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Date: 9/16/23

Host:  John Simon

Feature:  September 1967

 

We'll start the show with five songs from this week in 1967, plus the birthday calendar at 7pm, a spotlight on September 1970 in the 8:00 hour, a Kitchen Theatre ticket giveaway and your requests!

 


 

Playlist

 

 

·      YouTube links follow certain entries

·      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

·      a glossary of terms is below the playlist

 

 

 

6-7pm 

 

 

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

 

You're My Everything - Temptations (peaking on this date at #6 Pop, #3 R&B - the group was at the peak of its powers with its classic line-up, and the Funk Brothers were in top form as well. This one features Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin sharing lead vocals for a change.)

45cat - The Temptations - You're My Everything / I've Been Good To You -  Gordy - USA - G-7063

 

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson (at #12 this week, headed to #6 Pop, #1 R&B - this record finally paired Jackie with material worth his talents. Backing him up were the uncredited Motown session players known as The Funk Brothers. If it sounds extra punchy tonight, it's because we're hearing the original mono 45.)

 

To Sir With Love - Lulu (at #58 this week, headed to four weeks at #1 - the title track from a hit movie, this record was in its second week on the chart. Three weeks later it would hold down the top slot for four weeks. Backing Lulu on the record and in the film are the British pop band The Mindbenders!)

 

(I Wanna) Testify - Parliaments (down to #22 from a peak of #20 Pop, #3 R&B - this is one more backed by the moonlighting Funk Brothers. Lead singer George Clinton is the only member of the New Jersey vocal group who made the trip to Detroit. All the rest were Motown session singers.)

Parliaments 45 RPM Testify / I Can Feel The Ice Melting - Amazon.com Music


Never My Love - Association (at #15 this week, headed to two weeks at #2 - this was the follow-up to their massive #1 Windy, and featured the same Wrecking Crew session players as before. Larry Knechtel plays the tasty keyboard parts on this one. Tonight we hear the mono single version.)


*  My Heart Cries - Etta & Harvey (8/60; dnc - the request was for "anything by Etta James." This is the B-side of her duet with Harvey Fuqua called If I Can't Have You, and it should've been an "A-side" in its own right.)

Etta & Harvey – If I Can't Have You / My Heart Cries (1959, Vinyl) - Discogs


Walk Right Back - Everly Brothers (2/61; #7 - this was the B-side of Ebony Eyes, which charted at #8 - but this side surpassed the A-side. In fact, it spent four weeks at #1 in the UK!)


Lonely for You - Gary Stites (4/59; #24 - JR played Conway Twitty's It's Only Make Believe on his last show, and this one is a blatant knock-off of that one, released just months later. Somehow, nobody ever bothered to sue. Boy, times have changed!)


Baby Be Mine - Jellybeans (9/64; #51 - they were a quartet from northern New Jersey recording for Red Bird Records, and this tasty little gem was one of a string of records created by the Brill Building duo of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.)

1964 HITS ARCHIVE: Baby Be Mine - Jelly Beans - YouTube


The Letter - Box Tops (at #4 and about to leap up to #1 on this date in 1967 - on the tiny Mala Records label, this one came out of nowhere. Sixteen year-old Alex Chilton would go on to become a musical legend, but this was his first taste of fame.)




*  Leader of the Pack - Shangri-Las (11/64; #1 - another one from the Red Bird Records label. This one was produced by Shadow Morton, and is one of the most-requested songs I get here on Rockin' Remnants.)


*  Good Times Roll - The Cars (3/79; #41 - this, like all of their hits, was written by lead singer/guitar slinger Ric Ocasek. The guy who requested it had a long story about mowing his lawn and why it reminded him of this song. I'll spare you the details, but it sort of made sense!)


Fool On the Hill - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (8/68; #6 - a leftover from last month's tribute to A&M Record's co-founder Jerry Moss, this was an unlikely Lennon-McCartney cover that did surprisingly well.)

S̩rgio Mendes & Brasil '66 РThe Fool On The Hill / So Many Stars (1968,  Monarch Pressing, Vinyl) - Discogs


Over You - Union Gap Feat. Gary Puckett (9/68; #7 - and this is a two-minute record from the same time of year featuring a tasty oboe lick and swirling strings, to bring us right up to the top of the hour.)

