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January 6th, 2018 - JR - 1970

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  1/6/2018
Host:  JR
Feature:  January 1970

Birthday Calendar

December 31st - Burton Cummings - 70
                            John Denver - 1943
                            Donna Summer - 1948

January 2nd – Roger Miller – 1936

January 3rd – Stepehen Stills - 73
                       John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) - 72
                       Sir George Martin - 1926

January 4th - Arthur Conley - 1946

January 5th - Sam Phillips (Sun Records) - 1923

January 6th - Wilbert Harrison - 1929
                      Van McCoy - 1944
                      Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) - 1946


[songs in bold are from the spotlight date of DATE; 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]

6-7pm  Thanks again to Island Health & Fitness and Rasa Spa for sponsoring our show each week!

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

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - B.J. Thomas - BB Hot 100 #1, 4 weeks
Winner of an Oscar for "Best Song" from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Down On The Corner - CCR - BB Hot 100 #3.
As with 4 other Creedence singles, this would peak at #2.

Venus - The Shocking Blue - BB Hot 100 #8.
Falling down from #1 on 12/13/1969.

Holly Holy - Neil Diamond - BB Hot 100 #9

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La La La (If I Had You) - Bobby Sherman - BB Hot 100 #10.
Bobby was not only musician, but an actor ("Here Come The Brides", "Mod Squad", etc.).

Jam Up And Jelly Tight - Tommy Roe - BB Hot 100 #13.
This would peak at #8, and be Tommy's last Top Ten 10 in a 10-year chart run.

Rubberneckin' - Elvis - BB Hot 100 #15.  From the Elvis' last movie "Change Of Habit" co-starring Mary Tyler Moore.  Check out this clip!

Backfield In Motion - Mel & Tim - BB Hot 100 #18.  Just in time for the NFL playoffs!

Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me) - Crow - BB Hot 100 #22.  The highest charting single (#19) for this biker-band Minnesota.

A Brand New Me - Dusty Springfield - BB Hot 100 #27.
After trying her hand with Atlantic Records in Memphis, Dusty traveled to Philadelphia to record this with legendary producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Winter World Of Love - Engelbert Humperdinck - BB Hot 100 #35.  This lush ballad would peak at #16 for this British crooner.

45 Corner

Early In The Morning - Don Young - Bubbling Under #104.
There were no less than 3 versions of this song taken from a Miss Clairol Hair Color commercial.  The Tokens peaked the highest at #61, Gene Pitney's version peaked at #89, and Mr. Young spent one week on the chart at #104.  Also known as "She Lets Her Hair Down".

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* "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" - Chilliwack - BB Hot 100 #22, 1981.  Going out by suggestion, and we'll hear some 
more early 80's later in the show!

"For Pete's Sake" - The Monkees - This song was used over the opening credits of their TV show in the last season.

7pm - 8pm 

Birthday Calendar

We have 3 famous producers who had birthdays this past week: Sam Phillips of Sun Records, Sir George Martin, and the underrated Van McCoy.  The background theme for the Birthday Calendar this week is "This Boy" featuring George Martin And His Orchestra (from the soundtrack of A Hard Days Night, and charting on the Hot 100 at #53!  If you click here, you can listen as you peruse the Calendar...

"Stand Tall" - Burton Cummings - BB Hot 100 #10, 1977.  Winnipeg native Cummings highest charting solo single after departing The Guess Who.

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"Annie's Song" - John Denver - BB Hot 100 #1, 2 weeks, 1974.  John was born Henry John Deutschendorf 12/31/1943 in Roswell, New Mexico, and died tragically in a light plane crash on 10/12/1997.

"The Wanderer" - Donna Summer - BB Hot 100 #3, 1980.
Donna was born LaDonna Andrea Gaines in Boston on 12/31/1948 and died of lung cancer on 5/17/2012.

"Dang Me" - Roger Miller - BB Hot 100 #7, 1964.
Roger's first hit on the Hot 100.

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"Change Partners" - Stephen Stills - BB Hot 100 #43, 1971.

"Dazed And Confused" - Led Zeppelin - Taken from their 1st album in 1969, and featuring one of the greatest bass lines in rock history, courtesy of John Baldwin, aka, John Paul Jones!

