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October 23, 2021: JH - Red Bird Records

 October 23, 2021

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: Red Bird Records 

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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)

Red Bird Records was a short-lived (1964-66) record company run by the songwriting team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, whose talents did not transfer so well to the business end of the music industry. Although Red Bird and its associated labels, including Blue Cat, Tiger, and Daisy, were thought of as "girl group" labels because female-led acts like The Dixie Cups and the Shangri-Las had the most success, more than half of their artists were male.

Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups (1964 - #1: the first release for Red Bird Records was a big hit for the trio from New Orleans, spending 3 weeks at #1. George Goldner was in charge of A & R for the company)

Remember (Walkin' in the Sand) - The Shangri-Las (1964 - #5: the first BB Hot 100 hit for the Queens quartet that consisted of two pairs of sisters: Marge and Mary Ann Ganser, and Mary and Betty Weiss; song ranks #395/RS500)

The Boy From New York City - The Ad Libs (1965 - #8: one-hit wonder for the doo-wop group from Newark, NJ)

Birds of a Feather - Joe South (1969 - #96: South wrote the song, which would chart at #23 for The Raiders in 1971)

Year of the Cat - Al Stewart (1977 - #8: big hit for the singer from Scotland, from the LP of the same name)

Bluebird - Buffalo Springfield (1967 - #58: Stephen Stills wrote the song, the follow-up to "For What It's Worth"; the group performed the song at the Monterey Pop Festival, and live performances of the song could last up to 20 minutes)

Bluebird - Paul McCartney and Wings (1973 - NR: from the LP "Band on the Run", which is Paul's most successful solo effort)

White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day (1969 - #118: we heard the 45 version of the song, lasting 3:27 versus the LP version of 6:06; song has been used in several TV shows and movies, including A Walk on the Moon, with Viggo Mortensen and Diane Lane)

Come Back Baby - Roddie Joy (1964 - #86: Joy would record several singles for Parkway Records after Red Bird Records went under, but this was her only charting single)

Something You Got - Alvin Robinson (1964 - #56: single was released on Tiger Records, a Red Bird subsidiary)

I Wanna Love Him So Bad - The Jelly Beans (1964 - #9: one-hit wonder for the group from Jersey City, NJ)

45 Corner

We Gotta Get Out of This Place - Barry Mann (1965 - NR: original demo by songwriter Barry Mann; song would be a big hit for The Animals and their version ranks #233/RS500)

Out in the Streets - The Shangri-Las (1965 - #53: The Shangri-Las defined the Red Bird Records sound and every one of their releases made the BB Hot100)

Goodnight Baby - The Butterflys (1964 - DNC: songwriter Ellie Greenwich provided back-up vocals on this single)

Take Me for a Little While - Evie Sands (1965 - #115: Evie Sands had luck in the music business - all bad. Her releases of "I Can't Let Go" and "Angel of the Morning" went nowhere on the charts, while later covers by The Hollies and Merrilee Rush respectively were hits. This song was #38 on the charts for Vanilla Fudge in 1968.  Sands would later have a minor hit with "Any Way That You Want Me" on A & M Records)

Birthday Calendar

October 17:

William Randolph "Cozy" Cole - born 1909
Barney Kessel - born 1923
Jim Seals - 80
Gary Puckett - 79
Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) - born 1946

October 18:

Charles Anderson "Chuck" Berry - born 1926
Cynthia Weil - 81
Russ Giguere (The Association) - 78
Laura Nyro - born 1947

October 19:

Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) - born 1934
Jeannie C. Riley - 76
Wilbert Hart (The Delfonics) - 74

October 20:

Wanda Jackson - 84
Tom Petty - born 1950

October 21:

Manfred Mann [Manfred Lubowitz] - 81
Steve Cropper - 80
Elvin Bishop - 79
Ron Elliot (The Beau Brummels) - 78
Kathy Young - 76
Lee Loughnane (Chicago) - 75
Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Gos) - 68

