Monday, November 25, 2019

November 23, 2019: JH - Country Crossovers

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)
Date: November 23, 2019

Spotlight: Country Crossovers - songs by Country artists that crossed over to the Pop charts!

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·     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)

[Background music: On the Rebound - Floyd Cramer (1961 - #4: Cramer was a Nashville session piano player who worked with most of the big names in country music, most notably Patsy Cline)]
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Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash (1963 - #17: June Carter wrote the song about her love for Johnny when they were both married to other people; Johnny added the Mariachi horns when he recorded the tune; #89/RS500)

Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash (1970 - #46: Cash first performed the song, written by Kris Kristofferson, on his TV show; CBS officials did not want him to sing the line, "I'm wishing Lord that I was stoned," but Cash sang it anyway)
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For the Good Times - Ray Price (1970 - #11: another hit written by Kristofferson for 'The Cherokee Cowboy')

Help Me Make it Through the Night - Sammi Smith (1971 - #8: another hit written by Kristofferson, a Rhodes Scholar who turned down a teaching position at West Point to become a Nashville songwriter)
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El Paso - Marty Robbins (1960 - #1: written by Robbins, the song had a 4:19 LP version, a 2:58 'A' side single version, and a full-length, 4:38 'B' side single version which DJs ended up playing)
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Ode to Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry (1967 - #1: song topped the charts for 4 weeks and ranks #412/RS500)

Tiger by the Tail - Buck Owens (1965 - #25: Owens co-wrote the song with Harlan Howard; Owens was a pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound: country music influenced by rock and roll with electronic instrumentation and a back beat)
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*I Don't Need No Doctor - New Riders of the Purple Sage (1972 - #81: the NRPS were a San Francisco country-rock band; the song, written by the songwriting team of Ashford and Simpson, was covered by Ray Charles in 1966)

Your Cheatin' Heart - Ray Charles (1962 - #29: his cover of the Hank Williams classic from his landmark, genre-mixing LP "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music")

45 Corner

Luckenbach Texas - Waylon Jennings (1977 - #25: RCA #10924; Jennings got a guest vocal from is friend Willie Nelson)
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To Daddy - Emmylou Harris (1977 - #102: cover of Dolly Parton tune by the legendary country singer)

Jolene - Dolly Parton (1974 - #60: Parton wrote the tune about asking the title character not to steal her man; #217/RS500)

(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson (1970 - #3: song written by Joe South that won Anderson a Grammy)
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Birthday Calendar:

[Background music: Last Date - Floyd Cramer (1960 - #2)

November 17:

Gordon Lightfoot - 81
Gene Clark (The Byrds) - born 1941
Bob Gaudio (The Four Seasons) - 77

November 18:

Hank Ballard - born 1927

November 19:

Dave Guard (The Kingston Trio) - born 1934
Hank Medress (The Tokens) - born 1938
Warren 'Pete' Moore (The Miracles) - born 1938
Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) - 76
Joe Correro (Paul Revere/the Raiders) - 73

November 20:

Dick Smothers - 80
Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack) - born 1941
Norman Greenbaum - 77
Duane Allman - born 1946
Joe Walsh - 72

November 21:

Ollie Imogene 'Jean' Shepard - born 1933

November 22:

Jesse Colin Young ('Perry Miller') - 78
Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads) - 69

November 23:

Betty Everett - born 1939

Race Among the Ruins - Gordon Lightfoot (1977 - #65: from his "Summertime Dream" LP)
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I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better - The Byrds (1965 - #103: Gene Clark wrote and sang lead on the song that was the B side of "All I Really Want to Do")

Sherry - The Four Seasons (1962 - #1: Bob Gaudio said he wrote the song in 15 minutes; it was originally entitled "Jackie Baby" and was inspired by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy - that was the answer to our Rockin' Remnants/Carriage House gift card Trivia Question)

Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard/The Midnighters (1960 - #7: Ballard wrote the tune that was helped by the Twist craze)

