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July 13, 2019-GJ-The Week in Rock History: July 7-13


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Date:  7/13/19
Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  The week of July 7-13 in Rock History

Birthday Calendar July 7-13

July 7
Ringo Starr –1940

Jim Rodford        (The Kinks, Zombies, Argent) 1941

Blondie Chaplin    (The Beach Boys) 1951

July 8
Jaimoe Johanson (Allman Brothers Band)  1944

July 9
Mitch Mitchell       (Jimi Hendrix Experience) 1946 

July 10
Denny Seiwell      (Wings) 1943 

Arlo Guthrie          1947

July 11
Bonnie Pointer     (Pointer Sisters) 1950

Jeff Hana             (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) 1947

July 12
Christine McVie    (Fleetwood Mac) 1943

July 13
Roger McGuinn    (The Byrds, et. al.)  1942


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

Sh-Boom     The Chords
Released July 7, 1954. Made it to the top 10.

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That’s Alright Mama         Elvis Presley
July 7 or 8, 1954 - Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first D.J. to play an Elvis Presley record, actually an acetate, of the Arthur Crudup song.

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How’s My Ex Treating You?  Jerry Lee Lewis
The B-side of “Sweet Little Sixteen” released 7/7/62.

Going Down               Mickey Dolenz
7/7/67 – The Monkees began a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.  Hendrix was dropped after eight shows, being told that his music was not suitable for a young audience. Mickey Dolenz supposedly recorded this jazzy, rapid-fire track in one take.

Baby You’re a Rich Man  Beatles
Released 7/7/67, this track started life as Lennon’s composition “One of the beautiful people.” McCartney provided “Baby you’re a rich man.”

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 Fakin’ It        Simon and Garfunkel
July 7 1968   Simon and Garfunkel release this track as a single from “Bookends.” In the middle of the song there is a brief spoken word vignette by Beverley Martyn as a British woman entering a tailor shop and greeting the owner: "Good morning, Mr. Leitch. Have you had a busy day?" Martyn was friends with Donovan Leitch so she used his last name.

The Harder They Come   Jimmy Cliff
The sound track of the movie of the same name which brought reggae to the attention of the world released on 7/7/72

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*Wear Your Love Like Heaven     Donovan
A request from Brooktondale!

Take Me to the River       Talking Heads
On 7/7/78 The Talking Heads released their second studio album “More Songs About Buildings And Food,” featuring the group’s first Top 30 single, a cover of Al Green's original.  You heard the 45 rpm radio edit.

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The Twist     Hank Ballard
7/8/59 Hank Ballard records this track at Vee-Jay Record studios in Gary, Indiana. There has been some controversy over who actually wrote the song, but it was not Chubby Checker.

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Having a Wild Weekend  Dave Clark Five
The Dave Clark Five made a movie called Catch Us If You Can. The film was renamed to Having a Wild Weekend for its U.S. release.

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Join Together     The Who
7/8/72 The Who released this single in the United States. Roger Daltry says Pete Townshend wrote it the night before The Who recorded it.

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Baker Street              Gerry Rafferty
7/8/78 The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is finally knocked out of the top spot on the Billboard album chart after a 24-week stay, by Gerry Rafferty's "City To City", which contained this single. The 45 rpm radio edit was sped up by about 4% which accounts for its higher pitch and shorter length than the album version.

Rock Around The Clock  Bill Haley and His Comets
After a 1956 concert-related disturbance at Asbury Park, the group was denied permission to play at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: "Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches."

Bandstand Boogie    Les Elgart
7/9/56 Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. The show's name would be changed to American Bandstand when it went to ABC-TV in 1957. In all, the show ran for 37 years. This is the well-known theme song, which sounds more like swing or boogie than rock and roll.

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My Special Angel      Bobby Helms
7/9/57 Bobby Helms records this track, which will become his first U.S. Top 40 hit later in the year. 

7:00 p.m. :     Birthday Calendar Songs

No No Song  Ringo Starr
Harry Nilsson on backing vocals

Low Budget Kinks (Jim Rodford)
One of Dave Davies’ favorite guitar performances.

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Can You Hear Me      Blondie Chaplin
From his 1977 solo album

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Dreams        Allman Brothers (Jaimoe Johanson)
The first Gregg Allman composition that the rest of the band liked well enough to put into their repertory.

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Manic Depression     Jimi Hendrix (Mitch Mitchell)
       The track is driven by Mitchell’s jazzy ¾ time rhythm.

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Live and Let Die        Wings (Denny Weiwell)
Producer George Martin said McCartney would allow the song to be used in the movie only if Wings was able to perform the song in the opening credits. 

My Darkest Hour              Arlo Guthrie
Guthrie says the song came to him in a dream from which he awoke and wrote it down. Harmonica by Gayle LeVant, keyboards by Jai Winding and Leah Kunkel.

