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Date:  April 23, 2022

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Rockin’ Sibling Groups

Birthday Calendar

April 17

Tony Crane (lead singer with Merseybeats) 77 years old

April 19

Alan Price (Animals keyboards) 80 years old

Eve Graham  (New Seekers vocalist) 79 years old

Mark Volman  (Turtles, Flo and Eddie) 75 years old

Larry Ramos  (Association)  b. 1942  d. 2014

April 20

Johnny Tillotson 84 years old

April 22

Glen Campbell (b. 1936   d. 2017)

Peter Frampton 72 years old

Paul Carrack 71 years old

April 23

Roy Orbison b. 1936  d. 1988

Ray Peterson  b. 1935  d. 2005

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: Name three musical groups who had at least four siblings from the same family.

(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)

We Are Family   Sister Sledge  1979  #2 H100, #1 R&B

They are indeed family: Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge. This recording is preserved in the Library of Congress.

We Are Family: How Sister Sledge Made A Home For LGBTQ+ Individuals

Dance to the Music    Sly and the Family Stone  (Sly, Freddie, Rose)  1968  #8

Saxophonist Jerry Martini called the record “an unhip thing to do.”

Some Kind of Wonderful  Soul Brothers Six   1967  #91

Sam, Charles, Moses, Harry, and Gene Armstrong were from Rochester NY. This was the original version of the song later covered by Grand Funk. Suggested by John Simon.

Soul Brothers Six - SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL - YouTube

Till I Kissed You  Everly Brothers  (Don and Phil)

1959  #4 H100, #8 CW, #22 R&B

Brother Don wrote this perfect track that appeared on all three Billboard charts that existed at the time.

Till) I Kissed You - Wikipedia

Doctor My Eyes      Jackson 5  1972 DNC

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and the other one. What a hidden gem of a track. Several brothers traded off on the lead vocal and the guitar solo is brilliant.

The Jackson Five Doctor, My Eyes UK sheet music (582140) SHEET MUSIC

Yes We Can Can Pointer Sisters  (Ruth, Anita, Bonnie, June)  1973  #11 H100, #12 R&B

This Allen Toussaint song was one of the songs the Pointer Sisters recorded as a demo when they were in search of a record deal.

Love the One You’re With  Isley Brothers (Ernie, Marvin, O’Kelly, Rudolph, Ronald)  1971  #18 H100  #3 R&B

This was from an LP called “Givin’ It Back” consisting of cover versions by people like Stephen Stills, Eric Burdon and Neil Young.

The Isley Brothers○Love The One You're With○1971 - YouTube

It’s Going to Take Some Time  Carpenters (Richard and Karen) 1972  #12

This was a Carole King/Toni Stern composition, and King reportedly liked the Carpenters’ cover version very much. The flute solo was by Bob Messenger.

45cat - Carpenters - It's Going To Take Some Time / Flat Baroque - A&M -  Germany - 12 153 AT

Never My Love Addrisi Brothers 1977  #80

Dick and Don Addrisi wrote the song that the Association made famous in 1967.

Addrisi Bros. – Never My Love (1977, Vinyl) - Discogs

You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else  Jones Girls 1979  #38

(Brenda, Shirley and Valorie Jones)  This million selling Philadelphia Soul single was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else by The Jones Girls on Amazon Music -  Amazon.comThe Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else (1979, Vinyl) -  Discogs

Whipping Post Allman Brothers (Gregg and Duane)  1969  DNC

Gregg Allman once said he didn’t even have time to get out a piece of paper when this song entered his consciousness, so he wrote it on an ironing board cover. The track did not chart, but it did make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

*Wendy Beach Boys (Brian, Carl, Dennis)  1964  #44

Brian Wilson wrote the song as an homage to the Four Seasons. Dedicated by listener Rick to his wife Wendy on her birthday. Thanks for making Remnants part of your party!

*Lonely Days   Bee Gees (Barry Maurice and Robin)  1970  #3

This song, apparently written in 10 minutes, features a variety of rhythms and tempos. Requested by Scottie for Brooktondale Peggy.

Lost in Loving You McCrarys (Linda, Alfred, Sam, Charity, Howard) 1979  #35 R&B

Lost in Loving You by The McCrarys on Amazon Music -


I Think of You Merseybeats  1963

This reached #5 in the UK but did not chart in the U.S. Like the Beatles, the Merseybeats played the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

MERSEYBEATS - I Think Of You: The Complete Recordings - Music

House of the Rising Sun Alan Price 1980   NR

From the LP “Rising Sun.” Vocals and Keyboard by Alan Price, sax solo by Ray Pizzi. - ALAN PRICE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN ** JET 45 TEST PRESSING.  THE ANIMALS - auction details

Beg Steal or Borrow  New Seekers 1972  #81

This song placed second (out of 18) in the 1972 Eurovision contest.

