Monday, November 19, 2018

November 17, 2018: JH - November 17, 1964

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)
Spotlight: November 17, 1964

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Birthday Calendar:

November 11:
LaVern Baker - b. 1929
Chris Dreja (The Yardbirds) - 73
Len Hawkes (The Tremeloes) - 72
Paul Cowsill - 66

November 12:
Bob Crewe (4 Seasons songwriter/producer) - b. 1931
Ruby Garnett (Ruby & The Romantics) - 88
Brian Hyland - 75
Booker T. Jones - 74
Neil Young - 73

November 13:
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) - b. 1947

November 14:
Cornell Gunther (The Coasters) - b. 1936
Freddie Garrity (Freddie & The Dreamers) - b. 1940

November 15:
C.W. McCall - 90
Clyde McPhatter - b. 1932
Petula Clark (Sally Olwen Clark) - 86
Anni-Frid Lyngstatdt (ABBA) - 73

November 16:
Garnett Mimms - 85
Chi Coltrane - 70

November 17:
Gordon Lightfoot - 80
Gene Clark (The Byrds) - b. 1941


·     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
·     a glossary of terms is below the playlist

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

Top 5 Countdown of Spotlight Date:

She's Not There - The Zombies (#5 this week; first single for the group that would peak at #2; written by Rod Argent it is #297 on the RS500)
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Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers (#4 this week for the million-seller; down from its peak of #2)

Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans (peaking at #3, the song was the first Top 10 effort for Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and was used in the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy 2")

Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las (#2 this week, would reach #1 on 11/28; the song has been much imitated and parodied, most notably by the Detergents with "Leader of the Laundromat")

Baby Love - The Supremes (#1 for 3 weeks; written by the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the song is #324 on the RS500)
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Right or Wrong - Ronnie Dove (#22 this week in 1964; Dove had 20 Hot 100 singles from 1964-69)

Ringo - Lorne Greene (#6 this week, would reach #1 on 12/7/64 for the "Bonanza" star)

Willow Weep for Me - Chad & Jeremy (#79 this week, would peak at #15)

Four Strong Winds (Bobby Bare - #69 this week, would peak at #60; cover of the Ian & Sylvia classic that in a 2005 CBC poll was voted "The Greatest Canadian Song of All Time")
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We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett (#21 - down from its #4 peak, the song was written by New Zealander Garnett and was awarded the Grammy for "Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording")

Walking in the Rain - The Ronettes (#34 on its way up to #23; written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil, the song is #266 on the RS500)
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Dancing in the Streets - Martha and the Vandellas (#43, down from its peak of #2 in the summer of '64)

Dance, Dance, Dance - The Beach Boys (#29 this week in 1964, would peak at #8; the famous LA studio musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", including Glen Campbell on acoustic rhythm and lead guitar,  provided instrumentation)

*Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark (1969 - #19: called in by a listener to mark the passing of the "Hee Haw" star on 11/16 at age 85)
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When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers (#35; song peaked this week; written by Jackie DeShannon)

Birthday Calendar:

Jim Dandy - LaVern Baker (1957 - #17: ranks #343 on the RS500)

Train Kept A Rollin' - The Yardbirds (1965 - nr: when the Yardbirds broke up, Chris Dreja turned down Jimmy Page's request to join his new band)

Here Comes My Baby - The Tremeloes (1967 - #13: Cat Stevens wrote the song; we heard the original LP complete with studio chatter lead-in)
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The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine - The Cowsills (1969 - #75: mature songwriting and great harmonies from the family group)
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Big Man in Town - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1964 - #20: Bob Crewe produced the big hits for the group; this one was #27 on our Spotlight Date)

Our Day Will Come - Ruby & the Romantics (1963 - #1: great solo on Hammond organ by Leroy Glover)
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The Joker Went Wild - Brian Hyland (1966 - #20: song was written by Bobby Russell, who also wrote "Honey" and "Saturday Morning Confusion")

Green Onions - Booker T. and the MGs (1962 - #3: classic is one of the most popular rock instrumentals of all time)

Walk On - Neil Young (1974 - #69: from his "On the Beach" LP)
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This Ol' Cowboy - Marshall Tucker Band (1975 - #78:  Toy Caldwell sang lead vocal on the song)

Searchin' - The Coasters (1957 - #3: a Lieber & Stoller tune written for the group; The Beatles performed it for their Decca audition)

You Were Made For Me - Freddie & the Dreamers (1965 - #21: part of the British Invasion; Freddie was only 5'3" tall and his on-stage antics garnered the group a modicum of successImage result for freddie and the dreamers you were made for me

Convoy - C.W. McCall (1975 - #1: song that capitalized on the CB radio fad of the 70s)

Rock and Cry - Clyde McPhatter (1957 - #93: solo effort for the former lead singer of the Drifters)
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My Love - Petula Clark (1966 - #1: song spent 2 weeks at #1 and featured the Wrecking Crew behind Pet's vocals)

Who Am I? - Petula Clark (1966 - #21: known as "The First Lady of the British Invasion", Clark has sold over 68 million records worldwide)
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SOS - ABBA (1975 - #15: the only Billboard Hot 100 song where both the song title and group are palindromes)

Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters (1963 - #4: original version of song that was a big hit for Janis Joplin)

Thunder and Lightning - Chi Coltrane (1970 - #17:  Coltrane wrote this one-hit wonder)

Race Among the Ruins - Gordon Lightfoot (1976 - #65: came from Gord's "Summertime Dream" LP, the same one with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald")
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The Circle Is Small - Gordon Lightfoot (1968 - nr: orginal version of tune that Lightfoot would re-record and release in 1977 that charted at #33)

*Dizzy - Tommy Roe (1969 - #1: Roe was co-writer of the hit that spent 4 weeks at #1; also featured The Wrecking Crew)
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*Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse (1970 - #5: one-hit wonder for the English studio group)

Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - Elvis Presley (#15 on this date in 1964; one of Presley's lesser-known hits)

Doo-Wah Diddy - Manfred Mann (#15 this week in 1964, down from its peak at #1)

Mountain of Love - Johnny Rivers (#19, on its way up to #9; Rivers was backed by (guess who?) The Wrecking Crew)
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Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun) - Del Shannon (song debuted at #87 on this date in 1964 and would peak at #9; Shannon also wrote it)

Gone, Gone, Gone - The Everly Brothers (#51 on its way up to #31, the song was co-written by the Brothers)

Goin' Out of My Head - Little Anthony and the Imperials (#36 this week, on its way up to #6; the song was co-written by Terry Randazzo, a childhood friend of the group)

Saturday Night at the Movies - The Drifters (#61 in 19 64, the song was another Mann-Weill composition that would peak at #18)
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CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

dnc = did not chart
nr = not released as a single at the time
AC = Billboard’s chart for “Adult Contemporary” records
BB = Billboard Magazine, which publishes the Hot 100 chart (previously known as the Top 100), along with several other charts
Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked but fell below the top 100
C&W = Billboard’s chart for “Country & Western” records
R&B = Billboard’s chart for “Rhythm & Blues” records
RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
RS500 = Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranked list of the top 500 singles of all-time

Host Next Week (11/24/18):  Kim Vaughan (KV) with a spotlight TBD

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