts on guitar and mandolin. They signed a contract with the division of Talent Associates in 1969. The pair signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Records in August 1971 and their first album with their new label did not break into the charts, but their second album Summer Breeze charted at No.7 in 1972. The record sold one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R. I. A. A. in December 1972. The duo played at the California Jam festival in Ontario, California, on April 6,1974. Attracting over 200,000 fans, the concert put them alongside 70s acts such as Black Sabbath, Eagles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Oak Arkansas, and Rare Earth. Portions of the show were telecast on ABC Television in the US, after a long and successful run of recordings in the 1970s, the two lost their contract with Warner Brothers in 1980 and decided to set aside music for a while. Seals and Crofts are longtime adherents of the Bahai faith, a number of their songs contain Bahai references, including passages from Bahai scriptures. When they appeared in concert, they remained on stage after the performance to talk about the faith while local Bahais passed out literature to anyone interestedSeals and Crofts – Seals and Crofts in 1975
31. More, More, More – More, More, More is a song written by Gregg Diamond and recorded by American disco artist Andrea True, who performed under the name Andrea True Connection. It was released in February 1976, and became her signature track, in the U. S. it reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at number three on the Cashbox chart in July of that year. In Canada, it was a number-one hit, the song has been covered a number of times since by artists including Samantha Fox, Bananarama, Rachel Stevens and Dannii Minogue. In 1999 Canadian band Len sampled the break in More, More, More. The song has also used in television promotional advertisements, such as for American television series Sex. The title hook line is used as a jingle by Canadian supermarket chain Save-On-Foods, the song was originally recorded in Jamaica where True, a porn star, had been appearing in a television commercial. An attempted coup prevented her from leaving the country with her wages from the commercial, resourcefully, True called on Gregg Diamond to come down to Jamaica to write and record the song with her. Buddah Records originally released the only to discos in the winter of 1975. The popularity of More, More, More was immense, widespread listener interest convinced Buddah to release the single commercially in the spring. The song rose to four on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was a disco hit peaking at number two. Overseas, the peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart. More, More, More was covered by English group Bananarama for their album Please Yourself and it was produced by Mike Stock and Pete Waterman of Stock Aitken Waterman fame. Their version retained the disco feel of the original and also incorporated elements of ABBA-like production, sara Dallin, Keren Woodward, Stock and Waterman added a second verse to their version of the song. The music video featured them performing the song and dancing in a club with several male dancers backing them up. Bananaramas single version climbed to number twenty-four in the UK singles chart and it was their last single to be released by London Records, their label since 1983. The duo would not see another single-release in the UK until Move in My Direction in 2005, the song was taken from her debut album Funky Dory and was her final release from that album. The song was featured in a campaign for Sky Sports football coverage for the 2004-05 seasonMore, More, More – "More, More, More"
32. Andrea True – Andrea Marie Truden, better known by her pseudonym Andrea True, was an American pornographic actress and singer from the disco era. In addition to her name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Singe Low, Sandra Lips, Andrea Travis. As a singer, she is best known for the 1976 disco tune, More, More, More, Andrea Marie Truden was born in Nashville, Tennessee, where she attended Saint Cecilia Academy, a Catholic school for girls. True moved to New York City as a teenager, to fame as a mainstream film star. While she did manage to get some roles in mainstream movies from time to time, including The Way We Were. She performed in films in Scandinavia in the 1960s, and by the end of the decade. Eventually, she performed in more than fifty hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s, in an interview in 1977, she described her activity in adult films as being important because our first amendment was in great danger because of censorship from our government. She also said “I think it was a fad”, during her heyday as a porn actress, around 1975, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay in Jamaica, a crisis gripped the island. True collaborated with record producer Gregg Diamond to compose the song More, More, More, ultimately remixed by recording engineer Tom Moulton, More, More, More became a favorite in discos and nightclubs. It ultimately reached No.4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the single also reached the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. I just want to record and perform, in early 1977, True released the single N. Y. You Got Me Dancing, from her album, White Witch. The single became Trues second biggest hit, reaching No.27 on Billboards pop chart, in 1978, she had a second hit in the UK with Whats Your Name, Whats Your Number, which peaked at No.34 in the UK. Both albums included studio musicians with a new band assembled for the tour, the second line-up, in 1980, she released her third and final album, War Machine. A more hard rock-oriented album, it was released only in Europe, after her third album failed, True briefly attempted returning to porn, but at nearly 40, she was too old for a comeback. She also could not return to music because a goiter that developed on her vocal cords required surgery and she then lived in Los Angeles for some time and subsequently moved to New York. During the early 1990s, Andrea lived in an apartment on Manhattans east side, and was known for cooking gourmet meals for her friendsAndrea True – Andrea True
