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July 18, 2015 - JR - 1974 + Summertime oldies

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Date:  7/18/15
Host:  JR
Feature:  July 1974


[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]

  It’s the summer of 1974, and on the AM radio it was the 
sounds of steadfast 70’scharters like Elton John, Olivia 
Newton-John, Jim Croce, Abba and The Eagles and lesser 
lights  like George McRae, Dave Loggins, William 
DeVaughn, and Golden Earring.  We’ll check in with the 
Birthday Calendar at 7:00 and in the 45Corner, the 7” vinyl 
version of “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, not available on 
LP orCD or MP3; another Rockin’ Remnants exclusive!  And 
back for the summer Rockin’Remnants trivia, with a chance 
to win a pair of tickets to check out a flick at Cinemapolis! 
Great stuff on a Saturday night… Last, but not least, the 
great sound of Summertime oldies with Sly, The Monkees,  
Tyrannosaurus Rex, Nat King Cole and Eddie Cochran!


Rock Your Baby – George McCrae – BB Hot 100 #1, 2 


The first and only Hot 100 #1 for this Miami-based singer, 
he was also a member of The Sunshine Band (as in “K.C. 

Rock And Roll Heaven – The Righteous Brothers – BB 

Hot 100 #3

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A nice, mid-70’s comeback for Bill Medley and Bobby
 Hatfield courtesy of producers Dennis Lambert and Brian 
Potter (Grass Roots, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, 
Four Tops,Tony Orlando And Dawn, Gayle McCormick etc.).

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John – BB 

Hot 100 #4

The #1 Hot 100 artist of the 70’s rolled this ballad to #2 for 2
 weeks in the Summer of 1974.

Rock The Boat – The Hues Corporation – BB Hot 100 #6

This L.A, trio topped the Hot 100 for 1 week on 7/6/1974.  Future sound-alike releases like “Rockin’ Soul”, and “Love Corporation” charted lower and lower and this band was
history by the end of the decade.

If You Love Me Let Me Know – Olivia Newton-John – BB 

Hot 100 #10

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ONJ had 15 Top 10 singles and 5 Hot 100 #1’s from 1973
 and 1983!  This offering from her “country/rock” phase 
peaked at Hot 100 #5.  I bought all her 45’s on the MCA
Records label : )

One Hell Of A Woman – Mac Davis – BB Hot 100 #14

Mac in his heyday was quite the versatile scamp:songwriter, 
singer, movie actor,comedian, TV personality… This single 
peaked at Hot 100 #11, and may have charted higher if 
not for the H-E-double hockey sticks in the title… AM radio 
was still very very conservative in the 70’s.

Radar Love – Golden Earring – Hot 100 #15

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This Dutch band is a classic example of a Hot 100 “Two-hit 
Wonder”.  “Radar Love” peaked at #13, and 8 years later 
“Twilight Zone” peaked at #10.  Big in The Netherlands, 

 Waterloo – ABBA – Hot 100 #18

Speaking of imports… the first Hot 100 entry for this 
Swedish quartet peaked at #6. There would be many more 
to follow.

45 Corner

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number – Steely Dan – BB Hot 100


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Steely Dan (for the most part Walter Becker and Donald 
Fagen) were one of those 70’sbands that cranked out both 
hit LP’s and hit singles. “Rikki”, taken from the LP Pretzel
Logic, has a slightly edited intro, and a faster speed to
 time out a little under 4:00. This ABC Records version is 

You're The Reason I'm Living - Bobby Darin, 1966

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Mountain Of Love - Harold Dorman, 1960

- Harold's original version peaked at Hot 100 #21.  A cover version by Johnny Rivers peaked 12 spots higher in 1964.

7pm – 8pm

Birthday Calendar

July 12th – Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), 72
                 Walter Egan, 67
July 13th – Jim (Roger) McGuinn (Byrds), 73
 July 14th – Woody Guthrie, 1912

 July 15th – Linda Ronstadt, 69

 July 16th– Desmond Dekker, 1941
 July 17th – Spencer Davis, 76

July 18th – Dion DiMucci, 76
                 Martha Reeves, 74
                 Bobby Sherman, 72
                “Screamin’” Jay Hawkins, 1929

“Over My Head” (45 version) – Fleetwood Mac, 1975

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Fleetwood Mac faithfully cranked out singles in the early 70’s, but didn’t have a Top 40 hit until this release in late 1975; this version is different from the LP version, as were the other single releases from the Fleetwood Mac album, “Rhiannon”, and “Say You Love Me”.

 “Hot Summer Night” – Night, 1979

This summer-themed song off the pen of Walter Egan peaked at Hot 100 #18 for this Brit/American band.

“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” – The Byrds, 1968

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Once again dipping into the Bob Dylan catalog, this county-tinged single peaked at Hot 100 #74; the country-rock craze was a few years away…

“This Land Is Your Land” – The New Christy Minstrels, 1962

One of the best-known songs from the pen of Woody Guthrie, I chose this version because I found a really neat video of The Minstrels performing this live at Salem College from the TV show Hootenanny.

“The Israelites” – Desmond Dekker & The Aces

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This song is generally acknowledged as the first “reggae” single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The lyrics to this song have always baffled me, but thanks to the Internet, they are now easily accessible; click here to see.

“I’m A Man” – Spencer Davis Group, 1967

Spence was the guitarist of this quartet, but the real star was 19 year old Stevie Winwood on keyboards and vocals.  Stevie departed right after this to form Traffic.