"Sweet Soul Music" - Arthur Conley - BB Hot 100 #2, 1967.  
The highest charting single for this soul music protege of Otis Redding.

"Great Balls Of Fire" - Jerry Lee Lewis - BB Top 100 #2, 1958.  Jerry Lee on his Pumping Piano with Sam Phillips at the board!

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"Kansas City" - Wilbert Harrison - BB Hot 100 #1, 1959, 2 weeks.  Wilbert's next top 40 song would be "Let's Work Together" 10 years later in late 1969!

"Walk Away From Love" - David Ruffin - BB Hot 100 #9, 1975.  Although best known for his disco-tinged #1 single "The Hustle", Van McCoy was much, much more than that.
This was one of his many productions, and if you want to check out the bio of this talented musician, click here.

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"See Emily Play" - The Pink Floyd - BB Bubbling Under #134, 1 week.
Syd Barret was the founding member, songwriter and vocalist of The Floyd, and unfortunately one of rock's first drug casualties. Like all good touring bands of the 60's an appearance on American Bandstand was obligatory, and if you click here, you'll see one of the most awkward interviews in TV history.  Dick Clark a psychedelic aficionado, not...

A few more Golden Oldies, then back to our chart date of 1/6/1970 at 8:00

"Easier Said Than Done" - The Essex - BB Hot 100 #1, 2 weeks, 1963.

"Here Comes My Baby" - The Tremeloes - BB Hot 100 #13, 1967.

"Cry Baby" - Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters - BB Hot 100 #4.  Also released as a single by Janis Joplin in 1971 (#42).

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 "Suzanne" - Noel Harrison - BB Hot 100 #56, 1967.  Son of actor Rex Harrison, and one of the first recordings of Leonard Cohen.

8pm - 9pm Happy Hour!

Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder - BB Hot 100 #23

Arizona - Mark Lindsay - BB Hot 100 #43, peaked at #10.
This was Mark's highest charting single as a solo artist, although he would rejoin The Raiders for "Indian Reservation", #1 in 1971.

Fancy - Bobbie Gentry - BB Hot 100 #44.  This was the 45 version on Capitol Records, which was not available on CD until very recently.  45 features a sax solo overdub not on stereo LP version.

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Joe South And The Believers - BB Hot 100 #54.
Highest charting debut this week, it would peak at #12.

Than You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again - Sly & The Family Stone - BB Hot 100 #59.
I wonder how many program directors this confused on its release?  Peaked at Hot 100 #1 on 2/14/1970 for 2 weeks.

Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby) - Lulu - BB Hot 100 #76.

The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King - BB Hot 100 #92.  The Blues are always a rarity on the Hot 100, but the great Blues Boy took this from a lowly debut to #15, his highest charting pop single!

Cold Turkey - Plastic Ono Band (John Lennon) - BB Hot 100 #33.  This was a pretty harsh song for the singles chart, and it took a lot of nervy PD's to push this all the way to #30; features Eric Clapton on guitar, who like Lennon was a recovering heroin addict.  On the Apple Records 45 it says "Play Loud", so I did, and so can you if you click here.

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*Mississippi Kid - Lynyrd Skynyrd - A suggestion from a listener from Skynyrd's first LP in 1973.  Nice slide guitar!

*"Something's Wrong With Me" - Austin Roberts - BB Hot 100 #12, 1972.

"I Walk On Guilded Splinters" - Cher - A cover of a Dr. John The Night Tripper song, from the LP 3614 Jackson Highway, 1969, recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

"You Can Do Magic" - America - BB Hot 100 #8, 1982.  Dan Peek had left the band in 1976, and now they were just a duo; Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell.

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"I Can Dream About You" - Dan Hartman - BB Hot 100 #6, 1984.
The late Dan Hartman was a member of Montrose and The Edgar Winter Group before going solo.

"Never Gonna Let You Go" - Sergio Mendes - #4, 1983.

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

Host 1/13: JS with a spotlight on instrumental (blog coming soon)!
Host 1/20: JH with a spotlight on Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968; a must listen!

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