Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dec 22, 2012 - GR - stories, holiday music

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  Dec 22, 2012
Host:  Gary Reinbolt
Feature:  stories, holiday music

Rock and Roll Trivia

What is the original German name for the song about a tree?  

(scroll down for the answer below the playlist)



But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.  
 - Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"


Some family you get, some family you choose, some family chooses you

The Ronettes    Frosty The Snowman 
The Crystals    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 
Gene Autry    Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)
Jimmy Boyd    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus  
Gene Autry    Rudolf The Rednosed Reindeer  


The Never Ending Battle with the Christmas Tree

Carpenters    Merry Christmas Darling  
Eartha Kitt    Santa Baby  
Nat King Cole    The Christmas Song 
Jose Feliciano    Feliz Navidad   
Chuck Berry    Run Rudolph Run


How Many Kinds of Snow can you indentify? Buffalo paperboys know them all -
Slush, sluck, Hallmark snow, lake effect snow, pea snow, Crisco snow, glazed snow, powdered snow...

Al Hirt and Ann-Margret - Baby, It's Cold Outside
Frank Sinatra    Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 
Tony Bennett    Winter Wonderland  
Blood, Sweat & Tears   Sometimes In Winter 1969 
Paul Simon And Art Garfunkel  Hazy Shade Of Winter 


Food is Love

Jerry Lee Lewis    Shake Rattle and Roll   
Shirley Temple    Animal Crackers In My Soup   
Harry McClintock   Big Rock Candy Mountain 
Jay and the Techniques  Apples,Peaches,Pumpkin Pie   
Sammy Davis Jr   The Candy Man    
The New Beats   I Like Bread and Butter  


This is the night when the animals talk, and I know what the dog said to my Mom

Elvis Presley    Hound Dog   
The Everly Brothers   Bird Dog 
Bent Fabric    Alley Cat 
The Tokens    The Lion Sleeps


The Battle of THE TREE continues, Jean Sheppard had it good with a leg lamp

Prokofiev    Troika    
Tchaikovsky    March Of The Toy Soldiers 
Vince Guaraldi Trio   Skating Night Before Xmas 5:34


Louis Armstrong   Night Before Christmas

It was the last thing he ever recorded. Satchmo died the following July. You just never know. Embrace the moment, especially at Christmas.


Transcendent voices binding us, each to the other

Choir of King's College  The Holly and the Ivy  
A Capella    Carol of the Bells   


I’m sure my mom had other concerns, probably had to lose pay to do it, but this is what love is.

Diana Ross    Silver Bells 
Spike Jones   All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth  
Gayla Peevey   I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas - 
Johnny Preston   I Want A Rock and Roll Guitar   
Barry Gordon   Nuttin' For Christmas   
Bing Crosby   It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas   


 “I like to see a man who’s happy in his work”

Bobby Helms   Jingle Bell Rock  
The Beach Boys  Little Saint Nick   
Brenda Lee   Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 
The Ronettes   Sleigh Ride 
The McGuire Sisters  Christmas Alphabet 


You die when your name is spoken aloud for the very last time.
Tell you family your stories, stories like the ones I told you this evening,
They will keep those stoies, and you, in their hearts long after the telling is done.

Thanks for being among my family tonight

Charles Brown   Please Come Home For Christmas   
James Taylor   Isn't It Nice To Be Home Again 
James Taylor   Shower The People 
James Taylor   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 

Trivia Answer

"O Tannenbaum" is the original German name of the song you may know as "O Christmas Tree".  Happy holidays, everyone!

Host Next Week (Dec 29, 2012):  John Simon

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dec 15, 2012 - JR - 1972, holidays (JR & KV)

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  Dec 15, 2012
Host:  John Rudan (with Kim Vaughan as co-host for the third hour)
Feature:  1972 (6-8pm), holiday music (8-9pm)

Birthday Calendar

Dec 8 - Dan Hartman - born in 1950

Dec 11 - David Gates (Bread) - age 72
Dec 11 - Brenda Lee - age 68
Dec 11 - Jermaine Jackson (J5) - age 58
Dec 12 - Dionne Warwick - age 72
Dec 12 - Frank Sinatra - born in 1915
Dec 14 - Spike Jones - born in 1911
Dec 15 - Dave Clark (DC5) - age 70

Rock and Roll Trivia

This group's first entry on the Billboard Pop Chart was "White Christmas" in 1955 -- who were they? 

