Thursday, November 25, 2021

November 20, 2021: JH - British Invasion

 Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: The British Invasion! 

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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)

Background Music: Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk (1962 - #1: the first British artist to hit #1 in the US)

Everybody Knows (I Still Love You) - The Dave Clark Five (1964 - #15: out of Tottenham, England, Dave Clark was the group's drummer, while Mike Smith provided keyboards and vocals; band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show 18 times and were briefly considered serious rivals to The Beatles)

Game of Love - Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (1965 - #1: from Manchester, lead singer Fontana left the group to go solo later in '65)

It's Alright - Adam Faith (1965 - #31: born Terrence Nelhams Wright, Faith was BIG in the UK with his first seven releases charting in the top 5; song was used in the movie Good Morning Vietnam)

You're My World - Cilla Black (1964 - #26: born Priscilla White, she was a coat check girl at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where she was discovered by Beatles manger Brian Epstein)

Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits (1965 - #1: Billboard magazine ranked the Manchester group America's top singles act of the year in 1965; song was aimed at an American audience and not released in the UK)

Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann (1964 - #1: song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally reached #78 for The Exciters; Manfred Mann was keyboardist, Paul Jones lead vocalist for the London band)

Look Through Any Window - The Hollies (1965-6 - #32: released in September, the song peaked the following January and was the band's first single to break the Top 40 in the US)

A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon (1964 - #1: Peter Asher was from London, Gordon Waller from Scotland; Paul McCartney, who was dating Asher's sister Jane, wrote the song; Asher would later go on to be a successful producer)

Girl Don't Come - Sandie Shaw (1965 - #42: Adam Faith discovered Shaw, born Sandra Goodrich, who had three #1 records in the UK)

It's All Over Now - The Rolling Stones (1964 - #26: famous New York DJ Murray the K played the song, written by Bobby and Shirley Womack and performed by The Valentinos, for the Stones, who recorded it 9 days later; Womack had to be persuaded by Sam Cooke to let the band record the song, but he was very happy when the royalty check arrived)

Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans (1964 - #24: song was written and recorded by Chan Romero in 1959 and a cover by The Beatles which pre-dates and likely inspired the Liverpool-based Swinging Blue Jeans can be found on The Beatles Live at the BBC LP)

I Only Want to be With You - Dusty Springfield (1964 - #12: single debuted one week after The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and was one of 19 BB Hot 100 releases for the woman, born Mary O'Brien, with peroxide blonde hair who was an icon of the Swinging Sixties)

Don't Throw Your Love Away - The Searchers (1964 - #16: another band from Liverpool; took their name from the 1956 movie starring John Wayne)

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals (1965 - #15: song ranks #233/RS500 for the band known for its bluesy sound and gravelly voice of lead singer Eric Burdon)

I'm Gonna Love You Too - The Hullaballoos (1965 - #56: a note-for-note cover of the Buddy Holly original; group had long hair dyed blonde in a surfer look)

Tobacco Road - The Nashville Teens (1964 - #14: one-hit wonder for the group from Surrey; song was written by John D. Loudermilk in 1959)

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie (1965 - #10: cover of The Beatles song; John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison helped the folk group record the song)

Concrete and Clay - Unit 4 + 2 (1965 - #28: song went to #1 in the UK and was used in the movie Rushmore

As Tears Go By - Marianne Faithfull (1964-5 - #22: her cover of the song pre-dates the Rolling Stones version and Faithfull has contradicted herself as to whether the song was written for her by the Stones or it was just a perfect fit for her; from 1966-70 she dated Mick Jagger)

Birthday Calendar

November 14:

Joseph Billingslea (The Contours) - 84
Freddie Garrity (Freddie and the Dreamers) - born 1940
Stephen Bishop - 70

November 15:

Clyde McPhatter - born 1932
(Sally) Petula Clark - 89
Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA) - 76

November 16:

Garnet Mimms - 88
Chi Coltrane - 73

November 17:

Gordon Lightfoot - 83
Bob Gaudio - 79
Harold Eugene 'Gene' Clark - born 1944

November 18:

Hank Ballard - born 1927

November 19:

Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) - 78

November 20:

Malcolm John Rebennack ("Dr. John") - born 1941
Norman Greenbaum - 79
Joe Walsh - 74

Do You Love Me - The Contours (1962 - #3: The Contours were a Detroit R&B group and one of the first signed to Gordy Records, a Motown subsidiary)

I'm Telling You Now - Freddie and the Dreamers (1965 - #1: first BB H100 hit for the Manchester group)

On and On - Stephen Bishop (1977 - #11: Bishop wrote the song that was his biggest hit)

