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May 20, 2017 - JH: dance craze songs

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Date:  May 20, 2017
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature:  Songs inspired by/that inspired dance crazes.  Many of tonight's songs come from three CDs: "Hairspray - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (MCA - 1988); "Groove 'n' Grind: '50s and '60s Dance Hits" (Rhino - 1990); and "Cameo Parkway - The Greatest Hits" (ABKCO - 2006).

Birthday Calendar

May 14 - Sidney Bechet - 1897
Will "Dub" Jones (The Coasters) - 1928
Bobby Darin - 1936
Jack Bruce (Cream bassist) - 74
Derek 'Lek' Leckenby (Herman's Hermits) - 1943

May 15 - Eddy Arnold - 1915
Trini Lopez - 80

May 16 -  Isaac 'Redd' Holt (Young-Holt Unlimited drummer) - 85

May 17 - Pervis Jackson (The Spinners) - 1938
Malcolm Hale (Spanky & Our Gang) - 1941

May 18 - (Robert) Meredith Willson (Music Man) - 1902
Joseph Vernon 'Big Joe' Turner - 1911
Pierino Ronald 'Perry' Como - 1912
Rodney Dillard - 75
Albert Hammond - 73
Rick Wakeman (Yes) - 66

May 19 - Pete Townsend

May 20 - Vic Ames (Ames Brothers) - 1926
Jill Jackson ('Paula' of Paul & Paula) - 75
Joe Cocker - 1944
Cherilyn Sarkisian (Cher) - 71
Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills) - 57


[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]


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

Shout - Isley Brothers (#47 - 1959: written by the brothers, gained fame when used in the movie "Animal House"; bootleg versions of Beatles cover exist; Bruce Springsteen uses the song on occasion in his encores)

Madison Time - The Ray Bryant Combo (#30 - 1962: first danced in Columbus, Ohio in 1957; at the conclusion of the song "Time Warp" in the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show, the character of Brad (Barry Bostwick) calls out, "Say, do any of you guys know how to Madison?")

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Land of 1,000 Dances - Cannibal & the Headhunters (#30 - 1965: later covered by Wilson Pickett)

The Twist - Chubby Checker (#1 - 1960: only song to hit #1 twice; Chubby Checker out of Philadelphia) 
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Bristol Stomp - The Dovells (#2 - 1961: Len Barry was the lead singer - later had a hit with "1,2,3")

Cool Jerk - The Capitals (#7 - 1966: out of Detroit)

Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & His Starlighters (#1 - 1961: named for the Peppermint Lounge where the group performed; actually Part 1 of the song, which was cut due to length; part 2 is largely instrumental; featured in the film "American Graffiti")
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Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp (Diane LaRue) (#2 - 1962: move made famous by James Brown; Dee-Dee Sharp was out of Philadelphia)
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Gravy (for My Mashed Potatoes) - Dee Dee Sharp (#9 - 1962: follow-up released in June of 1962)
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The Roach - Gene & Wendell with the Sweethearts (1961: uncharted; soul duo out of Chicago)
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Foot Stompin' - The Flares (#25 - 1961: doo-wop group out of Los Angeles)

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Junior's Farm - Paul McCartney and Wings (#3 - 1974: released as a non-album single, Paul's last for Apple Records; never got around to playing the flip side, but it is "Sally G")
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Loco-Motion - Little Eva (Eva Boyd) (#1 - 1962: Eva was the babysitter for Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who wrote the song)

The Wah-Watusi - The Orlons (#2 - 1962: fellow Philadelphian Len Barry encouraged the Orlons to audition for Cameo Parkway Records, they sing back-up on "Mashed Potatoes" and "Gravy" and would later have hits with "Don't Hang Up" and "South Street")
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Slow Twistin' - Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp (#3 - 1962: the two Cameo Parkway recording artists teamed up for this hit) 

*Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page (#1 - 1951: the career record for Patti Page; she chose the double-tracked vocal over a single-track vocal for release herself)
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Birthday Calendar

