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Date:  April 30, 2016
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  Spotlight on Billboard Magazine

Tonight it's a little bit of a spotlight on Billboard Magazine - along with your requests. Join John Simon as he looks at some of the snapshot reviews from past issues and then plays the records in question. 6-9 Eastern time on 93.5 FM locally or on the web.


Birthday Calendar

April 24 – Doug "Cosmo" Clifford (CCR) - age 71 

April 25 – Stu Cook (CCR) - age 71
             -  Mike Brown (Left Banke) - born in 1949

April 26 – Duane Eddy - age 78
             -  Pete Ham (Badfinger) - born in 1947

April 27 – Sheena Easton - age 57

April 29 – Bob Miranda (Happenings) - age 74
             -  Tammi Terrell - born in 1945
             -  Tommy James - age 69

April 30 – Willie Nelson - age 83
             -  Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny) - age 75
             -  Bobby Vee - age 73  



[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of DATE; yellow song titles are YouTube links; songs with * were requests; all chart information comes from the Billboard Top 100 (for chart dates before/during July 1958) or Billboard Hot 100 (for chart dates during/after Aug 1958) unless otherwise noted]


OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

* When You Walk In The Room - Jackie DeShannon (1/64; #99 - arranged and produced by Jack Nitzsche, this song would turn into a big hit for the Searchers and later for Karla Bonoff.)
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* I Love You - People (4/68; #14 - this was released as a Zombies b-side, and would give the California band People its only charting hit. Tonight we hear the radio station mono 45 edit.)

* Wednesday - Royal Guardsmen (9/67; #97 - after three consecutive "Snoopy" novelty records, the Florida band released this pleasant Pop record. It just barely scraped into the Hot 100.)

Let Them Talk - Little Willie John (11/59; #100 Pop, #11 R&B - one of a string of stirring singles by the diminutive Detroit native. He would tragically die in prison at the tender age of 33.)

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Dawn (Go Away) - 4 Seasons (2/64; #3 for three weeks - held out of the top slot by The Beatles, this American band held its own and continued to crank out great records for their new label Phillips Records.) 
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Let Him Run Wild - Beach Boys (7/65; b-side - this gem was tucked on the back of the #3 smash California Girls. The band was churning out so much great material that they couldn't fit them all on a-sides!)

The Kind of Trouble That I Love - Reparata & The Del-Rons (3/67; dnc - Billboard had this to say: "Top-notch arrangement of strong teen-oriented material is delivered in fine style by the girls. Destined for top sales activity.")

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* Georgy Girl - Seekers (12/66; #2 for two weeks - the title song from the Lynn Redgrave movie went to #1 on Cash Box and Record World  -  and on WABC in New York City. In the interest of full disclosure, this was the first contemporary hit single I ever bought. I had no idea what I was starting....)

Da Doo Ron Ron - Crystals (4/63; #3 - after releasing two consecutive "Crystals" records that were recorded by Darlene Love & The Blossoms, Phil Spector brought La La Brooks and the "real" Crystals in to record this classic.)

He's A Rebel - Vikki Carr (8/25/62; #115 - Billboard had this to say: "Miss Carr has a solid, dramatic touch on this fine new ballad of tribute to her guy. Good lyric idea and it's well handled against a stirring background that builds. It can happen.")

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He's a Rebel - Crystals (8/25/62; #1 - Billboard had this to say: "The group has a winning sound on this new ballad. They handle it with much feeling over a martial-styled big ork background. Watch this one.")

Good Lovin' - Young Rascals (4/66; #1 - this record reached #1 on this very date in 1966. Billboard said "Hot follow-up to their initial hit...the exciting group has a definite winner in this driving, wailing rock number.")

Hang On Sloopy - McCoys (10/65; #1 - high school kids from Union City, Indiana scored big with this garage band classic.)

* Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire (9/65; #1 - this topical hit from the pen of P.F. Sloan continues to garner requests. It was #1 for exactly one week before being dislodged by Hang On Sloopy!)

* Angel Of The Morning - Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts   (5/68; #7 - Evie Sands' version came out just as her Philadelphia-based record label went under, but it somehow made its way to the Seattle area. This was Merrilee's biggest hit, and Juice Newton would take it to #4 thirteen years later.


Walk Away Renee - Left Banke (

She May Call You Up Tonight - Left Banke (

Mirage - Tommy James & Shondells (

You Could've Been With Me - Sheena Easton (

First Love, First Tears - Duane Eddy & The Rebels (

Tear Drop - Santo & Johnny (

* Walking With My Angel - Bobby Vee (

Funny How Time Slips Away - Jimmy Elledge (

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson (

Born On The Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival (

If This World Were Mine - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (

45 Corner:  Girl On a Swing - Wyatt (

Goodnight My Love - Happenings (

* You Don't Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave (

* Tramp - Otis & Carla (INFO)


First of May - Bee Gees (

You Know What I Mean - Turtles (

I'm Making The Same Mistakes Again - Steve Lawrence (

Treat Her Like a Lady - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (

* Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Charley Pride (

Tracks Of My Tears - Linda Ronstadt (

Apple Of My Eye - Badfinger (

I Call Your Name - Switch (

* Goodbye - Mary Hopkin (

Lost In Love - Air Supply (

They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman (

45 Corner End Of The World - The Tokens (

Happy Together - Turtles (

Part Of The Plan - Dan Fogelberg   (INFO)

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Host Next Week (5/7/16):  Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on May 1970