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Date: April 4, 2015
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  Saxophone Spectacular, Pt. II

Tonight: a continuation of the Saxophone Spotlight with JS behind the wheel. Smokey, sultry, honkin' and wailin' horns, including your requests - 6-9 p.m. on 93.5 or


Birthday Calendar

March 30 - Eric Clapton - age 70

March 31 - Herb Alpert - age 80
April 1 - Jimmy Cliff - Age 67
April 2 - Marvin Gaye - born in 1939
April 3 - Jeff Barry - age 76
           - Billy Joe Royal - age 73
           - Don Gibson - born in 1928



[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)

Whispering Bells - Del-Vikings (7/57; #9 - this interracial Doo Wop group recorded two essential tracks back in the late Fifties, featuring Gene Upshaw on tenor saxophone)

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Tequila - Champs (3/58; #1 for five weeks - featuring the tune's composer Chuck Rio on saxophone. This song would later become the theme music for the Pee Wee's Playhouse TV program)

For Your Love - Ed Townsend (4/58; #13 - a lush ballad with a searing saxophone solo by an unknown player. Ed Townsend also co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" [see the Birthday Calendar segment below])

Baby Baby I Still Love You - Cinderellas (5/64; #134 - The Cinderellas were also known as The Cookies and The Four Pennies. The uncredited saxophone player was probably a New York City session player, and this record should've been a hit!)

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* Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy & Rebels (6/58; #6 - Duane Eddy's band was a breeding ground for some of the greatest session players in the famed "Wrecking Crew," including sax men Jim Horn, Plas Johnson and Steve Douglas, bassist/keyboardist Larry Knechtel and guitarist Al Casey. The horn player on this disc was Gil Bernal.)

Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (6/64; #5 - winner of the Grammy award for Record Of The Year. Astrud Gilberto was married to bossa nova guitarist Jao Gilberto.)

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Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes (8/64; #1 for two weeks - the first big hit for the trio known by their labelmates as "The No-Hit Supremes" featured a sizzling sax break by baritone player Mike Terry. This would be their first of five consecutive #1 hits, making them the biggest stars of the Motown empire.)

Waiting On a Friend - Rolling Stones (12/81; #13 - the basic tracks for this record were originally recorded in 1973 and featured Mick Taylor's guitar and Billy Preston's piano playing. Lyrics and vocals were added ten years later, along with a stunning saxophone part from Jazz great Sonny Rollins.)

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The Wanderer - Dion (12/61; #2 - Dion's second big hit after parting ways with the Belmonts featured the sizzling saxophone of Buddy Lucas. Tonight we play a rare treat: a wide stereo version with a "cold ending." It's a Rockin' Remnants exclusive!)

45 Corner: Touch Me - The Doors (1/69; #3 - their last big hit featured the uncharacteristic [for The Doors] saxophone stylings of Curtis Amy.  A rare stereo 45 for 1969)

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* Cleo's Mood - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars (1/66; #50 Pop, #14 R&B - originally released on Harvey Records in 1962. A smooth instrumental ballad that found greater success on Motown's Soul Records imprint.)

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Us & Them - Pink Floyd (3/74; #101 - an edited version with a running time of 3:15 was released as a single, but FM stations played the full 7+ minute version from the Dark Side Of The Moon album. Dick Parry plays the smooth saxophone.)

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I Want to Love Him So Bad - Jelly-Beans (6/64; #9 - co-written by birthday guy Jeff Barry and his partner Ellie Greenwich. They would prove to be the most successful writers in New York's Brill Building from 1963-1965, thanks in large part to their work from producer Phil Spector.)

Da Doo Ron Ron - Crystals (9/63; #3 - ranked #114 in Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 list, featuring the uncredited drumming of Hal Blaine and the searing saxophone of Steve Douglas.)

I Knew You When - Billie Joe Royal (9/65; #14 - no saxophone here  -  just a stunning follow-up to Down In The Boondocks.)

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Badge - Cream (4/69; #60 - again, no saxophone. Co-written with George Harrison, who also played guitar on the record.)

A Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass (9/65; #7 - the TJB were actually LA session players. Drummer Hal Blaine provided the signature thumping drum intro when the horn players kept flubbing their cues. This was the first of six consecutive Grammy "Record Of The Year" Awards featuring his uncredited drumming.)

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Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff (12/69; #25 - one of the first Reggae records to make a splash in the US. Jimmy Cliff would later achieve his greatest success in the film The Harder They Come.)

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (3/71; #2 Pop [3 weeks], #1 R&B [5 weeks] - the single that led to the creation of his groundbreaking album of the same name. This one opens with the soaring sax line of session man Eli Fontaine. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks this record as #4 in its Top 500 of All-Time [RS500] list.)

* Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell (7/74; #22 - Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital earlier this week, but seems to be recovering nicely. This recording features the horn of Tom Scott and backing vocals from Graham Nash and David Crosby.)

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* Summer Rain - Climax Blues Band (1979; from the Real To Reel LP - featuring Colin Cooper on saxophone and lead vocals.)

* Everybody's Everything - Santana (10/71; #12 - featuring the Tower Of Power horn section from Oakland, CA. Requested by Joe-the-Cabbie, who listens every Saturday night as he makes his rounds.)

* You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth - Meat Loaf (11/78; #39 - produced by Todd Rundgren, who added guitar and background vocals. Also: Edgar Winter on saxophone, Roy Bittan on piano, Max Weinberg on drums and Ellen Foley as "the girl.")

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Cold Sweat, Pt. I - James Brown (7/67; #7 Pop, # 1 R&B for three weeks - featuring the honkin' sax of Maceo Parker. Unh!)


Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band (9/75; #23 - the first charting single for this supergroup from the Jersey Shore, with the late Clarence Clemons on saxophone. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks this one at #21 on its Top 500 list.)

* It's Not The Crime - Tower of Power (1/75; from their Urban Renewal LP - featuring the sizzling saxophones of Emilio Castillo, Steve Kupka and Lenny Pickett!)

* Can't You Hear Me Knockin' - Rolling Stones (1971; Sticky Fingers LP - featuring the searing saxophone of Jimmy Keys)

* Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin (10/71; #9 Pop, #2 R&B - with the Memphis Horns, featuring Andrew Love on saxophone.)

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* Freedom Rider - Traffic (9/70; John Barleycorn Must Die LP - featuring the saxophone of Chris Wood.)

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* Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group (3/73; #1 Pop - with Ronnie Montrose on guitar and Edgar Winter on saxophone and keyboards AND drums. Check these wild cats out in the video!)

* Whole Lotta Love - King Curtis & Kingpins (1/71; #64 - the Facebook request said "You've got to play some King Curtis!" This one was borrowed from his Atlantic Records label mates Led Zeppelin.)

45 Corner:  Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton (2/92; #2 for four weeks - Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and ranked as #353 in the RS500, this is one of the last big hit singles released on a 45 rpm record.)

* I Can See For Miles - The Who (10/67; #9 - no horns on this one, just the slashing guitar of Pete Townshend, the crashing drums of Keith Moon, the thundering bass of John Entwistle and the layered vocals of Roger Daltrey, Pete and John. #258 in the RS500.)

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

Host Next Week (4/11/15):  Kim Vaughan with a spotlight on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's 100th birthday. Birds in song, on record and in your requests!

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