1976

Number Ones:
A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band [Private Stock 45073] (Murphy) is a disco version of a theme from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony [1808].
I Write the Songs - Barry Manilow [Arista 0197] (Johnston) first appeared on Captain & Tennille’s Love Will Keep Us Together [‘75, A&M 3405] and charted in the U.K. for David Cassidy [‘75, RCA 2571] from the album The Higher They Climb the Harder They Fall [‘75, RCA APL1-1066]. Writer Bruce Johnston's version appears on his 1977 LP Going Public [Columbia PC34459].
Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) - Diana Ross [Motown 1377] (Masser, Goffin) is from the movie Mahogany, starring Ross. Its original 1973 recording by Thelma Houston has never been released (as of 2001).
Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers [Warner/Curb 8169] (Williams) was a single for Gene Cotton [‘75, ABC 12137] from his LP For All the Young Writers [ABC D-933].
Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage [ABC 12135] (DeVorzon) is a dance version of the TV theme.
Welcome Back - John Sebastian [Reprise 1349] (Sebastian) is the theme from the TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.
Number Twos:
All By Myself - Eric Carmen [Arista 0165] (Carmen) has a melody based on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 [1901].
Top Fives:
Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore [Malaco 1029] (Montgomery) was originally a country hit for Wilma Burgess [‘66, Decca 32027] and Eddy Arnold [‘67, RCA 9182].
Lonely Night (Angel Face) - Captain & Tennille [A&M 1782] (Sedaka) is from Neil Sedaka’s LP The Hungry Years [‘75, Rocket 2157].
Muskrat Love - Captain & Tennille [A&M 1870] (Ramsey) was a single for its writer, Willis Alan Ramsey [‘71, Shelter 7324, aka ‘Muskrat Candlelight‘] and for America [‘73, Warner 7725].
Shop Around - Captain & Tennille [A&M 1817] (Gordy, Robinson) was the Miracles’ hit [‘61, Tamla 54034].
Rock and Roll Music - Beach Boys [Brother 1354] (Berry) was a hit for Chuck Berry [‘57, Chess 1671], and also recorded by the Beatles [‘65, Beatles For Sale or Beatles ‘65].
Happy Days - Pratt & McClain [Reprise 1351] (Fox, Gimbel) is the title theme for a TV series.
Top Tens:
A Little Bit More - Dr. Hook [Capitol 4280] (Gosh) was on Bobby Gosh’ LP Sitting in the Quiet [‘73, Paramount 6073].
Show Me the Way - Peter Frampton [A&M 1795] (Frampton) is a live version of a previously released single [‘75, A&M 1695, from Frampton A&M 4512].
Only Sixteen - Dr. Hook [Capitol 4171] (Cooke) charted previously for Sam Cooke [‘59, Keen 3-2022].
Dream On - Aerosmith [Columbia 10278] (Tyler) is a re-release of a single that charted previously [‘73, Columbia 45894, from Aerosmith Columbia 32005].
She’s Gone - Daryl Hall & John Oates [Atlantic 3332] (Hall, Oates) is a re-release of a single that charted previously [‘74, Atlantic 2993 from Abandoned Luncheonette Atlantic 7269]. Tavares had an R&B hit with a cover [‘74, Capitol 3957].
Got to Get You Into My Life - Beatles [Capitol 4274] is a long-delayed single release from Revolver [‘66, Capitol 2576]. Earth, Wind & Fire had a Top 10 hit with it in 1978 [Columbia 10796].
Nadia’s Theme (The Young and the Restless) - Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr. [A&M 1856] (DeVorzon, Botkin) was ‘Cotton’s Dream’ from the movie Bless the Beasts and the Children [1971]. The theme was then used for the soap opera The Young and the Restless, and gets its name from gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who used it for her 1976 Olympics routine.
Love Hurts - Nazareth [A&M 1671] (Bryant) originated on A Date with the Everly Brothers [‘60, Warner Brothers 1395] and was also recorded by Roy Orbison [’61, B-side of ‘Running Scared‘ Monument 438 and on Crying ‘62, Monument 4007] and Gram Parsons [‘74, Grievous Angel Reprise 2171].
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka [Rocket 40500] (Greenfield, Sedaka) is an easy-listening ballad remake of his teenage doo-wop hit [‘62, RCA Victor 8046].
This Masquerade - George Benson [Warner 8209] (Russell) was issued by Leon Russell as the b-side of ‘Tightrope’ [‘72, Shelter 7325, from Carney Shelter 8911].
Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton [A&M 1867] is a live version of a song from Frampton’s Camel [‘73, A&M 4369].
Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again - Barry Manilow [Arista 0172] (Pomeranz) appeared on the 1975 LP It's In Everyone Of Us by David Pomeranz [Arista 4053].
Top Twenties:
That’ll Be the Day - Linda Ronstadt [Asylum 45340] (Allison, Holly, Petty) was a hit for Buddy Holly’s group, the Crickets [‘57, Brunswick 55009]. He had recorded a version in July ‘56 as ‘Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes’ [released Sep. ‘57, Decca 30434].
Never Gonna Fall in Love Again - Eric Carmen [Arista 0184] (Carmen) is based on the Third Movement of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 [1908].
