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May 17, 2014 - JS - No-Themed Oldies Show

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  May 17, 2014
Host:  JS
Feature:  No-themed Generic Oldies Show (plus listener requests)

 From the Facebook page:

"JS is headed up to HQ for another edition of Remnants. Tonight's theme? A traditional no-theme Oldies show! Just one guy's wits and your requests, from 6-9 p.m. C'mon by and stump the chump!"


Birthday Calendar

May 11 – Eric Burdon (Animals) – age 73

May 12 – Burt Bacharach – age 86
            – Steve Winwood – age 66

May 13 – Stevie Wonder – age 64
            – Mary Wells – born in 1943

May 17 – Taj Mahal – age 72
            – Bill Bruford (Yes) – age 66


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of DATE; 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)

My Girl – Temptations (3/65; #1 Pop, #1 R&B - "When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May." The video appears to be a very realistic re-creation of a classic Temptations performance  -  right down to the choreography!

Younger Girl - Critters (5/66; #42 - "She's one of those girls who seems to come in the Spring...." From the pen of John Sebastian, this version was competing with a version by The Hondells [#52]. The Critters did better on the East coast, the Hondells did better on the West coast, and John Sebastian reaped the financial benefits of both versions)


98.6 - Keith - 1/67; #7 ("Got Spring and Summer runnin' through me...." His highest charting single on the Mercury label featured background vocals by The Tokens. This 2008 video performance reunites all of them!)

* Julia – The Beatles (from 1969's "white album," this one is dedicated to the listener's daughter Julia who is turning 18 today  -  and whose brother is graduating from IC tomorrow) 

* Graduation's Here – Fleetwoods (5/59; #39; sandwiched between their two #1 records "Come Softly to Me" and "Mr. Blue," this was more appropriate for high school graduation than a college graduation, but it was the best I could do in a pinch

I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better - The Byrds (7/65; #103 - the bubbling-under b-side to "All I Really Want to Do")

* Walk Away Renee – Left Banke (9/66; #5 - the caller said "I haven't heard this one for a long time..."). 

See You at the Go-Go - Dobie Gray (4/65; #69 - a newly unearthed stereo recording of a great "lost oldie!" )


Baby A-Go-Go - Barbara McNair (1966; Soul Records - pulled from release at the last minute at one of Motown's "quality control meetings," this Northern Soul favorite can be found on 2002's "A Cellarful of Motown" compilation CD


* Because - Dave Clark 5 (8/64; #3 - an uncharacteristically lovely ballad from this bombastic British band, dedicated to the caller's sweetheart who's undergoing some medical discomfort. Get well soon!)

Let Her Dance - Bobby Fuller Four (8/65; #133 - released on Liberty Records and stuck in the lower regions of obscurity, this record is listed as #216 in music critic Dave Marsh's "Heart Rock & Soul: the 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.")


Baby Blue - Echoes (3/61; #12 - the first of four-in-a-row from New York City-area artists, this Irish-American Doo Wop group hailed from Brooklyn)

Sweet Talkin' Guy - Chiffons (5/66; #10 - this Bronx-based quartet also charted as "The Four Pennies")

I'm On the Outside Looking In - Little Anthony & Imperials (8/64; #15 - "Little Anthony" Gourdine fronted this Brooklyn-based quintet)

Save it For Me - 4 Seasons (8/64; #10 - this was the fourth consecutive Top Ten hit in 1964 for these prolific "Jersey Boys."

 * I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King (5/71; the b-side of her #1 smash "It's Too Late" [5 weeks at #1] from her 4-Grammy winning "Tapestry" album)



Are You There (With Another Girl) - Dionne Warwick (12/65; #39 - Dionne Warwick recorded more Bacharach tunes than any other artist. This one is rarely heard on Oldies radio, but it holds up nicely.)


I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin (8/68; #10 Pop, #3 R&B - This Top-Ten charting b-side of "The House That Jack Built" [#6 Pop, #2 R&B] was released less than a year after Dionne Warwick's #4 version)

My Little Red Book - Manfred Mann (6/65; #124 - released as a US-only single, this one would later prove to be a middling hit for the LA band called "Love" [4/66; #52 Pop])


Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Animals (2/65; #15 - this song was originally recorded by (and written for) singer Nina Simone. The Animals' version has been ranked at #315 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 500 Singles of All-Time" list.)

