Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 24, 2018--GJ: "The 8's: 1958, 1968, 1978"


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Date:  3/24/18
Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  “The 8’s: 1958, 1968, 1978.”

Birthday Calendar
March 18
Wilson Pickett b. 1941
              d. 1/19/06 at 64
Bobby Whitlock b. 1948 (Derek and Dominoes)

March 19
Ruth Pointer b. 1946
Ricky Wilson (B-52s) b. 1953
                      d. 10/12/1985 at 32
March 20
Carl Palmer b. 1950
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) b. 1976
                      d. 7/20/17 at 41

March 21
Solomon Burke b. 1940     
              d. 10/10/2010 at 70
David Lindley b. 1944
Eddie Money b. 1949

March 22
Keith Relf  (Yardbirds) b. 1943
d. 5/14/76 at 33 (electrocuted playing an                             ungrounded guitar)
George Benson    b. 1943

March 23
Ric Ocasek  b. 1949
Chaka Khan  b. 1953

March 24
Lee Oskar (War)  b. 1948 Also a harmonica maker
Nick Lowe            b. 1949


[Unless otherwise noted, songs are from the spotlight years of ’58, ’68, and ‘78; yellow song titles are YouTube links; songs with * were requests; chart positions are the highest attained by the record; 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)

Claudette                   Everly Bros.         1958             
Written by Roy Orbison about his first wife, Claudette was the B-side to “All I Have to Do Is Dream”
People Got to be Free     Rascals 1968             
#5 song for 1968
Partly a reaction to an ugly encounter wherein the long-haired group was threatened by a group of strangers after their tour vehicle broke down in Florida.

Night Fever                       Bee Gees             1978              #1
The string intro of "Night Fever" was inspired by “Theme from a Summer Place.”

It’s All in the Game  Tommy Edwards     1958             #1
Carl Sigman composed the lyrics in 1951 to a 1911 composition titled "Melody in A Major” written by Charles G. Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge It is the only No. 1 single in the U.S. to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President.

Good, Bad and Ugly Hugo Montenegro    1968    #2
The opening two-note segment was played on an ocarina by Art Smith. Hugo Montenegro himself made the 'rep, rup, rep, rup, rep' sounds between the chorus segments.

Baby Come Back      Player                   1978              #1
It was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success. 

Little Star                   Elegants        1958              #1    
This was the only song that ever charted for The Elegants. Reportedly, the Elegants refused to provide payola to a prominent New York disc jockey, which inhibited air-play of their follow up recordings.

Twilight Time            Platters         1958              #1
Lyricist Buck Ram said that he originally wrote it as a poem, without music, while in college

Volare                 Domenico Modugno    1958      #1 
Volare was Billboard's 1958 Song of the Year, and was the first non-American, Canadian or British single to achieve this honor in the early rock era.

Boogie Oogie Oogie Taste of Honey   1978  #1

Stoned Soul Picnic   5th Dimension      1968      #3
The meaning of the word surry, used frequently in the lyric (e.g. "Surry down to a stoned soul picnic"), is unclear. One possible meaning is that surry is a shortening of "let's hurry."

I Go Crazy                  Paul Davis            1978              #7
Overall, it spent 40 weeks on the charts, setting what was then the record for the longest run of consecutive or non-consecutive weeks on the chart.

I Wish It Would Rain Temptations         1968              #4
Motown staff writer Roger Penzabene provided the song's lyrics. Penzabene had just found out his wife was cheating on him with another man. Unable either to deal with the pain or stop loving his wife, Penzabene expressed his pain in the lyrics of this song

*All I Have to Do Is Dream Everly Brothers  1958      #1
By request! Recorded live in two takes, Chet Atkins plays lead guitar.

Just a Dream             Jimmy Clanton     1958              #4
Clanton was from Baton Rouge LA and the single sold over a million copies.

Cry Like a Baby          Box Tops              1968              #2
Electric sitars were a staple of songs recorded during this period. Lead singer Alex Chilton was 17 when the song was recorded.

Feels So Good          Chuck Mangione  1978              #4
Hailing from Rochester, this Mangione song was in heavy radio rotation.

In the Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett      1965              #21
In celebration of Mr. Pickett’s birthday this week.

