Saturday, September 26, 2020

September 19 2020 - JH: Tribute to Joe South/End of Summer songs

  Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Date: September 19, 2020

Spotlight:  Joe South Tribute/End of Summer

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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 

Joe South Tribute:

Born - Joseph Alfred Souter in Atlanta, GA. February 28, 1940
Died - September 5, 2020 in Buford, GA. 
Joe South was a singer, songwriter, and session musician and we recognize all three roles in tonight's first hour!

Sheila - Tommy Roe (1962 - #1: Joe South is credited as playing guitar on the song, originally titled "Frita", which Tommy Roe's producer wasn't crazy about; then Roe's aunt Sheila paid his family a visit and the rest is music history)

I Am a Rock - Simon & Garfunkel (1966 - #3: from the "Sounds of Silence" LP [although Joe South did not play on the title track] on which South is credited as playing, as well as the "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" LP)

Just Like a Woman  - Bob Dylan (1966 - #33: Joe South played bass on the legendary "Blonde on Blonde" LP; song ranks #230/RS500)

Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin (1968 - #2: Joe South played the tremolo guitar licks that introduce the song, which ranks #249/RS500; we heard the original unedited version of the song, which was kept out of the #1 spot by "Judy in Disguise With Glasses"; song won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female)

The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor - Joe South (1958 - #47: Joe South's first chart single was a novelty song written by The Big Bopper)

Games People Play - Joe South (1969 - #12: South's biggest hit, the song won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song)

Fool Me - Joe South (1971 - #78: South's last charting single; Lynn Anderson would cover it in 1972 and take it to #4 on the Country charts)

Untie Me - The Tams (1962 - #60: Joe South wrote this as well as "Silly Little Girl" that was covered by the group from Atlanta known for their Tam O'shanter hats they wore onstage)

I Knew You When - Billy Joe Royal (1965 - #14: chart debut 9/18/65)

I've Got to be Somebody - Billy Joe Royal (1966 - #38: South and Royal were close collaborators, South wrote and produced Royal's biggest hits)

Hush - Deep Purple (1968 - #4: Royal's cover of the Joe South song charted at #52 in 1967)

Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson (1971 - #3: Anderson took this Joe South tune to #1 on the country charts and won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Female; Dobie Gray's cover bubbled under at #119 in 1969)

Yo-Yo - The Osmonds (1971 - #3: Billy Joe Royal's version of the South song in 1966 charted at #117, but the Osmonds were hot in 1971)

Birds of a Feather - Paul Revere and the Raiders (1971 - #23: their cover of a Joe South song debuted on the BB Hot 100 the same day as "Yo-Yo", 9/11/71)

Don't It Make You Wanta Go Home - Joe South (1969 - #41: a wistful reminiscence and this DJ's favorite South song)

Birthday Calendar

September 13:
Charles Raymond Offenberg (Ray Charles) - born 1918
David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) - 79
Peter Cetera (Chicago) - 76

September 14:
Ed King - born 1949
Barry Cowsill - born 1954

September 15:
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley - born 1928
Signe Toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane) - born 1941

September 16:
B.B. King - born 1925
George Chakiris - 86
Joe Butler (Lovin' Spoonful drummer) - 79

September 17:
Hank Williams - born 1923
Lamont McLemore (5th Dimension) - 81

September 18:
Jimmie Rodgers - 87
Frankie Avalon (Francis Thomas Avallone) - 80
Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) - born 1951

September 19:
Billy Ward - born 1921
Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) - born 1931
Nick Massi (The Four Seasons) - born 1935
Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers) - 80
Paul Williams - 80
Sylvia Fricker Tyson - 80
'Mama' Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen)- born 1941
Freda Payne - 78

Love Me With All of Your Heart - Ray Charles Singers (1962 - #36: Charles heard the Spanish version of this song, "Cuando Calienta el Sol", while on a cruise and decided to record it)

More & More - Blood, Sweat, & Tears (1969 - DNC: flip side of "Spinning Wheel" and the first song of the group's Woodstock set from 1:30 - 2:30 am Sunday into Monday; the group's performance at Woodstock is often overlooked because they did not appear in the film)

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago (1970 - #4: Robert Lamm wrote the song, the first where Peter Cetera had the lead solo vocal; James William Guercio produced both Chicago and B,S, & T)

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974 - #8: after playing in the Strawberry Alarm Clock Ed King joined the band & co-wrote this hit, #398/RS500; King also does the count-in)

We Can Fly - The Cowsills (1968 - #21: their follow-up to "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things")

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - "Cannonball" Adderley (1967 - #11: The Buckinghams would later add lyrics and take the song to #5)

Chauffeur Blues - Jefferson Airplane (1966 - NR: deep cut from group's first LP that featured Signe Toly Anderson's vocals; it became her signature song in concert and when she was replaced by Grace Slick, Slick would never sing it)

Paying the Cost to be the Boss - B.B. King (1968 - #39: King has BB Hot 100 chart singles in 4 different decades)

Never Going Back - The Lovin' Spoonful (1968 - #73: after John Sebastian left the group, drummer Joe Butler took over lead vocals and the group turned to outside songwriters for new songs, like this one by John Stewart)

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - Linda Ronstadt (DNC - 1974: Ronstadt's cover of the Hank Williams classic made it to #2 on the Country charts and won her a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female)

California Soul - 5th Dimension (1968 - #25: song was by the songwriting team of Ashford & Simpson)

The World I Used to Know - Jimmie Rodgers (1964 - #51: one of Rodgers' later chart singles, written by poet Rod McKuen)

Bobby Sox to Stockings - Frankie Avalon (1959 - #8: Avalon had 31 singles on the BB Hot 100 charts between 1958 and 1962)