33. Bohemian Rhapsody – Bohemian Rhapsody is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the bands 1975 album A Night at the Opera and it is a six-minute suite, consisting of several sections without a chorus, an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda. The song is a more accessible take on the 1970s progressive rock genre and it was reportedly the most expensive single ever made at the time of its release, though the exact cost of production cannot be determined. It reached number one again in 1991 for another five weeks when the version was re-released. It is also the song to be Christmas number one twice by the same artist. It topped the charts in other markets as well, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and The Netherlands. In the United States the song peaked at number nine in 1976. It returned to the chart at two in 1992 following Freddie Mercurys death in 1991, as well as its appearance in the film Waynes World. Although critical reaction was mixed, Bohemian Rhapsody remains one of Queens most popular songs and is frequently placed on modern lists of the greatest songs of all time. The single was accompanied by a video, which many scholars consider ground-breaking. Rolling Stone magazine states, Its influence cannot be overstated, practically inventing the music video seven years before MTV went on the air, in 2004, Bohemian Rhapsody was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2012, the song topped the list on an ITV nationwide poll in the UK to find The Nations Favourite Number One over 60 years of music, Freddie Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody at his home in London. Then we went out to eat dinner, guitarist Brian May says the band thought that Mercurys blueprint for the song was intriguing and original, and worthy of work. According to May, much of Queens material was written in the studio, commenting on bohemianism, Judith Peraino said that Mercury intended. In terms of execution, the song is preceded by the Beach Boys 1966 single Good Vibrations and this echoes the opener of a 1962 b-side called Mama by Roy Orbison, which is also on Roy Orbisons Greatest Hits. Recording began at Rockfield Studio 1 near Monmouth on 24 August 1975, after a rehearsal at Penrhos Court, near Kington. During the making of the track, an additional four studios were used, according to some band members, Mercury mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout. Mercury used a Bechstein concert grand piano, which he played in the promotional video, due to the elaborate nature of the song, it was recorded in various sections, held together by a click track to keep all layers synchronisedBohemian Rhapsody – The Queen Extravaganza performing the song at the Fox Theatre, Detroit in 2012
34. Queen (band) – Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, before forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with elaborate stage. Mercury joined the band in 1970, suggested Queen as a new band name, John Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. The latter featured Bohemian Rhapsody, which stayed at one in the UK for nine weeks. The bands 1977 album News of the World contained We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, by the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in history by various music publications. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, since then, May and Taylor have performed under the name of Queen with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on several tours. The band have released a total of 18 number-one albums,18 number-one singles, estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the worlds best-selling music artists. Queen received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990 and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1968, guitarist Brian May, a student at Londons Imperial College, may placed an advertisement on a college notice board for a Mitch Mitchell/Ginger Baker type drummer, Roger Taylor, a young dental student, auditioned and got the job. While attending Ealing Art College, Tim Staffell became friends with Farrokh Bulsara, Bulsara felt that he and the band had the same tastes and soon became a keen fan of Smile. In 1970, after Staffell left to join the band Humpy Bong, the band had a number of bass players during this period who did not fit with the bands chemistry. It was not until February 1971 that they settled on John Deacon and they recorded four of their own songs, Liar, Keep Yourself Alive, The Night Comes Down and Jesus, for a demo tape, no record companies were interested. It was also around this time Freddie changed his surname to Mercury, inspired by the line Mother Mercury, on 2 July 1971, Queen played their first show in the classic line-up of Mercury, May, Taylor and Deacon at a Surrey college outside London. Having attended art college, Mercury also designed Queens logo, called the Queen crest, the logo combines the zodiac signs of all four members, two lions for Leo, a crab for Cancer, and two fairies for Virgo. The lions embrace a stylised letter Q, the crab rests atop the letter with flames rising directly above it, There is also a crown inside the Q and the whole logo is over-shadowed by an enormous phoenix. The whole symbol bears a resemblance to the Royal coat of arms of the United KingdomQueen (band) – Top: Brian May, Freddie Mercury Bottom: John Deacon, Roger Taylor
35. The Sylvers – The Sylvers were an American R&B/Soul family vocal group from Watts, Los Angeles, California. The Sylvers were one of the most popular acts during the 1970s, recording the hit singles Fools Paradise, Boogie Fever and Hot Line. During this time, two singles were released, Santa Claus Parade b/w Ill Be a Little Angel on Warwick Records and Says You b/w Olympia on Capitol Records. The sextet changed their name from The Little Angels to The Sylvers and released three albums on the MGM/Pride label, titled simply The Sylvers, The Sylvers 2, and The Sylvers 3. Released between 1972 and 1974, these LPs offered soulful numbers written by Leon and produced by R&B legends Jerry Butler, four singles from these self-titled albums charted on the Billboard R&B charts. Fools Paradise was a song that reached 14 in the autumn of 1972. The single featured Charmaine, Edmund, and Ricky as lead singers, backed by the harmonies of Olympia, Leon. Wish That I Could Talk to You was the next single, the track, featuring Leon, Edmund and Ricky on lead, is considered a classic by old-school R&B fans. The two-sided hit Stay Away From Me and Ill Never Be Ashamed as well as Through the Love in My Heart followed, in early 1973, Leon wrote Misdemeanor for Foster, which featured Angie and Pat and received major airplay on many R&B radio stations. This song later regained popularity in the late 1980s and 1990s after it was sampled by rapper/producer Dr. Dre for a song by The D. O. C. entitled Its Funky Enough. In 1975, Foster, Angie, and Pat joined their brothers and sisters and signed an exclusive contract with Capitol Records. Now nine members strong, the label teamed the family with legendary R&B producer Freddie Perren and those two tracks were included on the