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Feb. 10, 2018 GJ


    


Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  February 10, 2018
Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  Meta-Music (Songs about Songs)

Birthday Calendar

February 3, 19??: John Rudan

February 4, 1948: Alice Cooper   70  
 February 4, 1944: Florence Larue (5th Dimension)  74
February 4, 1944: Marge Ganser (Shangri-La’s)  d. 1996
February 5, 1944: Al Kooper 74
February 6, 1943:       Fabian 75
February 6, 1945:       Bob Marley   d. 1981
February 6, 1946: Richie Hayward (Little Feat drummer) d. 2010
February 9, 1942:       Carole King 76
February 10, 1937: Roberta Flack 81
Playlist

Songs with * were requests.
Chart numbers are the highest position achieved by the record.
Unless otherwise noted, 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).
  
OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

1. Peter Paul and Mary:  “I dig rock and roll music” (1967)  #9

2. Chuck Berry:  “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) #8, #2 R&B

3. Bread: “Guitar Man” (1972) #11, #1 Easy Listening

4. Beatles:  “While my guitar gently weeps” (1968) 
Both George Harrison and Eric Clapton play guitar

5. Lemon Pipers:  “Green tambourine”  (1967) #1
One of first bubblegum songs to top the charts. First #1 hit for Buddah records, the premier label for bubblegum.



6. Byrds:   “Tambourine man” (1965)         #1 Pop chart
While the group sang on the track, they did not play.

7. Preston Epps:  “Bongo Rock”  (1959) #14 Pop chart



8. Arthur Conley: “Sweet soul music” (1967)        #2
Opening riff quoted from Elmer Bernstein’s score for 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven

9. Doobie Brothers:  “Listen to the music” (1972)  #11

10. Kiki Dee: “I’ve got the music in me”  (1974) #12

11. Carole King (b’day week artist): “Jazz Man” (1974) #2
Sax solo by Tom Scott. Song refers to Curtis Amy, the musical director for Ray Charles.



12. Dobie Gray:    “Drift Away”   (1973)    #5  

13. Orleans (45 RPM corner): “Let there be music” (1975) # 55

14. Earth Wind & Fire: “Sing a Song”  (1975) #5, #1 R&B,

15. Sonny and Cher: “The Beat goes on” (1967)  #6
Backing track provided by the crack studio session group The Wrecking Crew. “And the beat goes on” is inscribed on Sonny Bono’s headstone.  



16. Turtles: “Story of rock and roll”   (1968)  

17. Dire Straits: “Sultans of Swing” (1978) #4

18. Fabian (b’day week artist):  “Tiger”   (1959)    #3
                     
19. Roberta Flack (b’day week artist): “Killing Me Softly…”  (1973)  Spent 5 non-consecutive weeks at #1—more than any other record in 1973

20. Leon Russel:  “Song for you”      (1970)   
Many artists have covered this song, originally written for and about Rita Coolidge.



21. *Grateful Dead: “Playing in the Band” (request) (1971)

22. *Orleans: “Dance with Me” (request) (1975)  #6

23. Who: “Squeeze Box”    (1975)    #16

24. *Billy Joel: “Piano Man” (request) (1973)  #6

25. O’Jays (45 corner): “I love music” (1975)  #5, # 1 soul chart



26. John Mellencamp: “ROCK in the USA” (1985) #2

29. Neil Diamond:   “Song Sung Blue” (1972) #1

27. Cass Elliot:  “Make your own kind of music” (1969)             #36, #6 Adult Contemporary. Written by legendary song writing team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill.



28.  Vicki Sue Robinson: “Turn the beat around” (1976)
#10. Started life as a dance club record and was first played on radio in Boston.

29. Four Tops:  “Same Old Song”  (1965) #5, #2 R&B
Created in 24 hours from inception to acetate release to radio stations.

30. *Sam Cooke:  “Having a party” (request) (1962) #17, #4 R&B. The party goers heard on the record included many of Cooke’s friends, including Lou Rawls.

