Gladys Knight, Van McCoy, George McCrae, and The Real Thing, as played by Paul

25 10 2011

Gladys Knight ~ Home Is Where The Heart Is ~ Buddah ~ 1977
Written by Van McCoy with Joe Cobb Home Is Where The Heart Is was a UK number 35

Van McCoy ~ The Hustle ~ Avco ~ 1975
Van McCoy died of a heart attack four years later at the age of 39 but he left around 700 song copyrights!
The story for The Hustle goes like this …
While in New York to make an album, McCoy invented the song after his music partner, Charles Kipps, watched patrons do a dance known as “The Hustle ” in the Adam’s Apple club. The sessions were done at New York’s Media Sound studio with pianist McCoy, bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Richard Tee, guitarists Eric Gale and John Tropea, and orchestra leader Gene Orloff. Producer Hugo Peretti contracted piccolo player Philip Bodner to play the lead melody.

The Hustle made 1 on the Hot 100 and the Hot Soul Singles chart and 3 over here in the summer of 1975.

George McCrae ~ I Can’t Leave You Alone ~ Jay Boy UK / T.K. US ~ 1974
written arranged and produced by Cassey & Finch (Harry Wayne Cassey and Richard Finch
released as the follow up to Rock Your Baby it made 10 on the Hot Black singles chart 50 on the Hot 100 and number 9 over here in the Autumn of 1974.

The Real Thing ~ Whenever You Want My Love ~ PYE ~ 1978
written by Ken Gold and Mickey Denne British number 18 – just in case you wondered what it reminded Steve of, he decided it was Nice & Slow ~ Jesse Green.

The whole two hours is available on our Podomatic Podcast to download or stream live – PLEASE CLICK HERE

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