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Dec 29, 2012 - JS - holidays, snow

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  Dec 29, 2012
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  holidays, snow

Birthday Calendar

This week spotlighting "Founding Fathers" - all charter members of their respective groups:

Dec 23 - Eugene Record (Chi-Lites) – born in 1940
Dec 23 - Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna) – 73 years old
Dec 26 - Abdul “Duke” Fakir (Four Tops) – 77 years old
Dec 27 - Mike Pinder (Moody Blues) – 71 years old
Dec 28 - Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star) – born in 1950
Dec 29 - Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) – 71 years old
Dec 29 - Bobby Comstock (Ithaca’s own!) – 71 years old

Rock and Roll Trivia

Clue 1:  These session musicians appeared on hundreds of hit records in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. On dozens of them, they actually shared billing with the featured artist.

Clue 2:  In 1979, they were given a "Superpickers" award by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for having sung on more Top 10 discs than any other vocal group in history.

Clue 3:   In 1969 Elvis Presley invited the group to join him for an extended engagement in Las Vegas, but they had recording studio conflicts with 35 of those shows and had to decline. In between, they recorded with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Ringo Starr on hundreds of other C&W and Pop records, mostly in their home base of Nashville.

(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

Marshmallow World – Darlene Love
Do You Believe in Magic – Lovin’ Spoonful
Ooh Baby – Deon Jackson
It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart it’s Spring) – Felice Taylor [recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, but clearly intended to sound like a Motown record  -  right down to Ms. Taylor's Diana Ross-inspired vocal]
I’m Losing You – Temptations [the real deal from Motown's Funk Brothers in their prime. This was the Tempts' 4th consecutive R&B #1 and third in a row featuring lead singer David Ruffin]
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Orioles [from 11/49 - about as far back as we go....]
Let’s Hang On – 4 Seasons [extended edit (courtesy of Hiltronex Sound in Ithaca)]
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles
Lucille – Everly Brothers
*Everlasting Love – Robert Knight
No Fair At All – Association [mono single version - only reached #51 in early '67]
Little Town Flirt – Del Shannon
Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba
*Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Johnny Rivers (a birthday dedication to Sarah)
Mess Up a Good Thing – Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure [Ms. Bass passed away on 12/26. Best known for the Oldies Radio staple "Rescue Me," this duet was her first nationally-charting record. Gregg Allman would later record it and release it as a single from his "Laid Back" LP]
*The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
*Slip Sliding Away – Paul Simon (from Joe the cabdriver)

7-8pm (birthdays and trivia)

Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops
Cry Like a Baby – Box Tops (mono 45)

Your Big Brown Eyes – Bobby Comstock
A Letter to Myself – The Chi-Lites [combines the key elements of "Have You Seen Her" (spoken monologue) and "Oh Girl" (mournful harmonica, plaintive vocal delivery).]
Water Song – Jorma Kaukonen
*Something Old, Something New – Paul & Paula
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Dean Martin
Shy Girl – The Cascades
*Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes
Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
I’m On the Outside Looking In – Little Anthony & The Imperials
A Girl Like You – The Rascals
Sweeter Than You – Rick Nelson (w/ The Jordanaires)
A Mess o’ Blues – Elvis Presley (w/ The Jordanaires)
Why Can’t He Be You? – Patsy Cline (w/ The Jordanaires) [b-side of her crossover hit "Heartaches," this one just barely missed the Hot 100 on its own merit]

8-9pm (70s hour)

Thirteen – Big Star
When She Was My Girl – Four Tops
You’re Only Lonely – JD Souther
Don’t Say You Don’t Remember – Beverly Bremers
Watching and Waiting – Moody Blues [released as a single in Nov. '69 with high hopes of duplicating the success of "Nights in White Satin," it went absolutely nowhere. A shame.]
Same Auld Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
Snow – Five Stairsteps
*I Do the Rock – Tim Curry

Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert
Massachusetts – Arlo Guthrie [named the official Folk Song of Massachusetts in 1981. From Arlo's "Amigos" LP]

9-9:30pm (overtime!)

Once You Get Started – Rufus
Walking in Rhythm – Blackbyrds
I Can’t Stop – White Plains [released as a UK-only single in November 1972]
You Could Have Been With Me – Sheena Easton
Four Strong Winds – Neil Young

Run, Run, Run – Jo Jo Gunne
*Everlasting Love – Carl Carlton
Beautiful People – Melanie [released as a single in November 1969 and spent 13 weeks on Record World's "Looking Up" chart, never getting higher than #103]
*I Only Have Eyes For You – Flamingoes

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

Trivia Answer

A:  The Jordanaires

Host Next Week (Jan 5):  John Rudan

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