Elenore Flo and Eddie   1976  NR

This is a punchier version of the Howard Kaylan song originally performed by The Turtles.

45cat - Flo And Eddie - Elenore [Mono] / Elenore [Stereo] - Columbia - USA  - 3-10425Flo & Eddie - Elenore Lyrics | L-HIT.COM Lyrics

Windy The Association  1967  #1 (four weeks)

There were so many takes of this song that the musician credits are uncertain. The Wrecking Crew may have been involved, but it seems certain that Larry Ramos and Russ Giguere sang lead.

Without You   Johnny Tillotson 1961  #7

45cat - Johnny Tillotson - Without You / Cutie Pie - Cadence - Italy - CD  08004

Gentle on My Mind Glen Campbell  1968  #39

Campbell was a member of the Wrecking Crew at the time and they were the players on the record. If your spirits ever need a lift, watch Campbell perform "Gentle.." for his musician friends in this video.

Apple of Your Eye Peter Frampton   1975  NR

From his eponymous fourth studio LP before he “came alive.”

Apple Of Your Eye by Peter Frampton on Amazon Music -

Tempted Squeeze 1981   #49

Keyboardist Paul Carrack was recommended by Elvis Costello to sing lead, rather than Glen Tilbrook or Chris Difford.

45cat - Squeeze - Tempted / Yap. Yap. Yap. - A&M - Spain - AMS 9165

Uptown Roy Orbison   1960  #72

This was a non-album single on Monument records released in 1959. Floyd Cramer played piano and Boots Randolph played saxophone.

Uptown by Roy Orbison - Samples, Covers and Remixes | WhoSampledROY ORBISON, ROY ORBISON - up town / pretty one 45 rpm single -  Music

I Could Have Loved You So Well  Ray Peterson   1961  #57

Composed by Gerry Goffin and Barry Mann.

Ray Peterson - I Could Have Loved You So Well (1961) - YouTubeRay Peterson- I Could Have Loved You So Well (Original 45) - YouTube

Treat Her Like a Lady   1971  #3 H100, #20 R&B

Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose  (Edward, Carter and Rose)  

This song is heard during the opening credits of the film “Anchorman.”

Treat Her Like A Lady by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose on Amazon Music -  Amazon.com45cat - Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose - Treat Her Like A Lady / Over  At My Place - United Artists - Germany - 35 218

It Only Takes a Minute   Tavares 1975  #10

Brothers Ralph, Pooch, Chubby, Butch and Tiny sang about how difficult it is to pursue a job and a relationship at the same time.

Tavares - It Only Takes a Minute: Lifetime With Tavares - Music

Love Peace and Happiness  Chambers Brothers  1970   #96    

Brothers George, Joe, Lester and Willie released two versions: long and short. We heard the short one.  

 The Chambers Brothers – Love, Peace and Happiness Lyrics | Genius Lyrics45cat - Chambers Brothers - Funky / Love, Peace And Happiness - Columbia -  USA - 4-45277

You Can’t Take My Boyfriend’s Woody  Angels   1963  NR

Two of the Angels were sisters: Barbara and Phyllis Allbut. How refreshing to hear a girl group taking on the traditionally male surf music genre.

THE ANGELS (you can't take) my boyfriend's woody - YouTubeThe Angels | PopBopRocktilUDrop

Dedicated to the One I Love  5 Royales  1957  #13 R&B

From Winston Salem, the “5” Royales had a major influence on R&B and rock musicians such as James Brown, Steve Cropper and Eric Clapton. At various points the group contained two sets of brothers: Pete and Clarence Pauling and Johnny and Gene Tanner.

Dedicated To The One I Love - song by The "5" Royales | Spotify

Soothe Me Simms Twins  (Bobby and Kenneth Sims) 1961 #42

Released on the SAR label, which was founded by Sam Cooke. Their name was spelled variously as Sims or Simms.

45cat - Sims Twins - Soothe Me / I'll Never Come Running Back To You - SAR  - USA - SAR-117The Sims Twins - Soothe Me (1961 Music Video) | #38 R&B Song


Mr. Lee   Bobbettes   (Jannie and Emma Pought)  1957   #6 H100, #1 R&B

Actually, the Bobbettes did not particularly like Mr. Lee who was their 5th grade teacher.

Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - BOBBETTES18 The Bobbettes ideas | girl group, things to sell, records

Wouldn’t It Be Nice    Beach Boys (Brian, Carl and Dennis) 1966  #8

In glorious monaural.

Sh-Boom   The Chords (Carl and Claude Feaster) 1954  #5 H100, #2 R&B 

This original version was originally a B-side. I would argue that the vocal style is more scat singing than doo-wop.

Sh-Boom by The Chords - YouTube

Bootleg  Creedence Clearwater Revival   (John and Tom Fogerty) 1969  DNC

From their first LP “Bayou Country” when everybody thought they were from the Louisiana bayou.

1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bootleg (7" Single Version) - YouTubeCreedence Clearwater Revival Jambalaya - Video Dailymotion

I’m a Man  Spencer Davis Group (Steve and Muff Winwood)  1967  #10

This was the last hit single by the Spencer Davis Group before the Winwood brothers left the band.

Half Moon  Orleans  (Lance and Larry Hoppen)  1973  NR

Written by John and Johanna Hall and made famous by Janis Joplin. The late Larry Hoppen graduated from Ithaca College in 1971.

Where Are They Now? John Hall of Orleans - Goldmine Magazine: Record  Collector & Music Memorabilia

The Best of My Love   Emotions  1977  #1 H100 and R&B

(Sheila, Wanda, Jeanette and later Pamela Hutchinson)

If the song sounds like Earth Wind and Fire, that may be because it was composed by Maurice White and Al McKay.

Fantasy  Earth Wind and Fire  (Maurice and Verdine White) 1978  #12 R&B  #32 H100

The song took Maurice White three months to compose and he finished it after seeing “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The video below really takes off at 3:34.

These Dreams   Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson) 1986  #1

Nancy Wilson had a cold when she recorded her lead vocals for this track that was written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page.

Heart - These Dreams (Tradução) - YouTube

Chapel of Love  Dixie Cups (Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins) 1964  #1

The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich who had recently gotten married.

60's Girl Group The Dixie Cups ~ I'm Not The Kind Of Girl ( To Marry ) -  YouTubeJeff Barry Wedding

Close Your Eyes Five Keys  1955 #2 R&B

Two sets of brothers: Rudy and Bernie West and Ripley and Raphael Ingram. Written by Chuck Willis. A really cool use of vocal echoing and whispering.

The Five Keys. 'Close Your Eyes'. 1955 | Soul music, Smooth jazz music,  Black music45cat - The Five Keys - Close Your Eyes / Doggone It, You Did It - Capitol  - USA - F3032

Do I Love You Ronettes (Ronnie and Estelle Bennett)  1964  #34

This was the Ronettes fourth consecutive to 40 hit.

The Ronettes – Do I Love You? Lyrics | Genius LyricsBobby Owsinski's Big Picture Music Production Blog: The Ronettes "Baby I Love  You" Isolated Vocals

Till the End of the Day Kinks (Dave and Ray Davies)  1966  #50

Ray Davies wrote the song on an upright piano after a stretch of writer’s block.

The Kinks - Till the End of the Day Lyrics | L-HIT.COM Lyrics45cat - The Kinks - Till The End Of The Day / Where Have All The Good Times  Gone - Reprise - USA - 0454

Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) Gladys Knight and the Pips.

It’s Gonna Take a Miracle  Royalettes   (Sheila and Anita Ross)  1965  #41

This song was intended for the Miracles but, due to contractual and financial complications, was given to the Royalettes. Laura Nyro and LaBelle cut a fine cover of the song as well.

45cat - The Royalettes - It's Gonna Take A Miracle / Out Of Sight, Out Of  Mind - MGM - USA - K 13366The Royalettes music, videos, stats, and photos |

I’m the One Who Loves You    Impressions   1963  #73  H100

Brothers Richard and Arthur Brooks were members of the Impressions until 1962.

The Impressions - Rolling Stone

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

Trivia Answer

Pointer Sisters, Osmonds, the Von Trapp Family Singers (also, several groups in tonight’s playlist).

Congratulations to Mike from Cayuga Heights for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of movie passes to Cinemapolis, downtown Ithaca’s movie house for independent, international and local films.

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

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

Host on April 30, 2022: John Simon with a spotlight on late April, 1968.

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