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10/3/2015 - JR - 1976

Rockin' Remnants

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Date: October 3, 2015
Host: JR

Rockin' Remnants, the best of the 50's, 60's and 70's every Saturday night!  The birthday calendar comes to you at 7:00, Rockin' Remnants trivia, with a pair of Cimemapolis tix up for grabs and lastly but not leastly a pair of tickets to see Southside Johnny Lyon & The Asbury Jukes at the State Theatre.  Tonight we check out the sounds of the early fall 1976.


[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]

6pm – 7pm

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple 

Band – BB Hot 100 #3, 

Disco meets Classical and tops the singles chart???  Only 

in 1976...

Lowdown (45 version) – Boz Scaggs – BB Hot #5

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From the hit LP Silk Degrees, this single edit was Boz's 

highest charter peaking at #3.

I'd Really Love To See You Tonight – England Dan & 

John Ford Coley– BB Hot 100 #2

Peaking on the Hot 100 this week, this was the chart

debut single for this duo from Texas.

Summer – War – BB Hot 100 #7

Yes, summer is in the rear view mirror for this year, but in 

'76 this was still on the Hot 100, peaking this week.

If You Leave Me Now – Chicago – BB Hot 100 #11

Chicago was a hit-making machine in the 70's, and this 

one topped the Hot 100 on 10/23 for 2 weeks.

With Your Love – Jefferson Starship – BB Hot 100 #15

There was a lot of crossover between AM and FM in 1976, 

and this is a prime example of that.  Soon AM radio would 

no longer be relevant for music.

Rock'n Me – Steve Miller Band – BB Hot 100 #18

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Another 45 headed to the top of the Hot 100; #1 on 11/6 

for 1 week.

Magic Man – Heart – BB Hot 100 #20

The Top 10 debut for this Seattle sibling group peaked at 

Hot 100 #9.

(Don't Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult – BB Hot 

100 #23

In a career that has lasted 4 decades, this Long Island 

band had only 4 singles hit the Hot 100, and only 2 

made the Top 40 including this, which peaked at #12.  The 

other Top 40 tune?  "Burning For You", #40 in 1981.

45 Corner

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry – BB Hot 100 #1

This "one-hit-wonder" from Steubenville, OH took this to #1

 for 3 weeks in the fall of 1976.  There were 3 different 

versions: the LP version at 4:55, the single edit at 3:16, and 

the censored single edit which also clocked in at 3:16 but 

totally cuts out the lyric "white boy".  I guess someone at 

the ultra conservative Columbia Records thought that 

phrase would offend some AM radio listeners, and thus

 the edit.  I think this just sounds bad without that lyric, and

 given what can be played on the air these days, this 

seems really lame.  Not available on LP, CD or MP3 and 

probably just as well...

Rockin' Remnants Trivia

Q: Who sang background vocals on:

"Heart Of Gold" – Neil Young – BB Hot 100 #1, 3/18/1972

A: James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

Congratulations to Jack from Etna who identified JT as 

one of the background vocalists, and won a pair of tickets 

to Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca!

"Sweet Baby James" - James Taylor, 1970

7pm – 8pm

Birthday Calendar

September 27th - Randy Bachman (Guess Who, BTO), 74
                         Meatloaf (Michael Marvin Lee Aday), 64
September 28th  – Ben E. King (Benjamin E. Nelson), 1938
September 29th – Jerry Lee Lewis, 80
                             Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), 67

September 30th - Johnny Mathis, 83
                           Mark Bolan (T. Rex), 1947
                           Frankie Lymon, 1942

October 1st - Richard Harris, 1930

October 2nd - Don McLean, 70
                      Sting (Gordon Sumner), 64

October 3rd - Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans), 74
                      Lindsay Buckingham, 68
                      Eddie Cochran, 1938

“Hey You” – BTO, 1975

After departing the Guess Who in 1970, Randy Bachman re-emerged in 1973 with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

 “All Revved Up With No Place To Go” – Meatloaf, 1978

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Mr. Loaf appeared with and like a Bat Out Of Hell in the summer of '78; this track features sizzling sax from Edgar Winter.