Scotch & Soda - The Kingston Trio (1962 - #81: Dave Guard learned of this song when he was dating star pitcher Tom Seaver's older sister; although they searched for the Trio was unable to find the song's author, and Guard copyrighted it in 1959)
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The Lion Sleeps Tonite - The Tokens (1961 - #1: Hank Medress was a founder of the group)

Going to a Go-Go - The Miracles (1966 - #11: 'Pete' Moore was a childhood friend of Smokey Robinson, he sang bass for the group and co-wrote many hits)

Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat, & Tears (1969 - #2: the arrangement of the song by Lipsius won a Grammy; "The Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" and "In the Year 2525" kept the song out of the top spot)

I Had a Dream - Paul Revere/The Raiders (1967 - #17: we heard the original 45 of the song)
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Jenny Brown - The Smothers Brothers (1963 - #84: Dick was the straight man and played upright bass for the duo; this version of the song was from their live act in 1964 and was a parody of early '60s teenage tragedy songs)
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Right Place, Wrong Time - Dr. John (1973 - #9: song included the line "Brain salad surgery," which Emerson, Lake, & Palmer turned into an album title)

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum (1970 - #3: song was used in flight by Apollo astronauts and ranks #333/RS500)

Ain't Wastin' Time No More - The Allman Brothers (1972 - #77: Gregg Allman wrote the song about his brother Duane after the latter's early death)

Slippin' Away - Jean Shepard (1973 - #81: a pioneer of female country musicians, Shepard had 73 charting country singles; she married country star Hawkshaw Hawkins, who died in the plane crash with Patsy Cline in 1963)
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Sunlight - The Youngbloods (1969 - #114, 1971 - #123: Jesse Colin Young wrote the song that 'Bubbled Under' on the BB Hot 100 twice)

Psycho Killer - The Talking Heads (1977 - #92: Tina Weymouth's terse bass lines helped define the group's sound)
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You're No Good - Betty Everett (1963 - #51: original version of song that Linda Ronstadt took to #1 in 1975, it was released on this date in 1963, Everett's 24th birthday; as for "The Shoop Shoop Song" Everett thought it was childish)

Sea of Heartbreak - Don Gibson (1961 - #21: known as "The Sad Poet", Gibson had 82 country charting singles over 4 decades)
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*Looking for Space - John Denver (1976 - #29: from his "Windsong" LP)
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Make the World Go Away - Eddie Arnold (1965 - #6: written by Hank Cochran, the song became Arnold's signature hit)

Four Strong Winds - Bobby Bare (1964 - #60: written by Ian Tyson in 1961, it was voted the Greatest Canadian Song of All Time in a 2005 radio poll)
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Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson (1975 - #21: song was written by Fred Rose in 1945; from Willie's classic "Red-Headed Stranger" LP which boosted him to stardom as a solo artist; #302/RS500)

Crazy - Patsy Cline (1961 - #9: #85/RS500, written by Willie Nelson and produced by Owen Bradley with Floyd Cramer on piano; epitomized the Nashville Sound)

Funny How Time Slips Away - Jimmy Elledge (1961 - #22: another tune from the pen of Willie Nelson)
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Hello Walls - Faron Young (1961 - #12: made #1 and spent 23 weeks on the country charts; Willie Nelson's first big songwriting hit)

*King of the Road - Roger Miller (1965 - #4: Miller began his musical odyssey in Nashville by working as a hotel bellhop)

Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (1968 - #3: written by Jimmy Webb, the song ranks #192/RS500)
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I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash (1956 - #17: Rolling Stone listed it #30 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time but also #1 of country songs)
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CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959 - #1 for two weeks)

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 This Week (11/30/19): John Simon (JS)  will spotlight female artists with a "Ladies' Night"!

