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Sept 28, 2013 - JS - Joe Osborn, etc.

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  September 28, 2013
Host:  John Simon
Feature:   bass player Joe Osborn

From the Rockin’ Remnants Facebook page:

“JS is back in Air One with an opening spotlight on Wrecking Crew bassman Joe Osborn - another unsung studio legend. We'll also be shining the birthday spotlight on Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen and Ben E. King (all born on 9/23), as well as a boy from Liverpool and a crossover C&W chanteuse from the land down under. Throw in your requests and a tribute to the late Jackie Lomax and you've got yourself a full evening of good, cheap fun! 6-9 on Saturday - wherever you may be on wvbr.com or 93.5 FM.”

As mentioned above, Joe Osborn (stalwart member of the famed “Wrecking Crew” studio musical conglomerate) gets his moment in the sun this evening. His bass lines can be heard on hundreds of songs from the mid ‘60s into the ‘70s (when he then relocated to Nashville for session work there) and we’ll hear some of them tonight (in bold below). You can read more about his body of work here.


Birthday Calendar

Sept 23 – Benjamin Nelson (Ben E. King) – 73 years old

        Bruce Springsteen – 63 years old 

        Ray Charles – born in 1930

Sept 24 – Gerry Marsden (The Pacemakers) – 71 years old

Sept 26 – Olivia Newton-John  – 65 years old


Rock and Roll Trivia

1) This Atlantic Records vocal group had 11 Top 10 R&B hits before their first Pop hit, and all of the members were fired by their manager in 1958.

2) Their manager hired a different group and re-named them after the group he had just disbanded. Their first release is considered by many historians to be the first Rock ‘n’ Roll single to use a full orchestral backing.

3) Among their lead singers over the years were Rudy Lewis, Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King.

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


(songs in bold are from the spotlight feature, yellow song titles are YouTube links, songs with * were requests; all chart information is from the Billboard Hot 100 unless otherwise noted)

6-7 pm

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

Poor Side of Town – Johnny Rivers  [at #20 on this date in 1966, headed to #1 (note: this was Johnny Rivers' only #1 record - and the only one of his charting songs he wrote)]

Windy – Association [just down from a 4 week run at #1 in the Summer of ‘67]

Midnight Confessions – Grass Roots [at #17 on this date in ’68, headed to #5]

Aquarius – Fifth Dimension [spent 6 weeks at #1 in the Spring of ’69, and Joe Osborn's driving bass line is one of the main reasons this song rocks as hard as it does]


This Diamond Ring – Gary Lewis & The Playboys [#1 in January 1965]

People Say – Dixie Cups [an end-of-summer treasure, #12 in the Summer of ’64]

Summer’s Come and Gone – Brandywine Singers [11/63; #129; a reworking of “All My Trials” in the style of the Kingston Trio]


* Money – Barrett Strong [2/60; #23]

(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet – Reflections [4/64; #6]

* (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson [8/67; #6 * #1 R&B, featuring the uncredited studio playing of Motown’s James Jamerson on bass and other members of The Funk Brothers]

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin (#37 on this date in 1967, headed to #8; this song was written specifically for Aretha)

A Girl Like You – The Rascals (7/67; #10; their follow-up to the #1 smash Groovin')

* Susan – The Buckinghams [#11 in late 1967; the single featured a 45-second psychedelic “freak-out” section that most radio stations edited out for airplay; tonight we play the original Columbia Records 45 with said freak-out intact]


* Chapel of Love – Dixie Cups [3 weeks at #1 in June of ’64; dedicated tonight to William and Kristin, married in Newfield two weeks ago. Congratulations!]

7-8 pm (birthdays and more)

Save the Last Dance for Me – Drifters (with Ben E. King on lead vocal; #1 on this date in 1960 for three weeks  -  their only chart-topper)

So Much Love – Ben E. King [5/66; #96 – written by Goffin-King and released on Atco]


You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles [7/62; #2]

One Mint Julep – Ray Charles [3/61; #8 * #1 R&B (an instrumental recording with Ray Charles on the Hammond organ)]

I’ll Be There – Gerry & The Pacemakers [12/64; #14]

Please Mr. Please – Olivia Newton-John [6/75; #3 for two weeks]

Both Sides Now – Judy Collins [11/68; #8 – her highest charting single, written by Joni Mitchell; the 45 version played tonight isn’t available on CD or LP]


Never Throw Your Dreams Away – Joanie Sommers [released as a b-side in 1966, from the brand-new CD “Come Alive: The Complete Columbia Singles”]

What’s A Matter Baby (Is it Hurting You) – Timi Yuro [7/62; #12]

Come Alive (You’re in The Pepsi Generation) – Joanie Sommers 


* Leader of The Pack – Shangri-Las [10/64; #1]

* Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles [#1 in November of 1960]

* Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters [6/64; #4 Pop * #1 R&B for 3 weeks, featuring Johnny Moore on lead vocals]

8-9 pm (‘70s Hour)

Spirit in The Night – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band [4/76; #97, written by Bruce Springsteen]


Born To Run – Allan Clarke [5/75 on EMI Records in The UK, did not chart; written by Bruce Springsteen and released before the E Street Band’s recording]


This Time It’s RealTower of Power [9/73; #65]

* Wildflower – Skylark [2/73; #9]

(I Know) I’m Losing You – Rare Earth [8/70; #7 – 45 version, unavailable on CD]


Only Living Boy In New York – Simon & Garfunkel [4/70; non-charting b-side of Cecilia. This 45 edit isn't available on LP or CD]

MississippiJohn Phillips [5/70; #32 – 45 version not available on CD]


Melting Pot – Booker T & MGs [3/71; #45 (their final charting single)

Wonderful Summer – Front Porch [10/71; #129 – radio station promo 45 on Jubilee Records]


Sour Milk Sea – Jackie Lomax [#117 on this date in 1968 for just 2 weeks; released concurrently with Hey Jude by The Beatles and Those Were the Days by Mary Hopkin; this record was written and produced by George Harrison, who also played guitar on it, with Paul McCartney on bass, Ringo Starr on drums, Eric Clapton on guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano. Jackie Lomax passed away on 9/15/13 from cancer]

Come and Get Your Love – Redbone [1/74; #5]

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

Trivia Answer



Congratulations to Ed in Houston, who knew the answer and won a large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s!

Host Next Week (Oct 5): John Simon, spotlighting Oct 1966

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