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December 7, 2019 -GJ- You and I


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Date:  December 7, 2019
Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  You and I

Birthday Calendar

December 1
Sandy Nelson (Teddy Bears Drummer)  1938

John Densmore (Doors drummer)    1944

Bette Midler  1945

Jaco Pastorius   (Weather Report bassist)  (b. 1951  d. 1987)

Lou Rawls     (b. 1935  d. 2006)

December 2
Tom McGuinness  (vocalist/bassist Manfred Mann)   1941

Britney Spears     (Mickey Mouse Club alumna)   1981

Peter Carl Goldmark   (b. 1906  d. 1977)
Inventor of the LP microgroove recording system.

December 3
Ozzy Osbourne    (Black Sabbath)  1948

Mickey Thomas  (Elvin Bishop/Jefferson Airplane/Starship)       1949

Andy Williams       b. 1927  d. 2012

December 4
Freddy Cannon    1940

Bob Mosley  (Moby Grape vocalist/bassist)    1942

Chris Hillman (Byrds, et. al.)      1944

Southside Johnny       1948

Gary Rossington  (Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist)  1951

Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys)     b. 1944   d. 1983

December 5
Little Richard 1932

Jim Messina  1947

J.J. Cale (b. 1938    d. 2013)

Kim Simmonds     (Savoy Brown, etc.)     1947

Sonny Boy Williamson (b. 1899   d. 1922)

December 6
Mike Smith  (Dave Clark Five singer/keyboardist)  (b. 1943  d. 2008)

Dave Brubeck      (b. 1920   d. 2012)

Ira Gershwin (b. 1896   d. 1985

December 7
Bent Fabric   Danish pianist      1924

Tom Waits    1949

Harry Chapin     (b. 1942   d. 1981)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

QUESTION: Which two singing groups played during the 7:00 hour hailed from the Queens borough of New York City?
(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


·     blue 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

Title         Artist    Peak Chart Spot      Release Year       

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

You       George Harrison  #20 1975
Musicians on this Motown inspired track include Leon Russell, Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Carl Radle, Ronnie Spector (for whom the song was written) and a sax solo by the aptly named Jim Horn.

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*You Baby   Turtles          #20 1966
Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. Originally a surf band called the Crossfires, the group revamped itself as a folk rock group and originally spelled its new name The Tyrtles.

I Need Your Lovin’  Don Gardner/Dee Dee Ford  #20 1962
This track on Fire Records had two parts that totaled 5:45, complete with a gospel style false ending.

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I Just Don’t Understand  Ann-Margret       #17 1961
Ann Margaret was born in Sweden and became a U.S. citizen. The track was one of the first to feature fuzz tone guitar. 

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You Haven't Done Nothin' Stevie Wonder #1   1974
Background vocals by the Jackson 5 who get called out by Stevie. This track was his fourth #1 pop hit and 10th #1 R&B hit.  Wonder plays every instrument on the track except bass played by Reggie McBride. U.S. President Richard Nixon, the target of the song, resigned two days after the record was released forty-five years ago. What’s old is new again…

I Will Follow Him       Little Peggy March      #1   1963
Little Peggy became the youngest female artist to have a #1 single on the Billboard chart—she was fifteen.

You Send Me  Sam Cooke #1 (Hot 100 and R&B) 1957
This track was originally intended to be the B-side to “Summertime” on the Keen label.  Background vocals by Lee Gotch and the Pied Pipers.

*Without You      Nilsson          #1   1972
With this recording, Nilsson won the 1973 Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal. Gary Wright on piano, Klaus Voormann on bass, Jim Keltner on drums and John Aribe on acoustic guitar. Requested by Barbara from Danby.

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*I Should Have Known Better         Beatles   #53   1964
This track was composed by John Lennon specifically for the movie “A Hard Day’s Night.”  The harmonica intro by Lennon was one of the last such intros in the Beatles canon. Requested by Dave from Ithaca.

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I Can Never Go Home Anymore Shangri-Las  #6 1965
This quintet from Cambria Heights in Queens, was comprised of two sets of sisters (one of them twins) and a friend. They were still in high school when they signed their first record contract. You can really hear their Queens accents on the spoken sections of their records. The group’s name came from a restaurant in Queens.

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You Baby You           Cleftones      #78 1956
Like the Shangri-Las, the Cleftones hailed from the borough of Queens. This song was written by Berman Patterson, second tenor, and Warren Corbin, bass.

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*I Saw the Light  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Roy Acuff
Roy Acuff on lead vocals, Earl Scruggs on banjo, Doc Watson on guitar, Vassar Clements on fiddle. Requested by Betsy.

You Can Have Her    Roy Hamilton  #12 (#6 R&B) 1961
Hamilton was Epic Records' first star, recording the label’s first #1 hit “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” This track on Epic was Hamilton’s last hit record.

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I Believe You     Dorothy Moore     #27 (#5 R&B)  1977
Moore started singing in her church choir as a girl. Her biggest hit was “Misty Blue.”

*I Believe in Music    Gallery   #22 1972
Written by Mac Davis after someone at a party asked him if he believed in the occult and he replied that he believed in music instead. Requested by JSF for Brooktondale Peggy and the Honey Hive Crew.

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To Know Him Is to Love Him Teddy Bears  #1  1958
Phil Spector was one of the three vocalists. Sandy Nelson on drums.

