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December 11, 2021 - JH: Golden Oldies


December 11, 2021

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: Golden Oldies 

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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)

A set of songs for the season:

Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley (1957 - DNC: from the Elvis Christmas Album, released October 15, 1957, which is the best-selling Christmas album of all time in the US with over 17 million sold!)

Please Come Home for Christmas - Charles Brown (1962 - #76: song made its chart debut on Christmas Day, 1961)

Jingle Jangle - The Penguins (1955 - DNC: the doo-wop group was famous for their big hit "Earth Angel")

It's Christmas Time - The Five Keys (1951 - DNC: one of the early doo-wop groups that played a role in the evolution of rhythm and blues to rock and roll)

(It's A) Happy Holiday - The Shells (1962 - DNC: the Brooklyn doo-wop group had a #21 single with "Baby Oh Baby" in 1961)

This Time of the Year - Brook Benton (1959 - #66: the last of 8 singles that charted for Benton in 1959)

Let It Be - The Beatles (1970 - #1: this version of the classic song is Take 28 from the Deluxe Anniversary Edition of the LP and contains a vital lyric change in the last verse)

Hurricane - Bob Dylan (1976 - #33: the 45 divided the song into Parts I and II on each side, but we heard the full 8:33 LP version of the song which drew publicity to the cause of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter)

(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You? - Ronnie Dyson (1970 - #8: Dyson was only 20 years old when he recorded the hit song)

Heed the Call - Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (1970 - #33: song was the group's last to break the Top 40 before Rogers embarked on a solo career)

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher (1966 - #2: then-husband Sonny Bono wrote Cher's second charting single;  (You're My) "Soul and Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers kept it out of the #1 spot)

45 Corner

Freight Train - Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey (1957 - #40: originally an American folk song written by Elizabeth Cotten between 1906-12, it became part of the British skiffle movement of the 1950s and was even sung by the pre-Beatles band, the Quarrymen)

Rock and Cry - Clyde McPhatter (1957 - #93: song was used in the Alan Freed movie "Mr. Rock and Roll")

When I Die - Motherlode (1969 - #18: one-hit wonder for the band from London, Ontario)

You Tell My Why - The Beau Brummels (1965 - #38: follow-up to their hit, "Just a Little")

The Birthday Calendar

Background song: Take Five - Dave Brubeck (1961 - #25)

December 5:

Little Richard (Wayne Penniman) - born 1932
Jim Messina - 74

December 6:

Dave Brubeck - born 1920
George Williams (The Tymes) - born 1935
Steve Alaimo - 72
Mike Smith (Dave Clark 5) - born 1943
Jonathan King - 77

December 7:

Harry Chapin - born 1942

December 8:

Sammy Davis, Jr. - born 1925
Jerry Butler - 82
Jim Morrison - born 1943
George Baker (Johannes Bouwens) - 77
Greg Allman - born 1947

December 9:

Donny Osmond - 64

December 10:

Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy) - born 1941
Peter Sarstedt - born 1941
Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) - born 1948

December 11:

Willie Mae "Big Momma" Thornton - born 1926
David Gates - 81
Brenda Lee - 77
Jermaine Jackson - 67

Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard (1958 - #10: Little Richard was one of the pioneers of early rock and roll and the song ranks #94/RS500)

Your Momma Don't Dance - Loggins & Messina (1972 - #4: Messina was a member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, and, although he meant to only produce Kenny Loggins' album, contributed so much that they became a duo)

So Much in Love - The Tymes (1963 - #1: lead singer George Williams co-wrote the song that spent one week at #1 in August of '63; the seagull and surf intro even feels like summer)

Every Day I Have to Cry - Steve Alaimo (1962 - #46: Alaimo was an early '60s teen idol who set a record for having 9 songs make the BB Hot100 with none of them breaking into the Top 40)

Bits and Pieces - Dave Clark Five (1964 - #4: Mike Smith was lead vocalist, keyboardist, and co-wrote many of the group's big hits with Dave Clark)

It's Good News Week - Hedgehopper's Anonymous (1966 - #48:
Jonathan King wrote and produced this hit that peaked at #5 in the UK)

W.O.L.D. - Harry Chapin (1974 - #36: song about an aging DJ is said to have helped inspire the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati)

I've Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis, Jr. (1969 - #11: the Harlem-born Davis was a leading actor/singer/entertainer and a member of the "Rat Pack")

Ain't Understanding Mellow - Jerry Butler w/ Brenda Lee Eager (1972 - #21: song made its chart debut 12/11/71, 50 years to the day it was played on Rockin' Remnants!)

Tell All the People - The Doors (1969 - #57: from the Soft Parade LP; Jim Morrison was one the most charismatic and influential frontmen of rock and roll)

Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection (1970 - #21: one of the songs that made up the early '70s "Dutch Invasion"; Quentin Tarantino used in the movie Reservoir Dogs)

Revival (Love Is Everywhere) - The Allman Brothers (1971 - #92: the band's first charting single)

Down by the Lazy River - The Osmond Brothers (1972 - #4: brothers Alan and Merrill wrote the hit for the family group)

From a Window - Chad & Jeremy (1965 - #97: Paul McCartney wrote the song that was first recorded by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)

Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? - Peter Sarstedt (1969 - #70: only a minor hit in the US, the song called "a romantic novel in a song" spent 4 weeks at #1 in the UK; Wes Anderson used the tune in his movie The Darjeeling Limited)

Love or Let Me Be Lonely - Friends of Distinction (1970 - #6: Jessica Cleaves would go on to be a member of Earth, Wind, & Fire as well as Parliament Funkadelic)

Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Momma" Thornton (1953 - #1 R&B: original version of Lieber & Stoller song that Elvis Presley would make legendary)

Make It With You - Bread (1970 - #1: David Gates wrote this first hit for the soft-rock group)

Sweet Nothin's - Brenda Lee (1959 - #4: the singer who was nicknamed "Little Miss Dynamite" had 47 singles chart on the BB Hot100)

The Love You Save - The Jackson Five (1970 - #1: Jermaine Jackson provided co-lead vocals with brother Michael on the group's third #1 in a row)

Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson (1959 - #4: Jackson passed away on 12/4/21 and had 44 songs on the Country & Western charts from 1958-73; this was his biggest crossover hit)

Once in a While - The Chimes (1960 - #11: the Brooklyn doo-wop group's cover of a song that was a #1 hit for Tommy Dorsey in 1937)

St. Dominic's Preview - Van Morrison (1972 - DNC: "B" side of single "Redwood Tree" that charted at #98, and title track of the LP from which both songs came)

I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash (1956 - #17: first charting single for "The Man in Black" that ranks #30/RS500)

Let's Get Together - We Five (1965 - #31: follow-up to their hit "You Were on My Mind" and the only other single to chart for the San Francisco group)

The Last of the Singing Cowboys - The Marshall Tucker Band (1979 - #42: from the LP "Running Like the Wind")

Master Jack - 4 Jacks and a Jill (1968 - #18: one-hit wonder for the group out of South Africa)

I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight? - Boyce and Hart (1967 - #8: Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote several big hits for The Monkees, this one they kept for themselves)

Don't Just Stand There - Patty Duke (1965 - #8: biggest hit for the movie/TV star)

*Beach Baby - First Class (1974 - #4: one-hit wonder for the group out of England)

My Prayer - The Platters (1956 - #1: song spent 5 weeks at #1; original was a #1 song for the Inkspots in 1939)

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 December 18, 2021: John Rudan (JR) with more Golden Oldies!

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