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Host: JH - Jan Hunsinger
Feature: Songs from the Billboard Top 100 for the date of September 24, 1958.
[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]
Jimmie Rodger - 83
Frankie Avalon - 76
Mike Hossack - Doobie Brothers drummer (born 1950)
Billy Ward - Dominoes (born 1921)
Brook Benton - (born 1931)
Brian Epstein - Beatles manager (born 1934)
Nick Massi - bass singer & bass guitarist for the Four Seasons (born 1927)
Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers (76)
Paul Williams - singer/songwriter (76)
Sylvia Fricker - partner of Ian Tyson (76)
Cass Elliott - born Ellen Naomi Cohen 1941
Freda Payne - (74)
John Coughlin - Status Quo drummer (70)
Gogi Grant - born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg 1924
Bobby Nunn - The Robins/Coasters bass vocalist born 1925
Leonard Cohen - songwriter (82)
Dickey Lee - (80)
Ray Charles - born 1930
Bruce Springsteen - (67)
Linda Eastman - wife of Paul McCartney born 1941
Gerry Marsden - (Gerry & the Pacemakers) (74)
6pm – 7pm
OPENING THEME: Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)
Volare - Dean Martin - #21 - one of two versions of the song in the Top 100 for the week of September 24. The version by
Domenico Modugno was #1 that day and spent a total of 5 weeks at #1.
*Bird Dog - Everly Brothers - #2. A caller asked to hear the Everly Brothers, it was easy to accommodate him in 1958.
Little Star - The Elegants - #3 - Band members Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa co-wrote the lyrics, the music was based on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Song was a one-hit wonder and did make #1 for 1 week.
Splish Splash - Bobby Darin - #58 - song was on its way down from a peak of #3. Co-written by Bobby Darin after DJ Murray the K bet him that he couldn't write a song that began with the words "Splish splash I was taking a bath."
Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum - #88 - Mitchum co-wrote this song that was the title track for the movie that he also starred in.
Early in the Morning - Buddy Holly - #52 - one of two versions of the song in the Hot 100 for the week of September 24, the other was by Bobby Darin & the Rinky-Dinks. Darin co-wrote the song.
Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy - #41 - Known for his 'twangy' guitar sound, Eddy was born in nearby Corning, NY.
A Certain Smile - Johnny Mathis - #53
One Summer Night - The Danleers - #43
Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson - #13
Touch the Hem of His Garment - Sam Cooke - not on our feature chart date - cued up the wrong CD track by mistake, but a listener called in to say how much they liked the song.
It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards - #4 - music to this song was written in 1911 by Charles Dawes, who called it "Melody in A Major". Dawes would go on to become Vice President and win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925. Lyrics were added in 1951 when Tommy Edwards recorded it for the first time. His re-recording in 1958 would spend 4 weeks at #1.
Win Your Love For Me - Sam Cooke - #39
The Wizard - #45; Are You Really Mine? - #15 - Jimmie Rodgers - Rodgers had two entries in the Hot 100 this week in 1958.
Bobby Sox to Stockings - Frankie Avalon - #8 - 1959.
Sixty Minute Man - Dominos - #17 pop; #1 R&B - 1951. One of the essential songs of the early rock era. Billy Ward studied at the Julliard School of Music and co-wrote the song.
Brook Benton - It's Just a Matter of Time - #3 1959.
My Bonnie - Tony Sheridan and the Beatles - 1962 - the song that shoppers requested at the NEMS store in Liverpool and led Brian Epstein to check out the Beatles at the Cavern Club. The rest is history . . . . .
Walk Like a Man - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - #1 - 1963 - song that features the bass work of Nick Massi.
Dream On - Righteous Brothers - #32 - 1974 - their last Top 40 hit, excluding re-issues.
Someday Man - The Monkees - #81 - 1969 - minus Peter Tork, a song written by Paul Wiliams.
Time - Paul Williams - from his 1969 LP "Someday Man".
Where Did All the Love Go? - Ian & Sylvia - 1967 - track from the "Lovin' Sound" LP.
Wild Women - the Big 3 - 1962 - featuring the unmistakable alto of the future Mama Cass.
Band of Gold - Freda Payne - #3 - 1970.
Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo - #12 - 1968 - one-hit wonder from a group that is still making records and has released 31 LPs.
Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant - #1 - 1956 - spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts.
Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Robins - 1955 - written by Leiber and Stoller.
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen - 1967 - song made popular by Judy Collins.
(Night Time Is) The Right Time - #95 - 1959; Hit the Road Jack - #1 - 1961 - Ray Charles: two from "The Genius", or, as he liked to be called, "Brother Ray".
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Bruce Springsteen - #83 - 1975 - from the LP that would put him on the music map.
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul & Linda McCartney - #1 - 1971 - Linda co-wrote 6 of the songs from the LP "Ram", which was widely criticized upon its release. Its reputation has grown somewhat since then.
Ferry Cross the Mersey - Gerry & the Pacemakers - #6 - 1965 - Marsden wrote this tune to his hometown river in Liverpool.
Back to our feature chart date
Hard-Headed Woman - Elvis Presley - #78.
*Let's Dance - Chris Montez - #4 - 1962 - a request from the "Animal House" soundtrack LP.
*Can't Seem to Make You Mine - The Seeds - 1965 - a listener wanted to hear "Pushing Too Hard" by the Seeds. Hope this sufficed.
Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash - #91 - The Man in Black's second Hot 100 entry on our chart date.
Willie and the Hand Jive - Johnny Otis Show - #32 - written by Otis, song was inspired by the fact that in England audiences could not stand, and had to 'dance' with their hands.
Devoted to You - Everly Brothers - #14.
When - Kalin Twins - #40.
What Am I Living For? - Chuck Willis - #94.
Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny - #1 fro two weeks in 1959.
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