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Sept. 24, 2016

Rockin' Remnants

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Date: 9/24/16
Host: JH - Jan Hunsinger

Feature: Songs from the Billboard Top 100 for the date of September 24, 1958.


[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]



Birthday Calendar

Sept. 18

Jimmie Rodger - 83
Frankie Avalon - 76
Mike Hossack - Doobie Brothers drummer (born 1950)

Sept. 19 

Billy Ward - Dominoes (born 1921)
Brook Benton - (born 1931)
Brian Epstein - Beatles manager (born 1934)
Nick Massi - bass singer & bass guitarist for the Four Seasons (born 1927)
Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers (76)
Paul Williams - singer/songwriter (76)
Sylvia Fricker - partner of Ian Tyson (76)
Cass Elliott - born Ellen Naomi Cohen 1941
Freda Payne - (74)
John Coughlin - Status Quo drummer (70)

Sept. 20

Gogi Grant - born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg 1924
Bobby Nunn - The Robins/Coasters bass vocalist born 1925

Sept. 21
Leonard Cohen - songwriter (82)
Dickey Lee - (80)

September 23
Ray Charles - born 1930
Bruce Springsteen - (67)

September 24

Linda Eastman - wife of Paul McCartney born 1941 
Gerry Marsden - (Gerry & the Pacemakers) (74)
 
6pm – 7pm

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

 Volare - Dean Martin - #21 - one of two versions of the song in the Top 100 for the week of September 24.  The version by
Domenico Modugno was #1 that day and spent a total of 5 weeks at #1.

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*Bird Dog - Everly Brothers - #2.  A caller asked to hear the Everly Brothers, it was easy to accommodate him in 1958.

Little Star - The Elegants - #3 - Band members Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa co-wrote the lyrics, the music was based on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  Song was a one-hit wonder and did make #1 for 1 week.

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Splish Splash - Bobby Darin - #58 - song was on its way down from a peak of #3.  Co-written by Bobby Darin after DJ Murray the K bet him that he couldn't write a song that began with the words "Splish splash I was taking a bath." 

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Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum - #88 - Mitchum co-wrote this song that was the title track for the movie that he also starred in.

Early in the Morning - Buddy Holly - #52 - one of two versions of the song in the Hot 100 for the week of September 24, the other was by Bobby Darin & the Rinky-Dinks.  Darin co-wrote the song.

Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy - #41 - Known for his 'twangy' guitar sound, Eddy was born in nearby Corning, NY. 
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 A Certain Smile - Johnny Mathis - #53

One Summer Night - The Danleers - #43

Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson - #13
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Touch the Hem of His Garment - Sam Cooke - not on our feature chart date - cued up the wrong CD track by mistake, but a listener called in to say how much they liked the song.

45 corner

It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards - #4 - music to this song was written in 1911 by Charles Dawes, who called it "Melody in A Major".  Dawes would go on to become Vice President and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925.  Lyrics were added in 1951 when Tommy Edwards recorded it for the first time.  His re-recording in 1958 would spend 4 weeks at #1.
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Win Your Love For Me - Sam Cooke  - #39

Birthday Corner

The Wizard - #45; Are You Really Mine? - #15 - Jimmie Rodgers - Rodgers had two entries in the Hot 100 this week in 1958.

Bobby Sox to Stockings - Frankie Avalon - #8 - 1959.

Sixty Minute Man - Dominos - #17 pop; #1 R&B - 1951.  One of the essential songs of the early rock era.  Billy Ward studied at the Julliard School of Music and co-wrote the song.
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Brook Benton - It's Just a Matter of Time - #3 1959.

My Bonnie - Tony Sheridan and the Beatles - 1962 - the song that shoppers requested at the NEMS store in Liverpool and led Brian Epstein to check out the Beatles at the Cavern Club.  The rest is history  . . . . .   
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Walk Like a Man - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - #1 - 1963 - song that features the bass work of Nick Massi.

Dream On - Righteous Brothers - #32 - 1974 - their last Top 40 hit, excluding re-issues.

Someday Man - The Monkees - #81 - 1969 - minus Peter Tork, a song written by Paul Wiliams.

Time - Paul Williams - from his 1969 LP "Someday Man".

Where Did All the Love Go? - Ian & Sylvia - 1967 - track from the "Lovin' Sound" LP.
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Wild Women - the Big 3 - 1962 - featuring the unmistakable alto of the future Mama Cass.

