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Date:  July 25, 2020

Host:  Gregory James & Kim Vaughan

Feature:  National __ Day




Birthday Calendar



Jul 19   – Commander Cody (b. George Frayne IV) – age 76

            – Brian May (Queen) – age 73


Jul 20   – John Lodge (Moody Blues) – age 75

            – Dennis Yost (Classics IV) – born in 1943

            – Carlos Santana – age 73


Jul 21   – Cat Stevens (b. Steven Georgiou, now Yusef Islam) – age 72


Jul 22   – Estelle Bennett (Ronettes) – born in 1941

            – Chuck Jackson – age 83

            – Rick Davies (Supertramp) – age 76


Jul 23   – Tony Joe White – born in 1943

    Dino Danelli (Young Rascals) – age 76


Jul 24   – Jimmy Holiday – age 86


Jul 25   – Steve Goodman – born in 1948









·       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)





Ice Cream Man – Van Halen (1978, from their self-titled debut album)


Lazy Day – Spanky & Our Gang (1967, #14, “ice cream, daydream…”.  By the way, the lyric “children saying hello” was originally “squirrels saying hello”.)

spanky and our gang 45 | Classic 45: Spanky and Our Gang--Lazy Day ...  Spanky And Our Gang* - Lazy Day (1967, Vinyl) | Discogs





Moon River – Jean Thomas (1962, did not chart.  The versions by Henry Mancini and Jerry Butler each reached #11.)


Moon Shadow – Cat Stevens (1971, #30)





Cheeseburger In Paradise – Jimmy Buffett (1978, #32.  A cheeseburger was the first thing Buffett ate when he returned to shore after a boating mishap.)


RC Cola And A Moon Pie – NRBQ (1973, did not chart)





Hot Dog – Shakin’ Stevens (1980, UK #24)


Hot Dog – Elvis Presley (1957, from the soundtrack of his film Loving You)





Amelia Earhart – Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1979, from the album Rock n’ Roll Nights)


Amelia – Joni Mitchell (1976, from her album Hejira, inspired by a road trip she took without a driver’s license.  In an LA Times interview, she said she was “thinking of Amelia Earhart and addressing it from one solo pilot to another.”)


Tequila – Champs (1968, #1 for five weeks, R&B #1 for four weeks)


Tequila Sunrise – Eagles (1973, #64)

  45cat - Eagles - Tequila Sunrise / Twenty-One - Asylum ...

Kissin’ Cousins – Elvis Presley (1964, #12, from the soundtrack of the movie of the same name)





Drive-In – Beach Boys (1964, from the album All Summer Long, “a few chili dogs and man I’m goin’ broke”)


Jack And Diane – John Cougar (1982, #1 for four weeks, “suckin’ on a chili dog outside the Tastee Freeze”.  It was John Mellencamp’s biggest hit.)







2 Triple Cheese (Side Order Of Fries) – Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen (1981, did not chart)


Some Day One Day – Queen (1974, from their second album Queen II.  Brian May wrote it, sang lead, and played the electric and acoustic guitars.)


Ride My See-Saw – Moody Blues (1968, #61, written by bassist John Lodge)


Spooky – Classics IV (1967, peaked at #3 in early 1968)


She’s Not There – Carlos Santana (1977, #27, 13 years after the Zombies had a hit with it)

SANTANA - she's not there 45 rpm single - Music  Santana - She's Not There (1977, Vinyl) | Discogs


The Wind – Cat Stevens (1971, from his album Teaser & The Firecat)


I Can Hear Music – Ronettes (1966, spent one week on the Hot 100 at #100.  The cover version by the Beach Boys was much more successful.)

  The Ronettes - Wikipedia


I Don’t Want To Cry – Chuck Jackson (1961, #36, title track of his first album, which was all songs about crying)


Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp (1979, #15, written and sung by Rick Davies, who also played electric piano and Hammond organ on the song)


Rainy Night In Georgia – Tony Joe White (1969, from his album Continued.  Brook Benton’s cover version peaked at #4 in 1970.  Tony Joe White’s nickname was “The Swamp Fox”.)


