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Host: Gregory James
Feature: Songs charting in the first week of April 1959, 1969, and 1979.
Rudolph Isley 79
Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers) 70
Leon Russell 1942
Marvin Gaye 1939
Jeff Barry 80
Wayne Newton 76
Tony Orlando 74
Don Gibson 1928
Jan Berry (Jan and Dean) 1941
Billy Joe Royal 1942
Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) 1915
Major Lance 1942
Allan Clarke (Hollies) 78
Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) 68
Tony Williams (Platters) 1928
Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) 72
John Oates (Hall and Oates 69
Janis Ian 67
Mongo Santamaria 1922
Ravi Shankar 1920
All songs unless otherwise noted are from the spotlight date of FIRST WEEK OF APRIL 1959, 1969 AND 1979; 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. Chart numbers are for the first week of April in their respective years.
OPENING THEME: Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)
1959 Almost Grown Chuck Berry #96
Etta James and Marvin Gaye sing back up.
1969 Breakfast in Bed Dusty Springfield #101
Written by Muscle Shoals songwriters Eddie Hinton and Donnie Fritts. Includes the lyric “you don’t have to say you love me.”
1979 Music Box Dancer Frank Mills #6
Record was meant to be sent to Canadian easy listening stations, but a copy found its way to pop station CFRA which put it on its play list and the record took off.
1959 Come Softly to Me Fleetwoods #2
Recording the song at home, the group sang it a cappella with the rhythmic shaking of car keys. The tape was then sent to Los Angeles where the sparse instrumental accompaniment was added.
1979 Happiness Pointer Sisters #49
On the Planet record label, the song was written by Allen Toussaint.
1979 Fire Pointer Sisters #51
Written by Bruce Springsteen, this song went gold as a single and was an international hit.
1979 Crazy Love Poco #33
Poco’s biggest hit, their first single to hit the top 40
1979 Crazy Love Allman Brothers #39
The band’s second biggest hit in the Hot 100. Bonnie Bramlett sings backup.
1979 Reunited Peaches and Herb #15
It spent four weeks at number one on both the R&B singles chart and the Hot 100 singles chart in 1979 and sold over 2 million copies.
1959 *Guitar Boogie Shuffle Virtues #10
1979 Rhumba Girl Nicolette Larson #73
Larson was acclaimed Female Vocalist of 1978 by Rolling Stone which opined no one else could sound as if she were having so much fun on an album. "Rhumba Girl" just missed becoming a major hit for Larson
1969 Time is Tight Booker T. and the MG’s #33
The song was played in the early 1970s as the back up music to the weekly BBC chart rundowns.
1959 Where Were You on our Lloyd Price #23
1979 Blow Away George Harrison #26
In his autobiography, Harrison says that the song arose from feelings of frustration and inadequacy resulting from a leaking roof at his home.
1959 Who’s That Knockin Genies #88
The group, the story goes, were discovered by Bob Shad of Shad Records while they were singing on the boardwalk in Long Beach, New York.
1972 Tightrope #11
Leon Russell (birthday 4/2/1942)
1971 Love the One You’re With # 18
Isley Brothers (Rudolph Isley birthday 4/1/1939)
1964 How Sweet It Is Marvin Gaye #11
The Funk Brothers were the side men.
1969 Many Rivers to Cross #80
Jimmy Cliff (birthday 4/1/1948)
Cliff was only 21 when he wrote and recorded the song in 1969, stating he wrote the song due to the trouble he was having making it as a successful musical artist after originally finding tremendous success in his home of Jamaica beginning at age 14 before moving to the United Kingdom.
1967 Carrie Anne Hollies #9
(Allan Clarke birthday 4/5/1940)
Recorded in two takes at Abbey Road studios.
2001 Counting Up the Years Janis Ian (birthday 4/7/1951)
1983 One on One Hall and Oates #7
(John Oates birthday 4/7/1949)
This track has been used in commercials for the National Basketball Association.