On Broadway            George Benson    1978              #7
Benson won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance

Book of Love             Monotones           1958              #5
The "boom" part of the song was a result of a kid kicking a ball against the garage while they were rehearsing. It sounded good, so they added it to the song.

Devil or Angel           Clovers         1956

*Alison (My Aim is True) Elvis Costello   1977
By request!  This classic never charted. Could Alison have been a supermarket checkout clerk as Costello has suggested?

Judy in Disguise w/Glasses  John Fred  1968   #1
John Fred hailed from Louisiana and the song’s title is a take-off on the Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (which Fred heard as “Lucy in disguise”)

Lollipop               Chordettes           1958              #2

Wear My Ring Around your Neck  Elvis Presley  1958            #2
After Presley topped the charts with ten hits in a row, this track peaked at #2

Take a Chance on Me      Abba      1978              #3
The song's origins sprang from Bjorn Ulvaeus, whose hobby was running. While running, he would sing a "tck-a-ch"-style rhythm to himself over and over again, which then evolved into "take-a-chance".

Do You Want to Dance    Bobby Freeman   1958      #5  
Freeman was born in San Francisco and he was 17 when this record charted.

Oh Julie                      Crescendos          1958              #5
The Crescendos were an early American rock and roll quintet who attended high school together in Nashville.

Slip Away                   Clarence Carter   1968              #6
Carter was a singer, musician, songwriter and record producer.

For Your Love           Yardbirds    1965        #6
Celebrating the late Keith Relf’s birthday on the “45 corner.”

Don’t worry be happy      Bobby McFerren  1988      #1
It became the first a cappella song to reach number one, a position it held for two weeks. The song's title is taken from a famous quotation by Meher Baba.

Low Rider    Lee Oskar (b’day) and War       1975      #7  
Lee Oskar was not only a virtuoso harmonica player (harmonicist?), but he designed and made harmonicas as well.

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing  Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  1968   #8
Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, this song is performed seamlessly by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, both of whose lives ended too soon.

Reach Out of the Darkness    Friend and Lover 1968
Ray Stevens played keyboards and arranged the strings.

Use ta Be My Girl             O’Jays           1978              #4
They took the name "The O'Jays", in tribute to Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay. This track was their final Top Five hit.

Light my Fire      Jose Feliciano             1968              #3
This cover reached number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, only a year after the original Doors version had been a number 1 hit on the same chart. 

Kisses Sweeter than Wine     Jimmie Rodgers   1958              #7  
Rodgers was taught music by his mother, learned to play the piano and guitar, and, like a number of other entertainers of the era, was one of the contestants on Arthur Godfrey’s radio talent show.

You Belong to Me     Carly Simon         1978              #6
Written by Carly Simon and Michael McDonald Originally recorded by The Doobie Brothers, the song was made famous by Simon when she recorded it herself.

Elenore               Turtles          1968              #6  
The Turtles recorded "Elenore" as a self-deprecating parody of the type of happy-go-lucky pop songs they had been performing at the urging of their label, but with deliberately clichéd and outlandish lyrics. Even so, the record became a hit, contrary to the Turtles’ intentions or expectations. 

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood   Santa Esmeralda   1978     #15
This song was used by NBC Sports during coverage of the World Series and, of course, in the 2003 movie “Kill Bill.”

Midnight Confessions     Grass Roots         1968      #5  
One commentator speculated that the song might conceivably be a musical dramatization of the midnight confession of the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale's love for Hester Prynne in the classic 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne novel The Scarlet Letter.  Really? It’s the Grass Roots. The song's instrumentation was recorded by the group of LA studio-musicians known as The Wrecking Crew

Shame                 Evelyn “Champagne” King 1978      #9
King was discovered as a young woman while working with her mother at Philadelphia International Records as an office cleaner. 

You Cheated                     Shields          1958              #12
The Shields was a group formed with the sole purpose of covering "You Cheated" originally recorded by The Slades. The Shields included Frankie Ervin (lead singer), Jesse Belvin and Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

Pictures of Matchstick Men  Status Quo     1968      #12
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" is one of a number of songs from the late 1960s that features the phasing audio effect.

