1978 Love & Kisses – Thank God It’s Friday
Alec R. Costandinos was a French songwriter and producer who co-wrote the disco hit Love in C Minor with artist Cerrone in 1976. The success of that song led to a contract with Barclay Records. He assembled a collection of studio musicians and recorded his first album in 1977. The album was called Love and Kisses, which became the name of his group. The album consisted of two side-length songs. The single I Found Love (Now That I Found You) topped the US Disco chart in 1977, but failed to cross over to the pop charts.
After his second album spawned two more singles that reached the top five on the Disco chart, they hired Alex to create the title song for the film Thank God It’s Friday. The single of that song again put him at the top of the Disco chart, but this time he also reached the pop charts. The single peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and #23 on the R&B chart in 1978 .
By the time the group’s third album got released in 1979, Disco was not as popular, and no additional albums followed until 1982. When that album failed to find an audience, Alec retreated from the music industry, although he appears to have helped write songs using the pseudonym R. Rupen on works in France.
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