31. Showmen:  “It will stand” (1961) #61



32. Dr. Hook: “Cover of the Rolling Stone” (1972) #6 Written by humorist Shel Silverstein.




33. George Harrison:  “This Song”  (1976) #25
Recorded after Harrison lost a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging that My Sweet Lord had substantially the same melody as He’s So Fine by the Chiffons.

34. John Miles: “Music”      (1976)    #88  
Song produced by Alan Parsons. Miles toured with Tina Turner playing guitar and keyboards and singing backup.

35. *Ian Hunter: “Old Records Never Die” (request) (1981)

36. War:  “All Day Music”   (1971)          

37. Music Explosion: “Little bit of soul”  (1964)  #2

38. New Seekers:  “I’d like to teach the world to sing” (1971) #7 Sold 12 million copies. Started life as a jingle to a Coca Cola commercial. Coke waived some royalties, donating proceeds to UNICEF.



39. Rod Stewart:  “Mandolin wind”  (1971)                  

40. Barry White: “Let the Music Play”  (1976)  #32, #4 R&B

41. Monkees: “Listen to the Band”   (1969)    #63  
First time Mike Nesmith sang lead vocals on a Monkees A-side single

42. Jim Croce: “I’ll have to say I love you in a song” (1974) #9, #1 Adult Contemporary

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

Trivia Question: What is the technical term for music about music?


ANSWER: Meta-Music

Congratulations to Mike from Newfield, for correctly answering the question and winning a Luna Gift Card!



Host Next Week (2/17/18):  Jan Hunsinger with a post-Valentine’s Day spotlight on Songs about Love (or at least mentioning it!)


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.



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Feb 3rd, 2017 - JR - 1979

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:  2/3/2018
Host:  JR
Feature:  February 1979


Birthday Calendar


January 30th - Phil Collins - 67
                        Marty Balin - 76


January 31st – Harry Wayne "KC" Casey - 67
                         Terry Kath (Chicago) - 1946


February 1st - Don Everly - 80
                       Rick James - 1952


February 2nd - Graham Nash - 75


February 3rd - Dave Davies (Kinks) - 70
                        Melanie (last name: Safka) - 70
                        Dennis Edwards (Temptations) - 1943
                        Johnny "Guitar" Watson - 1935






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  Thanks again to Island Health & Fitness and Rasa Spa for sponsoring our show each week!




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


Da Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart - BB Hot 100 #3.
Peaked at #1 on 2/10/1979 for 4 weeks.


A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John - BB Hot 100 #4


Too Much Heaven - The Bee Gees - BB Hot 100 #5.


Fire - The Pointer Sisters - BB Hot 100 #8.
Bruce Springsteen wrote this with Elvis in mind to record it, but he died before there was a chance.  First recorded by Rockabilly singer Robert Gordon in 1977.


September - Earth, Wind & Fire - BB Hot 100 #9.


I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor - BB Hot 100 #10.
This would ascend to to #1 on the Hot 100 on 3/10/1979 for 3 weeks.


Lotta Love - Nicolette Larsen - BB Hot 100 #11.
Off the pen of Neil Young, who also had his own single on the chart this week; we'll hear it later in the show!

New York Groove - Ace Frehley - BB Hot 100 #13.  
Each member of KISS had a solo album out in 1979, and this was the biggest hit off that quartet of LP's.



45 Corner


Le Freak - Chic - BB Hot 100 #1, 6 weeks
This radio promo exclusive mono 45 is the version you were tapping your fingers on the steering wheel while checking out your favorite AM station back in the day...


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Shake It - Ian Matthews - BB Hot 100 #16.  


* Gotta Serve Somebody - Bob Dylan - BB Hot 100 #24
Going out by listener suggestion, this was released in September, 1979.


7pm - 8pm 


Birthday Calendar


A sad note this week: Dennis Edwards, who replaced David Ruffin in the Temptations, died on February 1st, just 2 days short of his 75th birthday.  We'll hear one of his first lead vocals coming up...


