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Date:  Jan 17, 2015
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  1957

Birthday Calendar

Jan 11 – Slim Harpo (aka Harmonica Slim, born James Moore) – born in 1924

Jan 12 – Glenn Yarbrough (lead singer of Limeliters) – age 85
            – Cynthia Robinson (trumpet, Sly and the Family Stone) – age 69

Jan 14 – Allen Toussaint (songwriter, producer) – age 77

Jan 16 – Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen) – age 73

Jan 17 – William Hart (Delfonics) – age 70
            – Chris Montez (born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez) – age 72



[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 1-17-57; 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]


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

Singing the Blues – Guy Mitchell (#1 this week in 1957, spent ten weeks at the top)

Don’t Forbid Me – Pat Boone (#2 on 1-17-57)

Young Love – Sonny James (#3 on 1-17-57)  This spent 1 week at the top of the chart, while a competing version from Tab Hunter was a chart-topper for 6 weeks!

Little By Little – Nappy Brown (tied this week for #79)

Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (#34 on 1-17-57)

Bad Boy – The Jive Bombers (#69 on 1-17-57, based on the 1936 song “Brown Gal” by Lil Armstrong, Louis’s second wife)

Jim Dandy – LaVern Baker (tied for #24 on 1-17-57)  Lavern (nee Dolores Williams) was inducted into the Rock & Roll HOF in 1991.

Just Walkin’ in the Rain – Johnnie Ray (#19 on 1-17-57)

Banana Boat Song – The Tarriers (#6 on 1-17-57, peaked at #4.  This was the highest-charting version of the song, which had five versions on this week’s chart.  The actor Alan Arkin played guitar and sang lead for The Tarriers.)

Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte (#8 on 1-17-57, peaked at #5.  It became a signature song for Belafonte, and was later used in the movie Beetlejuice.)

The Money Tree – Margaret Whiting (#66 on 1-17-57)

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window (played from the 45) – Baby Jane and the Rockabyes (1963, #69)

The Green Door – Jim Lowe (#7 on 1-17-57)

Just in Time – Tony Bennett (#96 on 1-17-57)

Love Is Strange – Mickey and Sylvia (tied for #24 on 1-17-57, would later be used in the movie Dirty Dancing)


Baby, Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo (1966, #16, R&B #1)

Rainin’ in My Heart – Slim Harpo (1961, #34)

A Dollar Down – The Limeliters (1961, #60, their only Hot 100 hit.  The tenor, Glenn Yarbrough, was the lead singer.)

Baby The Rain Must Fall – Glenn Yarbrough (1965, #12, title song from the movie starring Steve McQueen and Lee Remick)

Dance to the Music – Sly and the Family Stone (1968, #8, their first Hot 100 hit.  Cynthia Robinson contributes ad libs urging people to “get up and dance” and “all the squares go home”, along with playing trumpet.)

Sweet Touch of Love – Allen Toussaint (1970)

Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) – Three Dog Night (1974, #33, the highest-charting version of the song which was written by Toussaint)

Working in the Coal Mine – Lee Dorsey (1966, #8, written and produced by Allen Toussaint)

A Certain Girl – Ernie K-Doe (1961, #71.  This song was written by Allen Toussaint, as was K-Doe’s biggest hit, Mother In Law.  A cover version by Warren Zevon peaked on the Hot 100 at #57 in 1980).

You’ll Lose a Good Thing – Barbara Lynn (1962, #8, R&B #1.  This was her first Hot 100 hit; she would have eight more but none would make it into the top half of the chart.)

La-La Means I Love You – The Delfonics (1968, #4, their first song on the Hot 100)

Let’s Dance – Chris Montez (1962, #4, his first Hot 100 hit)

 * No Particular Place to Go – Chuck Berry (1964, #10)

 * The Happy Whistler – Don Robertson (1956, #6, his only recording to make the Hot 100.  He wrote several songs that were hits for Elvis Presley, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Hank Locklin, Della Reese, and "Ringo" for Lorne Green).

 * I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles (1962, #1 for five weeks)


 * El Paso – Marty Robbins (spent two weeks at #1 in 1960)

Oh Carol – Smokie (1978, did not chart in the U.S. but peaked at #5 on the U.K. singles chart, and was successful in several other European countries as well.  This English rock band was originally called Smokey, until Smokey Robinson threatened to sue them.)

 * Rock On – David Essex (peaked at #5 in 1974, spent six months on the Hot 100 between Nov 1973 and May 1974.  Essex was born in London with the name David Cook, and was an actor as well as a musical artist.)

Dancing On a Saturday Night – Barry Blue (1973, did not chart in the U.S. but was a #2 single in the United Kingdom.  Blue was born in London with the name Barry Ian Green.)

 * The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1967, #20)

 * Radar Love – Golden Earring (1974, #13.  This was the first song on the Hot 100 for the Dutch band.)

September Gurls – Big Star (from their 1974 album Radio City, this song was written by band member Alex Chilton)

Taxi – Harry Chapin (1972, #24, his first song on the Hot 100)

Hey Rock and Roll – Showaddywaddy (1974.  This was their first single, and it peaked at #2 on the U.K. singles chart.  Showaddywaddy was an amalgamation of two groups, which meant that they had two vocalists, two drummers, two guitarists, and two bassists.)

Kodachrome – Paul Simon (1973, #2 for two weeks)

 * Cissy Strut – The Meters (1969, #23.  The Meters were an instrumental band in New Orleans, until keyboardist Arthur Neville left to form a new band with his brothers.)

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

Host Next Week (Jan 24):  John Simon and Kim Vaughan

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