October 22:

Bobby Fuller - born 1942
Leslie West [Leslie Weinstein] - born 1945
Eddie Brigati (The Rascals) - 76

October 23:

Ellie Greenwich - born 1940
Freddie Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) - born 1940

Background Music: Topsy II - "Cozy" Cole (1958 - #3: Cole was primarily a jazz drummer, who worked with Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong, among others; song was a hit for Benny Goodman in 1938)

Cry Me a River - Julie London (1955 - #9: song features the guitar stylings of Barney Kessel, who, as a member of the famous Wrecking Crew, played on recordings by Sam Cooke, Sonny & Cher, The Coasters, etc.)

We May Never Pass This Way (Again) - Seals & Crofts (1973 - #21: early in their careers Jim Seals and Dash Crofts played with The Champs as well as Glen Campbell) 

Lady Willpower - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (1968 - #2: big hit for the group known for their Civil War uniforms and Puckett's powerful tenor voice; Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass" kept them out of the #1 spot)

Natural Thing - The Doobie Brothers (1973 - NR: lead track from their LP "The Captain and Me"; "Big Mike" Hossack was added as a second drummer to augment the band's sound)

You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry (1964 - #14: later hit for one of rock's pioneers; song was used in the movie Pulp Fiction for a dance scene with John Travolta and Uma Thurman)

Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders (1966 - #4: song was written by the team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and ranks #400/RS500)

Everything That Touches You - The Association (1968 - #10: several members of the 'sunshine pop' band have been traveling with the Happy Together oldies tour)

Blowing Away - The 5th Dimension (1970 - #21: one of several songs written by Laura Nyro that were recorded by the group)

M.T.A. - The Kingston Trio (1959 - #15: Dave Guard was one of the original members of the trio, when he left in 1961 he was replaced by John Stewart)

Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley (1968 - #1: Tom T. Hall wrote this country crossover that spent 1 week at the top of the pop charts)

Didn't I (Blow You Mind This Time) - The Delfonics (1970 - #10: song won a Grammy Best R & B Vocal Group)

Let's Have a Party - Wanda Jackson (1960 - #37: Jackson was known as "The Queen of Rockabilly" and was a groundbreaker as a female singer/songwriter/guitarist; song was used in the movie Dead Poet's Society)

Don't Do Me Like That - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1980 - #10: the first single released from his 1979 LP "Damn the Torpedoes")

Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann (1966 - #29: song made it to #1 in the UK)

Soul Man - Sam & Dave (1967 - #2: Steve Cropper was guitarist for Booker T. and the M.G.'s, who backed many artists on the Stax label, and he got a shout out during the song ("Play it Steve"!) that won a Grammy for Best R & B Vocal Duo and ranks #458/RS500) 

Fooled Around and Fell in Love - Elvin Bishop (1976 - #3: Bishop was once guitarist for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Mickey Thomas of Starship provided the vocals)

Just a Little - The Beau Brummels (1965 - #8: Ron Elliot played lead guitar and wrote this and other songs for the group, who were once portrayed in cartoon on TV's The Flinstones as The Beau Brummelstones)

A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young and the Innocents (1960 - #3: Young was just 15 years old when this record was cut)

Call On Me - Chicago (1974 - #6: one of a handful of songs that trumpeter/flugelhorn player Lee Loughnane wrote for the band)

Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos (1981 - #20: the group's debut single, from the LP "Beauty and the Beat")

I Fought the Law - The Bobby Fuller Four (1966 - #9: song was written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets in 1958 and ranks #175/RS500)

Mississippi Queen - Mountain (1970 - #21: after numerous takes in the studio, weary drummer Corky Laing began using the cowbell to count off the song and a rock classic was born)

How Can I Be Sure - The Rascals (1967 - #4: Eddie Brigati sang lead vocals on this effort by the band)

You Don't Know - Ellie Greenwich (1965 - DNC: Greenwich and one-time husband Jeff Barry were writers/producers for Red Bird Records and wrote hit records for multiple artists)

Ferry Across the Mersey - Gerry and the Pacemakers (1965 - #6: Gerry Marsden wrote the hit song for the band which was from Liverpool, performed in Hamburg, Germany, was managed by Brian Epstein, and produced by George Martin [sound familiar?])

