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February 23rd, 2019 - JR - The Tambourine Special

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Date: February 23, 2019
Host: JR
Feature: The Tambourine!

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[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 

I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (1969, #1, 7 weeks; the great tambourine sound of Motown's Funk Brothers Band was supplied by Jack Ashford and you can click here to see his bio.) 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder (1970, #4).

Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops(1966, #1, 2 weeks).

The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1970, #1, 2 weeks; Happy 79th Birthday to Smokey on Feb. 19th!)

Some Day We'll Be Together - Diana Ross And The Supremes (1969, #1, 1 week; originally recorded by co-writer and producer Johnny Bristol in 1961 and dnc.  Check it out here!)

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Baby I Need Your Lovin' – Johnny Rivers (1967, #3). 

Reach Out Of The Darkness – Friend & Lover (1968, #10).

A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals (1968, #3; Eddie Brigati, singer and songwriter, was the tambourine player for the band.)

Day Tripper & Hey Jude – The Beatles (1966, #5, 1968, #1, 9 weeks; bang that skin, Ringo.  Here an interesting anecdote about Ringo's first session with the Beatles.)

Recordings and releases[edit]

“Love Me Do” was recorded by the Beatles on three different occasions with three different drummers at EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road in London:
  • EMI Artist Test on 6 June 1962 with Pete Best on drums.[16] This version (previously thought to be lost) is available on Anthology 1.
  • First proper recording session, 4 September 1962. In August, Best had been replaced with Ringo Starr. Producer George Martin did not approve of Best's drumming for studio work. It was the norm at that time to have a specialist studio drummer who knew the ways of studio work. The decision to fire Best was not Martin's. The Beatles with Starr recorded a version at EMI Studios.[17] They recorded "Love Me Do" in 15 takes. This version with Starr is available on Past Masters.
  • Second recording session, 11 September 1962. A week later, The Beatles returned to the same studio and they made a recording of "Love Me Do" with session drummer Andy White on drums. Starr was relegated to playing tambourine. As tambourine is not present on the 4 September recording, this is the easiest way to distinguish between the Starr and White recordings.
First issues of the single, released on Parlophone in the UK on 5 October 1962, featured the Ringo Starr version, prompting Mark Lewisohn to later write: "Clearly, the 11 September version was not regarded as having been a significant improvement after all".[18]
The Andy White version of the track was included on The Beatles' debut UK album, Please Please MeThe Beatles' Hits EP, and subsequent album releases on which "Love Me Do" was included (except as noted below), as well as on the first US single release in April 1964. For the 1976 single re-issue and the 1982 "20th Anniversary" re-issue, the Andy White version was again used. The Ringo Starr version was included on the albums Rarities (American version) and Past Masters, Volume One. The CD single issued on 2 October 1992 contains both versions.[19] The Pete Best version remained unreleased until 1995, when it was included on the Anthology 1 album.

Green Tambourine – The Lemon Pipers (1968, #1, 1 week; perhaps the pinnacle of the short-lived music genre known as "Bubblegum".)

Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone (1968, #8); Jerry Martini, sax player for the group, also doubled up on tambourine when he wasn't blowing.)

Love (Can Make You Happy) – Mercy (1969, #2). 


Birthday Calendar

Feb 17 – Gene Pitney - 1940
Feb 18 – Irma Thomas - 78
               Dennis DeYoung (Styx) - 72
               Judy Kay "Juice" Newton - 67

Feb 19 – William "Smokey" Robinson – 79
                Lugee Sacco "Lou" Christie - 76
               Bobby Rogers (Miracles) - 1940

Feb 20  – Nancy Wilson - 1937
                John "J." Geils - 1946
                Walter Becker (Steely Dan) - 1950
                Randy "California" Wolf (Spirit) - 1951

Feb 23  – Rusty Young (Poco) - 73
                Johnny Winter - 1944

A Good Feelin' To Know - Poco (1972, dnc; featuring Birthday Boy Rusty Young on pedal steel guitar.)

Jumpin' Jack Flash - Johnny Winter, 1971, #89; ( the late albino guitarist had 2 Hot 100 charting singles, this live version and a cover of "Johnny B. Goode" at #92.)
She's A Heartbreaker – Gene Pitney (1968, #16; the "Rockville Rocket" had so many great hits, it was hard to choose!  This is his last Top 40 hit featuring some cool electric sitar.)

Wish Someone Would Care – Irma Thomas (1964, #17; the "Soul Queen Of New Orleans" also did the original version of "Time Is On My Side" which The Rolling Stones basically ripped off note for note!)

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Angel Of The Morning – Juice Newton (1981, #4).

Come Sail Away – Styx (1978, #8; I played the LP version from The Grand Illusion because the 45 version butchers this 70's rock classic!)

Lightnin' Strikes – Lou Christie (1966, #1).

No Easy Way Down – Nancy Wilson (1967, dnc; another nugget off the pen of Goffin/King.)

Give It To Me – J. Geils Band (1973, #30; named after guitarist John Geils, the focus of this group was really enigmatic lead singer Peter Wolf, although the guitar solo on this is one of my favorites from the 70's).

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I Got A Line On You - Spirit (1969, #25).

Bodhisattva - Steely Dan (1973, dnc; while the studio version of this off the LP Countdown To Ecstasy, a live version was the b-side for both of the Dan's last 2 charting 45's in 1981, "Hey Nineteen" and "Time Out Of Mind").

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More Tambourine!

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan (1966, #2). 

Ride My See - Saw - Moody Blues (1968, #61,; when Ray Thomas wasn't playing the Mellotron he was shaking the tambourine.) 

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Gloria - The Shadows Of Knight 
(1966, #10).

I Feel Free - Cream (1977, Bubbling Under #112, 1 week).

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My Little Red Book - Love (1966, #52, 1 week; originally done by Manfred Mann from the movie What's New Pussycat.)

Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder (1973, #4, R&B #1; Stevie was a drummer and a big fan of all percussion). 

Get Ready - Rare Earth (1970, #4; sax player Gil Bridges shook a mean tambourine!) 

Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band 
(1975, #1, 1 week; I'll admit at this point that I used the Web to find many songs here and I never noticed the tambourine in this song which shakes throughout almost the whole song!)

Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group (1973, #14). 

(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - K.C. And The Sunshine Band (1976, #1, 1 week).

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Make Me Smile - Chicago (1970, #9).

Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young (1978, #7).

Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt 
(1978, #31; Linda was known to pick up and shake the tambourine live in concert!)

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Space Truckin' - Deep Purple (1972, never released as a single off the landmark LP Machine Head.)

 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 (March 2):  Jan Hunsinger with a tribute to The Big Apple and their Girl Groups!

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