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May 11, 2019 - GJ- British Invasion/American Inspiration


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Date:  5/11/19
Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  The British Invasion’s American Inspiration

Birthday Calendar May 5-11

May 5
Johnnie Taylor     1934      (d. May 31, 2000)

Tammy Wynette   1942      (d. April 6, 1998)

May 6
Bob Seger            1945      74 years old

May 7
Jimmy Ruffin        1936      (d. November 17, 2014)

Bill Kreutzmann    1946      73 years old

May 8
Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds)  1943    76 years old 

Ricky Nelson        1940      (d. December 31 1985)

Toni Tenille           1940      79 years old

Alex Van Halen     1953      66 years old.

May 9
Billy Joel              1949   70  years old

Richie Furay        1944      75  years old

Tommy Roe         1942      77  years old

May 10
Donovan              1946      73  years old

Jay Ferguson (Spirit)   1947     72 years old

Dave Mason        1946      73 years old

May 11
Eric Burdon          1941      78 years old

Butch Trucks        1947      (d. January 24, 2017)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

Last week (5/4/19) John Simon played a track by a group who is a part of this week’s British Invasion focus. What was the song he played and who was the group? 

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


·     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
·     a glossary of terms is below the playlist

 Playlist format:
 Song Title (Composer) Artists

6:00 p.m.

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

Boom Boom       (John Lee Hooker)      Animals
They first came to the U.S. in September 1964 for a ten-night stand at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. In October they performed on Ed Sullivan for the first of six appearances. John Babb was Sullivan’s European talent scout.

Slow Down  (Larry Williams)    Beatles
Their first U.S. appearance on Ed Sullivan was in February 1964. They returned for a total of 4 visits to the show, sometimes live, sometimes on film.

I’ve Been Wrong Before (Randy Newman) Cilla Black
Black appeared on Ed Sullivan and in 1965 she presented a cabaret season at the Plaza Hotel.  Lennon and McCartney were big fans. Randy Newman declared her version of “I’ve Been Wrong Before” its best cover version.    

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Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell)         Chad & Jeremy
The song was written in 1932 by American composer and lyricist Ann Ronell. Chad and Jeremy met while attending London's Central School of Speech and Drama. Chad taught Jeremy how to play the guitar. In the U.S. they appeared on “Hullabaloo” in 1966.

I Like it Like That (Chris Kenner, Allen Toussaint)      Dave Clark Five
They were the second group of the British Invasion to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show for two weeks in March 1964. They would ultimately have 12 appearances on the show. Their first U.S. tour started in June 1965.

Bend It Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
They made one U.S. TV appearance on “Where the Action Is” in July 1966. “Bend It” was banned by some U.S. radio stations, but it got airplay on radio stations in Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse.

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Garde-Moi La Dernière Danse Pour Moi (Save the Last Dance for Me  (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman)       Petula Clark
The British Invasion was pretty much a boys’ club, however Petula Clark was called the “First Lady of the British Invasion.” She has sold 68 million records in a variety of languages and hosted her own TV specials in both the UK and the States including the famous one where she touched Harry Belafonte’s arm while singing a peace song she had composed.

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (Jimmy Cox, 1923)   Spencer Davis Group 
A very young Steve Winwood on piano and vocals.

Young Girl Blues (Donovan Leitch)       Donovan
Donovan toured the U.S. in 1966-67.

High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)   Adam Faith
Faith’s cover was released in 1958, the same year as Jerry Lee Lewis’ original. Faith did not tour the U.S.

Sunny (Bobby Hebb)         Georgie Fame
He appeared on “Hullabaloo” in 1965.

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Love Potion #9 (Leiber and Stoller)    Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
Their American tour in 1965 almost did not happen when their entry visas were held back until they could prove they had recorded “The Game of Love.”

Come On Girl     Fortunes   

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Blowin’ in the Wind  (Robert Zimmerman)    Marianne Faithfull
This was her second single and featured Keith Richards on acoustic guitar. She was not a fan of this track because her voice was fatigued from touring.

Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (Holland Dozier Holland) The Fourmost 
The orchestration and backup vocals are eerily similar to the original version.    

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If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody (Rudy Clark)      Freddie and the Dreamers
They appeared on “Hullabaloo” in March 1965, Ed Sullivan in April 1965 and were presented in concert by Murray the K in November 1965.

I’m Into Something Good (Goffin/King)           Herman's Hermits 
Their first U.S. concert began on May 8 1965 in Vincennes IN. They played Syracuse War Memorial on May 25, 1965.

I Can’t Let Go (Al Gorgoni/Chip Taylor) Hollies
Their first U.S. tour began in April 1966 at Danceland Ballroom in Cedar Rapids IA.

7:00 p.m.

