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Date:  July 8, 2017
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  1959

Birthday Calendar

Jul 2   – Paul Williams (Temptations) – born in 1939

Jul 3   – Fontella Bass – born in 1940

Jul 4   – Bill Withers – age 79

Jul 5   – Robbie Robertson (The Band) – age 74
            – Terry Cashman (b. Dennis Minogue) – age 76

Jul 6   – Bill Haley – born in 1925
            – Gene Chandler (b. Eugene Drake Dixon) – age 80

Jul 7   – Ringo Starr (b. Richard Starkey) – age 77

Jul 8   – Steve Lawrence (b. Sidney Leibowitz) – age 82


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 7-8-59; 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]


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

Lipstick On Your Collar – Connie Francis (#5 this week in 1959)

Dream Lover – Bobby Darin (#4 this week)

Personality – Lloyd Price (#3 this week)

Lonely Boy – Paul Anka (#2 this week)

The Battle Of New Orleans – Johnny Horton (in its sixth and final week at #1)

 * Dedicated To The One I Love – The Mamas and Papas

 * Teenager In Love – Dion (#19 this week)

 * M.T.A. – The Kingston Trio (#18 this week)

Hushabye – The Mystics (#22 this week)

The Happy Organ – Dave “Baby” Cortez (#70 this week)

I’ll Be Satisfied – Jackie Wilson (#33 this week)

Sweet Sugar Lips – The Kalin Twins (debuted this week at #97)

 * Earth Angel – The Penguins

My Heart Is An Open Book – Carl Dobkins, Jr. (#13 this week)

 * Tequila – The Champs


Don't Look Back – The Temptations (1965, #83, R&B #15, with Paul Williams singing lead.  This was the b-side of their hit “My Baby”.)

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass (1965, #4, R&B #1 for four weeks)

Lean On Me – Bill Withers (1972, #1 for three weeks and a #1 on the R&B chart as well.  Withers wrote the song by noodling around on a keyboard, not even knowing the names of the notes he was playing.)

 * The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band (1969, b-side of “Up On Cripple Creek”, written by Robbie Robertson)

Sunday Will Never Be The Same – Spanky & Our Gang (1967, #9, cowritten by Terry Cashman and Gene Pistilli)

Skokiaan (South African song) – Bill Haley (1960, #70.  Named for a Zulu beverage, this song was a #3 hit for Ralph Marterie in 1954.)

Rainbow ’65 – Gene Chandler (1965, peaked at #69 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.  This was a live version of a song he’d charted with two years earlier, written by Curtis Mayfield.)

 * It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr (1971, #4, written by Starr and produced by George Harrison on Apple Records.  Badfinger provided the harmony backing vocals.)

Pretty Blue Eyes – Steve Lawrence (from late 1959, peaked at #9 in early 1960)

 * Stop The Wedding – Etta James

 * Since You’ve Been Gone – Clyde McPhatter (#59 this week)

Rockin’ Crickets – The Hot Toddys (#100 this week)

 * What’d I Say – Ray Charles (debuted on the Hot 100 this week in 1959 at #82; it would reach #6 on that chart and #1 on R&B)


 * Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody  

Pay To The Piper – Chairmen of the Board  

Love Or Let Me Be Lonely – The Friends of Distinction

Along Came Jones – The Coasters (#11 this week)

Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke (#32 this week)

What Is Love? – The Playmates (debuted this week at #89)

Do You Wanna Make Love – Peter McCann

Nothing From Nothing – Billy Preston

Down By The River – Albert Hammond

Tall Cool One – The Wailers (#48 this week)

There Is Something On Your Mind – Big Jay McNeely (#84 this week, written by McNeely with vocals by Little Sonny Warner)

The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies

Love On A Mountain Top – Robert Knight

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

Prize Winner

Congratulations to Robbie from Odessa, for winning two free tickets to see Something Happened On The Way To The Forum at the Hangar Theatre!

Host Next Week (Jul 15):  Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on Instrumentals

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