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September 27, 2014 - JS - Late September 1971

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Date:  September 27, 2014
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  Late September 1971

"Wake up Maggie I think I've got something to say to you
It's late September and I really should be back at school..."

September 1971 on your radio tonight from 6-9 p.m.
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Birthday Calendar

September 21 – Dickey Lee – 73 years old

September 23 – Bruce Springsteen – 65 years old
                       – Ray Charles –Born in 1930

September 24 – Gerry Marsden (Pacemakers) – 72            

September 25 – Olivia Newton-John – 66 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)

Maggie May – Rod Stewart (#1 this week - the first of 5 weeks in the top slot for this Rod Stewart-penned lament, originally intended as the single's b-side. It would hold down the #1 slot for the entire month of October.


Everything's Alright – Yvonne Elliman (#95 this week, headed to #92 for two weeks; from the Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar)

If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder (#12 this week, headed to #8 Pop)

* Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver With Fat City (#2 in the spring of 1971, penned with Bill & Taffy Danoff (Fat City) who would later form the Starland Vocal Band) 


* Breakdown (Pt. 1) – Rufus Thomas (peaking at #31Pop, #3 R&B)

Dandelion Rolling Stones (9/67; #21 - originally the intended b-side of We Love You features harpsichord by Billy Preston. This video is one of the earliest music videos and features mostly young Mick and Keith creepily staring at the camera. Pretty edgy stuff back then...).

One Fine Morning – Lighthouse (#41, headed to #24 Pop and #2 in Canada. )


Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves – Cher (at #39, headed to #1 after Maggie May's 5-week run at the top of the Pop Chart)

Yellow Bird Arthur Lyman Group (5/61; #4 - a lilting tropical instrumental to accompany the Weather Center Forecast)

Come Back When You Grow Up Bobby Vee (7/67; #3 for three weeks)

(I Know) I'm Losin' You Temptations (11/66; #8 Pop, #1 R&B for two weeks - featuring the searing vocals of David Ruffin)  

45 Corner: Your Move – Yes (at #96, headed to #40 - the LP version runs 6:54; the single clocks in at 2:54 and contains some radical edits, including the entire "I've Seen All Good People" section)


* Colour My World – Chicago (7/71; tucked away on the b-sides of two charting singles: Make Me Smile and Beginnings. This was the theme for many a high school prom in the early '70s)

* Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce (12/73; this was the final #1 hit of 1973. Originally an album track from his "I've Got a Name" LP, it was released as a single two months after Jim Croce died in an airplane crash)



You Don't Know Me – Ray Charles (7/62; #2 Pop) 

This Magic Moment  – Drifters (2/60; #16 Pop - featuring the smooth lead vocals of Ben E. King)

Please Mr. Please –  Olivia Newton-John (6/75; #3 Pop, #5 C&W)


Ferry Cross the Mersey  –  Gerry & The Pacemakers (2/65; #6 on the Laurie Records label)


Girl from Peyton Place –  Dickey Lee (9/65; #73 - he started recording as a teenager and eventually became a successful Nashville songwriter.) 

* If – Bread (3/71; #4 - this David Gates composition became a staple at weddings in the 70s and '80s, and for good reason


* Without You  – Nilsson (2/72; #1 for four weeks - this majestic ballad, penned by Pete Ham and Tom Evans from Badfinger, would win Nilsson a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal)

* Dock of the Bay –  Otis Redding (2/68; #1 Pop and R&B for 4 weeks - the only Pop #1 of his career was recorded 18 days before he died in a small airplane. The posthumous recording won him two Grammy Awards, and earned this record a #26 ranking in Rolling Stone's Top 500 Singles list.)

* Smiling Faces Sometimes  – Undisputed Truth (at #8 this week, down from three weeks at #3 on the Pop chart)

Long Ago & Far Away  –  James Taylor (debuting at #90 on this date, headed to a peak of #31, featuring an uncredited vocal from Joni Mitchell.)


Only You Know and I Know  – Delaney & Bonnie (at #49, headed to #20 on the Pop chart.  Written by Dave Mason)


Trapped By This Thing Called Love – Denise LaSalle   (at #25, headed to #13 Pop and #1 R&B)  

Do You Believe in Magic – Lovin' Spoonful (8/65; #9 - their chart debut on the Kama Sutra label - a perfect slice of '60s pop music!)

* Tuesday's Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973 - an album track from their first MCA LP, requested by a CU senior who happens to be a cousin of the DJ)


Wedding SongPaul Stookey (at #27, headed to #24 - the first solo recording by the Peter, Paul & Mary veteran, written for his friend Peter's wedding)

 * Duncan – Paul Simon (7/72; #52 - from his eponymous debut album, this song is curiously not included in most Paul Simon "Best of" collections


Crazy Love  – Helen Reddy (at #57 this week, down from #51 - a surprisingly compelling version of the Van Morrison composition!)


Tired of Being Alone Al Green (at #15 this week, down from a peak of #11 Pop. Rolling Stone ranks this one at #293 out of the Top 500)

 Take Me Girl, I'm Ready – Jr. Walker & All-Stars (down to #58 from a peak of #50 Pop and #18 R&B)

* Under the Boardwalk – Drifters (7/64; #4 Pop, # 1 R&B for three weeks - featuring the earnest vocal stylings of Johnny Moore)

Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford (2/59; #14 - the caller said "Play something from the Fifties.")

Sally Go 'Round the Roses  – Jaynetts (9/63; #2 - a legitimate "one-hit wonder" group from NYC spent three weeks at #2 with their only charting disc)


Backfield in Motion – Mel and Tim (10/69; #10 - this played while callers tried to win a pair of tickets to see Cornell face Yale next weekend in an Ivy League Football match-up. Congratulations to Tim, who was caller #3)


Superstar – Carpenters (at #4 this week, headed to #2 for two weeks, shut out by Maggie May. This one was penned by Leon Russell, and may be the saddest song of the night.)

Peace Train  – Cat Stevens  (debuting on this date and headed to #7 on the Pop chart.)


Love – Lettermen ("bubbling under" this week and headed to a peak of #42 for these relatively square Capitol Records recording artists. This one is a faithful copy of John Lennon's arrangement.)

* Mercy, Mercy Me  – Marvin Gaye  (just off the chart after a peak of #4 Pop and three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart, this is the closing track from Gaye's What's Going On LP. A shorter single version was released, but this is the album track.)

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

Host Next Week (10/4/14):  John Rudan with a spotlight on October 1967

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