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Dec 6, 2014 - JS & KV - 1967

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  Dec 6, 2014
Host:  John Simon & Kim Vaughan
Feature:  December 1967


Birthday Calendar

Nov 30 – Rob Grill (Grass Roots) – born in 1943
            – Roger Glover (Deep Purple, Rainbow) – 69 yrs old
            Dec 1 – Lou Rawls – born in 1935
Dec 3 – Andy Williams - born in 1927
Dec 4 – Freddie Cannon – 74 years old
            – Chris Hillman (Byrds) – 70 years old
            – Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys)  – born in 1944 

Dec 5 – Jim Messina (Poco) – 67 years old

Dec 6 – Jonathan King – 70 years old

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

This American band had 5 Top 20 hits in 1967, making them the best-selling singles band of the year. Who were they?

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 12-9-67; 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)

Daydream Believer – Monkees (second of 4 weeks at #1 this week. This is the first record that had them playing the instruments as well as singing)

(The Lights Went Out in) Massachusetts – Bee Gees (peaking at #11 for the next two weeks for the trio of British brothers; the original band also included drummer Colin Peterson and guitarist Vince Melouney).

In and Out of Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes (peaking at #9 for the next two weeks; their final Top 10 single until their final release two years later)

Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba (peaking at #12 for the next two weeks)

Ooh Baby – Deon Jackson (peaking at #65 for two weeks, but this Smokey Robinson sound-alike would reach #28 on the R&B chart)   

* Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin (debuting at #66, headed to #2 Pop and four weeks at #1 R&B. The opening guitar lick - in a re-tuned guitar - is played by Joe South)

* Beck's Bolero – Jeff Beck Group (3/67 - Released as b-side in the UK and featuring the superstar line-up of Jeff Beck on guitar, Keith Moon on drums, John Paul Jones on bass, Jimmy Page on guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano)

* Judy in Disguise (with Glasses) – John Fred & His Playboy Band (at #55 this week and headed to #1 Pop, partly riding the coat tails of The Beatles' Lucy in the Sky [with Diamonds])

* You Better Move On – Arthur Alexander (2/62; #24 - one of the first hit records to come out of Rick Hall's Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, the Rolling Stones' cover version would be more familiar to most white American music fans. This song and The Beatles' cover of his Anna would bring in lots of royalty revenues to the backwoods songwriter.)

Tell Me Why – Beatles (in honor of the special Beatles tribute show happening tonight at our own State Theater, this non-single from the soundtrack to A Hard Days Night will rock our airwaves tonight.)

I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & Miracles (at #7 this week, headed to #4 Pop and #1 R&B)

45 Corner:  Susan – Buckinghams (debuting on this date at #74 and ultimately headed to #11. This record contains a 30-second psychedelic "freak-out" section that's often edited out on Oldies radio - as it was back in the day. Tonight you get the whole thing!)

This I Swear – Skyliners (6/59; #26 - this Jimmy Beaumont original has been cited by Smokey Robinson as having a strong influence on his own writing and singing styles.)
Let Him Run Wild – Beach Boys (7/65 - a lovely ballad buried on the flip-side of California Girls.

Be My Girl Lettermen (12/63 - a splendid b-side from the Capitol Records' vocal group's version of  Where Or When. This was a cover of a low-charter for the Paris Sisters.)


Midnight Confessions – Grass Roots (8/68, #5 - a departure from their Folk-Rock roots that would kick off the second two thirds of their successful run as a singles band.  The late Rob Grill on lead vocals.)

 A Natural Man – Lou Rawls (8/71; #17 - born and raised in Chicago, Lou Rawls cut his teeth on Gospel music and was a close associate of Sam Cooke. He earned a Grammy award for this record.)

Do You Wanna Dance – Beach Boys (2/65; #12 - this cover of the Bobby Freeman hit featured Dennis Wilson on a rare lead vocal.)

Happy Shades of Blue – Freddy Cannon (7/60; #83) 

Everyone's Gone to the Moon – Jonathan King (9/65; #17 - this would be his highest-charting single as a performer, but he'd have greater success as a producer and label owner.)

