Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 17 - JH: Valentine Special

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Date: February 17, 2018

Host: JH
Feature: Valentine Special - songs with/about love


[Playing the #1 songs based on weeks at the top of the chart, from 1955 to 1975, in some years there were ties; 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)

All My Loving - The Beatles (1964 - #45:  The first song played by the band when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964; song reached #1 in Canada)

Help Me - Joni Mitchell (1974 - #7: from her classic Court and Spark LP; song ranked #282 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)
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L-O-V-E - Nat "King" Cole (1964 - #81: Cole charted 59 Hot 100 singles from 1955-91)

The Long Way Around - Linda Ronstadt (1971 - #70: folk-rock from her Hand Sown ... Home Grown LP, her first solo release) 
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*The First Time We Fall in Love - The Kinks (1975 - unreleased track from their Schoolboys in Disgrace LP)

Love On a Two Way Street - The Moments (1970 - #3: R&B from the group out of Washington, D.C.)

Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (1972 - #2: Eddie and Carter Cornelius along with their sister, Rose; million-seller written by Eddie)
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Good Lovin' - The Olympics (1965 - #81:  it is said that Felix Cavaliere heard this on a NY City radio station and The Rascals began putting it in their live show; their 1966 release would go to #1)

*Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka (1959 - #2: one of 53 charting singles for the performer from Ottawa, Canada)

Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - The Spinners (1972 - #4: song went to #1 on the R&B charts and sold over a million copies)
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Goodbye to Love - The Carpenters (1972 - #7: co-written by Richard Carpenter and featuring fuzz guitar played by Tony Peluso)

I Woke Up in Love This Morning - The Partridge Family (1971 - #13: hit record for the TV family)
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Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (1967 - #5: song written by Darby Slick for the group the Great Society; when Grace Slick joined the Airplane she brought the tune with her) 

*Somebody to Love - Queen (1976 - #13: written by Freddie Mercury the song's gospel choir sound was inspired by Aretha Franklin)

7:00 Birthday Calendar

February 11: 
Raoul Cita (Harptones) - born 1928
Gene Vincent - born 1935
Gerry Goffin (songwriter) - born 1939
Sergio Mendes - 77

February 12:
Ray Manzarek (The Doors) - born 1939
Michael McDonald - 66

February 13:
Tennessee Ernie Ford - born 1919
Boudleaux Bryant (songwriter) - born 1920
Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire - born 1928
Peter Tork (Peter Halsten Thorkelson) - 76

February 14:
Phyllis McGuire - 87

February 15:
Brian Holland (songwriter) - 77
Mick Avory (Kinks drummer) - 74

February 16:
Bill Doggett - born 1916
Harold & Herbert Kalin (Kalin Twins) - born 1934
Sonny Bono (Salvatore Phillip Bono) - born 1935

February 17:
Tommy Edwards - born 1922
Gene Pitney - born 1941

Sunday Kind of Love - The Harptones (1953 - UC: Raoul Cita was the pianist and arranger for this doo-wop group)

Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent (1956 - #7: the rockabilly classic is #103 on the Rolling Stone 500 list)
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Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (1960 - #1: written by Goffin and Carole King and #125 on the RS 500 list)

The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (1968 - #4: from the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

Love Her Madly - The Doors (1971 - #11: Ray Manzarek played tack piano and Vox Continental organ on the group's release from the L.A. Woman LP)
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What A Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers (1979 - #1: song debuted at #73 on 1/20/79 and reached #1 on 4/14/79; won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year; Michael McDonald co-wrote it with Kenny Loggins)
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Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955 - #1: song spent 8 weeks at the top of the charts)

Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers (1957 - #2: Everlys recorded 23 songs written by husband and wife Boudleaux and Felice Bryant; this one ranks #207 on the RS 500 list) 

Sincerely - The McGuire Sisters (1955 - #1: song was co-writtten by Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows and famed DJ Alan Freed; spent 10 weeks at #1 for the sisters)
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Luna Street Food Trivia Question:  Two McGuire sisters had birthdays this week - Dottie on 2/13 and Phyllis on 2/14.  Who is the third McGuire Sister?  See below for answer.

