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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