 

 

 

7-8pm

 

 Birthday Calendar

 

 

9/10 – Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) – age 81

 

9/11  Dennis Tufano (Buckinghams) – age 77

 

9/12 – George Jones – born in 1931 

            – Maria Muldaur – age 81

            – Gerry Beckley (America) – age 71

            – Barry White – born in 1944

 

9/13 – David Clayton-Thomas (BST) – age 82

            – Peter Cetera (Chicago) – age 79

 

9/15 – Sylvia Moy – born in 1938

            – Cannonball Adderley –born in 1928

            

9/16 – Kenney Jones (Small Faces) – age 75

            – Joe Butler (Lovin' Spoonful) – age 82

            – B.B. King – born in 1925

 

 

 

 

Liar - Three Dog Night (7/71; #7 - this was actually a cover of an Argent song written by Russ Ballard. Danny Hutton takes the lead on this one, and the band just keeps churning out hit records!)

 

(Hey Baby) They're Playing Our Song - Buckinghams (9/67; #68, headed to #9 - Dennis Tufano was the lead vocalist on all of their hit records. Producer James William Guercio had the idea of adding horns to their singles, and would eventually move on to produce another Chicago-based band that emphasized horns. They're coming up shortly....)

The Buckinghams – Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) / And Our Love (1967,  Pitman Pressing, Vinyl) - Discogs

 

Sister Golden Hair - America (6/75; #1 - Gerry Beckley was an army brat who met up with a couple of other American kids on an airbase in England, and they carved out a nice sound as a harmonic trio with acoustic guitars. He sang lead on this big hit, and continues to perform all these years later.)

 

He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones (9/80; #1 C&W - this record featured Nashville's top session players: The Jordanaires on background vocals, Pig Robbins on piano, Pete Drake on pedal steel and Charlie McCoy on that mournful harmonica, and it won Grammys for Country Music's Record of the Year and Single of the Year, and it was named CMA song of the Year for both 1980 AND 1981.)

 

Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt (1974; NR - this was the title track of Linda's third solo album and featured Maria Muldaur on harmony duet vocals. It was originally done by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, but this is version that introduced most people to it.)

Pin on inspiration

 

Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra (2/75; #1 Pop, #10 R&B - this one was written, produced, arranged and conducted by Barry White, who also auditioned and selected the members of the orchestra. He's dismissed by many as a caricature, but he was a musical genius.)

Love's Theme - Wikipedia

 

You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears (3/69; #2 for three weeks - Al Kooper had been instrumental in assembling the band, but he wasn't much of a lead singer. After he left, the band searched for somebody with a BIG voice who could hold his own amid the horns and rhythm section. They found this guy. Tonight we hear the full-length album version with the extended ending.)

David Clayton-Thomas – Clayton (1978, Vinyl) - Discogs

 

24 or 6 to 4 - Chicago (7/70; #4 - Peter Cetera played bass and sang on many of the band's hit records, including this one: their first Top Ten single. The producer was one James William Guercio.)

 

Spotlight On Sylvia Moy:

Sylvia Moy was a writer and arranger for Motown Records, and was instrumental in keeping Stevie Wonder in the Motown family. She co-wrote each of these songs and had a hand in their arrangements and/or production. Tonight she gets a brief moment in the spotlight!

Sylvia Moy, The First Female Songwriter in Motown, Has Died

 

Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder (1/66; #3 Pop for two weeks, #1 R&B for four weeks - Stevie had been all the rage when he was billed as "the twelve-year old genius," but his voice had started to change and he'd stopped being a hitmaker. Berry Gordy was preparing to let him go, but Sylvia asked to give him a second chance. Together, they came up with this song. The rest is history.)

Sylvia Moy, Motown Songwriter Who Worked With Stevie Wonder, Dies at 78 -  The New York Times

 

Honey Chile - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (11/67; #11 Pop, #5 R&B - this was the first single that listed Martha Reeves' full name on the label. It also listed Sylvia Moy as co-composer. The lyric is homespun and countrified.)

Sylvia Moy-Bio, Career, Net Worth, Height, Death, Wiki, Facts

 

This Old Heart of Mine - Isley Brothers (1/66; #12 Pop, #6 R&B - the brothers were originally from Cincinnati and spent just two years as members of the Motown family. This was their biggest hit during that time, and composer credit goes to Holland-Dozier-Holland and...Moy!)

