Hidden Hits from 1978, Heard on B100.fm

You already know B100.fm regularly plays many of the most popular songs from the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties, but have you noticed the “secret sauce” that seasons our huge playlist? The hundreds of songs we play that never made the Top 40 at all, though they may have had greater success on the R&B or Adult Contemporary charts. We’ve sent our guy Herc on assignment to find more interesting facts and bitchin’ tunes you won’t likely hear anywhere else. Here are three such songs from 1978:

“Georgy Porgy” was the third single released from Toto’s self-titled debut album, following “Hold The Line” and “I’ll Supply The Love”. Unlike those two singles, “Georgy Porgy”, with its memorable chorus by Cheryl Lynn, would find audiences beyond Top 40 radio and the Pop chart, landing on the Adult Contemporary, R&B, and Dance charts as well. A Special Disco Mix of “Georgy Porgy”, running nearly sixty seconds longer than the album version, was released to discos. The flip side of that twelve-inch single features the 3:48 edit heard on the radio. An octagon-shaped picture disc with the single edit was also released, misspelling Georgy as Georgie. Within weeks of the release of Toto’s “Georgy Porgy” in April 1979, a cover version by Charme, a one-off studio group with the unmistakable vocals of Luther Vandross also began to get club play though it failed to chart.

Nick Gilder’s “Here Comes The Night” was the follow-up to his worldwide smash “Hot Child In The City”. The sequel sounds very much like its successful successor, both musically and lyrically, yet somehow it failed to crack the Top 40, peaking at number 44 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The single made its debut on the chart the very same week “Hot Child In The City” was at Number One (10/28/78); “Here Comes The Night” entered at number 83. For the next six weeks, the former slowly fell down the chart while the latter slowly climbed the chart. Then in its eighth week on the chart, with “Hot Child In The City” stuck at number 63 for the second consecutive week, “Here Comes The Night” took a fifty-positon drop from its peak position at number 44 to number 94 and was off the following week. In its twenty-ninth and final week on the chart, “Hot Child In The City” tumbled thirty-six spots from number 63 to number 99 and was gone by Christmas. In the States, “Here Comes The Night” appears on K-Tel’s Spotlight from 1979 and in Gilder’s Canadian homeland, the song appeared on two additional K-Tel albums, 1979’s Circuit Breaker and 1980’s The Rock Album.

“You” was originally written and first recorded by Tom Snow in 1975. Marcia Hines, with a voice reminiscent of Evelyn “Champagne” King, covered “You” in 1977 and took her uptempo (114 BPM) reading to number 2 on the Australian chart. Rita Coolidge recorded a slightly faster (120 BPM) version of “You” as the first single from and first track on her 1978 album, Love Me Again. The single made the Top 40 on the pop chart and went all the way to number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart, Rita’s fourth consecutive Top 10 hit on the AC chart. Even crooner Andy Williams covered “You” in 1978.

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