Sunday, September 4, 2016

40 Year Itch : US Top 10 September 4 1976

The Bee Gees : Can't Keep a Good Man Down

On September 4, 1976 The Bee Gees returned to the top of US singles chart with "You Should Be Dancing", a message disco fanatics took to heart a full year before Saturday Night Fever ever came out.  

Here's how the US Top 10 panned out.

1. Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
2. Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
3. Wings- Let 'Em In
4. England Dan and John Ford Coley : I'd Really Love to See You Tonight
5. K.C. and the Sunshine Band : ( Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty
6. Wild Cherry : Play That Funky Music
7. Walter Murphy : A Fifth of Beethoven
8. Elton John and Kiki Dee : Don't Go Breaking My Heart
9. Boz Scaggs : Lowdown
10. George Benson : This Masquerade

"You Should Be Dancing" is the first single from Children of the World, released in September of 1976. The Bee Gees wanted to work with Main Course producer Arif Mardin again, but Atlantic Records forbid Mardin from helping out after RSO president Robert Stigwood ended his distribution deal with Atlantic. After two fruitless days with Richard Perry, The Brothers Gibb decided to produce the album themselves, with help from Main Course engineer Karl Richardson and arranger/producer Albhy Galuten, a name to remember. 

Two more singles emerged from the album: "Love So Right", a US Top 3 ballad.  and the wretched faux-funk "Boogie Child". A deep cut I appreciate is "Can't Keep a Good Man Down". It's unapologetic disco pop that will challenge anyone brave enough to stay on the Bee Gees bus. And I'm very brave.

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