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Date:  April 18, 2015
Host:  John Simon
Feature: Wide Stereo and Extended Fades

Tonight  -  inspired by this brand-new CD from Eric Records and the Hit Parade label  -  we'll do an entire show of stereophonic treats and extended endings/alternate mixes. Get your headphones on or spread your speakers and climb on in. You'll hear stuff you never heard before!

Birthday Calendar

April 16 - Henry Mancini - born in 1924
             - Bobby Vinton - age 80
            - Dusty Springfield - born in 1939
            - Gerry Rafferty - born in 1947


[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)

My Girl - Temptations (3/65; #1 Pop, #1 R&B for 6 weeks - penned by Smokey Robinson and featuring the classic Temptations line-up of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams. Rolling Stone ranked this one as #88 in its Top 500 of all-time [RS500]. Tonight we hear it all the way to a "cold ending!")

In My Lonely Room - Martha & Vandellas (4/64; #44 - a wide stereo version of this underrated gem from Motown's second biggest girl group of the mid-sixties)

Baby, Now That I've Found You - Foundations (12/67; #11 - the first American hit for this interracial Pop/R&B group from England, played tonight in w-i-d-e stereo.)

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Navy Blue - Diane Renay (1/64; #6 - first-time stereo for the young singer who scored her biggest hit with this one. This version, like many other stereo treats tonight, comes from the Hard-to-Find Jukebox Classics compilation from Eric Records. Read all about it here!)

Wouldn't It Be Nice - Beach Boys (7/66; #8 - stunning stereo from the Pet Sounds LP, featuring a complex arrangement executed by L.A.'s legendary studio players known as The Wrecking Crew.)

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No Milk Today - Herman's Hermits (2/67; #35 Pop, #7 U.K. - penned by Englishman Graham Gould and released as the b-side of There's A Kind Of Hush here in the States. Tonight you get first-time stereo with an extended fade from the brand-new Bear Family 2-disc set. Read all about it here!)

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield (1/67; #7 - their biggest hit, penned by Stephen Stills, appears tonight in stunning stereo and with an extended cold ending, not commercially available anywhere. A Rockin' Remnants exclusive!)

* Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine - Country Joe & The Fish 7/67; #95 - released as a single on Vanguard Records, this version comes from the stereo LP Electric Music For The Mind and Body. Requested by David in Vancouver.)

* You Know What I Mean - Turtles (8/67; #12 - one of a string of singles that made them the most successful act in the White Whale Records family. This one features strings and horns arranged by Jack Nitzsche and was requested by our man George in honor of the participants in today's "Tough Turtle" event to benefit the Ithaca Children's Garden.)

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* Livin' Alone - Beck, Bogert & Appice (4/73; from their eponymous LP, requested by listener "Star Light"  -  no foolin'!)

Dum Dum Ditty - Goodees (7/65; #123 - a non-charting jewel from this Brooklyn girl group, found on Leiber and Stoller's Red Bird Records label. This version comes from the Real Gone reissues label. CD info here.)

Walking In the Rain - Ronettes (10/64; #23 - beautiful first-time stereo from the Hard-to-Find Jukebox Classics CD. It was nominated for a Grammy Award back in 1965 and the RS500 ranks it at #266.)

Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um - Major Lance (1/64; #5 Pop, #1 R&B for two weeks - another stereo gem from the above-mentioned CD. Between the Dum Dum Ditty and this one, there were some pretty dumb record titles back in the day...)


 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Madeline Bell (2/68; #26 - the only charting hit here in the States for this unheralded background singer, who appeared on many of Dusty Springfield's recordings. If you listen carefully you'll hear Dusty return the favor, singing background vocals on her friend's record.)

I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield (1/64; #12 - Dusty Springfield's solo chart debut, after launching her career as one of The Springfields. This stunning stereo version comes from that 1964 compilation.)

Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton (12/64; #1 - one of three #1 hits for the Canonsburg, PA native.)

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Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini (6/69; #1 for two weeks - apparently moved by the film and drawn to the soundtrack, Mancini recorded this and never intended it to be released as a single. Somebody at RCA Records wisely differed with his opinion, and it was one of the last great orchestral instrumentals to reach the top of the charts.)

Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (4/78; #2 for 6 weeks! - featuring the haunting saxophone stylings of Raphael Ravencroft, this one stalled at #2 behind Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing, which spent a whopping seven weeks at #1. Bummer for Gerry!)

* New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees (5/67; #14 - the US chart debut for the Brothers Gibb, requested by a listener in Lincoln, Arkansas who wanted it followed by Timothy (see below). Sick sense of humor, man....)

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* Timothy - Buoys (1/71; #17 - this controversial tale of cannibalism was penned by Rupert Holmes, who would go on to greater fame as a singer. Scepter Records released an edited version to obscure the storyline and released a statement that "Timothy" was really a pack mule and not a fellow miner. You decide.)

