Unhappy birthday

My friend J has a penchant bordering on evangelism for Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. It was, he says with some pride, number one in the UK chart on the day he was born. Good thinking, I thought. I wonder if my birth song has as much street cred.1977 was a patchy year, to say the least. David Soul had two number one hits, marking the beginning of his rapid and deserved slide into obscurity that ended when Starsky and Hutch did two years later. On August 27 we were all apparently listening to the dubious-sounding Float On by The Floaters, a group of musicians so obviously destined to be a one-hit wonder that the record label named the band after its song. And Kenny Rogers had a hit with Lucille, one of the few songs ever made that attempts to rhyme “Toledo” with “depot”.

But 1977 also featured Baccara’s Yes Sir I Can Boogie and Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, two songs that are indeed classics (if you take as your yardstick their popularity on albums containing “best” and “… ever” in their titles). Elvis and Hot Chocolate hit the top spot with a pair of funky numbers and Abba, for whom I have a grudging respect, scored with The Name of the Game and Knowing Me, Knowing You.

So, what was my birthday song?

Chanson d’Amour, by Manhattan Transfer, that’s what. It is the most nauseating tune I have ever heard. They looked like this:
Manhattan Transfer

And their lyrics, sung in close harmony, went like this:

“Chanson d’amour, ra da-da da-da, play encore/ Here in my heart, ra da-da da-da, more and more”

I have no music pedigree at all. Why couldn’t I have had The Floaters?
See comments for your own birth song (if you were born between 1976 and 1978)

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One Response to “Unhappy birthday”

  1. pouletnoir Says:

    Praise the British record-buying public. I got the dates wrong. While Chanson d’Amour was indeed number one on March 26, the song people were buying during the week of my birth was of course announced at the end of that week, on April 2. It was Knowing Me, Knowing You by Abba. I feel strangely cleansed.

    Anyhow, to create an interactive experience for anyone born between 1976 and 1978 (and hopefully stimulate a few COMMENTS) here are the full listings for that period. Your song is the first one after your birth date.

