Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 11, 2017 - JH: Veteran's Day salute

November 11, 2017 - JH: Veteran's Day salute

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 Android!)

Date:  November 11, 2017
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature: Veteran's Day salute

Birthday Calendar

November 5:

Ike Turner - born 1931
Art Garfunkel - 76
Pablo Gomez (Los Bravos) - 74 

November 6:

Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet) - born 1941
George Young (Easybeats) - born 1947
Glenn Frey (Eagles) - born 1948 

November 7

Johnny Rivers [John Henry Ramistella] - 75
Joni Mitchell [Roberta Joan Anderson] - 74

November 8

Patti Page - born 1927
Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie & Friends) - 73
Don Murray (Turtles drummer) - born 1945 

November 9

Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) - born 1936
Tom Fogarty (CCR) - born 1941
Lee Graziano (American Breed drummer) - 74

November 10

Dave Loggins - 70
Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) - born 1947

November 11

LaVern Baker - born 1929
Chris Dreja (Yardbirds) - 72
Len Hawkes (Tremeloes) - 71
Paul Cowsill - 65

[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)

NOTE: There are 18.5 million wartime and peacetime veterans in the US; 838,000 live in New York State; 7.3 million are veterans of the Vietnam War era; 39,471 veterans are homeless                                                              (statistics from US Census Bureau)

Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt. Barry Sadler (1966 - #1: spent 5 weeks at #1; Sadler served in Vietnam until injuring his leg in a booby trap)
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The Unknown Soldier - The Doors (1968 - #39: the group's comment on how the Vietnam War was portrayed in American media; first single release from the Waiting for the Sun LP) 

Where Have All the Flowers Gone - The Kingston Trio (1962 - #21: song written by folk legend Pete Seeger)
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Last Rain to Clarksville - The Monkees (1966 - #1: debut single for the group; songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart; song about a soldier leaving for the war zone, not knowing if he will ever return)

Navy Blue - Diane Renay (1964 - #6: song was co-written and produced by Bob Crewe, who did the same for many of The Four Seasons' hits; Renay was 17 years old when the song was released) 

Sky Pilot - The Animals (1968 - #14: song about an air force chaplain; we heard the long version - 7:27; single was divided into A and B sides)
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*Peace Train - Cat Stevens (1971 - #7: from the LP Teaser and the Firecat; Stevens' first Top 10 hit in the US) 

*Yellow River - Christie (1970 - #23: writer Jeff Christie said the song was inspired by the idea of a soldier going home at the end of the Civil War)
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*War - Edwin Starr (1970 - #1:  written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown, a less intense version of the song was originally recorded by the Temptations, but it was not released so as not to alienate their more conservative fans; Star offered to record his version in a James Brown-style)

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Darling Be Home Soon - The Lovin' Spoonful (1967 - #15: released 2/11/1967 on Kama Sutra records; a heartfelt song about being away from a loved one from the point of view of a musician on the road; song starts a brief tribute to John Sebastian, who appeared in Homer on 11/4)
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She's a Lady - John Sebastian (1969 - #84: wistful tune from his first solo LP; Stephen Stills and David Crosby play on the song; along with Graham Nash, they asked Sebastian to join their group but he refused; they then turned to Neil Young)

Stories We Could Tell - Everly Brothers (1972 - unreleased as a single: song written by Sebastian)

Roadhouse Blues - The Doors (1968 - #39: Sebastian supplied uncredited harmonica on the song) 

Birthday Calendar

Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (1951 - #1 R&B: Ike Turner's band provided backing for the song that many consider to be the first rock and roll record)
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Bridge over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (1970 - #1: arguably the duo's masterpiece, spent 6 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 courtesy of Art Garfunkel's soaring falsetto)
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Black Is Black - Los Bravos (1966 - #4: big hit for the group based in Madrid) 

Mendecino - Sir Douglas Quintet (1969 - #27: Doug Sahm, born in San Antonio,  was the leader of the group and is considered a pioneer of the Tex-Mex sound)

Friday on My Mind - The Easybeats (1967 - #16: George Young co-wrote the hit song for the group out of Australia) 
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Take It Easy - The Eagles (1972 - #12: Glenn Frey co-wrote The Eagles first chart hit with Jackson Browne) 

Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers (1966 - #1: co-written with Lou Adler, the song changed Rivers' style from a go-go sound to pop-soul; Hal Blaine provided drums and Larry Knechtel piano, both of whom played on 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters')
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These Are Not My People - Johnny Rivers (1969 - #55: late Rivers chart effort written by Joe South) 

*Woodstock - Joni Mitchell  (1970 - flip side of "Big Yellow Taxi": Mitchell wrote the song based on accounts from then-boyfriend Graham Nash; she was advised by her manager to appear on the Dick Cavett Show rather than attend the music festival)
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The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page (1950 - #1: Page's signature hit which spent 13 weeks at #1)

