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Date:    August 21, 2021

Host:    Gregory James

Feature: Mid-August 1962, ’72, ‘82

Birthday Calendar

August 15

Jimmy Webb 75 years old

Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers) 73 years old

August 16

Eydie Gorme (b. 1928  d. 2013)

Ketty Lester  87 years old

August 18

Marvin Isley   (Isley Brothers bassist)   (b. 1953  d. 2010)

Johnny Preston  (b. 1930  d. 2011)

August 19

Ginger Baker  (b. 1939  d. 2019)

Johnny Nash   (b. 1940  d. 2020)

Billy J. Kramer   78 years old

August 20

Sky Saxon   (Seeds)  (b. 1937  d. 2009)

Isaac Hayes  b. 1942  d. 2008

Robert Plant   73 years old

August 21

Kenny Rogers    b. 1938  d. 2020

James Burton   (session guitarist)  82 years old

Jackie De Shannon 80 years old    

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: Name the actor who played the main character in “Have Gun, Will Travel” who also helped compose that TV show’s theme song,

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


* 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

6:00-7:00 pm

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

Party Lights Claudine Clark  1962   #11 (Peak: #5 H100, #3 R&B)

This song on Chancellor records, which Clark wrote, was her only hit. The back up singers were The Willettes.

Happy Birthday Baby mp3 song download by Claudine Clark (Party Lights) |  Wynk

You Don’t Mess Around with Jim    Jim Croce  1972   #12  

(Peak: #8 )  This was Croce’s debut single.

Someday, Some Way   Marshall Crenshaw  1982   #38  (Peak: #36)  

Crenshaw played John Lennon in West Coast productions of Beatlemania. He should play Buddy Holly...

You Beat Me to the Punch   Mary Wells    1962   #58  

(Peak: #9 H100, #1 R&B)  The guys singing backup were known as The Love Tones.

Mary Wells - Wikipedia204. Mary Wells: “You Beat Me To The Punch” | Motown JunkiesThe Love-Tones | Discography | Discogs

If I Were a Carpenter    Bob Seger 1972  #76 (Peak)

From Seger’s LP of cover tunes called “Smokin’ O.P.’s” which is slang for borrowing cigarettes, or in this case, other people’s songs.

Bob Seger - If I Were A Carpenter (1972) (Tim Hardin Cover) - YouTubeBob Seger – If I Were a Carpenter Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Do I Do   Stevie Wonder  1982  #76  (Peak #13 H100, #2 R&B)

Nathan Watts, who eventually became Wonder’s music director, played bass. Check the video below for Dizzy Gillespie's mid-song solo.

Ballad of Paladin Duane Eddy  1962   #35  (Peak: #33)

This was the theme of the TV Western “Have Gun Will Travel” starring Richard Boone, who was a co-writer of the song.

*Rocket Man     Elton John   1972 (Peak #6) Inspired by a science fiction story by Ray Bradbury called The Illustrated Man, the song presents the work of an astronaut as an everyday occupation. And it will be if Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have any say in the matter. Requested by Tammy in Texas for her birthday.

Geronimo’s Cadillac  Michael Martin Murphey 1972  #82  (Peak #37)  

In 1905 Geronimo was photographed in an automobile, but not a Cadillac. The car was called, no joke, a Locomobile. 

Episode 5: Michael Martin Murphey (Part 2)Geronimo in a 1905 Locomobile Model C: OldSchoolCool

Silver Threads and Golden Needles   Springfields  1962   #66  (Peak: #20)  

This was the first record by a British group (which included Dusty Springfield) to crack the top 20 of the Hot 100.

Silver Threads and Golden Needles: The Springfields; Linda Ronstadt;  Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton & Tammy Wynette | Tim's Cover StoryThe Springfields – Silver Threads And Golden Needles (1969, Open centre,  Vinyl) - Discogs

*Day by Day Godspell Cast  1972  #35  (Peak: #13)  The hit record was from the Off-Broadway cast recording. The lead singer was Robin Lamont. Can you spot Victor Garber in the 1973 movie clip below? Dedicated from Scottie to Brooktondale Peggy and the Honey Hive Crew.

Point of No Return     Gene McDaniels   1962   #46  (Peak: #21)

McDaniels had a four octave vocal range. The Johnny Mann singers were the backing vocalists on this Goffin-King composition.

