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July 25, 2015 - JS Sounds of Summer/JR 1982

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Date:  7/25/15
Host:  John Simon (6-8), John Rudan (8-9)
Feature:  Sounds of Summer

Tonight it's a two-man tag team. JS leads off with some songs about Summer and then plays a bunch of records from Summers past. JR will then take the reins and bring you tunes from the summer of 1982. Here's what he has to say.... 
Thanks, JS... The line between AM and FM radio was fading fast, and the songs played tonight from July '82 were hits on both bands!
Hot 100 info is where the song was on the chart on this date 33 years ago; Album Rock info is where the song peaked on that chart.


Birthday Calendar

July 19 – Bernie Leadon (Eagles) – age 68

July 20 – Dennis Yost (Classics IV) – born in 1943
            – Kim Carnes – age 69
            – Carlos Santana – age 68

July 22 – Chuck Jackson – age 78
            – Don Henley (Eagles) - age 68

July 23 – Dino Danelli (Rascals) – age 71

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

Carlos Santana, with a birthday on July 20th, famously fronts the band called "Santana." What was the band's original name?

(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)

So Much in Love - The Tymes (8/63; #1 - the smooth sounds of this  summertime beach classic open tonight's show. The band was from Philadelphia, home of Cameo-Parkway Records.)

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Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela (7/68; #1 Pop for 2 weeks, #1 R&B for 4 weeks -  a big surprise hit for the South African horn player. A year later, the Friends of Distinction would add lyrics and score their own hit with it.)

Summer Symphony - Lesley Gore (6/69; dnc - this lush b-side was hidden on her final Mercury single: a medley of 98.6 and Lazy Day. Neil Sedaka co-authored this one and  would later release his own non-charting version of it.)

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See You in September - The Happenings (7/66; #3 - this stunning re-make of an obscure single by the Tempos put this New Jersey quartet on the map. The Tokens arranged it and produced it and released it on their own BT Puppy Records label.)

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You Were On My Mind - We Five (7/65; at #70 this week, headed to #3 - penned by Sylvia Fricker of Ian & Sylvia, who had a low-charting version out a year earlier. She famously tells of being met with boos in England when she started to sing it in concert; the Folk audience thought she was doing a pop-tune "cover!")

I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd (7/68; #40 Pop, #2 R&B - an uncharacteristically smooth ballad from Mr. Knock-On-Wood!)

* Theme From "A Summer Place" - Lettermen (6/65; #16 - a vocal treatment of Percy Faith & His Orchestra's big instrumental hit from five years earlier. The caller said "This might be a longshot...," but we had it!)

* The Wanderer - Dion (1/62; #2 - the telephone request was for "something by Dion & The Belmonts." These weren't the Belmonts, but it's definitely Dion, and it's partly a tribute to recently-departed songwriter Ernie Maresca, who wrote some of Dion's biggest hits. R.I.P.)

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A Fork In The Road - The Miracles (7/65; #135 - tucked away on the b-side of one of Smokey Robinson's greatest achievements, The Tracks of My Tears. The request was for "something soulful." This and the following track should do 
the trick.)

* (I Wanna) Testify  - Parliaments (7/67; #20 - this was one of the final releases by this Doo Wop group before they'd morph into "Parliament-Funkadelic.")

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(Here They Come From) All Over The World - Jan & Dean (3/65; #56 - this theme song from "The T.A.M.I. Show" was a roll call of some of the many bands that appeared in this  Rock Concert film.)

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones (7/65; #1 for 4 weeks - The biggest record of the Summer of '65, co-written by two 22 year-old kids. Mick Jagger will turn 72 on Sunday, and they're still touring!)

45 Corner: I'll Marimba You - Julius Wechter & Baja Marimba Band (7/69; dnc - buried on the b-side of a record that spent two weeks at #121, this is one jumpin' marimba tune!  Julius is the guy in the middle playing the xylophone)

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Sometimes - Paul Revere & The Raiders (5/65; #131 - this record deserved a much better fate, but their breakthrough wouldn't occur until they started appearing on daytime television's Where the Action Is. Fourteen of their next fifteen records would reach the Top 40.)

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte - Patti Page (7/65; #46, down from a peak of #8 - the title track from Bette Davis' scary movie spent 14 weeks on the national charts. Watch for more Bette Davis in the 7:00 hour....)

* Just a Little - Beau Brummels (5/65; #8 - the highest-charting single for this San Francisco band was produced by young Sylvester Stewart and released on the Autumn Records label.)

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Stormy - Classics IV (10/68; #5 - we play this one tonight for Dennis Yost's birthday, but also to honor the recently-departed Buddy Buie, who wrote and produced this and many other classic songs.)

Jingo - Santana (10/69; #56 - the first Santana single was a relative flop and was panned by Billboard's singles reviewer at the time. It has since become part of the band's enduring legacy.)

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Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (5/81; #1 for nine weeks - winner of Grammys for Song and Record of The Year.)

The Best Of My Love - Eagles (3/75; #1 - written and sung by birthday boy Don Henley, with pedal steel by birthday boy Bernie Leadon.)

