Thursday, December 17, 2020

December 12, 2020 - JH: Oldies plus Holiday Sounds

 Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Date: December 12, 2020

Spotlight:  Oldies, one big Birthday Calendar, and Holiday Sounds!

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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 

Don't Let Go - Roy Hamilton (1958 - #13: song was the first top 40 hit ever recorded in stereo)

Nothing But a Heartache - The Flirtations (1969 - #34: one-hit wonder for the female trio from South Carolina)

I'll Meet You Halfway - The Partridge Family (1971 - #9: song was written by Wes Farrell and Gerry Goffin)

Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind (1967 - #5: although this song was Lind's only Top 40 hit, he continues to write, record and perform)

Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett (1974 - #30: first BB Hot 100 hit for one of the world's richest musicians)

One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Honey Cone (1971 - #15: the premiere female group for Hot Wax Records operated by Holland-Dozier-Holland after they left Motown)

Medicine Man - Buchanan Brothers (1969 - #22: one-hit wonder for studio group consisting of Terry Cashman, Gene Pistilli, and Tommy West)

What About Me - Anne Murray (1973 - #64: title track of 1968 LP released in 1973; written by Scott McKenzie)

Save the Country - The 5th Dimension (1970 - #27: Laura Nyro wrote the song in 1968; she was inspired by the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy)

Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers (1966 - #3: TV show theme song written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri)

D.O.A. - Bloodrock (1971 - #36: one-hit wonder of gruesome subject matter for Ft. Worth rock group)

Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond (1970 - #1: Diamond was backed by the Wrecking Crew for what would be his first #1 hit)

45 Corner

Matilda - Cookie and His Cupcakes (1959 - #47: 'swamp rock' by Huey "Cookie" Thierry and his Louisiana group)

Everybody Knows Matilda - Duke Baxter (1969 - #52: one-hit wonder for Baxter, who my Joel Whitburn book says was out of Australia, but there is some debate over this; woulda, shoulda, coulda been a bigger hit?)

Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash (1970 - #46: recorded live at the Ryman Theater in Nashville for his TV show; song written by Kris Kristofferson and reached #1 on the Country charts and was awarded CMA's Song of the Year)

Birthday Calendar

Background Music: Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet (1961 - #25: saxophonist Paul Desmond composed the song with the unusual time signature of 5/4)

December 6:

Dave Brubeck - born 1920
George Williams (The Tymes) - born 1936
Mike Smith (Dave Clark 5) - born 1943
Jonathan King - 76

December 7:

Louis Prima - born 1910
Bent Fabric (Frabicius-Bjerre) - born 1924
Harry Chapin - born 1942

December 8:

Sammy Davis, Jr. - born 1925
Jerry Butler - 81
Bobby Elliott (Hollies drummer) - 79
Jim Morrison - born 1943
Gregg Allman - born 1947

December 9:

George Baker (Johannes Bouwens) - 76
Donny Osmond - 63

December 10:

Chad Stewart - 79
Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) - born 1948

December 11:

Damaso Perez Prado - born 1916
Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton - born 1926
David Gates - 80
Brenda Lee - 76
Jermaine Jackson - 66

December 12:

Francis Albert 'Frank' Sinatra - born 1915
Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) - 83
Terry Kirkman (The Association) - 81
Dionne Warwick - 80
Dickey Betts - 77

You Little Trustmaker - The Tymes (1974 - #12: George Williams was lead singer for the group, which was scheduled to appear at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas on November 22, 1963; a concert which was never held)

Glad All Over - Dave Clark 5 (1964 - #6: Mike Smith was the lead singer/keyboardist for the group, which was known as 'The Dave Clark 5 featuring Mike Smith' when they started out)

It's Good News Week - Hedgehoppers Anonymous (1966 - #48: also known for his hit, "Everyone's Gone to the Moon", Jonathan [who also went professionally by Kenneth] King wrote and produced this tune; he would later discover and name the group 'Genesis')

That Old Black Magic - Louis Prima and Keely Smith (1958 - #18: Prima and Smith were married at the time; Prima would later play the part of 'King Louis' in the animated "Jungle Book" movie)

