Back Down Under for another survey, courtesy of ARSA. 2SW was an AM Top 40 station in Sydney, Australia that started broadcasting to the western suburbs in late November 1978. They moved to the FM band (101.7) in 1993 to cover the entire Sydney Metropolitan area, and by 2001 had rebranded themselves as WSFM. You can hear them on iHeart Radio, although I had trouble getting the station to launch. Anyway, here’s what they were listening to in 1979.
- Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive” Disco was still a force to be reckoned with in 1979, and Ms. Gaynor, who already had a #1 hit in the US, was climbing the charts in Australia, eventually reaching #3.
- Glenn Shorrock, “Dream Lover” While he was still with the Little River Band, Glenn had a hit with an acoustic version of Bobby Darin’s hit from 1959. It peaked at #8 on the Kent Music Report‘s Singles Chart (Australia’s answer to the Hot 100).
- Frank Mills, “Music Box Dancer” Canadian Frank Mills’s US #3 instrumental song was a hit internationally, and also his lone Top 40 hit.
- Beeb Birtles & Graeham Goble, “I’m Coming Home” Two more mmbers of the Little River Band had a hit single with this one.
- Lene Lovich, “Lucky Number” Detroit-born and UK-based singer Lovich had her greatest success with this song, which rose to #3 in the US and #2 in Australia.
- Lynne Hamilton, “On The Inside” This was the theme song for the Australian TV show Prisoner. Lynne was born in England but had her greatest success in Australia thanks to this song. She now works as an Evangelist minister.
- Blondie, “Heart Of Glass” This song reached #1 in both the US and Australia, and most of the free world, for that matter.
- Promises, “Baby It’s You” The Canada-based band got its start in Sherman Oaks, California, and reached #2 in Australia and #1 in New Zealand with this, which went nowhere in Canada.
- Amii Stewart, “Knock On Wood” American artist Amii Stewart had a #1 in the US with this, a disco cover of Eddie Floyd’s ’60’s hit, and reached #2 in Australia.
- Racey, “Lay Your Love On Me” This British pop group reached #1 in Australia with this hit, as well as #2 in Ireland and #3 in the UK. Another of their songs, “Kitty,” was covered by Toni Basil, who changed its name to “Mickey” and had an international hit in 1981.
In the event you have trouble playing this here, try it over on YouTube. Sometimes it works better there, alhough there’s not much I can do if a song has been blocked in your country.
That’s The Friday 5×2 for June 1, 2018.