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January 11, 2020 GJ - More Do's and Don'ts for You and I


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Date:  January 11, 2020

Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  “More Do’s and Don’ts for You and I”

Birthday Calendar January 5-11

January 5
George Malone  - Singer with R&B group Monotones (80 years old)

Jack Brokensha  (b. 1926, d. 2010)  vibraphonist for Funk Brothers

January 6
Doris Troy     (b. 1937  d. 2004)

January 7
Kenny Loggins     (72 years old)

Paul Revere  (b.1937  d. 2014) Keyboardist of Paul Revere and the Raiders

January 8
Shirley Bassey  (83 years old)

Little Anthony  (80 years old)

Robby Krieger  Doors guitarist  (74 years old)

David Bowie  (b. 1947  d. 2016)

Elvis Presley  (b. 1935  d. 1977)

January 9
Jimmy Page  (76 years old)

Bill Cowsill    (b. 1948  d. 2006)

January 10
Ronnie Hawkins  (85 years old)

Rod Stewart  (75 years old)

Donald Fagen      (72 years old)

Pat Benatar   (67 years old)

Jim Croce      (b. 1942  d. 1973)

Johnnie Ray  (b. 1927  d. 1990)

Jerry Wexler  (b. 1917  d. 2008)

January 11
Clarence Clemons    (b. 1942  d. 2011)

Slim Harpo    (b. 1924  d. 1970)


·     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        Release Year        Peak Chart Spot


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

Do You Want to Know a Secret?    Beatles 1964     #2
This was George Harrison’s first lead vocal on a top 10 single. The song was inspired by the song “I’m Wishing” from the animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The lyrics “Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell?” came from the spoken opening of the movie’s song.

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Don’t Ever Be Lonely Cornelius Bros/Sister Rose
1972      #23
A family soul group from Florida, Eddie Cornelius wrote the songs and Rose wrote the background vocals.

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*Do Ya          Electric Light Orchestra      1977   #24
Written by Jeff Lynne in 1971 for The Move and recorded by ELO for the album “A New World Record” in 1976 at Musicland Studios in Munich.

You Belong to Me     Duprees #7   1962
This was the first single by The Duprees who formed in high school in Jersey City, recording on the Coed label.

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I Guess the Lord Must be in New York  City    Nilsson #34   1969
The song was written for Midnight Cowboy, but was not included in the film. Check out this video to see what the opening credits might have looked like with this song instead of "Everybody's Talking."

Do the Best You Can   Hollies 1968      #93
Alan Clarke on lead vocals. Graham Nash plays banjo!

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Don’t Mess with Bill  Marvelettes  1966     #7  (#3 R&B)
This Tamla label million seller written by Smokey Robinson featured Wanda Young on lead vocals, the Andantes singing back up and the Funk Brothers on everything else. Check out James Jamerson’s bass line and Norris Patterson’s tenor sax solo.

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You Were Mine  Fireflies  #21 1959
The Fireflies from Long Island were one of the first groups to both sing and play their own instruments. They were the first all-white harmony group to play the Apollo Theater.

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*Sugar Sugar             Archies   1969      #1
Requested by John for Karen and Wyatt. Ron Dante sang lead vocal on this number one single of 1969.

I Adore Him        Angels    #25 1963
You could call this group the Jersey Girls.

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*I Can’t Help Myself  Four Tops   1965 #1 H-100, R&B
The melody and chord progression of this Holland-Dozier-Holland song is reminiscent of “Where Did Our Love Go,” another H-D-H composition.

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Do What You Gotta Do    Bobby Vee    1968      #83
A surprising foray by Vee into blue-eyed soul.

Don’t You Care  Buckinghams       1967      #6
This track features the “brass-rock” style favored by producer James William Guercio.

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You Better Know It   Jackie Wilson   1959  #37 (R&B #1)
Written by Wilson and Brunswick staff writer Norm Henry, the song was used in the 1959 film Go Johnny Go starring Jackie Wilson and Alan Freed.

I Apologize  Timi Yuro   #72    1961
Yuro began her singing career in her parents’ Italian restaurant and became one of the first blue-eyed soul singers of the rock era.

