Tuesday, June 20, 1978

Foreigner released Double Vision

First posted 9/20/2020; updated 10/17/2020.

Double Vision

Foreigner


Released: June 20, 1978


Peak: 3 US, 32 UK, 3 CN, 13 AU


Sales (in millions): 7.0 US, -- UK, 10.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Hot Blooded (7/1/78, 3 US, 2 CL, 42 UK, 3 CN, 24 AU)
  2. Blue Morning, Blue Day (12/23/78, 15 US, 6 CL, 45 UK, 21 CN)
  3. You’re All I Am
  4. Back Where You Belong
  5. Love Has Taken Its Toll (26 CL)
  6. Double Vision (9/22/78, 2 US, 2 CL, 7 CN, 97 AU)
  7. Tramontane (instrumental)
  8. I Have Waited So Long
  9. Lonely Children
  10. Spellbinder


Total Running Time: 37:55


The Players:

  • Lou Gramm (vocals, percussion)
  • Mick Jones (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
  • Ian McDonald (guitar, saxophone, keyboards)
  • Al Greenwood (keyboards)
  • Ed Gagliardi (bass)
  • Dennis Elliott (drums)

Rating:

3.449 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)


Quotable: “Hard rock at its best” – Ace Adams, New York Daily News


Awards:

About the Album:

With their debut album, Foreigner immediately became players on the rock scene, sending two songs from the album into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 while the album was a top-five smash which sold five million copies. As high as they’d set the bar on their first outing, Foreigner managed to reach even greater heights on their sophomore outing.

Double Vision reached #3 on the album charts and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The lead single, Hot Blooded, reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the title cut went an even notch higher and peaked at #2. A third single, Blue Morning, Blue Day, reached the top 20.

The group had its detractors. Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times described the album as “slickly produced, commercially powerful, but artistically vapid.” WK Rick Atkinson of The Record attacked the album for using the same formula as the debut. WK

Van West of Murfreesboro Press agreed that the album had similarities to Foreigner, but noted that Double Vision had “more individualistic interpretations” and “heavy metal tonal structure” instead of some of the debut’s “careful harmonies.” WK Ace Adams of the New York Daily News went as far as to call the album “hard rock at its best.” WK


Notes: The 2002 reissue added live versions of “Hot Blooded” and “Love Maker.”

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Saturday, June 17, 1978

Andy Gibb hit #1 with “Shadow Dancing”

First posted 10/24/2020.

Shadow Dancing

Andy Gibb

Writer(s): Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb (see lyrics here)


First Charted: April 15, 1978


Peak: 17 US, 16 CB, 18 HR, 14 RR, 8 AC, 11 RB, 42 UK, 13 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 2.5 US, -- UK, 2.5 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 12.4 video, -- streaming

Awards:

About the Song:

The Gibb brothers (Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy) dominated the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. Their run began when the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love,” the first single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, ascended to #1 on December 24, 1977. “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” followed in early 1978. Their runs at the pinnacle were only separated by younger brother Andy’s two-week stint with “Love Is Thicker Than Water.” In May, Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” another song penned by the Bee Gees and featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, went to #1.

Five weeks after that, Andy Gibb was back on top with “Shadow Dancing,” the lead single from his sophomore album of the same name. Its seven weeks on top meant the Gibb brothers spent 25 weeks at #1 from December 24, 1977 to July 29, 1978 as performers and/or writers. Barry Gibb notched another week on top as the songwriter for “Grease” before year’s end, making him personally responsible for half of the year’s #1 songs.

“Shadow Dancing” was written by all four Gibbs while Andy’s older brothers were working on the movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was time to start getting tracks together for Andy’s second solo album. He recalled the four of them relaxing one night and they started singing the chorus, sketching out the song in about ten minutes. WK

This was Andy’s third chart-topper, making him the first solo artist in the U.S. pop chart history to have his first three releases hit #1. WK “Shadow Dancing” was also named the biggest song of the year by Billboard magazine. The song also marked the first time all four brothers performed live in concert together when the Bee Gees joined Andy on stage in July in Miami to sing the song. WK


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Saturday, June 10, 1978

“You’re the One That I Want” hit #1

First posted 10/23/2020.

Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

Writer(s): John Farrar (see lyrics here)


First Charted: April 1, 1978


Peak: 11 US, 3 CB, 11 HR, 3, 23 AC, 19 UK, 2 CN, 19 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 6.0 US, 2.15 UK, 15.0 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 463.0 video, -- streaming

Awards:

About the Song:

The 1972 Broadway show Grease about American high schoolers in the ‘50s was such a success that it was brought to the big screen in 1978. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were cast as the stars. Despite being years removed from high school and Travolta being primarily an actor and Olivia primarily a singer, they brought charisma and chemistry to their roles and turned the movie and its soundtrack into blockbusters.

John Farrar, who’d worked with Olivia since 1971, wrote some new songs exclusively for the movie, including Olivia’s ballad “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want,” a raucous duet between the leads. The movie’s director, Randal Kleiser, was not a fan because he felt it didn’t fit with the songs written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs for the original show. WK

However, “You’re the One That I Want” was a huge hit with fans across the world, reaching #1 in the U.S., UK, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and Sweden. Within two weeks of charting, it was certified gold for selling a million copies. WK It reached #1 in the U.S. before the movie was even released. SF In the UK, it became the fifth biggest-selling single of all time. SF In Olivia’s native Australia, the song spent nine non-consecutive weeks on top, interrupted by a six-week run at #1 by Boney M’s “Rivers of Babylon.” “You’re the One That I Want” spent those six weeks hovering right behind “Babylon” at #2. WK

As the movie’s closer, it showcased the transformation of Olivia’s character Sandy from good girl to greaser queen to win back Danny, played by Travolta. Meanwhile, Danny has made his own change to win Sandy back. To the surprise of his greaser friends, he now sports a sweater with a letter he received in cross country. Originally the movie closed with “All Choked Up,” which was sort of a send up of Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up.” However, it was one of two songs from the original score which was removed completely from the movie and soundtrack. WK


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