first Capitol album with Perren. It was titled Showcase and featured rotating lead singers on songs written by both Perren and St. Lewis, as well as Leon Sylvers, Capitol followed up Boogie Fever with the bubble-gum confection Cotton Candy. The group began playing their own instruments for certain performances, with Ricky on guitar, James on piano, Edmund on drums. In 1976, following the recording of their album, Something Special, Charmaine, one of the original Little Angels. Something Special was the familys biggest selling LP, reaching 13 on the Billboard album charts, produced by Perren, the LP spawned another smash million-seller, Hot Line, as well as High School Dance. These two singles firmly entrenched the siblings in the bubble-gum, teeny-bopper demographic, in an effort to reach a wider, more mature R&B audience, The Sylvers opted not to re-team with Freddie Perren in the summer of 1977 and began writing and producing for themselves. The family went right back into the studio and, with Leon producing, Capitol did not like the new sound and rejected the albumThe Sylvers – The Sylvers in 1972
36. Love Hurts – Love Hurts is a song written and composed by the American songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The song was introduced in December 1960 as a track on A Date with The Everly Brothers. The first hit version of the song was by Roy Orbison, a recording by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons was included on Parsons posthumously released Grievous Angel album. After Parsons 1973 death, Harris made the song a staple of her repertoire, Harris has since re-recorded the song twice. The most successful recording of the song was by rock band Nazareth. Top 10 in 1975 and hit one in Norway and the Netherlands. In the UK the most successful version of the song was by former Traffic member Jim Capaldi, the song was also covered by Cher in 1975 for her album Stars. Cher re-recorded the song in 1991 for her album of the same name, rod Stewart recorded the song in 2006 for his album Still the Same. Great Rock Classics of Our Time which was No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Roy Orbison covered Love Hurts in 1961 and issued it as the B-side to Running Scared. While Running Scared was an hit, the B-side only picked up significant airplay in Australia. Consequently, chart figures for Australia show Running Scared/Love Hurts as a double A-Side and this makes Orbisons recording of Love Hurts the first version to be a hit. Jim Capaldi reached number 4 in the UK charts with his interpretation of Love Hurts in November 1975, described by Rolling Stone as having a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbisons. The single also charted in the US, Germany, and Sweden, Billboard ranked it as the No.23 song for 1976. As part of the Hot Tracks it also reached No.15 in the UK in 1977, nazareths version was an international hit, peaking at No.1 in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway, and remains the best-known recording of the song. The Nazareth single was so successful in Norway that it charted for 61 weeks on the Norwegian charts,1, making it the top single of all time in that country. A later recording by Nazareth, featuring the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nazareth track has been featured in the movies Dazed and Confused, Detroit Rock City, Together, Click, and Halloween among others. It was edited for use in a late-90s Gatorade TV commercial, other companies to have used the song in advertising include Southwest Airlines, Molson, Nissan, Zurich, and Toyota in Australia. Cher used this Nazareth version for her 1991 re-recording of the song for her album of the same name, the Nazareth version was sung by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, lead singer of The Dandy Warhols, in Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang, a second season episode of Veronica MarsLove Hurts – "Love Hurts"
37. Nazareth (band) – The band continues to record and tour. They were inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Nazareth took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of The Bands classic song The Weight. Nazareths cover version of Java Blues by The Bands bassist/singer Rick Danko, the band moved to London, England in 1970 and released their eponymous debut album in 1971. After getting some attention with their second album Exercises, released in 1972, Nazareth supported Deep Purple on tour and this collection spawned two UK Top Ten hits, Broken Down Angel and Bad Bad Boy. This was followed by Loud N Proud in late 1973, which contained another hit single with a cover of Joni Mitchells song This Flight Tonight. Then came another album Rampant, in 1974, that was successful although its only single, Shanghaid in Shanghai. A non-album song, again a version, this time of Tomorrows My White Bicycle, was a UK Top 20 entry in 1975. Hair of the Dog was released in April 1975 and was produced by Manny Charlton, the title track of that album became a staple of 1970s rock radio. The track became the bands only US Top Ten hit, and was also a top 10 hit in nine other countries, reaching number 1 in six of them. The song was on the Norwegian chart for 60 weeks, in 1979, second guitarist Zal Cleminson was added to the line-up, remaining for two albums, No Mean City and Malice in Wonderland, and contributing numerous compositions. Malice in Wonderland contained the single Holiday, in 1981, they contributed the song Crazy to the soundtrack to the film, Heavy Metal. They remained popular in Europe, particularly Germany, where Dream On became a hit single, in 1991, Billy Rankin returned to replace Manny Charlton on the No Jive album, remaining with the band until 1994. A tribute came in 1993 when Guns N Roses covered Nazareths Hair of the Dog on The Spaghetti Incident, consolation after they turned down Axl Roses request for the group to play at his wedding. Rankin departed again in 1994, but with Jimmy Murrison and keyboard player Ronnie Leahy, Nazareth maintained a following in Europe. Nazareth continued touring after Rankins departure, with Jimmy Murrison and keyboard player Ronnie Leahy, while on tour in 1999, original drummer Darrell Sweet died at age 51 of a heart attack. He was replaced by bassist Pete Agnews son Lee for later editions of the band, on 4 August 2006, John Locke, the former keyboardist of the band, died from cancer at the age of 62. In February 2008, The Newz was released on the Hamburg-based label, Edel Entertainment, the release of the album coincided with Nazareths fortieth anniversary tour, which started on 25 January in Sweden and visited most of Europe, finished on 4 November 2008 in Norway. A follow up album, Big Dogz, was released on 15 April 2011, Nazareth announced McCaffertys retirement from the band due to ill health on 28 August 2013, leaving Pete Agnew as the sole remaining original member of the bandNazareth (band) – Nazareth performing in 2009
