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Date: September 12, 2020
Host: Gregory James
Feature: September 6-12 in Rock History
Dave Bergeron (BS&T tuba/trombone player)
78 years old
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) 77 years old
Gloria Gaynor 77 years old
Buddy Holly (b. 1936 d. 1959)
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (Grateful Dead)
(b. 1945 d. 1973)
Inez Foxx 78 years old
Dee Dee Sharp 75 years old
Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly) 75 years old
Otis Redding (b. 1941 d. 1967)
John McFee (Doobie Brothers) 70 years old
Jose Feliciano 75 years old
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) 70 years old
Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) 77 years old
Jack Ely (Kingsmen) (b. 1943 d. 2015)
Maria Muldaur 77 years old
Gerry Beckley (America) 68 years old
Barry White (b. 1944 d. 2003)
OPENING THEME: Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll
Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)
Diana Paul Anka 1957 #1
On September 6, 1957 Anka joined Alan Freed’s Show of Stars on the heels of his #1 song written about his infatuation with Diana Ayoub, pictured below. He wrote the song when he was 15--she was 20. Anka's crush on Ayoub remained unrequited.
Bad Girl Miracles 1959 #93
This track by the Miracles was the first single released (and the only one released by this group) on the Motown label - all previous singles from the company (and all following ones from the group) were released on the Tamla label. "Bad Girl" was their first national chart hit, reaching #93.
I’m On Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 1964 DNC
On September 6, 1963 Jerry Lee Lewis let his Sun Records contract expire and he signed with the Smash label—and the hits just stopped coming. But this track is a rocker, reminiscent of his early work.
I’ve Been Wrong Before Cilla Black 1965 DNC
On September 6, 1963 Cilla Black signed a management contract with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who changed her stage name to Cilla Black from her real name, Cilla White. Black was Ringo Starr’s mother’s hairdresser and a cloakroom attendant at the Cavern Club where the Beatles played. “I’ve Been Wrong Before” was written by Randy Newman and was a regional hit in Miami.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Beatles 1968 DNC
On September 6, 1968 Eric Clapton recorded the guitar solo for the George Harrison's composition, becoming the first non-Beatle to appear on a Beatles recording.
Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan 1969 #7 H100
Dylan attributed his "new" voice to having quit smoking before recording the album.
Honky Tonk Women Rolling Stones 1969 #1 H100
The song was written while Mick and Keith were on vacation in Brazil from late December 1968 to early January 1969. Rolling Stones' producer Jimmy Miller played the opening cowbell for the recording.
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Jimi Hendrix 1968 DNC
On September 6, 1970 Jimi Hendrix made his last major concert appearance at the “Love and Peace Festival” in Fehmarn, Germany, which, ironically, was marred by guns, violence and bad weather. Voodoo Child was the last of his own compositions that he performed publicly. The video is from a concert in Maui.
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher 1971 #1 H100
The song was written as a comeback record intended to appeal to an adult audience. It was her first solo #1 Billboard hit.
She’s the One Bruce Springsteen DNC
On October 6, 1975 Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” LP was released. This track with the Bo Diddley beat has lyrics such as:
That thunder in your heart at night when you're kneeling in the dark, it say's you're never gonna leave her--
But there's this angel in her eyes that tells such desperate lies and all you want to do is believe her.
Tush ZZ Top 1975 #20 H100
Dusty Hill said the song was written at a sound check in about ten minutes.
Solitaire Carpenters 1975 #17 H100, #1 AC
On September 6, 1975, The Carpenters hit #1 on the Easy Listening (Adult Contemporary) chart with their remake of this Neil Sedaka song.
More Than A Feeling Boston 1976 #5 H 100
After being rejected by all of the other major labels, the Epic label released Boston’s first single on September 6, 1976.
You Send Me Sam Cooke 1957 #1 H100 and R&B
On September 5, 1957, Sam Cooke released this single on Keen Records.
This was another example of a B-side that became the hit record. Also, Cooke’s original version outperformed every cover version.