Band of Gold - Freda Payne - #3 - 1970.

Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo - #12 - 1968 - one-hit wonder from a group that is still making records and has released 31 LPs.
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Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant - #1 - 1956 - spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts.

Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Robins - 1955 - written by Leiber and Stoller.

Suzanne - Leonard Cohen - 1967 - song made popular by Judy Collins.

(Night Time Is) The Right Time - #95 - 1959; Hit the Road Jack - #1 - 1961 - Ray Charles: two from "The Genius", or, as he liked to be called, "Brother Ray".

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Bruce Springsteen - #83 - 1975 - from the LP that would put him on the music map.

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul & Linda McCartney - #1 - 1971 - Linda co-wrote 6 of the songs from the LP "Ram", which was widely criticized upon its release.  Its reputation has grown somewhat since then. 
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Ferry Cross the Mersey - Gerry & the Pacemakers - #6 - 1965 - Marsden wrote this tune to his hometown river in Liverpool.

Back to our feature chart date

Hard-Headed Woman - Elvis Presley - #78.

*Let's Dance - Chris Montez - #4 - 1962 - a request from the "Animal House" soundtrack LP.

*Can't Seem to Make You Mine - The Seeds - 1965 - a listener wanted to hear "Pushing Too Hard" by the Seeds.  Hope this sufficed.

Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash - #91 - The Man in Black's second Hot 100 entry on our chart date.

Willie and the Hand Jive - Johnny Otis Show - #32 - written by Otis, song was inspired by the fact that in England audiences could not stand, and had to 'dance' with their hands.

Devoted to You - Everly Brothers - #14.

When - Kalin Twins - #40.
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What Am I Living For? - Chuck Willis - #94.

Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny - #1 fro two weeks in 1959.   

     






Host Next Week (10/1/16):  John Simon with a spotlight on





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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sept. 17, 2016 - JR - 1977

Rockin' Remnants

Rockin' Remnants is broadcast from WVBR-FM Ithaca. Check out our webpage, like us on Facebook, and tune in to 93.5 or stream the show every Saturday night from 6-9pm! (Or download the WVBR+ app now available for iOS and 
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Date: 9/17/16
Host: JR

Feature: 1977

Late, late summer of 1977 and the great sounds of the Billboard Hot 100 tonight on Remnants!  This was kind of like my last hurrah as an AM radio listener as I was embarking on a "career" as an FM DJ, and had to learn about bands like The Grateful Dead, Little Feat, Led Zeppelin, ELP and other "album rock" artists of the 60's and 70's.  We'll check out the Birthday Calendar at 7:00 and The Doors are in the 45 corner  Also for summer, a giveaway from Atlas Bowl in T-burg for one hour of free bowling!  Great stuff on a Saturday Night..



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]






6pm – 7pm

I Just Want To Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb – BB Hot 100 #1, 4 weeks

- The chart debut for the youngest Gibb brother; sadly, Andy died very young at age 30 in 1988.


Float On – The Floaters – BB Hot 100 #2

- The only Hot 100 hit for this Detroit soul quartet; parodied by Cheech & Chong as "Bloat On" in 1978.

Best Of My Love – The Emotions – BB Hot 100 #3

- Ascending The Hot 100 to #1 for 5 weeks in the fall of '77.

Strawberry Letter 23 – The Brothers Johnson – BB Hot 100 #7


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Smoke From A Distant Fire – Sanford/Townsend Band – BB Hot 100 #9

- This duo was from L.A., but recorded this in Muscle Shoals, AL, with Atlantic chief Gerry Wexler producing.


Easy – The Commodores – BB Hot 100 #17

- This has been updated as a commercial for DirecTV, featuring composer Lionel Richie and Peyton Manning; click here to view!

I Feel Love – Donna Summer – BB Hot 100 #23


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- Gosh, this sounded so unique on the AM radio back 39 years ago, I went out and bought the 12" extended version (8:11) because I wanted more than 5:55 on the 45 version!  Wish I still had it...


Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon – BB Hot 100 #20

- Theme song from the James Bond flick "The Spy Who Loved Me" starring Roger 
Moore.

Way Down – Elvis Presley – BB Hot 100 #21


- The last 45 released while The King was still alive peaked at Hot 100 #18.


Winding up the first hour of Remnants it's 2 listener suggestions, which somehow went together really well!

"Surfin' Bird" - The Trashmen, 1963

"Pyscho Killer" - Talking Heads, 1978

- From the LP Talking Heads '77, this was their first charting single in early '78 and peaked at Hot 100 #92.

