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Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  October 25, 2014
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  Halloween

It’s the last weekend of October… so tonight, we’ll be featuring Halloween songs, plus songs tangentially related to trick-or-treating (such as “Ring My Bell”), plus songs that might suggest a costume idea (such as “Pretty Ballerina”).  Tune in while you carve your pumpkin and stir your brew!



[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)

Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett (1962, #1 for two weeks.  Re-charted in 1970, #10, and 1973).

Frankenstein’s Party – Swingin’ Phillies

 * I’m Your Boogie Man – KC and the Sunshine Band (1977, #1)

Twilight Zone Theme – Marius Constant  

Night of the Vampire – The Moontrekkers

Midnight Stroll – The Revels (1959, #35.  Their only Hot 100 hit.  Originally released as “Dead Man’s Stroll”.)

The Shadow Knows – The Coasters (1958, did not chart)

* White Room – Cream (1968, #6, sung and co-written by bassist Jack Bruce, who passed away today (10-25-14) at age 71)

Spooky – Classics IV (debuted on the Hot 100 in Dec 1967, peaked in 1968 at #3)

Haunted – Dusty Springfield (1971, did not chart nationally, although it was reportedly a local chart-topper in Boston)

Pretty Ballerina – Left Banke (1967, #15)

Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers (1966, #3, the theme song from the TV series “Secret Agent”)

Earth Angel – The Penguins (peaked at #8 in 1955, their only Hot 100 hit)

Heroes and Villains – The Beach Boys (1967, #12.  Speaking of heroes and villains, see the next two song titles…)


Superman – Donna Fargo (1973, #41)

Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin (1959, #1 for nine weeks.  An adaptation of a Bertolt Brecht song about the murders committed by a serial killer – English translation of the lyrics of the Brecht song here.)

Li’l Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (1966, #2 for two weeks)

Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles (1960, #1)

Charlie Brown – The Coasters (1959, #2 for three weeks, sax solo by King Curtis)

Witchy Woman – The Eagles (1972, #9)

The Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone (peaked in 1972 at #21)

Marie Laveau – Bobby Bare (live recording from 1974, charted #1 on Country, did not chart on Hot 100.  The song was co-written by Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor)

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead – The Fifth Estate (1967, #11, a version of the song from The Wizard of Oz)

Dinner With Drac, Pt. 1 – John Zacherle (1958, #6.  Nicknamed “The Cool Ghoul”, Zacherle hosted horror movies on Philadelphia tv.)

The Mummy – Bob McFadden and Dor (1959, #39.  Dor is better known as Rod McKuen.)

The Mummy – The Naturals

Spooky Movies – Roy Clark (1963, did not chart.  It was the b-side of “Tips of My Fingers”, which peaked at #10 Country and #45 on the Hot 100.)

Rockin’ Zombie – The Crewnecks

Graveyard – Leroy Bowman

Walkin’ Through a Cemetery – Claudine Clark (a non-charting song from the singer whose only Hot 100 hit was “Party Lights”, which peaked at #5 in 1962)

Rockin’ in the Graveyard – Jackie Morningstar

Thriller – Michael Jackson (The single debuted on the Hot 100 in Feb 1984 and peaked at #4.  The album by the same title had been released over a year earlier, in Nov 1982.  The 14-minute music video premiered on MTV world-wide in Dec 1983, and its popularity sent the album back up to #1; it remains the best-selling album in history.  The release of the title single soon followed. Features a "rap" from Vincent Price)

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr. (debuted on the Hot 100 in June 1984 and spent five months on the chart including three weeks at #1, also a #1 on the R&B chart)


Superstition – Stevie Wonder (from the fall of 1972, reached #1 on the Hot 100 in early 1973, also a #1 on the R&B chart)

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward (1979, spent two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, also #1 R&B)

They’re Here – Boots Walker (1967, #77, his only Hot 100 hit)

Little Space Girl – Jesse Lee Turner (1959, #20, his only Hot 100 hit)

Martian Hop – The Ran-Dells (1963, #16, their only Hot 100 hit)

Flying Saucers Rock & Roll – Billy Riley and His Little Green Men (1957, with Jerry Lee Lewis on backing piano)

Mr. Spaceman – The Byrds (1966, #36)

Queen of Clubs – KC and the Sunshine Band (1976, #66)

Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton (1981, spent two weeks at #2)

Angel Baby – Rosie and the Originals (peaked at #5 in 1961)

Castin’ My Spell – Johnny Otis and Marci Lee (1959, #52, with a similar sound to his Top Ten hit from the previous year, “Willie and the Hand Jive”)

The Girl’s a Devil – The Dukays (1961, #64.  R&B vocal quintet featuring Gene Chandler, best known for the song “Duke of Earl”.)

Jolly Green Giant – The Kingsmen (1965, #4)

Laurie (Strange Things Happen) – Dickey Lee (1965, #14, inspired by a ghost story written by 15-year-old Cathie Harmon)

Apeman – The Kinks (1971, #45)

Safe and Sound – Fontella Bass (1966, #100)

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

BONUS:  I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956, did not chart)

Host Next Week (Nov 1):  JR, with 11/1/1975 in the spotlight!

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