Sunday, March 22, 2020

March 14, 2020 - JH: "This and That"

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)
Date: March 14, 2020

Spotlight: "This and That".  What a week! Time change, Super Moon, Friday the 13th, Pi Day, and, looking ahead, the Ides of March and St. Patrick's Day.  And to top it all off, Coronavirus! We cover it all on Rockin' Remnants.

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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)

Oldies for the virus:

Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu - Johnny Rivers (1972 - #6: Huey 'Piano' Smith had the original in 1957, but it only charted at #52)

The Fever - Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1976 - "B" side of "I Don't Want to go Home", which charted at #105; Bruce Springsteen wrote the song whhich his Asbury Park pal recorded)
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Fever - Peggy Lee (1958 - #8: best-known version of the song that became Lee's signature tune; Little Willie John had the original in 1956)

Dizzy - Tommy Roe (1969 - #1: Roe co-wrote the international hit which was recorded with the Wrecking Crew backing him up)

Hot Blooded - Foreigner (1978 - #3: from their second LP 'Double Vision')

Feelin' Alright - Traffic (1968 - #123: band member Dave Mason wrote the song but Joe Cocker had the bigger hit with it)
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*98.6 - Keith (1967 - #7: The Tokens provided backing vocals for this hit as well as "Ain't Gonna Lie")

"Time" Songs to Spring Ahead:

Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board (1970 #3: the Funk Brothers backed the group on this, their biggest hit)

Time - Pozo-Seco Singers (1966 - #47: group member Don Williams would go on to a big career as a country artist)
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Time - Paul Williams (1970 - NR: from his debut LP 'Someday Man')
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*Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (1968 - #11: 4:51 single-edit of the 11:00+ LP version of the song; used in the movie "Coming Home" starring Jane Fonda and Jon Voight)
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Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders (1966 - #5: lead singer Sonny Geraci would later lead the group Climax and have a big hit with "Precious and Few")

Super Moon songs:

Dance by the Light of the Moon - The Olympics (1960 - #47: the doo-wop group's biggest hit was "Western Movies" but they also recorded the original version of "Good Lovin'") 
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13 Questions - Seatrain (1971 - #49: the self-titled LP "Seatrain" was produced by George Martin, his first album after the Beatles broke up)

Birthday Calendar:

[background music: Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1958 - #5)]

March 8:
Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) - 75
Randy Meisner (The Eagles) - 74
Little Peggy March (Margaret Battavio) - 72

March 9:
Lloyd Price - 87
Mark Lindsay - 78
Gary (Leeds) Walker - 78
Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band) - 72

March 10:
Dean Torrence (80)
Tom Scholz (Boston) - 73

March 11:
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) - 73

March 12:
James Taylor - 72

March 13:
Mike Stoller (songwriter) - 87
Erma Franklin - born 1938
Neil Sedaka - 81

March 14:
Phil Phillips - 89
Michael Murphey - 75

Randy Scouse Git - The Monkees (1967 - NR: Mickey Dolenz wrote the song after attending a party hosted by the Beatles and the lyrics reference The Beatles (4 kings of EMI), Mama Cass (girl in yellow dress), and Mickey's future wife (she's a wonderful lady); the title roughly means 'horny Liverpool jerk' and when the BBC said that it needed an 'Alternate Title' Mickey said "That's it then."  That is the 45 we heard.)
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Goin' Down - The Monkees (1967 - #104: song was the flip side of 'Daydream Believer' and highlights Mickey's scatting skills)
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Take It to the Limit - The Eagles (1976 - #4: founding group member Meisner wrote and sang lead on the song)

I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March (1963 - #1: March still holds the BB Hot 100 record for youngest artist with a #1 song, she was 15)

Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price (1959 - #1: song spent 4 weeks at #1 for 'Mr. Personality' and ranks #456/RS500)

And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind - Mark Lindsay (1970 - #44: one of several minor hits for the former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders, this one was written by Neil Diamond)
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My Ship Is Comin' In - The Walker Brothers (1966 - #63: Gary Leeds convinced the other members of the group that they would have greater success in England and he was correct)

Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1977 - #1: Thompson was lead singer for the band; song was written by Bruce Springsteen)

Ride the Wild Surf - Jan & Dean (1964 - #16: Jan & Dean hosted and performed at the famous T.A.M.I. Show in 1964, which featured many of the top acts of the day; from the movie of the same name)
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More Than a Feeling - Boston (1976 - #5: Scholz was virtually a one man band for the debut album and had to recruit members to tour; #500/RS500)

You Keep Me Hanging On - Vanilla Fudge (1968 - #6: a big hit for the Supremes in 1967, The Vanilla Fudge gave a song a slower, psychedelic feel to reflect to song's lyrics)
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Hard Times - James Taylor (1981 - #72: from his underrated "Dad Loves His Work" LP, the song is about his break-up with Carly Simon)

The Reverend Mr. Black - The Kingston Trio (1963 - #8: Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller wrote hits for The Coasters, The Drifters, Elvis, and Ruth Brown, and this one for the Kingston Trio)
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Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin (1967 - #62: Aretha's older sister had the original version of the song that Janis Joplin would have a hit with in 1968)

The Immigrant - Neil Sedaka (1975 - #22: Sedaka dedicated the song to John Lennon, who was having visa issues with the US Government at the time)

Sea of Love - Phil Phillips (1959 - #2: although the song was a million-seller, Phillips maintains that he made only $6,800 from it)
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Carolina in the Pines - Michael Murphey (1975 - #21: both this song and "Wildfire" came from Murphey's LP 'Blue Sky -Night Thunder')

A song for Friday the 13th:

Superstition - Stevie Wonder (1973 - #1: song won Grammys for R & B Song and R & B Male Vocal and ranks #74/RS500)

A song for Pi Day (3/14):

Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay and the Techniques (1967 - #6: songwriters Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson provided backing vocals for lead singer Jay Proctor)
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Songs for the Ides of March (3/15):

Vehicle - The Ides of March (1970 - #2: despite the success of this single, the band never had another hit record)

Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You) - Little Caesar and the Romans (1961 - #9: the group would sometimes perform in togas but they broke up over which member was to called 'Little Caesar')

Back Stabbers - The O'Jays (1972 - #3: the group was from Canton, Ohio but became leaders of the 'Philadelphia Soul' sound in the early '70s)
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Songs for St. Patrick's Day (3/17):

Sunday Bloody Sunday - U-2 (1983 - DNC: about the 'Bloody Sunday' events of January 30, 1972; ranks #268/RS500)

Give Ireland Back to the Irish - Wings (1972 - #21: also inspired by the events of January 30, 1972, Paul McCartney's first single release with his new group; the song was banned by the BBC but went to #1 in Ireland)
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Whiskey on a Sunday - The Irish Rovers (1968 - #75: a version of the song by Irish folk singer Danny Doyle went to #1 in Ireland)

Moondance - Van Morrison (1970 - NR; 1977 - #92: title track to Van the Man's classic LP; ranks #226/RS500)

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 (3/21/20): John Simon (JS) with a Top Ten countdown of the week ending March 27, 1965. 

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