I Only Want to Be With You - Bay City Rollers [Arista 0205] (Hawker, Raymond) was a hit for Dusty Springfield [‘64, Philips 40162]. It later charted for the pre-Eurythmics group, the Tourists [‘80, Epic 50850].
Baby, I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton [A&M 1832] (Frampton) is a live version of a previously released single [‘75, A&M 1738, from Frampton A&M 4512].
Rock and Roll All Nite - Kiss [Casablanca 850] (Stanley, Simmons) is a live version of a previously released single [‘75, Casablanca 829, from Dressed to Kill Casablanca 7016].
There’s a Kind of a Hush (All Over the World) - Carpenters [A&M 1800] (Reed, Stephens) is a remake of Herman’s Hermits’ hit (see 1967).
Fernando - Abba [Atlantic 3346] (Andersson, Andersson, Ulvaeus) was originally released on a Swedish solo album by Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Frida Ensam [‘75, Polydor S265].
Love Me - Yvonne Elliman [RSO 858] (Gibb, Gibb) is from the Bee Gees album Children of the World [‘76, RSO 3003].
Deep Purple - Donny & Marie Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14840] (Parish, DeRose) is a remake of Nino Tempo & April Stevens’ version (see 1963).
Baby Face - The Wing & a Prayer Fife & Drum Corps [Wing & a Prayer 103] (Davis, Akst) is a disco version of a song that was a hit in 1926: Jan Garber [Victor 20105], ‘Whispering’ Jack Smith [Victor 20229], the Ipana Troubadours [Columbia 696] and Ben Selvin [Brunswick 3253], song on stage by both Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting; and again in 1948: Art Mooney [MGM 10156], Sammy Kaye [RCA Victor 20-2879], Jack Smith [Capitol 15078], and Henry King [Decca 25356], and brought into the rock era by Little Richard [‘58, Specialty 645] and Bobby Darin [‘62, Atco 6236].
I’m Easy - Keith Carradine [ABC 12117] (Carradine) is from the Robert Altman movie Nashville.
The Best Disco in Town - Ritchie Family [Marlin 3306] (J. Morali, R. Rome, H. Belolo, P. Hurtt) quotes lines from various dance songs: 'Reach Out - I'll Be There' by the Four Tops, 'I Love Music' by the O'Jays, 'Bad Luck' by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, 'The Hustle' by Van McCoy, 'Fly Robin Fly' by Silver Convention, 'Love to Love You Baby' by Donna Summer, 'That's the Way I Like It' by K.C. & the Sunshine Band, 'Lady Bump' by Penny McLean, 'Lady Marmalade' by Labelle, 'Express' by B.T. Express, and possibly others.
Tangerine - Salsoul Orchestra [Salsoul 2004] (Mercer, Schertzinger) is a 1942 hit from the movie The Fleet’s In: performed in the film by Jimmy Dorsey, with Bob Eberle & Helen O’Connell [Decca 4123]; also Vaughn Monroe [Bluebird 11433], Tommy Tucker [Okeh 6583] and Hal McIntyre [Victor 27803].
Somewhere In the Night - Helen Reddy [Capitol 4192] (Kerr, Jennings) was a single for Batdorf & Rodney [‘75, Arista 0159]. The original recording by Richard Kerr [‘76, self-titled LP Epic 33850], and was a single at least in the U.K. [Epic 3977].
Young Blood - Bad Company [Swan Song 70108] (Leiber, Stoller) was a hit for the Coasters [‘57, Atco 6087].
Barretta’s Theme (‘Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow’) - Rhythm Heritage [ABC 12177] (Ames, Grusin) is a dance version of the theme from the TV show Barretta, which had charted previously for Merry Clayton [‘75, Ode 66110].
Top Thirties :
Cupid - Tony Orlando & Dawn [Elektra 45302] (Cooke) was a hit for its writer, Sam Cooke [‘61, RCA Victor 7883], and also charted for Johnny Rivers [‘65, Imperial 66087] and Johnny Nash [‘69, JAD 220], and would be a hit in a Spinners medley [‘80, Atlantic 3664].
Come On Over- Olivia Newton-John [MCA 40525] (Gibb, Gibb) is from the Bee Gees album Main Course [‘75, RSO 4807].
Tracks of My Tears - Linda Ronstadt [Asylum 45292] (Robinson, Tarplin, Moore) is the 1965 Miracles’ hit (see 1967).
Making Our Dreams Come True - Cyndi Grecco [Private Stock 45086] (Fox, Gimbel) is the theme from the TV show LaVerne and Shirley.
Don’t Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Glen Campbell [Capitol 4245] (Lambert, Potter / Loudermilk) is a medley. ‘Don’t Pull Your Love’ was a 1971 hit for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds [Dunhill/ABC 4276]. For ‘Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye’, see 1967.
Hurt - Elvis Presley [RCA 10601] (Crane, Jacobs) is a Roy Hamilton song (see 1961).
Rock and Roll Love Letter - Bay City Rollers [Arista 0185] (Moore) was a single for its writer, Tim Moore [‘75, Asylum 45276].
I Can’t Hear You No More - Helen Reddy [Capitol 4312] (Goffin, King) charted in 1964 as ‘I Can’t Hear You’ for Betty Everett [Vee-Jay 599].
Let It Shine - Olivia Newton-John [MCA 40495] (Hargrove) is from Linda Hargrove’s LP Music Is Your Mistress [‘75, Elektra 75063].