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September 7, 2019 GJ: Early September 1958, 1968, 1978


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Date:  September 7, 2019

Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  Early September of 1958, 1968 and 1978

Birthday Calendar September 1-7

September 1
Barry Gibb  1946     73 years old

Archie Bell   1944     75 years old

Greg Errico  Sly/Family Stone drummer  1946  73 years old 
September 2
Billy Preston      1946 (d. 6/06)

Steve Porcaro   Toto keyboards 1957 62 years old

Jimmy Clanton   1938     81 years old

September 3
Don Brewer    Grand Funk Railroad   1948  71 years old

Al Jardine    Beach Boys 1942     77 years old   

September 5
Freddie Mercury      Queen  1946    (d. 11/24/91)

Buddy Miles      1946     (d. 2/26/08) 

Loudon Wainwright III    1946     72 years old

September 6
Roger Waters   Pink Floyd   1943    76   years old

September 7
Chrissie Hynde  Pretenders 1951   68 years old      
Buddy Holly   1936   (d. 2/3/59)
Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

Who was the lead singer of the Ding Dongs and Rinky Dinks?
(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


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

Cerveza         Boots Brown (aka Shorty Rogers) and his Blockbusters      #62
An “homage” to the Champs’ “Tequila.” 

Willie and the Hand Jive    Johnny Otis   #17
Back in the day, legend has it, some rock'n'roll concert venues in England did not permit the teenagers to stand up and dance in the aisles, so they instead danced with their hands while remaining in their seats.  Earl Palmer on drums and Jimmy Nolen on guitar.
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People Got to be Free     Rascals   #1 for five weeks

Raise a Little Hell      Trooper  #59  
This sports anthem by the Canadian band reached #27 on the Canadian Hot 100

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Summertime, Summertime     Jamies  #48 
The song has several classical and litugical music influences. Lead vocal by Serena Jameson. It is so cool that Rockin’ Remnants uses it for one of its on-air promos.
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Stoned Soul Picnic   5th Dimension       #24
Hal Blaine on drums and Larry Knechtel on piano for this Laura Nyro cover.

*Silly Little Love Song     Wings   
By request!

Early in the Morning Bobby Darin and the Rinky Dinks #38
Bobby Darin composed and performed this record that was credited to the Ding Dongs on the Brunswick label. Darin’s first contract with Atco records was about to expire, and when Atco heard the record, they knew it was him and demanded Brunswick turn over the tapes. The Brunswick sub-label Coral had Buddy Holly on contract, so they recorded Holly singing the same song, using the same studio, the same musicians, arrangement, producer and the same gospel-style backing vocals of the Helen Way Singers. It even had the same b-side, with Holly covering another Darin composition, ‘You’re The One.’
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The House That Jack Built     Aretha Franklin  #6 
On the flip side was I Say a Little Prayer at #23 in the same week. At the time she recorded it, Franklin was struggling with her relationship with husband Ted White.

Ginger Bread      Frankie Avalon     #9 
And, if you can believe it, #10 on the R&B chart.
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*Lather         Jefferson Airplane
By request!

I Just Wanna Stop            Gino Vannelli        #87
Vannelli was born in Montreal (which he mentions in the first line) and studied music at McGill university. He was one of the first white performers to appear on Soul Train.

When            Kalin Twins  #8
Hal and Herbie Kalin were born in Port Jervis NY and were actually twins who sang in close harmony like the Everly Brothers.

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Bird Dog                     Everly Brothers    #3
Probably Don voicing the spoken lyrics. Check out the lyric “Johnny kissed the teacher and became the teacher’s pet.” They saw it coming 60 years ago…

Fool on the Hill       Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66   #17
Lead vocalist Lani Hall was hired to increase the popular appeal of the group because she could sing in both Portuguese and English.

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Got to Get You Into My Life   Earth Wind and Fire   #10
According to Rolling Stone magazine, EW&F “changed the sound of black pop music.”

I Can’t Stop Dancing        Archie Bell and the Drells
Apparently, the Tighten Up is a pretty addictive dance…

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My Sweet Lord   Billy Preston 
George Harrison said he was more inspired by Oh Happy Day than he was He’s So Fine (written by Ronnie Mack) over which he was sued successfully for copyright infringement. Preston’s version was actually the first version to be released, predating Harrison’s own recording.

