Thanks to Retna Pictures — Kiki Dee and Elton John
It was the bicentennial year. A big July 4th 200th birthday celebration of our country (1776-1976) highlighted the summer of 1976. The political campaigns were heating up. Republican President Gerald Ford would be running against Democratic Georgia Governor James Earl Carter Jr. in the November elections. It’s the summer of 1976….
Elton John had the NUMBER ONE song in the country. It would go on to be his biggest hit. UK female songstress Kiki Dee sang duet with Elton on the tune. Kiki was also featured on background vocals for other previous Elton John tunes, including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and various tracks on his “Rock Of The Westies” album.
These are The TOP TEN TUNES THIS WEEK in 1976…. (last week’s position in brackets)
1. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART/[lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Kiki Dee[/lastfm] (1) — in its second week at the pole position. It would be on top for 4 weeks.
2. YOU SHOULD BE DANCING/[lastfm]The Bee Gees[/lastfm] (5) — this song will hang around for two more weeks at #2 before finally reaching #1 for a week, beginning on September 4th.
3. LET ‘EM IN/[lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] & [lastfm]Wings [/lastfm](4) — this is the group’s follow-up to “Silly Love Songs,” a tune that was #1 for a total of FIVE weeks during late spring and early summer. “Silly Love Songs” dropped out of the top spot after just one week, stayed at #2 for two weeks while Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover” took the crown, and then popped back up into the #1 position for four more weeks. “Let ’em In” didn’t do nearly as well; now residing in its peak #3 position this week It would, however, stay at #3 for three MORE weeks!
4. YOU’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE/[lastfm]Lou Rawls[/lastfm] (9) — Frank Sinatra once said that Lou “had the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game.” Amazingly, though Lou reached the top 100 with 18 other songs, this would be his only TOP TEN HIT, which will peak at #2 for two weeks. Lou’s big baritone voice also sang the line in the TV beer commercial, “When you say Budweiser, you’ve said it all.” Lou died of cancer in January of 2006.
5. ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC/[lastfm]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] (6) — this would be the group’s last top ten song of not only the decade, but almost all of the 80’s as well. They wouldn’t reach the Top Ten again until late October of 1988 with “Kokomo,” a tune that would hit #1 for a week on November 5th of that year.
6. LOVE IS ALIVE/[lastfm]Gary Wright[/lastfm] (2) — born in New Jersey, Gary appeared in the 1950’s “Captain Video” TV series at the age of 7! 1976 was a good year for him; he’s just coming off of another hit, his first, “Dream Weaver,” which also peaked at #2. Gary would have one more fairly successful tune with “Really Want To Know You” in the summer of 1981.
7. I’D REALLY LOVE TO SEE YOU TONIGHT/[lastfm]England Dan[/lastfm] and [lastfm]John Ford Coley[/lastfm] (19) — the late England Dan Seals (pictured; right) was the brother of Jim Seals of “Seals and Crofts.” This was the duo’s first hit. It will hang around the upper part of the top ten for a number of weeks; finally reaching its highest position, #2, for two weeks, in late September. England Dan’s voice was stilled forever in March, 2009.
8. SHAKE YOUR BOOTY/[lastfm]KC & the Sunshine Band[/lastfm] (26) — one of the fastest movers on the chart this week, this would be the group’s 3rd of 5 number one songs. KC and the band would be a huge factor on the music scene for the rest of the 70’s. KC’s last top ten hit would be “Yes, I’m Ready,” with female singer Teri DeSario, in February of 1980.
9. KISS AND SAY GOODBYE/[lastfm]The Manhattans[/lastfm] (8) — on the charts with various tunes since the beginning of 1965, they never cracked the Top 30 until this smash, which was a number one song for two weeks in late July and early this month. Their next and final top ten hit wouldn’t happen until mid 1980 with “Shining Star,” which would peak at #5.
10. TURN THE BEAT AROUND/[lastfm]Vicki Sue Robinson[/lastfm] (12) — it was a short stay on the national Top Ten for Vicki. This tune would peak at #10 for two weeks and then drop off the ten most popular list. Sadly, Vicki died of cancer at her home in Wilton, Connecticut, on April 27, 2000, just days away from her 46th birthday.