Petite Fleur - Chris Barber's Jazz Band (#5 - 1959: written by Sidney Bechet)

The Climb - The Coasters (uncharted - 1962: a listener sent this song to John Simon, who sent it to me; a Rockin' Remnants two-fer that is a dance song and features the bass voice of Will "Dub" Jones)
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Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin (#6 - 1960: great swing tune lamenting a lost love)

Sunshine of Your Love - Cream (#5 - 1968: one of Cream's best-known and most popular songs, it was included on the classic psychedelic LP 'Disraeli Gears'; Bruce came up with the bass riff after seeing Jimi Hendrix in concert)

Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits (#1 - 1965: "Lek" Leckenby came up with the distinctive guitar sound that starts off the song)
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Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold (#6 - 1965: country crossover hit for Arnold)

If I Had a Hammer - Trini Lopez (#3 - 1963: written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays of the Weavers; Lopez had 13 charting songs and co-starred in the film "The Dirty Dozen")

Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited (#3 - 1968: song is the instrumental track to a song called "Am I the Same Girl")

It's a Shame - The Spinners (#14 - 1970: Stevie Wonder wrote, produced, and played on this hit for the Spinners on a division of Motown Records before they moved over to Atlantic Records)
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Give A Damn - Spanky & Our Gang (#43 - 1968: song was originally intended as a public service ad for John Lindsay in his 1968 mayoral race in NYC; the group was criticized for using the word 'damn')

Til There Was You - The Beatles (LP track from "With the Beatles": cover of song from "The Music Man" sung by Paul)

Flip, Flop, & Fly - Big Joe Turner (#2 R&B - 1955: Turner is an essential performer in the transition from R&B to Rock'n'Roll) 
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Round and Round - Perry Como (#1 - 1957: Como had 49 charting songs from 1955-74! Tune was used to sell Ballantine Beer for a while)

What Were the Words? - The Association (LP track from self-titled release in 1969 featuring guitar work by Rodney Dillard and giving the song a country-folk feel)Image result

Free Electric Band - Albert Hammond (#48 - 1973: awarded the Order of the British Empire, Hammond wrote hits like "The Air That I Breathe" for The Hollies and "Little Arrows" for Leapy Lee; his son, Albert Jr., is in the band The Strokes.)

Roundabout - Yes (#13 - 1972: single edit version of the classic song)

My Generation - The Who (#74 - 1965: despite its chart position, song came in #11 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)

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Substitute - The Who (uncharted in US - #5 in the UK; rocking good fun from The Who)

Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - Ames Brothers (#3 - 1954: novelty song that reveals the joke in the last line)
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Hey Paula - Paul & Paula (#1 - 1963: Paul & Paula are Ray Hildebrand, who wrote the song, and Jill Jackson; song sold 2 million copies and was featured in the film Animal House)

Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker (#33 - 1969: Cocker's cover of the Dave Mason tune)

Half Breed - Cher (#1 - 1973: Cher is backed by the famous Wrecking Crew on this single)
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Hair - The Cowsills (#2 - 1969: Susan Cowsill got to sing the line "and spaghetti'd" which she still does in concert)

*Working in the Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey (#8 - 1965: written by famous producer Allen Toussaint)

Do the Freddie - Freddie and the Dreamers (#18 - 1965: part of the British Invasion, Freddie Garrity was known for his on-stage antics)
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Shake a Tail Feather - The Five Du-Tones (#51 - 1963: group out of Chicago; Ray Charles sang the tune in the Blues Brothers movie)

Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker (#2 - 1962: used in the movie "Hairspray" in 1988)

The Stroll - The Diamonds (#4 - 1958: The Diamonds were out of Canada; song was used in dance scene in "American Graffiti")
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Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker (#8 - 1961: song was the 1962 Grammy for Best Rock and Roll Recording)

The Hustle - Van McCoy (#1 - 1975:  won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, although the dance came first; sneak preview of the year JR will feature next week)

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

Host Next Week (May 21):  John Rudan (JR) with a spotlight on May 21, 1975.

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