What’s at No. 100? (April 1976)

We’ve been mired in a wet and cool April here, and even though the trees are budding and the perennials are beginning to poke their heads out of the ground (the bleeding heart in the front is way past that stage), it’s been difficult to enjoy being out at all.

I don’t recall at all what the weather was like in April 1976, but it certainly had to have been better than this year’s version. Let’s hope the music was, too. Here’s the Billboard Top Ten from the fourth week in April 1976:

“Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor
“Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers
“Right Back Where We Started From” by Maxine Nightingale
“Boogie Fever” by the Sylvers
“Sweet Love” by the Commodores
“Only Sixteen” by Dr. Hook
“Welcome Back” by John Sebastian
“Show Me The Way” by Peter Frampton
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” by Elvin Bishop

After a reminder about “Disco Lady” – which seems pretty lethargic – I remember nine of those ten. The Commodores’ single remains a mystery even after listening to it. And it’s an okay thirty minutes of listening, but just okay.

At the time, the only one that would have had me hit the button to change the radio station was the John Sebastian record, which was the theme to television’s Welcome Back, Kotter, which I didn’t like, either.

Did I really like any of those forty-five years ago? Well, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was still new-ish and kind of fun, but not really. Nothing grabbed me by the ears, but as I said above, it was an okay set.

Today, though, only two of those ten show up on my iPod and thus, in my day-to-day listening: the records by Maxine Nightingale and Peter Frampton.

But what of our other business today. What treasure or disaster lay at the lowest level of the Hot 100 forty-five years ago this week?

What we find is the first of two Hot 100 singles by Melba Moore, a decent dance tune titled “This Is It.” It peaked in the Hot 100 at No. 91. On the R&B chart, however, the record went to No. 18 and was the first of twenty-three records Moore placed in the R&B Top 40 through 1990. (Her biggest hits were “A Little Bit More,” with Freddie Jackson and “Falling,” both of which topped the R&B chart in the late 1980s.

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