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Date: October 22, 2022
Host: Gregory James
Feature: Titles beginning with “Let” or “Let’s”
Fred Turner (BTO bassist) 79 years old
Roger Hawkins (Muscle Shoals drummer) (b. 1945 d. 2021)
Jim Seals (b. 1941 d. June 6 2022)
Gary Puckett 80 years old
Chuck Berry (b. 1926 d. 2017)
Joe Egan (Stealer’s Wheel) 76 years old
Laura Nyro (b. 1947 d. 1997)
Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) 74 years old
Wanda Jackson 85 years old
Tom Petty (b. 1950 d. 2017)
Jimmy Beaumont (Skyliners) (b. 1940 d. 2017)
Steve Cropper 81 years old
Manfred Mann 82 years old
Ron Elliott (Beau Brummels) 79 years old
Bobby Fuller (b. 1942 d. 1966)
Eddie Brigati (Rascals) 77 years old
Rock n’ Roll Trivia
Question: Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart recorded a song in 1969 called “L.U.V.” What cause was the song intended to promote?
(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)
Let’s Go (Pony) Routers 1962 #19
The musicians on the record were actually the Wrecking Crew.
Let Me In Sensations 1962 #4 H100 #2 R&B
Written by lead singer Yvonne Baker.
Let It Be Beatles 1970 #1
Inspired by a dream Paul McCartney had about his deceased mother, named Mary, who, in the dream, used the phrase “let it be.”
Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye 1973 #1
The song had three sets of lyrics before it was released in the version we heard.
Let’s Jump the Broomstick Brenda Lee 1959 DNC
Jumping the broomstick was (and still is) a wedding ritual in several traditions and was chronicled in Alex Haley’s book Roots.
Let Us Vote Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart 1969 #111
During the Vietnam War there was a discrepancy between the age that one could serve in the military (18) and the age that one could vote (21). An organization known as “Let Us Vote” (L.U.V.) lobbied to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart composed “L.U.V” to publicize this initiative and the song became L.U.V.’s official campaign song. In 1971 the 26th Amendment was adopted, which lowered the voting age to 18. Fifty years later, “let us vote” has renewed resonance and relevance.
Let the Little Girl Dance Billy Bland 1960 #7 H100 #11 R&B
Bland retired from the music business in 1963 and ran a soul food restaurant in Harlem during the 1980’s.
Let’s Dance Chris Montez 1962 #4
This track charted twice in the British and German top five.
Let’s Stomp Bobby Comstock and the Counts 1963 #57
Born in Ithaca, Bobby Comstock got his musical start on the mandolin. His first love was country music. His first recordings were on the Marlee label of Trumansburg.
*Let’s Spend the Night Together Rolling Stones 1967 #55
Playing bass on this track was Keith Richards rather than Bill Wyman. Requested by Scottie for Brooktondale Peggy.
Let the Sunshine In 5th Dimension 1969 #1
The record was actually a medley of "Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine In" from the musical Hair. The backing musicians were the Wrecking Crew, who recorded their tracks separately from the vocals.
Let My Love Open the Door Pete Townshend 1980 #9
Townshend called the song “just a ditty” according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Let Me Down Easy Betty LaVette 1965 #103 H100 #20 R&B
Widely considered to be one of the best examples of Northern Soul.
Let It Be Me Everly Brothers 1960 #7
The drummer was Jerry Allison, who was Buddy Holly’s drummer.
Let Me Paul Revere and the Raiders 1969 #20
Let Your Love Flow Bellamy Brothers 1976 #1 H100 #21 CW
Neil Diamond and Johnny Rivers both passed on recording the song which became an international hit on multiple charts.
Let It Ride Bachman Turner Overdrive 1974 #23
Fred Turner was the lead vocalist on their first U.S. top 40.
Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin 1967 #2 H100 #1 R&B
Joe South played the tremolo guitar and Roger Hawkins played drums.
Diamond Girl Seals and Crofts 1973 #6
England Dan and John Ford Coley provided backing vocals.
Let It Rock Chuck Berry 1960 #64
Johnnie Johnson played the piano.
Let’s Give Adam and Eve Another Chance Gary Puckett/Union Gap 1970 #41
This was the last charting single for the Union Gap.
Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer’s Wheel 1973 #6
Gerry Rafferty sang lead and Joe Egan sang harmony. The record was produced by Lieber and Stoller. Luther Grosvenor played the lap steel guitar.
