Date: Nov 24, 2012
Host: John Simon
Theme: It's the annual "JS Birthday Weekend Show - playing his favorites, with a special spotlight on 11/68"
11/19 - Hank Medress (The Tokens) born in 1939
- Pete Moore (The Miracles) - 73 years old
- Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) born in 1935
11/20 - Duane Allman (session guitarist, founding member of the Allman Bros. Band) born in 1946; he died in a motorcycle accident at age 24
1) This singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist first arrived on the scene fronting a band whose name was borrowed from a 1950's horror film.
2) His love for American R&B music was reflected in songs he recorded celebrating the work of such pioneers as Jackie Wilson, Fats Domino and Jimmy Reed.
3) Popularly known as both "The Belfast Cowboy" and "Van the Man," he's responsible for many songs that have basically become "standards" in the musical lexicon (including Brown-Eyed Girl, Moondance, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You...).
(scroll down for the answer below the playlist...)
Holiday - the Bee Gees
Holidays Are Coming... (a vintage Coca Cola radio spot from the early '70s)
Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen (released on this date in 1967; the third in their "Snoopy" trilogy)
Silver Bells - The Ventures
Abraham, Martin & John - Dion (mono 45 - the way it sounded back then) - peaking at #5
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (at #8 this week, headed to #3)
Wouldn't It Be Nice - Beach Boys (from Pet Sounds; this was the b-side of its single)
*Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (a telephone request-and-dedication for the birthday DJ) - The Blossoms, including Darlene Love, provided the background vocals for this song. Shelley Fabares was primarily a tv actress rather than a singer, and she recorded only a few 45s.
*Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson (telephone request)
*Taxi - Harry Chapin (telephone request) - He also recorded a sequel to this song, titled "Sequel".
La La Means I Love You - Delfonics (recent "gold" from the spring of '68)
59th Street Bridge Song - Simon & Garfunkel (telephone request)
Maureen - the Bachelors (from the London Records LP "England's Greatest Hit-Makers")
*Down in The Boondocks - Billy Joe Royal (telephone request)
Love Child - Diana Ross & The Supremes (their first #1 under the new billing with Diana's name first, and their first without Holland-Dozier-Holland, from 1968)
A Fork in The Road - Miracles (b-side of the "Tracks of My Tears" single)
You're My Girl - Tokens (written by Carole King, it was intended to be the Tokens' follow-up to "He's In Town" - until the label decided those two records were too similar and they pulled the release.)
Weeping Willow - Kingston Trio
Please Be With Me - Cowboy (with Duane Allman on acoustic slide dobro)
One Way Out - Allman Brothers Band (recorded live at the Fillmore East - from "Eat a Peach")
*The More I See You - Chris Montez (telephone request)
Take Me In Your Arms - The Isley Brothers (charted on both the R&B and pop charts; it was a re-make of a Kim Weston hit, later recorded by the Doobie Brothers)
Oh No, Not My Baby - Maxine Brown (a JS favorite, written by Carole King)
Stormy - Classics IV (at #11 this week in 1968)
Me About You - The Turtles (released by White Whale Records in early 1970 after the band had departed; made it to #105)
Everything That Touches You - The Association (mono 45 version - peaked at #10 in the Spring of '68)
Misty - Johnny Mathis
Day Tripper - The Beatles (relegated to the b-side of "We Can Work It Out." Still made it to #5)
You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - Lovin' Spoonful (original Kama Sutra 45)
Sleigh Ride - The Ventures (paired with "Walk Don't Run" from The Ventures' Christmas Album)
Where Is the Love - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (promo mono 45)
Native New Yorker - Odyssey (lead singer Lillian Lopez passed away this past September)
Nothin' From Nothin' - Billy Preston
*Come And Get Your Love - Redbone (telephone request)
I Think We're Alone Now - The Rubinoos (charting cover of the Tommy James & The Shondells tune from Spring of '77)
Jackie Wilson Said - Van Morrison (our trivia answer!)
Whenever I Call You 'Friend' - Kenny Loggins (with Stevie Nicks)
County Line - Pousette-Dart Band (an FM radio staple from the 1977 "Amnesia" LP)
A Whiter Shade of Pale - RB Greaves - This cover of the 1967 Procul Harum hit reached #82 in late 1970 on Atco Records. Greaves is best known for the song Take a Letter Maria.
Time Passages - Al Stewart (original 45 from 1978)
All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper (picture-sleeve 45 from 1984)
and then....two more JS favorites to end the show (both on RCA Records and both with Floyd Cramer on piano):
I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
The End of The World - Skeeter Davis
Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny
Next week: JR is back!
Van Morrison (who first fronted the band called "Them" and wrote "Domino," "Jackie Wilson Said" and "Cleaning Windows," among many others)