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July 5, 2014 - JS (with guest Greg Perreault) - Summertime!

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  July 5, 2014
Host:  John Simon
Feature: Summertime Oldies

 It's a beautiful lazy summertime afternoon in Central New York. That will be reflected in this evening's show: songs about Summer, songs from summertimes passed, some leftovers from last week - and then we'll have a special guest joining us in the studio to play some of his favorite tunes in the 7:00 hour. It's free-style Oldies tonight for you and yours. C'mon people on your brother!


Birthday Calendar

June 30 - Florence Ballard (Supremes) - born in 1943

July  05 – Terry Cashman – 73 years old


[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)

Turn Down Day – Cyrkle (8/66; #16 - produced by the other John Simon, a perfect slice of lazy summertime psychedelia to kick off the show)

Groovy Summertime - Love Generation (7/67; #74 - climbing the chart on this date during the Summer of Love.  Groovy, indeed.)


On a Summer Night - The Rock and Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co. of Philadelphia - 1914! (released on Buddah Records [BDA 78] and written by bubblegum king Joey Goldstein. Stupid name for a group, lovely song evoking summertime)

Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies (these high school kids from Eastern Massachusetts reached the Top Forty in both August '58 and the summer of '62


Lean on Me - Bill Withers (#1 on this date in 1972 for the first of three weeks

My Summer Love - Ruby & The Romantics (7/63; #16 - the follow-up to their big #1 Our Day Will Come was a big favorite on WCBS-FM, New York City's Oldies juggernaut)

 * Under the Boardwalk – Drifters (requested both by phone and on-line, this summertime classic reached #4 in July of 1964

Beach Baby - First Class (7/74; #4 - a studio group assembled in England scored a big hit with this California-sounding classic)

* Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes – Jimmy Buffett (9/77; #37 - a telephone request from a long-time local listener)


* Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon (5/62; #3 - a telephone request from another long-time listener whose quote was "this is the one that really makes me think of summertime")

Summertime – Billy Stewart (7/66; #6 - I couldn't deny a Facebook request for this classic even though KV played it two weeks ago  -  along with three other versions of the same tune)

Daddy's Home – Shep & The Limeliters (6/61; #2)

Peanuts – Rick & the Keens (debuting on this date in '61 at #91 and headed to #60 for these one-hit wonders from Texas)

From Me to You - Del Shannon (7/63; #77 - the first Lennon/McCartney composition to chart here in the States!  Notice composition credit: McCartney - Lennon?


Oh My Angel - Bertha Tillman (6/62; #61 - the only charter for this San Diego native on the Brent Records label)

* Words of Love - Buddy Holly (1957 - in honor of a 75th birthday celebration, the request was for "something from when she was in high school." Voila!)


 Occasionally Rockin' Remnants holds a contest (win a prize pack of WVBR a a grab-bag of 45 rpm records...). In 2008 we asked listeners to submit a songlist and possibly win one hour on the air with two of us: spin your discs and talk about them in the studio. Greg Perrault was our big winner that year and he had so much fun (and also got cut short in '08) that we brought him back for a reprise. Here's what he played:

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tokens (three weeks at #1 in late 1961 - a record he remembered from the jukebox in his neighborhood pizza parlor

A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon (6/64; #1 - written by Lennon/McCartney and blocked as a Beatles single by manager Brian Epstein, who considered it "too dark" for his quartet

Come See About Me - Supremes (12/64; #1 for three weeks - the third of five consecutive #1 records for this Detroit trio)

Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (5/67; #5 - one of those songs you couldn't escape in the Summer of '67: it was on car radios and jukeboxes everywhere!)

No Expectations - Rolling Stones (9/68; b-side of Street Fighting Man, featuring the slide guitar work of Brian Jones)


I Can't Quit Her - Blood, Sweat & Tears (from 1968's "Child is Father to the Man" LP, featuring band founder Al Kooper)

Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell (the first of three songs in a "Ladies-and-their-friends of the Canyon" mini-set: this was on the b-side of her non-charting "Chelsea Morning" single from August of 1969)

Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (9/70; #30 - written by Graham Nash to celebrate his new "live-in" situation with his then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell)


I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King (released as a two-sided single with "It's Too Late," this record spent a whopping five weeks at #1 in the Summer of '71)

Ripple - Grateful Dead (11/71; b-side of "Truckin'" - an example of poetry in song lyrics, and the only Grateful Dead song Greg has ever heard played on WVBR's Bound for Glory)

I Believe (When I Fall in Love) - Stevie Wonder (the final track on 1973's "Talking Book" LP, dedicated "to the love of my life.")



 * Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & Shondells (12/68; #1 - the request was inspired by the use of the song in today's World Cup match and was dedicated to a husband on his birthday


* Summer  – War (7/76; #7 - released on the first day of Summer in 1976; this is the 45 version, going out to a listener in Vancouver)

* Blue SkyAllman Brothers (8/72; b-side of "Melissa" - a Facebook request from Michigan. The quote was "The word summer doesn't appear, but the Allman Bros Blue Sky is on the top of my summertime, driving down the highway list." Amen.) 

* Walk Away - James Gang (5/71; #51 - this was a telephone request from a listener visiting from Vermont. Pre-Eagles Joe Walsh)

America - Simon & Garfunkel (released as a single in late 1972, where it reached #97 for two short weeks)

* Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & Family Stone (8/69; #2)

* Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts (9/72; #6 - Dan Seals would later go on to have a very successful career as a Nashville C&W artist)

 Harry Hippie – Bobby Womack (12/72; #31 Pop, #8 R&B - laid-back summertime jam by the recently-departed Bobby Womack)


* I Can't Get Over Losing You - Donnie Elbert (11/70; #98 Pop, #26 R&B - one of the truly great falsetto voices of the era)

* The Warmth of the Sun - Beach Boys (11/64; b-side of Dance, Dance, Dance)

Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey & The Duke) - Terry Cashman (1981 - released as a single and didn't chart; he eventually recorded a specific version for every major league team

Sunday Will Never Be the Same - Spanky & Our Gang (down to #44 on this date in '67 from a peak of #9 - written by birthday boy Terry Cashman

* Windy - Association (in its 2nd of four weeks at #1 in the Summer of '67, going out to Abby in Arlington, VA


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

Host Next Week (7/12/14):  JR with a spotlight on July 1972 and more Summertime hits

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