“I Wonder Why” – Dion and The Belmonts, 1958

The first charting single for Dion and his Bronx mates (Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano and Angelo D’Aleo) peaked at Top 100 #22. Dion went solo 2 years later with great success; not so for The Belmonts, who only charted 2 Top 40 singles.

 “Nowhere To Run” – Martha & The Vandellas, 1965

Martha Reeves and her back-up singers Rosalind Ashford and Betty Kelly, charted 10 Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1967.

“I Put A Spell On You”– Screamin Jay Hawkins, 1956

“Screamin” Jay (born Jalacy Hawkins) was more known for his wild stage antics then his singing or songwriting ability, although this song has been oft covered, most notably by CCR. He died in 2000, age 70.

Encore: "I Put A Spell On You" - CCR, 1968

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This cover version was Creedence's second single release
on Fantasy Records, and hobbled to Hot 100 #58.

Summertime, Summertime!

"Those Lazy- Hazy- Crazy Days Of Summer" - Nat King Cole, 1963 

"Summertime Blues" - Eddie Cochran, 1968

"Hot Fun In The Summertime" - Sly & The Family Stone, 1969

"The Door Into Summer" - The Monkees, 1967

-Off the LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones LTD, this was 
written by their producer, Chip Douglas.

"Summertime Blues" - Tyrannosaurus Rex, 1970

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-Here's a new discovery of an oft-covered summer classic!  This was released on Blue Thumb Records and did not chart.  The name of this band was shortened to just "T. Rex" and lead singer Marc Bolan (the chap on the left) was a major player in the "Glam Rock" sound of the early 70's.

"With A Girl Like You" - The Troggs, 1966

"Bits And Pieces" - DC5, 1964

"All Of The Day And All Of The Night" - The Kinks, 1965

"Casino Royale" - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, 1967

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-The theme song from the James Bond spy spoof, this movie was remade as a serious Bond vehicle starring Daniel Craig as 007 in 2006.
Trivia question: Who played Sir James Bond in the original Casino Royale?
A:  David Niven.
Congratulations to Bill calling in from Ithaca, who answered our Rockin' Remnants trivia question, and won a pair of tix for a flick at Cinemapolis!

"The Dis-Advantages Of You" - The Brass Ring, 1967

-Melody takes from a Benson & Hedges cigarette commercial.

8pm – 9pm Back to our chart date of 7/18/1974 + Happy 

Hour 70’s & 80’s

Machine Gun – The Commodores – BB Hot 100 #22

The first charting hit for this band formed at Tuskegee 
University was an instrumental,and an instant dance floor 
classic.  In just a year, keyboardist/vocalist Lionel Richie
would step up and change the direction of the band, before 
leaving  to become  a top artist of the 80’s.

Be Thankful For What You Got – William DeVaughn – 

BB Hot 100 #27

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A nice slice of D.C. soul, this was the only Top 40 hit for this 
singer, peaking at #4.

Hollywood Swinging – Kool & The Gang – BB Hot 100 


Robert “Kool” Bell and his gang were a force on both the 
Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B chart in the 70’s and 80’s.  
Check out the video with a “kool” live clip from The Midnight Special!

Hang On In There Baby – Johnny Bristol – BB Hot 100 


Johnny cut his teeth in the music business as a producer 
for Motown Records; this was his highest charting solo
single, peaking at Hot 100 #8.

River’s Risin’ (45 version) – Edgar Winter Group – BB 

Hot 100 #72

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After reaching the summit of the Hot 100 with “Frankenstein”
 in 1973, EWG had alimited Hot 100 shelf life; this 45 
version is available on some anthologies, and has a fade-out
 ending, differing from the cold ending of the LP version.

Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream) – 

Tower Of Power – BB Hot 100 #72

Man, this was a funky sound on the AM radio back in the 
Summer of 1974!  The Oakland horn-based band never sold
 a lot of singles, but always had work backing the likes of 
Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers and Bonnie Raitt.

Donna Fargo – BB Hot 100 #94

Donna Fargo had more success on the Billboard Country chart than she did on the Hot100.  While this only peaked at Hot 100 #57, it was played a lot, and I mean a lot, on the
local AM stations, back in the day when they created their own playlists. A fewyears ago when we ran a contest here on Remnants to submit a playlist and have itplayed on the air, one of our listeners had great memories of this song playing during   study hall in summer school in Binghamton.  Local hit, indeed…

Birthday tribute to Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt has gone through many musical styles and phases in a career spanning 6 decades and unfortunately is unable to sing today due to Parkinson’s disease.  Linda was one of my favorites in the 70’s and I actually saw her live as the opening act for The Band in 1976!  How cool is that?  We’ve got one selection from her “folk” era (1970), one from her “rock” era (1978), and one from her “new wave” phase in the early 80’s.What a talent. What a shame.

"Into The Mystic" - Johnny Rivers, 1970

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-Johnny always showed great taste in cover versions, and this Van Morrison cover was spot on!  Unfortunately, it did not chart.

"Ooh Child" - Valerie Carter, 1976

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-I rave a lot about Linda Ronstadt, but I think Valerie definitely had a more soulful voice, although she is better known for her background vocal work.  Check it out, here...

"In Thee" - Blue Oyster Cult, 1979

- The BOC tried mellowing their sound a bit in the late 70's and this slightly acoustic single peaked at Hot 100 #74

Host Next Week (7/25/15):
JS, 6-8
JR, 8-9

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