Friday, August 7, 2009

August 7, 1977

Looks who's up on top of our WLS Chart THIS week!!!

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Enjoying his fourth week at #1 here in Chicago, it's our very own Alan O'Day, frequent contributor to Forgotten Hits (and all around good guy!)

Disco was still running rampant here in Chicago ... Andy Gibb's first chart hit (and next week's #1 record), "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" was the #2 record this week ... and the once "bubblicious" Bay City Rollers incorporated a little disco into THEIR sound for this week's #3 smash, "You Made Me Believe In Magic", another one of those songs that absolutely deserves a spin now and then.

Quite a few remakes on the chart this week, too ... Rita Coolidge's version of the Jackie Wilson classic "Higher And Higher" was in at #5, Shaun Cassidy's rocker "Da Doo Ron Ron" (which spent four weeks at #1 before Alan O'Day matched that feat) was now the #6 record in town, "You're My World", the old Cilla Black torch song was now a #16 Hit for Helen Reddy and James Taylor's slowed down version of the Jimmy Jones Hit "Handy Man" was in at #27.

Brand new music on the chart this week included the now over-played "Smoke From A Distant Fire" by The Sanford-Townsend Band and the long-since-forgotten "Slide" by Slave.

One of my personal favorite pop songs of the '70's, "Ariel" by Dean Friedman (also a sometimes Forgotten Hits Contributor), was climbing the chart at #11 this week (on its way to a #4 peak a couple of weeks later) and the annoying novelty hit "Telephone Man" by Meri Wilson jumped from #37 to #30 this week.

Another Forgotten Hit is this week's #10 Record, "Angel In Your Arms" by Hot ... we're going to suggest that some of the deejays on the list feature THIS one sometime this week, along with the previously mentioned Bay City Rollers track.