Angel of the Morning       Merilee Rush        1968              #7
"Angel of the Morning" was originally offered to Connie Francis to sing, but she turned it down because she thought that it was too risqué for her career.

26 Miles                      4 Preps         1958              #2  
A song about Santa Catalina, one of the Channel Islands that is, you guessed it, 26 miles off the southern California coast.

Born Too Late           Poni-Tails             1958              #7
“Born Too Late” was the B-side to another song and was the side that caught the attention of  DJs, becoming the group's biggest hit.

Last Dance                 Donna Summer    1978              #3
“Last Dance" starts off as a ballad and was one of the first disco songs to feature slow tempo sections. The song was frequently used by disco-themed radio stations as their last song before changing formats.

Tequila                Champs        1958              #1  
“Tequila", is essentially a B-side jam by the Danny Flores Trio. There were three takes recorded, and Flores, who wrote the song, spoke the word "Tequila!" Flores also played the trademark "dirty sax" solo. 

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

 Host Next Week (3/31/18):  John Simon with a spotlight on Uncredited musicians.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

March 17, 2018 - JH: St. Patrick's Day Special

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Date: March 17, 2018

Host: JH (Jan Hunsinger)
Feature: St. Patrick's Day Special - songs by "Irish" artists


[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)

The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy (1976 - #12: #499 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time for the group that was formed in Dublin in 1969)
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Girl Watcher - The O'Kaysions (1968 - #5: white pop-soul band from Wilson, N.C.)

Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill - Frankie Laine (1955 - UC: one of the biggest hit-makers of the late '40s and early '50s with over 70 charting records, Laine also sang the theme song for the movie Blazing Saddles; this song was sung by the Irish workers who built the transcontinental railroad)
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Clair - Gilbert O'Sullivan (1972 - #2: born Raymond O'Sullivan in Waterford, Ireland)

*Vehicle - Ides of March (1970 - #2: request for the group out of Chicago with the name of that March 15 day)

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues -  Danny O'Keefe (1972 - #9: one-hit wonder for the artist who is still active in the studio and on stage)
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Whiskey on a Sunday - The Irish Rovers (1968 - #75)

*The Unicorn - The Irish Rovers (1968 - #7: two in a row from the Irish-born folk group; song was written by Shel Silverstein, who also wrote "A Boy Named Sue")
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San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie (1967 - #4: big hit from the Summer of Love that was written and produced by Papa John Phillips)

Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) - Van Morrison (1972 - #61)
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Call Me Up in Dreamland - Van Morrison (1971 - #95: twofer from the artist born in Belfast, Ireland)

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Give Ireland Back to the Irish - Wings (1972 - #21: debut single for the Paul McCartney-formed group; his response to "Bloody Sunday", when 13 protesters were killed by British troops on January 30, 1972; song went to #1 in Ireland but was banned by the BBC; McCartney was criticized for the song which was to be on the 2001 "Wingspan" 2-CD hits package but EMI asked to keep it off after terrorist attack in London)
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Give Ireland Back to the Irish (Version) - flip side of 45 which was instrumental version of the song; still embroiled in legal issues with the other 3 Beatles, Paul did not want the Apple logo on the single, so 5 shamrocks were used)

Birthday Calendar

March 11: Ric Rothwell (Mindbenders drummer) - 73

March 12: James Taylor - 70
Mike Gibbons (Badfinger drummer) - b. 1949
Marlon Jackson - 61

March 13: Sammy Kaye (Samuel Zarnocay, Jr.) - b. 1910
Erma Franklin - b. 1938
Mike Stoller (Lieber & Stoller) - 85
Neil Sedaka - 79

March 14: Les Baxter - b. 1922
Phil Phillips - 87
Jim Pons (bass player for The Leaves, The Turtles, & The Mothers of Invention) - 75
Michael Murphey - 73
Walter Parazaider (Chicago sax player) - 73

March 15: Mike Love (Beach Boys) - 77
Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart) - 75

March 16: Jerry Jeff Walker - 76

March 17: Nat "King" Cole - b. 1919
Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) - b. 1941
John Sebastian - 74

Game of Love - The Mindbenders (1965 - #1: British invasion hit)

Long Ago and Far Away - James Taylor (1971 - #31: Joni Mitchell supplied back-up vocals and Carole King played piano on this wistful release from "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon")
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Your Smiling Face - James Taylor (1977 - #20: song about then-wife Carly Simon, or Taylor's 3-year-old daughter?)

