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Date:     December 26, 2020

Host:    Gregory James

Feature: Questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?

Birthday Calendar

December 20

Alan Parsons 72 years old

Kim Weston 81 years old

December 21

Carla Thomas 78 years old

Betty Wright (b. 1953, d. 5/10/20)

Carl Wilson (b. 1946,  d. 2/6/98)

December 22

Maurice Gibb (b. 1949, d. 1/12/03)

Robin Gibb (b. 1949, d. 5/20/12

December 23

Jorma Kaukonen 80 years old  

December 24

Lee Dorsey (b. 1919, d. 12/1/86)

December 25

Jimmy Buffett 74 years old

Merry Clayton 72 years old

O’Kelly Isley, Jr. (b. 1937, d. 3/31/86)

Chris Kenner (b. 1929, d. 1/25/76)

December 26

Abdul “Duke” Fakir  (4 Tops tenor) 85 years old

Phil Spector 81 years old


* 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 subsequent dates) unless otherwise noted

* a glossary of terms is below the playlist


OPENING THEME: Good Old Rock n’ Roll—Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys (#29 1969, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Who Put the Bomp? Barry Mann #7   1961

Barry Mann was a songwriter writing about songwriters in this song. He is backed up by The Halos.

Key & BPM/Tempo of Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) by Barry Mann  | Note Discover

What’s New Pussycat?     Tom Jones #3   1965

Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the film of the same name.

Tom Jones What's New Pussycat - YouTube

When Will I Be Loved? Everly Brothers #8   1960

This was their last single released on the Cadence label.

Album When Will I Be Loved, The Everly Brothers | Qobuz: download and  streaming in high qualityThe Everly Brothers* - When Will I Be Loved / Be Bop A-Lula (1960, Vinyl) |  Discogs

*Where Did Our Love Go?     Supremes #1   1964

This record is preserved in the National Recording Registry. Requested by J.T.

The Supremes' 'Where Did Our Love Go' preserved in the Library of Congress  - BLAC Detroit Magazine

*Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Frankie Lymon    #6  1956  

Over twenty cover versions of this song exist. Requested by Michael.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers : Napster

How Can I Be Sure?        Young Rascals #4     1967

Felix Cavaliere plays the cool opening piano riff from which the rest of the song builds.

The Young Rascals - How Can I Be Sure / I'm So Happy Now (1968, Vinyl) |  Discogs

What Does It Take to Win Your Love? Jr. Walker & the All Stars #4   1969  This track was originally rejected for single release by the Motown Quality Control Department.

EML's Favorite Songs – JUNIOR WALKER & the ALL STARS: “What Does it Take  (To Win Your Love)” – ECLECTIC MUSIC LOVER

Who Loves You? Four Seasons   #3     1975                               

Joe Long plays the great bass line on this track.

Who Loves You - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons — People Powered Playlists  by musicto

Where Is The Love? Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway   #5    1972  The instrumentation on this track featured some of the best session players of the 1970’s.

Where Is The Love": Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's Collaborations |  WTTW Chicago

*Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?     Derek and the Dominoes    #120 1973  One reason it’s got to be so sad is because Clapton was in love with his good friend George Harrison’s wife Pattie.  Requested by Michael.

The curse of the Dominos

How Do You Do It?   Gerry/Pacemakers #9     1964

This was the debut single from Gerry and the Pacemakers and was recorded after the Beatles recorded a version, which was not released until 1995.

Gerry and the Pacemakers - Wikipedia

What Have They Done To The Rain? Searchers #29   1965

The song was written by Malvina Reynolds as a protest against atmospheric nuclear weapon testing.

What Have They Done to the Rain THE SEARCHERS - YouTube"What Have They Done to the Rain" by Malvina Reynolds 1962 - Rock & Ecology

Who’ll Stop the Rain? Creedence Clearwater Revival B-side   1970    This was the B-side to “Travelin’ Band” which reached #2 in 1970. The record is widely regarded as an anti-Vietnam war anthem. John Fogerty says he wrote it after having appeared at the rainy Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travellin' Band / Who'll Stop The Rain  (1970, Vinyl) | Discogs

Blowin in the Wind Bob Dylan   DNC  1963

The track was released as a single but did not chart. The song did, however, make the Grammy and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.  Suggested by J. S.

Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind [VINYL] - Music

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Peter Paul and Mary       DNC 1962      The first three verses were written by Pete Seeger in 1955 with additional verses added in 1960 by Joe Hickerson

Peter, Paul and Mary – Where Have All The Flowers Gone Lyrics | Genius  Lyrics

Who Do You Love? Ronnie Hawkins #117 1963

Hawkins does a great job with his cover of a Bo Diddley classic.

45cat - Ronnie Hawkins - Bo Diddley / Who Do You Love - Roulette - USA -  R-4483

What’s It Gonna Be? Dusty Springfield #49 1967

Carole King, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson sing back up.

Dusty Springfield - What's It Gonna Be (1967, Vinyl) | Discogs

Why, Why Won’t You Believe Me? Shep & the Limelites        #125 1964      This track by the doo-wop group from Queens was recorded on the Hull record label.

Daddy's Home by Shep and the Limelites 1961 - YouTube


Games People Play Alan Parsons Project   #16   1980

Games People Play (The Alan Parsons Project song) - Wikipedia

What Good Am I Without You?   Kim Weston (w/ Marvin Gaye)  #61 1964   My best guess is that Joe Hunter plays piano on this track.

Thom's Motown Record Collection: Marvin Gaye Duet Album Covers

When Something Is Wrong With My Baby   Carla Thomas/Otis Redding   #107   1969  

Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – When Something Is Wrong With My Baby Lyrics |  Genius Lyrics

Where Is The Love?      Betty Wright    #96   1975    

Betty Wright - Where Is The Love (1974, Vinyl) | Discogs

God Only Knows    Beach Boys #39   1966  

    God Only Knows – The Beach Boys (song) | thecuriousastronomer

*How Deep is Your Love? Bee Gees #1     1977    

Requested by Gary.

My Mixtape: "How Deep Is Your Love?" by The Bee Gees | KALW

Embryonic Journey      Jefferson Airplane (Jorma Kaukonen)   NR   1967       This track played under the final shot of the empty apartment on the series finale of “Friends” in 2004.

Jorma Kaukonen, the artist and his guitars - SIX STRING VANGUARD

Sneaking Sally Through the Alley   Lee Dorsey     NR    1970  

This was the original recording of Allen Toussaint’s song.

Tears Tears And More Tears/ Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes   Jimmy Buffett #37   1977    Despite his slacker image, Buffett is one of the wealthiest musicians alive due to his royalties and his restaurants. There was a short-lived Broadway musical called, you guessed it, Escape to Margaritaville.

Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes » Jimmy Buffett World

Gimme Shelter Merry Clayton      #73    1970  

Clayton became famous for her backing vocals on the Rolling Stones’ original version. This version has her stepping out front and singing the full song.

Merry Clayton - Southern Man 1969 - YouTube

Why When Love Is Gone? Isley Brothers NR 1967

From their second and final LP for Tamla records.

Isley Brothers* - Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) / Why When  Love Is Gone (1968, Vinyl) | DiscogsIsley Brothers* - Why When Love Is Gone / Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A  Little While) (1968, Vinyl) | Discogs

Something You Got    Chris Kenner   DNC      1961  

Kenner’s was the original recorded version of the song.

CHRIS KENNER Something You Got 1961 - YouTube

Standing in the Shadows of Love    Four Tops     #2    1967  

Abdul “Duke” Fakir, who is the sole surviving member of the Four Tops, sang back-up tenor on this track along with some very fine vocalizing by the Andantes.

The Four Tops - Standing In The Shadows Of Love -

The Radio Song The Parade #127   1968  

The group was a sunshine pop group that released six singles.

45cat - The Parade - The Radio Song / I Can See Love - A&M - USA - 904

*W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin      #36   1974     

The song was inspired by an actual event. He overheard a telephone conversation between a Boston D.J. (who had given Chapin’s song “Taxi” so much airplay that it became a national hit) and his ex-wife. Requested by Scottie.

Harry Chapin - W.O.L.D. (Morning DJ) Join Decades - YouTube

How Do You Do? Mouth and MacNeal     #8       1972    

This track spent 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and if you hear the song even once, it stays in your head for 19 weeks.

