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July 14, 2018 - JR - All-purpose oldies show!

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  July 14, 2018
Host:  JR
Feature:  All-Purpose Oldies 

Birthday Calendar

Jul 9   – John "Mitch"Mitchell  – 1947
              Drummer for Jimi Hendrix.

Jul 10   – Arlo Guthrie – 71
             – Greg Kihn – 68 

Jul 11   – Bonnie Pointer – 68
            – Tab Hunter (born Arthur Kelm) – 1931

Jul 12   – Christine Perfect McVie – 75
            – Walter Egan – 70

Jul 13  – Roger "Jim" McGuinn – 76
Jul 14   – Woody Guthrie – 1912


[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.)

You Can Make It If You Try – Sly & The Family Stone (1969, dnc.)

Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966, #47, the BB Hot 100 debut single for this South American combo.)

It's The Same Old Song – Four Tops (1965, #5)

Baby I Need Your Loving – Johnny Rivers (1967, #3, one of my favorite Motown covers!)

A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation – Marty Robbins (1957, #2.)

Wonderful World – Sam Cooke (1960, #12, Sam's last charting single on Keen Records, before signing with behemoth RCA Records.)

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Honeycomb – Jimmie Rodgers (1957, #1, 4 weeks.)

These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding (1963, #85, Otis's Hot 100 chart debut, with Steve Cropper on piano and Johnny Jenkins of guitar.)

Susan – The Buckinghams (1968, #11, this single has an interesting history; first released on Columbia Records with the "psychedelic" interlude at 1:30, this received complaints from Top 40 AM programmers who thought is was too radical for their format, so Columbia reissued the 45 without the interlude and listeners complained "what happened to that cool part in the middle", so Columbia re-reissued the 45 with the interlude intact (notice the time differences of the images below!  I would have loved to be a Top 40 AM program director in the 1960's...)

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[45 Corner] Clouds (radio promo) – David Gates (1971, #47, the solo debut single from the former leader of Bread, this was edited down from the LP track "Suite: Clouds, Rain" which ran almost 9 minutes.)

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Reach Out Of The Darkness – Friend And Lover (1968, #10, one of the great bass lines of the 60's played by...? According to the liner notes on the LP, it was recorded in Atlanta with Buddy Buie and Joe South producing.  But, if you go online, the album was recorded in Nashville!  So who to believe?
The search goes on for that mysterious bass player.

I'm A Man – Chicago (1971, #49, this Spencer Davis Group cover features a killer bass line from Peter Cetera!).


Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie (1969, flip-side of the single "Alice's Rock & Roll Restaurant" which peaked at #97.)

Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters (1973, #11, written by Allen Toussaint.)

Freedom– Jimi Hendrix (1971, #59, Mitch Mitchell co-produced and played drums on this posthumously released single.)

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The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) – The Greg Kihn Band (1981 #15).

Young Love – Tab Hunter (1957 #1, 6 weeks, the #1 Billboard single of the year, Tab died on July 8th in Santa Barbara, just 3 days shy of his 87th birthday.)

Over My Head (45 version) – Fleetwood Mac (1975, #20, the first Top 40 hit for Fleetwood Mac with Christine McVie songwriter and lead vocalist.  You can find this version on a variety of Fleetwood Mac anthologies and downloadable on Itunes.)

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Magnet And Steel – Walter Egan (1978, #8)

Tiffany Queen – The Byrds (1971, from the LP Farther Along.)

This Land Is Your Land – The New Christy Minstrels (1962, #93.)

How about a little Summer on the radio?

The Door Into Summer – The Monkees (1967, from the LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.)

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp) – Allen Sherman (#2, 1963, based in part on Amilcare Ponchielli's classical piece "Dance of the Hours". If you want to hear what part click here and forward ahead to 2:04.)  Crazy, man, crazy...

Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer – Nat "King" Cole (1963, #6.)

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Dancing In The Street – Martha And The Vandellas (1962, #4, "Summer's here and time is right for...)


Black Pearl – Sonny Charles and The Checkmates, LTD. (1969, #13)

River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner (1966 #88, the failure of this single to chart higher drove Phil Spector into early retirement.  He did make a nice comeback with the production of "Black Pearl" 3 years later. Unfortunately he will probably spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.)

Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White (1969, #8, you gotta click on this video featuring TJ with the Foo Fighters on Letterman.  Absolutely Fantastic!)

I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield (1964, #12, her American chart debut.)

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How'd We Ever Get This Way – Andy Kim (1968, #21, born Androwis Jovakim in Montreal, this was his American chart debut.)

Walking To New Orleans – Fats Domino (1968, #10)

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Sea Of Heartbreak – Don Gibson (1961, #21, Don is probably best known for penning "I Can't Stop Loving You", the BB #1 single of 1960 as sung by Ray Charles.)

Are you ready for some 70's?

Help Me Make It Through The Night – Sammi Smith (1971, #8.)

My Maria – B.W. Stevenson (1973, #9, born Louis Stevenson, the B.W. stood for "Buckwheat". He died on 4/28/88 at 38 years old.)

Go All The Way – Raspberries (1972, #5, to me, this is the classic sound of Summertime '72 when I was glued to the AM radio.)

Do You Know What I Mean – Lee Michaels (1971 #6.)

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Bang A Gong (Get It On) – T. Rex (1972, #10)

Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver (1971, #2, the chart debut for one of the most popular artists of the 70's.)

Take A Ride On A Riverboat – Louisiana's LeRoux (1978, Bubbled Under #109 for 3 weeks.)

Tighter, Tighter – Alive And Kicking (1970, #7, the fellow 4th from the left on the image below is Bruce Sudano, keyboard player and future husband of Donna Summer.)

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As we wind down this edition of Rockin' Remnants with a couple of numbers from the early 80's.  See you again on August 18th!

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John (1983, #4.)

While You See A Chance – Steve Winwood (1981, #7.)

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

Host Next Week (July 21):  John Simon with A-sides, B-sides, hits, misses, and your requests!

Thanks for tuning in! You can listen to Rockin' Remnants every Saturday night from 6-9pm on WVBR (93.5 FM in Ithaca, NY) or streaming here.

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