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Date:  November 13, 2021

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Name That Theme

Birthday Calendar

November 7

Johnny Rivers 79 years old

Joni Mitchell 78 years old

November 8

Bonnie Bramlett 77 years old

Minnie Riperton (b. 1947  d. 1979)

Bonnie Raitt 72 years old

Rickie Lee Jones 67 years old

November 9

Mary Travers (b. 1936  d. 2009)

Tom Fogerty (b. 1941  d. 1990)

November 10

Sherlie Matthews (Blackberries) 87 years old

Greg  Lake (ELP, King Crimson)   (b. 1948   d. 2016)

November 11

LaVern Baker  (b. 1929  d. 1997)

November 12

Brian Hyland 78 years old

Booker T. Jones 77 years old

Neil Young 76 years old

Ruby Nash Curtis 82 years old

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: What group recorded three songs with the word “fine” in the title?

(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


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

The Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy  1976  #12

If it hadn’t been for a couple of DJs in Louisville who put this record into hot rotation, we might not still be listening to this barn burner.  Toxic masculinity never sounded better. For the Pod Squad, who know who they are.    

More Today Than Yesterday  Spiral Starecase   1969   #12

The guys were in the Air Force and played Las Vegas lounges before they had their big hit.

More Today Than Yesterday (album) - Wikipedia

*I’m Branded Link Wray  1965    NR

Requested by Alvin.

Link Wray | John Peel Wiki | Fandom45cat - Link Wray And The Ray Men - Hang On / I'm Branded - Swan - USA -  4211

Baby It's You Shirelles 1961  #8 H100, #3 R&B

Written by Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon and Mack David.

Baby It's You (With Bonus Tracks) - Album by The Shirelles | Spotify

*Heaven     Talking Heads    1979    DNC

Listener dedication for Bunny.

Pin on A Sign

Can't You See That She's Mine?   Dave Clark Five   1964  #4

Their fourth single and fourth gold record.

*Beatle Bounce Bobby Comstock 1964 NR

Requested by Scotty for Brooktondale Peggy.  Co- written by “Big John” Perialis.

Bobby Comstock

'Til I Kissed You Everly Brothers 1959 #4  H100

Written by Don Everly, the song charted on the Billboard Pop, Country and R&B charts. Check out the girl in the audience at 0:44.

*Cry to Me Solomon Burke  1962  #44 H100  #5 R&B

Influenced by gospel, R&B and country music, this track is considered by some to be the template for Southern Soul ballads. Requested by Barbara.

Solomon Burke ~ Cry To Me - YouTube

Got to Get You Into My Life Earth, Wind & Fire   1978  #9

An example of a cover that takes on a life of its own.

One Fine Day The Chiffons   1963  #5

Composer Carole King played piano on this track. The Chiffons recorded three songs with the word “fine” in the title: “One Fine Day” “A Love So Fine” and “He’s So Fine.”

The Chiffons - One Fine Day - 1963 - YouTube

Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin 1959 #6

The song is an English language adaptation of a 1945 French song called “La Mer.” Darin often entered down the aisle when he appeared on Dick Clark's Beechnut Saturday Night TV program. His interaction with the audience is priceless, even if he is lip-syncing.

*Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper  1984  #2

Requested by Julia for all the fun-loving girls (her words, not mine). You know the video, you love the video, feel free to get up and dance.

I Keep Forgettin' Chuck Jackson 1962 #55

A Lieber and Stoller composition that has been called one of their most innovative yet least commercial songs.

Chuck Jackson - WikipediaChuck Jackson – I Keep Forgettin' / Who's Gonna Pick Up The Pieces (1962,  Vinyl) - Discogs

Oh No, Not My Baby Maxine Brown  1965   #24   

A Goffin-King composition, the song was originally recorded by the Shirelles, but the outcome was not commercial. The Scepter label gave the song to Maxine Brown who had to figure out the song’s central melody from among the Shirelles’ various vocal embellishments.

