Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 23, 2020 - JH: Foursomes

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)
Date: May 23, 2020

Spotlight: Foursomes

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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 

To mark my fourth anniversary of being a member of the Rockin' Remnants team, tonight's spotlight is on 'Foursomes' and songs with 'four' (and even 'for').

Be My Girl - The Four-Evers (1964 - #75: group out of Brooklyn that sounds a lot like Frankie Valli; this one sounds like it should have been a bigger hit)

Shangri-La - The Four Coins (1957 - #11: the members of this group were all of Greek descent and were from Canonsburg, Pa.)

Master Jack - Four Jacks and a Jill (1968 - #18: a one-hit wonder here in the US, the group was bigger in their native South Africa; 'Jill" was Glenys Lynne)
45cat - Four Jacks And A Jill - Master Jack - RCA - Australia

Day By Day - The Four Freshmen (1955 - #72: Brian Wilson has cited the group as an influence)

I've Got You Under My skin - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1966 - #9: song was written by Cole Porter in 1936 and covered many times, notably by Frank Sinatra)

Ask the Lonely - The Four Tops (1965 - #24: this song was the third of 45 BB Hot 100 singles for the group)

It Takes Two - The Four Sonics (1968 - DNC: James 'Jay' Johnson was the founder of the group and a leading baritone-bass singer in Detroit)

Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads (1956 - #3: the group backed Johnny Ray on his big hit "Cry" in 1951)

Marie - The Four Tunes (1953 - #13: "Marie", written by Irving Berlin, was a million-seller for early doo-wop group)
45cat - The Four Tunes - Marie / I Gambled With Love - Jubilee ...

Soldier Boy - The Four Fellows (1955 - #4 R&B: group tenor, David Jones, who served in Korea, wrote the song, which was later covered by Elvis Presley; group member Larry Banks wrote the song "Go Now", recorded by his wife Bessie and later covered by The Moody Blues)
The Four Fellows - Soldier Boy (1980, Vinyl) | Discogs

Big Man - The Four Preps (1958 - #3: the song debuted May 5, 1958)

I Get So Lonely When I Dream About You (Oh Baby Mine) - The Four Knights (1954 - #2: song was a million-seller for the group out of Charlotte, NC)

I'm Happy - The Four Dates (1958 - #87: Doo-wop group out of Philadelphia)

45 Corner

The Inner Light - The Beatles (The Fab Four) (1968 - #96: a George Harrison song featuring sitar released on Capitol 45 #2138 as the flip side to 'Lady Madonna'; never released on an LP until Capitol Records' 'Rarities' in 1976; now available on the 'Past Masters' CDs) 
Recording, mixing: The Inner Light, Lady Madonna – The Beatles Bible

If Your Heart Can Take It - The Four Sportsmen (1962 - DNC: the group had one song make the BB Hot 100)

Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees (The Pre-Fab Four) (1967 - #3: song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin)

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing - The Four Aces (1955 - #1: from the movie of the same name starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones, the song won the Oscar for Best Song and spent 6 weeks at #1)

Birthday Calendar

May 17
Pervis Jackson (The Spinners) - born 1938
Malcolm Hale (Spanky & Our Gang) - born 1941

May 18
Big Joe Turner - born 1911
Perry Como  - born 1912
Albert Hammond (76)
Rick Wakeman (71)

May 19
Pete Townsend (75)

May 20
Jill Jackson (Paula of 'Paul & Paula') (78)
Joe Cocker - born 1944
Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) (74)
Susan Cowsill (61)

May 21 
Ronald Isley (79)
Marcie Blaine (76)
Leo Sayer (72)

May 22
Bernie Taupin - Elton John lyricist (70)

May 23
Rosemary Clooney - born 1928
Robert Moog (inventor of the Moog Synthesizer) - born 1934
Dean Friedman (65)

It's a Shame - The Spinners (1970 - #14: Pervis Jackson sang bass for the group)

Lazy Day - Spanky and Our Gang (1967 - #14: Malcolm Hale's sudden death at age 27 brought the group to an end)

Shake, Rattle, and Roll - Big Joe Turner (1954 - #22: original version of song covered by Bill Haley and His Comets; ranks #127/RS500; Turner and Haley became good friends and toured together in 1957)
Song Of The Week: “Shake, Rattle And Roll” by Big Joe Turner | 1 2 ...