38. Get Up and Boogie (song) – Get Up and Boogie is a song by German disco act Silver Convention from their 1976 second album of the same name. The song was written and composed by Sylvester Levay and Stephan Prager, the song was released as the lead single from the album Get Up and Boogie in 1976. Just like their previous 1975 hit single Fly, Robin, Fly, Get Up and Boogie consists of six words repeated throughout the song, Get up and boogie. Get Up and Boogie hit number one on June 15,1976 in Canada, Billboard ranked it as the #24 song for 1976. Get Up and Boogie also became a hit during the disco sceneGet Up and Boogie (song) – "Get Up and Boogie"
39. Take It to the Limit (Eagles song) – Take It to the Limit is a song by the Eagles from their fourth album One of These Nights from which it was issued as the third single on November 15,1975. It reached No.4 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 and was also the Eagles greatest success to that point in the UK, Billboard ranked it as the No.25 song for 1976. The song was written by Eagles members Randy Meisner, Don Henley, Meisner, who sang lead on it, says the song began as his solo composition. As it remained unfinished when time came for the One of These Nights album to be recorded, Meisners performance of the song was popular with the audience in Eagles concerts, but disputes over his reluctance to perform the song would also directly lead to Meisner leaving the band. And just to take it to the one more time, like every day just keep, you know. That was the line, and from there the song took a different course, Meisner sings lead on Take it to the Limit and the song was released as the third single from the album One of These Nights. It is the first and only Eagles single where Meisner sings lead, Randy sang lead on Certain Kind of Fool and several other songs - one on each LP. It was also the last Eagles single to feature founding member Bernie Leadon before he was replaced by guitarist Joe Walsh, the single version of the song is 3,48 in length, almost a minute shorter than the album version. Take It to the Limit is one of few Eagles tracks written in waltz time. A live performance by Meisner from 1976, recorded at the The Forum, Inglewood, California, is included in the album Eagles Live, the song was rerecorded on Meisners first solo album released in 1978. The song was performed with piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment, according to Frey, their fans loved Meisners performance of his signature song Take It to the Limit at concert. As Henley puts it, They went crazy when Randy hit those high notes, Meisner had been struggling to hit the crucial high notes in the song during the Hotel California tour. According to Joe Walsh, Meisner could perform the song, by the time they had reached Knoxville, Tennessee in June 1977, the band was feeling the strain of a long tour, with Meisner unhappy and suffering from stomach ulcer. After the altercation, Meisner was frozen out from the band and he left the band at the end of their tour in September 1977 and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit, coincidentally the same bassist who had replaced him in Poco, the song was covered by Jill Lancaster for the 1977 Christo documentary Running Fence. The song was covered in 1977 by Etta James, cher performed the song on her first solo tour in 1979-1980 and again in 1989-1990 on the Heart of Stone Tour. In 1993, Suzy Bogguss recorded the song for the album Common Thread, sarah Dougher covered it on her 1999 album Day One. Richard Marx would regularly cover this song in concert, One 1987 performance, which was filmed, included both Meisner and Timothy BTake It to the Limit (Eagles song) – European picture sleeve, crediting "The Eagles"
40. Eagles (band) – The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and their Greatest Hits was the best selling album of the 20th century in the U. S. They are the music act and the highest-selling American band in U. S. history. The band released their album, Eagles, in 1972. Their next album, Desperado, was successful than the first, only reaching number 41 on the charts. However, the album does contain what would go on to be two of the bands most popular tracks, Desperado and Tequila Sunrise, the band released On the Border in 1974, adding guitarist Don Felder as the fifth member midway through the recording of the album. The album generated two top 40 singles, Already Gone and their first number one, Best of My Love. Their 1975 album One of These Nights included three top 10 singles, One of These Nights, Lyin Eyes, and Take It to the Limit, guitarist and vocalist, Joe Walsh, also joined the band in 1975. The album yielded two singles, New Kid in Town and Hotel California. The Eagles disbanded in July 1980 but reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over and they toured consistently and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden, their first full album in 28 years. The next year launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in support of the album. In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the bands documentary release, following the death of Frey in January 2016, Henley stated in several interviews that he didnt think the band would perform again. However, in March 2017 it was announced that the Eagles would be headlining two concerts in July 2017, the Eagles began in early 1971, when Linda Ronstadt and then-manager John Boylan recruited local musicians Glenn Frey and Don Henley for her band. While on the tour, Frey and Henley decided to form a band together, Frey later credited Ronstadt with suggesting Leadon for the band, and arranging for Leadon to play for her so Frey and Henley could approach him about forming a band together. They also pitched the idea to Meisner and brought him on board and these four played live together behind Ronstadt only once for a July concert at Disneyland, but all four appeared on her eponymous album. It was later proposed that J. D. Souther should join the band, the four were signed in September 1971 to Asylum Records, the new label started by David Geffen, who was introduced to Frey by Jackson BrowneEagles (band) – Eagles (left to right): Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit during their Long Road Out of Eden Tour
41. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty – Shake Your Booty is a song recorded and released in 1976 by KC and the Sunshine Band for the album Part 3. The song became their third number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the song was met with a degree of controversy, since the lyrics were interpreted or likely speculated by many as having sexual connotations. However, according to KC, it had a lot more meaning, during his performance he would witness the entire crowd having a good time except for some minority. The song inspired people to get off their can and get out there, the B-side of Shake Your Booty was Boogie Shoes, which later became a hit on its own when it appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977. Shake Your Booty holds the record for being the only song title with a word repeated more than three times in it. The chorus consists of the expression with the word shake appearing eight times(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty – "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty"
42. KC and the Sunshine Band – KC and the Sunshine Band is an American musical group. Founded in 1973 in Hialeah, Florida, its style has included disco and funk. Their best-known songs include the hits Thats the Way, Shake Your Booty, Im Your Boogie Man, Keep It Comin Love, Get Down Tonight, Boogie Shoes, Please Dont Go and Give It Up. The band took its name from lead vocalist Harry Wayne Caseys last name and the Sunshine Band from KCs home state of Florida, the group was formed in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey, a record store employee and part-timer at TK Records in Hialeah, Florida. KC originally called the band KC & The Sunshine Junkanoo Band, as he used studio musicians from TK and he was then introduced to Richard Finch, who was doing engineering work on records for TK. This was the beginning of the Casey-Finch musical collaboration, the initial members were just Casey and Finch. Guitarist Jerome Smith and drummer Robert Johnson, both TK studio musicians, were added later. The first few songs, Blow Your Whistle and Sound Your Funky Horn, were released as singles, and did well enough on the U. S. R&B chart and overseas that TK wanted a follow-up single and album. However, while working on demos for KC & the Sunshine Band, the song Rock Your Baby was created, featuring Smith on guitar, and became a number one hit in 51 countries in mid-1974. The bands Queen of Clubs, which featured uncredited vocals by McCrae, was a hit in the UK, peaking at #7, and they went on a tour there in 1975. With the release of the triple platinum second album KC. It topped the R&B chart in April and hit one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August. Thats the Way also became a one hit in November 1975. The 1976 album Part 3 yielded two number one singles, Im Your Boogie Man and Shake Your Booty, another hit, Keep It Comin Love, peaked at number two. With the explosion of new music and the declining popularity of disco. In 1981, the partnership between Finch and Casey came to an acrimonious end, two years after the release of the previous album, the group released two albums with new material, The Painter and Space Cadet. These albums generated little success, but in 1982, a hit track called Give It Up from the album All in a Nights Work brought a return to success in the UK, the song was also featured on the bands next album, 1984s KC Ten. Epic Records, however, refused to issue the song as a due to its prior failure in the U. SKC and the Sunshine Band – KC and the Sunshine Band
43. Commodores – The Commodores are an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The members of the group met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute in 1968. The groups most successful period was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was the co-lead singer. The bands biggest hit singles are ballads such as Easy, Three Times a Lady, and Nightshift, and funky dance hits which include Brick House, Fancy Dancer, Lady, in 1986 the Commodores won their first Grammy for the song Nightshift. The Commodores originally came together from two student groups, the Mystics and the Jays. Richie described some members of the Mystics as jazz buffs and they wanted to change the name. To choose a new name, William WAK King opened a dictionary and we lucked out, he remarked with a laugh when telling this story to People magazine. The band originated while its members attended Tuskegee University in Alabama and they performed mostly cover tunes and some original songs with their first singer, James Ingram. Ingram, older than the rest of the band, left to serve active duty in Vietnam, and was replaced by Walter Clyde Orange. Lionel Richie and Orange alternated as lead singers, the Commodores made a brief appearance in the 1978 film Thank God Its Friday. They performed the song Too Hot ta Trot during the dance contest and it reached No.22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. Another instrumental, Cebu, later became a staple in the Quiet storm format, Three albums released in 1975 and 1976 are considered the peak of their harder funk period. After those recordings the group started to move towards a softer sound and that move was hinted at in their 1976 Top Ten hits Sweet Love and Just to Be Close to You. In 1977 the Commodores released Easy, which became the groups biggest hit yet, reaching No.4 in the U. S. followed by Brick House, also top 5, the group reached No.1 in 1978 with Three Times a Lady. In 1979 the Commodores scored another top-five ballad, Sail On, before reaching the top of the once again with another ballad. In 1981 they released two hits with Oh No and their first upbeat single in almost five years, Lady. In 1982, Lionel Richie left to pursue a solo career, skyler Jett replaced Richie as co-lead singer. Also in 1982, their manager Benjamin Ashburn who also managed another band Platinum Hook died of a heart attack aged 54, over time, several founding members left - McClary left in 1983 to pursue a solo career and to develop a gospel music companyCommodores – The Commodores in Hallandale, Florida
