Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June 26, 2021 - JR - More Oldies from the J-Archives!

 Rockin' Remnants

Rockin' Remnants is broadcast from WVBR-FM Ithaca. Check out our 
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Date: 6/26/2021

Host:  JR

Feature: More Golden Oldies!


·       yellow song titles are YouTube links

·       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


Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren - 1963

Lonely Boy - Paul Anka - 1959

Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine - His first Hot 100 single peaked at #93.

She Cried - Jay & The Americans - 1962 - Original lead singer Jay Traynor left after this and was replaced by David "Jay" Blatt.

Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan - 1968

Poison Ivy - The Coasters - 1959

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now - 1972

Tell All The People (45 version) - The Doors - 1969

I Just Want To Celebrate (45 version) - Rare Earth - 1971

Five O'Clock World - The Vogues - 1966 

Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy - 1969 - From the movie Fireball!

Heroes - David Bowie - 1976
*There's No Way Out Of Here - David Gilmour - 1978 

*Troglodyte (45 version) - The Jimmy Castor Bunch - 1973

7pm - 8pm - Birthday Calendar

June 20 - Brian Wilson - 79

                Anne Murray - 76

                Lionel Richie - 72

                Chet Atkins - 1924

June 21 - Sir Ray Davies - 77

                Nils Lofgren - 69

June 22 - Kris Kristofferson - 85

                Howard Kaylan (Turtles) - 74

                Todd Rundgren - 73

June 24 - Jeff Beck - 77

June 25 - Eddie Floyd - 82

                Carly Simon - 74

Medley (Country Gentleman, Mister Sandman, Wildwood Flower, Freight Train) - Chet Atkins 

Sloop John B (Vocals Only) - The Beach Boys - Capitol Records released Pet Sounds Sessions in 1997, on the 30th anniversary of the album's original release; 4 CD's including mono and stereo mixes along with studio outtakes and this gem.


Snowbird - 1970 - Anne Murray

Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie - 1985 - Theme from the movie White Nights starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov; Grammy Best Song.

Misfits - The Kinks 1977

Take You To The Movies Tonight/Back It Up (Live) - 1975 - Nils Lofgren

Why Me - Kris Kristofferson - 1973 -  Kris's woman at the time, Rita Coolidge, supplies the soprano vocals.  At this time, when the average life of a song on the Hot 100 was 15 weeks, this was on the chart for 38 weeks, peaking at #16!
Todd Rundgren - The Want Of A Nail - 1987 - Featuring the late Bobby Womack on co-vocals.


Let Me Be - The Turtles - 1966

People Get Ready (45 version) - Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart - 1984 
Beck and Stewart first teamed up in 1967 for two LP's before Rod left for a solo career in 1969.

Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd - Instrumental backup by the MG's.

Vengeance - Carly Simon - 1979 - Featuring the late Tim Curry on background vocals.

Can't Get Used To Losing You - Andy Williams - Penned by the great NYC songwriting team of Jerome "Doc" Pomus and Mort Shuman.

Darling Be Home Soon - The Lovin' Spoonful - 1966

Northern Lights - Renaissance - 1978

8pm - 9pm

Let's Pretend - The Raspberries - 1973

*Ball Of Fire - Tommy James & The Shondells - 1969

*Bridge Of Sighs - Robin Trower - 1974

Two Lane Highway (45 version) - Pure Prairie League - 1975

Walk On Water (45 version) - Neil Diamond - 1972

Two Faced Man - Gary Wright - 1971 - Check out the really cool live version of this on The Dick Cavett show!  Look for the special guest guitarist in the background...

Ramona (45 version) - Wet Willie - 1979

The Ark - Gerry Rafferty - 1978 - An album track from City To City, which put Gerry on the map with "Baker Street"!

There's A Place In The World For A Gambler - Dan Fogelberg - 1975 - From the LP Souvenirs and also the FM soundtrack.