Break On Through    Doors     DNC       1967
John Densmore sets up a bossa nova beat to kick the song off. After the Doors disbanded, Densmore worked as a playwright and a screen and stage actor.

Friends        Bette Midler  #40        1973
Midler played Tevye’s oldest daughter Tzeitel on Broadway from 1966-1969.

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Birdland       Weather Report   1977
Jaco Pastorius on bass and background vocals.

You Can Bring Me All Your Heartaches 
Lou Rawls  #55  1966
Rawls is the harmony voice on Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.”

Iron Man       BlackSabbath       #52 1972
Ozzy Osbourne spoke the song’s immortal opening line through an oscillating metal fan—and I don’t mean a member of his audience.

Fooled Around and Fell In Love  
Elvin Bishop Group     #3   1976
Bishop figured Mickey Thomas’ voice would sound better on this song than his own. Guess he was right.

The Dedication Song      Freddy Cannon   #41      1966
Gotta love a song about dedications on the radio!

Bitter Wind  Moby Grape DNC
Bob Mosley sings lead on this non-charting track. This track sounds really good through headphones or ear buds.

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Have You Seen Her Face       Byrds    #41 1967
Written by Chris Hillman, sharing vocals with Roger McGuinn who plays spectacular guitar.

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Keep a Knockin’   Little Richard  #8  (#2 R&B)  1957 
Do you think maybe John Fogerty was influenced by Little Richard?

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You Better Think Twice  Poco      #72 1970
Jim Messina wrote the song and produced the album.

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Crazy Mama              J.J. Cale        #22 1972
Cale’s style has been called the Tulsa sound. He could not afford a drummer, so he used an early drum machine on "Crazy Mama," with Carl Radle adding bass and Mac Gayden playing crazy good slide guitar.

I’m Tired      Savoy Brown        #74   1969
Kim Simmonds was born in Wales and now lives nearby in upstate NY.

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Shiver Me Timbers   Tom Waits    DNC       1974
Two musicians: Waits on piano, Jim Hughart on double bass.

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Old College Avenue Harry Chapin  DNC     1973 
Chapin attended Cornell for awhile, so it is conceivable that this song is set on Ithaca’s College Avenue.

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*You Are So Beautiful     Joe Cocker  #5   1975
Co-written by Billy Preston who wrote the song about his mother. Arranged by Jimmy Webb with Nicky Hopkins on piano. Requested by Barbara.

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*I Got You, Babe               Cher and Sonny   #1   1965
The jury is out on whether the wind instrument featured so prominently on the track is an ocarina or an oboe. Requested by John of Freeville.

*You Really Got Me  Kinks      #7   1964
Composed by Ray Davies with a guitar riff played by Dave Davies who called the track “a love song for street kids.” Legend has it Dave Davies sliced the speaker cone of his guitar amp to get the track’s distinctive guitar sound. Requested by Terry.

*I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
Electric Prunes     #11 1967
Written by the songwriting team of Nancie Mantz and Annette Tucker who took inspiration from the Rolling Stones. The wavering guitar sound at the beginning of the track was actually the original tape recording played back in reverse. Requested by Tom of Groton.

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*I Who Have Nothing   Ben E. King  #29 (#16 R&B)   1963
Lieber and Stoller provided the English language lyrics to this song originally written and recorded in Italian. They also produced Ben E. King’s version, using the spectacularly percussive orchestral track from the original Italian recording.

You Can’t Lie to a Liar     Ketty Lester  #90 1962
Lester was also a stage, movie and TV actor, playing Hester-Sue Terhune on Little House on the Prairie and Helen Grant on Days of Our Lives.

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I Keep Forgettin’          Chuck Jackson #55         1962 
This Lieber and Stoller song gets a spectacular percussion track in this original version on the Wand label.

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You Brought the Woman Out of Me
Evie Sands   #50  1975
Due to corporate espionage, theft and bad timing, several of Sands’ early recordings were covered by other artists with greater success. But she persisted and continued to write and produce music.

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You Keep Tightening Up on Me  Box Tops #92 1970
The track was recorded at America Sound Studio on Thomas Street in Memphis, and the musicians were the house band known as the Memphis Boys.

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I Will Be in Love With You
Livingston Taylor  #30 1979
Livingston actually began his musical career before his brother James did. He teaches a course called Stage Performance Technique I at Berklee College of Music.

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I Can Hear Music       Beach Boys  #24 1969
Carl Wilson sings the crystalline lead vocal line. He also produced the track, which was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector.

I Can’t Let Go     Hollies    #42   1966
This song was originally recorded by Evie Sands.

I Want You Back    Jackson 5  #1   1970
The song has been sampled over 60 times, and the descending chord progression of the chorus has been called the greatest in pop music history.

You Can’t Sit Down  Dovells   #3   1963
This track gives a shout out to Philadelphia’s South Street, which was an Orlons recording of the same name in the same year.

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You Are My Sunshine     Ray Charles  #7   1962
Featuring the Raelettes with a scorching solo by Margie Hendrix.

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

Trivia Answer

The Shangri-Las and the Cleftones started their careers in Queens, NY.

Congratulations to Barbara from Ithaca, for correctly answering the question and winning a vintage WVBR T-Shirt!

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 December 14, 2019
Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on “Colorful Songs.”

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