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I Will Remember              Toto
Written in remembrance of Jeff Porcaro (Steve’s brother), the late drummer for Toto. A beautiful track that did not chart in the U.S.
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Time Machine    Grand Funk Railroad
Track #1 from their first album “On Time.”
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I Was Born to Love You         Freddy Mercury/Queen     
Recorded both by Mercury in a disco version and Queen in a rock version.
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Killing Floor Electric Flag
Buddy Miles, former drummer for Wilson Pickett, was 19 years old when he cut this side with Mike Bloomfield’s band.
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Early in the Morning Buddy Holly 
A rare example of Holly covering another artist’s song (Bobby Darin, in this case, see above) rather than the other way around.
Human The Pretenders
Nice cover of the Australian Divinyls’ original.
Light My Fire      Jose Feliciano        #3 
This was a cover that achieved greatness in its own right without standing in the shadow of the original. (The Doors version was still #91 on chart after 19 weeks)
Fire        Crazy World of Arthur Brown     #81
Arthur Brown had a four octave vocal range and he would wear on his head an un-insulated metal bowl filled with flaming liquid. Maybe that is why he was such a hothead.
You             McCrarys             #55
Stevie Wonder on harmonica for this sibling singing group with roots in gospel. In 2014, they founded The McCrary Foundation, a nonprofit to help those in need through the healing powers of music.
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You              Rita Coolidge       #64
She was discovered by Delaney and Bonnie, and she sang back up for lots of major musicians. Inspired by Coolidge’s nickname, Leon Russell wrote “Delta Lady” for her.
You’re All I Need to Get By   Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell    #8
The track has more of a soulful, gospel sound than was typical of Motown at the time. The song was composed by Ashford and Simpson who sang back up. Recording it was difficult for Terrell as she was recovering from surgery for the brain tumor that eventually led to her death.

Lady Madonna   Fats Domino   #100
Paul McCartney has said he was thinking specifically about Fats Domino when he wrote this song, changing his vocal delivery to resemble Domino’s. Domino subsequently recorded a cover of the song he inspired in the first place. It peaked at #100 and was the last of his 77 records to make the pop chart.

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You’re a Sweetheart Little Willie John          #91
John came from a musical family and he recorded the first version of the song “Fever.”
Whenever I Call You Friend       Kenny Loggins      #23
Stevie Nicks does not sing the harmony on this version, the line is sung instead by the late bassist George Hawkins Jr.
Little Star            The Elegants       #2
The only song that ever charted for the Elegants, the track peaked at #1 on both the R&B and Hot 100 charts.
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Wright was first signed to a record contract when she was 12 and she recorded this side when she was 17.

The Snake   Al Wilson      #44
Written by civil rights activist Oscar Brown, it was inspired by the Aesop fable “The Farmer and the Viper.”
Miss You      Rolling Stones      #15
Extended version with Sugar Blue on harmonica. Bill Wyman wrote the bass line after visiting several discos to get the groove down, but he was never credited for composing it.
Slip Away    Clarence Carter   #18
Recorded at Fame Studios with that unmistakable Muscle Shoals sound of slightly delayed drum beat, stinging guitar tremolo, horn section and organ underpinning.
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Holding On When Love is Gone   L.T.D.     #60
Love, Togetherness and Devotion has been comprised of no less than 18 members over the years.

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Josie            Steely Dan    #56 (on its way to #26)
Steely Dan is one of those musical groups best enjoyed with headphones or ear buds. Their music is intricate and the production, as always, is pristine.

Endless Sleep    Jody Reynolds     #97
An early example of a teenage tragedy pop song, Reynolds wrote the song inspired by “Heartbreak Hotel.” Reynolds shopped the track around to no avail until Demon Records agreed to record it if he changed the ending so that the narrator saved his girlfriend from drowning.
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The Weight         Jackie DeShannon        #65       
The Band’s version was at #76 in the same week.
She’s Always a Woman          Billy Joel      #35
Written about his former wife and erstwhile business manager Elizabeth Weber.

*(They Want To Be) Close to You The Carpenters
By request!

Give a Damn              Spanky and Our Gang        #43
The song was not played in several radio markets because of the D-word in its title. They sang it on the Smothers Brothers show and CBS received several complaints. John Lindsay used the song for his successful campaign to become mayor of NYC.

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

Trivia Answer:
Bobby Darin

Congratulations to Kathy from Ithaca, for correctly answering the question and winning a pizza from Papa John’s and two Cinemapolis movie tickets!

Glossary of Terms:
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 on September 14, 2019: Kim Vaughan

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