WOLD - Harry Chapin (1974 - #36: song about a radio DJ is said to have inspired the TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati")

Background Music: Alley Cat - Bent Fabric (1962 - #7: song was a million-seller and won a Grammy)

I've Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis, Jr. (1969 - #11: surprise hit for Davis from the Broadway musical "Golden Rainbow")

Make It Easy on Yourself - Jerry Butler (1962 - #20: nicknamed 'The Iceman' by a Philadelphia DJ, Butler had 39 BB Hot 100 singles)

Pay You Back With Interest - The Hollies (1967 - #28: Bobby Elliott was the only drummer for the life of the group, which has never disbanded)

Light My Fire - The Doors (1967 - #1: single-edit of the song that started it all for the band; #35/RS500)

Revival - The Allman Brothers (1971 - #92: first charting single for the group)

Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection (1970 - #21: song that was part of the early '70s 'Dutch Invasion'; used by Quentin Tarantino in his movie "Resevior Dogs")

Down by the Lazy River - The Osmonds (1972 - #4: written by Osmond brothers Alan and Merrill)

Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy (1964 - #21: the duo's first BB Hot 100 single; they would go on to perform on both the "Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Patty Duke Show")

Grazing in the Grass - Friends of Distinction (1969 - #3: song reached #1 in 1968 as an instrumental by Hugh Masekela)

Background Music: Patricia - Perez Prado (1958 - #1: known as the "King of the Mambo", Prado's biggest hit was 1955's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White", which spent 10 weeks at #1)

Hound Dog - 'Big Mama' Thornton (1953 - #1 R&B: Lieber and Stoller wrote the song and it was the first one they produced; huge hit for Elvis Presley in 1956)

Make It With You - Bread (1970 - #1: David Gates wrote the song and played all of the instruments except the drums)

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (1958 - DNC; 1960 - #14; 1961 - #50; 1962 - #59: "Little Miss Dynamite" would have 50 BB Hot 100 singles and was only 13 years old when she recorded this holiday staple)

Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year - Jackson 5 (1970 - DNC: birthday brother Jermaine is the focus of this Christmas offering)

It Was a Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra (1966 - #28: song made its chart debut on Christmas Day, 1965)

Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis (1960 - #1: Francis had 56 songs chart on the BB Hot 100)

Everything That Touches You - The Association (1968 - #10: Terry Kirkman wrote the song; in 1964 he was dating Barbara Bivens and introduced her sister, Beverly, to the musicians who would become We Five)

Are You There (With Another Girl) - Dionne Warwick (1966 - #39: written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

Holiday Sounds

Background Music: Jingle Bells - Booker T and the MGs

Jingle Jangle - The Penguins (1955 - DNC: group known for the doo-wop classic "Earth Angel")

(It's a) Happy Holiday - The Shells (1962 - DNC: Brooklyn group that capitalized on the doo-wop revival in the early '60s)

Christmas Time (Is Here Again) - The Beatles (1967: one of a series of Christmas messages from 1963 - 69 the Fab Four put out for their fan club; released with the "Free as a Bird" CD single)

Merry Twist-mas - The Marcels (1961: doo-wop group known for "Blue Moon" and "Get a Job")

A Christmas Long Ago - The Shells (1987 - regional hit for the group out of Newark, NJ)

Marshmallow World - Darlene Love; I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes (1963: two cuts from the Phil Spector produced "A Christmas Gift for You" LP, which Rolling Stone magazine labeled the Greatest Christmas Album of All Time in 2019; featured Leon Russell on piano and Sonny Bono on percussion and Jack Nitzsche as arranger)

It's Christmas Once Again - Frankie Lymon (1957: without the Teenagers)

It Doesn't Have to be That Way - Jim Croce (1973 - #64: a sad break-up Christmas song)

Deck the Halls - Jackie Wilson (holiday offering from "Mr. Excitement")

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 December 19, 2020: John Rudan (JR) with more Holiday Sounds!  

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