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Oct 5, 2013 - JS - 1966

Rockin' Remnants

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Date: October 5, 2013
Host: John Simon
Feature: 1966

Back in the golden age of Top 40 Radio they'd play the #1 record once an hour. This Saturday we'll play the 45 version of the #1 record on this date in 1966 (slightly sped-up, sonically compressed for more audio punch and deftly edited to guarantee frequent airplay) and then we'll play the album version in hour #3. We'll also play some low-charting treasures you never hear any more, some sure-fire Motown dance hits, a little bit of Apple Festival music, we'll give away some State Theatre tix, AND we’ll play your requests - all for free on your radio! 6-9 p.m. on 93.5 FM or wvbr.com.

Birthday Calendar     

Sept 30 – Johnny Mathis – 78 years old

             –  Marilyn McCoo – 70 years old
             –  Frankie Lymon – born in 1942, died at 25

Oct 1 – Richard Harris -  – born in 1930

Oct 3 – Chubby Checker – 72 years old
          – Eddie Cochran – born in 1938, died at 21

Oct 5 – Steve Miller – 70 years old




(songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 10-5-66; yellow song titles are YouTube links; songs with * were requests; all chart information comes from the Billboard Hot 100 unless otherwise noted)

6-7 p.m.


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

Cherish – The Association [in its 3rd and final week at #1, this is the mono 45 version]

Black Is Black – Los Bravos [peaking at #4 in its 2nd week]


I’m Ready for Love – Martha & Vandellas [bubbling under and headed only to #9 Pop, #2 R&B]

You Were On My Mind – We Five [one of several versions of this song written by Sylvia Fricker (Ian & Sylvia), reached #3 in the Summer of ‘65.  Member Michael Stewart was the brother of John Stewart, and producer of Billy Joel's Piano Man LP]

* Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys [a telephone request from the mother of a 2 year-old nicknamed “Shoopy”]

Guantanamera – The Sandpipers [down to #35 from a peak of #9]

Dandy – Herman’s Hermits [at #48, headed to #5, written by Ray Davies of The Kinks]


Little Green Apples – OC Smith [Fall of 1968; #2 Pop & R&B]

Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay & Techniques [reached #6 in the Summer of ‘67]


One Bad Apple – Osmonds [spent 5 weeks at #1 in early 1971 (and reached #6 R&B), recorded at Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama and intended to sound just like a Jackson 5 record. It obviously came close…]

Bus Stop – The Hollies [down to #15 from a 3-week run at #5]

* Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra [#34 after a peak of #25]


Sand In My Shoes – The Drifters (the follow-up to Under the Boardwalk)

Mr. Dieingly Sad – The Critters [peaking at #17]

 All Summer Long – Beach Boys [never released as a single, but one of the greatest end-of-Summer songs of the Rockin’ Remnants era]


7-8 p.m. (birthdays and more from October 1966)

* The Joker – Steve Miller Band 


C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran [#35 in 11/58]

The Class – Chubby Checker [his first hit on Cameo-Parkway Records (#38 in June of 1959), this was Chubby’s pre-Twist specialty: impersonations of contemporary singers]

Venus – Johnny Mathis [his first single after his return to Columbia Records, it only reached #111 in June of 1968]


Wedding Bell Blues – Fifth Dimension [the first single to feature Marilyn McCoo as a lead singer, spent 3 weeks at #1 in November of 1969]

Walk Away Renee – Left Banke [at #14, headed to #5]

* Don’t You Just Know It – Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns [reached #9 in the Spring of 1958]

Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood [reached #9 in the early Fall of 1967.  Brenton's real name is Alfred Smith.]


Pollyanna – Classics IV [originally released under the name “The Classics,” they were forced to change their name AND a rival record label threatened to penalize radio stations for playing this 4 Seasons-soundalike record; it was at #110 this week and starting to race up the chart. It suddenly stopped dead in its tracks at #106. Lead singer Dennis Yost and the Classics IV would later find chart success by featuring his distinctive singing voice]

A Satisfied Mind – Bobby Hebb [at #83 this week, headed to #39 Pop and #40 R&B]

All Strung Out – Nino Tempo & April Stevens [their debut on the White Whale record label, this single was at #29 this week and headed to a peak of #26]

Melody for An Unknown Girl – The Unknowns [peaking in its second week at #74, this Parrot Records single featured the teenybopper supergroup of Steve Alaimo and “Raiders” Mark Lindsay and Keith Allison, with Mark Lindsay playing the sultry saxophone line]


What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin [at #11 this week, headed to #6 R&B and #7 Pop on the Motown subsidiary “Soul Records” label]

Mr. Spaceman – The Byrds [at #56 this week, headed to #36]

* Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire [on Dunhill Records, reached #1 on September 25, 1965]

8-9 p.m. (‘70s Hour)

Ballad of “A Man Called Horse” – Richard Harris [non-charting single from June of 1970 on Dunhill Records, from his film of the same name]

* Stay Awhile – The Bells [requested last week, this Canadian ballad reached #7 in the Spring of 1971]

Strawberry Letter 23 – Brothers Johnson [6/77; #5 Pop, #1 R&B]

Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday [reached #8 in the Spring of ’85; lead singer Aimee Mann will be appearing at the State Theatre next weekend]

* Some Guys Have All the Luck – Persuaders [the request was for “some Motown-styled Soul.” These guys took this song to #7 R&B and #39 Pop on the Atco Records label ten years before Rod Stewart recorded his Top Ten version]

Pretty Lady – Lighthouse [11/73; #53 -  the final charting disc from this Canadian band]


Cloudy – Average White Band [released as a single on Atlantic, reaching #55 on the R&B charts in the Spring of 1977]

East Bound and Down – Jerry Reed [from the movie “Smokey & The Bandit,” this single stalled at #103 on the Pop charts but spent 2 weeks at #2 C&W in the Summer of ‘77]


Back to The Sixties – Tight Fit [10/81; #89 – a British studio group with a medley of Dancing in the Street, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, You Really Got Me, Do Wah Diddy, Black Is Black, Bend Me Shape Me, When You Walk in the Room and Mony Mony]

Cherish – The Association [the #1 record from our chart date this week, here is the mono LP version – a little bit slower than the hit 45 and with a repeat of the tag line (“And I do…cherish you”)]


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

Next week: KV with a spotlight on October 1956 and JR doing the ‘70s for the second half.

Thanks for tuning in! You can listen to Rockin' Remnants every Saturday night from 6-9pm on WVBR (93.5 FM in Ithaca, NY) or at wvbr.com/listen.

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