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Jan 12, 2013 - JS - 1964

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Date:  Jan 12, 2013 
Host:  John Simon (JS)
Feature:  Jan 12, 1964  

Background:  The country was still reeling from the shocking assassination of JFK. The music was fairly innocuous, and nobody had a clue that things were about to be completely turned upside-down by a little 7” single that would debut at #45 next week.

Birthday Calendar

Jan 8 - Little Anthony Gourdine (The Imperials) - 73 years old 
Jan 8 - Robbie Krieger (The Doors, guitar) - 67 years old

Jan 9 - Joan Baez - 73 years old
Jan 9 - Scott Engel (Walker Brothers) - 70 years old
Jan 9 - Jimmy Page (session player, Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin) - 69 years old

Rock and Roll Trivia

Clue 1:  This Michigan-born singer, songwriter and R’n’R Hall-of-Fame inductee took 5 of his compositions to the Top 40 before the onslaught of the British Invasion. After that, most of his success was with covers of other artists’ songs.

Clue 2:  He recorded songs that are still strongly identified with The Beatles, The Stones, Peter & Gordon and even Bonnie Raitt.

Clue 3:  His first big hit featured a lead instrument called the Musitron, which was an early version of the synthesizer.  

(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

Have You Heard – The Duprees  (#49, down from a peak of #18)

Forget Him – Bobby Rydell (at #5 this week, headed to #4)

My One and Only Jimmy Boy – The Girlfriends (headed to #49)

The Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl (#70, headed to #44)

You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore (at #37 this week, headed to #2)

In My Room – Beach Boys (b-side of “Be True to Your School,” reached #44)


See the Funny Little Clown – Bobby Goldsboro (headed to #9)

Hey Jude – Wilson Pickett 

*California Sun – Rivieras

*Big Girls Don’t Cry – 4 Seasons

Duke of Earl – Gene Chandler

Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke 

I Was Born to Cry – Dion [this b-side reached #42 in the spring of ’62]

It’s All in the Game – Cliff Richard (headed to #25. This is what most of America thought “British Pop” sounded like)


I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles [would debut next week at #45; 2 weeks later it would begin a 7-week run at #1…and the rest is history]

*Last Kiss – J. Frank Wilson

7-8pm (birthdays and trivia)

Hurt So Bad – Little Anthony & The Imperials (#10 in early ’65)

Love Me Two Times – Doors (#25 in Jan. ‘68)

No Expectations – Joan Baez [released as a single in early ’70. Didn’t chart.]

Lights of Cincinnati – Scott Walker [#13 single in the UK, 6/69]


Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – Walker Bros.

Here Comes the Night – Lulu [the original, with Jimmy Page on guitar]

Black Dog – Led Zeppelin 

Cold, Cold Winter – Pixies Three (#98, down from #79)

*Girl From Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz

Jody – Del Shannon [the b-side of his big #1 hit “Runaway”]


From Me to You – Del Shannon [the first Lennon/McCartney composition to chart in the US, summer of ‘63]

Can I Get a Witness – Marvin Gaye

*Dancin’ in the Streets – Martha & The Vandellas


Don’t Ever Be Lonely – Cornelius Bros. & Sister Rose

Kung Fu Fighting – Van McCoy

It’s a Heartache – Bonnie Tyler

*Blow Away – George Harrison

Wildflower – Skylark

Dreamin’ – Cliff Richard

You Keep Me Hangin’ On/Hurt So Bad – Jackie DeShannon [her final single for Imperial Records, 4/70; didn’t chart]


You Can’t Change That – Raydio

*Time Loves a Hero – Little Feat [a dedication: “To Julia from Abel”]

Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders

Can’t Get Over Losing You – Donnie Elbert

China Grove – Doobie Brothers

When the Lovelight is Shining In His Eyes – The Supremes (this record peaked at #23 and didn’t even register on the R&B chart. Motown was preparing to cut the hitless group from their roster  -  and their next record would only reach #93. And then…10 of their next 13 singles reached #1 on the Pop charts, making them the most successful “girl group” of all-time)

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

Trivia Answer

A:  Del Shannon.  (Congratulations to Chip, this week's winner!)

Next Week (Jan 19):  John Simon and Kim Vaughan with a spotlight on Jan 19, 1968

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