disco redux


Apparently I wasn’t the only one with the same idea.

I’d just heard a catchy tune and went out to YouTube to find it, only to find the first question in the comments: “Who is here because of the British TV drama ‘River’?” There were 459 comments.

Yes, guilty.

“I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)” was a popular single by Tina Charles, from her debut album, I Love to Love. And yes, the song appeared in the 2015 BBC police drama, River.

The track was an international success both upon its original 1976 release and also when—remixed by The DMC (Disco Mix Club)—it was reissued ten years later.

Reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 1976 and topping the chart for three weeks, “I Love to Love…” afforded Charles an international hit, reaching #1 in Ireland, #2 in France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden, while in Austria, Germany and Spain the single peaked at respectively #20, #6 and #3. The track was also a hit in Australia (#6) and New Zealand (#7). In Canada this song won the Juno for bestselling international single for the year 1976, having sold over 200,000 copies in the province of Quebec: due to receiving virtually no radio airplay in the rest of Canada “I Love to Love” rose no higher than #17 on the national chart.

The track reached #2 on the US Disco Singles Chart, but I never heard of it.



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