Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 14, 2020 - JH: More Double Plays

 Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Date: November 14, 2020

Spotlight:  More Double Plays - same songs by different artists that charted on the BB Hot 100.

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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 

I'm a Believer - The Monkees (1966 - #1) Neil Diamond (1971 - #51) Diamond wrote and played guitar on the song that was the premiere smash for the 'Pre-Fab Four', staying at #1 for 7 weeks and one of 40 singles to sell 10 million copies world wide.

One Tin Soldier - Original Caste (1970 - #34) Coven (1971 - #26) the Coven version appeared in the movie "The Legend of Billy Jack".
Let's Get Together - We Five (1965 - #31) Get Together - The Youngbloods (1967 - #62; 1969 - #5) Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti, later of Quicksilver Messenger Service fame) wrote the song in 1964 and it was recorded by the Kingston Trio.  Their manager took it to We Five as a follow-up to "You Were on My Mind." The Youngblood's version was released in 1967, re-released in 1969, and has since been featured in several films.  The Jefferson Airplane's version on "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off" is worth checking out.

Silhouettes - The Rays (1957 - #3) Herman's Hermits (1965 - #5) song was written by Bob Crewe, who is featured in this week's birthday calendar.  This DJ bought the 45 in about 1980 at the record store that used to be on the corner of the Commons on State and Cayuga Streets.

Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison (1963 - #29) Linda Ronstadt (1977 - #3) Orbison co-wrote the song, which would become Ronstadt's signature song when she recorded for her "Simple Dreams" LP, produced by Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon fame.

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles (1966 - #11) Aretha Franklin (1969 - #17) The original was nominated for three Grammy Awards and is ranked #138/RS500.

45 Corner

Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart (1969 - DNC; 1972 - #42) Chase (1971 - #84) Manfred Mann's Mike d'Abo wrote the song in 1967 and played the awesome piano part on Rod Stewart's version. Chase had a minor hit with "Get It On", and their version was jazz/rock fusion in the vein of Chicago or Blood, Sweat, & Tears. Several members of the group, including founder Bill Chase, were killed in a plane crash in 1974.


Baby I Love You - The Ronettes (1964 - #24) Andy Kim (1969 - #9) Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector and featuring Spector's trademark 'wall of sound', lead singer Ronnie Spector was backed by Darlene Love and Cher, as the other group members were touring with Dick Clark's "Caravan of the Stars." Andy Kim co-wrote and sang on "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies.

Birthday Calendar

November 8
Patti Page (Clara Ann Fowler) - born 1927
Doc Greene (Drifters baritone 1958-62) - born 1934
Bonnie Bramlett - 76
Bonnie Raitt - 71

November 9
Mary Travers (Peter, Paul and Mary) - born 1936
Adam Gratzer (REO Speedwagon drummer) - 62
Tommy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) - born 1949

November 10
Dave Loggins - 73
Greg Lake - born 1947

November 11
LaVern Baker - born 1929
Chris Dreja (The Yardbirds) - 75
Paul Cowsill - 67

November 12
Bob Crewe (4 Seasons writer/producer) - born 1931
Booker T. Jones - 76
Neil Young - 75

November 13
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) - born 1947

November 14
Freddie Garrity (Freddie & the Dreamers) - born 1936

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte - Patti Page (1965 - #8: her last Top Ten hit, "The Singin' Rage, Miss Patti Page" had 15 million-selling singles between 1950 and 1965)

Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters (1960 - #1: the song was co-written by Doc Pomus, who suffered from polio and was inspired by watching his new bride dance on their wedding day; ranks #182/RS500)

Never Ending Song of Love - Delaney and Bonnie and Friends (1972 - #13: The 'Friends' included, at one time or another, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman)

Runaway - Bonnie Raitt (1977 - #57: Her first charting single was a cover of the Del Shannon hit; Raitt herself would hit it big in the 1980s)

If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul & Mary (1962 - #10: written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 as "The Hammer Song", the trio recorded it for their first LP and won two Grammys)