Never Comes the Day Moody Blues 1969   #91

Graeme Edge - WikipediaMoody Blues drummer Graeme Edge dies - WBBJ TV

In observance of the passing of Graeme Edge, founding member of, and drummer for, The Moody Blues. He played on all 16 of the Moody Blues LPs. Mr. Edge also wrote the poetry that was spoken in their songs.  “Breathe deep the gathering gloom…”


Slow Dancing (Swaying to the Music)  Johnny Rivers  1977  #10

He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Baton Rouge and he got his stage name from Alan Freed in 1958.|Swayin' to the Music(Slow Dancin'), Jack Tempchin,  recorded by Johnny Rivers, sheet music, out of print

You Turn Me On (I’m a Radio) Joni Mitchell 1973   #25

Harmonica by Graham Nash.

The 16 Best Joni Mitchell Songs - Paste45cat - Joni Mitchell - You Turn Me On I'm A Radio / Free Man In Paris -  Asylum - UK - K 13048

Only You Know and I Know Delaney and Bonnie    1971  #20

Nice cover of the Dave Mason tune.

Delaney & Bonnie – Only You Know And I Know (1971, Vinyl) - Discogs

It’s So Nice Minnie Riperton 1974 NR

It's so nice to hear Minnie Riperton's stratospheric vocals. 

Pin on Minnie

Runaway Bonnie Raitt 1977  #57

Norton Buffalo played the great harmonica break. Watch him tear it up starting at 1:35.

Danny’s All Star Joint    Rickie Lee Jones   1979  NR

Musicians on her debut LP include Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Randy Newman, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro and many other notables.

Retrofit Guide: 'Rickie Lee Jones' and 'Pirates' -

Too Much of Nothing Peter Paul and Mary  1967   #35

Composer Bob Dylan was not pleased when the trio changed Vivien’s name to Mariane, thus spoiling the rhyme with “oblivion.”

Straight and Narrow   Tom Fogerty  1972  NR

Jerry Garcia helped out on Fogerty’s “Excalibur” LP.

Tom Fogerty (American Musician) ~ Bio Wiki | Photos | VideosJerry Garcia's Jazz-Leaning Jam on David Crosby's 'Wall Song': Hear -  Rolling Stone

But I Love You More Blackberries   1972    NR

The trio of Venetta Fields, Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews were a veritable who’s who of vocalists backing the likes of Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Humble Pie, Pink Floyd. These women knew how to harmonize, as amply demonstrated by this track. 

Sherlie Mae Matthews

Still You Turn Me On Emerson Lake and Palmer   1973  NR

No singles were released in the U.S. from “Brain Salad Surgery.”

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Still... You Turn Me On... - YouTube45cat - Emerson, Lake And Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery / Still...You Turn Me  On - Manticore - USA - MC-2003-PR

You’d Better Find Yourself Another Fool   LaVern Baker   1964   #128

You'd Better Find Yourself Another Fool - Single by LaVern Baker | SpotifyLaVern Baker - Wikipedia

Ginny Come Lately Brian Hyland  1962 #21

Brian Hyland – Ginny Come Lately (1962, Vinyl) - Discogs

The Loner Neil Young 1969  DNC

Young’s first single release did not chart. Jim Messina played bass and George Grantham played drums. The video is a stunning solo acoustic version of the song.

Our Day Will Come Ruby and the Romantics    1963  #1

Two versions of the song were recorded on Kapp Records: a mid-tempo arrangement and a bossa nova arrangement with an organ solo. So hard to resist the bossa nova…


Heat Wave Martha and the Vandellas 1963  #4 H100, #1 R&B

The Vandellas were the first Motown group to be nominated for a Grammy.

Martha Reeves & Vandellas – Heat Wave / Jimmy Mack (Vinyl) - Discogs

*Here, There and Everywhere Beatles  1966  DNC

McCartney has said that the song was inspired by the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," especially the song's old-fashioned preamble, Requested by Elyse.

Here, there and everywhere The Beatles - YouTube

Darkness, Darkness Youngbloods 1969 #124/1970  #86

The incomparable David Lindley played fiddle on the track.

