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July 11, 2015 - JS - 1966

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Date:  7/11/15
Host:  John Simon
Feature:  July 1966


Birthday Calendar

July 5 – Terry Cashman (Cashman & West) – age 74

July 6 – Michael Shrieve (Santana) – age 66
July 7 – Ringo Starr – age 75

July 8 – Steve Lawrence – age 80
July 11 – Bonnie Pointer – age 65
            – Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) – age 68 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

Here are three names: Paul Simon, John Lennon, Bruce Woodley. What song from our chart date has something to do with all three of them?

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


[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)

Oh How Happy - Shades of Blue (#22, down from a peak of #12 - this Blue-Eyed Soul quartet from Detroit had one big hit. This is it!)

Pied Piper - Crispian St. Peters (at #12, headed to #4 - the original version by The Changin' Times fizzled out at #87 six months earlier.)

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You Wouldn't Listen - Ides of March (at #52, headed to #42 - these four kids were still in high school when their record became a nationally-charting hit. Four years later they'd add horns and have a bigger hit with Vehicle.)

Sweet Talkin' Guy - Chiffons (at #33, down from #10)

Summertime - Ricky Nelson (3/62; #89 - the b-side of his Top Five hit Young World sported a surprisingly driving bass line that would later be employed by the Blues Magoos.)

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Dancing In the Street - Martha & Vandellas (8/64; #2 - one of the great summertime anthems. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #40 in the RS500. Tonight we play a punchy stereo version.)

Girls On the Beach - Beach Boys (8/64; from their album "All Summer Long.")

Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith & his Orch. (2/60; #1 for nine weeks! - This record was rewarded with a Grammy for Record Of The Year. The Lettermen would later chart with a vocal version.)

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* Popsicle - Jan & Dean (peaking on this date at #21 - requested by listener Chip, who wanted to hear "some west coast novelty music.")

* Heartbeat - Buddy Holly & Crickets (12/58; #82 - our friends Betsy and David are facing some serious medical challenges of the cardiac variety. She requested some "heart music" for the two of them. Here's a pair selected just for them.)

* Heart Full of Soul - Yardbirds (7/65; #9 - break out the air guitars for this one!)

A Groovy Kind of Love - Mindbenders (at #44 in its 13th week on the chart after peaking for two weeks at #2 - Lead singer in video is Eric Stewart, who went on to co-found 10cc.)

45 Corner: I Put a Spell On You - Alan Price Set (at #135 this week, headed to #80 - Price had left the Animals a year earlier, after much bickering with Eric Burdon. Guest host Rob Sullivan was struck by the similarities between their vocal stylings.)

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Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (and special guest on The Midnight Special!) - headed to #1 in August of 1975.

Too Late To Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (7/72; #2 - featuring the unmistakable voice of Edward Cornelius.)

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I Want to Stay Here - Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme 7/63; #28 - the highest-charting duet for this husband/wife duo.)

Evil Ways - Santana (1/70; #9 - Michael Shrieve was just twenty years old when the band appeared at Woodstock. This was the second single from their debut album and the first to crack the Top 40.)

How Long (Betcha Got a Chick On the Side) - Pointer Sisters (7/75; #20 Pop, #1 R&B - a big R&B hit on the Blue Thumb label for these sisters from Oakland, CA.)

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Rain - The Beatles (the second of two weeks at #23 - the A-side may have reached #1, but many consider this Ringo's greatest performance as a drummer. We'll play the flip side later in the hour.)

Tell Me Why - The Beatles (1964 - from the US LP "Something New." Another great drumming performance from young Mr. Starkey, 75 years old this week.)

* Eve of Destruction - Barry Maguire (a record that had spent one week at the top of the chart in late September of 1965. This was the second week in a row it was requested. As JR would say...."heavy rotation!")