My True Story - Jive Five (7/61; #3 Pop, #1 R&B for three weeks - first-time stereo on this gem by Eugene Pitt and the Brooklyn harmony quintet.)

House Of The Rising Sun - Animals (9/64; #1 for three weeks - first-time stereo for the extended UK single version of this classic hit. M-G-M Records released a 2 1/2 minute edited version here in the States that cut out most of Alan Price's organ soloing. It's reinstated here, found on the Jukebox Classics CD that started this whole theme.)

You're The One - Vogues (9/65; #4 - the national chart debut for this rockin' group from western PA appeared on the Co & Ce label and was penned by Tony Hatch for Petula Clark. Reprise Records bought the Vogue's contract and released an updated version of their Co & Ce hits with added strings to create a stereo effect. Here ya go!)

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Walk, Don't Run '64 - Ventures (7/64; #8 - a rare occurrence: this Top Ten hit was an updated version of the group's previous Top Ten hit! Got that? And for good measure we bring it to you in wide stereo tonight.)

I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits (10/64; #13 Pop, #1 U.K. - the chart debut for these young fellows from Manchester appears in first-time stereo  -  in this case, from the 1964 Jukebox Classics CD referenced above.)

Nowhere Man - Beatles (3/66; #3 - a surprising break in their run of #1 records, this one appears in remastered and remixed form from the Yellow Submarine Songtrack CD, released back in 1999. It sounds amazing! Read about it here.)


Tracks Of My Tears - Miracles (7/65; #16 Pop, #2 R&B - rated #50 in the RS500, and for good reason. Tonight we play an extended stereo version with a full minute of beyond-the-fade treasure, found on the Motown Stereo Box that came out in 2005. Read about it here on the Amazon website.)

* The Name Game - Shirley Ellis (12/64; #3 - requested by David in Florida, this one comes to you in wide stereo from the Dick Bartley "On The Radio" collection. Here's an Amazon link if you want to know more. Note: Just don't play with Art or Chuck  -  or with Mitch, either!)

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Tequila - Champs (3/58; #1 Pop for 5 weeks, R&B for 4 weeks - first-time stereo, coming to you from the brand-new Hard-to-Find Fifties Instrumentals comp from Eric Records. Read all about it here!)

It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones (4/65; #10 - the chart debut for this soulful Welsh sex symbol/singer. Tonight you get a re-mixed rarity with background vocals and horns elevated in the mix. Another Rockin' Remnants exclusive!)

* Reflections - Diana Ross & The Supremes (8/67; #2 Pop for two weeks - the first release giving Ms. Ross top billing. This one also broke their streak of consecutive #1 singles at four. Stereo with an extended mix from the Motown Stereo Box, requested by Barbara in Danby.)

Go Now - Bessie Banks (1/64; dnc - released on the tiny Tiger Records imprint, this one found its way to England where it would be dusted off and covered by the Moody Blues, launching their long career as recording stars. From the Red Bird Girls stereo compilation.)

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Heaven Must've Sent You - Elgins (9/66; #50 Pop, #9 R&B - released on Detroit's V.I.P. Records, this is another gem from the Motown Stereo Box.)

You're My Everything - Temptations (8/67; #6 Pop, #3 R&B - a rare dual lead vocal by both Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin. Supersonic stereo from that Motown Stereo Box.)

Kiss Me Baby - Beach Boys (4/65; the b-side of Help Me Rhonda - a lush ballad released for the first time in stereo on the Endless Harmony CD. Looks like you can get it dirt cheap at Amazon. Click here for more info.)

Distant Shores - Chad & Jeremy (7/66; #30 - stunning stereo from Columbia/Legacy's short-lived Rock Artifacts CD series released in the early nineties, with liner notes by stereo collector Mike Callahan.)

I Can Take Or Leave Your Lovin' - Herman's Hermits (1/68; #22 - the final Top Forty hit for Herman and the boys, in first-time stereo from the Bear Family two-disc set.)

* Open My Eyes - Nazz (9/68; #112 - before Utopia or his solo career, Todd Rundgren led a group called "Nazz." Here they are. Young Todd on the far left.)

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She Lets Her Hair Down - Tokens (12/69; #61 - three competing versions of this shampoo commercial-inspired sunshiney treasure were released on the same day, dooming all three of them to relative chart obscurity. The Tokens reached the highest chart position.)

It's a Shame - Spinners (7/70; #14 Pop, #4 R&B - co-penned by Stevie Wonder, who also played drums on this record. The Spinners would flourish at Atlantic Records for much of the Seventies, but this is one of their finest moments.)

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

Congratulations to Dave from West Hill, who won a pair of tickets to the "Benefit My State" show on May 2nd!

Host Next Week (4/25/15):  John Rudan with a spotlight on Late April 1971

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