Euro disco band Boney M. releases single Daddy Cool.
After a TV appearance on Sep. 18, it quickly climbs to #1 across most of Europe. It’s from June debut album Take the Heat off Me(DE#2,SE#1). The album’s 3rd track, a cover of singer-songwriter Bobby Hebb‘s 1966 US#2 Sunny, is also a Euro top-5.
In 3 years the group (created by a German record producer) has 4 EU top-4 albums, an international #1 (except in the US) with a cover of Rivers of Babylon , a string of top-40s through 1981, and continues touring to this day.
Oakland West Coast hip hop duo Luniz release wistful single I Got 5 on It.
Alas, while Luniz’ second album Lunitik Muzik (released Nov. 11, 1997) makes the US top-40 (USR&B#8), their third album fails to chart and the ride’s over.