Time Between – Byrds (11/66 - from their Younger Than Yesterday LP, this was the first song ever written by Chris Hillman.)

You Better Think Twice – Poco (10/70; #72 - the first charting single from the seminal Country-Rock supergroup)

* Nobody but You – Loggins & Messina (6/72; #86)   

Since You Been Gone – Rainbow (11/79; #57)

* Piece of My Heart – Erma Franklin (at #70 this week, headed to a peak of #62 Pop and #10 R&B. Janis Joplin would introduce this song to a whole new audience two short years later.)

* Boogaloo Down Broadway – Fantastic Johnny "C" (at #13 this week, headed to #7 Pop and #5 R&B on the small Phil > L.A. of Soul Records label; real name, John Corley).

* I Feel Free – Cream (12/67 - would only reach #116, but would signal the arrival of one of the first supergroup Power trios of the late sixties)

* Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy – Jackie Wilson (at #35 this week, headed to a peak of #32 Pop and #22 R&B. Ostensibly recorded at the same time as the chart-topping Higher & Higher, this Brunswick Records entry wouldn't score nearly as well.)

Honey Chile – Martha & Vandellas (at #30 this week, headed to #11 Pop and #5 R&B)

Let's Hang On – 4 Seasons  (10/65; #3 - this special edit extends the instrumental fade by about 15 seconds and comes to you courtesy of Jon Hilton at Hiltronex Sound in Ithaca)

Turn! Turn! Turn! – Byrds (12/65; #1 on this very date, adapted by songwriter Pete Seeger from the Book of Ecclesiastes)


* Don't Go to Strangers – Etta Jones (11/60; #36 Pop, #5 R&B - featuring a bunch of NYC Jazz cats: Frank Weiss - flute, Richard Wyands - piano, Skeeter Best - guitar, George Duvivier - bass, Roy Hones - drums)

* Having a Party – Sam Cooke (6/62; #17 pop, #4 R&B - featuring the uncredited duet vocalizing of Lou Rawls)

Everlasting Love – Robert Knight (down to #23 after a peak of #13; one of three charting versions here in the States - Carl Carlton in the '70s and Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet in the '80s - while a competing version by the British studio group "Love Affair" reached #1 in the UK)

Bend Me, Shape Me – American Breed (at #41 this week, headed to #5 on the Pop chart) 

Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys (12/62; released as a single on Capitol Records, where it reached #3 on Billboard's Christmas Chart)

Sleigh Ride – Ventures (1965 - from The Ventures' Christmas Album , released on Dolton Records. This one mashed the Christmas classic together with their "Walk Don't Run.")

Don't You Write Her Off – McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (3/79; #33 - three founding members of the Byrds reunited for a one-off LP, and this was chosen as the single.)

Sail On – Commodores (8/79; #4 - written by Alabama-born Lionel Richie)

45 Corner:  Hurting Each Other –  Ruby & Romantics (4/69; #113 - The Carpenters would take this one to #2 on the Pop chart in early 1972. Ruby's version on A&M Records has never appeared on a legit CD. This is the stereo promo 45: a Rockin' Remnants' exclusive!)

She Lets Her Hair Down (Early in the Morning) – Tokens (12/69; #61 - one of three versions of this one released at the same time [the others being by Gene Pitney and Don Young], effectively keeping any of them from being the big hit it deserved to be. Based on a Clairol Shampoo jingle written by Paul Vance.)

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

Trivia Answer

The Buckinghams (with Kind of a Drag, Don't You Care, Mercy Mercy, Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) and Susan, all reaching the Top 20 in 1967. Guesses included Beach Boys, 4 Seasons, Supremes, Mamas & Papas, Young Rascals and The Byrds.

Congratulations to Brian from Candor, for correctly answering the question and winning a gift certificate to Angry Mom Records!

Host Next Week (Dec 13):  JS with a spotlight on something excellent!

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