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin (bubbling under this week  -  headed to the Top Ten in September of 1966. This song was originally slated for the Four Tops, but Jimmy Ruffin pleaded with the songwriters to give him a crack at it. It became his signature song.)

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5D (Fifth Dimension) - The Byrds debuting at #74 this week - only headed to #44, but the band was now writing its own material.)

Along Comes Mary - Association (peaking at #7 this week - the chart debut for this LA-based band whose next single would spend four weeks at #1.)

45 Corner:  I Love Onions - Susan Christie (at #69 this week - slowly headed to a peak of #63. A rather bizarre novelty number with a prominent kazoo and a breathy vocal. You won't hear THIS one on your radio very often....)

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* My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (6/69; #4 - originally buried on the B-side of "I Don't Know Why," this one charted three months later and became a summertime smash for the Motown wunderkind.)

* Let Her Dance - Bobby Fuller Four (8/65; #133 - a sizzling slice o' wax from a Texas boy who would die under mysterious circumstances less than a year later. Some say The Mob had something to do with it....)

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Paperback Writer - The Beatles (at #5 this week after two weeks at the top - but Frank Sinatra managed to dislodge it for one week in-between with his surprise #1 "Strangers In The Night.".)

Hungry - Paul Revere & Raiders (at #10 - headed to a peak of #6 and featuring the uncompromising snarl of lead singer Mark Lindsay.)

* I Want You - Bob Dylan (at #34 this week - headed to #20, hot on the heels of Rainy Day Women, which had stalled at #2 for two weeks. "Everybody must get stoned!")



* Hypnotized - Fleetwood Mac (10/73; dnc - this was released as a the B-side of the non-charting For Your Love. It became an FM radio staple. Lead singer, the late Bob Welch, is on the far right.)

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Red Rubber Ball - Cyrkle (#3 this week, down from a peak of #2 - details are outlined in the Trivia answer below.)

Baby Baby I Love You - Terry Cashman (11/76; #79 - This song was cleverly tucked on the b-side of every version of his Talkin' Baseball novelty record, generating lots of sales over the years. Skip down two songs for more info...)

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"They Just Can't Stop It" The (Games People Play) - Spinners (8/75; #5 Pop, #1 R&B - this one wins the the "most peculiarly-titled song" award on this week's list!)

45 Corner:  Talkin' Baseball (Brewers Version) - Terry Cashman (1981; dnc - He recorded a version for every AL and NL team and released them on the Lifesong Records label he co-founded. Click here to hear the Yankees version.
Click here to hear the Mets version.)

Make a Little Magic - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (6/80; #25 - featuring lead singer and writer - and birthday guy - Jeff Hanna, dueting with Nicolette Larson.)

It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr (5/71; #4 - George Harrison produced and played guitar on this record, written by Ringo, himself. Members of Badfinger added vocal support. Happy birthday, Mr. Starkey!)

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Let's Call it a Day Girl - Razor's Edge (bubbling under this week - headed to #77. Little is known about this group, although they sound an awful lot like the 4 Seasons, and probably recorded in NYC.)

Race With The Wind - The Robbs (down to #114 this week, from a peak of #103 - this brother band from Minnesota never cracked the Hot 100, but sold a lot of records thanks to their appearances on afterschool daytime television. This was their biggest hit.)

Under My Thumb - Del Shannon (9/66; #128 - this record was about two months from being released on our chart date, and is practically a note-for-note re-make of Rolling Stones' recording. Del Shannon was quite big in the UK long after his career had dried up Stateside.)

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

Trivia Answer

Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel) & Bruce Woodley (The Seekers) co-wrote Red Rubber Ball, which was a big hit for the Cyrkle (who were named by John Lennon and managed by Brian Epstein). In fact, our listener George saw the group open for the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965!

Congratulations to Val from Ithaca, for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of tickets to Cinemapolis, downtown Ithaca's 5-screen independent movie theater!

Host Next Week (7/18/15):  John Rudan with a spotlight on July 1974

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