Roll With the Changes - REO Speedwagon (1978 - #58: from their LP "You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish"; Adam Gratzer was with the band from its inception in 1967 to 1988)

Last of the Singing Cowboys - Marshall Tucker Band (1979 - #42: Tommy Caldwell was a founding member and bassist of the group who sadly died in a car crash at the age of 30)

*Please Come to Boston - Dave Loggins (1974 - #5: one-hit wonder for the cousin of Kenny Loggins)

The Court of the Crimson King, Pt. I - King Crimson (1970 - #80: Greg Lake played bass for the progressive rock group before joining Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)

Bumble Bee - LaVern Baker (1960 - #46: Baker had 20 singles chart on the BB Hot 100)

Over Under Sideways Down - The Yardbirds (1966 - #13: Chris Dreja played bass and rhythm guitar for the band; when The Yardbirds broke up Jimmy Page offered Dreja a job in his new band but Dreja turned him down, the new band became Led Zeppelin)

The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine (6-6-6) - The Cowsills (1969 - #75:  a late charting single by the family that inspired The Partridge Family, from their LP "II x II")

Silence Is Golden - The Four Seasons (1964 - "B" side of "Rag Doll": Bob Crewe produced and co-wrote most of the group's biggest hits; cover of the song by The Tremeloes reached #11 in 1967)

Time Is Tight - Booker T. and the MGs (1969 - #6: 'MG' stood for Memphis Group, which included Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn)

It's My Time - The Mynah Birds (1966 - DNC: Neil Young's first band, with Rick James as lead singer; a Rockin' Remnants song premiere?)

Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young (1970 - #33: from his classic LP "After the Gold Rush")

I'm Telling You Now - Freddie and the Dreamers (1965 - #1: although from Manchester, England, the band, led by the 5'3" Garrity, was associated with the Merseybeat sound)

Rockin' Remnants notes the passing of Len Barry, born Leonard Borisoff (6/12/1942 - 11/5/2020).  Born and raised in Philadelphia and recorded on Cameo-Parkway Records.  Lead singer of The Dovells, a doo-wop group begun in 1957, before going solo.

You Can't Sit Down - The Dovells (1963 - #3: the band was scheduled to perform at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas on November 22, 1963.  That performance was cancelled.)

Back to our feature - More Double Plays:

Hello It's Me - Nazz (1970 - #66) Todd Rundgren (1973 - #5) the first song Rundgren wrote, recorded by his first band as a slow ballad and released as the flip-side of "Open My Eyes"; re-recorded for his "Something/Anything" LP.

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (1965 - #1) The Turtles (1970 - #100) Written by P.F. Sloan, the song was rejected by The Byrds and recorded by The Turtles in 1965 but not released until 1970.  McGuire's version was banned by some radio stations due to its controversial subject matter.

Hooked on a Feeling - B.J. Thomas (1969 - #5) Blue Swede (1974 - #1) Blue Swede appropriated the "ooga-chaka" intro from Jonathan King's 1971 cover of the song; Inclusion in the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" gave the song new life.

(I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations (1966 - #8) Rod Stewart (1971 - #24) The Funk Brothers backed The Temps on the original.

Never My Love - The Association (1967 - #2) The 5th Dimension (1971 - #12) Written by the Addrisi Brothers, the Association's version was kept out of the #1 spot by The Boxtops' "The Letter". The same producer for the group produced the 5th Dimension version, which spotlighted the vocal talents of Marilyn McCoo.

*Don't Call Us, We'll Call You - Sugarloaf (1975 - #9: Co-written by lead singer Jerry Corbetta, the song references The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition")

Rock and Roll Music - Chuck Berry (1957 - #8: song ranks #128/RS500; we ran out of time to play the Beach Boys cover from 1976 which charted at #5)

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 November 21, 2020: John Rudan (JR) with Still More Golden Oldies + Remnants Trivia! 

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