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DATE: 11/12/16
HOST: Jan Hunsinger
FEATURE: November 12, 2016

Birthday Calendar:

Nov. 6 - 
1947 - John Wilson ("Them" drummer)
1948 - Glenn Frey (Eagles)

Nov. 7 - 
1922 - Al Hirt (trumpeter)
1942 - John Ramistella (Johnny Rivers)
1943 - Joni Mitchell

Nov. 8 - 
1927 - Patti Page
1944 - Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) age 72
1945 - Don Murray (Turtles drummer)

Nov. 9 - 
1936 - Mary Travers (Peter, Paul, & Mary)
1941 - Tom Fogarty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1949 - Tommy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band)

Nov. 10 - 
1944 - Dave Loggins - age 72

Nov. 11 - 
1929 - LaVern Baker
1945 - Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge guitarist) age 71
1952 - Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) age 64

Nov. 12 - 
1917 - Jo Stafford
1931 - Bob Crewe (Four Seasons producer/songwriter)
1939 - Ruby Garnett (Ruby & the Romantics) age 82
1945 - Neil Young - age 71


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of November 12, 1963; 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)

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Washington Square - Village Stompers (#3, down from its peak of #2 - out of Greenwich Village, where Washington Square Park is located, they were credited with creating the "Folk-Dixie" sound)

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Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (#2 - down after having spent 5 weeks at #1 which earned the group a Gold Record Award for "Top Song of 1963")

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Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and April Stevens (#1 - brother and sister duo from Niagara Falls who earned a Grammy Award for "best rock and roll record of the year".  Times have changed.)

It's Alright - The Impressions (#5 - written by lead singer, Curtis Mayfield, was the first of six #1s on the Billboard R & B charts)

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Mean Woman Blues - Roy Orbison (#11 - one of two Top 100 songs for "the Caruso of Rock" this week)

Dominique - the Singing Nun (#19 - real name Jeannine Deckers, also known as Soeur Sourire, song was on its way up to #1 where it would remain for 4 weeks)

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Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones (#62 - on its way up to #14; great jazzy sound that epitomizes the era.  And doesn't he resemble Don Draper?)

You Don't Have to be a Baby to Cry - the Caravelles (#41 - British duo Girl Group; the song peaked at #5 and carried over into 1964 making them the first British act in the Hot 100 for 1964, beating the Beatles)

Everybody - Tommy Roe (#9 - Roe wrote this song that peaked at #3)

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Cry to Me - Betty Harris (#23 - Harris' slowed-down soul cover had more chart success than Solomon Burke's original version in 1962)

She's a Fool - Leslie Gore (#7 - one of a string of top 5 hits for Gore in the early 60s, the song has a "light jazzy swing" to it)

*Busted - Ray Charles and His Orchestra (#14 - down from its peak at #4, listener wanted to hear Ray and the spotlight date accommodated him)

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Fools Rush In - Rick Nelson (#13 - song was written in 1940 with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Rube Bloom)

45  Corner:

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PT - 109 - Jimmy Dean (#8 - 1962 - as a history teacher in real life, November always makes me think of 1963 and JFK's assassination.  That is why I picked 1963 for the Spotlight Date.  This song seemed the perfect fit for the 45 Corner)

Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams (#1 - 1955 - instrumental that spent 4 weeks at #1, the only piano instrumental to achieve that feat; also sold over 2 million copies)

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I Can't Stay Mad at You - Skeeter Davis (#12 - down from #10 the previous week; a country crossover written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin)

Bossa Nova Baby - Elvis Presley (#8 - written by Lieber and Stoller and used in the 1963  film Fun in Acapulco)

Birthday Calendar - 7:00

Baby Please Don't Go - Them (#102 - 1964: 19-year-old Van Morrison imitated John Lee Hooker's version of the classic blues song)

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James Dean - Eagles (track from their 3rd LP "On the Border", released in 1974)

Java - Al Hirt (#4 - 1964:  song was a million seller and won a Grammy for Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with an Orchestra; Hirt was also the half time entertainment for Super Bowl I)

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Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers (#1 - 1966:  although #1 for only 1 week, the song was a change to a more soulful sound for Rivers, who wrote the song and was backed by members of the Wrecking Crew)

Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell (#67 - 1970: the 1974 live version would make it to #24)

Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell (#22 - 1974: from the classic LP "Court and Spark", her most commercially successful)

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Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page (#1 - 1950: country crossover that spent 13 weeks at #1)

Can I Get to Know You Better? - Turtles (#89 - 1966: Don Murray left the group after this release)

Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Peter, Paul, & Mary (#37 - 1963: trio's cover of the Dylan tune)

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Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival (#2 - 1970: song is a tribute to the Bakersfield Sound pioneered by Buck Owens, who gets a mention in the lyrics) 

Take the Highway - Marshall Tucker Band (uncharted - 1973: song appeared on the flip side of "Can't You See)

Please Come to Boston - Dave Loggins (#5 - 1974: song was nominated for a Grammy Award)

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Jim Dandy - LaVern Baker (#17 - 1956: song made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #352 in its 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time)

You Keep Me Hanging On - Vanilla Fudge (#6 - 1968: their cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland song that the Supremes took to #1)

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The Prophecy of Daniel & John the Divine (Six - Six - Six) - Cowsills (#75 - 1969: not the usual Cowsills songs that you get on oldies shows, but this one did chart for the family group)

You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford (#1 - 1952: one of the great all-time female vocalists, this one spent 12 weeks at #1)

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Silence Is Golden - The Four Seasons (uncharted - 1964: song written and produced by Bob Crewe was the flip side of "Ragdoll" and would be a hit for the British group the Tremeloes in 1967)

Our Day Will Come - Ruby & the Romantics (#1 - 1963:  The group was more than just a one-hit wonder, but this song did hit #1 for 1 week)

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Heart of Gold - Neil Young (#1 - 1972: title track from the LP)

Back to our Spotlight Date of November 12, 1963:

Since I Fell for You - Lenny Welch (#43: big-band standard written in 1945, Welch would take the song to #4)

Talk Back Trembling Lips - Johnny Tillotson (#59 - one of two songs Tillotson had in the Top 100 this week in 1963; this was a cover of a country song that Ernest Ashworth reached #1 with)

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Have You Heard - The Duprees (#61 - doo-wop group out of Jersey City, NJ; their other big hit was a cover of "You Belong to Me")

Sally Go Round the Roses - The Jaynetts (#66 - girl group one-hit wonder; the group came out of the Bronx)

Suzanne - Judy Collins (uncharted - 1966:  Rockin Remnants tribute to Leonard Cohen, who passed away on November 7, and wrote the song)

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Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaras (#6 - guitar-playing brothers from Brazil; song was a million seller)

Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa - Gene Pitney (#26 - written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the song was a big hit in Britain and made Pitney an international star)

Donna the Prima Donna - Dion (#17 - Dion co-wrote the song with Ernie Maresca)

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Ronettes - Be My Baby (#22 - an early example of Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", the song came in at #22 on Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Ronettes were the only girl group to tour with the Beatles, who copied the drum intro of "Be My Baby" on the song "What You're Doing")

Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison (#59 - 1956: Roy's first charting single; meant to play his other Top 100 song on the Spotlight Date, "Blue Bayou" (#48), but hit the wrong button.)

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

Host Next Week (11/19/16): John Rudan with a Rockin' Remnants Top 20 Countdown.


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