7pm - 8pm

September 11th - Tommy Shaw (Styx), 63

September 12th - Barry White, 1944
                                                                George Jones, 1931

September 13th - David Clayton-Thomas 
                             (B,S & T), 75
                            Peter Cetera (Chicago), 73

September 16th - B.B. King, 1925


September 17th - Hiram King "Hank"                                          Williams, 1923




"Move It On Over", 1947

"Jambalaya (On The Bayou)", 1952

- One of the most significant and influential singer/songwriters of the 20th century, Hank Williams only lived to age 29, but left behind a lifetime worth of songs, perhaps one of the most covered artists of the past 70 years.  Click here for Hank's bio.


"Paying The Cost To Be The Boss" - B.B. King, 1968

- One of only 5 B.B. singles to reach the Top 40 (of over 35 from 1957-1989), peaking at Hot 100 #39.

"Questions 67 & 68" - Chicago, 1969

"You've Made Me So Very Happy" - Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1969

- The "horn band" sound was big in the late 60's and these 2 bands were a big part of that sound!  Happy birthday to Peter Cetera and David Clayton-Thomas, vocalists of those groups.

"White Lightning" - George Jones, 1959

The highest charting pop single for this Country Music legend peaked at #73... that's it! He did, however, have over 150 songs on the country charts with 13 #1's.

"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" - Otis Redding, 1966


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"Words Of Love" - The Mamas & The Papas - 1967

" Thank The Lord For The Night Time" - Neil Diamond, 1967


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"You Never Can Tell" - Chuck Berry, 1964

"Don't Play That Song (You Lied) - Ben E. King, 1962

- A cover version by Aretha Franklin in 1970 peaked at Hot 100 #11, the same chart position as Ben E.

"Tell Mama" - Etta James, 1968



- The power of the Muscle Shoals Swampers mad this Etta's highest-charting Hot 100 single (#23).

"Lonely Blue Boy" - Conway Twitty, 1960

- If Conway (ne Harold Lloyd Jenkins) was an Elvis imitator, then the background singers on this single were Jordanaires imitators!  Great stuff!


45 Corner

"Love Me Two Times" - The Doors, 1968


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- I found this nugget while I was pawing through the J-Rchives!  The 45 version (mono) on Elektra Records clocks in at 2:37, 30 seconds less than the stereo LP version and not likely to be available in any format other than this 45.

"It's Just A Matter Of Time" - Brook Benton, 1959

"Baby, It's You" - The Shirelles, 1962




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8pm - 9pm Happy Hour

The Birthday Calendar rolls on with Barry White and Tommy Shaw, lead singer and guitarist of Styx.

"Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" - Barry White, 1974

- Topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on 9/21/74.

"Renegade" - Styx, 1978


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- Tommy is the guy with the orange shirt...


Back to our Chart Date of 9/17/1977

Help Is On It's Way - Little River Band - BB Hot 100 #41


Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle - BB Hot 100 #42


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I Wouldn't Want To Be Lie You - Alan Parsons Project - BB Hot 100 #43

- Billboard Magazine had some major gaffes on The Hot 100 chart in the 70's, and this was one of them; listed for it's 13 week chart run as "I Wouldn't Like To Be Like You"!  Who was in charge of that?!?


Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt - BB Hot 100 #74


- Linda's version eclipsed the Roy Orbison original (1963, #29) by 23 spots (#6) on The Hot 100 chart.

Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes - Jimmy Buffet - BB Hot 100 #82


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Hard Rock Cafe - Carole King - BB Hot 100 #30

- The last Top 40 hit of the 70's for Ms. King peaked at Hot 100 #30.


A Place In The Sun - Pablo Cruise - BB Hot 100 #88

"Still In The Game" - Steve Winwood, 1982

"Girls" - Dwight Twilley, 1984

I've been closing out Remnants with a few tunes from the early 80's, and these two were both Billboard and VBR hits back over 30 years ago; Stevie peaked at Hot 100 #47, while Dwight, with a little help from Tom Petty, peaked at #16.






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



Congratulations to Bill from Ithaca, for winning an hour of free bowling at Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg!

Host Next Week (9/24):  JH with a spotlight on September of 1958!







Thanks for tuning in! You can listen to Rockin' Remnants every Saturday night from 6-9pm on WVBR (93.5 FM in Ithaca, NY) or at wvbr.com/listen.