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October 8, 2022 - GJ - Hot 100 Early October

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4: The Billboard Hot 100 - The Center for Artistic Activism

Date:    October 8, 2022

Host:    Gregory James

Feature:   Early October Hot 100

Birthday Calendar

October 2

Don McLean 77 years old

Mike Rutherford (Genesis) 72 years old

Sting    71 years old

October 3

Eddie Cochran b. 1938  d. 1960

Chubby Checker 81 years old

Lindsey Buckingham 73 years old

Keb Mo     71 years old

Stevie Ray Vaughan b. 1954  d. 1990

October 5

Steve Miller 79 years old

Buckwheat Stevenson b. 1949  d. 1988

October 6

Millie Small b. 1946  d. 2020

October 7

John Mellencamp 71 years old

October 8

Fred Cash (Impressions) 82 years old

Sheila Ferguson (Three Degrees)  75 years old

Robert  “Kool” Bell  (Kool and the Gang bassist)  72 years old

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: In Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” two cars were in pursuit. What model cars were they?

(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

* chart rankings are for the first week of October in the designated year


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

During the first few minutes of the show, all five Rockin' Remnants hosts gave their reactions over the air to Remnants being voted the Best Local Radio Show in the 2022 Ithaca Times Best of Ithaca poll.

Magic Man Heart  1976  #16  up from #20

Based on actual events, according to Ann Wilson. If you like drum solos, check this video, eh?

*Sneaking Sally Through the Alley Robert Palmer   1975  DNC

Requested by Alvin.

Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley / Epidemic by Robert Palmer (Single,  Funk): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your MusicSneakin' Sally Through The Alley': The Soulful Style Of Robert Palmer

Fire    Crazy World of Arthur Brown   1968  #3 up from #60 three weeks earlier.

The record notched up one more place on the Hot 100 to #2. There were no guitars on this track.

Fire (Arthur Brown song) - Wikipedia

Smoke from a Distant Fire Sanford Townsend Band  1977  #52  down from #39

The song peaked at #9 and was their only Top 40 hit.

*I Need You     America   1972  #9

Requested by Scottie for Brooktondale Peggy.

I Need You (America song) - Wikipedia

Maybellene Chuck Berry 1955  #11 down from #9

A classic tale of romantic pursuit between a V8 Ford and a Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Based on a country song called Ida Red, the title of Berry’s version was changed and apparently did come from Maybelline cosmetics with the spelling altered by one letter. In the video, Berry's opening remarks and guitar solo are priceless.

Surfer Joe Surfaris 1963  #64  down from #62

From Doheny to Huntington to Oceanside, Surfer Joe shot the curls.

Surfer Joe - song and lyrics by The Surfaris | Spotify

Then He Kissed Me Crystals 1963  #10 down from 3 weeks at its #6 peak

Another tale of how dancing leads to matrimony.

Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals (Single; London; DL 20 719): Reviews,  Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

Miss You Rolling Stones 1978  #94  down from #64 in its 20th chart week

From the Stones’ disco period. This #1 single was released a month before the album “Some Girls.” In the video, Mick seems to be singing live to the backing track while Charlie and Bill project ultimate cool.

Hit the Road Jack     Ray Charles  1961  #1  up from #4

It’s Margie Hendrix of the Raelettes singing that Ray’s no good—allegedly from first hand experience. Check out his ad libs as the song winds down.

*Snowbird Anne Murray 1970  #8

Requested by Alvin

Snowbird (song) - Wikipedia

You’re Lookin’ Good Dee Clark  1960  #65   down from #54

When Little Richard quit music temporarily, Dee Clark filled in for him on his remaining live appearances.

Dee Clark – You're Lookin' Good (1968, Vinyl) - Discogs

Keep a Knockin’ Little Richard  1957  #16  debut [peak #8 H100 #2 R&B]

Little Richard – Keep A Knockin' / Baby Face (1965, Vinyl) - Discogs


Castles in the Air Don McLean 1972  #7

Follow You Follow Me Genesis 1978   #23

Bassist Mike Rutherford came up with the original chord progression for the song and wrote the lyrics.

