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April 22, 2017 - JR - Encore 1972

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Date:  April 22nd, 2017
Host:  JR
Feature:  Encore 1972

The last time I was on Remnants, I featured songs on the Billboard Hot 100 from early Spring, 1972.  Well, due to the enormity and celebrity of the Birthday Calendar, many songs were left off.  So, tonight we play the sounds we missed last time, including Jackson Browne, Led Zeppelin, The Dramatics, Isaac Hayes, and many other rock, pop, and soul classics!  In the 45 Corner it's Badfinger, and as we do every week, the Birthday Calendar at 7:00.  Enjoy the show!

6p - 7p
The Top 40 chart hits on this date 45 years ago.

In The Rain - The Dramatics - BB Hot 100 #5

Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne - BB Hot 100 #10
J.B.'s first chart entry on Asylum Records peaked at #8

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The Family Of Man - Three Dog Night - BB Hot 100 #14

Taurus - Dennis Coffey And The Detroit Guitar Band - BB Hot 100 #18
This Motor City studio musician had 2 Zodiac-related instrumentals hit the Top 40; this and "Scorpio" which charted earlier in '72.

Back Off Boogaloo - Ringo - BB Hot 100 #19

Oh Girl - The Chi-Lites - BB Hot 100 #20
Peaked at #1 on 5/27/1972 for 1 week.

I'l Take You There - The Staples Singers - BB Hot 100 #23
Peaked at #1 on 6/3/1972 for 1 week.

Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens - BB Hot 100 #27
The awesome piano playing on this was by Rick Wakeman, and after 3 decades, "Cat" finally acknowledged him and they are friends again.

(The Day That I Lost You Is) The Day I Found Myself - The Honeycone - BB Hot 100 #35
The first 3 weeks this was on the Hot 100 it was listed as "The Day That I Found You Is The Day I Found Myself"  Corrected this week.

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Run Run Run - Jo Jo Gunne - BB Hot 100 #37
The only Top 40 hit for this SoCal group that featured ex-spirit members Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes.

45 corner

Tonight in the Corner it's Badfinger and the "U.S. Mix" of Baby Blue, which sat at #15 on the Hot 100.  Basically this 45 mix featured reverb on the snare drums in the first verse of the song, ostensibly to make the song jump out of the AM radio.  You can find this version on CD and online, but tonight it's on the original Apple Records 45.

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Do Your Thing - Isaac Hayes - BB Hot 100 #39

(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All - The 5th Dimension - BB Hot 100 #40

You Could Have Been A Lady - April Wine - BB Hot 100 #45
This Montreal-based band scored with this in 1972, peaking at Hot 100 #32.  They didn't hit the American charts again until 1979!

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7pm - 8pm
The Birthday Calendar

April 16th - Bobby Vinton, 82
                  Gerry Rafferty, 1947
                  Dusty Springfield (Mary O'Brien), 1939

April 19th - Alan Price (Animals), 75
                  Dickie Goodman, 1934

April 20th - Johnny Tillotson, 78

April 22nd - Glen Campbell, 81
                   Peter Frampton, 66
                   Paul Carrack, 66

"Blue On Blue" - Bobby Vinton, 1963

"You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" - Dusty Springfield, 1966

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"The House Of The Rising Sun" (45 version) - The Animals, 1964
Alan Price on those hot organ runs!  Hot 100 #1, 3 weeks.

"It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'" - Johnny Tillotson, 1962

"Wichita Lineman" - Glen Campbell, 1969
One of the first 45's in the JRchives!  Unfortunately for the music world, Glen is in the final stage of Alzheimer's.  More information here.

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We'll have more birthdays in the Happy Hour.  Now, more great oldies from the 50's and 60's!

"Down In Mexico" - The Coasters, 1956
The Record Industry was transitioning from 78 rpm to 45 rpm for singles just about the time Rock and Roll was hatched.  This song was available in both formats.

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"Nobody But You Babe" - Clarence Reid, 1969

"Sweet Talkin' Guy" - The Chiffons, 1966

"I Do" - The Marvelows, 1965
I first became aware of this song via a cover version by The J. Geils Band in 1977.  I was blown away when I heard the original!  A melancholy "so long" to guitarist John Geils, who passed away on April 11th.

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"Let's Hang On" - The 4 Seasons, 1965
In 1966 Frankie and boys sang this for a Beechnut Gum commercial. Check it out here!

"Bits And Pieces" - Dave Clark Five, 1964

"Tired Of Waiting For You" - The Kinks, 1965
Tied with "Come Dancing" (1983) as the Kinks highest-charting single on the Hot 100 at #6.

"The Girl From Ipanema" - Getz/Gilberto, 1964

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Winding down the second hour of Remnants with a few suggestions from the Listener Line!

"Hocus Pocus" - Focus, 1973

"Teen Angel" - Mark Dinning, 1959
This weeper was also a Top 40 hit for the Canadian band Wednesday in 1974!

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8pm - 9pm
We'll revisit our chart date of 4/22/1972 and also have Part 2 of our Birthday Calendar.

Chart Debuts

Isn't Life Strange - Moody Blues -  BB Hot 100 #89, peaked at #29

Beg, Steal Or Borrow - New Seekers - BB Hot 100 #88
This song from these Aussie folk-popsters only reached #81 on the Hot 100, but it was a big hit and played a lot on local AM radio.

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I've Been Lonely For So Long - Frederick Knight - BB Hot 100 #82, peaked at #27, his only hit.

Diary - Bread - BB Hot 100 #81, peaked at #15

Little Bitty Pretty One - The Jackson 5 - BB Hot 100 #62 (highest debut), peaked at #13
Written by Bobby Day, who also wrote "Rockin' Robin", covered by MJ in 1972.

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Nice To Be With You - Gallery - BB Hot 100 #42
One of our regular listeners was reminiscing about the Spring/Summer of 1972!

Legend In Your Own Time - Carly Simon - BB Hot 100 #57

Rock And Roll - Led Zeppelin - BB Hot 100 #47
Led Zep released 10 singles in the U.S. during their 10 years as a band.  This one peaked on the Hot 100 this week.

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We wind down this edition of Rockin' Remnants with a return to our Birthday Calendar.

"Days Gone Down (Still Got The Light In Your Eyes), 1979

"Stuck In The Middle With You" - Stealers Wheel, 1973
I grew up with Gerry Rafferty, first on the AM dial with this, and later on when I first started as an FM dj in the late 70's.
Gone, but not forgotten.

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"Mr. Jaws" - Dickie Goodman, 1975
Dickie was king of the "drop-in" records, answering his questions with snippets from hit songs of the day.  This, of course, about the Summer of '75 blockbuster.
"Mr. Jaws, why are you grabbing my hand?"
(cue music) "Wouldn't you give your hand to a friend" (Melissa Manchester's "Midnight Blue").

"Southern Nights" - Glen Campbell, 1977
Written by Allen Toussaint, and taken to the top of the Hot 100 on 4/30/77 by Glen.

"Baby, I Love Your Way" - Peter Frampton, 1976

"I Need You" - Paul Carrack, 1982

Host Next Week (4/29/17):  Kim Vaughn 

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