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June 27, 2020 - GJ - June 21-27 in Rock History

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Date:  June 27, 2020

Host:  Gregory James
Feature:  June 21-27 in Rock ‘n Roll History

Birthday Calendar

June 21
Ray Davies          76 years old
Brenda Holloway  74 years old
Nils Lofgren         69 years old
O.C. Smith           (b. 1932, d. 2001)

June 22
Kris Kristofferson 84 years old
Howard Kaylan (Turtles, Flo and Eddie)  73 years old
Todd Rundgren    72 years old
Cyndi Lauper        67 years old
Peter Asher          76 years old

June 23
Rosetta Hightower (Orlons lead singer) (b. 1944, d. 2014)

June 24
Jeff Beck              76 years old
Mick Fleetwood    73 years old
Arthur Brown        78 years old
Colin Blunstone (Zombies lead singer)  75 years old

June 25
Carly Simon         75 years old
David Paich (Toto keyboards and vocals)   66 years old
Eddie Floyd          83 years old
Harold Melvin       (b. 1939, d. 1997)

June 26
Georgie Fame      77 years old

·     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)

Happenings Ten Years Time Ago        Yardbirds
On June 21, 1966 Jimmy Page made his first appearance with The Yardbirds at London’s Marquee Club.

She Said She Said      Beatles
The Fab Four recorded this track on June 21, 1966 with George Harrison playing bass rather than Paul McCartney.

Recording, mixing: She Said She Said – The Beatles Bible

Let’s Get Together           Hayley Mills
The film “The Parent Trap” opened on June 21, 1961 starring Hayley Mills. When the producers asked her to sing the song, she told them she was an actress, not a singer. The producers said, “Well, act like you’re singing.”

Freedom Blues       Little Richard  #47  1970
On June 21, 1990 Little Richard got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He co-wrote (with Esquerita) and recorded “Freedom Blues” 50 years ago. Check out the lyrics--the song could have been written yesterday.


Like a Tiger            Fabian
In 1959 Fabian’s biggest hit entered the charts on June 22.

Fabian Forte - Wikipedia

Under the Boardwalk       The Drifters
On June 22, 1964, the Drifters released this big hit, behind Johnny Moore’s lead vocal, reaching #4 on the Hot 100.

Fingertips Parts 1 and 2         Little Stevie Wonder
On June 22 1963 Stevie Wonder’s first hit debuted on charts. He was 12 years old, the youngest performer to ever top the charts at that time.

Wipe Out      Surfaris
On June 22 1963 the Surfaris’ biggest hit began drumming its way up the charts.

Wipe Out (instrumental) - Wikipedia

Something Happened to Me Yesterday   Rolling Stones
On June 22 1967 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards went on trial for drug possession in London. This track, from “Between the Buttons,” was recorded in 1966 and is unique for featuring Keith Richards singing the chorus and for Brian Jones playing horn, tuba and whistling. It is unknown whether this track was used as evidence in the trial…

Sex! Drugs! and Rock'N'Roll! | History of Decades

How Can I Be Sure      Young Rascals
On June 22 1967 the Young Rascals recorded this rather elaborate waltz time track, inspired by Adrienne Becchuri, Felix Cavaliere’s young girlfriend (and erstwhile fiancée). The couple eventually parted ways after a year together.

Splish Splash       Bobby Darin
On June 23 1958 Darin’s breakout hit first appeared on multiple charts. It reached #3 on the Pop chart,  #2 on the R&B chart and #14 on the Country chart. The song was composed by Darin and radio DJ Murray “The K” Kaufman. Check out Darin's dance moves in this performance on Dick Clark's Saturday night TV show.

My Maria         B.W. (Buckwheat) Stevenson
Recorded on June 23 1973, the song peaked at #9 on the pop chart. Guitar by Larry Carlton.

B.W. Stevenson – My Maria – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of ...

Chain of Fools        Aretha Franklin
On June 23 1967 Aretha Franklin recorded a song originally intended for Otis Redding. This version features an extended opening with Franklin seemingly improvising a soulful rubato accompanied by Joe South’s reverberant guitar.

