Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 9, 2016 - JR - 1972

Rockin' Remnants

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[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]

Date: 7/9/16
Host: JR
Feature: 1972

Ahh... It's the summer of 1972, and one of my favorite and most influential listening time on the AM radio!  Hours were spent at night tuning in to the local stations, and later in the evening the big blaster 50,000 watt stations out of the big cities.  It was the same "Top 40" songs over and over again every 90 minutes, but we could not get enough; we tuned in to hear charters like Bill Withers, The Chi-Lites, The Staples Singers and America.  We'll check in with the Birthday Calendar at 7:00, in the 45 Corner the 7" vinyl version of The Hollies "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" on Epic Records, not available on LP or CD; another Rockin' Remnants exclusive!  It's summertime and we have sounds of the season from Bryan Hyland, The Cowsills, Allen Sherman, and more...  also for summer, a giveaway from Atlas Bowl in T-burg for one hour of free bowling!  And we also welcome CFCU Community Credit Union as the new sponor of Rockin' Remnants!

6pm – 7pm

Lean On Me – Bill Withers – BB Hot 100 #1, 3 weeks

And Happy Birthday to Bill on July 4th; he’s 78.

Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Bros. And Sister Rose – BB Hot 100 #4

The highest charting 45 for this sibling act from Florida peaked at Hot 100 #2 for 3 weeks.

Troglodyte (Cave Man) – Jimmy Castor Bunch – BB Hot

100 #6

The local AM station here in Ithaca was very conservative 
and didn’t play this, but Icould always count on hearing it Sunday nighton American Top 40 with Casey Kasem!

It's Summertime, Summertime!

"Sealed With A Kiss" - Bryan Hyland, 1962

"Summer Means Fun" - Bruce & Terry, 1964

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"Bruce" was Johnston, future Beach Boy and "Terry" was

 Melcher, famous record producer and son of Doris Day.

"Summer Nights" - Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, 1978

"Indian Lake" - The Cowsills, 1968

"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!" (A Letter From Camp) - Allen

 Sherman, 1963

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A "new" version of this released in 1964, recorded live on the

 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (Sherman was one of 

Carson's favorite comedians).

More Hits From 7/9/1972!

I Need You – America – BB Hot 100 #9

45 Corner

Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) – The Hollies – BB 

Hot 100 #33

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Man, you could not avoid hearing this cool tune blasting out 
of AM radios in the Summerof 1972.  This Creedence-like 
song is available on many LP’s and CD’s, but the true 45
version is only on the original yellow-label Epic Records 7” 
vinyl, 2 minutes 52 seconds,scratches and all…

Nice To Be With You – Gallery – BB Hot 100 #11

One of the “feel good” songs of the summer, this Detroit band had a few more lower-charting singles and was gone by late ’72.

Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass – BB Hot 100


Another quintessential AM radio song from summer, 44 years ago; peaked at Hot 100 #1 on 8/26 for 1 week.

7pm – 8pm

Birthday Calendar

July 3rd – Fontella Bass, 76
July 4th – Bill Withers, 78
 July 5th – Robbie Robertson, 73

 July 6th – Della Reese, 85
                Bill Haley, 1925

 July 7th– Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), 76
 July 8th – Steve Lawrence (Sidney Leibowitz), 81

July 9th – John “Mitch” Mitchell, 1947


“Hey Joe” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967

Mitch drummed with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames before joining Jimi and drumming on 8 of his studio albums. Mitch was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2009, and was named the 8th greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

“We Can Make It Together” – Steve & Eydie featuring The Osmonds, 1972

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Quite the collaboration, this… peaked at Hot 100 #68

“It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr, 1971

Ringo’s first Top 10 Hit after the breakup of his former band.  He had quite the successful solo career in the 70’s with 9 Top 40 hits and 2 chart toppers!

“(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” – Bill Haley And His Comets, 1955

A seminal moment in the history of Rock and Roll was the inclusion of this song over the opening credits of the movie Blackboard Jungle. The teenagers went crazy and upon it’s re-release this topped the Billboard singles chart for 8 weeks, and made a Haley a teen hero, although he was 30.

“Life Is A Carnival”:– The Band, 1971

Robbie Robertson wrote most of songs for The Band, sang background vocals, and was Bob Dylan’s favorite guitarist.  Of the 9 singles by the group that hit the Hot 100, only 2 made the Top 40 (“Up On Cripple Creek”, 1969 and “Don’t Do It’, live, 1972); this one peaked at #72.

“Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing” – Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure, 1965

This first Hot 100 appearance by Ms. Bass with fellow Chess Records artist McClure peaked at Hot 100 #33.

"Dancing In The Street" - Martha & The Vandellas, 1964

"Shakedown Cruise" - Jay Ferguson, 1978

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"Ups And Downs" - Paul Revere And The Raiders, 1966

"Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home" - The Crystals, 1963

"Tell It Like It Is" - Aaron Neville, 1967

- This peaked at Hot 100 #2.  A cover version by Heart peaked at #8 in 1981,

"Little Town Flirt" - Del Shannon, 1963

"Under The Boardwalk" - The Drifters, 1964

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"Love's Made A Fool Of You" - Bobby Fuller Four. 1966

- Written and recorded in 1958 by Buddy Holly.  Fuller's version peaked at Hot 100 #26 in April and was dead 3 months later.  Tragic.

"Solitary Man" - Neil Diamond, 1966, re-charted in 1970

"Here Come My Baby" - Tremeloes, 1967

8pm – 9pm Back to our chart date of 7/18/1974 + Happy 

Hour 70’s & 80’s

Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites – BB Hot 100 #24

This was one of the songs that I wanted to hear over and over and over back in thSummer of ’72!  I loved the harmonica and harmony vocal; a former #1 record.

I’ll Take You There – The Staples Singers – BB Hot 100


Gospel group turned soul quintet, The Staples collaborated
 with The Swampers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to create some awesome soul 45’s in the early 70’s; another
former #1 sound, 5/27…

You Don’t Mess With Jim – Jim Croce – BB Hot 100 #50

One of the true tragic moments in the music world of the 70’s was the death of JimCroce in a small plane crash on
9/20/1973; he was only 30.  This was his Hot 100 debut
and peaked at #8

Go All The Way – The Raspberries – BB Hot 100 #84

Wow!  If this song doesn’t transport you back to 1972, I don’t know which one will!  The Raspberries chart debut blasted out of AM radios and launched to Hot 100 #5.

Delta Dawn – Tanya Tucker – BB Hot 100 #85

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Ms. Tucker had a lot more success on the country charts than on the pop charts in the 1970’s.  A cover version of this by Helen Reddy topped the Hot 100 in September 1973,
while this version stalled at #72.

"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" - The Rolling Stones, 1973

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"An American Dream" - The Dirt Band, 1980

- Formerly The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, this single features Linda Ronstadt on harmony vocals and peaked at Hot 100 #13.

"Shambala" - Three Dog Night, 1974

"Gone At Last" - Paul Simon/Phoebe Snow and The Jessy Dixon Singers, 1975

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"Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" - Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers, 1970

- Rockin' Remnants goes gospel!  On the last 2 selections, anyway...

"Helen Wheels" - Paul McCartney & Wings, 1973

"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (45 version), BTO, 1974

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  Congratulations to Steve from Ithaca, for winning an hour of free bowling at Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg! We'll do it every week this summer. Y'all come back now, hear???

Host Next Week (7/16/16):  Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on 1968!

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