Jesus Was A Crossmaker - The Hollies - 1972 - From the LP Romany that features a rare lead vocal from guitarist Terry Sylvester.

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 July 3, 2021: John Simon (JS) with a feature on Charting Covers.  

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

June 19, 2021 - GJ - Father's Day, Juneteenth, Summer Solstice

Rockin’ Remnants

Rockin’ Remnants is broadcast from WVBR-FM Ithaca. Check out our webpage, like us on Facebook, and tune in to 93.5 FM or stream the show every Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Eastern. (Or download the WVBR+app now available for iOS and Android.)

Thanks to our sponsors Island Health & Fitness and Rasa Spa for their support every week!

Date:    June 19, 2021

Host:      Gregory James

Feature: Father’s Day, Juneteenth, Summer Solstice

Birthday Calendar

June 13

Bobby Freeman     (b. 1940  d. 2017)

Uriel Jones  (Funk Brothers drummer)  (b. 1934  d. 2009)

Marv Tarplin  (Motown/Miracles songwriter/guitarist)  (b. 1941  d. 2011)

June 14

Renaldo Benson (Four Tops baritone)    (b. 1936  d. 2005)

Rod Argent 76 years old

Junior Walker  (b. 1931  d. 1995)

June 15

Harry Nilsson     (b. 1941  d. 1994)

June 16

Lamont Dozier   (Holland Dozier Holland Motown) 80 years old

Eddie Levert      (O’Jays) 79 years old

June 17

Barry Manilow     78 years old

June 18

Paul McCartney     79 years old

June 19

Tommy DeVito     (Four Seasons)    (b. 1928  d. 2020)

Ann Wilson  (Heart)   71 years old

Al Wilson  (b. 1939  d. 2008)


* 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

* glossary of terms is below the playlist


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

Freedom     Richie Havens 1969   DNC

Richie Havens - 'Freedom' (from Woodstock)

At Woodstock, Havens had already performed every song he knew in his set and he was asked by the promoters to continue playing because artists performing after him were stuck in traffic. He took the song “Motherless Child” and improvised “Freedom” from that. The track was released as a single in 1972 but it did not chart.

Papa Was A Rolling Stone Temptations 1972  

#5 R&B  #1 H100

The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin' Stone / Masterpiece (1983, Vinyl) -  Discogs

This track won three Grammys in 1973. It was their last #1 hit. Trumpet solo by Maurice Davis.

I’ll Follow the Sun Beatles 1965 DNC

The Beatles – Rock And Roll Music / I'll Follow The Sun (1964, Vinyl) -  Discogs

Paul McCartney has said that he wrote the song at the age of 16 after recovering from the flu.

Summer’s Here James Taylor 1981  #25 AC

Summer's Here | JAMES TAYLOR - YouTube

From JT’s album “Dad Loves His Work.” It was the B-side to “Hard Times.” Greg Taylor played harmonica.

Inner City Blues Marvin Gaye 1971  #9 H100   #1 R&B

Darling Nisi on Twitter: "Maybe Your Baby (1972) Stevie Wonder"

If you focus on the bass part by Bob Babbitt—it is a symphony unto itself.

Cat’s In The Cradle   Harry Chapin 1974  #1

The song began its life as a poem written by Chapin’s wife Sandra. Chapin once said that the song reflected some of his own relationship with his son Josh, saying, “Frankly, this song scares me to death.”

People Get Ready Aretha Franklin 1968 NR

People Get Ready - YouTube

From her “Lady Soul” album.

Father And Son Yusuf Cat Stevens 1971 DNC

This was the B-side to “Moon Shadow.” 

Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts 1972 #6

Summer Breeze (song) - Wikipedia

From the LP of the same name.

Get Up, Stand Up    Bob Marley and the Wailers   1973 DNC

Bob Marley wrote the song in response to the impoverished conditions he observed while visiting Haiti.