A Beautiful Morning – Rascals (1968, #3, their first single after dropping the word Young from the band name)


Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Jackie DeShannon (1969, #4, Adult Contemporary #2, co-written by Jackie DeShannon with her brother Randy Myers and R&B singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday)


City Of New Orleans – Steve Goodman (from his self-titled 1971 album, the single “bubbled under” at #113 in 1972.  He composed it on the train of the same name.  Arlo Guthrie’s cover version was his only Top 40 hit.)


It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel (1980, #1 for two weeks in July.  On July 19, 1980, it became his first Gold single.)


Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – Roy Orbison (1962, #4.  On July 19, 1981, Odessa TX celebrated Roy Orbison Day and gave him the keys to the city.)


Dance By The Light Of The Moon – Olympics (1960, #47, adapted from the 1944 song Dance With A Dolly, which was adapted from the 1844 song Buffalo Gals)





Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke (1962, #12, with the lyrics “you’re the apple of my eye, you’re cherry pie, and oh, you’re cake and ice cream”.  The Zombies would make a reference to this song in their song Can’t Nobody Love You: “Sam bought you cake and ice cream, called you cherry pie”.)


Both Sides Now – Judy Collins (on her 1967 album Wildflowers, and Judy Collins’ version was released as a single in 1968 and peaked at #8.  The song was written by Joni Mitchell and it was on her 1969 album Clouds.  With the lyric “ice cream castles in the air”.)


Cracker Jack jingle


Junk Food Junkie – Larry Groce (1976, #9.  This was his only song on the Hot 100.  He also recorded songs for Walt Disney Records, and wrote some of them.  Now he’s the host of Mountain Stage.)


MTA – Kingston Trio (1959, #15, “how can I afford to see my sister in Chelsea or my cousin in Roxbury”)


Son-Of-A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield (1968, peaked at #10 in early 1969)


Bottle Of Wine – Fireballs (1967, reached #9 in early 1968, written by Tom Paxton)


Red Red Wine – Neil Diamond (on his 1967 album Just For You, released as a single in 1968 and reached #62.  UB40’s cover version was #34 in 1984.)

45cat - Neil Diamond - Red Red Wine / Red Rubber Ball - Bang - USA ...  Neil Diamond - Red Red Wine (Vinyl) | Discogs


Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones with Linda Ronstadt (on July 21, 1977 she joined them onstage in her home town of Tucson to perform this song.  She also included a cover version of the song on her album Simple Dreams, released later that summer.)


Surrender – Cheap Trick (debuted on the Hot 100 on July 22, 1978, their first song to chart.  It would peak at #62.)


Looks Like We Made It – Barry Manilow (reached #1 on July 23, 1977, his third chart-topper.  It is often perceived as a love song, but if you pay attention to the lyrics, you’ll see that they each found love with someone else.)


She’s Not There – Zombies (1964, #2, released on July 24.  Organist Rod Argent based his lyrics on John Lee Hooker’s song No One Told Me.  Argent’s fiancĂ©e had recently called off their wedding when he wrote this.)


Hanky Panky – Tommy James & The Shondells (1966, #1 for two weeks in July 1966)


Green Onions – Booker T and the MGs (released July 24, 1962, it would reach #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.  Legend has it that Booker T. Jones wrote the opening riff when he was 17.)

Green Onions - Wikipedia  Booker T & The MG's on 'Green Onions': "We'd never rehearsed it ...


Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group (1966, #76, their first Hot 100 song.  The group broke up July 19, 1969.)


Black Is Black – Los Bravos (released July 25, 1966, it would reach #4)


Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto (1964, #5 on the Hot 100, and it was #1 on the Easy Listening chart, later known as the Adult Contemporary chart, on July 25, 1964)



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





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





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