Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 28, 2016 - JS - Spotlight on 1965



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Date:  5/28/16
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  May 28, 1965




 JS says "Yikes - my first Remnants show since April!." Spotlight on late-May 1965, and a birthday calendar chock-full of songwriters (Bernie Taupin, Hal David, Rosanne Cash, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Clarence Burke of the 5 Stairsteps....oh - and one Robert Zimmerman from Minnesota). 6-9 p.m. Plenty of room for you and your friends....



 







Birthday Calendar


May 22 - Bernie Taupin (lyricist) - age 66

May 24 - Bob Dylan - age 75
             - Rosanne Cash – age 61

May 25 - Clarence Burke, Jr. (5 Stairsteps) - born in 1949

May 26 - Stevie Nicks - age 69

May 27 - Don Williams (Pozo Seco Singers) - age 77
             - Bruce Cockburn - age 71

May 28 - Gladys Knight - age 72
             - John Fogerty - age 71








Playlist


[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]





6-7pm 



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


(Love Is Like A) Heatwave - Martha & Vandellas (8/63; #4 Pop, #1 R&B for four weeks - temperatures are hovering around 90 today with stifling humidity and no break in sight. At times like these we play Heatwave!)

Pipeline - Chantay's (3/63; #4 - the apostrophe is all their doing  -  and so is the playing. Surf's up, friends!)

The Door Into Summer - Monkees (1967; dnc - an album track from their #1 LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones. The Monkees just released a new album this week in 2016, fifty years after their debut.)

Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds (5/65; #55, headed to #1 - the debut single for the band that officially introduced "Folk Rock" to the world. Unknown at the time was the fact that Roger McGuinn was the only group member to play on the record. Columbia hired the Wrecking Crew to provide the instrumental tracks.)

Catch The Wind - Donovan (5/65; #58, headed to #23 - Donovan was cursed with the industry's claim that he was Scotland's answer to Bob Dylan. This was his first of a string of Top 20 records for the young troubador.)

Shakin' All Over - Guess Who (5/65; #47, headed to #22 - the Canadian group Chad Allen & The Expressions actually recorded this one. The label called them "Guess Who," and the floodgates soon opened for them.)

Play With Fire - Rolling Stones  (5/65; #96 (peak) - this was the b-side of The Last Time, which went Top Ten, but it got enough airplay and telephone action that it charted, too.)

It's Growing - Temptations (5/65; #37, down from #18 Pop and #3 R&B - the follow-up to My Girl didn't equal its predecessor's success, but this is a record holds up just fine, "toy piano" intro be damned.)

* Politician - Cream (1968; dnc - from their double album Wheels Of Fire comes this topical request from a listener in Newfield.)

Fortunate Son - CCR (11/69; #14 - the b-side of Down On the Corner, this one clocks in at #99 in the RS500.)

* Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane (11/69; #65 - title track from an album many consider to be their best.)

This Is My Country - Impressions (11/68; #25 - another one from the heart of the late-'60s culture wars, when Civil Rights tensions, anti-war sentiments and fights about hair and lifestyle choices were coming to a head. Happy Memorial Day, everybody!)

* (Love Is Like) A Baseball Game - Intruders (7/68; #26 - we have some die-hard Cubs out there, and I was asked to "play a baseball song" as soon as I could. Yes, ma'am!)

* Too Late To Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

* Bring It On Home - Animals (5/65; #40, headed to #32 - a rumoured alleged challenge between Herman's Hermits and the Animals to cut the more successful Sam Cooke cover. The Hermits charted higher with Wonderful World, but this one cuts one deep groove!)




7-8pm



I Just Don't Know What to Do Myself - Tommy Hunt (8/64; #119 - Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, White Stripes and even Elvis Costello have recorded this one, but none as plaintively as Tommy Hunt.)

I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin (8/68; #10 - the b-side of House That Jack Built reached Top 10 on its own merits, even though Dionne Warwick had taken it to #4 eight months earlier.)

Sea of Heartbreak - Don Gibson (6/61; #21 Pop, #2 C&W - this was co-written with Paul Hampton, not Burt Bacharach. Great song!)

Don't Make Me Over - Swinging Blue Jeans (3/66; 116 - the British Invasion groups found great source material in American "Girl Group" records, like this Dionne Warwick classic. Cool record, but not much chart success....)

You Waited Too Long - 5 Stairsteps (5/66; #94 Pop, #26 R&B - written and arranged  -  and sung with real feeling  -  by 17 year old Clarence Burke, Jr. This was their first in a long string of excellent singles for the Chicago family group.)

* Time - Pozo Seco Singers (2/66; #47 - the chart debut for this Texas trio. Singer Don Williams would later migrate to Nashville for a successful solo career as a Country singer.)

What the World Needs Now - Jackie DeShannon (5/65; #70, headed to #7 - Bacharach/David hit gold with this one, and Jackie DeShannon finally had a big hit as a singer.)

