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Date:  November 29, 2014
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  1966

Birthday Calendar

Nov 24 – Pete Best (pre-Ringo Beatles) – age 73
             – Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T and the MGs) – born in 1941

Nov 25 – Bob Lind – age 72

Nov 26 – Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) – age 75
            – Jean Terrell (The Supremes) – age 70

Nov 28 – Berry Gordy Jr. (founder of Motown) – age 85

Nov 29 – Denny Doherty (Mamas and Papas) – born in 1940
            – Felix Cavaliere (Rascals) – age 72

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

The Last Train to Clarksville was the fourth #1 song on the Hot 100 with the name of a U.S. city in its title.  What were the previous three #1 songs with a U.S. city in their titles? 

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 11-19-66; 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)

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and Papas (1966, #4, their first Hot 100 hit, heard here in its original punchy mono mix)

My World Fell Down – Sagittarius (1967, #70)  This was a studio group with Glen Campbell on lead vocals. Curiously, the LP version was actually shorter than the 45 edit (which added some ill-advised psychedelic sound effects). We stuck with the shorter LP version tonight.

The Last Leaf – The Cascades (1963, #60)

The Poor Side of Town – Johnny Rivers (#5 on 11-19-66, had spent a week at #1.  This was the only Top 40 song he ever wrote.)

The Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees (#4 on 11-19-66, had spent a week at #1.  This was their first single, and the first single for the Colgems label.)

Winchester Cathedral – New Vaudeville Band (#3 on 11-19-66, would spend three weeks at #1, non-consecutively.  The song was written by Geoff Stephens, who also wrote There's A Kind Of Hush.  Stephens recorded Winchester Cathedral with session musicians, and later had to assemble a group to perform the song in concert.)

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys (#2 on 11-19-66, would interrupt Winchester Cathedral’s stint in the top slot with one week at #1.  This was the most expensive single ever recorded, at a cost of $16,000 spent at 17 sessions in four studios over a six-month span.)

You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes (#1 on 11-19-66, the first of two weeks at the top)

A Man and a Woman – Tamiko Jones with Herbie Mann (peaked at #88 on 11-19-66)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin (#18 on 11-19-66.  Jimmy, elder brother of David Ruffin, passed away on Nov 17, 2014.)

Dr. Robert – The Beatles (1966, was on the UK issue of the album Revolver, and on the US album Yesterday and Today)

 * Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry and the Pacemakers (1964, #4)

 * I Am a Rock – Simon and Garfunkel (1966, #3)


I Idolize You – Ike and Tina Turner (1960, #82)

Hang ‘Em High – Booker T and the MGs (1969, #9)

Lonely Too Long – Young Rascals (written by Felix Cavaliere, from the album Collections, recorded 12-30-66)

Boys – Pete Best (The song was originally performed by the Shirelles in 1960.  On their 1963 album Please Please Me, the Beatles released their cover of the song with Ringo Starr on lead vocal.  But before Starr replaced Pete Best in 1962, Best had been the one to sing this song at early Beatles gigs.  In 1965, Best released his own recording of the song.)

Cheryl’s Goin’ Home – Bob Lind (1966, the non-charting b-side of Lind’s #5 hit Elusive Butterfly.  A cover of Cheryl’s Goin’ Home would bubble under at #131 for the Cascades.)

Take Time to Know Her – Percy Sledge (1968, #11)

 * Johnny Angel – Shelley Fabares (1962, #1 for two weeks, her first hit.  Featuring The Blossoms, including Darlene Love, on backing vocals.  A request and dedication from a listener in honor of the DJ, since John Simon’s birthday was this week.)

 * I’m Ready For Love – Martha and the Vandellas (#21 on 11-19-66, would continue rising to #9)

Heaven Must’ve Sent You – The Elgins (#52 on 11-19-66)

If I Were a Carpenter – Bobby Darin (#9 on 11-19-66, his tenth and final Top Ten song.  He would have a few more low-level hits after this, for a total of 41 songs to hit the Hot 100 in his career.)


Sugar Town – Nancy Sinatra (debuted 11-19-66 at #83, would peak at #5)

Bang! Bang! – Joe Cuba Sextet (#71 on 11-19-66)

I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify (at #7 on this date, headed to #6 pop and #5 R&B; written by Dan Penn)

Come Back – The Five Stairsteps (#63 on 11-19-66)

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Dee Dee Warwick (bubbling under at #117 on 11-19-66, it would peak at #88 in December)

* While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles (1968, from their eponymous album also known as the White Album.  The song was written by George Harrison and features a guitar solo by Eric Clapton.  This request was made in honor of George Harrison, who passed away 13 years ago today, 11-29-01.)

* Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing – Lou Rawls (11-19-66 was its third week at #13, which turned out to be its peak position)

Cherish – The Association (#36 on 11-19-66, down from a three-week stay at #1 in October of 1966. The 45 version was slightly sped-up and shortened by removing the repeated line "and I do...cherish you, and I do...cherish you." Tonight we play the full LP version)

(I Know I'm) Losin' You - Temptations (debuted this week at #79, headed to #8 Pop and two weeks at #1 R&B, featuring the lead vocal of David Ruffin)

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Madeline Bell (1968, #26.  Dee Dee Warwick’s version of the song had peaked at #88 in 1966.  The version by the Supremes & Temptations would reach #2 in 1969.)

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Nancy Wilson (1965)

As Long As There Is L-O-V-E Love – Jimmy Ruffin (1966, #120, written and produced by Smokey Robinson)

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

* BONUS REQUEST:  Trouble Every Day – Mothers of Invention (1966, from their album Freak Out!)

* BONUS REQUEST:  Under My Thumb – Rolling Stones (1966, from their album Aftermath)

Trivia Answer

 -- The Battle of New Orleans, by Johnny Horton (1959, spent six weeks at #1)

 -- Kansas City, by Wilbert Harrison (1959, spent two weeks at #1)

 -- El Paso, by Marty Robbins (debuted in 1959, spent two weeks at #1 in early 1960)

Congratulations to George for correctly answering the question and winning a $20 gift certificate to Angry Mom Records!

Host Next Week (Dec 6):  John Simon

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