Monday, June 27, 2016

June 25, 2016 - JH: Summer Songs

Monday, June 27, 2016

June 25, 2016 - JH - Summer Songs

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  6/25/16
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature:  Summer Songs

Back in the Saturday night saddle. Rockin' Remnants from now 'til 9 p.m. Cheap date night - but you don't always get what you pay for....

Birthday Calendar

June 19 - Tommy DeVito (Four Seasons) - age 81
- Shirley Goodman - age 80
- Al Wilson - born 1939
- Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane - age 76 

June 20 - Billy Guy (Coasters) born 1936
Bobby Nunn (Coasters) born 1936
Jerry Keller - age 79  
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) - age 74 
Dolores Brooks - (Crystals) - age 69

June 21 - Ocie Lee "O.C." Smith - born 1932
Ray Davies (Kinks) - age 72 
Joey Molland (Badfinger) - age 69 
Brenda Holloway - age 69 

June 22 - Kris Kristofferson - age 80
Verne Allison (Dells) - age 80 
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) age 67
Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon) age 72
Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) age 71
Todd Rundgren - age 68

June 23 - Phil Harris - born 1904
Arthur Brown (Crazy World of Arthur Brown) - age 74
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) - age 69  

June 25 - Harold Melvin (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) - age 80
Carly Simon - age 71 


[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 Ol' Rock 'n' Roll   – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Groovy Summertime - Love Generation (1967 - an uncharted release from the Summer of Love!) 

 Vacation - Connie Francis (#9/1962 - what all of the area high school students are looking forward to)

Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & the Family Stone (#2/1969 - Rolling Stone voted it #247 in its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The song does swing.)

Summertime, Summertime - The Jamies (#26/1958 - a one-hit wonder that made the charts again in 1962)

One Summer Night - The Danleers (#7/1958 - another summer one-hit wonder from 1958)

Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran (#8/1958 - an oft-covered classic, Eddie died in a car accident in England at the age of 22.)

Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers (#1/1957 - interrupted our string of summer songs because the DJ had the wrong song cued up.  An extra but a good one.)

The Long Hot Summer - Jimmie Rodgers (#77/1958 - movie theme that completes set of summer songs from 1958) 

 Summertime - Billy Stewart (#10/1967 - written by George Gershwin for Porgy and Bess in 1935, this jazz standard has been covered over 33,000 times)

Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful (#1/1966 -  caller told story of how song was written by Mark Sebastion who was attending Binghamton High School at the time.  The yearbook turned down his poem but big brother John asked to use it for his band, complete with honking car horns and jackhammer.  Voted #401 in RS 500 Greatest Songs.)

*Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra (#25/1966 - originally a German song, Johnny Mercer re-wrote it with English lyrics. Old Blue Eyes is backed by the Nelson Riddle orchestra.) 

Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh - Allan Sherman (#2/1963 - what would summer be without summer camp?  Allan Sherman had a string of comedy LPs in the 60s.)

Save Your Heart for Me - Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#2/1965 - A summer lament clocking in at under 2:00, Gary Lewis said "It was played everywhere. DJs loved it."  Yes, we do, Gary.)

Indian Lake - The Cowsills (#10/1968 - sunshine pop sound from the real-life family band that became a model for the Partridge Family.  A million seller.)

45 corner 
That's Where I Went Wrong - The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks - (#29/1970 - group out of Canada that got its name out of the dictionary.  Husband Terry Jacks would score big with "Seasons in the Sun" a couple of years later.)

  Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole (#6/1963 - banjo helps to make this song upbeat and light.)

The Door Into Summer - The Monkess (1967 - track off of the LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones Ltd.) 
  Summer Days - The Partridge Family (1971 - LP track from TV's answer to the Cowsills)

Summer Nights - Marianne Faithful (#24/1965 - another short summer song, this one by Mick Jagger's girlfriend clocks in at 1:46.)
Walk Like a Man - Four Seasons (#1/1963 - one of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' early hits, spent 3 weeks at #1)

Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley Goodman (#20/1956 - million seller that hit #1 on the R&B charts)

Show and Tell - Al Wilson (#1/1973 - on Rocky Road records, spent 1 week at #1)

Like to Get to Know You - Spanky and Our Gang (#17/1968 - members of the Wrecking Crew backed up the vocals on this great 60s song.)  