"Get It Up" – AWB with Ben E. King, 1977

Soul great Ben E. made a comeback in the 70's after being absent from the singles chart for 7 years and the Top 40 for 15 years.  This one recorded with the 5 Scottish boys known as the Average White Band.

“Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O'Dee” – Jerry Lee Lewis, 1973

"The Killer" recorded this in London on the LP The Session with young British musicians who worshiped him for his 50's songs.

"Life Is A Song Worth Singing" - Johnny Mathis, 1973

After a stagnant period in the 60's on Mercury Records, 
Johnny re-signed with Columbia Records, and sought out the assistance of Philly soul stalwart producer Thom Bell for this single, which only reached Hot 100 #54, but received a lot of local airplay here in Ithaca.

“Closer To Home” – Grand Funk Railroad, 1970

I played the single edit of this once, and got a whole lot of complaints!  So, the LP version, all 9:47 or so, off the original Capitol Records radio promo copy.

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“Why Do Fools Fall In Love” – Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, 1956

One of the early stars of rock'n'roll, Frankie's fame faded fast and he died young of a heroin overdose age 25.

"Bang A Gong (Get It On)" - T. Rex, 1972

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Leader Marc Bolan died in a car accident on 9/16/77, just 30 years old.

"20 Flight Rock" - Eddie Cochran, 1957

Eddie died in a taxi accident in England on 4/17/1960, in the same incident that also injured fellow rockabilly singer Gene Vincent.

"Limbo Rock" - Chubby Checker, 1962

How many dance crazes did the former Ernest Evans create?
Hmmm.... The Twist?  The Hucklebuck?  The Pony?  The Fly? The Popeye?  Yes.

"Monday Morning" - Fleetwood Mac, 1975

As we FM dj's used to say "Track 1, Side 1, from the self-titled Fleetwood Mac album featuring Lindsay Buckingham on lead vocal..."  CD's outdated this patter.

"Holiday Road" - Lindsay Buckingham, 1983

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The theme from National Lampoon's movie Vacation.  Did this classic comedy really need a remake in 2015?  It's not in my Netflix queue.

8pm - 9pm

"Dancing In The Moonlight" - Boffalongo, 1969

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This is the original version on UA Records.  The nucleus of this band would morph into Orleans, formed in Ithaca in early 70's.

"Northern Lights" - Renaissance, 1978

This may have been the most talented band of the 70's, with each member a virtuoso on their instrument, and the soaring vocals of Annie Haslam.  Glad I had my dial on FM in the latter part of the decade...

"Trapped Again" - Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 1978

Congratulations to Sheila calling in to identify this tune from SSJ & The Jukes, from their 1978 LP Hearts Of Stone.  The band will be playing at the State Theatre here on October 17th. 

"Two Faced Man" - Gary Wright, 1971

After leaving Spooky Tooth, Gary put out some fine singles on A&M Records, but didn't have any pop success here until 1975 and Dream Weaver.  This is a great video link from the Dick Cavett show with a band that features a prominent slide guitarist with a beard, while Gary's mustache is one of the worst ever...

Superman - The Clique, 1969

The other hit for this Texas band was a cover of Tommy James "Sugar On Sunday".

45 Corner

She's Gone – Hall & Oates – BB Hot 100 #14

This is the original 45 version, released in 1974 on Atlantic 

Records, with moderate chart placement on the Hot 100 at 

#60.  After Atlantic dumped the duo, they signed with RCA 

Records and started scorching both the singles and LP 

charts.  Atlantic remixed and re-released the 45 in 1976 and 

it peaked at Hot 100 #7.  Not available on LP or CD, a 

Rockin' Remnants exclusive!

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"Murder By Numbers" - The Police, 1983

The b-side of "Every Breath You Take", this was on available

 on 45, until the release of the LP Synchronicity on CD.

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"Back In The High Life Again" (45 version) - Steve Winwood 


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James Taylor makes his 3rd appearance on Remnants

tonight, singing background vocals on the title track from 

Steve Winwood's LP.

Host Next Week (10/10/15): John Simon.

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