45 Corner:

Daydream Believer - The Monkees (1967 - #1: Peter Tork, who played bass, banjo, and keyboards for the group, came up with the piano intro for the song, which was written by John Stewart; Stewart said that the song "didn't just pay the rent.  It kept me alive all these years."  The song was turned down by We Five and Spanky and Our Gang, and it was said that lead singer Davy Jones was not happy that The Monkees recorded a reject, but it was a big hit for the group)
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In and Out of Love - Diana Ross and the Supremes (1967 - #9: another hit for the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland; Florence Ballard left the group after this song because she did not like the direction they were going)

You Really Got Me - The Kinks (1964 - #7: it has been said that drummer Mick Avory was best friends with bandmate Ray Davies but did not get along with his brother Dave) 

Honky Tonk Pt. 2 - Bill Doggett (1956 - #2: jazz-R&B organist/pianist Doggett recorded with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, & Coleman Hawkins among others)

When - Kalin Twins (1958 - #5: first twins recording as a duo to reach #1 in the UK until The Proclaimers)
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Laugh at Me - Sonny Bono (1965 - #10: Bono wrote this song after being refused admission to a restaurant for the way he was dressed)
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It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards (1958 - #1: future Vice President Charles Dawes wrote the music, "Melody in A Major", in 1911 - the words were added in 1951; Edwards performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9/14/58)

Looking Through the Eyes of Love - Gene Pitney (1965 - #28: from the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - The Ohio Express (1968 - #4: written and sung by Joey Levine)
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*Your Song - Elton John  (1970 - #8: #136 on the RS 500 Greatest list, from the LP "Elton John")

I'm Stone in Love With You - The Stylistics (1972 - #10: the falsetto lead singing of  Russell Thompkins Jr. is featured in this hit by the Philadelphia soul group)

*This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert (1968 - #1: Bacharach-David hit for a guy best known for his trumpet playing)
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Yes I Will - The Association (1969 - #120: a song that woulda, shoulda, coulda been a hit, in this DJ's opinion)
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*At Last - Etta James (1961 - #47:  originally written in 1941, became James' signature song; used in the movies Rain Man and Pleasantville, among others)

Love or Let Me Be Lonely - Friends of Distinction (1970 - #6: big hit for the soul group out of L.A.)

Never Ending Song of Love - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (1971 - #13: although well-connected in the music business, Dave Mason, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, & George Harrison, worked with them, the duo achieved only modest success)
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I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Dee Dee Warwick (1966 - #88: original version of the song by Dionne's sister that was a big hit for the Supremes and Temptations)
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Lay A Little Lovin' On Me - Robin McNamara (1970 - #11: one-hit wonder for McNamara who had the lead role in the Broadway musical Hair from 1969 to 1971)

That's the Tune - The Vogues (1966 - #99: group formed in 1958 in Turtle Creek, PA where the members attended high school)
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Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips (1974 - #3: big hit for the group out of Atlanta that is in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame)

My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (1969 - #4: song was originally about Wonder's girlfriend, but when they broke up he rewrote the lyrics)
Luna Street Food Trivia answer: Christine is the third McGuire sister.  Congratulations to Ronnie in Freeville who won a $20 gift card from Luna Street Food.

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

Host Next Week: (2/24): John Simon (JS)

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Feb. 10, 2018 GJ - Meta-Music (Songs about Songs)


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Date:  February 10, 2018
Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  Meta-Music (Songs about Songs)

Birthday Calendar

February 3, 19??: John Rudan

February 4, 1948: Alice Cooper   70  
 February 4, 1944: Florence Larue (5th Dimension)  74
February 4, 1944: Marge Ganser (Shangri-La’s)  d. 1996
February 5, 1944: Al Kooper 74
February 6, 1943:       Fabian 75
February 6, 1945:       Bob Marley   d. 1981
February 6, 1946: Richie Hayward (Little Feat drummer) d. 2010
February 9, 1942:       Carole King 76
February 10, 1937: Roberta Flack 81

Songs with * were requests.
Chart numbers are the highest position achieved by the record.
Unless otherwise noted, 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).
OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

1. Peter Paul and Mary:  “I dig rock and roll music” (1967)  #9

2. Chuck Berry:  “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) #8, #2 R&B

3. Bread: “Guitar Man” (1972) #11, #1 Easy Listening

4. Beatles:  “While my guitar gently weeps” (1968) 
Both George Harrison and Eric Clapton play guitar

5. Lemon Pipers:  “Green tambourine”  (1967) #1
One of first bubblegum songs to top the charts. First #1 hit for Buddah records, the premier label for bubblegum.