Stony End Laura Nyro 1967 DNC
Buddy Lucas played harmonica. Two versions of the song were recorded and released with different emphases on the narrator’s religious upbringing. The record is a bit of a puzzle in that it is hard to pin down exactly what it literally means. Also, the accompaniment is quite upbeat for what is, in either version, a song about heartbreak and disillusionment.
Echoes of Love Doobie Brothers 1977 #66
Patrick Simmons wrote the song and sang lead.
Let’s Have a Party Wanda Jackson 1960 #37
Wanda Jackson’s version of this song was heard in Dead Poets Society. Ms. Jackson meant business...
Don’t Do Me Like That Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1979 #10
Tom Petty almost gave this song to the J. Geils Band.
Soul Man Blues Brothers 1979 #14
As in Sam and Dave’s original, guitarist Steve Cropper gets a shout out, this time from John Belushi.
Since I Don’t Have You Skyliners 1959 #12
Jimmy Beaumont was the lead singer for the Skyliners. This record was one of their first and was their biggest hit.
Come Tomorrow Manfred Mann 1965 #50
The group was one of the most successful cover bands produced by the U.K. Guitarist Mike Vickers played flute on the track.
Just a Little Beau Brummels 1965 #8
The song was written by Ron Elliot and was their highest charting U.S. single.
Let Her Dance Bobby Fuller Four 1965 #133
This great record was a big hit in Los Angeles, but only bubbled under on the national Hot 100 at #133.
A Girl Like You Young Rascals 1967 #10
Eight of the eleven tracks on the “Groovin’” album were released as singles
*Let’s Dance David Bowie 1983 #1
Stevie Ray Vaughan played the guitar solo at the end of the track.
Let the Good Times Roll Shirley and Lee 1956 #20
This New Orleans rocker was written by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee. Earl Palmer played drums.
Let the Four Winds Blow Roy Brown 1957 #24
Brown was a major influence in rhythm and blues and early rock ‘n roll. Fats Domino co-wrote the song with Brown.
Let’s Live for Today Grass Roots 1967 #8
The song’s lyrics were originally written in Italian with the title “Piangi con me,” literally “cry with me.”
Let Love Come Between Us James and Bobby Purify 1967 #23 H100 #18 R&B
The Purifys were cousins from Florida.
Let Me Love You Tonight Pure Prairie League 1980 #10 H100 #1 AC
Vince Gill sang lead and David Sanborn played sax.
Let Me Be Good To You Carla Thomas 1966 #62 H100 #11 R&B
Carla Thomas charted 22 times during her career.
Let’s Go Trippin’ Dick Dale 1962 #60
This track is regarded as the instrumental that launched surf music.
Let Me Belong to You Brian Hyland 1961 #20
Is it just me, or does Brian Hyland sound particularly submissive on this record?
Let There Be Music Orleans 1975 #55
From the album “Orleans II.” Even though the album contained the song “Dance With Me,” ABC Records did not think the album contained any hits, did not promote it, and dropped Orleans from the label.
Let’s Go Get Stoned Ray Charles 1966 #31 H100 #1 R&B
This track was written by Ashford and Simpson and originally recorded by the Coasters with lyrics in the second and third person, as opposed to Ray Charles’ first person narrative.
Let’s Go Steady for the Summer Three G’s 1958 #55
The three G’s were the Glasser brothers: Bob, Ted and Jerry.
Let’s Work Together Wilbert Harrison 1970 #32
This song began its life as “Let’s Stick Together,” a plea to the narrator’s wife not to divorce him. Harrison reworked the song, with new socially and politically conscious lyrics.
Let’s Stay Together Tina Turner 1984 #26
Tina Turner sang the second verse before the first one.
Let’s Make a Promise Peaches and Herb 1968 #75
While there was only one Herb in the duo over the years, there were seven Peaches. Singing on this track was probably Francine Barker.
Let Me Go, Love Nicolette Larson and Michael McDonald 1980 #35
Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go Hank Ballard and the Midnighters 1960
#6 H100 #1 R&B
This track was also known as “There’s a Thrill on the Hill.”
CLOSING THEME: Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)
A: Lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.
Congratulations to Barbara from Ithaca for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of passes to Cinemapolis, downtown Ithaca’s movie house for first run, 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
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.
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