Every Little Bit Hurts - Spencer Davis Group (7/65; did not chart - their third single release in the UK featured Steve Winwood's plaintive lead vocal on this Brenda Holloway hit)

Paper Sun - Traffic featuring Stevie Winwood (9/67; #94 - Steve Winwood left the SDG to form Traffic. This song features Dave Mason on sitar.)


I Call it Pretty Music but the Old People Call it The Blues - Little Stevie Wonder (8/63; #101 Pop - this 1962 single was re-released as a single hot on the heels of his #1 smash "Fingertips, Pt. II" [3 weeks at the top of the Pop chart, 6 weeks at the top of the R&B chart] and didn't even scrape into the Hot 100. Curious....)


Uptight - Stevie Wonder 12/65; #3 Pop, #1 R&B [5 weeks] - one of Stevie's most enduring hits, yet it didn't even hint at the amazing body of work that would be coming from him in the later '60s and throughout the '70s and '80s)

I Want You 'Round - Mary Wells & Smokey Robinson (1963; unreleased until the '90s. A Rockin' Remnants exclusive!)

* Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band (this record spent 3 weeks at #1 in December of 1966, interrupted for one week by the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations.")

(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet - Reflections (4/64; #6 - rock 'n' roll group from Detroit kicks off a three-song set by bands from the Midwest)

Run, Run, Run - Gestures (11/64; #44 - one-hit wonder "garage band" from Mankato, Minnesota)


Don't You Care - Buckinghams (3/67; #6 - one of five Top-20 singles from 1967 for this Chicago band - and the first to appear on the Columbia label)

Call Me - Chris Montez (1/66; #22 - on the A&M label)

* Light My Fire - The Doors (the debut single for this LA quartet spent three weeks at #1 in the Summer of 1967, and I consider this one of the most brilliant editing jobs of the Remnants era, turning a 7:05 album track into a scorching 2:52 hit single)


You Can't Sit Down - The Dovells (4/63; #3 - a sizzling record from these Philadelphia-area teens)


No Matter What - Badfinger (10/70; #8 - their first hit single for Apple Records was produced by Paul McCartney; their third hit single was produced by George Harrison. This middle record was produced by Beatles' part-time roadie Mal Evans, and it just smokes!

Big-Time Lover - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (2/74; #88 R&B - written by lead singer Edward Cornelius, this song was a favorite of local musical legend and radio personality Bernie Milton)


 * Roundabout - Yes (2/72; #13 - an edited version of the album track (8:29 full-length, 3:27 single) is usually what we'd play, but drummer Bill Bruford has a birthday today, keyboardist Rick Wakeman has a birthday tomorrow and the listener really wanted the album version. I couldn't say no!)

I Call Your Name - Switch (10/79; #83 Pop, #10 R&B - on the Gordy label, this band featured two members of the DeBarge family who would later record as, well, "DeBarge" in the '80s)


* Sky Pilot (Pt. I) - Eric Burdon & The Animals (6/68; #14)

Let's Get Together - Sunshine Company (5/68; #112 - the Youngbloods had the biggest hit with this one [#5 in 1969], the We Five had the first [#31 in 1965], but this may be the coolest of them all  -  even cooler than the Jefferson Airplane's version!)


* Chainey Do - Taj Mahal (a previously-unreleased recording from 1969, played in honor of his birthday)

* Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group (1/67; #7  -  Rolling Stone Magazine lists this Steve Winwood composition as #244 in its list of the Top 500 Singles of All Time)

There Won't Be Anymore - Charlie Rich (1/74; #18 Pop, #1 C&W [3 weeks] - originally released in 1965, but failed to chart)

Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5 (4/71; #2 Pop [3 weeks], #1 R&B [3 weeks] - their first 4 singles for the Motown label reached #1 Pop and R&B. Their next two singles reached #2. Sh'mon!)

I Don't Want to Go Home - Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes ( 8/76; #105 - my final two selections of the show are indicative of the fun I've had this evening. See you next week, folks!)

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


Host Next Week (DATE):  JS with a spotlight on The Organ!

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