6. Byrds:   “Tambourine man” (1965)         #1 Pop chart
While the group sang on the track, they did not play.

7. Preston Epps:  “Bongo Rock”  (1959) #14 Pop chart

8. Arthur Conley: “Sweet soul music” (1967)        #2
Opening riff quoted from Elmer Bernstein’s score for 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven

9. Doobie Brothers:  “Listen to the music” (1972)  #11

10. Kiki Dee: “I’ve got the music in me”  (1974) #12

11. Carole King (b’day week artist): “Jazz Man” (1974) #2
Sax solo by Tom Scott. Song refers to Curtis Amy, the musical director for Ray Charles.

12. Dobie Gray:    “Drift Away”   (1973)    #5  

13. Orleans (45 RPM corner): “Let there be music” (1975) # 55

14. Earth Wind & Fire: “Sing a Song”  (1975) #5, #1 R&B,

15. Sonny and Cher: “The Beat goes on” (1967)  #6
Backing track provided by the crack studio session group The Wrecking Crew. “And the beat goes on” is inscribed on Sonny Bono’s headstone.  

16. Turtles: “Story of rock and roll”   (1968)  

17. Dire Straits: “Sultans of Swing” (1978) #4

18. Fabian (b’day week artist):  “Tiger”   (1959)    #3
19. Roberta Flack (b’day week artist): “Killing Me Softly…”  (1973)  Spent 5 non-consecutive weeks at #1—more than any other record in 1973

20. Leon Russel:  “Song for you”      (1970)   
Many artists have covered this song, originally written for and about Rita Coolidge.

21. *Grateful Dead: “Playing in the Band” (request) (1971)

22. *Orleans: “Dance with Me” (request) (1975)  #6

23. Who: “Squeeze Box”    (1975)    #16

24. *Billy Joel: “Piano Man” (request) (1973)  #6

25. O’Jays (45 corner): “I love music” (1975)  #5, # 1 soul chart

26. John Mellencamp: “ROCK in the USA” (1985) #2

29. Neil Diamond:   “Song Sung Blue” (1972) #1

27. Cass Elliot:  “Make your own kind of music” (1969)             #36, #6 Adult Contemporary. Written by legendary song writing team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill.

28.  Vicki Sue Robinson: “Turn the beat around” (1976)
#10. Started life as a dance club record and was first played on radio in Boston.

29. Four Tops:  “Same Old Song”  (1965) #5, #2 R&B
Created in 24 hours from inception to acetate release to radio stations.

30. *Sam Cooke:  “Having a party” (request) (1962) #17, #4 R&B. The party goers heard on the record included many of Cooke’s friends, including Lou Rawls.

31. Showmen:  “It will stand” (1961) #61

32. Dr. Hook: “Cover of the Rolling Stone” (1972) #6 Written by humorist Shel Silverstein.

33. George Harrison:  “This Song”  (1976) #25
Recorded after Harrison lost a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging that My Sweet Lord had substantially the same melody as He’s So Fine by the Chiffons.

34. John Miles: “Music”      (1976)    #88  
Song produced by Alan Parsons. Miles toured with Tina Turner playing guitar and keyboards and singing backup.

35. *Ian Hunter: “Old Records Never Die” (request) (1981)

36. War:  “All Day Music”   (1971)          

37. Music Explosion: “Little bit of soul”  (1964)  #2

38. New Seekers:  “I’d like to teach the world to sing” (1971) #7 Sold 12 million copies. Started life as a jingle to a Coca Cola commercial. Coke waived some royalties, donating proceeds to UNICEF.

39. Rod Stewart:  “Mandolin wind”  (1971)                  

40. Barry White: “Let the Music Play”  (1976)  #32, #4 R&B

41. Monkees: “Listen to the Band”   (1969)    #63  
First time Mike Nesmith sang lead vocals on a Monkees A-side single

42. Jim Croce: “I’ll have to say I love you in a song” (1974) #9, #1 Adult Contemporary

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

Trivia Question: What is the technical term for music about music?

ANSWER: Meta-Music

Congratulations to Mike from Newfield, for correctly answering the question and winning a Luna Gift Card!

Host Next Week (2/17/18):  Jan Hunsinger with a post-Valentine’s Day spotlight on Songs about Love (or at least mentioning it!)

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