"St. Charles" - Jefferson Starship - BB Hot 100 #64, 1976. Written and sung by Marty Balin.



"Against All Odds" - Phil Collins - BB Hot 100 #1, 3 weeks, 1984.  
Title song of the flick starring Jeff Bridges, James Woods and Rachel Ward.
I saw it in the theater; was more impressed with the song than the movie!


"Make Me Smile" - Chicago - BB Hot 100 #9, 1970.
Lead vocals by Terry Kath, who died in a tragic gun accident on 1/23/1978.


"Please Don't Go" - KC And The Sunshine Band - BB Hot 100 #1, 1 week, 1980.


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"Cathy's Clown" - The Everly Brother - BB Hot 100 #1, 5 weeks, 1960.
The biggest hit of the Everly's career was written sung by Don.


"Super Freak" - Rick James - BB Hot 100 #16, 1981.
Rick shouts out to The Temptations to "Sing"! (they were the background vocalists).  Also used by M.C. Hammer for his song "U Can't Touch This" in 1990.


"Dear Eloise" - The Hollies - BB Hot 100 #50, 1968.  
One of Graham Nash's last lead vocals before he departed to join those 2 California dudes.


"Cloud Nine" - The Temptations - BB Top 100 #6, 1968.  


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"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - The Buckinghams - BB Hot 100 #5, 1967.  
Originally penned as an instrumental by Joe Zawinul for his boss Cannonball Adderly, Johnny "Guitar " Watson added the lyrics, and it was taken into the Top 10 by this Chicago pop quintet.


"Brand New Key" - Melanie - BB Hot 100 #1, 3 weeks,1971.  Melanie Safka was not only a singer/songwriter, but a record executive, as this was released on her own label, Neighborhood Records.  And so cute, too...


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"Nothing More To Lose" - Dave Davies - DNC
This song was taken from Dave's 1981 solo LP, AFL1-3603, which was the RCA Records catalog number!


On this date in 1959, a plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper).
Immortalized in song as "The Day The Music Died" by Don McLean's "American Pie".


8pm - 9pm Back to our Chart Date of 2/3/1979!


Soul Man - The Blues Brothers - BB Hot 100 #17.
The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Ayckroyd) were born out of a Saturday Night Live sketch, but their band featured "Soul Man" originals Steve Cropper on guitar and the late Duck Dunn on bass.


Blue Morning, Blue Day - Foreigner - BB Hot 100 #22.
Somewhere deep in the JRchives I have this blue vinyl single; couldn't find it for the show, but here's an image.


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Hold The Line - Toto - BB Hot 100 #20, peaked at #5.


The Gambler - Kenny Rogers - BB Hot 100 #23.
After toiling for years in pop limbo after leaving The First Edition, Kenny finally hit super stardom in the late 70's and early 80's.


Take Me To The River - Talking Heads - BB Hot 100 #27.
1 of 3 singles released by this quirky New Wave Band to penetrate The Top 40 (The others were "Burning Down The House" in 1983 and "Wild, Wild Life" in 1986).


Promises - Eric Clapton And His Band - BB Hot 100 #34.


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One Last Kiss - J. Geils Band - BB Hot 100 #35, peaked this week.  


Lady - Little River Band - BB Hot 100 #36.  



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Every Time I Think Of You - The Babys - BB Hot 100 #37.
John Waite, The lead singer, went on to a moderately successful solo career in the early 80's ("Missing You", 1984, #1).


We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - BB Hot 100 #39, peaked at #13.
Speaking of Kenny Rogers... He had a #5 hit in a duet cover version with Sheena Easton in 1983

Four Strong Winds - Neil Young - BB Hot 100 #86.
The other chart entry on this date by Neil, not off his pen, but off the pen of fellow Canadian Ian Tyson.


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Survivor - Cindy Bullens - BB Hot 100 #90.
According to Whitburn, Cindy is now a transgender man named Cydny Bullens.



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



Host 2/10: Greg James with a spotlight on Songs about Songs!



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