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*Let’s Stomp    Bobby Comstock    1963       #57
Comstock was born in Ithaca, and his first musical instrument was the mandolin. He went to Cascadilla School and later played local bars and Cornell fraternity and sorority parties. His band (The Counts) featured two members of the Ciaschi family. Bobby and the Counts toured with Bobby Vinton, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jackie Wilson, Gene Pitney, Freddie Cannon, the Coasters and the Shirelles on package shows, and they appeared on American Bandstand.  He also appeared as a support act for the Rolling Stones in 1964. R.I.P. Mr. Comstock (1941-2020)

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Do Something for Me  Little Willie John  1956  #15  R&B
John came from a musical family and led a very troubled life, dying in prison.

Don’t Throw Your Love Away     Searchers 1964 #16
This cover of the Orlons’ original has lead vocals by Mike Pender with harmonies by Chris Curtis.

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Book of Love   1958   #3 R&B   #5 Hot 100
The Monotones got their start in 1956 on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. The opening lyric to their one hit, “Book of Love,” was inspired by a toothpaste commercial.

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Inner City Blues     Marvin Gaye   1971     #9
This track from Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (which was the first major recording to identify the instrumentalists by name) features Jack Brokensha on vibraphone, Bobbye Hall on bongos and Bob Babbitt on bass guitar.

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Just One Look    Doris Troy  1963  #10
James Brown discovered Troy when she was a 16 year-old usher at the Apollo Theater. She did a lot of backing vocals for Atlantic Records before she co-wrote “Just One Look” and recorded it in ten minutes as a demo that Atlantic decided to release as-is.

Celebrate Me Home Kenny Loggins     DNC
The non-charting title track from his first solo album and with keyboards by co-composer Bob James and backing vocals by Patti Austin.

I Had a Dream  Paul Revere and the Raiders   1967  #17
Before he got into music, Paul Revere owned several restaurants in Idaho. He was also a conscientious objector and performed his alternative service as a cook. Revere’s organ playing can be heard clearly on this track.

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Goldfinger   Shirley Bassey     1965   #8
Composed by John Barry, with whom Shirley Bassey had been in a romantic relationship. The song, which “Goldfinger” producer Harry Saltzman did not like and almost deleted, took all night to record on August 20, 1964.

I’m on the Outside Looking In   Little Anthony  1964  #15
Written by Teddy Randazzo, this track was Little Anthony’s comeback hit.

Love Me Two Times    Doors     1967   #25
Krieger wrote this song about a guy trying make the most of his last moments with his girlfriend before going away: shipping out to combat or going to jail or hiking the Adirondack Trail—your guess is as good as mine.

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Rebel, Rebel   David Bowie     1974      #64
From his Diamond Dogs LP, this track featured Bowie on guitar with a riff that sticks in your head second only to "Satisfaction." Herbie Flowers on bass and Aynsley Dunbar (born 1/10/46) on drums.

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You  Elvis Presley
#1  1956
Presley made 31 movies, and on January 8, 1993 (which would have been his 58th birthday) he was the first rock and roller to be put on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.

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Good Times Bad Times  Led Zeppelin 1969  #80
Track 1 Side 1 from Led Zeppelin’s debut album which began recording at 11 pm on September 25 1968. The entire album took 36 hours of studio time to record and made use of the studio’s ambient sound by placing supplementary microphones at a distance from the instruments’ speakers. 

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Hair           Cowsills    1969  #2
The Cowsills were a family band from Newport Rhode Island that was the inspiration for television’s “Partridge Family.” Carl Reiner invited the Cowsills to perform on a 1969 TV special celebrating hippie fashion and music styles. Reiner sent the group the soundtrack of the then-current hippie musical and asked that they record its title song.

Mary Lou  Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks   1959   #26
The father of Canadian rock and roll was actually born in Arkansas and became a permanent resident of Canada in 1964, eventually receiving the Order of Canada. On this track Hawkins is backed by the Hawks, featuring Levon Helm on drums, spinning his sticks.

Mandolin Wind   Rod Stewart   1971  DNC
This track from “Every Picture Tells a Story” features Ronnie Wood on pedal steel, Sam Mitchell on slide guitar and Lindsay Ray Jackson on mandolin.