(scroll down for the answer below the playlist)



OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock 'n' Roll - Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys - 1969 - peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, produced by Jimi Hendrix

I Am Woman - Helen Reddy - 1972 - BB Hot 100, #1 on 12/15/1972, 1 week


In Heaven There Is No Beer - Clean Living - 1972

Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - Temptations - 1972 - BB Hot 100, #1 on 12/08/1972, 1 week

I'm Stone In Love With You - The Stylistics - 1972

If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - 1972

I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll) - Gary Glitter - 1972 - Gary's real name is Paul Gadd


Jambalya (On The Bayou) - The Blue Ridge Rangers - 1972 - This group is CCR's John Fogerty incognito, singing and playing all the instruments

Walk On Water/Theme - Neil Diamond - 1972 - Neil's last 45 release on the legendary UNI label, before moving to Columbia Records

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash - 1972

Knock Knock Who's There - Mary Hopkin - 1972 - Apple Records 45; peaked at BB Hot 100 #92

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Blue Haze - 1972

Jesus Is Just Alright - The Doobie Brothers - 1972 - Original version released by the Byrds peaked at BB Hot 100 #97 in 1970; Doobies peaked at BB Hot 100 #35



Try Too Hard - The Dave Clark Five - 1966 - Clark was actually the drummer, not the vocalist

Instant Replay - Dan Hartman - 1978

Sweet Surrender - Bread - 1972 - BB Hot 100 #20 with a bullet on this date in '72


Somethin' Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra - 1967 - BB Hot 100 #1 for 4 weeks in '67

Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick - 1962 - Dionne's first BB Hot 100 entry peaked at #21

Let Me Tickle Your Fancy - Jermaine Jackson - 1982 - New wavers Devo on backing vocals!

Hi Hi Hi - Wings - 1972 - BB Hot 100 #100 on this date!  Despite controversial lyrics, peaked at #10 in early '73

Dialogue (Part I & II) - Chicago - 1972 - 45 version

Something's Wrong With Me - Austin Roberts - 1972

Pieces Of April - Three Dog Night - 1972 - Written by Dave Loggins

You Ought To Be With Me - Al Green - 1972

Superfly - Curtis Mayfield - 1972 - Title song of the "blaxploitation" film of the same name

Keeper Of The Castle - The Four Tops - 1972 - First 45 release on Dunhill Records, after 
 leaving Motown!

Do It Again - Steely Dan - 1972 - 45 version

8pm (holiday feature, co-hosts: John Rudan and Kim Vaughan)

White Christmas - The Drifters - 1954 - featuring Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinkney - #2 on the R&B chart in 1954, and the following year it was the first Drifters song to hit the Billboard Top 100


Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day - Brenda Lee - 1964

Christmas Time Is Here Again - The Flirtations - 1968 - this was the b-side of the original release of Nothing But a Heartache... but that 45 wasn't successful, so they re-released Nothing But a Heartache in 1969 with a different b-side

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams - 1963

Santa Claus Is Back in Town - Elvis Presley - 1957

7 O'Clock News / Silent Night - Simon & Garfunkel - 1966 - (telephone request)

Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding - 1968

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth - Spike Jones and His City Slickers - 1947

You're All I Want for Christmas - Brook Benton - 1963

The Fella Who Couldn't Wait for Christmas - Ed Grimley (Martin Short) - 1982 - from the Dec 17, 1982 episode of SCTV - watch the sketch here (better video) or here (better audio)

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively) - 1982 - from their comedy album, The Great White North

Christmas in Jail - The Youngsters - 1956 - a cautionary tale about drinking and driving

A Warm Little Home on the Hill - Stevie Wonder - 1978

Christmas Is Here Again - Roger Whittaker - 1978

The Christmas Blues - Dean Martin - 1953

That Spirit of Christmas - Ray Charles - 1985

White Christmas - Bing Crosby - 1942

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny - 1959 - #1 for two weeks

Trivia Answer:

The Drifters - they recorded White Christmas in 1954, and the following year it was the first of their recordings to make it onto the Billboard Hot 100.

Next Week (Dec 22):  Gary's Rockin' Remnants Holiday Special!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Dec 8, 2012 - JS - holidays, Lennon, etc.

Rockin' Remnants

December 8, 2012

Host: John Simon (with studio assistance from Kim Vaughan and Dan Cole)

Theme(s): Free-for-all Oldies Show, Holiday Music; Birthday Calendar; The anniversary of John Lennon's death; Listener requests (*)

Birthday Calendar

Dec 5 - Little Richard - age 80
Dec 5 - Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina) - age 65
Dec 5 - Andy Kim - age 60
Dec 6 - Dave Brubeck - 1920 (passed away two days ago)
Dec 6 - Jonathan King - age 68
Dec 8 - Jerry Butler - age 73
Dec 8 - Gregg Allman - age 65
Dec 8 - Jim Morrison (Doors) - 1943 

Rock and Roll Trivia

1) This singer/songwriter/guitarist and his brother formed a band in high school that went on to sell millions of records for a small California label.

