July 23 – Napolean XIV, Summer I Feel Love, Pancho and Lefty, Synchronicity


Napoleon XIV (Jerry Samuels) has a raucous US#1 novelty hit and becomes a one-hit-wonder with They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa.

It’s like a reprise of the demented 1956 success of Nervous Norvus (Jimmy Drake) song Transfusion. ▷Songfacts ▹

 One of Discos Queens 

US singer Donna Summer scores a UK#1 hit (US#6) with I Feel Love.

Produced by Giorgio Moroder, it is said to be the first disco-style song recorded with an entirely synthesized backing track. Years before sequencers or MIDI, engineer Robbie Wedel records a pulse to tape of a 16-track Studer that locks all Moog synth tracks in sync. ▷SOS on IFL ▹

Those who were there say it has been enormously influential in the development of disco, electronica and techno music.

Eno came running in and said, ‘I have heard the sound of the future.’ He puts on I Feel Love, by Donna Summer. He said, ‘This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.’ Which was more or less right.
— David Bowie

Over time Summer wins five Grammies, recorded 14 top-20 hits like Love to Love You Baby, Last Dance, Heaven Knows and She Works Hard for the Money and, in 1979, US,CA#1 double album Bad Girls(*). In 2004 she’s elected to the Dance Music Hall of Fame(*).

( Website )  ( Fansite   Audio: 2003 Fresh Air interview

See also: Honorific nicknames in popular music


Townes van Zandt‘s incredibly fine songwriting is honored when Willy and Merle take his Pancho and Lefty to US#1.

van Zandt first recorded it for his 1972 6th studio album The Late Great Townes Van Zandt.

AND Brit band The Police, propelled by 8 weeks at US#1 for single Every Breath You Take, begin 17 weeks at US#1 with fifth, final studio album Synchronicity. (It actually knocks Michael Jackson‘s Thriller out of the top slot!). It’s multiple hit singles include Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger.