Sunday, December 6, 2009

One of K-Billy's Super Sounds

Disco had a death grip in December of 1975. How else can you explain the phenomenon known as Silver Convention?

(Incidentally, it's comedian Steven Wright's birthday today -- No. 54 -- and if you remember his exceptional work as the deadpan deejay on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack you'll recall him referencing the group on K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies Weekend.)

Silver Convention was the hastily assembled trio of Penny McLean, Ramona Wolf and Linda G. Thompson. Please click on the video below to see them working their magic with "Fly, Robin, Fly," which roosted at No. 1 for three weeks. Amazing.

Here was Billboard's Top 5 on this date in 1975:

1. Fly, Robin, Fly, Silver Convention
2. That's the Way (I Like It), K.C. & the Sunshine Band
3. Island Girl, Elton John
4. The Way I Want to Touch You, Captain & Tennille
5. Let's Do It Again, Staples Singers

Silver Convention came back in 1976 with "Get Up and Boogie", which made it to No. 2, and that was pretty much it for the girls.

The only thing to take away from this is that Quentin Tarantino is a genius. We leave you now with birthday boy Wright setting up "Hooked on a Feeling":

"You've heard Turn The Beat Around by Vicky-Sue Robinson, Heaven On The Seventh Floor and The Freak by Sheek, Fly Robin, Fly by The Silver Connection and now Number Five...

"Ooka chakka ooka, ooka, ooka chakka ooka, ooka, ooka chakka..."

1 comment:

  1. As much as I like the music on that Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, Wright's deadpan commentary and the movie dialogue snippets crack me up every time.