Mouth & MacNeal - How Do You Do - Music


What Do You Want with Me? Chad and Jeremy #51   1965   

Chad Stewart played a double-necked guitar and sang the higher harmonies. He performed until 2016 when he retired. He passed away on Sunday December 20.

Chad & Jeremy - Wikipedia

Because You Are My Friend Leslie West NR  1969

A lovely acoustic track by the late Leslie West who died Wednesday December 23. This track pre-dates the formation of the group Mountain, which was named after this album, not the other way around.

Leslie West, 'Mississippi Queen' Rocker, Is Dead at 75 - The New York Times

What’s the Use of Breaking Up? Jerry Butler #20   1969

Great musical and vocal arrangements on this underrated Philadelphia soul classic. 

Jerry Butler "What's The Use Of Breaking Up" Philly 1969 My Extended  Version!

When Will I See You Again?  Three Degrees     #2     1974

The trio sang this song at Prince Charles’ 30th birthday party in 1977. Did you know that every sentence in this song is a question?

When Will I See You Again - Wikipedia

How About That? Dee Clark #33    1960

This track, his fourth straight Top 40 hit, was released between “Hey Little Girl” and his biggest hit “Raindrops.”

Dee Clark - How About That (1960, Vinyl) | Discogs

Why? The Cues #77    1957

This quartet recorded countless back up vocals for several record labels under a variety of names such as The Gliders, The Rhythmakers and The Four Students.

The Cues | Discography | Discogs

Why Am I Treated So Bad? Sweet Inspirations #57 1967

The quartet was one of the most prolific back up singing groups of their day.  This track, written by Pops Staples, was from their first LP as lead singers. 

The Sweet Inspirations – Why (Am I Treated So Bad) Lyrics | Genius LyricsSweet Inspirations - Sweet Inspirations - Music

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Jimmy Ruffin    #7    1966      The song originally featured a spoken introduction by Ruffin, which was removed from the final mix, hence the unusually long instrumental intro on the released version. 

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Wikipedia

What Now My Love? Sonny and Cher #14     1966

Sonny & Cher - What Now My Love (1965, Vinyl) | Discogs

How Many Teardrops? Lou Christie #46     1963

Christie recorded this track on the Roulette label just before he was inducted into the U.S. Army.

lou christie 45 tours discographie

Where’s the Melody? Brenda Lee #105    1967

Lee had 47 Billboard chart hits during her career. This was probably her most danceable tune.

Brenda Lee - Where's The Melody (1967, Vinyl) | Discogs

Where Were You On Our Wedding Day?   Lloyd Price    #23   1959  

  Lloyd Price - Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)? / Is It Really Love?  (1959, Vinyl) | Discogs

Where’s the Playground Susie? Glen Campbell #26      1969

This Jimmy Webb composition was the second single released from Campbell’s LP “Galveston.”

Glen Campbell - Where's The Playground Susie (1969, Vinyl) | Discogs

Where Do the Children Play?       Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam           DNC 1971     Yusuf Cat Stevens painted the cover art on his “Tea for the Tillerman” LP.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman album 50 Years Later

Where Were You When I Was Falling in Love?   Lobo   #23   1979  

Lobo - Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love (1979, Vinyl) | Discogs

Who Am I? Petula Clark #21      1966

This track is a little more contemplative and introspective than her big hit “Downtown.”

Petula Clark - Color My World / Who Am I (1967, Vinyl) | Discogs

Why Should I Cry?       The Gentrys   #61   1970  

The Gentrys - WikipediaThe Gentrys - Why Should I Cry / I Need Love - Sun - USA - 1108 - 45cat

What’s the Matter With You Baby? Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells #17 1964          Motown paired the up and coming Gaye with its established superstar Mary Wells for one LP called “Together.” After Wells left Motown, Gaye was paired with Kim Weston for one LP and finally with Tammi Terrell.

Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells - What's The Matter With You Baby (1964, Vinyl) |  Discogs

CLOSING THEME: Sleep Walk – Santo and 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, publisher of the Hot 100 and other charts

H100 = Billboard Hot 100

Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked but fell below the top 100

CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records

R&B = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

RS 500 = Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranking of the top 500 singles of all time.

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