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Feb 25, 2017 - JR - 1969

Rockin' Remnants

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Date: February 25th, 2017
Host: JR
Feature: 1969


[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 February 25th, 1969, a classic 60's Hot 100 chart!  In the 45 Corner, Deep Purple with a quirky remake of "River Deep, Mountain High" and Rockin' Remnants trivia with a Papa John's pizza up for grabs!

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

6pm-7pm - Kicking off the show with the Top 10 from the chart 48 years ago today!

Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone - BB Hot 100  #1, 4 weeks

Crimson & Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells - BB Hot 100 #2, dropping down after 2 weeks at #1

Touch Me - The Doors - BB Hot 100 #3
- we heard the mono 45 version, which is a different mix than the stereo version and only available on the single version which peaked on the chart this week

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Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations - BB Hot 100 #4 - The highest charting single for this interracial British band peaked at #3.

Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis - BB Hot 100 #5

Worst That Could Happen -  Brooklyn Bridge - BB Hot 100 #6 - This 11-piece band of good Catholic boys and girl, led by Johnny Maestro, was originally called "The Rhythm Method". Wink, wink...

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You Showed Me - The Turtles - BB Hot 100 #7 - The chart run of the Turtles ended here with this single peaking one notch higher. From then on, stick a spoon in them; turtle soup : )

This Magic Moment - Jay & The Americans - BB Hot 100 #8 - This band, also nearing the end of their chart run, put out an album in 1969 called "Sands Of Time", which contained all "oldies" covers, including this one of the Drifters classic.

Proud Mary - CCR - BB Hot 100 #9

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I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross And The Supremes & The Temptations - BB Hot 100 #10

45 Corner

Tonight in the corner is "River Deep - Mountain High" by Deep Purple.  This pop nugget seems an unlikely cover for these progenitors of Heavy Metal, but DP Mach 1 was definitely more pop oriented with Rod Evans on lead vocals.  When Evans departed and Ian Gillian came on board, DP cranked up the amps and vocal histrionics and, well, the rest is music history!  The last offering with Evans, was an edited version from the LP Book Of Talysien (trimming 7 minutes).  The 45 version, released on Tetragrammaton Records, was in stereo, and spent 5 weeks on the Hot 100 and peaked this week at #53.  Click here to hear the 45 version.

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Baby, Baby Don't You Cry - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - BB Hot 100 #11 - Happy 77th birthday to Smokey and Miracle Bobby Rogers on Feb. 19th!

Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas - BB Hot 100 #22 

Time Of The Season - The Zombies - BB Hot 100 #37 - Check out this groovy video clip which features the band (barely) and some great images of the Swingin' 60's!

7pm - 8pm

Birthday Calendar

February 19th - Lou Christie, 74

February 20th - Walter Becker (Steely Dan),                             67
                          Randy "California" Wolfe,                                (Spirit), 1951

February 23rd - Rusty Young (Poco), 71

February 24th - Rupert Holmes, 70

February 25th - Emmit Rhodes, 67
                          George Harrison, 1943

"The Gypsy Cried", 1963
"I'm Gonna Make You Mine", 1969
Lou Christie (ne Lugee Sacco) is one of my favorite falsetto vocalists; his vocal swoops are amazing!  Here his first Top 40 hit and his last one, too.

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"My Old School" (45 version), 1973 -  Steely Dan - Walter Becker (guy with the specs) bassist and songwriter.

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"Crazy Love" - Poco, 1979 - Founding member and steel guitarist Rusty Young on lead vocals.

"Timothy" - The Buoys, 1971 - Written and arranged by Rupert Holmes, this song has an interesting chart history; click here for the lowdown.

"The Inner Light" - The Beatles, 1968
"Got My Mind Set On You" - George Harrison, 1988 - The first song was credited to The Beatles, but was actually just George with Indian musicians recorded at EMI Studios in Bombay and originally released on the flip-side of "Lady Madonna"; spent 1 week on the Hot 100 at #98.  The solo single spent 1 week at #1 on the Hot 100 on 1/18/1988.

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"Fresh As A Daisy" - Emmit Rhodes, 1971 - Emmit never had the credit he deserved as leader of The Merry-Go-Round and 70's singer/songwriter.  If you click here, you can read all about it.

Rockin' Remnants Trivia: Name the artist that had Hot 100 charting songs with covers of both "Proud Mary" and "River Deep-Mountain High".
Scroll to bottom for the answer!

More great sounds from the 50's and 60's!

"All Of The Day And All Of The Night" - The Kinks, 1965

"Nobody But Me" - Human Beinz, 1967

"Angel Of The Morning" - Merilee Rush & The Turnabouts, 1968

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"I Only Want To Be With You" - Dusty Springfield, 1964 - debut Hot 100 single peaked at #12.

"The Cheater" - Bob Kuban And The In-Men, 1966 - There is an interesting story about the lead singer of this St. Louis band, Walter "Scott" Notheis; click here to view!

"Without You" - Johnny Tillotson, 1961

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"Rebel Rouser" - Duane Eddy, 1958

8pm - 9pm - Back to our chart date of 2/25/1969 as we start with Hot 100 chart debuts on this date 48 years ago...

Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond - BB Hot 100 #100 - This made its debut at the very bottom of the chart, but eventually climbed to #22. The mono 45 version differs from the stereo LP version; here they are.

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"25 Miles" - Edwin Starr - BB Hot 100 #94, peaked at #6.

"Am I The Same Girl" - Barbara Acklin - BB Hot 100 #84, peaked at #79.

"The Letter" - The Arbors - BB Hot 100 #83, peaked at #20.

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Soul Experience - Iron Butterfly - BB Hot 100 #81, peaked at #55, making this San Diego band a "one-hit wonder", but what a hit!

The Weight - Aretha Franklin - BB Hot 100 #52, peaked at #19 - The highest debut single this week, featuring the tasty slide guitar of Duane Allman!

I Got A Line On You - Spirit - BB Hot 100 #43 - The estate of lead singer Randy Wolfe recently lost a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin for the alleged plagiarism of the Spirit song "Taurus" for "Stairway To Heaven"; details here. 

To Susan On The West Coast Waiting - Donovan - BB Hot 100 #50 - This peaked at Hot  100 #35, while the flip side "Atlantis" peaked at #7.

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Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon - Paul Revere And The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay - BB Hot 100 #61.

Hot Smoke And Sassafras - The Bubble Puppy - BB Hot 100 #65 - Texas psychedelic rock at its best!  Peaked at Hot 100 #14.

Johnny One Time - Brenda Lee - BB Hot 100 #78 - This was originally a country hit for Willie Nelson in 1968!

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Lovin' Things - The Grassroots - BB Hot 100 #69.

Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, has made a bit of a comeback lately.  Not on the music charts, but theme music for TV commercials!

"Tea For The Tillerman", 1970, used for an Amazon Prime ad.

"If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out", 1971, used for a Jeep ad.

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

Congratulations to Robin from South Hill, who knew the answer to our trivia question was Ike & Tina Turner, who charted on the Hot 100 with covers of "Proud Mary (#4) in 1971 and "River Deep - Mountain High" (#88) in 1966.  She is the recipient of a large, 1 topping pizza from Papa John's!

Host Next Week (March 4):  John Simon with a spotlight on 1959 and a reprise of The Music of Detroit (from 2/4).

Thanks for tuning in! You can listen to Rockin' Remnants every Saturday night from 6-9pm on WVBR (93.5 FM in Ithaca, NY) or streaming here.

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