44. Right Back Where We Started From – Right Back Where We Started From is a song written by Pierre Tubbs and J. Vincent Edwards which was first recorded in the middle of 1975 by Maxine Nightingale for whom it was an international hit. In 1989, a remake by Sinitta, then 25, reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart, Edwards also had to convince Nightingale to accept a royalty payment rather than a one-time session fee equivalent to $45 US. Right Back Where We Started From would ultimately be released in Nightingales real name, Nightingale herself had opined to Rolling Stone that Edwards vocal on the demo was pretty horrendous. In the WFMU interview, Edwards identified other players on the session as drummer Pete Kircher and keyboardist Dave Rowberry, also Tubbs played guitar, me stress, it was a demo session that this multi million selling thing came out of, it wasnt lets go and remake it. It was the demo session. Multi million selling recording, I would think, cost less than a £100 if you put the tracks into the pudding. United Artists issued Right Back Where We Started From in the US in January 1976, Right Back Where We Started From also appeared on Billboards Adult Contemporary and Black Singles charts at #5 and #46, respectively. Following the singles US success Nightingale completed a Right Back Where We Started From album with Tubbs producing, the VHS release of Slap Shot replaced Right Back. - plus all the songs featured in the theatrical release - with generic musical tracks. Starting in the decade, copies of the movie shown on broadcast TV had the original music back in the film. Maxine Nightingales Right Back Where We Started From is also featured on the soundtrack of the films The World Is Full of Married Men, Slums of Beverly Hills, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith. Starsky and Hutch, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Family Stone, College Road Trip, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Rugrats in Paris and it was certified silver by the BPI. Right Back Where We Started From was prominently featured in the 1977 film Slap Shot making the song a favorite of ice hockey fans, the VHS release of Slap Shot replaced Right Back. - plus all the songs featured in the theatrical release - with generic musical tracks. Starting in the decade, copies of the movie shown on broadcast TV had the original music back in the film. Maxine Nightingales Right Back Where We Started From is also featured on the soundtrack of the films The World Is Full of Married Men, Slums of Beverly Hills, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith. Starsky and Hutch, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Family Stone, College Road Trip, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Rugrats in Paris, celly Campello included a Portuguese rendering of the song, Vamos começar tudo outra vez, on her 1976 eponymous album. Anita Sarawak recorded the song for her 1976 album Sophisticated Lady, birgitta Wollgård recorded the song for her 1978 album Ställd Mot VäggenRight Back Where We Started From – "Right Back Where We Started From"
45. Maxine Nightingale – Maxine Nightingale is a British R&B and soul music singer. She is best known for her hits in the 1970s, with the million seller Right Back Where We Started From, Love Hit Me, one of the three children of Guyanese-born comedian Benny Nightingale and his wife Iris 1, Maxine Nightingale first vocalized with her school band. At thirteen, she and a friend visited a house where the band Unisound was rehearsing. They asked her to sing with them and she joined them in performing extensively on the British cabaret circuit, the manager of one of the clubs where they performed asked Nightingale to cut a demo and shopped it to Pye Records, for whom Nightingale made her first recordings. Despite being overseen by label A&R head Cyril Stapleton, Nightingales three Pye single releases—issued in June and July 1969 and 26 March 1971—went unnoticed. Nightingale returned to London with her husband and daughter and appeared in the West End production of Savages, according to Nightingale, I started doing session singing. I didnt do a lot but it was easy to go out in the evening when the baby was sleeping. Her vocalizing on the recording of Al Matthews Fool caught the attention of the sessions producer Pierre Tubbs and she recorded Right Back Where We Started From with the understanding it would be issued under a pseudonym. After being released on United Artists Records, Right Back Where We Started From reached #8 in the UK in the autumn of 1975 and it was released in the US early 1976 to enthusiastic reaction, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1976. Nightingale, who had accompanied her husband to his native Japan, was motivated by her singles US success to return to London to complete a Right Back Where We Started From album and she then proceeded to the US, which has since remained her home base. Nightingales only significant hit in the following the success of Right Back Where We Started From was in the UK with Love Hit Me the title cut from her second album. Promoted by Nightingale in a TOTP appearance broadcast 17 March 1977, Love Hit Me, Nightingales third album Love Lines was a 1978 release in the UK and Europe with UK single releases Lead Me On and The Girl in Me. Both were overlooked despite Nightingales promotion of the latter in another TOTP appearance on 8 June 1978. As with Right Back Where We Started From, Nightingale was unable to follow up her US Top Ten success, Lead Me On is a re-packaged and slightly remixed version of the previous European lp with the addition of a new song, the disco-styled Hideaway. The songs Lead Me On and Hideaway were extended for a promo 12-inch record, Nightingale reached the Top 20 on Billboards R&B chart for the first time in 1982 with Turn to Me, a duet with Jimmy Ruffin. She then dropped out of the pop mainstream, working for some 20 years as a more jazz-orientated live performer and she has reportedly recorded an album of her live performance at B. B. Kings Club at Universal Studios Hollywood although it remains unreleased, since 2000 Nightingale has become active on the retro music circuit, appearing in the 2004 PBS music special Superstars of Seventies Soul, Live. In February 2008 Nightingale undertook a tour of AustraliaMaxine Nightingale – Maxine Nightingale (1969)
46. Love Rollercoaster – Love Rollercoaster is a song by American funk/R&B band Ohio Players, originally featured on their 1975 album Honey. It was composed by Beck, Bonner, Jones, Middlebrooks, Pierce, Satchell and it was a number-one U. S. hit in January 1976, and became a Gold record. In Canada, the song spent two weeks at number two, the song uses the roller coaster, a common theme park attraction, as a metaphor for the ups and downs of dating and romantic relationships. The song has a persistent urban legend, the victims identity varies greatly depending on the version. The supposed sources of the scream have included an individual who was killed at some prior time, another version says that a girl has fallen off the roller coaster and was screaming to her death. Casey Kasem reported the myth of the woman being killed in the studio recording booth on his radio show, American Top 40. Jimmy Diamond Williams explained that the scream was nothing eerie or disturbing, Love Rollercoaster was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1996, recorded and produced by Sylvia Massy. This version includes original rap-based verses and additional lyrics provided by