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

November 16, 2019 GJ- Do's and Don'ts


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Date:  November 16, 2019

Host:  Gregory James
Feature: Do’s and Don’ts

Birthday Calendar

November 10
Greg Lake b. 1947      d. 2016

November 11
Vince Martell  b.   1945
       Guitarist with Vanilla Fudge 

LaVern Baker       b. 1929  d. 1997

November 12
Brian Hyland b. 1943

Booker T. Jones          b. 1944

Neil Young    b. 1945 

Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics )  b. 1939
November 13
Ray Wylie Hubbard     b. 1944

November 14
Freddie Garrity  (Freddie and the Dreamers) 
b. 1936  d. 2006

Stephen Bishop           b. 1951

Cornell Gunter     b. 1936  d. 1990

November 15
Petula Clark  b. 1932

Anni-Frid Lyngstad  ABBA b. 1945
Clyde McPhatter  b. 1932  d. 1972

Ike Turner     b. 1931  d. 2007

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia
For which Tamla/Motown singing group was the recording “Do You Love Me” originally intended?

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)

Title  Artist    Release Year     Chart Peak

·     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

 6-7 pm  

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

Do You Love Me?     Contours       1962      #3  (#1 R&B)
Written by Berry Gordy Jr. for the Temptations, the song was recorded by the Contours after Gordy could not locate the Temptations. The song made it into the top 40 twice: in its 1962 original release, and again in 1988 when it was featured in the movie “Dirty Dancing.”

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Don’t     Elvis Presley   1958    #1  (#4 R&B, #2 Country)
Presley’s 11th chart topper. The Jordanaires figure prominently in the echoing the eponymous lyric.

Do I Love You    Ronettes       1964      #34
Co-written and produced by Phil Spector, the track was included on the Ronettes’ debut album “Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes.”

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Baby Don’t You Do It        Marvin Gaye 1964   #27 
This Holland-Dozier-Holland song was originally intended for the Supremes. The unsung back up singers were the Andantes.

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*Do the Clam      Elvis Presley    1965     #21
Request! Written for his film "Girl Happy."

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Don’t Ask My Neighbors Emotions  1977  #44  (#7 R&B)
Produced by Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire. The Emotions was comprised of the Hutchinson family: Wanda, Sheila, Pamela and Jeanette.

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Do You Believe in Magic?  Lovin’ Spoonful  1965  #9
From the album of the same name, John Sebastian says he sped up the three-chord intro from “Heat Wave” and used it as the intro to “Magic.”

Don’t Be Angry  Nappy Brown   1955   #25  (#2 R&B)
Sax played by Sam Taylor.

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Do It Again          Steely Dan    1973      #6
Denny Dias played the electric sitar, Victor Feldman on the opening congas. In this video, David Palmer takes the lead vocals, Jeff Baxter is on congas and Walter Becker plays bass.

Don’t Bring Me Down      Animals         1966      #12
Gerry Goffin and Carole King penned this song. Dave Rowberry on organ and Hilton Valentine on fuzz guitar.

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Do You Know the Way to San Jose?   Dionne Warwick 1968      #10
Lyricist Hal David was stationed in San Jose while he was in the Navy. Songstress and psychic spokesperson Warwick did not particularly like the song, calling it “dumb.”

Don’t Blame Me        Everly Brothers    1961      #20
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh for the 1932 Broadway show “Clowns in Clover,” the song has been covered at least 15 times.

Do It Again a Little Bit Slower       Jon and Robin 1967   #18
      Released on the Abnak label, owned by Jon Abdnor’s father.

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Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of a StreamTower of Power   1974   #26  (#22 R&B)
Lenny Williams on lead vocal. In the video, Larry Braggs sings his heart out and Jeff Tamelier smokes the lead guitar.

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man  Aretha Franklin 1967 #37 R&B
Aretha plays both piano and organ on the track. Her sisters Carolyn and Emma sang back up. Recording was started in Muscle Shoals and finished in New York.

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7-8 pm
Still You Turn Me On    Emerson, Lake and Palmer  1973
Greg Lake was the sole composer of the song on which only he and Keith Emerson played.

Take Me for A Little While   Vanilla Fudge    1968      #38
Written by Trade Martin for Evie Sands, but Jackie Ross released a version first which was withdrawn after threat of a lawsuit by Sands' record label. Check out the clean-cut Fudge on the record sleeve below!