Letras de canciones de Gene McDaniels45cat - Gene McDaniels - Point Of No Return / Warmer Than A Whisper -  Liberty - USA - 55480

Coconut Nilsson  1972   #9  (Peak #8)

One of the coolest one chord songs ever.  John Uribe played guitar.  The album cover photography was by Dean Torrence—yes, that Dean Torrence.

KXT Mornings with Brad Dolbeer — Nov. 6, 2017 | KXT 91.7Dean Torrence - Scott Westerman

Surfin’ Safari    Beach Boys   1962   #79  (Peak: #14)

This was originally to be the B-side to “409,” but heavy radio airplay in Phoenix turned the song into a hit.

Beach Boys' surfboard from Surfin' Safari sells for £100k | Celebrity News  | Showbiz & TV |

Things Bobby Darin  1962   #9  (Peak: #3)

I wish I could tell you who the backup singers were--they really add to the impact of the track. Unfortunately, no record of them seems to have survived.

Bobby Darin Things UK 7" vinyl single (7 inch record) (652569)

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All I Know Art Garfunkel  1973  #9

This was the original recording of Jimmy Webb's song, and was Garfunkel’s only Billboard Top 10 hit.

All I Know - Wikipedia

Another Park, Another Sunday   Doobie Brothers    #32   1974

The first single released from the LP “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.”

The Doobie Brothers – Another Park, Another Sunday – 1974 [HQ DES  REMIX/REMASTER] - YouTube

Blame It On the Bossa Nova Eydie Gormé   1963  #7

Written by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, the song did not appeal to Gormé, and she actually sang an off-key note toward the end of the track to try to prevent it from being released as a single. The Cookies sang back up vocals.

Love Letters Ketty Lester  #5   1962

Lester was also an actress, appearing on Broadway and on television’s "Little House on the Prairie."

Ketty Lester – Love Letters (1962, Vinyl) - Discogs

Groove with You Isley Brothers      1978  #16  R&B 

So smooth! In observance of the late Marvin Isley's birthday, the youngest of the Isleys.

Throwback: The Isley Brothers-Groove With You - Kick Mag45cat - The Isley Brothers - Groove With You / Groove With You - T Neck -  USA - ZS8 2277

Feel So Fine Johnny Preston   1960  #14

Preston summoned an astonishing number of vocal qualities to rock this tune. Preston’s recording predates Del Shannon’s 1961 hit “Runaway” which featured his famous falsetto vocalizing. Preston even channels the voice of the Big Bopper who wrote Preston’s big hit “Running Bear.”

Johnny Preston - Cradle of Love (1960) / Feel So Fine (1960) - YouTube

What a Bringdown Cream   1969   NR

From the “Goodbye” LP, this song was a Ginger Baker composition. Felix Pappalardi played bass, Jack Bruce played keyboard.

45cat - Cream - Badge / What A Bringdown - Polydor - New Zealand - 425207Cream - What a Bringdown

Loving You Johnny Nash 1974  #91

Brilliant as "I Can See Clearly Now" is, Nash amassed an impressive catalog of other great recordings.

Johnny Nash - Loving You (1974) - YouTube

Bad to Me   Billy J. Kramer    1964  #9

Written by John Lennon expressly for Billy J. Kramer.

Billy J. Kramer | The Fest for Beatles Fans

Can’t Seem to Make You Mine The Seeds   1967  #41 

Sky Saxon was the Seeds' lead singer in this proto-garage/punk band. The track is sort of hypnotic, and it contains some spoken dialogue to add some variety. The video is a lip sync, but it is cool to see the group in action.

If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right   Isaac Hayes 1972   NR  

Hayes was a prolific composer and performer who, in addition to his original compositions, put his unique stamp on many covers, such as this one, released in the same year as Luther Ingram’s original version of “If Loving You Is Wrong…”

Isaac Hayes – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right (1973,  Vinyl) - Discogs

Big Log Robert Plant 1983 #20

This was Plant’s first top 20 solo hit. Guitar by Robbie Blunt (who was a co-composer) and drums by Phil Collins. The video was shot in Death Valley, among other locations.

The Gambler      Kenny Rogers  1978  #16 H100  #1 C&W   

A major crossover hit for Rogers who adopted the Gambler persona for five made-for-TV movies.

I’m Walking Ricky Nelson 1957  #4   

James Burton’s guitar solo on Nelson’s cover of the Fats Domino classic (which also reached #4 in 1957) really lifts this track into extraordinary territory.