I'm Gonna' Get Married Lloyd Price 1959 #1 R&B, #3 H100
On September 7, 1959, Lloyd Price moved back up to #1 on the R&B chart with this track that reached #1 on the R&B chart for three weeks and #3 on the Hot 100 for two weeks. In 2010 Price was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and every year his hometown of Kenner LA celebrates Lloyd Price day.
Go Down Gambling Blood Sweat and Tears 1971 #32 H100
On this track Dave Bergeron played perhaps the only known tuba solo in rock music.
Another Brick in the Wall Pink Floyd 1980 #1 H100
The children’s chorus was from Islington Green School. After a week of rehearsal with the students, their track was recorded at the school in 40 minutes—about the length of a single school period.
Reach Out I’ll Be There Gloria Gaynor 1975 #60
Gaynor’s version did better chartwise in Canada and Europe than in the U.S.
Brown Eyed Handsome Man Buddy Holly 1963 #113
The accompaniment to this Chuck Berry cover (recorded by Holly in 1956) was added by the Fireballs in 1962, and the track bubbled under in 1963.
Easy Wind Grateful Dead 1970 NR
A departure from their previous forays into psychedelic music, the LP Workingman’s Dead moved in the direction of Americana music. The group spent nine days recording it, hoping to capture the “Bakersfield sound.”
Hurt By Love Inez and Charlie Foxx 1964 #54 H100, #54 R&B
The song was written by Charlie Foxx who was Inez’ brother. Even though both Inez and Charlie Foxx sang on this track, Sue Records listed only Inez on the label because they were eager to promote her as a soloist.
Respect Otis Redding 1965 H100 #35 R&B #4
It is unclear, or unknown, who wrote the original version of “Respect.” Bandleader Speedo Sims brought the song, which was originally a slow ballad, to Redding who jumped up the tempo and created some new lyrics.
Easy Rider Iron Butterfly 1970 #66 H100
An often overlooked and underrated track from IB’s fifth LP Metamorphosis, with great guitar work by Mike Pinera and Larry Reinhardt.
One Step Closer Doobie Brothers 1981 #24 H100
Michael McDonald and Cornelius Bumpas shared the lead vocals, and Bumpas plays the sax solo. This was their ninth album in nine years and the band was starting to fall apart, a process that was complete in 1982. The Doobies subsequently re-formed in 1987 and the video is from a reunion concert.
Rock Me in the Cradle of Love Dee Dee Sharp 1963 #43 H100
Sharp, who played piano from a young age, began singing at the age of 13. Sharp responded to an ad for backup singers, and sang backup vocals for Lloyd Price, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Jackie Wilson before breaking through as a soloist.
Hey Baby Jose Feliciano 1969 #71 H100
Feliciano made his first public appearance at the age of nine. He blazed new trails in popular music by combining Latin, jazz, blues and soul. He has recorded over 50 albums in Spanish and English, and he is the recipient of the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Walk This Way Aerosmith 1976 #10 H100
The title of the song was inspired by dialogue in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” in which Marty Feldman invites Gene Wilder to “walk this way.”
Louie Louie Kingsmen 1963 #2 H100
Did you know that April 11 is International Louie Louie Day? The track was recorded in one take with vocalist Jack Ely (who wore orthodontic braces at the time) standing on his toes to reach the boom microphone that was suspended over his head. Check out the video below for a clearer rendition of the lyrics.
I’m a Woman Maria Muldaur 1974 #12 H100
Paul Butterfield plays harmonica on Muldaur’s version of this Lieber and Stoller composition.
Muskrat Love America 1973 #67 H100
Written and originally recorded by Willis Alan Ramsey, “Muskrat Love” was one of only a handful of songs that America band members did not write themselves.
Let the Music Play Barry White 1975 H100 #32/1976 #4 R&B
A titan of disco music, White’s vocal tone deepened when he was 14 years old. Check out his duet version of the song with China Black.
Soul Man Sam and Dave 1967 #1 R&B, #2 H100
On September 7, 1967 Sam and Dave released this track, backed up by Booker T. and the MGs and the Mar-Keys. Check out the video for some fancy footwork.