This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) — how Motown created the perfect  pop song — FT.com

 

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderly (1/67; #11 Pop, #2 R&B for two weeks - Cannonball's piano player Joe Zawinul composed this one and there were at least four charting versions in 1967, but this is definitive one. Going out in the memory of WVBR Jazz host John Beach, who we lost about ten days ago.)

 

The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King (12/69; #15 Pop, #3 R&B - "B.B." stand for "Blues Boy," and this was his biggest crossover hit. It won him a Grammy award for Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Rolling Stone Magazine ranks it at #183 in their RR500. Tonight we hear the original 45, and it looks just like this!)

 B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone (1969, Plastic Products Pressing, Vinyl) -  Discogs

 

 

8-9pm

 

Itchycoo Park - Small Faces (11/67; #16 - drummer Kenney Jones would later join The Who as Keith Moon's replacement, but his most famous drumming took place on this record. The electronic "phase-shift" sound was very popular for a short while. This is a classic example.)

 

You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - Lovin' Spoonful (12/65; #10 - Joe Butler was the Spoonful drummer, and they were originally approached about possibly starring in a TV series about four madcap lads trying to make it in the music business, but they'd have to change their name to "The Monkees." They declined. Tonight we hear the superior mono single edit.)

Lovin' Spoonful salute to feature (get this) reunited members of the Lovin'  Spoonful – buzzbands.la


 

*  Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett (4/77; #8 - we lost Jimmy Buffett on September 1st and there have been many tributes to him - including one last week on Rockin' Remnants. This listener missed that show, and has a weakness for margaritas. It's only fair that we play his biggest hit. R.I.P.)

 

*  I Think I Love You - Partridge Family (11/70; #1 for three weeks - going out to John the Drummer who wanted to hear "something completely different," and who confessed to having a mad crush on Susan Dey when he was a kid. My response was "Who didn't, buddy? And if it wasn't her it was David Cassidy!" The power of network television helped propel this one to the top of the charts.)

David Cassidy - The Partridge Family S4 E5

 

*  Special Lady - Ray, Goodman & Brown (1/80; #5 Pop, #1 R&B - they had originally been The Moments, but they left their old label and were forced to give up the name. They went with their real names, and came back with a vengeance. This one goes out from Scottie to Brooktondale Peggy.)

 

Mini Spotlight on September 1970:

 

(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters (down to #8 after peaking at #1 - this was a leftover from last month's tribute to A&M Records founder Jerry Moss. The brother/sister duo had had a couple of minor hits, but this propelled them to superstardom. And though Karen was an accomplished drummer, Hal Blaine was hired to play on the record.)

45cat - Carpenters - They Long To Be Close To You / I Kept On Loving You -  A&M - UK - AMS 800


(If You Let Me Make Love to You) Why Can't I Touch You - Ronnie Dyson (down to #24 after three weeks at #8 - this was Ronnie's first and biggest hit after being signed to Columbia. He first arrived on the scene as a member of the NYC cast of Hair.)


Out In The Country - Three Dog Night (at #33 this week, headed to #15 - this one features all three of the front men sharing lead vocals, and goes out to Louie in Tennessee, Bob in the hills of Newfield and Kenzey driving to her country home under the stars tonight.)




Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead (peaking on this date at #69 - believe it or not, this was their first charting single. The band's fortunes changed when Robert Hunter became their lyricist. This one features elaborate harmonies, a complicated time signature and some tasty instrumental interplay.)


*  Patches - Clarence Carter (peaking this week in its first of two weeks at #4 Pop, #2 R&B - this one was called in by listener Dave, who'd clearly taken a peek at the chart for this date in 1970. It was Carter's biggest hit on both charts, and boasted a heart-tugging storyline and an irresistible sing-along chorus.)


Expressway to Your Heart - Soul Survivors (9/67; at #45 this week, headed to #4 - Gamble & Huff were behind this one as both writers and producers, and listener George called this one in. I still remember reading a "story" in one of those teen magazines back in the day, relating how two different bands were involved in a fender bender and decided to join forces under the name "Soul Survivors." D'oh!)

Soul Survivors – Expressway to Your Heart (1967) | 1960s: Days of Rage


Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch (10/77; #8 - Bob Welch had written and recorded this with Fleetwood Mac back in 1970. Now that he was flying solo, he recruited friends Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham for a re-recorded version, and found the hit he'd been seeking all along!)

Bob Welch's Fleetwood Mac. A few years ago, when the story came… | by  Stephen Zeoli | The Riff | Medium

 

 

 

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

 

 

Congratulations to Greg from West Hill, for  winning a pair of tickets to see Monsters of the American Cinema at the Kitchen Theatre!

 

 

 

Glossary of Terms:

dnc = did not chart

nr = not released as a single at the time

AC = Billboard’s chart for “Adult Contemporary” records

BB = Billboard Magazine, which publishes the Hot 100 chart (previously known as the Top 100), along with several other charts

Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked but fell below the top 100

C&W = Billboard’s chart for “Country & Western” records

R&B = Billboard’s chart for “Rhythm & Blues” records

RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

RS500 = Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranked list of the top 500 singles of all-time

 

 

 

 

Host Next Week (9/23/23):  JH with a spotlight on his favorite tunes (it's his birthday week).

 

 

 

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 at wvbr.com/listen.

 

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Sept 9, 2023 - KV - Bells & Whistles

 

  

 

Rockin' Remnants



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Date:  September 9, 2023

Host:  Kim Vaughan

Feature:  Bells & Whistles (after a couple of late summer songs)

 

 

 

 

Birthday Calendar

 

Sep 3   – Al Jardine (Beach Boys) – age 81

            – Donald Brewer (drums, Grand Funk) – age 75

 

Sep 4   – Gary Duncan (guitar, Quicksilver Messenger Service) – born in 1946

            – Greg Elmore (drums, Quicksilver Messenger Service) – age 77

 

Sep 5   – Joe “Speedo” Frazier (lead vocals, Impalas) – born in 1943

            – John Stewart (Kingston Trio) – born in 1939

            – Al Stewart – age 78

            – Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, Queen) – born in 1946

 

Sep 6   – Roger Waters (bass, songwriter, Pink Floyd) – age 80

 

Sep 7   – Charles “Buddy” Holly – born in 1936

            – Joe Simon – born in 1936

            – Gloria Gaynor – age 80

 

Sep 8   – Patsy Cline – born in 1932

 

Sep 9   – Dee Dee Sharp – age 78

            – Inez Foxx – born in 1937 or 1942?

            – Otis Redding – born in 1941

 

 


 

 

 Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

 

What 70s song inspired the Saturday Night Live sketch “More Cowbell”? 

 

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)

 

 

 

 

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

·       a glossary of terms is below the playlist

 

 

 

6-7pm  

 


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

 

I’ve Got Sand In My Shoes – The Drifters (1964, #33.  This was their follow-up to Under The Boardwalk, and was written by the same songwriting team.  It contains a few musical echoes of the earlier hit while being an entirely new -- and equally good -- song.) 

 

Performance: I've Got Sand in My Shoes by The Drifters [US1] |  SecondHandSongs   45cat - The Drifters - I've Got Sand In My Shoes / He's Just A Playboy -  Atlantic - USA - 45-2253

 

Wonderful Summer – Robin Ward (1963, #14)

 

Bells, Bells, Bells (The Bell Song) – Billy & Lillie (1959, #88)

 

45cat - Billie And Lillie - Bells, Bells, Bells (The Bell Song) /  Honeymoonin' - Swan - USA - 4036  BILLY & LILLIE - doo-wop

 

Whispering Bells – The Dell-Vikings (1957, #9)

 

The Three Bells – The Browns (1959, #1 for four weeks)

 

Hear The Bells (Ringing Bells) – The Tokens (1963, #94)

 

Little Bell – The Dixie Cups (1964, #51)

 

The Dixie Cups – Little Bell / Another Boy Like Mine (1964, Vinyl) - Discogs  Joan Marie Johnson, of the Singing Trio the Dixie Cups, Dies at 72 - The  New York Times

 

Love Bells – Eddie Delmar (1961, did not chart)

 

Church Bells May Ring – The Willows (1956, #62, with Neil Sedaka playing the chimes)

 

 * Cara, Mia – Jay & The Americans (1965, #4)

 

School Bells – Nicky & The Nobles (1958, dnc)

 

The Happy Whistler – Don Robertson (1956, #6)

 

Mexican Whistler – Roger Whittaker (1971, dnc.  It had been released as a single internationally a few years prior and was a hit in a couple of countries.)