The Look Of Love - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (5/68; #4 - Bacharach/David were nominated for an Oscar with this song from "Casino Royale." Brasil '66 sang it at the Awards ceremony and subsequently had the biggest hit with it.)

This Girl's In Love With You - Dionne Warwick (2/69; #7 Pop - a big hit for her eight months after Herb Alpert took it to #1 for four weeks. Classic Bacharach/David!)

Ticket To Ride - Beatles (5/65; #2, down from #1 - tonight we hear the driving mono single version of this one, when the Beatles could do no wrong.)

Help Me, Rhonda - Beach Boys (5/65; #1, first of two weeks - Capitol Records had the two highest-charting records in the country on this date, and the Beach Boys were helping stem off the British Invasion.)

Count Me In - Gary Lewis & The Playboys (5/65; #7, down from two weeks at #2 - another great studio effort by Leon Russell, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew musicians.)

* I'll Be Doggone - Marvin Gaye (5/65; #16, down from #8 Pop and #1 R&B - great dance tune for this suave Motown entertainer.)








8-9pm




You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy - Jan & Dean (5/65; #76, headed to #27 - no Surf or Car theme here, but who was the band? You guessed it: The Wrecking Crew!)

* Woolly Bully - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs (5/65; #5, headed to #2 - this record would spend a whopping SEVEN WEEKS in the Top 5, two of them at #2, but it never quite reached the top.)

I Do Love You - Billy Stewart (5/65; #42, down from #26 Pop and #6 R&B - a sweet Soul classic for Mr. Billy Stewart. One listener called in and suggested that the chord progression would later lead to Crystal Blue Persuasion. Hmmm....)

* Look Through Any Window - Hollies (11/65; #32 - these guys were the real deal: killer harmonies, crisp playing, great songwriting....good call!)


* Before and After - Chad & Jeremy (5/65; #39, headed to #17 - from the pen of young Van McCoy, who would later chart as a recording artist with The Hustle!)

Ooo Baby Baby - Miracles (5/65; #24, down from #16 Pop and #4 R&B - Smokey Robinson has been quoted as calling this his "national anthem." The 5 Stairsteps and Linda Ronstadt would both chart with versions of this classic tune, but nobody sings it like the man who wrote it.)

Leather & Lace - Stevie Nicks w/ Don Henley (10/81; #6 - Stevie Nicks had become a superstar by 1981, and everything she did turned to gold  -  including this duet with the Eagles' drummer.)

Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash (4/81; #22 Pop, #1 C&W - this record was produced by her mentor/husband Rodney Crowell, and announce the arrival of a serious songwriter and performer.)

Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan (9/73; #12 - from the soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. This clocks in at #190 in the RS500.)

45 Corner:  Free To Be - Bruce Cockburn (4/77; dnc - the very first release for True North Records, which was formed by Bruce Cockburn's management team. Tonight we play the mono radio station promo single for you.)

Silver Springs - Fleetwood Mac (1/77; dnc - the b-side of their Top Ten Go Your Own Way. The only place the single version is available is on the original 45. A Rockin' Remnants exclusive!)

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival (5/69; #2 - John Fogerty wrote four songs that reached the Rolling Stone 500 list. This one clocks in at #355, and it still gets played daily on rock radio. Just imagine the royalty checks!)

Country Comfort - Elton John (1971 - from the album Tumbleweed Connection. Words by Berinie Taupin, who is 66 years old this week.)

It's All Over Now Baby Blue - Dion (5/65; dnc - words and music by Bob Dylan. This track ws cut for the unreleased album Wonder Where I'm Bound, when Dion first explored his Folk-y side. He'd be back a few years later with Abraham, Martin & John.)



 

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






 






Host Next Week (6/4/16):  JS with a spotlight on your requests!





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Tuesday, May 24, 2016



May 21, 2016 - JH - Spotlight on May 21, 1974

Rockin' Remnants



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Date:  May 21, 2016
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature:  Spotlight on May 21, 1974 Billboard Hot 100


 Birthday Calendar

May 15 - Lenny Welch - 1938


May 17 - Pervis Jackson - 1938 (The Spinners)

May 18 - Big Joe Turner - 1911 
             - Perry Como (born Pierino Ronald Como) - 1912
             - Albert Hammond - 1942

 May 19 - Mickey Newberry - 1940
              - Pete Townsend - 1945

May 20 - Joe Cocker - 1944
             - Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) - 1946
             - Susan Cowsill - 1960 

May 21 - Tony Sheridan - 1940
             - Ronald Isley (Isley Brothers) - 1941
             - Hilton Valentine (guitarist for "The Animals") - 1943
             - Leo Sayer - 1948


Playlist


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 5-7-70; 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]


6-7pm  

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

Top 3 songs on this date, May 21, 1974:

The Entertainer - Marvin Hamlisch (#3 - interpretation of the Scott Joplin song, from the movie "The Sting"; sold over 2 million copies and won Hamlisch an Oscar)



Dancing Machine - Jackson 5 (#2 - nominated for a Grammy in 1975 and introduced the dance step known as 'The Robot')