Coffee Break: Chain of Fools | The Current

I Can See Clearly Now      Johnny Nash
On June 23 1972 Nash released his composition that worked its way slowly up the charts until it jumped from #20 to #1 in two weeks and stayed in the top spot for four weeks.

If I Can Dream     Elvis Presley
The first time anyone heard the song was as the finale of Presley’s 1968 comeback TV special. Presley recorded it in the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After hearing the composer’s demo, Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, thought it wasn’t Elvis’ kind of song. Presley, after hearing the demo, insisted that he would record the song and declared that he would never sing another song he did not believe in.

Sweet Caroline     Neil Diamond
Released on June 23 1969, Diamond said the song was about his then-wife Marcia, but he needed a three-syllable name and chose Caroline (as in Kennedy). It reached #4 on the Hot 100.

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Do It Again        Kinks     #41     12/84
Written and sung by Ray Davies about the Kinks’ grueling touring schedule--or anybody's repetitive routine.

Fan Asks The Kinks To 'Do It Again' | WBUR News

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy     Brenda Holloway    
#39  1967
Co-written by Holloway and recorded after she broke up with her boyfriend. Carole Kaye played bass.

La La Peace Song     O.C. Smith    #62     1974
This was an anti-war anthem in a time of relatively few recordings on that theme.

OC Smith - La La Peace Song (1974, Vinyl) | Discogs

Can We Still Be Friends?  Todd Rundgren  #29  1978
From Rundgren’s “Hermit of Mink Hollow” LP, Rundgren played all the instruments on this song, presumably about his breakup with longtime companion Bebe Buell.

When You Were Mine      Cyndi Lauper
Just dipping a toe into '80's pop with this track from her “She’s So Unusual” LP. Her cover of this Prince song was released only as a promotional single in the U.S. The video is worth it for the hair and her moves.

There’s No Living Without Your Loving   Peter and Gordon    #50   1966 

45cat - Peter And Gordon - There's No Living Without Your Loving ...

Crossfire      Orlons    1963  #19
Motown had the Funk Brothers as its house band. Cameo-Parkway had the Applejacks who drove this track to greatness behind the Orlons' usual stellar performance.

The Orlons - Crossfire! (1963, EP, Vinyl) | Discogs

Let Me Love You        Jeff Beck Group       
On June 22 1968 the Jeff Beck group made its first U.S. appearance at Fillmore East with Rod Stewart singing.

On March 3, 1967, the newly formed Jeff... - The College of Rock ...

Black Magic Woman  Fleetwood Mac   1969  DNC
Check out the video for a live, but asynchronous, film version of the song. Still fascinating to see this lineup.

Devil’s Grip on Me  Crazy World of Arthur Brown  1967  NR
Vincent Crane plays keyboards on the track.  Paging Goldy McJohn…

Arthur Brown ♪ Devil's grip on me (1967) - YouTube

I Want You Back Again      Zombies      #95  1965
This was a standalone single release in the U.S. and was admired and covered by Tom Petty.

THE ZOMBIES I Want You Back Again RSD 2017 7" vinyl han

You Belong to Me     Carly Simon    #6  1978
David Sanborn plays the spectacular sax solo. James Taylor, her husband at the time, sang back up. The song would seem to be about Simon’s distress over the attention Taylor was getting from (or, perhaps, paying to) other women.

Wake Up Everybody    Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes      #12  1975
Vocals by Teddy Pendergrass and Harold Melvin on this track that still resonates today, 45 years later.

In the Meantime     Georgie Fame      #97  1965
Fame shows off some of his jazz influences and chops on this swinger.

Georgie Fame Page

On a Saturday Night     Eddie Floyd     #92  1967
Anything can happen on a Saturday night…

Eddie Floyd - On A Saturday Night - YouTube

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On      Jerry Lee Lewis
On June 24, 1957 Lewis’ first single debuted on the charts, eventually working its way up to #3. Lewis’ version was a cover of Big Maybelle’s original recording with Lewis adding the spoken dialogue. The 1964 video conveys the energy of Jerry Lee live.