Back to our spotlight on Red Bird Records:

Nobody But You - Steve Rossi (1965 - NR: another Barry-Greenwich effort for Red Bird Records that failed to see success)

Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups (1965 - #20: cover of a New Orleans song about a Mardi Gras confrontation, first released in 1953 under the title "Jock-A-Mo")

The Girl From Greenwich Village - The Trade Winds (1965 - DNC: answer to the Ad Libs' "Boy From New York City" by duo Pete Anders and Vini Poncia; Poncia would later co-write, produce, and perform on several LPs by Ringo Starr)

Little Girl - Tiny Tim (1966 - DNC: before he hit fame with "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" Tim had a couple of singles released on Blue Cat Records)

Past, Present, and Future - The Shangri-Las (1966 - #59: last hit for the quartet and the last Red Bird Record to break onto the BB Hot 100; song makes use of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata")

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 October 30, 2021: John Simon (JS) with great oldies!

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Oct 16, 2021 - KV - free-for-all




Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  October 16, 2021

Host:  Kim Vaughan

Feature:  free-for-all






Birthday Calendar



Oct 10   – Ivory Joe Hunter – born in 1914


Oct 11   – Daryl Hall (b. Daryl Hohl, Hall & Oates) – age 75


Oct 12   – Samuel David Moore (Sam & Dave) – age 86

            – Melvin Franklin (b. David Melvin English, aka Blue, Temptations) – born in 1942


Oct 13   – Paul Simon – age 80

            – Robert Lamm (Chicago) – age 77

            – John Ford Coley – age 73


Oct 14   – Sir Cliff Richard (b. Harry Rodger Webb) – age 81

            – Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) – age 75

            – Bill Justis – born in 1926


Oct 15   – Marv Johnson – born in 1938

            – Barry McGuire (New Christy Minstrels) – age 86

            – Richard Carpenter – age 75

            – Mickey Baker (b. MacHouston Baker, Mickey & Sylvia) – born in 1925



Oct 16   – Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) – age 74






 Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia



In the song “Oh Yeah! Uh-Huh” by Mickey & Sylvia, where do they say they can make love together? 


(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)









·       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










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



Cry Like A Baby – The Box Tops (1968, #2 for two wks)


Everybody’s Been Burned – The Byrds (1967, b-side of So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star)


And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind – Mark Lindsay (1970, #44, written by Neil Diamond)


So Long Baby – Del Shannon (1961, #28)



Let Me Be – The Cascades (1963, b-side of Rhythm Of The Rain)


Mercy Mercy Mercy – The Buckinghams (1967, #5)


A Girl’s Work Is Never Done – The Chordettes (1959, #89)



A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You – The Monkees (1967, #2, written by Neil Diamond)


Bits And Pieces – The Dave Clark Five (1964, #4)


In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett (1965, #21)


Irresistible You – Bobby Darin (1961, peaked at #15 in early 1962)



I've Got Something On My Mind – The Left Banke (1967, b-side of Desiree’)


Bella Linda – The Grass Roots (1968, reached #28 in early 1969)


 * Island Girl – Elton John (1975, #1 for three weeks)


 * Magic – Pilot (1975, #5)


Boom Boom – The Animals (1964, peaked at #43 in early 1965)


Dang Me – Roger Miller (1964, #7)







Since I Met You Baby – Ivory Joe Hunter (1956, #12 – and #1 on the R&B chart)


 * She's Gone – Daryl Hall & John Oates (1974, #60 and also 1976, #7 – same version charted twice)


Soldering – Daryl Hall & John Oates (1976, b-side of Sara Smile)