2) In 1969 they played the Woodstock Music Festival and also took three singles to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two years later his brother left the band, beginning a long-standing feud

3) His songs have been covered by acts including Solomon Burke, Tina Turner, The Checkmates and Bruce Springsteen (who personally inducted him into the R 'n' R Hall of Fame).

answer below the playlist)


6-7 p.m.

This I Swear - The Skyliners [cited by Smokey Robinson as an influence on him as both a writer and a singer]

I'll Try Something New - The Miracles [later recorded and released as a charting single by Supremes & Temptations]

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Supremes & Temptations [written by Gamble & Huff; debuted on this date in '69went all the way to #2 on the Pop chart]

Kay - John Wesley Ryles [for our cab driver friends. Only reached #83 in late '68  -  but made it to #9 on C&W chart]

Expressway to Your Heart - Soul Survivors [Blue-eyed Soul record produced by Gamble & Huff on the Crimson label; #4 in November '67]

Incense & Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock [their first charting single made it all the way to #1 on 11/25/67]

The Bells of St. Mary's - Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans [f
rom Phil Spector's Christmas Album, 1963]

*Little Bright Star - Diana Ross & The Supremes [an LP track from their 1967 Christmas album]

It's Only Love - The Beatles [John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980; Howard Cosell first broke the news nationally during ABC's Monday Night Football television broadcast]

*Across the Universe - The Beatles [originally recorded for a benefit album in 1969, later included on Let It BeThis version first surfaced on Past Masters, Vol. 2 CD]

Please Come Home for Christmas - Charles Brown [
the original from 1961; Eagles would have a hit with it in 1978but this is the real deal]

*Remember When - The Platters

Honey Chile - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas [#11 in 12/67 on Gordy Records, backed by The Funk Bros.]

Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy - Jackie Wilson [#32 in 11/67, backed by members of The Funk Bros.]

Cast Your Fate to The Wind - Vince Guaraldi Trio

7-8 p.m [Birthday Calendar and more]

Make it Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler [
a Bacharach/David tune later covered by The Walker Bros.]

Revival - The Allman Brothers Band [their debut charting single, reached #92 in January '71]

You're Lost Little Girl - The Doors [from Strange Days LP, 1968]

*Send Me Some Lovin' - Little Richard [the charting b-side of Lucille, from 1957]

Lucille - Little Richard [spent 2 weeks at #1 on the R&B charts]

Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet [#25 in the Fall of '61; the Jazz pianist died this week, two days before his 92nd birthday]

On Broadway - The Drifters [with young Phil Spector playing the guitar solo]

Baby (You're My Everything) - Hedgehoppers Anonymous (feat. Jonathan King; rel. as a single in the UK]

* Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix Experience

Bittersweet - The Robbs [non-charting single on Mercury Records from 9/66 for this Wisconsin band]

Susan - Buckinghams [#11 in 12/67; stock copies featured a 60-sec. psychedelic "freak-out" edited out for radio play]

I'll Make Every Day Like Christmas - Joe Tex [rel. in 12/67 on Atlantic Records; dnc]

*Gloria - Them [requested in honor of the caller's departed mother, whose birthday is this coming week]

The End - Earl Grant [#7 in Fall of '58; this Jazz keyboardist mostly released instrumental singles. Not this time!]

8-9 p.m. [Seventies Happy Hour]

These Days - Gregg Allman [
from his 1971 solo release Laid Back; song written by Jackson Browne]

*Santa Claus is Comin' To Town - Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band [rec. 12/12/78 at CW Post College]

Thinking of You - Loggins & Messina [45 version, which is a different performance from all LP/CD versions]

*I Wonder - Rodriguez [ca. 1971, from the Searching for Sugarman soundtrack; feat. Motown Records' Bob Babbitt on bass]

*Without You - Nilsson [spent 4 weeks at #1 in early '72; written by Badfinger's Pete Ham]

*Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim [his lone #1 record] 

 I Want to Hold Your Hand - Lakeside [soul-ballad version of Lennon-McCartney tune; #102 on the Pop charts in early '82, but #5 R&B]

For Love - Pousette-Dart Band [the lone charting single (#83) for this New England-based soft rock group]

Sweet City Woman - Stampeders

*River - Joni Mitchell [from her album Blue. A perennial FM radio holiday favorite, with a dedication "from Dave to Vikki"]

When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees [original 45, presented to JS by his buddy PB, whose birthday was 12/8/53 and who died way too young]

Missing You - John Waite [former lead singer of the Babys; reached #1 in Sept. 1984]

Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny [
our closing theme every week]

Trivia answer

John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Next week: JR

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