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Date: March 25, 2017
Tonight on Rockin' Remnants, we check out the Billboard Hot 100 sounds of early Spring, 45 years ago. Every week we listened to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, and charted the singles as they went up and down the chart. In the 45 Corner it's Yes, a rather extensive Birthday Calendar, and a chance to win Dinner and a Movie from Papa John's and Cinemapolis!
6pm - 7pm
Before we get to our Chart Date, a flurry of Chuck Berry cover versions, by 3 of the all-time greats: The Beatles, The Stones and the Beach Boys!
"Roll Over Beethoven" - The Beatles, 1964
"Bye Bye Johnny" - Rolling Stones, 1964
"Rock And Roll Music" - The Beach Boys, 1976
Here comes the chart...
A Horse With No Name - America - BB Hot 100 #1, 3 weeks
Heart Of Gold - Neil Young - BB Hot 100 #2
America knocked Neil out of the top spot after 1 week. Many thought America sounded just like Young, and whatever that was, it worked!
The Lion Sleep Tonight - Robert John - BB Hot 100 #3
The Tokens version hit #1 in 1961, while John's version peaked this week on the Hot 100.
Mother And Child Reunion - Paul Simon - BB Hot 100 #5
Jungle Fever - The Chakachas - BB Hot 100 #8
A true one-hit-wonder of the 70's, this Belgian studio band took this steamy slice of vinyl to #8 on the Hot 100.
Everything I Own - Bread - BB Hot 100 #9
I Gotcha - Joe Tex - BB Hot 100 # 10
Roundabout - Yes - BB Hot 100 #20, peaked at #13
The 45 version of Roundabout trimmed about 5 minutes off the LP version, and appeared in both mono and stereo on the single. Tonight it's the stereo version on Atlantic Records; this single mix is only available on import CD!
Precious & Few - Climax - BB Hot 100 #12
R.I.P lead singer Sonny Geraci, 1947 - 2017, who also sang for The Outsiders.
Rock And Roll Lullaby - B.J Thomas - BB Hot 100 #16
This stereo 45 version is actually 20 seconds longer than the LP version, and is available on the Complete Scepter Singles CD.
7pm - 8pm
March 20th - Carl Palmer (ELP), 67
Jerry "Reed" Hubbard, 1937
March 21st - Eddie "Money" Mahoney, 68
Russell Thompkins, Jr.
March 22nd - Keith Relf (Yardbirds), 1943
March 23rd - Ric Ocasek (Cars), 68
Chaka Khan, 64
March 25th - Aretha Franklin, 75
Sir Elton John, 70
Nick Lowe, 68
Johnny Burnette, 1934
Hoyt Axton, 1938
"I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
"Rock Steady" - The Queen of Soul! Her first Top Ten hit recorded with the great Muscle Shoals Band in 1967. The second from 1971, BB Hot 100 #9.
"You're Sixteen" - Johnny Burnette, 1960 - Johnny died in a boating accident at age 30 in 1964.
"Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" - The Yardbirds, 1966 - Singer Keith Relf (far right in the pic sleeve) died of accidental electrocution in 1976.
More birthdays coming up next hour! Back to our Chart Date, 3/25/1972
Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - BB Hot 100 #14
A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done - Sonny & Cher - BB Hot 100 #19
The duo's last Top Ten hit, peaking at Hot 100 #8.
Suavecito - Malo - BB Hot 100 #49 - That's Carlos Santana's kid brother Jorge on guitar!
Bang A Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex - BB Hot 100 #15
The U.S. release of this added "Bang A Gong" to avoid confusion with the single called "Get It On" from the horn band Chase!
More from our chart date next hour...
For now, more great sounds of the 50's and 60's.
"I Can't Stop Loving You" - Ray Charles, 1962 (the #1 BB Hot 100 Single of the Year).
You can find the mono 45 version of this song on the above-pictured CD; trims a whole verse to come in under 3 minutes!
"Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" - Patti Page, 1965 - From the flick starring Bette Davis. Click here to see the trailer.
"Along Came Jones" - The Coasters, 1959
"In The Midnight Hour" - Wilson Pickett, 1965
"Poor Little Fool" - Ricky Nelson, 1958
The first #1 single on the BB Hot 100 chart (8/4/1958).
"Pipeline" - The Chantays, 1963
"Any Way That You Want Me" - Evie Sands, 1969
Off the pen of Chip Taylor, this only limped up to Hot 100 #53... Too bad because it's a great-sounding record, and Evie Sands? What a 60's fox!
8pm - 9pm
More birthdays and more from our chart date!
Today Sir Elton John celebrates his 70th birthday! Most everyone know his Top 40 hits from the 70's (he was, afterall, the #1 Hot 100 artist of the decade). But, he also received FM airplay from his album tracks. Tonight on Remnants, we have 4 of those tracks from his albums. We also have tracks (hits) from Nick Lowe, Hoyt Axton, ELP, The Stylistics, Jerry Reed, Chaka Kahn w/Rufus, Eddie Money and Rick Ocasek. It's a loaded calendar!
"No Shoe Strings On Louise" - Elton John, 1970
"Burn Down The Mission" - Tumbleweed Connection, 1970
"Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" - Honky Chateau, 1972
"Roy Rogers" - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1974
"So It Goes" - Nick Lowe, 1979
"When The Morning Comes" - Hoyt Axton, 1974
Hoyt was better known for his songwriting ("Joy To The World", "Never Been To Spain", "The Pusher") than his singing, but he had a friendly voice and with a young Linda Ronstadt on duet vocals, this was a big local hit although it only limped up to #54 on the Hot 100.
"Hoedown" - ELP, 1972 - Drummer Carl Palmer is the last surviving member of this progressive rock trio, with both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake passing in 2016.
"Betcha By Golly Wow" - The Stylistics, 1972 - On our chart this date at #18, this features the lead vocals of one of my favorite falsetto vocalists, Russell Thompkins, Jr.
"Amos Moses" - Jerry Reed, 1970
"Once You Get Started" - Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn (a 70's fox)
"Trinidad" - Eddie Money, 1980
"Emotions In Motion" - Ric Ocasek, 1986 - The main songwriter for The Cars, this was his only Top 40 hit, peaking at #15.
Vincent - Don McLean - BB Hot 100 #53 - While "American Pie" was slipping down the chart, this was ascending and would peak at #12.
Slippin' Into Darkness - War - BB Hot 100 #41
Congratulations to Heather from Ithaca, for winning a prize package consisting of a free large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s, PLUS a free pass-for-2 to Cinemapolis!
Host Next Week (April 1): JH with a spotlight on April and Fools!
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