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Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  October 14, 2017
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  1960

Birthday Calendar

Oct 8   – Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & The Gang) – age 67

Oct 9   – Jackson Browne – age 69
            – John Lennon (Beatles, Plastic Ono Band) – born in 1940
            – John Entwistle (Who) – born in 1944

Oct 10   – Ivory Joe Hunter – born in 1914

Oct 11   – Daryl Hall (Daryl Hall & John Oates) – age 71

Oct 12   – Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) – age 82
            – Melvin Franklin (Temptations) – born in 1942
            – Nappy Brown (b. Napoleon Brown Culp) – born in 1929

Oct 13   – Paul Simon – age 76
            – Robert Lamm (Chicago) – age 73

Oct 14   – Sir Cliff Richard – age 77
            – Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) – age 71


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 10-14-60; 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)

Chain Gang – Sam Cooke (this week in 1960 was its second and final week at #2; it would not be able to make it into the top slot of the Hot 100)

Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters (#4 this week in 1960; it would be #1 the following week)

The Twist Chubby Checker (#5 this week, having peaked at #1 a couple weeks prior.  This same version of the song would reach #1 again in early 1962; it was the only song of the Rockin’ Remnants era to achieve that feat.)

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Devil Or Angel – Bobby Vee (#8 this week, it would peak at #6 the following week.  This was a cover version of a song that The Clovers had taken to #3 on the R&B chart in 1956.)

Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson (debuted on the Hot 100 this week at #76.  It was one of 18 new entries onto the Hot 100 this week – not a record number, but an unusual amount of turnover from the previous week’s chart.)

Four Little Heels (The Clickety Clack Song) – Brian Hyland (another of those 18 debuts; it was #97 this week.  It was his follow-up to Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, which had been on the chart for over three months and was #54 this week.)

Peter Gunn – Duane Eddy (debuted this week at #74, this was one of 3 versions of the song to chart on the Hot 100 during the Rockin’ Remnants era.  The song was written by Henry Mancini for the tv show Peter Gunn; Mancini won an Emmy and two Grammys for it.)

Harmony – Billy Bland (debuted this week at #94; it would reach #91 the following week and then drop back off the chart.  A sweet little song written by Gene Pitney.)

 * Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison (#60 this week after having peaked at #2 in July)

Dreamin’ – Johnny Burnette (#23 this week)

 * Let’s Have A Party – Wanda Jackson (#37 this week.  This was her cover version of a song Elvis Presley recorded for his 1957 film Loving You; his version was simply titled “Party”.)

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Tonight’s The Night – The Shirelles (#53 this week)

Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (#49 this week, and one of 3 songs Ballard had on this week’s Hot 100, including The Twist – his version pre-dated Chubby Checker’s – and Finger Poppin’ Time, which sounds very similar to The Twist.)

Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles (#24 this week, in only its third week on the Hot 100.  It would reach #1 a few weeks later.  The song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, and it was a big hit for Frankie Trumbauer in 1931.)

A Kookie Little Paradise – JoAnn Campbell (#95 this week, its ninth and final week on the Hot 100)

Let’s Think About Living – Bob Luman (#13 this week.  It was his only song to chart on the Hot 100; he had 39 hits on the Country chart throughout the 60s and 70s.)

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(You’ve Got To) Move Two Mountains – Marv Johnson (#29 this week; it would peak at #20 the following week)


Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang (1973, peaked at #4 in early 1974)

Running On Empty – Jackson Browne (1978, #11)

Help! – The Beatles (1965, #1 three weeks, primarily written by John Lennon)

Imagine – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (1971, #3)

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Sparks – The Who (an instrumental from the 1969 album Tommy; John Entwistle’s bass guitar plays an integral role in the song)

Since I Met You Baby – Ivory Joe Hunter (1956, #12, R&B #1)

Soldering – Daryl Hall & John Oates (from their 1975 self-titled album and the b-side of Sara Smile in 1976, this is a cover of a Jamaican hit)

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I Thank You – Sam & Dave (1968, #9)

Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) – The Temptations (1970, #3.  Melvin Franklin is the bass voice who sings “and the band played on”.)

Little By Little – Nappy Brown (1957, #57)

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Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon (1973, #2)

Wake Up Sunshine – Chicago (from their second album released in 1970, this song was written by Robert Lamm and he shares the vocals with Peter Cetera)

Harry Truman – Chicago (written and sung by Lamm, it was the first single released from Chicago’s 1975 album Chicago VIII.  The single reached #13 on the Hot 100.)

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The Young Ones – Cliff Richard & The Shadows (from the 1961 British film musical of the same name, although in the US the film had a different title – “It’s Wonderful To Be Young!”  This song was released as a single in 1962 in the UK with so many advance orders that it debuted at #1, the first British single to do so.  It also reached #1 in eight other countries:  Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain, and it was in the Top Ten in several other countries.  It did not chart in the US -- not even on the Bubbling Under chart -- although it was indeed released as a single here, Bigtop 45-3101.)


Fly Me High – The Moody Blues (1967, did not chart.  It was written and sung by guitarist Justin Hayward.)

 * (Theme From) A Summer Place – Percy Faith (spent nine weeks at #1, and was on the Hot 100 for the first five months of 1960.)

I Love You For All Seasons – The Fuzz (1971, #21, the first and biggest of the three songs to chart on the Hot 100 for this female R&B vocal trio.)

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 * Seven Bridges Road – The Eagles (1980, #21.  They had sung this Steve Young song at concerts for years before releasing it as a single.)

Mission Bell – Donnie Brooks (#28 this week, having peaked at #7 the previous month)

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 * Hot Rod Lincoln – Johnny Bond (Bond’s version was #57 this week, having peaked at #26 a few weeks prior.  This was the first week Charlie Ryan’s version was no longer on the Hot 100 after having spent 19 weeks there.  In 1972, Commander Cody’s version would make it to #9.  While Charlie Ryan has at least partial songwriting credit on all three of these versions, George Wilson should be recognized for having written Hot Rod Race in 1950, a big hit for Arkie Shibley & His Mountain Dew Boys in 1951.)  

 * Together – Connie Francis (1961, #6, a #1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1928)

 * The Last Time – The Rolling Stones (1965, #9)

Stay – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs (#40 in its second week on the chart; it would reach #1 in November.  With a length of 1 min 36 sec, this is the shortest single to ever reach #1.)

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The Bells – The Originals (1970, #12)

Green Tambourine – The Lemon Pipers (1967, peaked at #1 in early 1968)

Monday, Monday – The Mamas & Papas (1966, spent three weeks at #1, their second of sixteen Hot 100 entries and their only #1.)

Hey Rock and Roll – Showaddywaddy (1974, reached #2 in the UK.  They became known in the UK for doing covers of 50s and 60s tunes, but this one – their first single – was an original.)

* I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth (1971, #7)

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

Trivia Winner

Congratulations to Joe from Ithaca, for being the first caller when The Mamas & Papas started playing.  He won a large, one-topping pizza from Papa John’s!

Host Next Week (Oct 21):  John Simon

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