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Jan. 28 - JR - 1977

Rockin' Remnants

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Date: January 28, 2017
Host: JR
Feature: 1977


[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]

Tonight we're checking out the chart date of January 28th, 1977, with songs that were played on AM and FM.  My interest in the Top 40 was beginning to wane, and by the end of the year I embarked on my career as a cool FM DJ.  We'll hear both long and short versions of the songs on the BB Hot 100, with the short single version of Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" in the 45 Corner.


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

Car Wash - Rose Royce - BB Hot 100 #1, 1 week

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I Wish - Stevie Wonder - BB Hot 100 #2

Dazz - Brick - BB Hot 100 #3

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer - BB Hot 100 #4 - peaked at #1, 1 week on 1/15/1977.

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New Kid In Town - The Eagles - BB Hot 100 #6 - The debut single from Hotel California peaked at #1, 1 week on 2/26/1977

Walk This Way - Aerosmith - BB Hot 100 #10

Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band - BB Hot 100 #15

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This belonged to me! : )

Saturday Nite - Earth, Wind & Fire - BB Hot 100 #21

45 Corner

Blinded By The Light By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band - BB Hot 100 #9 - peaked at #1, 1 week on 2/19/1977 - This version, played on AM, trimmed the LP version from 7:00 to 3:48 with a neat edit 2:25 into the song!

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Livin' Thing - ELO - BB Hot 100 #28

Stand Tall - Burton Cummings - BB Hot 100 #29 - The highest charting single for the former lead singer of The Guess Who, eh?

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Don't Leave This Way - Thelma Houston - BB Hot 100 #30 - Peaked at #1, 1 week on 4/23/1977

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7pm - 8pm - The Birthday Calendar and great sounds from the 50's and 60's

January 22nd - Sam Cooke - 1933

January 23rd - Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) - 69
                        Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) - 64

January 24th - Ray Stevens - 78
                        Neil Diamond - 76
                        Warren Zevon - 1947

January 25th - Etta James - 1938

January 26th - Huey "Piano" Smith - 82

January 27th - Bobby "Blue" Bland - 1930

"Cupid", "Bring It On Home To Me" - Sam Cooke - Sam died tragically under mysterious circumstances on 12/11/64 - Read about it here

"I'd Rather Go Blind" - Etta James - 1968

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"Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu" - Huey "Piano" Smith - 1957

"Stormy Monday Blues" - Bobby "Blue" Bland - 1962

"Kentucky Woman" - Neil Diamond - 1968

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"Unwind" - Ray Stevens - 1968

More birthdays coming up at 8:00, now back to our regular programming...

"Spanish Harlem" - Ben E. King - 1961

"You Are My Sunshine" - Ray Charles - 1962

"Green, Green" - The New Christy Minstrels, featuring Barry McGuire on lead vocals - 1963

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"Something Stupid" - Frank Sinatra (solo) - 1967 - The "hit" version with daughter Nancy was #1 on the Hot 100 for 4 weeks in April 1967

"Poison Ivy" - The Coasters - 1959

"Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)" - Lemon Pipers - 1968

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This single is somewhere in the J-Rchives, very beat up!

8pm - 9pm - More dates from out Birthday Calendar and back to our feature date of 1/28/1977!

"Jesus Is Just All Right" - The Doobie Brothers - 1973 - Patrick Simmons on lead vocals and lead guitar

"Don't Be Cruel" - Cheap Trick - 1988 - Robin Zander on lead vocals

"Johnny Strikes Up The Band", "Carmelita" - Warren Zevon - "Johnny" is the lead track on Excitable Boy; "Carmelita" is from his self-titled 1976 album

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"Holly Holy" - Neil Diamond - 1970 - What was it about Neil that appealed to both kids and their parents in the early 70's?
Truly one of the great entertainers of our time!

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Chart debuts on 1/28/1977

So Into You - Atlanta Rhythm Section - #89, peaked at #7

Reach - Orleans - #85, peaked at #51

Right Time Of The Night - Jennifer Warnes - #81, peaked at #6

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Long Time (45 version) - Boston - #63 - peaked at #22

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More singles lurking below the Top 40

Someone To Lay Down Beside Me - Linda Ronstadt - #46, peaked at #42

What Can I Say - Boz Scaggs - #48, peaked at #42

The Rubberband Man - Spinners - #47, peaked at #2

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Winding down this edition of Rockin' Remnants with a couple choice selections from the 80's!

"Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh, La, La, La) - Kool & The Gang - 1983

"I Missed Again" - Phil Collins - 1981

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

Host Next Week (2/4/17):  JS with a special feature on the Music of Detroit, featuring Motown studio bass wizard James Jamerson!

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