The Streak - Ray Stevens (#1 - novelty song that spent 3 weeks at #1; from the LP "Boogity Boogity")



 
  Hill Where the Lord Hides - Chuck Mangione (#76/1971 - from the album "Friends and Love" recorded in concert at the Eastman School of Music with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on May 9, 1970)


 

When I Die - Motherlode (#18/1969 - one-hit wonder for this Canadian band) 

Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver (#46/1974 - former #1 from Spotlight date)

Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comet (#44/1974 - this re-release was on the charts again on our Spotlight date; used in the movie "American Grafitti" as well as the intro for "Happy Days" TV show)



Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks (#38/1974 - another former #1 working its way down the charts on our Spotlight date)

Gee - The Crows (#14/1954 - first doo-wop record to sell over a million copies.  A classic!)

Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers (#1/1967 - great one-hit wonder with a big psychedelic sound)




45 corner - Jennifer Tomkins - The Street People (#35/1970 - featuring future Pina Colada Song singer Rupert Holmes)



Let's Get Married - Al Green (#36/1974 - sweet soul song from Spotlight date)

Daybreak - Nilsson (#42/1974 -another song from our Spotlight date)


7-8pm - A great week for birthdays!

Since I Fell for You - Lenny Welch (#4/1963 -  oh-oh, Wikipedia shows Lenny's birthday as May 31!  Need a ruling on this, but still a great song and Lenny's biggest hit)

I'm Coming Home - The Spinners (#84/1974 - a birthday song that was also on our Spotlight date)

Flip, Flop, and Fly - Big Joe Turner (#2 R&B/1955 - one of the great pioneers of rock 'n' roll!)

Kewpie Doll - Perry Como (#6/1958 - "Mr. C" had a recording career that stretched almost 50 years)



































I'm A Train - Albert Hammond (#47/1974 - another birthday song on our Spotlight date)

An American Trilogy - Mickey Newbury (#26/1972 - a one-hit wonder that is a medley of three songs from the 1800s: "Dixie"; "All My Trials"; and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".  Popularized by Elvis Presley in concert and his single of the song reached #66.  Technical difficulties prevented the song from being played in its entirety.) 

The Kids Are Alright - The Who (#106/1966 - in honor of Pete Townsend turning 70 on May 19th)

You Better Sit Down Kids - Cher (#9/1967 - written by Cher's then-husband, Sonny Bono)


Feeling Alright - Joe Cocker (#69/1968 - when re-released in 1972 would reach #33)

Hair - The Cowsills (#1/1969 - Susan Cowsill gets the iconic line "and spaghetti'ed" which she still performs in concert)


My Bonnie - Tony Sheridan with the Beatles [The Beat Brothers]  (#31/1961 in Germany - Pete Best on drums; the song that was requested in Brian Epstein's record shop and led him to becoming the manager of the Beatles) 


This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - Isley Brothers (#12/1966 - on Tamla records, a subsidiary of Motown, and written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, this song was originally meant for the Supremes; Ronald Isley on lead vocals) 


House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (#1/1964 - the distinctive guitar compliments of Hilton Valentine) 

Thunder in My Heart - Leo Sayer (#38/1977 - LP title track) 

8-9 pm - a bunch from the Spotlight date - chart #s are for May 21, 1974

My Girl Bill - Jim Stafford (#22/1974 - on its way up to #12 eventually)

Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (#23/1974 - would reach #1 June 15 and stay there for 2 weeks) 

Another Park, Another Sunday - Doobie Brothers (#51/1974 - from the LP "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits", would reach #32)
 
Silver Threads and Golden Needles - Linda Ronstadt (#70/1974 - Linda's cover of 1962 hit by the Springfields) 


Living in the USA - Steve Miller Band (#87/1974 - had been up to #49, not quite Top 40) 


I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song - Jim Croce (#27/1974 - down from a peak of #9)

Time Will Tell - Tower of Power (#76/1974 - peaked at #69 with Lenny Williams taking the lead vocals)

Yes I Will - The Association (#120/1970 - great pop sound from the LP The Association - shoulda been a hit!)


More from our Spotlight Date:

Help Me - Joni Mitchell (#14/1974 - from her classic LP "Court and Spark", peaked at #7)

Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot (#20/1974 - on its way up to #1 for the June 29 chart) 
 
The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night (#5/1974 - one of 21 top 40 hits for the trio) 

Hello, Hello - Sopwith Camel (#26/1967 - first hit title out of San Francisco in that magic year of 1967) 
 
If I Could Reach You - The 5th Dimension (#10/1972 - Marilyn McCoo had emerged as the main voice for the group by this time) 

Haven't Got Time for the Pain - Carly Simon (#56/1974 - one last Spotlight Date song, on its way up to #14)

Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson (#62/1957 - Mr. Excitement himself)) 
 
CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)







Host Next Week (May 28): John Simon.  JS will be featuring songs from Memorial Day 1965.






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