guest female backup singers and this version appears on the soundtrack for the animated feature film Beavis and Butt-head Do America. An animated music video was made for the song, featuring Beavis, Butt-head, the song is played early in the movie as well, when Beavis and Butt-head arrive in Las Vegas. In the dance scene, a fictional funk band is shown performing the song live. The band has never performed the song live, the song is featured in video game Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas on radio station Bounce FM. The song was featured in the film Final Destination 3 during a scene where Ashley & Ashlyn are getting tans, the song was featured in the film Semi-Pro. The song is sampled in Salt-n-Pepas 1995 song Champagne, in an episode of Martin, Jerome sings Love Rollercoaster while leading a female gang after they pulled off a robbery at Club Shiznit. The song was sampled in Observation by Korean pop group g. o. d, a cover version of the song, based on the Red Hot Chili Peppers version, is featured in the Nintendo Wii game Boogie. Some of the sexually suggestive lyrics were changed. The song is available as content for Rock Band 3, along with The Ohio Players other well known song. A2010 episode of the short-lived FOX animated series called The Cleveland Show also called Love Rollercoaster is a reference to the hit song of the same name and his plan successful, Artie proclaims Love Rollercoaster to be music of the gods. Hot 100 number-one hits of 1976Love Rollercoaster – "Love Rollercoaster"
47. You Should Be Dancing – You Should Be Dancing is a song by the Bee Gees, from the album Children of the World, released in 1976. It hit No.1 for one week on the American Billboard Hot 100, No.1 for seven weeks on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, the song also peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Soul chart. It was this song that first launched the Bee Gees into disco and it was also the only track from the group to top the dance chart. It is also one of six songs performed by the Bee Gees included in the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack which came out a year later. You Should Be Dancing was recorded 19 January,1 and 8 February, stephen Stills was also at Criteria Studios recording the album Long May You Run with his band and Neil Young. Stills added percussion on the songs February sessions, members of Stillss backing band, George Perry and Joe Lala, also worked with the Bee Gees on some songs. The song was their third Billboard Hot 100 No.1 and it ended as the No.31 song of the year. In the 70s some of the Bee Gees songs were deemed too uptempo for AC/Easy Listening Radio which led to You Should Be Dancing only reaching No.25 on that chart and it also hit No.4 in Ireland. In Australia, where the brothers spent a number of years in their youth and you Should Be Dancing is known today as the first chart-topper in which Barry Gibb uses his now-trademark falsetto in a lead vocal. Earlier songs, such as Jive Talkin, had Gibb use a melodic blue-eyed soul vocal style, credits adapted from the album Saturday Night Fever, The Original Movie Sound Track. which reached number three in the UK chart in January 1999. Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the season of American Idol. In 2012, the song was featured in the Glee episode Saturday Night Glee-ver, the song was sung by Blaine Anderson, Mike Chang and Brittany Pierce. The song was featured in the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. Live performances of You Should Be Dancing during the 1979 Spirits Having Flown tour featured the Bee Gees younger sibling, Andy Gibb, on backing vocals as a part-time Bee Gee. The Boston Celtics also play this song when they are about to win a game in a convincing manner accompanied by the ever-popular Gino Time video from the television show American Bandstand. Recently, the Tampa Bay Rays have started playing the song at home games between innings, the song was also featured at the end of the film Despicable Me, in which the minions replace ballet music with the song so everyone can dance. In November 2010, the featured in the Christmas advert for British retail store Marks & Spencer. List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1976 List of number-one dance singles of 1976 List of number-one singles of 1976 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyricsYou Should Be Dancing – "You Should Be Dancing"
48. Bee Gees – The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, the family then moved to Redcliffe, in Queensland, Australia, and then to Cribb Island. The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, the Bee Gees Hall of Fame citation says Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees. Following Maurices sudden death in January 2003 at the age of 53, Barry, in 2009 Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again. Robin died in May 2012 at the age of 62, after a struggle with cancer and other health problems. In December 1957 the boys began to sing in harmony, the story is told that they were going to lip sync to a record in the local Gaumont cinema and as they were running to the theatre, the fragile shellac 78-RPM record broke. The brothers had to sing live and received such a response from the audience that they decided to pursue a singing career. In May 1958 the Rattlesnakes were disbanded when Frost and Horrocks left, with the Gibb brothers then forming Wee Johnny Hayes, in August 1958 the Gibb family, including older sister Lesley and infant brother Andy, emigrated to Redcliffe, just north-east of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The young brothers began performing to raise pocket money and they were introduced to leading Brisbane radio DJ Bill Gates by speedway promoter and driver Bill Goode, who had hired the brothers to entertain the crowd at the Redcliffe Speedway in 1960. Gates renamed them the BGs after his, Goodes, and Barry Gibbs initials—thus the name was not specifically a reference to Brothers Gibb, the family relocated to Cribb Island which was later demolished for Brisbane Airport. While there, the brothers went to Northgate State School, by 1960 the Bee Gees were featured on television shows, including their performance of Time Is Passing By. In the next few years they began working regularly at resorts on the Queensland coast, for his songwriting, Barry sparked the interest of Australian star Col Joye, who helped them get a record deal in 1963 with Festival Records subsidiary Leedon Records under the name Bee Gees. The three released two or three singles a year, while Barry supplied additional songs to other Australian artists, in 1962, the Bee Gees were chosen as the supporting act for Chubby Checkers concert at Sydney Stadium. From 1963 to 1966 the Gibb family lived at 171 Bunnerong Road, the house was demolished in 2016. A minor hit in 1965, Wine and Women, led to the groups first LP, The Bee Gees Sing, by 1966 Festival was, however, on the verge of dropping them from the Leedon roster because of their perceived lack of commercial success. It was at time that they met American-born songwriter, producer and entrepreneur, Nat Kipner. Kipner briefly took over as the manager and successfully negotiated their transfer to Spin in exchange for Festival being granted the Australian distribution rights to the groups recordingsBee Gees – Bee Gees in 1978 (top to bottom) Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb
