The number one on my chart for Blues and Soul in April 1977 underlined just how important the dance floor could be in making a hit record.
The Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis track You’re Gonna Get Next To Me (The DJ sing-along version replaced Next with Sex. The song line “If you keep on doing what you’re doing I’m gonna have sex with me” was only ever spotted by the sharpest of ears) had no national radio play or exposure on the likes of Top Of The Pops.
Picked up for club play and featuring on some of the very few specialist radio shows it danced its way into the pop chart.
Solo artists on California based Claridge records Bo and Ruth were put together by their label boss for the album that contained Gonna. The power of club jocks in the UK did the rest.
Not all big club tracks sounded as good on Radio, which is something I had to think about when putting together the Saturday shows on BBC London and later on Radio 1. I guess the Deniece Williams, Marvin Gaye, Side Effects tracks plus Bo and Ruth have best stood the test of time. What do you think?