James Burton Interview: Rick Nelson and Elvis - An EIN special Interview

When You Walk in the Room    Jackie De Shannon     1964  #99 

De Shannon wrote this song (covered by the Searchers) and over 700 other songs. In the video below, she begins lip synching four bars early, but she recovers with great charm.


You Should Hear How She Talks About You   Melissa Manchester  1982  #11  (Peak: #5)

Manchester, who was a balladeer, was reluctant to record this uptempo song, but she won the 1983 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, beating out Linda Ronstadt and Olivia Newton-John.

45cat - Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How She Talks About You [Mono]  / You Should Hear How She Talks About You [Stereo] - Arista - USA - AS 0676Melissa Manchester You Should Hear How She Talks About You | All Oldies 247

Caught Up in You  .38 Special   1982  #94   (Peak: #10)  

This track was the first single released from their “Special Forces” LP. Backing vocalists were Carol Bristow and Lu Moss.


Play Me Neil Diamond  1972  #55  (Peak: #11)  

“Songs she sang to me, songs she brang to me” may not be grammatically correct, but it is still poetry.

Neil Diamond – Play Me (Vinyl) - Discogs

I Keep Forgettin’  Michael McDonald  1982  #44  (Peak: #4)    

There was an earlier song called “I Keep Forgetting” performed by Chuck Jackson and written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Due to the similarities between the two songs, Leiber and Stoller requested and received songwriting credit for McDonald’s version. Check out the audience reactions in this video of McDonald with The Doobie Brothers.

*Goodbye to Love     Carpenters  1972   #7

Richard Carpenter was inspired by a 1940 Bing Crosby movie called Rhythm of the River in which repeated mentions are made to a song (never heard in the movie) called “Goodbye to Love.” Check out her vocal interplay with guitarist Tony Peluso during his solo. And don't miss former Mouseketeer Cubby O'Brien hammering his drums for the big finish.

Take It Away   Paul McCartney  1982  #10 (Peak)    

John Hurt appeared in the video, unusual for that stage in the evolution of music videos. George Martin produced and played piano on the track, as well as appearing in the video.

Do You Love Me? Contours   1962   #94 (Peak: #3 H100, #1 R&B)  

This was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Berry Gordy wanted the Temptations to record the song, but they were out of the studio and not to be found. Gordy bumped into the Contours in the halls of Hitsville, the story goes, and he was in such a hurry to get the song recorded and released, he gave it to the Contours. 

Happy Rolling Stones 1972  #22 (Peak)   

Keith Richards wrote the song (possibly about Anita Pallenberg) and sang lead.

Steppin’ Out   Joe Jackson   1982  #88   (Peak: #6)   

Doesn’t this song make you feel like you’re making the scene all over Manhattan with Joe Jackson (who looks for all the world like Noel Coward in this video)? The video was shot in and around the St. Regis Hotel.

Johnny Get Angry Joanie Sommers  1962   #24  (Peak: #7)  

There has been fierce controversy over the song’s lyrics, but there is no quarreling with its fierce kazoo solo.

Johnny Get Angry by Joanie Sommers - SongfactsJoanie Sommers – Johnny Get Angry (1962, Vinyl) - Discogs

Conquistador Procol Harum     1972    #46   (Peak: #16)

Contrary to their usual way of composing, the melody was written before the lyrics. This version is with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, with whom Procol Harum only had the chance to rehearse the song once before recording.

The Witchwood Records: RE-UP Procol Harum - Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 1971

Take a Look Aretha Franklin   1967  #56

A brilliant performance of a brilliantly insightful song penned by Clyde Otis.

Aretha Franklin – Take A Look / Follow Your Heart (1967, Vinyl) - Discogs

Nights in White Satin    Moody Blues 1972  #69 (Peak: #2)

The track from 1967’s “Days of Future Passed” was re-released in 1972 in various forms and lengths. Justin Hayward wrote the song when he was 19 years old after a girlfriend gifted him a set of satin bed sheets. The song was notable for its extensive use of the Mellotron by Mike Pinder.

CLOSING THEME: Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Trivia Answer

Answer: Richard Boone was the star of “Have Gun, Will Travel” and co-composer of the show’s theme song. The TV show ran from 1957-1963.

Congratulations to Jason from Interlaken for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of movie passes to Cinemapolis.

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 August 28, 2021: Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival.

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