People Got to Be Free      Young Rascals  1968

#1 H100 (five weeks)   R&B   #14 

Daddy Could Swear, I Declare Gladys Knight   1973  #2 R&B  #19 H100

Gladys Knight & the Pips "Daddy Could Swear I Declare" My Extended Version!  - YouTube

This track was from their ninth Motown record after which they moved to Buddah Records. But Motown had enough unreleased material from the group that the label released three more albums of previously unreleased material.

In the Summertime Mungo Jerry 1970 #3

Mungo Jerry: In The Summertime - the story behind the song | Louder

Written, according to composer and lead singer Ray Dorset, in ten minutes.


Susie Sunshine Bobby Freeman 1969 B-side  DNC

45cat - Bobby Freeman - Four Piece Funky Nitty Gritty Junky Band / Susie  Sunshine - Double Shot - USA - 144

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Temptations   1966   #13   H100  #1 R&B

The Temptations “Ain't Too Proud To Beg” (1966) | So Much Great Music

The first sound you hear on “Ain’t Too Proud” is Uriel Jones’ drum roll.

Tracks of My Tears Miracles     1965 #16 H100   #2 R&B

Smokey Robinson Remembers Marv Tarplin - Rolling StoneThe Miracles – The Tracks Of My Tears (1965, Vinyl) - Discogs

Marv Tarplin went to high school with Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard and played on their early gigs as the Primettes. He also was present at their Motown audition, and we know what happened after that. His opening riff to this song was a re-working of a Harry Belafonte calypso song.

Keeper of the Castle Four Tops  1972   #7 R&B,  1973 #10  H100

This was the Tops’ first hit record on the ABC-Dunhill label after they left Motown in 1972

Sometimes Zombies 1965 NR

Rod Argent wrote this track that appeared on their eponymous first LP released in the States.

Shake and Finger Pop Junior Walker and the All-Stars  1965  #29 H100, #7 R&B

Junior Walker & The All Stars – Shake And Fingerpop (1965, Vinyl) - Discogs

Don’t Leave Me  Nilsson 1968 NR

Harry Nilsson performing 'Don't Leave Me' on French TV | Dangerous Minds

From Nilsson's LP "Aerial Ballet," a tribute to his grandparents' high wire circus act.

Cool Me Out Lamont Dozier 1968 NR

Motown's Lamont Dozier Started as a Janitor. Then He Wrote 500 Songs. | WDET

Sing a Happy Song O’Jays 1979 #102 H100    #7   R&B

Caroline Barry Manilow 1973/1975 NR

Barry Manilow (1973 album) - Wikipedia

This is a bonus track from his first LP with some great vocal harmonies and chord progressions.

Another Day     Paul McCartney    1971   #5

Albums That Should Exist: Paul McCartney - Another Day - Various Songs  (1971)

From Paul and Linda McCartney's LP "Ram."

Working My Way Back to You   Four Seasons 1966  #9

The track features great harmonies and a Motown groove.

Heartless Heart 1978 #24

Born on the Bayou Al Wilson 1972 NR

Al Wilson

An incredibly compelling cover version of John Fogerty’s song.

Summer Rain Johnny Rivers 1968 #14

Johnny Rivers – Summer Rain ——— Songs that reference The Beatles –  PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

A song about finding lasting love during the summer of love.


Wake Up Everybody  Harold Melvin/Blue Notes 1976  #12 H100   #1 R&B

Wake Up Everybody (song) - Wikipedia

Teddy Pendergrass sings lead on this original version of a much-covered song.

I’m Bugged At My Old Man Beach Boys 1965 NR

Taking a wild guess that Brian Wilson really was bugged by his abusive father Murry.  

A Summer Song Chad and Jeremy  1964   #7

Chad Stuart dead: One half of British '60s duo Chad & Jeremy was 79 -  Chicago Sun-TimesA Summer Song / No Tears For Johnnie - Chad & Jeremy | 7inch | Recordsale

This was the version released in the U.K. with Chad and Jeremy trading vocals rather than the unison singing heard on the U.S. version.

