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Date:  May 7, 2016
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature:  Debut episode for the new guy with Spotlight on Billboard Hot 100 for May 7, 1970.

Birthday Calendar

May 1 Judy Collins - 1939

May 2 -  Engelbert Humperdinck - 1936 (born Arnold George Dorsey)
             Leslie Gore - 1946

May 3 - Dave Dudley - 1928
            James Brown - 1933
            Frankie Valli - 1934
            - Mary Hopkin - 1950

May 4 - Dick Dale - 1937 (born Richard Anthony Monsour)
           - Tyrone Davis - 1938

May 5 - Tammy Wynette - 1942 (born Virginia Wynette Pugh)

May 6 – Bob Seger – age 71   

May 7 - Jimmy Ruffin - 1939
           - Johnny Maestro - 1939 (born Johnny Mastrangelo)         


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 5-7-70; 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)

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum (one-hit wonder that hit its highest chart position on this date in 1970 - #3)

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Let It Be - the Beatles (reached #1 on 4/11 and spent two weeks there.  Down to #2 on this date in 1970)
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ABC - Jackson 5 (rose to #1 on 4/25, also spent two weeks there, and would be replaced by the Guess Who's American Woman when the next chart came out)

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Nothing But a Heartache - Flirtations (one-hit wonder that spent 14 weeks on the charts but only made it up to #34) 

Tossin' & Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (spent 7 weeks at #1 in 1961; with rarely heard "Baby" intro)

Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack (made #56 in 1973 and was used in the Quentin Tarantino movie "Jackie Brown") 

Come Running - Van Morrison (released as a single off of his great "Moondance" LP; was #39 on this date in 1970, its highest chart position) 

Question - Moody Blues (was down to #94 on this date in 1970, down from a peak of #21; a track from "A Question of Balance") 
 45 corner- Righteous Brothers - (You're My) Soul and Inspiration (great blue-eyed soul record produced by Phil Spector spent 3 weeks at #1 in 1966; with rare intro)
You Belong to Me –  Jo Stafford (huge 1952 smash spent 12 weeks at #1)

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7-8pm - A great week for birthdays!

Both Sides Now - Judy Collins (Joni Mitchell-penned tune that won Grammy in 1968 [#8 on charts] for Best Folk Performance and voted #171 in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)

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California Nights - Leslie Gore (#16/1967; last of Leslie's top 40 hits, she performed this song on the old "Batman" TV series when she played Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat) 
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A Man Without Love - Englebert Humperdinck (#19/1968)

Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley (#32/1963; the definitive truck-driving song presented in its original mono version) 

Try Me - James Brown (#48/1958; but #1 on the R&B charts, written by JB himself)

Silence Is Golden - The Four Seasons (1964 album cut for the Four Seasons that the Tremeloes would reach #11 with in 1967)

Temma Harbour - Mary Hopkin (#39/1970; Welsh folk singer signed to Apple records) 
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Miserlou - Dick Dale (1962: the inventor of surf music, this song appeared in the movie "Pulp Fiction", by Quentin Tarantino)

Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis (#5/1969 but #1 R&B on Dakar Records) 
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DIVORCE - Tammy Wynette (#63/1968, was a #1 country hit for "The First Lady of Country Music"; used in the movie "Five Easy Pieces" with a young Jack Nicholson) 

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Ramblin' Gamblin' Man – Bob Seger System (1968, peaked at #17 in early 1969.  This was Seger's first Hot 100 hit.) 

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin (#7/1966: Jimmy talked songwriter James Dean into letting him record a song that was meant for the Spinners)

Step By Step - The Crests (#14/1960: Johnny Maestro would go on to have a second career as lead singer of the Brooklyn Bridge)

45 Corner Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (#11/1968: special juke box EP that played at 331/3 RPM) 

A slew of requests came in at this point.  Here are a few of the songs that were played:

*Both Sides Now - Judy Collins (yes, it was played again.  A caller said that technical difficulties erased the middle of the song and that he wanted to hear it again.  We obliged him.)

*Little Green Bag - The George Baker Selection (#21/1970; a request from our buddy George and coincidentally on the charts for the Spotlight Date)
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*End of the World - Skeeter Davis (#2/1963)

*Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley (#16/1970)

*Ticket to Ride - The Carpenters (#55/1970; a caller wanted to hear the rich sounds of Karen Carpenter - this was also from tonight's Spotlight Date!)

Shake, Rattle, & Roll - Big Joe Turner (#22/ 1954; the original version of the song, before Bill Haley recorded it; ranked #127 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)

*For You - Bruce Springsteen (1973 - caller requested a Bruce Springsteen song.  This great album track was the choice!)  

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45 Corner  Arms of Mary - Sutherland Brothers and Quiver (#81/1976) 
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*Release Me - Kitty Wells (JS gets an assist for picking out this album track for a caller who requested Kitty Wells)

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

Host Next Week (May 14):  Kim Vaughan

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