49. Lou Rawls – Louis Allen Lou Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his ability, Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had the classiest singing. Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records and he worked as a television, motion picture, and voice actor. He was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Rawls was born in Chicago on December 1,1933, and raised by his grandmother in the Ida B. Wells projects on the citys South Side, after graduating from Chicagos Dunbar Vocational High School, he sang briefly with Cooke in the Teenage Kings of Harmony, a local gospel group, and then with the Holy Wonders. In 1951, Rawls replaced Cooke in the Highway QCs after Cooke departed to join The Soul Stirrers in Los Angeles, Rawls was soon recruited by the Chosen Gospel Singers and moved to Los Angeles, where he subsequently joined the Pilgrim Travelers. In 1955, Rawls enlisted in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and he left the All-Americans three years later as a sergeant and rejoined the Pilgrim Travelers. In 1958, while touring the South with the Travelers and Sam Cooke, Rawls was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital, where he stayed in a coma for five and a half days. It took him months to regain his memory, and a year to fully recuperate, Rawls considered the event to be life-changing. Alongside Dick Clark as master of ceremonies, Rawls was recovered enough by 1959 to be able to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. His first 2 single releases were Love, Love, Love and Walkin on Herb Alperts Shar-Dee label in 1959-60, then 2 more in 1960-61 on Candix with In My Little Black Book and 80 Ways. He was signed to Capitol Records in 1962, the year he sang the soulful background vocals on the Sam Cooke recording of Bring It On Home to Me and Thats Where Its At. Rawls himself charted with a cover of Bring It On Home to Me in 1970, Rawls first Capitol solo release was Stormy Monday, a jazz album with Les McCann in 1962. Went gold, Rawls would not have a hit until he made a proper soul album, appropriately named Soulin. The album contained his first R&B #1 single, Love Is a Hurtin Thing, in 1967 Rawls won his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, for the single Dead End Street. In 1967, Rawls also performed at the first evening of the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, in 1969, the singer was co-host of NBCs summer replacement series for the Dean Martin Show along with Martins daughter, singer Gail Martin. After leaving Capitol in 1971, Rawls joined MGM, at which juncture he released his Grammy-winning single Natural Man written for him by comedian Sandy Baron and he had a brief stint with Bell Records in 1974, where he recorded a cover of Hall & Oates Shes Gone. In 1976, Rawls signed with Philadelphia International Records, where he had his greatest album success with the million-selling All Things in Time, subsequent albums, such as 1977s When You Hear Lou, Youve Heard It All yielded such hit singles as Lady LoveLou Rawls – Rawls in 1995
50. Golden Years (song) – Golden Years is a song written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975. It was originally released in a form as a single in November 1975. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, at one stage it was slated to be the albums title track. The latter foreshadowed the Krautrock-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his late-1970s Berlin Trilogy, Bowie was looking to emulate something of the glitzy nostalgia of On Broadway, which he was playing on piano in the studio when he came up with Golden Years. He has said that he offered it to Elvis Presley to perform, both Angela Bowie and Ava Cherry claim to have been the inspiration for the song. Bowie allegedly got drunk to perform the song for the American TV show Soul Train, the resultant video clip was used to promote the single, and assisted Bowies continued commercial success in the United States, where it charted for 16 weeks and reached No.10 in early-1976. It achieved No.8 in the UK and No.17 in Canada, the song was also a top ten hit in Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden. As a digital download, it reached number four in the Hungarian singles chart in 2016, Golden Years was played sporadically by Bowie on the 1976 tour, if at all, but regularly on the 1983,1990 and 2000 tours. It appears on the 1983 concert film Serious Moonlight, the song was used as the theme song of Stephen Kings Golden Years, and in the pilot of the CBS series Swingtown. The song was used in the movie A Knights Tale starring Heath Ledger. Golden Years –3,22 Can You Hear Me and it was released as the B-side of the U. S. release of John, Im Only Dancing in December 1979. In November 1981 it appeared as the B-side of the single Wild Is the Wind and it was released as part of the RCA Records Life Time picture disc set and the Fashion Picture Disc Set. Single version appeared on The Best of Bowie, The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979, Best of Bowie, The Platinum Collection, Nothing Has Changed and it is also included on Re, Call 2, part of the Who Can I Be Now. The song was included on the album Trainspotting #2, Music from the Motion Picture, the song was included on the original soundtrack of A Knights Tale, starring Heath Ledger. The original film score was written for the film by Hollywood composer Carter Burwell, one scene in the movie is a formal dance, which calls for courtly music based on Burwells love theme to segue into David Bowies song Golden Years. First, the dance had been choreographed and filmed to an arbitrary tempo which begins at a slow courtly pace. Burwell had to match that tempo and the choreography after the fact and also find some credible path from a formal and restrained dance to a joyful 70s pop tune. They obtained Bowies permission to pull tracks from his master of the song so they could mix these into Burwells arrangementGolden Years (song) – "Golden Years"