1976 Dancing Queen Abba #1
(Agnetha Faltskog birthday 4/6/1950)
This was their only track to hit number 1 in the US. They performed it for the King and Queen of Sweden, which begs the question, “Is Queen Silvia of Sweden literally a dancing queen?”
1979 Bustin’ Loose Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers # 34
From the opening of Nationals Park in 2008 until the 2015 season, the song was played after every home run the Washington Nationals hit.
1959 Turn Me Loose Fabian #79
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman upon the request of the managers of teen idol, Fabian Forte. The song became Fabian's first hit record.
1959 Tall Paul Annette Funicello #24
Mouseketeer Annette was the first female singer to reach the top ten for a rock 'n roll single. It was the highest-charting song by Annette Funicello and also one of the shortest, clocking in at 1 minute and 38 seconds.
1979 Roller April Wine #43
Founded in Nova Scotia, April Wine’s "Roller" started its momentum in Michigan and soon was a popular hit across the U.S., finding its way into the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for eleven weeks.
1959 Six Nights a Week Crests #76
The Crests were the first interracial Doo Wop group. The Crests were discovered in 1956, while singing in a New York subway.
1969 Traces Classics IV #8
The band formed in Jacksonville FL and Traces was their highest charting single.
1969 More Today Than Yesterday Spiral Staircase #88
The group formed in Sacramento, the record sold over a million copies and was certified gold.
1979 Rubber Biscuit Blues Brothers #37
Dan Akroyd and John Belushi covering the original version by The Chips. A "wish sandwich" is when one has two slices of bread and wishes for meat in between the slices.
1959 I’ve Had It Bell Notes #9
Hailing from Long Island, they performed regularly in the Bronx. “I’ve Had It” was recorded at a Times Square studio for $50.
1959 The Beat Rockin’ R’s #68
The Rockin R’s was a garage band from Metamora Illinois. "The Beat" made it to many Midwest hit parades and ultimately made a strong placing in Billboard, earning the band a spot on American Bandstand.
1959 Happy Organ Dave Baby Cortez #35
The song originally featured lyrics and was intended to be sung, but Cortez decided to play the melody on a Hammond B3 organ instead, one of the first such uses on a rock record.
1979 Stumblin’ In Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman #11
The song was Quatro's only US Top 40 hit and Norman's lone US charting effort
1979 Take It Back J. Geils Band #67
1969 Blessed is the Rain Brooklyn Bridge #45
1959 Since I Don’t Have You Skyliners #17
On the Calico label, the song features counterpoint between Jimmy Beaumont’s falsetto and Janet Vogel's soprano on the final chorus when Beaumont repeats the word "YOU" 13 times.
1969 Will You Be Staying After Sunday
Peppermint Rainbow #52
A sunshine pop group from Baltimore, this record sold over a million copies and was certified gold.
1969 You’ve Made Me So Very Happy #4
Blood Sweat and Tears
Originally recorded by Motown singer Brenda Holloway, Blood, Sweat & Tears closed their Woodstock set with this song.
1979 I Need You Euclid Beach Band #84
This Detroit area band featured Eric Carmen.
1969 Only the Strong Survive Jerry Butler #7
This was Butler’s most successful single and a certified platinum record. Also known as The Iceman, Mr. Butler has served as a Cook County Commissioner since 1985.
1969 I’ll Try Something New #28
Supremes and Temptations
Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and various Los Angeles area musicians
1969 In the Bad Bad Old Days Foundations #77
1959 Yeah Yeah (Class Cutter) Dale Hawkins #57
Hawkins also wrote Susie-Q. He was a pioneer of swamp rock boogie.
1959 Please Mr. Sun Tommy Edwards #11
After “It’s All in the Game,” "Please Mr. Sun" was his second biggest hit.
1969 Only You Bobby Hatfield #103
A cover of the 1955 Platters version by one half of the Righteous Brothers.
1959 Tell Him No Travis and Bob #47
This was the Alabama duo’s only hit single, originally released on Sandy Records, then picked up by Dot records for national distribution.
CLOSING THEME: Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)
Host Next Week (4/14/18): Kim Vaughan with a spotlight on All Occasion Oldies.
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