Poison Ivy - The Coasters (#7/1959 - the Clown Princes of Rock took this Lieber & Stoller penned song up the charts.)

Here Comes Summer - Jerry Keller (#14/1959 - Keller also wrote this one-hit wonder)

When I Grow Up (to be a Man) - The Beach Boys (#9/1964 - Brian Wilson and Mike Love teamed up to write this song about growing up.)

Uptown - the Crystals (#13/1962 - Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil penned this example of a Phil Spector produced hit) 

Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith (#2/1968 - also a top 40 hit for Roger Miller in 1968, this song won two Grammy Awards for songwriter Bobby Russell ["Saturday Morning Confusion"]: Song of the Year and Best Country Song.)

Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks (#14/1966 - Ray Davies wrote this song with a music hall flavor.  Spent 3 weeks at #1 in the UK)

No Matter What - Badfinger (#8/1970 - great false ending on this track)

Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway (#13/1964 - The Spencer Davis Group and Small Faces covered this track but the original was the biggest hit.)

Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash (#44/1970 - voted the Country Music Association Song of the Year for 1970, Kristofferson said that this was the song that allowed him to quit working for a living.  We heard the original 45 from a performance on the Johnny Cash Show.)

Stay in My Corner - The Dells (#10/1968 - originally released in 1965, this song spent 3 weeks at #1 on teh R&B charts.)


Conquistador - Procol Harum (#16/1972 - the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra backed the band in a concert in Edmontaon, Alberta.  Neat trick considering the orchestra had no time to rehearse the song.)

Nobody I Know - Peter & Gordon (#12/1964 - song was written for the duo by Sir Paul McCartney.  Peter Asher would go on to produce albums for James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, among others.)

You Know What I Mean - The Turtles (#12/1967 - slice of sunshine pop by this eternally touring band.)

We Gotta Get You a Woman - Runt (#20/1971 - Todd Rundgren wrote and produced every song on the LP.)

South Street - The Orlons (#3/1963 - out of Philadelphia on Cameo-Parkway records.) 

The Thing - Phil Harris (#1/1950 - song spent 14 weeks on the charts; Harris would be the voice of Baloo in the Disney movie The Jungle Book.  Song was used in the film The Last Picture Show.)

Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown (#2/1968 - one-hit wonder from England, Arthur Brown, the God of Hellfire,  is considered a pioneer of shock rock)

 Heroes Are Hard to Find - Fleetwood Mac (1974 - released as a single and went nowhere, has a nice intro drum lick by birthday boy Mick Fleetwood)

If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (#3/1972 - soul group out of Philadelphia that featured lead vocalist Teddy Pendergrass)

The Right Thing to Do - Carly Simon (#17/1973 - written by Carly for then-husband James Taylor.  She says that she got the line "loving you is the right thing to do" from the movie The Last Picture Show.  Spooky coincidence?)

Graduation Day - The Four Freshmen (#17/1956 - a song to kick off a tribute to the local high school holding graduation ceremonies this weekend)

Be True to Your School - The Beach Boys (#6/1963 - another Brian Wilson, Mike Love penned hit)

Graduation's Here - The Fleetwoods (#39/1959 - the sweet harmonies of a trio that met in high school in Olympia, Washington)

Summer Means Fun - Bruce & Terry (#72/1964 - Bruce Hohnston & Terry Melcher; Melcher is Doris Day's son and went on to produce the first two albums by the Byrds as well as most of Paul Revere & the Raiders hits.  He also performed with the Rip Chords)

 *Summer Wages - Ian & Sylvia (1967; caller wanted to hear the version form Tyson's "Cowboyography" LP, but 'just happened' to have this one.)

Summer - War (#7/1976 - released as a single from their Greatest Hits LP)

That Sunday, That Summer - Nat King Cole (#12/1963 - another summer song from 1963 by Nat featuring the banjo)

Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra (#83/1974 - Old Blue Eyes really makes this one swing)

And in my excitement the New Guy forgot to play Sleepwalk, the customary sign-off song!  Next time.

Host Next Week (7/2):  JS with a spotlight on 1972!

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