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Date: June 20, 2015
Host: Kim Vaughan
Tomorrow is the first day of summer -- and tomorrow is also Father's Day. We'll be celebrating both in song.
Also, we've got the Rockin' Remnants birthday calendar, some ticket giveaways, and your requests!
June 15 – Harry Nilsson – born in 1941
June 16 – Lamont Dozier (of Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriters/producers) – age 74
June 18 – Sir Paul McCartney (Beatles, Wings) – age 73
June 19 – Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) – age 73
June 20 – Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) – age 73
– Lionel Richie (Commodores) – age 66
Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia
Clue 1: This song was written by someone who worked for the highway department. To him, “bad weather” meant “time off”, which he’d spend playing his guitar.
Clue 2: The song was written in 1962, but it wasn’t well-known until 1970, when it was someone else’s last Top Ten hit.
Clue 3: The songwriter’s biggest hit as a performer was Polk Salad Annie. He was born in Louisiana, and after he graduated high school, he moved to another southern state (which is where he took the job with the highway department).
(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)
[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)
Summertime, Summertime – The Jamies (1958, #26. The song would have a comeback four years later, peaking at #38 in 1962. This song was their only Hot 100 hit.)
Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller (1959, #14. Another one-hit wonder.)
One Summer Night – The Danleers (1958, #7. The only Hot 100 hit for this R&B quintet from Brooklyn.)
Happy Summer Days – Ronnie Dove (1966, #27. Ronnie Dove would make it onto the Hot 100 a total of 20 times between 1964 and 1969.)
Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees (1967, #3, written by Goffin-King. The b-side was Words, which peaked at #11.)
Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966, #1 for three weeks.)
Summer Sand – Dawn (1971, #33) - This was recorded and released when "Dawn" was a studio creation of The Tokens. Lead singer Tony Orlando is the guy left front.
* Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts (1972, #6, their first of a dozen songs to make it into the Hot 100.)
Summer Means Fun – Bruce and Terry (1964, #72) - Bruce is Johnston, future Beach Boy; Terry is the late Terry Melcher, son of Doris Day, and producer of The Byrds, Paul Revere And The Raiders, and other Columbia Records
I Live for the Sun – The Sunrays (1965, #51) - Studio band created by Murry Wilson, father of Brian, to compete with The Beach Boys. History says "no"...
Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon (1962, #3) - The roller coaster sound effects for this were actually recorded at the late amusement park (1898-1971) in New Jersey.
I Saw Linda Yesterday – Dickey Lee (1962, peaked at #14 in early 1963)
The Ferris Wheel – Everly Brothers (1964, #72)
Ferris Wheel – Donovan (1966, from the album Sunshine Superman.)
Beach Baby – First Class (1974, #4)
* Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer (1968, #14, requested by two listeners. The original 1958 version by Eddie Cochran peaked at #8.)
Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas (1963, #4, R&B #1, co-written and co-produced by Lamont Dozier.)
Lazy Day – Spanky and Our Gang (1967, #14)
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles (1966, from the album Revolver. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, lead vocals by Paul.)
Catch a Wave – Beach Boys (1963, from the album Surfer Girl)
Easy – Commodores (1977, #4, written and sung by Lionel Richie.)
* School’s Out – Alice Cooper (1972, #7)
School Is Out – Gary U.S. Bonds (1961, #5)
See You In September – The Happenings (1966, #3)
* D.O.A. – Bloodrock (1971, #36)
In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry (1970, #3, their only Hot 100 song.)
Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone (1969, #2 for two weeks.)
Summer – War (1976, #7, Adult Contemporary #1)
Summer – War (1976, #7, Adult Contemporary #1)
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder (from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life, celebrating the birth of his daughter Aisha.)
Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin (1974, #1) - A cover version of this by the band Ugly Kid Joe reached #6 on the Hot 100 in 1993.
You’re a Big Boy Now – Lovin’ Spoonful (1967, did not chart. From the soundtrack of the 1966 film by the same name.)
My Dad – Paul Petersen (Peaked at #6 in early 1963. Petersen sang the song in a 1962 episode of the Donna Reed show.)
Papa Loves Mambo – Perry Como (1954, #4)
Summertime – The Marcels (1961, #78. According to Wikipedia, there are over 25,000 recordings of this Gershwin tune. The first to enter the pop charts was by Billie Holliday in 1936.)
Summertime – The Zombies (from their debut LP in 1965, The Zombies)
Summertime – Billy Stewart (1966, #10) - Billy's nickname was "motor mouth" because of his scat singing style. He was just 32 when he died in a car crash in 1970.
Summer Nights – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (1978, #5, from the soundtrack of Grease)
* Apeman – The Kinks (1971, #45)
Summer Side of Life – Gordon Lightfoot (1971, #98)
A Rainy Night in Georgia was written by Tony Joe White, remembering his days driving a dump truck for the highway department of Marietta, GA. The song was made popular by Brook Benton in 1970, peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 and going all the way to #1 on the R&B chart.
Congratulations to Ed from Ithaca, for correctly answering the question and winning 2 free passes to Cinemapolis!
And congratulations to Maryanne from Ithaca, for being the 9th caller during the concert ticket giveaway, and winning 2 free tickets to see Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick!
Host Next Week (June 27): John Simon with a spotlight on 1964
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