A Girl Like You - Rascals (7/67; #10 - follow-up to their groundbreaking smash hit Groovin' featured a great drumming performance from Dino Danelli.)

Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) - Chuck Jackson (5/62; #23 Pop, # 2 R&B for 3 weeks - the biggest hit for this journeyman Soul singer on the Scepter Records label.)

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Follow the Rainbow - Terry Stafford (8/64; #101 - Suspicion reached #3 in April of 1964. This one didn't crack the Hot 100. Terry's Pop hit days were behind him, but Nashville would later embrace him as a songwriter and recording artist.)

Put Away Your Teardrops - The Lettermen (8/64; #132 - Capitol Records was putting most of their energy into their Rock acts like the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but the Lettermen would manage to hover around the Hot 100 for another seven years.)

This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & Playboys (1/65; #1 - featuring the uncredited playing of members of the Wrecking Crew, this was the first of a remarkable seven Top Ten hits for Gary and the 'Boys.)

* Wouldn't It Be Nice - Beach Boys (7/66; #8 - from the mind of the brilliant Brian Wilson. The recording of this track is re-enacted in the movie Love & Mercy, which I highly recommend.)

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45 Corner: Dawn of a New Day - Mom's Apple Pie (1972; dnc - released on Terry Knight's Brown Paper Bag Records label, this ten-piece horn group deserved a national audience. Unfortunately, their greatest claim to fame was the risque album cover that contained this song.)

The Avengers: Main Title - Laurie Johnson & The London Studio Orchestra (1980 - from the BBC television series starring Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee, who recently passed away. Here's the opening credits sequence.)

(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can't I Touch You - Ronnie Dyson (7/70; #8 - the debut single for this Off-Broadway singer/actor who got his break in the Tribal Rock Musical Hair.)

8pm – 9pm – Chart date, 7/25/1982

Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor – BB Hot 100 #1, 6 weeks

                                                BB Album Rock #1 5 weeks

With sales over 2 million copies (RIAA Certified Double 

Platinum) this was the theme from the movie Rocky III.

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Rosanna – Toto – BB Hot 100 #2, 5 weeks

                              BB Album Rock #8

Sitting behind Survivor on the Hot 100, this nonetheless 

won the Grammy for Record of the Year.

Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac – BB Hot 100 #4

                                              BB Album Rock #3

The first single of the Mac LP Mirage peaked this week on 

the Hot 100.  Check out the “glass-breaking” video!

Abracadabra (45 version) – Steve Miller Band – BB 

                                                                           Hot 100 #6

                                                              BB Album Rock #4

The single version of this peaked at Hot 100 #1 for 2 weeks 

on 9/4/1982, bumping Survivor off the top of the chart.

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Don’t You Want Me – The Human League –  Hot 100 #7

                                                           BB Album Rock #4

This Brit techno-rock group topped the Hot 100 on 7/3/1982, 

and was tumbling down the chart on this date.

Tainted Love – Soft Cell – BB Hot 100 #8

Techno-rock was the “new wave” of the early 80’s, and this 
British duo took a cover version of the original Gloria Jones 
soul offering from 1964 to its peak this week, their only U.S.
 hit.  Click on the link to hear the 12” remix featuring a cover 
of “Where Did Our Love Go”!

Paperlate – Genesis – BB Hot 100 #36

                                    BB Album Rock #2

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Phil Collins horn-based sound influenced the sound of these
prog rockers through the 80’s and they placed more songs 
on the Album Chart than the Hot 100, including 2 #1’s and 2 
#2’s. This peaked at Hot 100 #32.

Hot In The City – Billy Idol – BB Hot 100 #42

                                               BB Album Rock #31

The former William Broad’s first entry on both charts, this 
peaked at Hot 100 #32; a rerelease in 1988 fared worse only
climbing up to #48.

Take It Away (45 version) – Paul McCartney – Hot 100 #23

                                                            BB Album Rock #39

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Back 33 years ago we played this off the LP Tug Of War, 
where the intro of the song segues from the previous one.  I 
found an import 45 with a picture sleeve… clean intro!  This 
peaked at Hot 100 #10.

Wasted On The Way – C, S & N – BB Hot 100 #16

                                                      BB Album Rock #9

The first single off the LP Daylight Again, the band’s 3rd (not
including releases with Neil Young), peaked at Hot 100 #9.

Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project – BB Hot 100 #43

                                                           BB Album Rock #11

British rock, progressive 80’s-style, the APP scored many 
album hits, and this was their highest charting Hot 100 entry,
peaking at #3.  The LP version featured an instrumental 
called “Sirius”, a somewhat anthemic instrumental which 
segued into the song; we’ll hear that version and you can 
also hear it on the video link.  Some may recognize “Sirius”
as an intro of many sports teams…

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

Trivia Answer

ANSWER. Santana was originally called "The Carlos Santana Blues Band." Carlos was quite unassuming, but the San Francisco area Musician's Union required that somebody be designated "band leader." He reluctantly agreed to lend his name for those purposes.

Congratulations to Scott from Ithaca, for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of passes to Cinemapolis, Ithaca's independent five-screen movie house!

Host Next Week (8/1/15):  Kim Vaughan with a spotlight on late July 1963

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