You're Moving Me - Clyde McPhatter (1961 - DNC: 'B' side of non-charting single "Whole Heap of Love"; used in the Netflix show Breaking Bad; McPhatter began as a member of Billy Ward and His Dominoes and was lead singer for the Drifters before going solo)

My Love - Petula Clark (1966 - #1: song made its chart debut on Christmas Day, 1965, and peaked at #1 from February 5-19, 1966)

S.O.S. - ABBA (1975 - #15: the only song to chart on the BB H100 in which both the song and the performers are palindromes)

Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters (1963 - #4: although Janis Joplin's cover might be better known, the original was the bigger hit; Mimms' ability as a soul singer is said to be underappreciated)

Thunder and Lightning - Chi Coltrane (1972 - #17: one-hit wonder for the singer from Racine, WI who enjoyed greater success in Europe where she was dubbed "Queen of Rock")

Race Among the Ruins - Gordon Lightfoot (1977 - #65: from the same LP that produced "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald")

Big Man in Town - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1964 - #20: Bob Gaudio wrote this hit for the group, and also served as keyboardist, back-up singer, songwriter, and producer for many other of their songs)

I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better - The Byrds (1965 - #103: Gene Clark wrote this song, flip-side to "All I Really Want to Do", and it ranks #234/RS500 despite only 'bubbling under' on the charts)

Finger Poppin' Time - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (1960 - #7: Ballard was a pioneer in the development of rock and roll and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990)

Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat, and Tears (1969 - #2: Fred Lipsius won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his work on the hit song, which was kept out of the top spot by "The Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet" and "In the Year 2525")

Right Place, Wrong Time - Dr. John (1973 - #9: John won a total of 6 Grammys over his long and varied music career)

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum (1970 - #3: one of the greatest and best-selling one-hit wonders of all time, the song ranks #333/RS500)

45 Corner

Pretty Maids All in a Row - The Eagles (1977 - DNC: Joe Walsh wrote and sang the song which appeared on the 'B' side of the "Hotel California" single)

                   --- Back to the British Invasion --- 

*Itchycoo Park - Small Faces (1967 - #16: band's only hit in the US but they were much more successful in the UK; at one time the band included future Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood as well as Rod Stewart)

Stupidity - The Undertakers (1964 - DNC: The Undertakers were known for adding a saxophone to their Merseybeat sound)

I Think of You - The Merseybeats (1963 - DNC: song was a million-seller in the UK for the band that is still recording; the "Merseybeat" was the name given to Liverpool area bands that were influenced by rock and roll, skiffle, and traditional pop music)

She's Not There - The Zombies (1964 - #2: the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 and still tours with original members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone; song ranks #291/RS500 but was kept from the #1 spot by Bobby Vinton's "Mr. Lonely")

Go Now - The Moody Blues (1965 - #10: cover of the Bessie Banks original; after future member of Wings Denny Laine left and Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the Birmingham band, it went in a psychedelic, progressive rock direction)

Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy (1964 - #21: Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde appeared on "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Patty Duke Show", and the original "Batman" TV show at the height of their popularity)

I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (1964 - #1: the song that began the British Invasion, it spent 7 weeks at #1 and ranks #16/RS500)

Help - The Beatles (1965 - #1: ranks #29/RS500, we heard the version from the Capitol Records LP release that features a James Bond-type intro)

Catch the Wind - Donovan (1965 - #23: his first song to chart on the BB H100)

You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes (1965 - #7: bit hit for the band from Birmingham; songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway would cover The Beatles' "Michelle" and take it to #18 in 1966 under the performing names David and Jonathan)

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry and the Pacemakers (1964 - #4: Liverpool band that was managed by Brian Epstein and produced by George Martin)

Tossing and Turning - The Ivy League (1965 - #83: song went to #3in the UK)

You Really Got Me - The Kinks (1964 - #7: the band's first single on the BB H100 and it ranks #82/RS500)

Bad to Me - Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (1964 - #7: Lennon and McCartney wrote the song for Billy J. Kramer, who was born William Howard Ashton)

Wild Thing - The Troggs (1966 - #1: song spent 2 weeks at the top spot and ranks #257/RS500)

Over Under Sideways Down - The Yardbirds (1966 - #13: guitarist Jeff Beck, who had replaced Eric CLapton, came up with the distinctive intro to the song; Jimmy Page would later join the band)

Gloria - Them (1965 - #71: song was much more influential than its chart performance, and ranks #208/RS500; the band from Northern Ireland featured a young Van Morrison)

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959 - #1 for two weeks; brothers Santo [steel guitar] and Johnny [rhythm guitar] Farina from Brooklyn)

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 November 27, 2021: John Simon (JS) with Stereo Delights!

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