Friday, June 7, 2013

June 8, 2013 - JS - 1966

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  June 8, 2013
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  6-8-66

Tonight Rockin' Remnants looks at early June 1966. The British Invasion was fully integrated into the mix, “Folk Rock” was securely established, Soul music and Rock ‘n’ Roll were getting more sophisticated, and Frank Sinatra was about to score his biggest hit of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. The Rolling Stones had the #1 record in the land, but The Beatles’ new single debuted on this date at #27. Two weeks later it would leap into the top slot. 
We’ll also visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, where Senator Robert F. Kennedy was being memorialized on this date in 1968. 

 Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the early morning of June 5, 1968. His eulogy and funeral took place on June 8th in NYC's St. Patrick's Cathedral. Singer Andy Williams was asked to sing The Battle Hymn of The Republic in the service, and that performance was recorded and later released on Columbia Records.

Birthday Calendar

June 2 -  Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones, drummer) - 72 years old 
June 3 -  Deniece Williams - 62 years old
June 4 - Michelle Phillips (Mamas & Papas) 69 years old

            - Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) - born in 1945

June 6 - Levi Stubbs (Four Tops) - born in 1936
June 8 - Boz Scaggs 69 years old

Rock and Roll Trivia

Clue 1:   This recording artist appeared on Capitol Records for much of his career before launching his own successful record label.

Clue 2:  His signature vocal tag line was created in the studio in front of a large audience when the song he was recording ran longer than his lyric sheet - and instead of the "cold ending" he was used to, the song was designed to fade.

Clue 3:  Known as "The Chairman of the Board" and "Old Blue Eyes", he was the first artist to score a #1 hit with a father-daughter duet.

(scroll down for the answer below the playlist)


(songs in bold are from the spotlight date of  6-8-66; yellow song titles are YouTube links; songs with * were requests)

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 a Rock – Simon & Garfunkel [peaking on this date at #3, for the first of 2 weeks]

Oh How Happy – Shades of Blue [at #13, headed to #12]


Sweet Talkin’ Guy – Chiffons [at #11 this week, headed to #10]

Opus 17 (Don’t Worry About Me) – 4 Seasons [#14, headed to #13]

Younger Girl – Critters [#67, headed to #42. A competing version by The Hondells did better in the western states, but the Critters won the chart race with this John Sebastian composition]


It’s An Uphill Climb to The Bottom – Walter Jackson [#96, headed to #88 Pop and #11 R&B]

Don’t Cross Over – Linda Brannon [Bubbled under at #115 in early ’64]


Come Go With Me – Dell-Vikings

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown

Better Use Your Head – Little Anthony & Imperials [#58, headed to #54 - but a big hit on the “Northern Soul” dance circuit in the ‘90s and ‘00s]

I’m On the Outside Looking In – Little Anthony & Imperials [a more-characteristic ballad from 1965]

When a Woman Loves a Man – Esther Phillips [this “answer record” to the Percy Sledge hit, both on Atlantic Records,(which was currently at #4 on the Pop charts after a two-week run at #1) would stall at #73 next week  -  but reach a respectable #26 on the R&B charts]


Paperback WriterThe Beatles [debuted at #27 this week, headed to #1 two short weeks later  -  making it the second-highest debut of any Pop record up to that time]

I’ll Be Gone – Pozo-Seco Singers [at #116, headed to only #92 Pop in a few weeks]

You Waited Too Long – Five Stairsteps [their debut single, featuring the recently-departed Clarence Burke, Jr. Down to #106 after a peak at #94 Pop and #16 R&B]


7-8pm (birthdays, trivia, and a tribute to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy)

* Paint It, Black – Rolling Stones [peaking at #1 (first of 2 wks)]

There’s No Living Without Your Loving – Peter & Gordon [peaking at #50] 


Got a Feelin’ – Mamas & Papas [b-side of “Monday, Monday” peaked at #1 in early May]

Lovin’ You Is Sweeter Than Ever – Four Tops [headed to #45 Pop, #12 R&B. Co-written by Stevie Wonder, who also laid down the funky drum track!]

Free – Deniece Williams [her debut single from late ’76; #25 Pop, #2 R&B]


Battle Hymn of The Republic – Andy Williams with the St. Charles Borremeo Choir [recorded on June 8, 1968; see top of post for images]

Abraham, Martin & John – Dion [one of 4 charting versions of this homage to the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr.  -  all of whom were gunned down by assassins within a 4 ½ year span]


Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle [at #19 this week, headed to #2. Written by American Paul Simon and Australian member of The Seekers Bruce Woodley, who met on a European tour a year earlier]

Kicks – Paul Revere & Raiders [down to #27 from a peak of #4]

You Wouldn’t Listen – Ides of March [at #115, headed to #42]


Along Comes Mary – Association [at #64, headed to #7]

Girl In Love – The Outsiders [follow-up to Time Won’t Let Me, at #23 > 21]


* A Groovy Kind of Love – Mindbenders [#5 after 2 weeks at #2]

Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra [at #6 this week, headed to #1 after Paperback Writer took the top slot  -  which the Beatles would re-claim a week later]


8-9pm (70s hour)

On and On – Stephen Bishop [just missed the Top 10 in June1977 – and mentions Frank Sinatra!]

Riding In My Car – NRBQ [College Radio/FM classic from early ‘70s]

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac [reached #12 in the Fall of 1982]

It’s Over – Boz Scaggs [one of 4 charting songs from his 1976 Silk Degrees LP]

Love On a Two-Way Street – Moments [in the middle of a 5-week run at the top of the R&B charts on this date in 1970]


Ooh Child – Stairsteps [also from this date in 1970, their biggest Pop hit – featuring the late Clarence Burke, Jr.]

My Love – Sonny James [this Petula Clark cover was a #1 C&W hit from June of 1975]


Too Much, Too Little, Too Late – Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams [#1 in June 1978]

Rocky Mountain High – John Denver

Shannon – Henry Gross [this Beach Boys soundalike hit the Top Ten in early ‘76; an ode to a passed pup]


* Mirage – Tommy James & Shondells

Just My Style – Gary Lewis & Playboys
One Fine Morning – Lighthouse - Canada's #1 horn band of the 1970's



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

Trivia Answer

A:   FRANK SINATRA.  (Congratulations to Warren from Freeville, who correctly answered the question and won four tickets to Darien Lake!)

Host Next Week (June 15):  John Simon with a spotlight on mid-June, 1968 (for 4 hours next week, not 3!)

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