The Youngbloods | Spotify - Listen FreePhotos of Musician David Lindley Playing a Violin in Concert in 1981 –  Ultimate Rock Pix

Midnight Rider Allman Brothers 1970  DNC

The line “I’ve gone past the point of caring/some old bed I’ll soon be sharing” was written by Kim Payne, one of the band’s roadies. This version did not chart, although Gregg Allman’s solo version did.

Midnight Rider - Wikipedia

Just One Look Doris Troy  1963 #10

Troy composed the song under her real name, Doris Payne.

Doris Troy - Just One Look - YouTube | Music videos, Troy, Youtube

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes Bobby Vee   1963   #3

Check out the PG promotional video that Bobby Vee filmed for the song. How did they get away with that?

Don't Let Go Roy Hamilton 1958    #13 H100,  #2 R&B

Hamilton worked as an electronics technician and was an amateur boxer. He studied light opera after singing in gospel choirs since the age of six.

Roy Hamilton – Don't Let Go (1958, Vinyl) - Discogs

Easier Said Than Done The Essex   1963   #1

All four members of the group were active-duty members of the Marine Corps at the time of the record’s recording.

2 or 3 lines (and so much more): The Essex – "Easier Said Than Done" (1963)

Give Me Just a Little More Time   Chairmen of the Board   1970   #19 

The debut single for the group with General Johnson on lead vocals (including the lip trills) and the Funk Brothers backing.

Give Me Just a Little More Time - Wikipedia

Lady Marmalade LaBelle     1975   #11  

Patti LaBelle, who did not speak French at the time, insists that she did not know the meaning of “voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir.”

The Life of a Song: 'Lady Marmalade' | Financial TimesLady Marmalade - Labelle - Bass Transcription / Bass T -

You Better Think Twice Poco 1970  #72

The contemporary criticism of this great (IMHO) song was that it was "too country for rock and too rock for country." This quirky video from a variety show shot on a docked yacht introduces the band at 0:55.

Give Him A Great Big Kiss Shangri-las 1965 #18

The eponymous kiss sound (“mwah”) was inspired by Dinah Shore’s TV sign-off.

The Shangri-La's – Give Him a Great Big Kiss (1965) – New Music United2009 44c Early TV Memories: The Dinah Shore Show for sale at Mystic Stamp  Company

Every Kinda People  Robert Palmer 1978 #16

Funk Brother Bob Babbitt played bass on this track.

Funk Brothers' bassist Bob Babbitt dies aged 74 | UNCUTRobert Palmer, Andy Fraser, Robert Palmer - Every Kinda People b/w How Much  Fun: Robert Palmer 7" vinyl 45 - Music

Since I Lost My Baby Temptations 1965   #17 H100  #4 R&B

David Ruffin sings the aching lead vocal line and Melvin Franklin the deep bass counterpoint.

Temptations – Since I Lost My Baby – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of  Pop Culture45cat - The Temptations - Since I Lost My Baby / You've Got To Earn It -  Tamla Motown - Canada - G-7043

Slip Away Clarence Carter 1968   #6 H100  #2 R&B

Tommy Cogbill played the memorable bass riffs and a young Duane Allman played slide guitar. This track was a “flip hit” originally intended to be a B-side.

Clarence Carter - WikipediaSlip Away / Funky Fever - Clarence Carter | 7inch | Recordsale

Chains Cookies 1962    #17

A Goffin/King composition.

Goffin King hit songs | The Pop History DigCOOKIES - Chains - Music

Ruby Baby Drifters 1956 #10 R&B

A Lieber and Stoller composition covered by Dion, Del Shannon, Bobby Darin and Donald Fagen. I guess your name had to start with a “D” to perform this song.

Bart Shore's Time Warp Radio: The Drifters - Ruby Baby Time Warp Song of  the Day 6/6/16

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

Trivia Answer:

The Chiffons recorded “He’s So Fine,” “One Fine Day,” and “A Love So Fine.”

Congratulations to Susannah from Ithaca for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of movies 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 November 20, 2021: Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on The British Invasion.

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