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September 18, 2021 - JH: Favorites

September 18, 2021

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: Favorites 

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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 Hendrix)

Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (1968 - #3: bassist Carol Kaye of the Wrecking Crew came up with the intro for this Jimmy Webb-penned tune, that ranks #192/RS500)

Both Sides Now - Judy Collins (1968 - #8: Joni Mitchell wrote the song that won a Grammy for Best Folk Song)

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - The Walker Brothers (1966 - #13: not really brothers, the L.A. trio had greater success in England than in their native country)

You're the One - The Vogues (1965 - #4: first charting single for the group from Turtle Creek, PA, it debuted on 9/18/65)

A Must to Avoid - Herman's Hermits (1966 - #8: lead singer Peter Noone once again performed at the New York State Fair in 2021)

Yes I Will - The Association (1969 - #120: the group's chart offerings were declining by this time, but this DJ thinks this song coulda, shoulda, woulda been a bigger hit)

Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis (1969 - #5: the first of 15 BB Hot 100 charting singles for the R & B singer from Saginaw, MI)

Time - The Pozo-Seco Singers (1966 - #47: song began as a regional hit on Edmark Records for the group from Texas, they were signed to Columbia Records who released the song nationally)

Fakin' It - Simon & Garfunkel (1967 - #23: although the single was released in 1967, it was included on the 1968 LP "Bookends"; British singer Beverley Martyn, whom Paul Simon knew from his days spent in England, provided the line "Good morning, Mr. Leitch. Have you had a busy day?" A reference to her friend, Donovan Leitch)

Don't It Make You Want to Go Home - Joe South (1969 - #41: South wrote the song which was a hit on the Pop, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts)

Beg, Borrow & Steal - The Ohio Express (1967 - #29: multiple sources indicate that this song was actually recorded by a group known as The Rare Breed, who had a dispute with Super K Productions which owned all of the rights to the song and released it under The Ohio Express name; later The Ohio Express would be known for its 'bubblegum' hits)

New York Mining Disaster, 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife Mr. Jones) - The Bee Gees (1967 - #14: the first of 43 BB Hot 100 charting singles for the Brothers Gibb and was written by Barry and Robin)

Is It Any Wonder - The Turtles (1967; 1970 - DNC: song was first on the 1967 LP "The Turtles Golden Hits" and was then released as a single in 1970; another coulda, shoulda, woulda been a hit?)

45 Corner

Morning Girl - The Neon Philharmonic (1969 - #17: Tupper Saussy was the composer and Don Gant provided the vocals for the studio group)

Morning Girl Later - The Neon Philharmonic (1969 - NR: this song and the one above were from the LP "The Moth Confesses")

Save the Country - The 5th Dimension (1970 - #27: one of several songs recorded by the group that was written by Laura Nyro)

You Were on My Mind - We Five (1965 - #3: big hit for the folk-rock group out of San Francisco; Sylvia Fricker Tyson wrote the song)

Just a Little - The Beau Brummels (1965 - #8: another San Francisco group, the band's name and original sound led many to think they were part of the British Invasion; appeared on The Flinstones as "The Beau Brummelstones")

Birthday Calendar

September 12:
Barry White - born 1944

September 13:
David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) - 80
Peter Cetera (Chicago) - 77

September 14:
Barry Cowsill - born 1954

September 15:
Signe Toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane) - born 1941

September 16:
Joe Butler (Lovin' Spoonful) - 80

September 17:
Hank Williams - born 1923
Shelby Flint - 82

September 18:
James Frederick "Jimmie" Rodgers - born 1933
Francis Avallone "Frankie Avalon" - 81

You're the First, the Last, My Everything - Barry White (1974 - #2: while the song made it to #1 in the UK, Elton John's cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" kept it out of the top spot here in the States)

Lisa Listen to Me - Blood, Sweat & Tears (1971 - #73: from the LP BS&T4)

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago (1970 - #4: band member Robert Lamm wrote the song that featured Peter Cetera's lead vocals)

We Can Fly - The Cowsills (1968 - #21: the group's follow-up to their first hit, "The Rain, the Park, and Other Things")

Let's Get Together - The Jefferson Airplane (1966 - NR: a deep cut from the band's first LP; female co-lead singer Signe Toly Anderson would leave the group to raise her daughter and be replaced by Grace Slick) 

