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Dec. 17, 2016 - JH: Spotlight on flight/airplane songs

Dec. 17 - JH - Songs about flight on this, the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1903.

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  December 17, 2016
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature:  Songs about flight/airplanes

OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)


[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]

6:00 - 7:00 pm 

Next Plane to London - The Rose Garden (#17 - 1967: one-hit wonder for the group out of Virginia)

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Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul, & Mary (#1 - 1969: song written by John Denver)

Great Airplane Strike - Paul Revere and the Raiders (#20 - 1966: song was co-written by band members Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay with an assist from producer Terry Melcher.)

Freight Train - Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey (#40 - 1957: although Freight Train barely made the BB Top 40, it became a million seller and the group performed the song on the Ed Sullivan Show; the song was a bigger hit in the UK, where it was covered by a Liverpool group calling themselves the Quarrymen, John Lennon taking the lead vocals.)
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Laugh, Laugh - Beau Brummels (#15 - 1965: written by guitarist Ron Elliott and produced by Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone; an early example of the San Francisco sound)

Will You Be Staying After Sunday - The Peppermint Rainbow (#32 - 1969: sunshine pop from the group out of Baltimore that was signed to Decca Records after being seen performing Mamas and Papas songs by Cass Elliott)
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*Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon and the Animals (#14 - 1968: psychedelic offering after the group moved to San Francisco)
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Silver Bird - Mark Lindsay (#25 - 1970: one of two Top 40 songs for Lindsay after he left Paul Revere and the Raiders)

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Song of Joy - Miguel Rios (#14 - 1970: one-hit wonder based on the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony; Beethoven's birthday was Dec. 16, 1770) 
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*Sh-boom - The Chords (#9 - 1954: classic doo-wop by request)

Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack (#56 - 1973: song that featured prominently in the Quentin Tarantino movie "Jackie Brown")

7:00 Birthday Calendar

Dec. 11 - Damaso Perez Prado - 1916
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - 1926
David Gates (Bread) - 76 years old
Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley) - 72
Jermaine Jackson - 62

Dec. 12 - Francis Albert Sinatra - 1915
Joe Williams - 1918
Connie Francis (Concetta Rose Maria Franconero) - 78
Dionne Warwick - 76
Terry Kirkman (Association) - 75
Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) - 73

Dec. 13 - Tony Gomez (Foundations) - 78
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes) - 68
Steve Forbert - 62

Dec. 14 - Frank Allen (Searchers) - 73
Joyce Vincent Wilson (Tony Orlando & Dawn) - 70
Anna Marie (Patty) Duke - 1946

Dec. 15 - Jerry Wallace - 1928
Cindy Birdsong (Supremes after 1968) - 77
Dave Clark - 74

Dec. 16 - Tony Hicks (The Hollies) - 73
Benny Andersson (ABBA) - 70

Dec. 17 - Eddie Kendricks (Temptations) - 1939

The Love You Save - Jackson 5 (#1 2 weeks - 1970: third of four J5 releases in a row to reach #1; Jermaine shares lead vocals with brother Michael)

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado (#1 10 weeks - 1955: monster hit for the Cuban-born bandleader known as the 'King of the Mambo')

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 Hound Dog - "Big Mama" Thornton (#1 on the R & B charts for 7 weeks in 1953; her version was eclipsed by Elvis' in 1956)

  Winter Wonderland - Brenda Lee (seasonal offering from "Little Miss Dynamite" out of Atlanta, from LP titled "Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee" - 1964)
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Make It With You - Bread (#1 - 1970: first Top 40 hit for the soft-rock group, written by Gates, who in 1963 wrote "Popsicles, Icicles" by the Murmaids) 

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 Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra (1957: birthday tribute that also fits tonight's theme; title song of Ol' Blue Eyes LP release)

Alright, OK, You Win - Joe Williams (1955: singer for the Count Basie Orchestra from 1954 to 1961; this song comes from a 1955 LP titled "Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings")

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Lipstick on Your Collar - Connie Francis (#5 - 1959: with a smoking guitar solo by George Barnes)
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Trains, Boats, and Planes - Dionne Warwick (#22 - 1966: hit by that great songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David that fits tonight's theme)

Everything That Touches You - The Association (#10 - 1968: written by Terry Kirkman, founding member of the band, who also wrote "Cherish" and several other big hits; Kirkman also dated Barbara Bivens, and introduced her sister, Beverly, to the members of the We Five)
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Jessica - Allman Brothers (#65 - 1973: Betts named this tribute to Django Reinhardt to his daughter, Jessica)

Baby, Now That I've Found You - The Foundations (#11 - 1968: one of two BB Top 40 hits for the group out of England)

Journey to the Center of the Mind - The Amboy Dukes (#16 - 1968: one-hit wonder for the group out of Detroit, where Ted Nugent, who co-wrote the song, got his start)
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Romeo's Tune - Steve Forbert (#11 - 1980: testing the upper limits of the Rockin' Remnants era)

When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers (#35 - 1964: written by Jackie DeShannon, but her version did not fare as well as the group that took its name from the great John Ford - John Wayne movie of 1956)

Stepping Out: I'm Gonna Boogie Tonight - Tony Orlando & Dawn (#7 - 1974: from the LP "Dawn's New Ragtime Follies")

Everything But Love - Patty Duke (B side of her hit single "Don't Just Stand There", which peaked at #8 in 1965)

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Primrose Lane - Jerry Wallace (#8 - 1959: country crossover)

Up the Ladder to the Roof - The Supremes (#10 - 1970: post-Diana Ross hit for the group)

Everybody Knows (I Still Love You) - Dave Clark Five (#15 - 1964: second British invasion group to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show)

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Look Through Any Window - The Hollies (#32 - 1966: Tony Hicks co-wrote this song and sang the lower harmony part)

SOS - ABBA (#15 - 1975: power pop from the Swedish group and co-written by Benny Andersson)

Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations  (#1 - 1971: one of the signature songs of the Temps)
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*Eight Miles High - The Byrds (#14 - 1966: often said to be the first psychedelic rock song, it was banned from the radio for a time for its alleged drug references)

Blues From an Airplane - Jefferson Airplane (1966: flip side of UC single "Come Up the Years; from the group's pre-Grace  Slick  LP Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Signe Anderson taking vocals)

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*The Letter - The Boxtops (#1 - 1967: spent four weeks at #1; the gravelly voice of Alex Chilton "Give me a ticket for an airplane ....)

*D.O.A. - Bloodrock - (#36 - 1971: hard rock band out of Fort Worth, Texas hit the Top 40 with this somewhat gruesome tune about a plane crash; listeners heard the LP version)
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*Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot (song released in 1966 has been covered many times)

Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon & Garfunkel (#13 - 1966: seasonal song from the classic LP Bookends)

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

Host Next Week (Dec 24):  JH returns to co-host with KV to spotlight Holiday favorites on Christmas Eve!

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