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Date:  September 16, 2017
Host:  Jan Hunsinger
Feature: End of Summer/TV Celebrities with Hit Records

Birthday Calendar

September 10:
Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) - 75
Jose Feliciano - 72

September 11:
Charles Patrick (The Monotones lead singer) - 79
Bernie Dwyer (Freddie & the Dreamers drummer) - born 1940
Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams lead singer) - 71

September 12:
Barry White - born 1944 
Gerry Beckley (America) - 65

September 13:
David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) - 76
Peter Cetera (Chicago) - 73

September 14:
Barry Cowsill (The Cowsills) - born 1954

September 15:
Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly bassist) born 1942

September 16:
Joe Butler (Lovin' Spoonful bassist) - 76
Bernie Calvert (The Hollies bassist) - 75
Betty Kelley (The Velvelettes; Martha & the Vandellas) - 73

 Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia:

What were the two songs played that were written by John Stewart and were Billboard Hot 100 hits for other acts? (one is easy, one is tough)
(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)  

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

End of Summer Set:
Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward (1963 - #14: one-hit wonder on which the producer sped up the tape to make Ward sound like a teenager; she had great success as a session singer and was heard on many TV commercials; also a back-up singer for the Partridge Family as David Cassidy and Shirley Jones were the only two members of the TV family to sing)

All Summer Long - Beach Boys (1964 - unreleased as a single: title track to 1964 album that gained popularity when used over the closing credits of the movie American Graffiti

Sand in My Shoes - The Drifters (1964 - #33: answer song to Under the Boardwalk)

(Remember) Walking in the Sand - The Shangri-Las (1964 - #5: their first chart single; ranks #395 in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs)

Spotlight Theme: TV Celebrities with Hit Records

Cindy's Birthday - Johnny Crawford (1962 - #8: portrayed Chuck Conners' son on The Rifleman; song that inspired tonight's theme)
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Little Woman - Bobby Sherman (1969 - #3: starred in the TV show Here Comes the Brides; a popular teen idol of the late 60s and early 70s, we heard the original Metromedia single)
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Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted - The Partridge Family (1971 - #6: TV show that was loosely based on the real-life Cowsills; starred David Cassidy and Shirley Jones)
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Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence (1973 - #1: cast member of The Carol Burnett Show who got her break because of her resemblance to the star; song written by then-husband Bobby Russell)
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Ringo - Lorne Greene (1964 - #1: spoken-word hit for the star of Bonanza and later Battlestar Galactica)
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Daydream Believer - The Monkees (1967 - #1: song that spent 4 weeks at #1 for the "Pre-Fab Four"; a reference to the four members of the group being auditioned and groomed for TV and pop stardom)
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45 Corner 

Everything But Love - Patty Duke (1965 - flip side of "Don't Just Stand There", on United Artists records; Patty was the star of her own TV show, on which she portrayed identical cousins, from 1963-66 after winning an Oscar for her role in "The Miracle Worker")
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Be-Bop Baby - Ricky Nelson (1957 - #3: one of the first of the teen idols; co-starred with his real-life parents on The Ozzie and Harriet Show from 1952-1966)
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Old Rivers - Walter Brennan (1962 - #5: Top 10 hit for the famous character actor who starred in The Real McCoys from 1957-63) 

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*Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (1962 - #1: played the daughter on The Donna Reed Show from 1958-63 and was later on Coach from 1989-97) 
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Birthday Calendar

Roses & Rainbows - Danny Hutton (1965 - #73: solo effort by future Three Dog Night member; shortly after its release he lost out a role on The Monkees to Peter Tork)

Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night (1969 - #10: song written by Laura Nyro)

Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano (1968 - #3:  his cover of The Doors classic)

Book of Love - The Monotones (1958 - #5: one-hit wonder for the doo-wop group)

You Were Made for Me - Freddie & the Dreamers (1965 - #21: one of several charting singles for the British Invasion group)

Susan - The Buckinghams (1967 - #11: originating out of Chicago as The Pulsations, their producer wanted a name that was 'more British sounding' - The Buckinghams were born; song comes complete with 'psychedelic train wreck')

Can't Get Enough of Your Love - Barry White (1974 - #1: White also wrote and produced what became his signature tune; song was used twice on The Simpsons TV show, of which White was a big fan)

Sister Golden Hair - America (1975 - #1: Gerry Beckley wrote this big hit for the group)

Lisa Listen to Me - Blood, Sweat, & Tears (1971 - #73: David Clayton Thomas co-wrote this charting single)

Lowdown - Chicago (1971 - #35: Peter Cetera wrote and sang lead on this song)

Dialogue Parts I & II - Chicago (1972 - #24: Terry Kath and Peter Cetera traded lines on this hit written by Robert Lamm)

The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine (Six-Six-Six) - The Cowsills (1969 - #75: a more psychedelic sound from the pop group)

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly (1968 - #30: single edit of the over 17 minute song; an early pioneer of heavy metal)

Never Going Back - Lovin' Spoonful (1968 - #73: Joe Butler sang lead on this tune written by John Stewart)

Carrie-Anne - The Hollies (1967 - #9: Graham Nash said that he wrote this song for Marianne Faithful but was too shy to use her real name; features a steel drum solo)

Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes (1964 - #45: group was formed at Western Michigan University; Betty Kelley left the group to join Martha & the Vandellas)

Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul (1977 - #1: starred in Here Comes the Brides and later Starsky and Hutch)
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Let Her In - John Travolta (1976 - #10: 22-year-old Travolta in his Welcome Back Kotter days)
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Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren (1961 - #3: starred in The Time Tunnel and later TJ Hooker)
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Delicious (The Laughing Song) - Jim Backus (1958 - #40: novelty hit from the voice of Mr. Magoo and Gilligan's Island's Thurston Howell III; other voice was his wife, Henny)
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Valleri - The Monkees (1968 - #3: written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart with flamenco-style guitar solo by session musician Louis Shelton)

Grazing in the Grass - Friends of Distinction (1969 - #3: lyrics added to the Hugh Masekela instrumental hit of 1968)

*Hey Deanie - Shaun Cassidy (1977 - #7: one of the stars of The Hardy Boys and half-brother to David; thanks to the listener who called this one in)
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I Can't Stay Mad at You - Skeeter Davis (1963 - #7: one of a couple country cross-over hits for Davis)

Chain Gang - Sam Cooke (1960 - #2:  Cooke wrote this song that became one of his biggest hits)

Detroit City - Bobby Bare (1963 - #16:  another country cross-over)

Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis (1958 - #7: one of 'The Killer's' biggest hits)

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

Trivia Answer:

The two songs played that were written by John Stewart and hits for other acts were:

Daydream Believer, by the Monkees
Never Going Back, by The Lovin' Spoonful
Congratulations to Dave from Dryden, for correctly answering the question and winning a $20 gift certificate to Luna Street Food!

Host Next Week (September 23):  John Rudan with a spotlight on Hank Williams to Ray Charles.

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