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You Better Stop        LaVern Baker  DNC
In 1991 Baker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the second female solo artist.
Ginny Come Lately  Brian Hyland      1962      #21

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Soul Limbo         Booker T. Jones  1968  #17
       Marimba solo by Terry Manning

Vampire Blues          Neil Young    1974   DNC
From his album, "On the Beach" pictured below.

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Hey There Lonely Boy  Ruby & the Romantics  1963 #27 

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Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother
Written and performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard, based on an actual experience, this outlaw country music track has become a sing-along classic.   

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Do the Freddie   Freddie and the Dreamers 1965  #18

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Save It for a Rainy Day    Stephen Bishop   1977  #22     
Harmony vocals by Chaka Khan, guitar solo by Eric Clapton

She Loves to Rock  The Flairs     1956  DNC

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Don’t Give Up     Petula Clark     1968        #37

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Waterloo      ABBA            1974      #6

Little Bitty Pretty One     Clyde McPhatter  1962  #25

Rocket  88   Ike Turner     1951      #1 R&B
Ike on piano, Jackie Brenston on sax.

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*I Do      J. Geils Band
Request!  From the 1977 album "Monkey Island."

8-9 pm
Don’t Do It The Band      1972      #34
Levon Helm on lead vocals. This was the group’s last top 40 hit. Here's the clip from "The Last Waltz."

*Do Ya          Electric Light Orchestra
Request! This track written by Jeff Lynne hit #24 in 1977. 

*Don’t Worry Baby    B.J. Thomas 1977      #17
Thomas’ version out-charted the Beach Boys’ original which peaked at #24.

*Tupelo Honey   Van Morrison  1972     #47
Request!  Morrison adapted the melody from "Crazy Love" for this track. Here's a link to a live version with Brian Kennedy taking the lead vocal line and Van takes over when the song morphs into "Why Must I Always Explain?"

Don’t You Just Know It? Huey Piano Smith 1958  #9 
Smith was piano player for Little Richards and Lloyd Price. This track was his second million-seller.

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Do Wah Diddy    The Exciters  1964     #78
The song was written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff  Barry. The Exciters was an opening act for the Beatles’ 1964 U.S. tour.

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*Do I Do?     Stevie Wonder   1982   #13  (#2 R&B)
Request!  A great bass guitar performance by Nathan Watts.

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood   Santa Esmeralda  1978      #15
A pioneer of the flamenco disco genre, the track has been used in TV sports coverage and in several films, most notably Kill Bill.

Do What You Want, Be What You Are   Hall and Oates     1976   #39   (#23 R&B)
An excellent but underrated example of the Philly soul sound, Daryl Hall’s voice soars through all of its registers seamlessly. It achieved a higher rank on the R&B chart than on the Hot 100.

Don’t Forget About Me    Dusty Springfield  1969   #64
This Goffin and King song is from her “Dusty in Memphis” LP which attracted little praise at the time of its release, but has since been hailed as one of Rolling Stone’s best albums of all time.
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Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing  Fontella Bass/Bobby McClure   1965   #33   (#5 R&B)

Don’t Let Go              Roy Hamilton  1958     #13     (#2 R&B)
Hamilton combined classical singing technique with a soul and gospel feeling. He was one of Elvis Presley’s inspirations. This track was produced by Otis Blackwell, who wrote songs for Presley.

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Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad About My Baby Cookies 1963 #7 
This Goffin-King composition features lead sing Earl-Jean McCrea admonishing her boyfriend’s detractor with “So girl you better shut your mouth!”

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Don’t Wake Me Up in the Morning, Michael    Peppermint Rainbow    1969     #54
Check out the lip syncing on the video!

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

Trivia Answer

The Temptations. Berry Gordy Jr. tried to locate the group, who had not yet had a Top 40 hit, but they were unavailable.

Congratulations to Andrew from Endwell NY, for correctly answering the question and winning a gift certificate to the The Carriage House Cafe!

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 for November 23: Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on “Country Crossovers.”

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