My Boyfriend's Back Angels 1963 #1H100, #2 R&B
Lyin' Eyes Eagles 1975 #2 H 100, #8 CW
On September 7, 1975 The Eagles released this single. Glen Frey and Don Henley were in a restaurant and they saw a beautiful young woman with a much older (and wealthy) man, and Frey said: "She can't even hide those lyin' eyes."
El Condor Pasa Simon & Garfunkel 1970 #18 H 100
On September 7, 1970 Simon & Garfunkel released this track as a single from the album Bridge Over Troubled Water. The instrumentation is by the group Los Incas. The original melody was composed in 1913 by Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles. Since then more than 4,000 versions of the melody have been created with 300 sets of lyrics.
The Loco-Motion Little Eva 1962 #1 R&B, #1 H 100
The song was such a success that Little Eva Boyd had to invent a dance to go along with it. Carole King was a backup singer on her own composition.
Different Worlds Maureen McGovern 1979
#1 AC, #18 H 100
On September 8, 1979, this track reached #1 on the AC chart. This was the theme song for the 1979 TV show Angie and was her final Top 40 hit. In 1981 McGovern took over from Linda Ronstadt in Broadway’s Pirates of Penzance.
The Monkees Theme The Monkees 1966 DNC
On September 8, 1965 advertisements appeared in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety magazine seeking applicants for The Monkees television show. Peter Tork was recommended to the producers by Stephen Stills. Mickey Dolenz was a former child actor in the 1950’s TV series Circus Boy. Davy Jones was a former jockey and musical theater performer. Mike Nesmith was the only applicant who came for the audition based on seeing the trade magazine ad. He showed up to the audition with his laundry.
Ode to Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry 1967 #1
Bobbie Gentry told the Washington Post that she only sang on the demo recording that she took to Capitol Records because it was cheaper than hiring someone else to sing it. A string arrangement by Jimmie Haskell was later dubbed into her original Capitol recording.
Imagine John Lennon 1971 #3 H 100
On September 9, 1971 Lennon released the album and the single. In 2017 Yoko Ono received co-writing credit for the song because the lyrics were inspired by her poem “Cloud Piece.”
I Wanna Be Your Man Rolling Stones 1963 NR
On September 9, 1963 Paul McCartney and John Lennon were working on a song and, when they found out the Rolling Stones needed another song, they gave “I Wanna Be Your Man” to them. This track, unsurprisingly, is one of the most Beatle-esque sounding of the Stones’ tracks.
Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl Rod Stewart 1964 DNC
On September 10,1964 nineteen year-old Rod Stewart recorded his first single with the Hoochie Koochie Men, a group fronted by Long John Baldry. Future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones played on the track, as did Nicky Hopkins on piano and Geoff Bradford on guitar, both standout performances. The video below is an historically interesting montage of stills and silent footage set to the studio recording, of which, apparently, no video exists.
You Make Loving Fun Fleetwood Mac 1977 #9
On September 10, 1977 the Fleetwood Mac LP Rumours tied the existing record for weeks at #1, set in 1967 by the album More of the Monkees. Christine McVie, who wrote and sang the song, told her then-husband John that the song was about her dog…except it wasn’t.
Back Stabbers O’Jays 1972 #1 R&B, #3 H100.
On September 9, 1972, the O’Jays’ first release on the Philadelphia International Label reached #1 on the R&B chart.
Handy Man James Taylor 1977 #1AC, #4 H100
Leah Kunkel, wife of drummer Russ Kunkel who also played on this track, and sister of Cass Elliot, sang back up on this track.
Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon #1 AC, #2 H100
On September 10, 1977 Carly Simon took over the #1 spot on the Adult chart from then-husband James Taylor with this theme song from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. It is believed to be the only time that an artist replaced their spouse at #1 on a Billboard chart.
I Cried a Tear LaVern Baker 1958 #2 R&B, #6 H100
On September 11, 1958 LaVern Baker recorded her biggest chart hit, with King Curtis playing the sax.
CLOSING THEME: Sleepwalk – 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
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
Host September 19: Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on End of Summer Songs and a Tribute to Joe South.
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