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Date:  December 16, 2017
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  1955

Birthday Calendar

Dec 11   – David Gates (Bread) – age 77
            – Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley) – age 73
            – Jermaine Jackson – age 63

Dec 12   – Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) – age 79
            – Dionne Warwick (Marie Dionne Warrick) – age 77
            – Frank Sinatra – born in 1915

Dec 14   – Spike Jones – born in 1911

Dec 15   – Cindy Birdsong (Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles, Supremes) – age 78
            – Dave Clark – age 75 (or 78, depending on what reference book you look at)

Dec 16   – Tony Hicks (Hollies) – age 72

Trivia Question

According to Spike Jones’s version of “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, why does Rudolph’s nose glow?

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of 12-16-55; 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)

Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford (#1 this week in 1955)

Memories Are Made Of This – Dean Martin (#2 this week)

Moments To Remember – The Four Lads (#3 this week)

The Great Pretender – The Platters (tied for #5 this week)

Love And Marriage – Frank Sinatra (tied for #5 this week, which is where it peaked)

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Rock And Roll Waltz – Kay Starr (#14 this week)

When You Dance – The Turbans (#67 this week)

At My Front Door – The El Dorados (#98 this week.  It peaked at #17 on the Top 100 and #1 on R&B.)

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Pepper Hot Baby – Jaye P. Morgan (#55 this week)

White Christmas – Bing Crosby (#18 this week; this is his 1947 recording of the song, which made it onto the pop charts for 20 Christmas seasons)

Nuttin’ For Christmas – The Fontane Sisters (#45 this week in 1955; one of 5 versions that were on this week’s chart)

Speedoo – The Cadillacs (#69 this week)

It’s Almost Tomorrow – The Dream Weavers (#12 this week.  Anyone else think this melody might have inspired Puff The Magic Dragon?)

Burn That Candle – Bill Haley & His Comets (#26 this week)

Teenage Prayer – Gale Storm (#11 this week)

 * A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives (1964, #13 on the Christmas Chart)


Popsicles & Icicles – The Murmaids (1963, peaked at #3 in early 1964; the song was written by David Gates)

 * Clouds – David Gates (1973, #47; the first of his solo hits)

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Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day – Brenda Lee (1964, #24 on the Christmas Chart)

Someday At Christmas – Jackson 5 (1970; Jermaine sings solo for the last verse)

I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter – Connie Francis (1962, peaked at #18 in early 1963)

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Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra (1950)

(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls – Dionne Warwick (1968, #2 for four weeks)

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Spike Jones (1950)

Blue Christmas – Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles (1963)

Glad All Over – Dave Clark Five (1964, #6)

I’m Alive – The Hollies (1965, did not chart on the Hot 100 but was #84 on Cashbox, and spent three weeks at #1 in the UK)

 * The Christmas Song – The Carpenters (1978)

 * All I Want For Christmas Is You – Carla Thomas (1963)

You’re All I Want For Christmas – Brook Benton (1963, #3 on the Christmas chart)


Christmas Time Is Here Again – The Flirtations (1968)

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Winter Song – Lindisfarne (1970)

Song For A Winter’s Night – Gordon Lightfoot (1967)

Christmas In Jail – The Youngsters (1956)

 * Christmas In Prison – Doug Legacy & The Legends Of The West (featuring Ry Cooder) (1984)

* Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love (1963, from the album A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector)

Little Bright Star – Diana Ross & The Supremes (1965)

* Shining Star – Earth, Wind, & Fire (1975, #1)

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A Warm Little Home On The Hill – Stevie Wonder (1978)

 * I Just Want To Make Love To You – Foghat (1972, #83)

Warm Baby – New Colony Six (1967)

Cold, Cold Winter – The Pixies Three (1964, #79)

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It’s Cold Outside – The Choir (1966)

Mister Scrooge – The Orchids (1964)

I Wish You A Merry Christmas – Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva (1963)

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

Trivia Answer

According to Spike Jones’s version of “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, Rudolph’s nose glows because he eats the bulbs off the Christmas tree.

Congratulations to Dave from Dryden, for correctly answering the question and winning a $20 gift card to Luna Street Food!

Host Next Week (Dec 23):  John Simon with a spotlight on 1967 & Holiday Tunes

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