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January 25, 2020 - JR - A Deeper Dive into the Billboard Hot 100!

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Date:  1/25/2020

Host:  JR

Feature:  Oldies you don't hear that often, or A Deeper Dive...


·       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)

Who'll Be The Next In Line – The Kinks, BB Hot 100 #34, 1965

Daddy Could Swear, I Declare – Gladys Knight & The Pips, BB Hot 100 #19, 1973 

Coming On Strong – Brenda Lee, BB Hot 100 #11, 1966

Me And Bobby McGee – Jerry Lee Lewis, BB Hot 100 #40, 1972

Six O'Clock – The Lovin' Spoonful, BB Hot 100 #18, 1967

Abraham, Martin & John – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, BB Hot 100 #37, 1969 

You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd – Roger Miller, BB Hot 100 #40, 1966

D.W. Washburn – The Monkees, BB Hot 100 #18, 1968

Ride Away – Roy Orbison, BB Hot 100 #25, 1965

Sugar, Sugar – Wilson Pickett, BB Hot 100 #25, 1970 

Looking Through The Eyes Of Love – Gene Pitney, BB Hot 100 #28, 1965


 Birthday Calendar

Tonight we highlight just two birthdays: Neil Diamond and Warren Zevon, both born on January 24th.  Neil reached milestone #79, while WZ passed away in September, 2003 at age 56.  Neil was my AM radio hero, while WZ was my FM radio hero : )

The first part of the Neil Diamond birthday retrospective are songs from his BANG Records days, recorded in New York with Jeff Barry producing.

Solitary Man – BB Hot 100 #55, 1966, Neil's first charting single, this was rereleased in 1970 and charted at #21.

Shilo – BB Hot 100 #24, 1970 

Red, Red Wine – BB Hot 100 #62, 1968; the British band UB40 took a cover version of this to #1 in October, 1988.

In 1968, Neil left BANG for a big contract with UNI Records (now Universal Music), his most furtive charting period.  His first Top 40 hit for UNI was...

Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (45 version) –  BB Hot 100 #22, 1969

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Holly Holy – BB Hot 100 #6, 1969

Cracklin' Rosie – BB Hot 100 #1, 1 week, 1970 

Song Sung Blue – BB Hot 100 #1, 1 week 1972

Walk On Water – BB Hot 100 #17, 1972; the 45 version ended with the instrumental called "Theme" on the LP.

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In 1973, Neil signed a bigger deal with Columbia Records!
Also, he made his acting debut in The Jazz Singer, which had 3 Top 10 singles including...

Love On The Rocks – BB Hot 100 #2, 1979

His last Top 10 entry was...

Heartlight – BB Hot 100 #5, 1982; co-written with Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager.

And now, the Excitable Boy, Warren Zevon!  WZ had only two songs that cracked the Hot 100, and they were...

Werewolves Of London – BB Hot 100 #21, 1978

A Certain Girl – BB Hot 100 #57, 1980; written by Allen Toussaint under his nom-de-song "Naomi Neville" and first recorded by Ernie K-Doe in 1961!

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Back to our theme, A Deeper Dive...

A Ray Of Hope – The Rascals, BB Hot 100 #24, 1969 

The Great Airplane Strike – Paul Revere & The Raiders, BB Hot 100 #20, 1966

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Every Time You Touch Me I Get High – Charlie Rich, BB Hot 100 #19, 1975; Top 20 hit for the "Silver Fox", despite the "controversial" title!


Dream On – The Righteous Brothers, BB Hot 100 #32, 1974

Lady Jane – The Rolling Stones, BB Hot 100 #24, 1966; you hear lots of Stones on Classic Rock Radio but unfortunately not this, featuring Brian Jones on dulcimer and Jack Nitzche on harpsichord.

Long, Long Time (45 version) – Linda Ronstadt, BB Hot 100 #25, 1970; Linda's first solo Top 40 hit.

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Good Vibrations – Todd Rundgren, BB Hot 100 #34, 1976; from Todd's LP Faithful, that featured a side of almost note for note remakes of some of his favorite "oldies". 

It Tears Me Up – Percy Sledge, BB Hot 100 #20, 1966; despite what some may think, Percy was not just a "one hit wonder" (and you know what song I'm talkin' about, Willis...)

Time For Livin' – Sly & The Family Stone, BB Hot 100 #32, 1974

Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield, BB Hot 100 #24, 1969; after working with Atlantic Records soul producers in Memphis, Dusty headed to Philly to work with producers Gamble and Huff.

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Speak To The Sky – Rick Springfield, BB Hot 100 #14, 1972; the first American chart entry for the Aussie teen heartthrob... Check out that hair!

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The Hurt – Cat Stevens, BB Hot 100 #31, 1973

No Matter What Sign You Are – Diana Ross & The Supremes, BB Hot 100 #31, 1969; Motown Records gets hip to the zodiac and astrology! 

Mighty Clouds Of Joy – B.J. Thomas, BB Hot 100 #34, 1971

Try A Little Tenderness – Three Dog Night, BB Hot 100 #29, 1969; the Dogs first Top 40 single, on their way to many more... 

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

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Host This Week (2/1):  JS with a spotlight on Spoken Interludes!

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