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December 8th, 2018 - JR - TV on the Radio

Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  October 27, 2018
Host:  JR
Feature:  TV on the Radio

Tonight we are featuring pop songs that are currently or recently used in Television commercials!  This is a long-standing practice for retailers, and seems to have usurped any notion of "jingles", because it's cheaper to license music and it has appeal to "Baby Boomers", the ones who grew up listening to them and have the $$$ to buy.
I have found video links to most of the songs, and you just have to click on the title to view.  It was a fun show, and hope you have fun checking out
"TV on the Radio!"


[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 

Up first for our theme is the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart.  There are at least half a dozen ads using different songs, and here are 3 of them:

Shout Parts 1 & 2 - The Isley Brothers (1959, #47).

Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group (1967, #7).

Help Is On Its Way – Little River Band (1977, #14).

The next 3 videos feature The Rolling Stones for Ford, Acura and Joy by Dior Parfum.

Paint It Black – (1966, #1, 2 weeks).

Sympathy For The Devil – (1968, dnc; from the LP Beggars Banquet).

She's A Rainbow – (1968, #25).

The next 2 ads are for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary  Disorder) inhalers featuring a Fleetwood Mac song and a Jackson 5 song (remakes for the commercials).

Go Your Own Way – (1977, #10, 3 weeks).

ABC - (1970, #1, 2 weeks).

Winding down the first hour of "TV on the Radio" it's Michael Jackson for Capital One Savor Card, Three Dog Night for Big Lots and Screamin' Jay Hawkins for the NCAA Football Playoffs on December 29th (I could not find a video link for this, but it's likely to be on your TV, especially if you're watching college sports.)

 Don't Stop "Til You Get Enough - (1979, #1, 1 week). 

Joy To The Word - (1971, #1, 6 weeks).

I Put A Spell On You - (1956, dnc).


Birthday Calendar

Dec 3  –  Andy Williams  - 1927

Dec 4  –  Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon - 82
                Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) - 74
                Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) - 1944

Dec 5  –  "Little Richard" Penniman – 86
                 Jim Messina - 71
Dec 8  –  Jerry Butler - 78
                Sammy Davis, Jr. - 1925
               Jim Morrison - 1943
               Gregg Allman - 1947

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams (1963, dnc; one of the songs that evokes the Holiday Season was part of Andy's Christmas Specials for over a decade.)

Do You Wanna Dance – The Beach Boys (1965, #12; Brother Denny's only lead vocal on a single.)

 Thinking Of You - Loggins & Messina (45 version, 1973, #18; written, produced and lead vocal by Jim Messina.)

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Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard (1958, #10).
Freedom Blues - Little Richard (1970, #47; a nice comeback record 12 years after his last hit, this almost squeaked into the Top 40.)

Palisades Park  – Freddy Cannon (1962, #3; penned by show biz entrepreneur/wild man Chuck Barris.)

Don't You Write Her Off Like That – McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (1979, #33). 

 Riders On The Storm – The Doors (45 version,1971, #14).

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Midnight Rider - Gregg Allman (1974, #19; Gregg's highest-charting solo single was a remake of an Allman Brothers song from their 2nd LP, Idlewild South.)

I've Got To Be Me – Sammy Davis, Jr. (1969, #11).

For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler and The Impressions (1958, #11). 
Hey, Western Union Man - Jerry Butler (1968, #16; Jerry was nicknamed "The Ice Man" for his "cool"  soul sound with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.)

How about a little music of the season from Brenda Lee and Bobby Helms?  

 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - (1960, #14).

Jingle Bell Rock – (1957, #6; a first time ever stereo remix, sounds great!)

8pm - 9pm

And now, back to our feature: TV on the Radio, starting off with Dion for the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, The Sensations for the Cadillac XT5, Lionel Richie for TD Ameritrade, and Queen for Peleton exercise bikes.

The Wanderer - (1962, #2).

Let Me In - (1962, #4).

All Night Long - Lionel Richie (1983, #1, 4 weeks).

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen (1980, #1, 1 week). 

 As we wind down our feature it's Ray Charles for Whirlpool and The Andrea True Connection for Kinder Joy, and egg-shaped toy with treasures for kids inside!  Unfortunately, no videos, so look for them during your TV watching...

You Are My Sunshine (1962, #7).

More, More, More (1976, #4).

A few more Holiday tunes?  Sure, and some of my faves : )

 Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte (1956, #12).

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love (1963, dnc; this is actually being used for a 23andme DNA test kit TV commercial!)

Strange Magic - ELO (1976, #14.)

 Lonely Boy - Paul Anka (1959, #1, 4 weeks.)

If I Had A Hammer - Peter, Paul & Mary (1962, #10.)

Kingdom Hall - Van Morrison (1978, dnc.) 

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Don McLean played here in Ithaca at the State Theatre on Sunday December 9th.  Don was at his chart peak in the early to mid 1970's, and then he made a big comeback in 1981 with 2 Top 40 hits doing cover versions of songs by Roy Orbison and The Skyliners.  As we close out this week's edition of Rockin' Remnants, we'll here those back-to-back!

Crying (1981, #5).
Since I Don't Have You (1981, #23)

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

Glossary of terms

dnc = did not chart.
nr = not released as a single at the time.
AC = Billboard's chart for "Adult Contemporary" singles.
Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked, but below the Hot 100 (spots 101 - 130),
BB = Billboard Magazine, which publishes the Hot 100 chart (previously known at the Top 100), along with several other charts.
C&W = Billboard's chart for "Country & Western" singles.
R&B = Billboards's chart for "Rhythm & Blues" singles.
RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
RS500 = Rolling Stones Magazine's ranked list of the top 500 singles of all-time.

Host This Week (December 15): John Simon

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.  Thanks to our sponsors Island Health & Fitness and Rasa Spa for their continued support!

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