Darling Be Home Soon - The Lovin' Spoonful (1967 - #15: lead singer John Sebastian wrote the song which, ironically, featured session musician Billy LaVorna rather than Joe Butler on drums)

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - Linda Ronstadt (1974 - NR: from the LP Heart Like a Wheel, that was her big breakthrough album; Emmylou Harris provided backing vocals)

Angel on My Shoulder - Shelby Flint (1961 - #22: Flint wrote the song that became her biggest hit; when Joni Mitchell was starting out, she said she, "wanted to sound just like Shelby Flint")

Oh-Oh I'm Falling in Love Again - Jimmie Rodgers (1958 - #7: Rodgers passed away January 18 of this year from complications due to COVID-19)

Bobby Sox to Stockings - Frankie Avalon (1959 - #8: Avalon's follow-up to his #1 hit, "Venus")

Back to our spotlight on "Favorites"

What About Me? - Quicksilver Messenger Service (1971 - #100: one of the quintessential '60s bands out of San Francisco, although that was not reflected in the group's lack of chart success)

Waking Up Alone - Paul Williams (1972 - #60: better known as a writer of songs for others, this was Williams' only entry onto the BB Hot 100 as a solo artist)

I'll Meet You Halfway - The Partridge Family (1971 - #9: Wes Farrell and Gerry Goffin wrote this song for the TV family)

Naturally Stoned - The Avant-Garde (1968 - #40: one-hit wonder for the band which included future game show host Chuck Woolery [on the left in image below])

Next Plane to London - The Rose Garden (1967 - #17: Diana Di Rose was lead singer for the group from Parkersburg, W.Va.)

1900 Yesterday - Liz Damon's Orient Express (1971 - #33: one-hit wonder for the 3 women, 6 men group from Hawaii)

Daydream Believer - The Monkees (1967 - #1: one of the 'Pre-Fab Four's' biggest hits, it spent 4 weeks at #1 in December of 1967 until replaced by The Beatles "Hello, Goodbye"; written by John Stewart)

Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke (1966 - #5: group's sound was known as 'baroque pop'; song ranks #220/RS500 and was covered by the Four Tops in 1968)

Ask the Lonely - The Four Tops (1965 - #24: 1 of 45 singles on the BB Hot 100 for the group, who were helped by the female trio The Andantes on backing vocals to support Levi Stubbs' emotional lead vocal)

Carrie Anne - The Hollies (1967 - #9: song was written about Marianne Faithfull, who, in addition to dating Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, dated Hollie Allan Clarke)

Sunday Will Never Be the Same - Spanky and Our Gang (1967 - #9: only single by the Chicago group to crack the BB Hot 100 Top 10)

Look Through My Window - The Mamas and the Papas (1966 - #24: Papa John Phillips wrote the song during a temporary separation from wife Michelle)

Gee - The Crows (1954 - #14: song has been called the first rock and roll song by a rock and roll group and was the first doo-wop record to sell one million copies)

Church Bells May Ring - The Willows (1956 - #62: a cover version of this song by The Diamonds reached #14 that same year)

(Will You) Come Back My Love - The Wrens (1955 - DNC: song was a local hit for the vocal group from the Bronx)

You Belong to Me - The Duprees (1962 - #7: song was a big hit for Jo Stafford in 1952)

Whispering Bells - The Dell-Vikings (1957 - #9: their follow-up to "Come Go With Me")

Help - The Beatles (1965 - #1: title song from their second movie which was #1 on September 18, 1965; ranks #29/RS500)

Tammy - Debbie Reynolds (1957 - #1: spent 6 weeks at #1 and was one of the biggest songs of 1957; from the movie "Tammy and the Bachelor")

Never Comes the Day - The Moody Blues (1969 - #91: although the single did not chart in the U.K., the LP from which it came, On the Threshold of a Dream, went to #1)

Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin (1960 - #6: song is the English version of the French song "La Mer", written in 1945)

Four Strong Winds - Bobby Bare (1964 - #60: Bare's cover of the song written by Ian Tyson and later covered by Neil Young on his Comes a Time LP)

*Two Divided by Love - The Grass Roots (1971 - #16: the group has sold over 20 million records worldwide)

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 September 25, 2021: John Rudan (JR) with songs from the JRchives

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