Fairytale             Pointer Sisters (Bonnie Pointer)
The track was pitched to country and western (C&W) radio stations, and the song debuted on the Billboard C&W chart. The Pointers performed the song at the Grand Ole Opry, the program’s first performance by an African-American vocal group.

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Some of Shelly’s Blues   Jeff Hana and the Dirt Band
Mike Nesmith penned this snappy, pithy ditty.

Think About Me         Fleetwood Mac (Christine McVie)
Proving that she could rock out on uptempo songs, on this version of her composition, McVie’s vocal track is isolated without harmonies so you can really hear what she is doing.

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You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere       Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman                                             and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The outstanding Dobro guitar solo is by Jerry Douglas.

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Heat Wave   Martha and the Vandellas
7/9/63 Martha and the Vandellas released this single on Gordy Records. It was nominated for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording of 1964, making the Vandellas the first Motown group to be nominated for a Grammy.

Blame it on Cain               Elvis Costello
7/9/77 Elvis Costello quit his day job as a computer operator at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full time musician. From his first album “My Aim Is True.”

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Tossin’ and Turnin’          Bobby Lewis
7/10/61 The 28 year old singer reaches the top of the Billboard chart for the first of a seven-week run, one of the longest of the year.

In the Midnight Hour        Wilson Pickett
7/10/65 the track, composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, is released. In 2017, the song was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.

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Mississippi Delta              Bobbie Gentry
7/10/67 Bobbie Gentry records "Ode to Billie Joe", which was originally intended as the B-side of her first single. This is the A-side that never was.

No Expectations               Rolling Stones
At Brian Jones’ funeral on 7/10/69, the clergyman read Jones' own epitaph, 'Please don't judge me too harshly'. Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts attended the funeral. Jones’ performance on slide guitar in this track is one of his last recordings.

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Turn On Your Radio  Harry Nilsson
7/10/72 Nilsson's eighth album, “Son of Schmilsson” is released. With Nicky Hopkins on piano and Nilsson on acoustic guitar, here is one of the gentler tracks.

Afternoon Delight            Starland Vocal Band
7/10/76 this compelling, close harmony track (ranked 20th sexiest pop song by some arbiter or other) reached #1 where it stayed for two weeks. Check out the pedal steel guitar by Danny Pendleton who also provides the synthesized soaring sound.

Hey Harmonica Man Stevie Wonder
7/11/64 Stevie Wonder released his first single from the album “Stevie at the Beach” without the title "Little" in front of his name. The sleeve of the single does say Little Stevie Wonder, but the album lists him simply as Stevie Wonder.

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Where Did Our Love Go?       Supremes
7/11/64 The Supremes' first number one hit was released. It stayed on the chart for 14 weeks. The word “baby” is sung 68 times and the foot stomps on plywood sheets placed over mahogany floors were by Mike Valvano.

Then He Kissed Me  Crystals
7/12/63 The Crystals released this hit with lead vocal by Dolores Brooks and wall of sound by The Wrecking Crew.

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California Girls   Beach Boys
Released on 7/12/65 this track features an orchestral opening written by Brian Wilson. Mike Love wrote most of the lyrics and his lead vocal is triple tracked.

Still the One               Orleans
Released on 7/12/76, Johanna Hall wrote the lyrics after a friend "asked her why somebody couldn't write a song about staying together, as opposed to breaking up." She wrote the lyrics on an envelope which she then handed to John Hall who "created the music in about fifteen minutes."

Loving You         Minnie Riperton
On 7/12/79 Minnie Riperton died of cancer at age 31. Stevie Wonder produced and played keyboard for this track which reached No.1 in 1975. Listen to Ms. Ripperton sing her daughter’s name at the end of the track. Legend has it that a three-year old Maya Rudolph was in the studio while her mother recorded this song.

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Dedicated to the One I Love  Shirelles
Released on July 13, 1959, this song has had many cover versions.

Don’t Be Cruel           Elvis Presley
Released on 7/13/56, this side (backed by “Hound Dog”) was released. Drummer DJ Fontana provides the percussion by slapping Elvis’ leather guitar case with one hand and using a stick with the other.

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A Hard Day’s Night   Beatles
7/13/64 The Beatles release this track in the U.S.  The title is from a comment made by Ringo about how long and difficult a particular gig had been. Recorded in less than three hours, according to legend, with the words scribbled on matchbook covers.

Born To Be Wild        Steppenwolf
7/13/68 this track is released in the U.S., where it will reach #2. A line from the song which includes the words "heavy metal thunder" is often credited with popularizing the term.

I Shot the Sheriff              Eric Clapton
Released on 7/13/74, this track features some of the players who will subsequently form Derek and the Dominoes.

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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.

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