Sheena Is a Punk Rocker - The Ramones (1977 - #81: Douglas Colvin played bass for the group, we heard the original ABC single version of the song)

Stardust - Billy Ward & His Dominoes (1957 - #12: both Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson got their start with the Dominoes)

It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton (1959 - #3: Benton co-wrote the song, which topped the R&B charts)

Walk Like a Man - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1963 - #1: Nick Massi played bass for the group and his bass vocals are featured on this song; he left the band in 1965)

Just Once in My Life - The Righteous Brothers (1965 - #9: Written by Goffin-King and produced by Phil Spector)

Waking Up Alone - Paul Williams (1972 - #60: known primarily as a songwriter for others, this is Williams' lone charting single as a solo artist)

Lovin' Sound - Ian & Sylvia (1967 - #101: much more popular in their native Canada, this title track to their 1967 LP was their only single to chart in the States)

California Earthquake - 'Mama' Cass (1968 - #67: song was written by John Hartford, who also wrote "Gentle on My Mind")

You Brought the Joy - Freda Payne (1971 - #52: one of her later hits)


Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward (1963 - #14: although a one-hit wonder for the singer who was born Jacqueline Eloise McDonnell in Hawaii, Ward would go on to sing in hundreds of TV commercials and provided uncredited vocals for the Partridge Family)

All Summer Long - The Beach Boys (1964 - NR: although the title cut of their LP, the song was largely forgotten until it was used over the closing credits of the movie "American Graffiti")

The Things We Did Last Summer - Shelley Fabares (1962 - #46: Fabares played the daughter on "The Donna Reed Show"; song charted at #10 for Jo Stafford in 1946)

A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy (1964 - #7: the song was a bigger hit in the States for the duo, it did not chart in their native U.K.)


Smoke From a Distant Fire - Sanford/Townsend Band (1977 - #9: one-hit wonder for the duo from LA - Ed Sanford and John Townsend)

Ball of Fire - Tommy James and the Shondells (1969 - #19: the group was invited to perform at Woodstock but they declined)

Red Rubber Ball - Simon & Garfunkel (1967 - NR: live version of song co-written by Paul Simon and given to The Cyrkle when they were opening on tour for S & G; released on 1997 "Old Friends" CD)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters (1959 - #1: their cover of the 1933 Jerome Kern classic; his widow disliked the cover so much that she considered legal action to prevent its release)

September 12, 1966 - premiere of "The Monkees" TV show

Take a Giant Step - (1966 - NR: Goffin-King song that was featured in the first Monkees TV episode and the flip side of their first hit, "Last Train to Clarksville")

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 September 26, 2020: John Rudan (JR) with a Golden Oldies Show! 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 12, 2020 - GJ - September 6-12 in Rock History

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Date:  September 12, 2020

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: September 6-12 in Rock History 


Birthday Calendar

September 6

Dave Bergeron (BS&T tuba/trombone player)

78 years old

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)  77 years old

September 7

Gloria Gaynor 77 years old

Buddy Holly  (b. 1936  d. 1959)

September 8

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan  (Grateful Dead)  

(b. 1945  d. 1973)

September 9

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

September 10

Jose Feliciano   75 years old

Joe Perry  (Aerosmith)  70 years old

September 11

Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) 77 years old

Jack Ely (Kingsmen)  (b. 1943  d. 2015)

September 12

Maria Muldaur   77 years old

Gerry Beckley  (America) 68 years old

Barry White (b. 1944  d. 2003)


  • 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)

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.

Brief period as celebrity: Diana Ayoub, seen hee with Paul Anka, was the  lady referred to in Anka's first big hit. : Digital Archive : Toronto  Public Library

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.  

The Miracles Featuring Bill Smokey Robinson* - Bad Girl / I Love Your Baby  (1959, Vinyl) | Discogs19. The Miracles: “Bad Girl” | Motown Junkies

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.

Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan - Samples, Covers and Remixes | WhoSampled

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.

Neil Nathan Unearths “Original” “Honky Tonk Woman” from the 1930s - Cover Me

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.

Solitaire by Carpenters - Samples, Covers and Remixes | WhoSampled

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.

1957 HITS ARCHIVE: You Send Me - Sam Cooke (a #1 record) - YouTubeEpisode Sixty: "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke - A History Of Rock Music in Five  Hundred Songs | Lyssna här |

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.

Mr. Personality: Lloyd Price – SoulRide


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.

Blood, Sweat & Tears* - Go Down Gamblin' (1971, Vinyl) | Discogs

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.

Gloria Gaynor - Reach Out, I'll Be There (1975, Vinyl) | Discogs

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.

Buddy Holly "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" EP Coral 81193 (1963). | Lot #21110 |  Heritage Auctions

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. 

Inez Foxx - Hurt By Love / Mockingbird (1964, Vinyl) | DiscogsTrack 5 - Inez & Charlie Foxx - Tightrope | Again as a resul… | Flickr

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.

Jose' Feliciano At the Top of His Game Talks About His Musical Journey |

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.

I'm a Woman (song) - Wikipedia

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.

Index Of Photos on America Fans Web Site

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  
This recording was originally intended to be a demo for the Shirelles, but it was released as recorded. Bobby Comstock played on this track.

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. 

Simon & Garfunkel - El Condor Pasa (1970, Vinyl) | Discogs

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. 

Ready Teddy Elvis Presley     1956   NR
On September 9, 1956 Elvis Presley made his first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan show.  Contrary to myth, he was not shown from just the waist up but was in full view—at least for his first two Sullivan appearances.  On this track he covers Little Richard’s original version of the song.

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.

I Cried a Tear by Lavern Baker : Napster

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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