Artist Birthday Songs

I’ve Got to Love Somebody’s Baby  Johnnie Taylor 

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You’ll Accompany Me        Bob Seger

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted      Jimmy Ruffin

You Are the Only One        Ricky Nelson (with Lorrie Collins)

Image result for you are the only one ricky nelson and lorrie collins

Good Feeling to Know       Richie Furay and Poco

Dark Eyed Woman             Jay Ferguson and Spirit    
One Way Out                     Butch Trucks and the Allman Brothers Band         
From “Live at A&R Studios” recorded in August 1971, a few months after the Allmans closed Fillmore East. This was a WPLJ radio broadcast that listeners recorded and circulated as a bootleg. The master tapes were eventually refurbished by Bill Levenson and released in 2016.

Image result for live and a&r studios allman

*Come and Get Your Love     (Request!)     Redbone

Have I the Right        Honeycombs
The group was named after Honey Lantree, one of first female rock drummers, whose drumming propels the song. Percussion was enhanced by having the members of the group stamp their feet on the wooden stairs to the studio (which was the producer’s apartment in Islington) and a tambourine was beaten directly onto a microphone.

Image result for honeycombs have i the right

Almost Grown (Chuck Berry)  Ivy League 
These guys were originally session singers who sang background on “I Can’t Explain” by the Who.

Long Tall Sally (Little Richard Penniman)     Kinks 
They appeared on “Shindig” in January 1965 and started their first American tour in June of that year.

Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf)   Manfred Mann 


Needles and Pins (Jack Nietzsche, Sonny Bono, Jackie DeShannon)    Searchers 
Ed Sullivan April 5 1964. The Searchers tied with The Swinging Blue Jeans for being the second group from Liverpool, after The Beatles, to have a hit in the U.S.

Wishin’ and Hopin’  (Bacharach and David)  Merseybeats

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Tobacco Road (John D. Loudermilk)      Nashville Teens
This group from Surrey, England played as the back up band for Jerry Lee Lewis in Hamburg, and Chuck Berry on his British tour. They had no connection with Nashville and probably could not have found Tennessee on a map.

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Mona (Bo Diddley)      Rolling Stones
On June 3, 1964 they appeared on “Hollywood Palace” hosted by Dean Martin who mocked the group’s appearance. They also appeared on Ed Sullivan six times despite their creative and stylistic differences with him.

I Go to Pieces  (Del Shannon)   Peter and Gordon
They started a U.S. tour in June 1964 and appeared on Ed Sullivan on November 15 1964.

Time Is On My Side (Jerry Ragovy)      Moody Blues 
The Stones released their cover in 1964 and the Moodys in 1965, so this is a cover of a cover.

You’re No Good (Clint Ballard)       Swinging Blue Jeans

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 The Boat That I Row (Neil Diamond)     Lulu 
To my ear, Lulu sounds like she might have influenced Cyndy Lauper’s singing style.

No Easy Way Down (Goffin/King)    Dusty Springfield
Backing band: Memphis Cats. Back up singers: Sweet Inspirations. She ultimately recorded her vocals in New York rather than Memphis. She appeared on Ed Sullivan May 10 1964.

When I Fall in Love (Victor Young and Edward Heyman) Sandie Shaw
She recorded in several languages, often performed barefoot, started her own fashion line and ultimately became a psychotherapist.

Image result for sandie shaw when I fall in love

Baby Don’t You Do It (Holland-Dozier-Holland)  The Who
They appeared on “Shindig” in October 1965 and at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock.

Baby Please Don’t Go (Traditional delta blues)  Them
Van Morrison sings and Jimmy Page plays rhythm guitar on this A-side of a record that was backed by the B-side “Gloria” (go figure). They toured the U.S. in May 1966 and the Doors opened for them during their three-week residency at the Whiskey A Go-Go.

Do You Love Me (Berry Gordy)      Tremeloes

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Just a Little Bit (Rosco Gordon, Ralph Bass, Jimmy McCracklin: authorship is disputed)    The Undertakers

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I Got My Mojo Working  (Red Foster)   Zombies
Originally known as The Mustangs, their early gigs included the first episode of “Hullabaloo” in January 1965 and Murray the K’s Christmas shows where they played seven performances a day.

You Turn Me On (Ian Whitcomb)      Ian Whitcomb
Peaked at #8 on Hot 100 in 1965. He appeared on “Shindig,” “Hollywood a Go-Go” and “American Bandstand.” He also appeared in concert with the Beach Boys, the Stones and the Kinks.

Wild Thing (Chip Taylor)   Troggs
The British band’s 1975 reggae version.

Image result for troggs wild thing reggae

The Pied Piper (Artie Kornfeld/Steve Duboff)   Crispian St. Peters
St. Peters left school at 15 to become an assistant cinema projectionist.  Artie Kornfeld was one of the producers of the original Woodstock Festival of Music and Art.

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

Trivia Answer

 “On a Carousel” by The Hollies
Congratulations to Kyra from Ithaca, for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of guest day passes to Island Health and Fitness!

Host Next Week (5/18/19):  Jan Hunsinger with Acquisitions from the Friends of the TCPL Spring Book Sale!

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