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Dec 14, 2013 -- JR -- 1976

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Date:  Dec 14, 2013

Host:  John Rudan

Features:  12-14-76

It’s the great Billboard Hot 100 sounds of December, 1976, with the cool sounds of Rod Stewart, Leo Sayer,  Yvonne Elliman, Leo Sayer and The Spinners and lesser lights like Brick, Burton Cummings, Rose Royce, and chart debuts from The Eagles, Steve Miller Band and Thelma Houston.  We’ll also have two sets of Holiday Hits: one from the 40’ 50’s and 60’s and one during the 70’s Happy Hour.  

Congratulations to Jack for winning a Papa John’s pizza for correctly answering the Remnants Trivia question, to Shella for winning the Waterfall calendar, and to Jeannie for winning a Maxie’s Supper Club Gift Certificate for the Local Lover Challenge!

Birthday Calendar

Dec 8 – Jerry Butler – age 74

            – Gregg Allman – age 66

             – Jim Morrison – born in 1943

Dec 11 – David Gates – age 73

             – Brenda Lee – age 73

            – Jermaine Jackson – age 59

Dec 12 – Connie Francis – age 75

            – Dionne Warwick – age 73

            – Dickey Betts – age 70

            – Frank Sinatra – born in 1915

Dec 14 – Spike Jones – born in 1911


Trivia question

Boston’s debut LP was the highest selling debut album (17 million copies) until 1987.  Who eclipsed them and what was the LP?

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 12-14-76; yellow song titles are YouTube links; songs with * were requests; all chart information comes from the Billboard Top 100 (for chart dates before/during July 1958) or Billboard Hot 100 (for chart dates during/after Aug 1958) unless otherwise noted]


OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Tonight’s The Night – Rod Stewart – BB Hot 100 #1, 8 weeks.  The BB Hot 100 #1 Single of 1976!

The Rubberband Man (45 version) – Spinners – BB Hot 100 #2

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Leo Sayer – BB Hot 100 #5.  Peaked at BB Hot 100 #1 on 1/15/1977, 1 week.

More Than A Feeling (45 version) – Boston – BB Hot 100 #6


Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Elton John – BB Hot 100 #7

Nadia’s Theme – Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. – BB Hot 100 #11.  This song has a very interesting history: originally written as “Cotton’s Theme” for the movie Bless The Beasts And Children, then used as the theme song for the soap opera The Young And The Restless, and finally as the music for former Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.


You Are The Woman - Firefall – BB Hot 100 #14.  The 2nd single for this Boulder, Colorado band peaked at BB Hot 100 #9, the biggest hit of their soft-rock career.

Nights Are Forever – England Dan & John Ford Coley – BB Hot 100 #10

Dazz - Brick – BB Hot 100 #12.  “Dazz” was short for “Disco Jazz” (peaked at BB Hot 100 #3).  This Atlanta band followed up with “Dusic”, which was short for “Disco Music” (peaked at BB Hot 100 #18).  After that, the only thing short was the band’s career.


Stand Tall – Burton Cummings – BB Hot 100 #15.  The debut single for the former Guess Who lead singer peaked at BB Hot 100 #10, the only Top 10 hit of his solo career.

Love Me – Yvonne Elliman – BB Hot 100 #16

Enjoy Yourself – The Jacksons – BB Hot 100 #31.  Peaked at BB Hot 100 #6.  Happy birthday, Jermaine.

Car Wash – Rose Royce – BB Hot 100 #17.  Rose Royce was a group, not a woman, produced by Norman Whitfield (ex-Motown).  The theme for the movie of the same name, starring Franklin Ajaye, George Carlin, Richard Pryor and The Pointer Sisters, peaked at BB Hot 100 #1 on 1/29/1977, 1 week.


7-8pm (birthday tributes, holiday songs)

He Will Break Your Heart – Jerry Butler (w/Curtis Mayfield on guitar and harmony vocal), 1960

Hey, Western Union Man – Jerry Butler (produced by Philly legends Gamble and Huff), 1968.  Known as "The Iceman".


Hello, I Love You – The Doors (some 45 pressings had the title as “Hello, I Love You Won’t You Tell Me Your Name?”), 1968


Don’t Make Me Over – Dionne Warwick (her first chart hit {#21} and the beginning of a very fruitful relationship with Burt Bacharach and Hal David), 1963

Revival (Love Is Everywhere) – Allman Brothers Band.  Written by Dickey Betts and sung by Gregg Allman, their debut single only charted #92 in 1971.  This 45 was originally released on Atco Records, then further pressings were on The Allmans’ new label, Capricorn.

Holiday Classics, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s

All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) – Spike Jones & His City Slickers, 1946

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee, 1960

The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Connie Francis

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms, 1957

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley, 1957

The Bells Of Saint Mary – Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans

(from the LP A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, released in November 1963)

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

(another one from the LP A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector)

Little Drummer Boy – The Harry Simeone Chorale, 1958

Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte, 1956

Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby, 1963

White Christmas – Bing Crosby, 1942

8-9pm (chart debuts, 70s hour, more holiday songs)

Chart Debuts

New Kid In Town – The Eagles – BB Hot 100 #48.  The first single release from Hotel California was the highest debut single this week.  It would peak at #1 on 2/26/1977, 1 week.

Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band – BB Hot 100 #73

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston – BB Hot 100 #85.  Penned by Gamble-Huff and originally recorded by Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, this version peaked at BB Hot 100 #1 on 4/23/1977, 1 week.


Saturday Nite – Earth, Wind & Fire – BB Hot 100 #30

Lost Without Your Love – Bread – BB Hot 100 #26.  Bread broke up in 1973, and after a so-so solo career, David Gates reformed the band and this was their comeback single release; peaked at BB Hot 100 #9.

This Song – George Harrison – BB Hot 100 #33.  From the LP 33 1/3 (George’s age at the time), it was his “answer” record to the lawsuit over “My Sweet Lord” by the publishers of “He’s So Fine”:

-This song ain't black or white and as far as I know
  Don't infringe on anyone's copyright, so . . .

-This tune has nothing Bright about it… (“Bright Tunes” was the publisher of “He’s So Fine”)

-As this song came to me
 Quite unknowingly… (George always claimed he never purposefully plagiarized “He’s So Fine”, but rather took musical inspiration from the hymn “Oh Happy Day”)

-But this song could well be
A reason to see - that
Without you there's no point to . . . this song


Blinded By The Light (45 version) – Manfred Mann's Earth Band – BB Hot 100 #40.  Interpolated from Bruce Springsteen, this peaked at BB Hot 100 #1 on 2/19/1977, 1 week.


Holiday Classics, 70’s & 80’s

Happy Christmas – John Lennon, 1971

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano, 1970

I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake, 1975

The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Bob & Doug McKenzie (of The Great White North), 1982

Father Christmas – Kinks, 1977

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Trivia Answer

A: Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction (18 million copies).  Congratulations to Jack for correctly answering the question and winning a gift certificate to Papa John’s!

Host Next Week (Dec 21):  Kim Vaughan, featuring winter songs and Christmas songs

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