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#1 Billboard R&B Hits 1980

Once a day I will post a #1 hit from the r&b charts of 1980.

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It was written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. It was first offered to Karen Carpenter, while she was working on her first solo album, but she turned it down. It was released on November 3, 1979, by Epic Records as the second single from Jackson's fifth solo studio album Off the Wall(1979).

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Reply #1 posted 12/10/21 5:23pm

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Did Karen Carpenter ever recorded the song?
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Reply #2 posted 12/10/21 6:37pm

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Mj was a fan of Karen Carpenter, I think it would suited her voice too, but mj does a perfect vocal on it
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Reply #3 posted 12/11/21 1:12am

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One of my favorite songs ever, it's so smooth. Always makes me happy when I hear it.
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Reply #4 posted 12/11/21 4:35am

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Rod Temperton original lyrics to the song were funny & far from the innocent released one lol

I love Karenโ€™s voice, but it would be hard to reimagine it with her in mind. MJ sprinkled his magic on this song (and all the songs in OTW).
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Reply #5 posted 12/11/21 8:43am

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5 star classic
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Reply #6 posted 12/12/21 10:50pm

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5 star classic


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Reply #7 posted 12/13/21 12:53pm

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Song #2

Second Time Around - Shalamar

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The Second Time Around" is a 1979 hit by Los Angeles-based group Shalamar. The song is the first single from their album, Big Fun. Released in August 1979, the single went to number one on the soul chart and was their most successful hit on the Hot 100 pop chart, reaching number eight in early 1980. "The Second Time Around" also went to number one on the disco/dance chart in January 1980. The song was produced by Leon Sylvers III, who cowrote the song with William Shelby.

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RODSERLING said:

Did Karen Carpenter ever recorded the song?

I looked around and it seems like she turned it down just hearing the demo, saying it doesnt fit her.

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Todays song is "Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman and Brown

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"Special Lady" is a 1979 single by vocal trio Ray, Goodman & Brown, formerly known as The Moments. In the U.S., it was a number one R&B hit and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980. The single marked their first release under the name Ray, Goodman & Brown. The song was written by Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Lee Walter and produced by Vincent Castellano. #42 Pop.

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paisleypark4 said:

Song #2



Second Time Around - Shalamar


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The Second Time Around" is a 1979 hit by Los Angeles-based group Shalamar. The song is the first single from their album, Big Fun. Released in August 1979, the single went to number one on the soul chart and was their most successful hit on the Hot 100 pop chart, reaching number eight in early 1980. "The Second Time Around" also went to number one on the disco/dance chart in January 1980. The song was produced by Leon Sylvers III, who cowrote the song with William Shelby.




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Such a smooth jam..

Also the group's biggest hit on the pop charts, peaking at #8.
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"And the Beat Goes On" by The Whispers

March 1st - March 29 1980


A 1979 single by the American music group the Whispers. The song was their first of two number-one singles on the Soul chart, and their first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 19. "And the Beat Goes On" was the group's only number-one song on the dance chart. It was also their first and biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also peaked at number 27 on the Canadian RPM chart.

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Reply #12 posted 12/15/21 9:41am

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MotownSubdivision said:

paisleypark4 said:

Song #2

Second Time Around - Shalamar


Such a smooth jam.. Also the group's biggest hit on the pop charts, peaking at #8.

Yeah still gets play today on most classic soul stations. Missy Elliott sampled it also on her album This Is Not A Test on the track "Is This Our Last Time?"

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This was right at the time I was making my conversion from pop radio to R&B radio. See how disco's influence was still lingering on with R&B. It was fading away fast on pop radio.

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vainandy said:

This was right at the time I was making my conversion from pop radio to R&B radio. See how disco's influence was still lingering on with R&B. It was fading away fast on pop radio.

Yup, that's why I chose this year to study. This was the first few months in after the Disco Sucks campaign and as we see, black radio didnt give 2 s***s if they thought it sucked. What also happened is that rock wanted their own chart too.