It's a Good Day - Perry Como (1955 - NR: from his LP "So Smooth", the song was used in the 1999 movie Blast From the Past)

The Free Electric Band - Albert Hammond (1973 - #48: singer gives up everything for his music)
The Free Electric Band / You Taught Me to Sing the Blues by Albert ...

Your Move - Yes (1971 - #40: first charting single for the progressive rock group; Wakeman was the keyboardist)

Squeeze Box - The Who (1976 - #16: songwriter Townsend never thought much of the song and was surprised at its chart success)
Squeeze box / succes story - germany by The Who, SP with ...

5:15 - The Who (1979 - #45: re-release of a song from 1973's "Quadrophenia" LP)

Hey Paula - Paul & Paula (1963 - #1: 'Paul' was Ray Hildebrand)

The Letter - Joe Cocker (1970 - #7: from his "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" LP; Leon Russell assisted on the song)

Dream Baby - Cher (1966 - DNC: the song, written by Sonny Bono, received airplay in the Los Angeles area but failed to catch on nationally)
Chèr* - Dream Baby (1967, Vinyl) | Discogs

Ask the Children - The Cowsills (1968 - NR: deep cut from the "Captain Sad and His Ship of Fools" LP that featured 9-year-old Susan)
Album Cover Art Wednesday: Captain Sad and his Ship Of Fools ...

This Old Heart of Mine - The Isley Brothers (1966 - #12: the group's first chart single since 1962, the song was their first for Motown subsidiary Tamla Records)

Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane (1962 - #3: one-hit wonder for the singer from Brooklyn who recorded it as a favor for a friend)

Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) - Leo Sayer (1975 - #9: Sayer still records and performs)

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John (1972 - NR: from the "Honky Chateau" LP, the song was inspired by Bernie Taupin's first visit to New York City)

Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John (1975 - #4: Taupin's biographical account of John's near suicide in 1969)

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Half As Much - Rosemary Clooney (1952 - #1: her cover of the Hank Williams classic)

Daily Nightly - The Monkees (1967 - NR: Monkee Mickey Dolenz owned one of the first Moog synthesizers; the band recorded the song written by Mike Nesmith about the Sunset Strip curfew riots and Dolenz laid down a Moog track over it)
Micky DolenzMicky Dolenz
Micky DolenzThe Monkees' “Daily Nightly” introduced the rock world to the Moog

Ariel - Dean Friedman (1977 - #26: a one-hit wonder in the US, Friedman still performs)

442 Glenwood Avenue - The Pixies Three (1964 - #56: three teenagers from Hanover, Pa. who got their name from their 'pixie' hairdos)
The Pixies Three Albums: songs, discography, biography, and ...

409 - The Beach Boys (1962 - #76: the song references Chevrolet's 409 cubic inch V-8 engine)

Four Strong Winds - Bobby Bare (1964 - #60: Bare's take on the classic Ian Tyson tune, voted #1 Canadian song in a 2005 poll)
45cat - Bobby Bare - Four Strong Winds / Take Me Home - RCA Victor ...

For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder (1968 - #2: song was written and recorded by others as a slow ballad but Stevie Wonder did it uptempo and had a big hit)

For What It's Worth - The Buffalo Springfield (1967 - #7: Stephen Stills wrote the song about the Sunset Strip curfew riots [see "Daily Nightly" above]; the group's biggest hit)
SONGS of PROTEST: Important pieces of our history - Rock.It Boy ...

For the Love of Him - Bobbi Martin (1970 - #13: Martin co-wrote the song, which was her biggest of five charting singles on the BB Hot 100)

For Your Love - Ed Townsend (1958 - #13: Townsend wrote the song for Nat 'King' Cole, but Capitol records liked his voice and his version was released) For Your Love, written & recorded by Ed ...
For All We Know - The Carpenters (1971 - #3: song was written for and used in the film "Lovers and Other Strangers"; Richard Carpenter saw the film and wanted to record the song)
45cat - Carpenters - For All We Know / Don't Be Afraid - A&M - USA ...

For the Love of Ivy - The Mamas and the Papas (1968 - #81: John Phillips and Denny Doherty co-wrote the song which appeared on the group's fourth LP)

For the Good Times - Ray Price (1971 - #11: country crossover for Price written by Kris Kristofferson)

For Pete's Sake - The Monkees (1967 - NR: song was co-written by Peter Tork for the group's "Headquarters" LP; used to close the show in the second season)

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 May 30, 2020: Gregory James (GJ). 

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