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I Got a Name      Jim Croce      1973      #10
Here is a track that was released the day before Croce died in a plane crash and charted at #10 posthumously.

You’re a Friend of Mine   Clarence Clemons with Jackson Browne    1986  #18
Clemons was almost a football player. His first meeting with Bruce Springsteen is legendary: one rainy windy night he opened the door to the Jersey Shore club where Bruce was playing and the wind blew the door off its hinges. Clemons said: “I want to play with your band,” and Springsteen said “Sure, you do anything you want.”

I Can Make It With You Pozo Seco Singers  #32 1966     
The group’s version of this Chip Taylor song out-charted Jackie DeShannon’s version which was released at the same time.

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Don’t You Worry  Don Gardner/Dee Dee Ford    1962 
#66  (#7 R&B)
Gardner was a singer and drummer and Ford was a singer and pianist.

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I Remember You      Frank Ifield    #5   1962
As a boy, Ifield listened to American country music while milking cows on his family’s farm in Australia. This track, featuring his trademark falsetto and yodel, was the second biggest selling single in the UK in 1962. Notice the misspelling of the song on the record sleeve below.

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I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party      Beatles  #39 1965
This track, written by John Lennon, took 19 takes to perfect, the 19th take being the one that was released. This was one in a series of Lennon compositions that focused on his perceived rejection by women.

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I Know  Barbara George   #3 (#1 R&B)  1962
This track was recorded in New Orleans where she was born and grew up in the 9th Ward. You can hear the Big Easy sound from the groove laid down by studio musicians Melvin Lastie on cornet, Roy Montrell on guitar and John Boudreaux on drums.

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I Want to Walk You Home Fats Domino  1959  #8 
Domino’s first language with Louisiana Creole. He was playing piano professionally by the age of 14.

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Do You Want to Dance?  Bette Midler  1973      #17
From her debut album “The Divine Miss M,” this track features piano by Barry Manilow, backing vocals by Cissy Houston and Tender Loving Care and one of the most memorable bass tracks ever by Ron Carter.

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I Second That Emotion    Miracles #4   1967
Funk Brothers Eddie Willis and Robert White devised their own guitar riffs based solely on the chord chart provided by Smokey Robinson.

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I Think I Love You     Partridge Family   #1   1970
This was the debut single from the Partridges (actually just David Cassidy and Shirley Jones sang on the track) which was released a month before the Partridge Family TV show premiered. Instrumentation by The Wrecking Crew.

I Never Cry  Alice Cooper        #12 1977
Cooper called this song, one of his two gold records, “an alcoholic confession.”

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’  Ray Charles  1960
#95  (#17 R&B)
Not to be confused with “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” by Gerry and the Pacemakers, this song was written in 1946 by Joe Greene.

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I Love How You Love Me       Paris Sisters #5   1961
The spoken section is by lead singer Priscilla Paris.  Phil Spector was the detail-obsessed producer. The song was originally intended for Tony Orlando. Lyricist Larry Kolberg claims to have written the words in five minutes on a restaurant napkin.  

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Don’t Mention My Name  Shepherd Sisters 1963      #94
The four sisters made several appearances on American Bandstand. The track, written by Bob Crewe, has surprising vocal dynamics and a punchy horn arrangement.

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You Can’t AlwaysGet What You Want        Rolling Stones   1973  #42
Recorded in 1969 for the “Let It Bleed” LP, this was the monaural radio edit re-released in 1973, omitting the choral opening, going to the demonstration to get their fair share of abuse, and Mr. Jimmy’s favorite flavor, Cherry Red. Al Kooper on piano, organ and French horn, Rocky Dijon on congas, maracas and tambourine and Jimmy Miller (not Charlie Watts) on drums.The video link is a must-see, from beginning to the very, very end.

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

Prize Winner
Congratulations to Jerry from Trumansburg, for winning two tickets to the screening of Standing In The Shadows Of Motown at Cinemapolis on Tuesday February 4 at 7:00 pm, hosted by the Rockin’ Remnants team!

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 January 18, 2020:
Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on “Sweet Sounds-Songs With or About Sugar, Honey and Other Sweet Things.”

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