 

Whistle For Happiness – Peggy Lee (1969, dnc, composed by Lieber & Stoller)

 

Peggy Lee - Whistle For Happiness / Something - Capitol - USA - 2696 - 45cat  Peggy Lee - IMDb

 

Snap ‘n’ Whistle – The John Barry Seven (1959, dnc.  John Barry was the composer of several James Bond scores.)

 

Whistle Stop – Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses (1957, dnc)

 

A Whistling Tune – Elvis Presley (1962, from the film Kid Galahad)

 

 

 

7-8pm

 

 

Help Me, Rhonda – The Beach Boys (1965, #1 for two weeks, with Al Jardine singing lead)

 

Some Kind Of Wonderful – Grand Funk (1974, reached #3 in early 1975, with Don Brewer singing lead on verses 1 and 3)

 

Fresh Air – Quicksilver Messenger Service (1970, #49)

 

Oh, What A Fool – The Impalas (1959, #86)

 

The Impalas – Oh, What A Fool (1959, Vinyl) - Discogs IMPALAS - Oh what a Fool / Sandy went away - Cub 9033 - 1959 - YouTube

 

Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Kingston Trio (1962, #21)

 

Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart (1976, peaked at #8 in early 1977)

 

You’re My Best Friend – Queen (1976, #16)

 

Another Brick In The Wall (Part One) – Pink Floyd (1979, from the album The Wall.  Part Two of this song spent four weeks at #1 in early 1980.)

 

Heartbeat – Buddy Holly (1958, #82)

 

45cat - Buddy Holly - Heartbeat / Well....All Right - Coral - USA - 9-62051 Buddy Holly - This Day In Music

 

My Adorable One – Joe Simon (1964, dnc.  He would go on to have 31 songs reach the Hot 100 between the years of 1966-1975.)

 

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor (1978, #1 for three weeks in early 1979)

 

She’s Got You – Patsy Cline (1962, #14, Country #1)

 

 

 

8-9pm

 

 

 

 

Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love – Dee Dee Sharp (1963, #43)

 

Hurt By Love – Inez Foxx (1964, #54)

 

Inez Foxx – Hurt By Love (1964, Vinyl) - Discogs  Inez Foxx obituary | Pop and rock | The Guardian

 

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding (1968, #1 for four weeks, R&B #1 for three weeks)

 

Come Monday – Jimmy Buffett (1974, #30, his first Hot 100 hit.  This goes out in tribute – he passed away on 9-1-23.)

 

 * Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow (1978, #3)

 

Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966, #2 for two weeks)

 

 * Bell Bottom Blues – Derek & The Dominos (1971, #91 – and the same recording, but a longer edit, charted again in 1973 at #78)

 

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon (1972, #22)

 

The Bells – The Originals (1970, #12)

 

The Originals – The Bells (1970, Vinyl) - Discogs The Originals – The Bells / I'll Wait For You (1970, Vinyl) - Discogs

 

Grazing In The Grass – Hugh Masakela (1968, #1 for two weeks, R&B #1 for four weeks.  The song has a lot of cowbell, which makes sense given the song title.  It’s based on a song by Freddie Gumbi called “Mr. Bull No. 4”, which also has a lot of cowbell.)

 

Hugh Masekela – Grazing In The Grass / Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)  (1968, Vinyl) - Discogs Hugh Masekela obituary | Hugh Masekela | The Guardian

 

Ka-Ding Dong – The G-Clefs (1956, #24, with Freddy Cannon on lead guitar)

 

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult (1976, #12)

 

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward (1979, #1 for two weeks, R&B #1 for five weeks)

 

 

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

 

 

 

Trivia Answer

 

The song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult inspired the SNL sketch “More Cowbell”.

 

Congratulations to David from Lansing, for correctly answering the question and winning two passes to Cinemapolis!

 

 

 

Glossary of Terms:

dnc = did not chart

nr = not released as a single at the time

AC = Billboard’s chart for “Adult Contemporary” records

BB = Billboard Magazine, which publishes the Hot 100 chart (previously known as the Top 100), along with several other charts

Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked but fell below the top 100

C&W = Billboard’s chart for “Country & Western” records

R&B = Billboard’s chart for “Rhythm & Blues” records

RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

RS500 = Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranked list of the top 500 singles of all-time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Host Next Week (Sept 16):  John Simon

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Thanks again to our sponsors Island Health & Fitness and Rasa Spa for their support every week!