I took a chance on this single. A blind buy in The Diskery, Birmingham in 2014. I choose it just from the artist name. I’d been watching a TV documentary on BBC4 about 70’s disco and her name came up. Success came in the US disco charts with tracks that were hits by other artists from Europe or the US.
When I played it for the first time the track sounded very familiar, akin to some of the music in the disco movie “Thank God Its Friday”.
I looked on the internet to find out more and was surprised by what I found out. Midnight Love Affair became a massive dance floor filler in late summer of 1976 and reached #1 in the US Billboard Dance charts. It was written by E. Levitt, P. Groscolas and M. Jourdan, Arranged and Conducted by John Davis, Produced by Ed O’Loughlin.
Two years earlier in November 1974 Carol released a cover version of the pop crossover track “Doctors Orders” which became an US Pop #11 Dance #2 hit with top ten success throughout Europe and #1 in Canada. Doctors Orders was originally released by British female vocalist Sunny who had a UK #7 hit in spring of 1974.
Carol Douglas was born in New York, USA in 1948 and her mother was a Jazz performer. Her cousin was legendary soul singer Sam Cooke. As a teenager she sang in a trio cutting a single for the RCA Victor label. She married in mid 1960’s and even had a small stint on broadway. In the early 1970’s she started touring/singing again and eventually got a contract at Midland International Records which launched her chart career. She covered several well-known songs of the time including Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and her only UK top 75 entry (#66) the Bee Gees’ “Night Fever”.
She lived for a time in Paris, France after her record company became defunct, recorded for Next Plateau in the US and Carrere Records in Europe.
The B-side to this is “Crime Don’t Pay” which moves at a fast pace. Backed with a strong string orchestra with lots of guitar and drums.