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Date:  January 16, 2016
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  1962

Birthday Calendar

Jan 10 – Jim Croce – born in 1943

Jan 11 – Slim Harpo (b. James Moore) – born in 1924

Jan 12 – Cynthia Robinson (Sly & the Family Stone) – born in 1944

Jan 14 – Clarence Carter – age 80
            – Jack Jones – age 78
            – Allen Toussaint – born in 1938

Jan 16 – Barbara Lynn (b. Barbara Lynn Ozen) – age 74
            – Bob Bogle (The Ventures) – born in 1934           

Also, this week we’re playing a song in tribute to David Bowie, who passed away on Sunday (b. David Robert Jones, 1-8-47 to 1-10-16).

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

Three people – a solo act and a duo – who were on tonight’s spotlight chart (the Hot 100 from mid-January 1962) went to high school together in Los Angeles.  Who were they?

Clue 1:  The duo were on the high school football team and would harmonize with some of their teammates in the shower after practice.  Vocal harmonies would be a big part of their success in the music industry.

Clue 2:  The third person became known as a session musician, playing drums on hit recordings for a number of artists.  He even had a solo career as a drummer with some hits of his own.

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 1-16-16; 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)

I Know – Barbara George (#5 on this week’s Hot 100 and climbing.  It would peak at #3 on the Hot 100 and would reach #1 on the R&B chart.  She had two other lower-charting hits a few months after this one.)
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Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (#4 this week, it would peak at #2.  This was one of over 150 entries on the Hot 100 throughout Presley’s career.)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens (#3 this week, after having spent three weeks at #1)

Peppermint Twist – Joey Dee and the Starliters (#2 this week and climbing – it would end up spending three weeks at #1.  It was one of NINE songs with the word “Twist” in the title on this week’s chart.  Several more songs with that word in the title would appear in the Hot 100 over the following few months.)

The Twist – Chubby Checker (in its third week at #1 – but those weeks were not sequential.  The song had made it to #1 in 1960, and then returned a year later in the fall of 1961, and by Jan 1962 it was spending two more weeks at the top of the chart.  It was not the only song to re-chart some time after its original Hot 100 debut, but it was the ONLY song in the rock-and-roll era to make it to #1, fall off the chart for a while, and then come all the back up to #1 again.)

 * The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens (do-over, since the first one turned out to be a re-recording rather than the original song.  Oops.)

 * Telstar – The Tornadoes (from Nov 1962, #1 for three weeks)
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Dreamy Eyes – Johnny Tillotson (peaked this week at #35.  This is another example of a song that made it onto the Hot 100 in two different years, although unlike The Twist, it didn’t reach #1 either time.  Dreamy Eyes was Tillotson’s first Hot 100 hit when it debuted in Nov 1958.  It peaked at #63 in early 1959, and then the same version of the song came back to the chart again in 1961-1962.)

Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes (#19 on the Hot 100 in mid-Jan 1962, falling from having spent one week at #1 in Dec 1961.  This was the first #1 pop hit for a Motown label (the Tamla label, to be specific).  It spent seven weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.)

Irresistible You – Bobby Darin (#27 this week, it would climb to #15.  The b-side, Multiplication, was also fairly successful on the chart -- it was #39 this week and would peak at #30.)
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 * Gypsy Woman – The Impressions (#41 this week, falling from its peak at #20)

It Will Stand – The Showmen (peaked at #61 this week.  The same version would re-chart in 1964, but would only reach #80 that time.  The Showmen were an R&B group from Virginia, led by General Norman Johnson, who would later form the group Chairmen of the Board.)

Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel (“bubbling under” at #113 this week, it would spend three weeks at #1 in March 1962.  It would later be used in the soundtrack to the movie Dirty Dancing.)

 * Workin’ for the Man – Roy Orbison (Sept 1962, peaked at #33)
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Smoky Places – The Corsairs

Turn Around, Look at Me – Glen Campbell

I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) – The Ikettes (#63 this week, its second week on the Hot 100.  It would climb to #19.  The Ikettes were the background singers for Tina Turner.  On this song, Tina sang backing vocals for the Ikettes.  This song was used in the soundtrack to the movie Hairspray in 1988.  In 1993, the song was sampled by Salt-n-Pepa for their hit "Shoop".)
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Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues – Jim Croce (peaked at #32 in 1974 (the single was released posthumously), written by Croce)

I Got a Name – Jim Croce (1973, #10.  The single was released the day after Croce died in a plane crash.  This song was used in the 1973 film The Last American Hero as well as several more recent films, including Ice Storm, Invincible, and Django Unchained.)

Rainin’ In My Heart – Slim Harpo (1961, #34, co-written by Slim Harpo aka James Moore)
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Dance to the Music – Sly and the Family Stone (1968, #8, their first Hot 100 hit.  Cynthia plays trumpet on the record, and she shouts the encouragement to “get up and dance!”)

Thread the Needle – Clarence Carter (1967, #98, written by Carter, his first Hot 100 hit)

The Race Is On – Jack Jones (1965, #15)

A Certain Girl – Ernie K-Doe (1961, #71, written by Allen Toussaint)

Sweet Touch of Love – Allen Toussaint (1970, did not chart)
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Oh! Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’) – Barbara Lynn (1964, #69.  Mick Jagger phoned Barbara Lynn to ask her for permission to cover this song.)
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Let Her Knock Herself Out – Barbara Lynn (1964, b-side of Don’t Spread It Around.  This song has more of a “girl group” sound than Barbara Lynn’s biggest hit.)

Changes – David Bowie (1972, #66, his first Hot 100 hit) 
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 * A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke (1965, #31, written by Cooke in response to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”) 
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‘Til – The Angels (#38, on its way down from a peak of #14)

Tuff – Ace Cannon (#44 this week and climbing to #17)
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Revenge – Brook Benton (#25, after having peaked at #15 the previous week)

The Wanderer – Dion (#18, on its way up to #2)


A Sunday Kind of Love – Jan and Dean (#95, its only week on the Hot 100)

Let There Be Drums – Sandy Nelson (#13 this week, having peaked at #7)
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Every Day of the Week – The Students (1958, did not chart)
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Dancing on a Saturday Night – Barry Blue (1973, did not chart in the U.S. but was a U.K. #2 hit.  Barry Blue was born with the name Barry Green.)

Can I Get to Know You Better – The Turtles (1966, #89)
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 * Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan (1965, #39, Dylan’s first entry on the Hot 100)

Walking the Dog – Rufus Thomas (1963, #10)     

Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) – The Raiders (1971, #1 for one week)    

Sometimes When We Touch – Dan Hill (1977, peaked at #3 in early 1978)

 * Walk – Don’t Run – The Ventures (1960, #2.  A well-informed listener suggested this as an addendum to the Birthday Calendar in honor of Bob Bogle, lead guitar.)
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Happy [45] – Paul Anka (1969, #86)

One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show – Honey Cone (1971, peaked at #15 in early 1972)

Shake Some Action – Flamin’ Groovies (1976, did not chart.  The band was originally from San Francisco, but by the mid-70s they had moved to the U.K. and teamed up with producer Dave Edmunds.)
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CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Trivia Answer

Jan & Dean were the duo, and Sandy Nelson was the drummer.

Congratulations to David from Dryden, for correctly answering the question and winning a gift certificate to Handwork, Ithaca’s Cooperative Craft Store!

Host Next Week (Jan 23):  John Rudan with a spotlight on 1975

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