I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance) – Tina Charles (1976)

CBS Records S CBS 3937
Tina Charles is a British vocalist born London in 1954, who’s main hit making era was the 1970’s. Originally she was a backing singer and session musician. Unsuccessfully she released some solo singles from 1969, and later appeared on television as a resident singer for the first series of The Two Ronnies Show and similar variety shows of the era. Her career took off by being featured as a backing vocalist on the 1974 #1 UK hit “Come Up And See Me” by Cockney Rebel. In 1975 she was part of a Massive European hit “I’m on Fire” when part of a group called 5000 Volts. Although it was her voice, she wasn’t the vocalist who appeared on television with the song. Whilst being no stranger to featuring uncredited on these big records it was ultimately the disco/pop genre with help of producer Biddu which would help strike gold for her when “I Love To Love” became Tina’s only UK and Ireland #1. After a slow start the song leaped from #23 to #3 and eventually stayed at #1 for 3 weeks in March 1976 for a total of 12 weeks on the chart. It also made #2 in France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. She appeared on several European television shows with the song.
Original generic CBS cover of the mid 1970’s
Tina’s follow-up made the top 40 and later on at the end of the summer she had another top ten hit with “Dance Little Lady Dance”.
My copy has the pushed out centre that came with a plastic insert for playing. That has long since gone, but I have a centre block with my record player, so it is playable as the video below shows.
Tina continues to be active both by recording and doing live performances. In 2012 an album was released with 5000 Volts partner Martin Jay called Reunited.

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