Chimes of Freedom Byrds   1965     NR

For reasons that are not clear, David Crosby had refused to sing his vocals on the track. The band’s manager sat on his chest and insisted that he sing. Crosby reportedly had a tearful catharsis and sang brilliantly.

Color Him Father      The Winstons 1969  #7  H100   #2 R&B

The Winstons - Color Him Father - YouTubeReading between the Grooves: The Winstons: Color Him Father

A tribute to stepfathers, who are sometimes shortchanged on Father’s Day.

Summer     War 1976 #7 H100   #4 R&B

War – Summer (1976, Vinyl) - Discogs

Formed in Long Beach CA, War pioneered a fusion of musical influences that formed the progressive soul genre. “Summer” was the only new song included on their  1976 greatest hits LP.

Free the People Delaney and Bonnie 1970 #75

Delaney & Bonnie And Friends – Free The People / Soul Shake (1970, Vinyl) -  Discogs

The Bramletts had a rocky marriage, but a lot of rocking friends. Musicians on this LP include King Curtis, Bobby Whitlock, Little Richard, Duane Allman, Jim Gordon, and Sneaky Pete.

To Make My Father Proud    Michael Jackson  1973/1984  NR


This track is taken from an archived Motown compilation of Michael Jackson tracks recorded in 1973 called “Farewell My Summer Love.” It was not released until 1984 when it was re-mixed with additional instrumental overdubs.

Summertime Billy Stewart 1966   #10 H100    #7 R&B

Legend has it that Stewart was discovered by Bo Diddley who hired him to play piano for his band. His scat singing and lip trills were a trademark of his inimitable singing style.

My Father Judy Collins 1968 NR

Collins’ father Charles was not a miner but a singer and a radio host. He was also blind. He died before ever having a chance to hear the song. The beautiful piano part was played by Mike Melvoin and the bassist was Chris Ethridge.

My Dad Paul Petersen 1963   #6 

The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill. Peterson was a Mouseketeer and played on “The Donna Reed Show.” Peterson sang this song on the show to his on-screen dad, Carl Betz.

Unforgettable     Nat and Natalie Cole 1991  #14 H100  #10 R&B

Natalie Cole had spent much of early adult career trying to differentiate herself from her father’s musical approach. When she made the “Unforgettable” LP, she seemed to embrace the enduring legacy of her father and his songs. The single won four Grammys, and the LP won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Hot Fun in the Summertime       Sly and the Family Stone 1969  #3 R&B   #2  H100

The single was released after the group’s performance at Woodstock to capitalize on their increased profile. Hot fun, indeed…

Daddy’s Song    Monkees   1968

This song was originally intended to be included on Nilsson's LP "Aerial Ballet," however The Monkees paid for exclusive rights to the song so that they could record a cover of it for use in their film "Head." 

Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway  1973 DNC

The Basement Vapes, Volume 13: Take It From Me, Someday We'll All Be Free -  Magnet Magazine

According to his widow, Hathaway wept with joy when he heard the final studio mix of this track

Find the Cost of Freedom CSNY 1971 DNC

Find the Cost of Freedom – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | songs from so deep

This was the B-side to “Ohio” about the Kent State massacres. Stephen Stills wrote the song and starts the track with some of his unmistakably poignant guitar work. The record was released one month to the day after the massacre—which in 1970 was astonishingly quick.

Freedom Blues Little Richard    1970   #47

Little Richard – Freedom Blues (1970, Vinyl) - Discogs

Little Richard wrote and recorded “Freedom Blues” over 50 years ago. It was his biggest American pop hit in thirteen years. Check out the lyrics--the song could have been written yesterday.

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.

Host June 26, 2021: John Rudan with a spotlight on Oldies from the J-Archives

Thanks for tuning in! You can listen to Rockin’ Remnants every Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Eastern on WVBR (93.5 FM in Ithaca NY) or streaming on

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