Flower in the Sun  Big Brother and the Holding Company
On June 24 1966 Janis Joplin first appeared as the lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company. “Flower” was recorded during the “Cheap Thrills” sessions, but was not included on that LP.

Big Brother and the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills - FoundSF

Blowin’ in the Wind  Peter Paul and Mary
On June 24 1963 the trio released this Grammy-winning record that reached #2 on the Pop Charts.

Celebrating 50 Years of Peter, Paul and Mary — Give or Take - The ...

Looking for Love      The Carpenters
On June 24 1966, the Richard Carpenter Trio (with Karen on drums) won a Battle of the Bands at the Hollywood Bowl. This track is considered the first recording by Karen Carpenter, who was16 years old at the time.

Died This Day In LA: Karen Carpenter: LAistNumber 16: Richard Carpenter: 33 years after Karen's death

Payola Blues      Neil Young
On June 24 1975 tax evasion and payola charges were brought against record executives Clive Davis, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Young was backed by the Shocking Pinks on his 1983 LP “Everybody’s Rocking.”

When Neil Young Made a Rockabilly Record, 'Everybody's Rockin''

Baby Get It and Don’t Quit It     Jackie Wilson   #61 1963
On June 25, 1966 Wilson was arrested in Port Arthur TX for inciting a riot by refusing to stop singing.

Jackie Wilson – Mr Excitement – Voices of East Anglia

All You Need Is Love     Beatles
On June 25 1967 the group performed the song (with some guests and a backing track) on “Our World,” the first live global satellite television broadcast.

The Beatles on Our World: All You Need Is Love – The Beatles Bible

Water Wheel       Hall and Oates     NR
On June 25, 1970 Daryl and John recorded together for the first time on an album called “Whole Oats.”  This side was one of Axl Rose’s favorites—seriously.

Hall & Oates - Whole Oats - Music

Red House        Jimi Hendrix Experience
On June 25, 1967 Jimi, Mitch and Noel played for free in Golden Gate Park in the afternoon then played for paying customers (twice!) at Fillmore West that evening.

Jimi Hendrix San Francisco, "Panhandle'/'Golden Gate Park ...

Hot Fun in the Summertime     Sly and the Family Stone
On June 25, 1969 Sly recorded this track which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100. It is one of the few Sly recordings featuring strings.

I’ve Loved These Days   Billy Joel
On June 25, 1992 Hicksville High School waived Joel’s incomplete English and gym credits from 1967 (when he overslept and missed the final exams), enabling him to finally graduate from high school. 

School of Rock Queens (@SORQueens) | Twitter

Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell
On June 26, 1969 Mitchell appeared on ABC’s “The Mama Cass Television Program” singing her composition, which did not chart in her version.

That’s What Girls Are Made For    The Spinners
On June 26, 1961 the Spinners’ first single appeared on the charts. Marvin Gaye played drums on this track that reached #27 on the Hot 100.

‎That's What Girls Are Made For - Single by The Spinners on iTunes

You Really Got A Hold On Me  Cher and Gregg Allman
On June 26, 1975, after 10 years of marriage, Sonny and Cher’s divorce became final. Four days later Cher married Gregg Allman and 10 days after that they split up, only to get together and split up yet again. 

Cher Mourns Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: 'Words Are Impossible ...

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool    Connie Francis
On June 27, 1960 Francis reached #1 for the first time with a track that begins with an organ intro that you might hear in a roller skating rink.  She was the first female soloist to reach #1 on the Hot 100. She claimed to have nailed the recording in two takes.

Blueberry Hill     Gene Autry/Fats Domino
On June 27, 1956 Fats Domino recorded his cover that eclipsed Gene Autry’s original version.

Blueberry Hill by Gene Autry on SpotifyBlueberry Hill Fats Domino | Rhythm and blues, Rock'n'roll, New ...

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
H100 = Hot 100 Chart
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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