Handy Man – James Taylor

Chart Position: 4

Released May 1977

  • Won Best pop performance- male and Best producer (Peter Asher) Grammy awards
  • Originally recorded by Jimmy Jones & Sparks of Rhythm (1959)
  • Written by Otis Blackwell and Jimmy Jones
  • Backing vocals: Leah Kunkel
  • Guitar: James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar
  • Keyboards: Clarence McDonald
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Also recorded by Johnny Worth (1960), Conway Twitty (1961), Del Shannon (1964), Otis Blackwell (1977), Frank Black (1994), Jack Miller (1995), Javier Alvarez (2001), Alan Merrill (2003), Craig Duncan (2002), Don Campbell (2003), Walter Chancellor Jr. (2004), Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star (2012) and Tribute Co. (2010)
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A Real Mother for Ya – Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

Chart Position: NR

Released

  • Written and produced by Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
  • Guitar: Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
  • This is Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s only hit single
  • Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson is from Houston TX
  • Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson died May 1996

L.A. Sunshine – War

Chart Position: NR

Released Jul 1977

  • Written by War
  • Keyboards: Lonnie Jordan
  • Guitar: Howard Scott
  • Saxophone: Charles Miller
  • Produced by Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan and Howard Scott
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • The LP version of this song is 11 minutes 45 seconds

Telephone Line – Electric Light Orchestra

Chart Position: 7

Released May 1977

  • #15 bestseller for 1977
  • Written and produced by Jeff Lynne
  • Keyboards: Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy
  • Guitar: Jeff Lynne
  • Backing vocals; Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt, Patti Quatro, Brie Brandt, Addie Lee
  • Recorded in Munich Germany
  • Later recorded by Tony Eyers Singers (1977), Barron Knights (1979), J Church (1998), Jeffery Foskett (2001), Julian Coryell (2006), Lady Killers (2009), Asian (2009), Acoustic Heartstrings (2018), Midnite String Quartet (2018), Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star (2018), Flavor (2021), Gold Leather (2021) and many others

Rock and Roll Never Forgets – Bob Seger and Silver Bullet Band

Chart Position: NR

Released June 1977

  • Written by Bob Seger
  • Lead vocals: Bob Seger
  • Guitar: Drew Abbott, Bob Seger
  • Keyboards: Robyn Robbins
  • Produced by Jack Richardson
  • Recorded in Detroit MI

Call Me – Blondie

Chart Position: 1

Released Feb 1980

  • #1 bestseller for 1980
  • #44 on Billboard’s Hot 100 of all time
  • From the film American Gigolo
  • #283 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Debbie Harry and Giorgio Moroder
  • Lead vocals: Debbie Harry
  • Keyboards: Giorgio Moroder
  • Guitar: Chris Stein
  • Backing vocals: Jimmy Destri, Frank Infante, Clem Burke
  • Produced by Giorgio Moroder
  • Recorded in New York City NY and Los Angeles CA
  • Later recorded by Chipmunks (1980), Disco Rollers (1980), Int’l Disco Band & Singers (1980), Bradbury (1980), Mini Pops (1981), Christopher John (1981), Until December (1986), Dungeon (1996), 69 Eyes (1997), Da Vinci’s Notebook (1997), New Dominions (1998), Studio 99 (1999), Tiffany (2000), Nikka Costa (2001), Box Tops (2002), Gunther Neefs (2002), I Am the World Trade Center (2002), Francine (2003), Dandy Warhols (2003), Cut My Skin (2005), Barbara Mendes (2007), Coldfeet (2007), Myriad (2008), Shannon Butcher (2008), Mastikars (2008), Tina Arena (2008), Studio Sound Ensemble (2009), In This Moment (2009), Samantha vs Sabrina (2010), Liv Moon (2010), Rhythm Method (2010), Hit Co. (2011), Alexander Stewart (2011), Sarah Collyer (2012), G.O.D. (2014), Julia Fordham (2014), Kyle Kraft (2017) and many others

In It for Love – England Dan and John Ford Coley

Chart Position: NR

Released Dec 1979

  • Written by Dennis Henson and Greg Guidry
  • Lead vocals: Dan Seals
  • Backing vocals: John Ford Coley
  • Guitar: Dan Seals
  • Produced by Kyle Lehning

Back On My Feet Again – Babys

Chart Position: 35

Released Jan 1980

  • Written by John Waite, Dominic Bugatti and Frank Musker
  • Lead vocals: John Waite
  • Keyboards: Jonathan Cain
  • Guitar: Wally Stocker
  • Produced by Keith Olsen
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Jonathan Cain departed Babys and joined Journey in 1980
  • This is Babys’ final U.S. hit single
  • Later recorded by Cher (1982)

Baby Talks Dirty – The Knack

Chart Position: 38

Released Jan 1980

  • Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre
  • Lead vocals: Doug Fieger
  • Guitar: Doug Fieger, Berton Averre
  • Produced by Mike Chapman
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

Love on a Shoestring – Captain and Tennille

Chart Position: NR

Released early 1980

  • Originally recorded by Kerry Chater (1979)
  • Written by Douglas Foxworthy and Kerry Chater
  • Lead vocals: Toni Tennille
  • Keyboards: Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille
  • Guitar: Lee Ritenour, Daryl Dragon
  • Backing vocals: Mitch Gordon, Oren Waters, Ron Hicklin
  • Produced by Daryl Dragon
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA