Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nov 3, 2012 - JS - 1962

Rockin' Remnants

Date: Nov 3, 2012

Host: John Simon

Feature Chart Date: Nov 3, 1962
[additional sub-features: Hurricane Sandy; JS's 16-year old daughter's birthday; November 1968]

Birthday Calendar

Nov 2, 1938 - Jay Black (born David Blatt, performed as David Black until he took over as the lead of Jay and the Americans and changed his first name to fit) - now age 74  
Nov 2, 1944 - Keith Emerson (keyboardist for The Nice and other groups, best known for his work with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) - now age 68
Nov 2, 1945 - JD Souther (performer and songwriter, wrote a lot of hits for the Eagles and for Linda Ronstadt) - now age 67
Nov 3, 1948 - Lulu (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) - now age 64

Trivia Contest

Clue 1 - This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist and songwriter played on dozens of hit records and co-wrote three R&B #1's in the 60s.

Clue 2 - Cited as an influence by guitar players including Pete Townshend and Keith Richards, he was even referenced by name in two big radio hits upon which he played.

Clue 3 - Moving from Memphis to LA in the '70s, he played on sessions for acts ranging from Levon Helm and Ringo Starr to The Blues Brothers, but his work with Booker T & The MGs would stand as his greatest claim to fame. 

[answer below the playlist...]


(bold font indicates the song is from this week's spotlight date)

6-7 p.m.

Only Love Can Break A Heart - Gene Pitney peaking at #2 on this date in 1962
He's a Rebel - The Crystals first of two weeks at #1 in Nov 1962, a Phil Spector production feat. Darlene Love
Devil In Her Heart - The Beatles - a cover of an obscure tune (Devil in His Heart) by The Donays, an R&B group from Detroit
Stormy Monday - Bobby "Blue" Bland - by Nov 3, 1962, it had fallen to #51, having peaked at #43

Sandy - Ronny & The Daytonas
Sandy - Dion - on Laurie Records, without the Belmonts
A Song That Never Comes - Cashman, Pistilli & West [a WABC "Pick Hit" from 1968; never charted nationally]
The Rain, The Park and Other Things - Cowsills - peaked at #2 in 1967
I Can Hear the Rain - Reparata & The Del-Rons [Top 40 UK hit from 1966]

The Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann - written by Bob Dylan
Don't You Care - Buckinghams

One More Town - Kingston Trio
down to #111, having peaked at #97 for two weeks
Big Girls Don't Cry - Four Seasons [telephone request] - headed for five weeks at #1

Spooky - Mike Sharpe - this is the original instrumental version, which peaked at #57 in 1967 (the band Classics IV added lyrics and brought it to #3 the following year, and it was later a hit for The Atlanta Rhythm Section as well)
Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs [telephone request]
Love Will Rain on You - Archie Bell & The Drells - b-side of "Do the Choo-Choo" 11/68

7-8 p.m. [Birthdays: Lulu, Jay Black, Keith Emerson, JD Souther]

To Sir With Love - Lulu - #1 for five weeks in the fall of '67.  It's not really representative of Lulu's style -- she was a belter.  This was actually the b-side of the single (The Boat That I Row was the a-side), but this was the theme song for a movie by the same name, and it became a huge hit after the movie was released.
What Will My Mary Say - Jay Black - a Johnny Mathis song, the lone single released by the lead singer of Jay & The Americans under this name; it didn't chart
You Keep Me Hanging On - Supremes [telephone request]
From The Beginning - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Time of the Season - The Zombies - 1969

Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - Doris Day [telephone request] - this song has been recorded by many artists, often in Spanish (it was originally written in Spanish, and new lyrics were written in English - not a translation of the original lyrics)
Catch Us If You Can - Dave Clark Five [telephone request]
Because - Dave Clark Five [telephone request]
Big Bird - Eddie Floyd - only reached #132 in spring of '68  -  and nowhere on the R&B Chart!

16 Candles - The Crests - from 1958, peaked at #2
Happy Birthday Sweet 16 - Neil Sedaka - 1961
It Hurts to Be 16 - Andrea Carroll - 1963, made it to #45 on the pop charts
Only 16 - Sam Cooke

I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett - this record won two Grammy Awards for 1962 (Record of the Year and Best Male Solo Vocal Performance of the Year)
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley five weeks at #2, stuck behind the Four Seasons
Magic Wand - Don & Juan follow-up to "What's Your Name", only reached #91
Up on The Roof - The Drifters debuted on this date in 1962, headed to #5

8-9 p.m.

Harvest Moon - Neil Young [telephone request] - from the 90s, but in the style of his earlier work, so we made an exception to our usual focus on the 50s-60s-70s
Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson - written by Neil Young
In the Midnight Hour - Cross Country
Up On The Roof - Laura Nyro - peaked at #92; ironically, her only charting single was a song she didn't write...
Soul Man - Sam & Dave - 1967, with guitarist Steve Cropper, who gets a shout-out during both the Sam & Dave and the Blues Brothers versions of the song: "Play it, Steve!"
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty - reached #2 in 1978

You're Only Lonely - JD Souther - his biggest hit as a solo artist, peaking at #7 in 1979
You're 16 - Ringo Starr - reached #1 in 1974
Only 16 - Dr. Hook
In The Bottle - Brother To Brother - from the summer of 1974, reached #46 on the pop charts and #9 on the R&B charts, written and originally recorded by Gil Scott-Heron

Only In America - The Drifters - before Atlantic Records had second thoughts and gave it to Jay & The Americans
Don't Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream - Tower of Power [telephone request]

Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny

Trivia Answer

Steve Cropper (co-author of "In the Midnight Hour," "Knock On Wood" and "Dock of The Bay"  - and the guitarist for Booker T & The MGs, the house band for Stax Records in Memphis)

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