    Jan 03 1976: Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen
    Jan 10 1976: Bohemian Rhapsody
    Jan 17 1976: Bohemian Rhapsody
    Jan 24 1976: Bohemian Rhapsody
    Jan 31 1976: Mama Mia, by Abba
    Feb 07 1976: Mama Mia
    Feb 14 1976: Forever and Ever, by Slik
    Feb 21 1976: December ’63 (Oh What a Night), by the Four Seasons
    Feb 28 1976: December ’63 (Oh What a Night)
    Mar 06 1976: I Love to Love, by Tina Charles
    Mar 13 1976: I Love to Love
    Mar 20 1976: I Love to Love
    Mar 27 1976: Save Your Kisses for Me, by The Brotherhood of Man
    Apr 03 1976: Save Your Kisses for Me
    Apr 10 1976: Save Your Kisses for Me
    Apr 20 1976: Save Your Kisses for Me
    Apr 27 1976: Save Your Kisses for Me
    May 01 1976: Save Your Kisses for Me
    May 08 1976: Fernando, by Abba
    May 15 1976: Fernando
    May 22 1976: Fernando
    May 29 1976: Fernando
    Jun 05 1976: No Charge, by J.J. Barrie
    Jun 12 1976: Combine Harvester, by The Wurzels
    Jun 19 1976: Combine Harvester
    Jun 26 1976: You to Me Are Everything, by The Real Thing
    Jul 03 1976: You to Me Are Everything
    Jul 10 1976: You to Me Are Everything
    Jul 17 1976: The Roussos Phenomenon, by Demis Roussos
    Jul 24 1976: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, by Elton John and Kiki Dee
    Jul 31 1976: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
    Aug 07 1976: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
    Aug 14 1976: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
    Aug 21 1976: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
    Aug 28 1976: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
    Sep 04 1976: Dancing Queen, by Abba
    Sep 11 1976: Dancing Queen
    Sep 18 1976: Dancing Queen
    Sep 25 1976: Dancing Queen
    Oct 02 1976: Dancing Queen
    Oct 09 1976: Dancing Queen
    Oct 16 1976: Mississippi, by Pussycat
    Oct 23 1976: Mississippi
    Oct 30 1976: Mississippi
    Nov 06 1976: Mississippi
    Nov 13 1976: If You Leave Me Now, by Chicago
    Nov 20 1976: If You Leave Me Now
    Nov 27 1976: If You Leave Me Now
    Dec 04 1976: Under the Moon of Love, by Showaddywaddy
    Dec 11 1976: Under the Moon of Love
    Dec 18 1976: Under the Moon of Love
    Dec 25 1976: When a Child is Born (Soleado) by Johnny Mathis
    ____________________________________________________
    Jan 01 1977: When a Child is Born
    Jan 08 1977: When a Child is Born
    Jan 15 1977: Don’t Give Up on Us, by David Soul
    Jan 22 1977: Don’t Give Up on Us
    Jan 29 1977: Don’t Give Up on Us
    Feb 05 1977: Don’t Give Up on Us
    Feb 12 1977: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, by Julie Covington
    Feb 19 1977: When I Need You, by Leo Sayer
    Feb 26 1977: When I Need You
    Mar 05 1977: When I Need You
    Mar 12 1977: Chanson d’Amour, by Manhattan Transfer
    Mar 19 1977: Chanson d’Amour
    Mar 26 1977: Chanson d’Amour
    Apr 02 1977: Knowing Me, Knowing You, by Abba
    Apr 09 1977: Knowing Me, Knowing You
    Apr 16 1977: Knowing Me, Knowing You
    Apr 23 1977: Knowing Me, Knowing You
    Apr 30 1977: Knowing Me, Knowing You
    May 07 1977: Free, by Deniece Williams
    May 14 1977: Free
    May 21 1977: I Don’t Want to Talk About It/ The First Cut is the Deepest double A-side, by Rod Stewart
    Jun 04 1977: I Don’t Want to Talk About It/ The First Cut is the Deepest
    Jun 11 1977: I Don’t Want to Talk About It/ The First Cut is the Deepest
    Jun 18 1977: Lucille, by Kenny Rogers
    Jun 25 1977: Show You the Way to Go, by The Jacksons
    Jul 02 1977: So You Win Again, by Hot Chocolate
    Jul 09 1977: So You Win Again
    Jul 16 1977: So You Win Again
    Jul 23 1977: I Feel Love, by Donna Summer
    Jul 30 1977: I Feel Love
    Aug 04 1977: I Feel Love
    Aug 13 1977: I Feel Love
    Aug 20 1977: Angelo, by The Brotherhood of Man
    Aug 27 1977: Float On, by The Floaters
    Sep 03 1977: Way Down, by Elvis Presley
    Sep 10 1977: Way Down
    Sep 17 1977: Way Down
    Sep 24 1977: Way Down
    Oct 01 1977: Way Down
    Oct 08 1977: Silver Lady, by David Soul
    Oct 15 1977: Silver Lady
    Oct 22 1977: Silver Lady
    Oct 29 1977: Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, by Baccara
    Nov 05 1977: The Name of the Game, by Abba
    Nov 12 1977: The Name of the Game
    Nov 19 1977: The Name of the Game
    Nov 26 1977: The Name of the Game
    Dec 03 1977: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School, by Wings
    Dec 10 1977: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Dec 17 1977: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Dec 24 1977: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Dec 31 1977: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    ____________________________________________________
    Jan 07 1978: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Jan 14 1978: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Jan 21 1978: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Jan 28 1978: Mull of Kintyre/ Girl’s School
    Feb 04 1978: Up Town Top Ranking, by Althia and Donna
    Feb 11 1978: Figaro, by The Brotherhood of Man
    Feb 18 1978: Take a Chance on Me, by Abba
    Feb 25 1978: Take a Chance on Me
    Mar 04 1978: Take a Chance on Me
    Mar 11 1978: Wuthering Heights, by Kate Bush
    Mar 18 1978: Wuthering Heights
    Mar 25 1978: Wuthering Heights
    Apr 01 1978: Wuthering Heights
    Apr 08 1978: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs, by Brian & Michael
    Apr 15 1978: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs
    Apr 22 1978: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs
    Apr 29 1978: Night Fever, by The Bee Gees
    May 06 1978: Night Fever
    May 13 1978: Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring, by Boney M
    May 20 1978: Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring
    May 27 1978: Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring
    Jun 03 1978: Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring
    Jun 10 1978: Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring
    Jun 17 1978: You’re the One That I Want, by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
    Jun 24 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Jul 01 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Jul 08 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Jul 15 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Jul 22 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Jul 29 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Aug 05 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Aug 12 1978: You’re the One That I Want
    Aug 19 1978: Three Times a Lady, by The Commodores
    Aug 26 1978: Three Times a Lady
    Sep 02 1978: Three Times a Lady
    Sep 09 1978: Three Times a Lady
    Sep 16 1978: Three Times a Lady
    Sep 23 1978: Dreadlock Holiday, by 10cc
    Sep 30 1978: Summer Nights, by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
    Oct 07 1978: Summer Nights
    Oct 14 1978: Summer Nights
    Oct 21 1978: Summer Nights
    Oct 28 1978: Summer Nights
    Nov 04 1978: Summer Nights
    Nov 11 1978: Summer Nights
    Nov 18 1978: Rat Trap, by The Boomtown Rats
    Nov 25 1978: Rat Trap
    Dec 02 1978: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, by Rod Stewart
    Dec 09 1978: Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord, by Boney M
    Dec 16 1978: Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord
    Dec 23 1978: Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord
    Dec 30 1978: Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord

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