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August 8, 2020 - JR - Introduction To The Bass, pt. II

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Date:  8/8/2020

Host:  JR

Feature:  An "Introduction" to the Bass, Pt. II

How to Choose the Best Strings for Your Bass Guitar - The Cremona SB-2 Premier Novice Upright Bass - 3/4 Size ...

Tonight it's Part II of An "Introduction" to the Bass which is not a primer on the instrument, but rather songs that prominently feature the Bass in their introductions!  


·       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)

Stand By Me – Ben E. King, BB Top 100 #4, 1960 - NYC studio musician Lloyd Trotman on the upright bass.

It's My Life – The Animals, BB Hot 100 #23, 1965 - Chas Chandler on bass.

I Think We're Alone Now – Tommy James & The Shondells, BB Hot 100 #4, 1967 - NYC studio musician Joe Macho on bass.

The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher, BB Hot 100 #6, 1967 - That's Wrecking Crew bassist Carol Kaye, who made up the bass line in the studio during the recording session!

White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane, BB Hot 100 #8, 1967 - Jack Casady on bass.

Bring A Little Lovin' – Los Bravos, BB Hot 100 #51, 1968 - Miguel Vicens on bass - Mid-charting follow-up to "Black Is Black" (which also has an awesome bass intro), and recently revived in the movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Nobody But Me– Human Beinz, BB Hot 100 #8 - Mel Pachuta on bass.

Badge – Cream, BB Hot 100 #60, 1969 - The one and only Jack Bruce on bass; written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison

Turn Back The Hands Of Time – Tyrone Davis, BB Hot 100 #3, 1970 - Chicago studio musician Billy Robinson plays the bass on this.

I'm A Man – Chicago, BB Hot 100 #49, 1971 - Stereo LP version featuring Peter Cetera on bass and Danny Seraphine on the percussion break.


 Birthday Calendar

August 2nd - Andrew Gold - 1951

August 3rd - Tony Bennett - 94
August 4th - Frankie Ford (Frances Callucio) - 1939

August 5th - Rick Derringer (ne Zehringer) - 73

August 6th - Robert Mitchum - 1917

August 7th - B.J. Thomas - 78
August 8th - Joe Tex (Joseph Arrington Jr.) - 1933
 Lonely Boy – Andrew Gold - BB Hot 100 #7, 1977 - Andrew cut his teeth in music biz playing for Linda Ronstadt and other L.A. artists.  This was his only Top Ten hit.

The Shadow Of Your Smile - Tony Bennett - BB Hot 100 #95, 1965 - Despite this being a low-charting single, it won a Grammy for Song Of The Year and an Oscar for Best Song from the pic The Sandpiper starring Liz and Dick.

Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford (ne Vincent Francis Guzzo) - BB Hot 100 #14, 1959 - Click here to find out the true facts about this song!

Jesse Brady - The McCoys - BB Hot 100 #98, 1968 - The last Hot 100 single for this Indiana band before Rick headed off for a solo career.

The Ballad Of Thunder Road – Robert Mitchum, BB Hot 100 #62, 1958 - From the flick Thunder Road, co-written by Mitchum and re-released in 1962 peaking at #65.

Mighty Clouds Of Joy – B.J. Thomas, BB Hot 100 #34, 1971 - Co-written by future ARS members Buddy Buie and Robert Nix, who also played on the single.

Skinny Legs And All – Joe Tex - BB Hot 100 #10, 1967 - Later in his life, Joe converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Hazziez.

Back to our Introduction to The Bass, Pt II...

Masterpiece - The Temptations, BB Hot 100 #7, 1973 - Similar in structure to "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone", with each group member taking a lead vocal.  Latter-day Funk Brother Bob Babbitt on bass.

Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith, BB Hot 100 #36, 1975 - Tom Hamilton on bass.

One Of These Nights - The Eagles, BB Hot 100 #1, 1 week, 1975 - Randy Meisner on bass.

Psycho Killer - Talking Heads, BB Hot 100 #92, 1977 - Tina Weymouth played bass for T. Heads.  Not bad for a chick, eh?

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen, BB Hot 100 #1, 3 weeks, 1980 - Written by bassist John Deacon and sampled by countless others.

Turn Me Loose - Loverboy, BB Hot 100 #35, 1981 - After some cheesy 80's keyboards bassist Scott Smith kicks in with an awesome bass line.

Super Freak - Rick James, BB Hot 100 #16, 1981 - Motown L.A. studio musician Oscar Alston plays the bass.

I Need You - Paul Carrack, BB Hot 100 #37, 1982 - Paul's good buddy Nick Lowe plays the bass on this!

2020 will go down in history as a dubious year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, on the plus side, it's the 45th Anniversary of JR's debut on Rockin' Remnants!  I had planned to do shows in May and June highlighting more 45's from the early to mid 70's, but obviously got derailed.  As we muddle through the rest of the year, I'm going live in the studio to feature those 45's and tonight ending my show with songs from the Summer of 1974!

You Won't See Me - Anne Murray, BB Hot 100 #8

45cat - Anne Murray - You Won't See Me / He Thinks I Still Care ...You Won't See Me - Wikipedia

Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim, BB Hot 100 #1, 1 week

Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently (1974, Jacksonville Pressing, Vinyl ...Rock Me Gently (Andy Kim song) - Wikipedia

Worse Comes To Worst - Billy Joel, BB Hot 100 #80 - The follow-up to Piano Man, the 45 version has the word "bitch" blanked out!  Only available on the Columbia 45.

Worse Comes to Worst - WikipediaBilly Joel - Worse Comes To Worst (1973, Vinyl) | Discogs

Radar Love - Golden Earring, BB Hot 100 #13 - Track Records was a short-lived imprint of The Who, distributed by MCA.

Golden Earring - Radar Love (1974, Gloversville Pressing, Vinyl ...Golden Earring - Radar Love (1973, Vinyl) | Discogs

Hang On In There Baby - Johnny Bristol, BB Hot 100 #8

45cat - Johnny Bristol - Hang On In There Baby / Take Care Of You ...45cat - Johnny Bristol - Hang On In There Baby / Take Care Of You ...

Please Come To Boston - Dave Loggins, BB Hot 100 #5

45cat - Dave Loggins - Please Come To Boston / Let Me Go Now ...45cat - Dave Loggins - Please Come To Boston / Let Me Go Now ...

Clap For The Wolfman - The Guess Who, BB Hot 100 #6 - I remember a late-night wisecracking DJ said of this: "Sounds like the Wolfman has some kind of disease!"

45cat - The Guess Who - Clap For The Wolfman / Road Food - RCA ...45cat - The Guess Who - Clap For The Wolfman / Road Food - RCA ...

Beach Baby - First Class, BB Hot 100 #4 - A One-Hit-Wonder British studio band, but what an indelible image of summertime!

45cat - First Class [UK] - Beach Baby / Both Sides Of The Story ...45cat - The First Class [UK] - Beach Baby - Part I / Beach Baby ...

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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