Baby Blue - Badfinger (1972 - #14: Badfinger played on George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" and the "Concert for Bangladesh")

I Want You Back - Jackson 5 (1969 - #1: first charting single for the group; Marlon Jackson was called 'the Dancingist Jackson')

Charade - Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra (1964 - #36: from movie of the same name starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn; Kaye was one of the most famous bandleaders of the Big Band Era - "Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye")
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Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin (1967 - #62: chart entry for Aretha's big sister that would be a bigger hit for Janis Joplin in 1968)
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3 in a row from the songwriting team of Lieber and Stoller (who wrote hits for The Drifters, The Coasters, and Elvis, among others):

Some Other Guy - The Beatles (1962 song by Richie Barrett went nowhere in the States, but was very popular in Liverpool; we heard it from the "Live at the BBC" CD)

Lucky Lips - Ruth Brown (1957 - #25: Atlantic Records was called "The House That Ruth Built" due to "Miss Rhythm's" success)
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Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots - The Cheers (1955 - #6: many of Lieber & Stoller's songs were of the novelty variety)

Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka (1975 - #1: with Elton John on uncredited backing vocals)

The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter (1956 - #1: million seller for the swing band arranger and composer)
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Sea of Love - Phil Phillips (1959 - #2: one-hit wonder for the singer/guitarist born in Lake Charles, La.)

Hey Joe - The Leaves (1966 - #31: Jim Pons was co-founder of the group that was inspired by the Beatles; Pons left the group in 1967 to join The Turtles)

Is It Any Wonder? - The Turtles (1970 - UC: song was on 1967 LP Golden Hits but went nowhere when released 3 years later as a single; Pons left the music business in 1973 to become the film and video director for the NY Jets; since 2005 he does game day video for the Jacksonville Jaguars)
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Carolina in the Pines - Michael Murphey (1975 - #21: from the LP Blue Sky, Night Thunder, before he added the middle name 'Martin'; friend of Monkee Mike Nesmith)

Just You 'n' Me - Chicago (1973 - #4: Walter Parazaider was a co-founder of the group, which was inspired by the Beatles song "Got to Get You Into My Life" to form a rock band with horns)

When I Grow Up - The Beach Boys (1964 - #9: song co-written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson)
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Stand - Sly and the Family Stone (1969 - #22: song ranks #241 on RS 500 Greatest Songs list)

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly and the Family Stone (1970 - #1: song ranks #402 on RS 500 list) 
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Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1970 - #9: most famous song written by Jerry Jeff Walker, who was born in Oneonta, NY but is known as "The Jimmy Buffett of Texas")

Stardust - Nat 'King' Cole (1957 - #79: Nat's cover of the Hoagy Carmichael classic; Cole had 59 charting singles in the rock'n'roll era)

The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil - Jefferson Airplane (1967 - #42: song written by Paul Kantner from the After Bathing at Baxter's LP)
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She Is Still A Mystery - Lovin' Spoonful (1967 - #27: one of the last chart hits for the group led by John Sebastian, who appeared in Homer last November)

*Mull of Kintyre - Paul McCartney/Wings (1977 - UC: song about Paul's Scotland farm)

The Biplane: Ever More - The Irish Rovers (1968 - #91: something of a novelty song by the Irish group)
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Love Train - The O'Jays (1973 - #1: biggest chart hit for the R&B group out of Canton, Ohio)

Saturday Night - The New Christy Minstrels (1963 - #29: Barry McGuire of "Eve of Destruction" fame provided the lead vocals)
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Everybody Knows Matilda - Duke Baxter (1969 - #52: one-hit wonder out of Australia)

One Monkey Don't Stop No Show Part 1 - The Honey Cone (1971 - #15: song stayed on the charts for 11 weeks)

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

Host Next Week: (3/24) - Gregory James (GJ) with a spotlight on the week of March 24 1958, 1968, & 1978.

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