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The next #1 R&B hit of April 5th 1980 is:

The Brothers Johnson "Stomp"

"Stomp!" is a song released by The Brothers Johnson from their fourth album, Light Up the Night, in early 1980. It reached number one on the Dance singles chart. It reached number one on the R&B singles chart and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1980. It was a bigger success in the UK, where it entered the singles chart at number 65 on February 23, 1980, and climbed to its highest position, number 6, by March 30, 1980. It spent a total of 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart, staying in this position for six weeks in 1980.

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paisleypark4 said:



vainandy said:


This was right at the time I was making my conversion from pop radio to R&B radio. See how disco's influence was still lingering on with R&B. It was fading away fast on pop radio.



Yup, that's why I chose this year to study. This was the first few months in after the Disco Sucks campaign and as we see, black radio didnt give 2 s***s if they thought it sucked. What also happened is that rock wanted their own chart too.

And they got it the following year; surprised it took so long.

Disco didn't just die over night, some songs of the genre were still on the charts. I think "Funkytown" was the final hurrah before the post-disco era kicked in. Strange though that it 'only' peaked at #2 on the Soul chart but was a #1 smash on the Hot 100.
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Todays song is "Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman and Brown

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"Special Lady" is a 1979 single by vocal trio Ray, Goodman & Brown, formerly known as The Moments. In the U.S., it was a number one R&B hit and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980. The single marked their first release under the name Ray, Goodman & Brown. The song was written by Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Lee Walter and produced by Vincent Castellano. #42 Pop.

Al bring that bass out, man

Hey man I'll bring it out a little bit mo

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hardwork said:

paisleypark4 said:

Todays song is "Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman and Brown

Al bring that bass out, man

Hey man I'll bring it out a little bit mo

lol cool

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And they got it the following year; surprised it took so long.

Disco didn't just die over night, some songs of the genre were still on the charts. I think "Funkytown" was the final hurrah before the post-disco era kicked in. Strange though that it 'only' peaked at #2 on the Soul chart but was a #1 smash on the Hot 100.

They still play Funkytown to this day. Everybody know it. A Minneapolis staple.

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#1 R&B hit of April 19th 1980:

Isley Brothers - Don't Say Goodnight

The song, which was released as an answer of sorts to Teddy Pendergrass' hit, "Turn Off the Lights", was an ode to love sung by Ronald Isley, who begs his lady in his trademark falsetto to give him her love, stating if "people say that love is for the giving/so lemme love you, girl".


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paisleypark4 said:



hardwork said:




paisleypark4 said:


Todays song is "Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman and Brown





Al bring that bass out, man


Hey man I'll bring it out a little bit mo



lol cool



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And they got it the following year; surprised it took so long.

Disco didn't just die over night, some songs of the genre were still on the charts. I think "Funkytown" was the final hurrah before the post-disco era kicked in. Strange though that it 'only' peaked at #2 on the Soul chart but was a #1 smash on the Hot 100.



They still play Funkytown to this day. Everybody know it. A Minneapolis staple.

Dayton was the certified hotbed of funk in 1980 and had been for years by that point; it's like Lipps Inc. just knew something was on the rise in the Twin Cities. When "Funkytown" became a hit, Prince was still months away from dropping Dirty Mind... that song was almost as prophetic as "Video Killed the Radio Star".
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Cincinnati gave us Isley Brothers and James Brown and Bootsie.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Next title is "Lets Get Serious" by Jermaine Jackson

"Let's Get Serious" is a song written by Lee Garrett and Stevie Wonder and the title track to Jermaine Jackson's 1980 Motown album of the same name. Released as a single, it became Jackson's first number-one R&B hit and second top-ten pop hit. It also reached the top ten in the UK. The recording was produced by Stevie Wonder, who also provided vocals for the track.

It was ranked number one on the Billboard soul chart for the year in 1980, edging out brother Michael's Platinum-certified mega-hit "Rock with You", which ranked at number two.