Never Ending Song of Love - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (1971 - #13: the 'friends' included Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman) 
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Happy Together - The Turtles (1967 - #1: the group's biggest hit; features Don Murray's drumming) 

Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary (1969 - #1: their big hit, features Mary's vocals;  song written by John Denver)
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Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969 - #14: a Rockin' Remnants two-fer, birthday song that fits tonight's theme; song is #99 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)

Please Come to Boston - Dave Loggins (1974 - #5: Loggins wrote "Pieces of April", a big hit for Three Dog Night)

Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake, & Palmer (1971 - #48: Greg Lake wrote the song when he was 12 years old; Keith Emerson's Moog synthesizer solo was recorded in one take; another RR two-fer) 
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Jim Dandy - LaVern Baker (1957 - #17: #343 on the RS 500 Greatest Songs list) 

Shapes of Things - The Yardbirds (1966 - #11: when Jimmy Page offered Chris Dreja a position in his new band Dreja turned him down - band would be Led Zeppelin)

Here Comes My Baby - The Tremeloes (1967 - #13: Hawkes is the lead singer on this Cat Stevens written tune) 

Poor Baby - The Cowsills (1968 - #44: a forgotten hit for the pop family)
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*Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (1965 - #1:  McGuire was backed by the original members of the Grass Roots on this classic song)

*Dawn of Correction - The Spokesmen (1965 - #36: the answer song to "Eve of Destruction" - I was unaware of this song until this listener request)
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*Universal Soldier - Donovan (1965 - #53: song was written by Buffy St. Marie)

*Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image (1970 - #4: song is allegedly about the USS Pueblo, which was captured by North Korea in 1968)

Billy Don't Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods (1974 - #1: song spent 2 weeks at #1 for the group from Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Bring the Boys Home - Freda Payne (1971 - #12: a clear anti-war song that was banned from the Armed Forces Network)
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CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Host Next Week (November 18):  Kim Vaughn (KV).

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 streaming here.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov. 4th, 2017 - JR - Instrumentals + 1975

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 Android!)

Date: November 4th, 2017
Host:  JR
Feature: Instrmentals + 1975

Last time I was hosting in September, I featured vocals for the whole show. This week, going in the opposite directions and featuring... Instrumentals!  For the first hour of the show, anyway.  We'll also be checkin' out some sounds on the Billboard Hot 100 42 years ago November ''75, and play Rockin' Remnants Trivia with a nice prize of a $25 gift certificate for Rasa Spa!  So put yourself in a mellow place, and listen to the oldies...


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 7-8-59; 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 

"Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson - 1961, #7

"East Side Story" - Hal Blaine And The Young Cougars - 1963

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This single released by the Rock and Roll HOF and Wrecking Crew drummer, was a "Breakout Hit" in St. Louis, but did not crack the Hot 100.

"Pipeline" - The Chantays - 1963, #4
Check out this video of the band performing "Pipeline" on The Lawrence Welk show! And-a 1, and a 2, and a Cowubunga, Larry!

"The Pink Panther Theme" - Henry Mancini And His Orchestra - 1964, #31
Theme from the movie won a Grammy for Pop Instrumental.

"Telstar" - The Tornadoes - 1962, #1, 3 weeks.
Named after a communications satellite, The Tornadoes were the 3rd British group to have a #1 single on the Hot 100 (preceded by Mr. Acker Bilk, and David Rose).

"More" - Kai Winding & Orchestra - 1963, #8
Theme from the Italian documentary movie Mondo Cane.

"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)  - The T-Bones - 1966, #3
Two members of this L.A. studio combo, Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds, teamed up with Dan Hamilton and had a couple hits in the early 70's, most notably "Don't Pull Your Love" from 1971 and "Fallin' In Love", #1 in 1975.

"Music To Watch Girls By" - The Bob Crewe Generation - 1966, #15
This song was used in a Diet Pepsi commercial in 1967!

"Hawaii Five-O" - The Ventures - 1969, #4
Theme from original TV series starring Jack Lord.  Have you seen updated version of Hawaii Five-O?  It's on Friday night, CBS at 9:00, and it's pretty good!  And they still use the original theme...

"Pepperbox" - The Peppers - 1974, #76
"Dance With The Devil" - Cozy Powell - 1974, #49
Both these instrumentals came out in the Spring of 1974, and although they were not big hits on the Hot 100, they received a lot of local airplay here in Ithaca.  Powell replaced Carl Palmer for a couple of years in ELP in the mid-80's; he died in a car crash in 1998.

More instrumentals coming up for the Birthday Calendar!

"She Is Still A Mystery" - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1967, #27
This was the last Top 40 single for the band.  John Sebastian was in concert in Homer this night, attended by Remnants dj's JH and KV!

"Walking To New Orleans" - Fats Domino - 1960, #10

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"If you were to ask me to name my favorite Fats Domino song I would definitely say this.  I love the strings!