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#1 for 5 weeks at June 8th its SOS Band's "Take Your Time Do It Right"

In the United States, it reached the number-one spot on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1980.[1] On the Billboard dance chart, it went to number one for four non-consecutive weeks.[2] The single was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies.[3] It spent five months (21 weeks) on the US charts. "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" was a worldwide hit; however, only in New Zealand did its popularity match that of the US, peaking there likewise at number three. It was moderately successful elsewhere, reaching number 40 in Australia, number 27 in Canada and number 10 in Norway. In the UK it missed the top 40 entirely, peaking at number 51. It is ranked as the 36th biggest American hit of 1980,[4] and the 42nd in New Zealand

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Reply #24 posted 12/24/21 4:30pm

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paisleypark4 said:

Yup, that's why I chose this year to study. This was the first few months in after the Disco Sucks campaign and as we see, black radio didnt give 2 s***s if they thought it sucked. What also happened is that rock wanted their own chart too.

And they got it the following year; surprised it took so long. Disco didn't just die over night, some songs of the genre were still on the charts. I think "Funkytown" was the final hurrah before the post-disco era kicked in. Strange though that it 'only' peaked at #2 on the Soul chart but was a #1 smash on the Hot 100. [Edited 12/16/21 10:33am]

To me, disco never died...it just morphed into different forms like house & techno

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To me, disco never died...it just morphed into different forms like house & techno


Exactly.Also,many of the early freestyle songs (โ€œLet The Music Playโ€ by Shannon,for example) are basically just disco tracks for the 80s.
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uPtoWnNY said:



MotownSubdivision said:


paisleypark4 said:


Yup, that's why I chose this year to study. This was the first few months in after the Disco Sucks campaign and as we see, black radio didnt give 2 s***s if they thought it sucked. What also happened is that rock wanted their own chart too.



And they got it the following year; surprised it took so long. Disco didn't just die over night, some songs of the genre were still on the charts. I think "Funkytown" was the final hurrah before the post-disco era kicked in. Strange though that it 'only' peaked at #2 on the Soul chart but was a #1 smash on the Hot 100. [Edited 12/16/21 10:33am]


To me, disco never died...it just morphed into different forms like house & techno

You're right but you know what I mean. Disco as we knew it, in it's original, most associated form wasn't doing big business on the pop charts anymore. That's where the post-disco era comes in but even then, 99% of that music was relegated to the R&B and Dance charts.

The biggest uptempo hits from the average black artist in the early 80s would max out in the lower reaches of the Top 40 if they even made it that high on the Hot 100. Pre-crossover era and even during it, the best chance a black group had at hitting Top 10 pop were with ballads or to a lesser extent, being a familiar veteran act (i.e. Stevie Wonder, The Manhattans, The Spinners, etc.) as the 1980s were the decade for 60s nostalgia.

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I stand corrected. "Funkytown" was the last traditional disco #1 but I forgot about S.O.S. Band going all the way to #3 that August with "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" (for comparison, "Funkytown" hit #1 in May). Am I missing any other disco hits?
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Larry Grahm - On In A MIllion You

Graham is the former bass player for Sly & the Family Stone and frontman for Graham Central Station. The ballad reached the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, peaking at #9 in September 1980 and hit #1 on the R&B chart for two weeks.



So you are right, this ballad also hit the top 10 pop charts because pop radio was getting rid of anything that sounded 'disco' at the time.

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Reply #28 posted 12/27/21 5:51am

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There was a lot of really great R&B in the early 80s. I got into the Ray Parker Jr / Raydio back catalog not long ago. It is really great music.

Rumor has it from what I read, Ray Parker was one of the first people to be brought on to get Prince to make his first records at Warnrs but he left the project. He made really great records and music back then. The last I head of him, he was doing session work on blues records and a Boz Scaggs record.

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Disco as we knew it, in it's original, most associated form wasn't doing big business on the pop charts anymore.

I think it is interesting that John Travolta was the face of the 3 main crazes during that time period:

disco (Saturday Night Fever), 50's nostalgia (Grease), & country crossover (Urban Cowboy).

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit whoโ€™s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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