Genesis' Follow You Follow Me: the story behind the song | LouderFollow You Follow Me - Single Version - song and lyrics by Genesis | Spotify

King of Pain The Police  1983   #3

Sting says this song was the aftermath of his split with his first wife—but it might also be about cosmic and ecological degradation.

The Police - King Of Pain Lyrics | Lyrics.My

Somethin’ Else Eddie Cochran 1959  #58

Cochran, Eddie - Somethin Else - Music

Everybody Loves Saturday Night   Chubby Checker 1964

Checker cut a folk LP in 1964 trying to break out of the restrictions of The Twist. The song was popularized by Pete Seeger who added verses in French, German and Italian.

Chubby Checker – Chubby's Folk Album (Vinyl) - Discogs

Second Hand News Fleetwood Mac 1977  DNC

The leadoff track to "Rumors," part of the percussion array was a Naugahyde chair.

Second Hand News Archives - Hipstercrite

Love Struck Baby  Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble   1983 DNC

The song tells the story of the night Stevie Ray Vaughan moved in with his wife. At 1:30 in the video, Vaughan takes off his hat so he can swing his guitar behind his head.

Rainy Day People Kevin Moore (Keb' Mo)  1980  NR

This was from Keb Mo’s first album. His singing partner was Bobbi Walker.

Rainy Day People (Rainy Day Lady, Rainy Day Man) - song and lyrics by Kevin  Moore | Spotify

Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around   Steve Miller Band  1969  NR

From his "Saving Grace" album, this song started life as a gospel song. 

Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around / Little Girl by The Steve Miller Band  (Single; Capitol; 2638): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your  MusicEssential Steve Miller Band Guide: The Best Albums And Songs

My Maria B(uck) W(heat) Stevenson 1973  #9

Other musicians on the track included Larry Carlton on guitar, Joe Osborn on bass and Jim Gordon on drums.

B. W. Stevenson - My Maria Lyrics | CajunLyrics

My Boy Lollipop Millie Small 1964  #2

This track is considered to be the first commercially successful international ska song. It also helped to bring Island Records into the mainstream of pop music.

My Boy Lollipop' singer Millie Small has died

Ain’t Even Done with the Night  John Cougar (Mellencamp)    1981  #17

The track was produced by Steve Cropper from the LP "Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did."

Ain't Even Done With The Night - song and lyrics by John Mellencamp |  Spotify

I Need You Impressions 1965  #64

When Jerry Butler left the Impressions in 1960, Fred Cash took his place. Cash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.

The Impressions – I Need You / Never Could You Be (1965, Vinyl) - DiscogsI Need You - song and lyrics by The Impressions | Spotify

Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon    Three Degrees 1971

The group sang this Jimmy Webb song in the film The French Connection.

The Three Degrees - Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon (Live) | LetsLoop

Too Hot Kool and the Gang 1980  #5

Check out the big finish in the video.

Your Smiling Face   James Taylor   1977  #73    up from 88 in its second chart week

Taylor’s biographer Timothy White has stated that the song was written for Sally, the daughter Taylor had with Carly Simon. In the video, Taylor (who is as charming as the day is long) does some scat singing at the end. He is accompanied by The Immediate Family.


*The Morning After  Maureen McGovern 1973  #1

45cat - Maureen McGovern - The Morning After / Midnight Storm - Pye  International - UK - 7N 25603


You Really Got Me   Kinks 1964   #66  up from #81

Dave Davies called the song “a love song for street kids” It was apparently inspired by a woman Ray Davies saw on the dance floor when he was performing with the Dave Hunt Band during his college days.

NPG D48447; Sheet music cover for 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks (Ray  Davies; Pete Quaife; Dave Davies; Mick Avory) - Portrait - National  Portrait Gallery

Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix  1967  #72 up from #76

The basic track began recording on January 11, 1967 and took about four hours, according to Chas Chandler. Hendrix and Chandler added new vocals, guitar parts and special effects from February 3-8, 1967.

Hound Dog Elvis Presley 1956  #1  for eighth week

Presley recorded the song the day after TV host Steve Allen staged Presley in formal wear singing the song to an actual hound dog on his show (see video below). Some commentators believe that Presley’s aggressive approach in the recording was a result of his anger over his treatment by Steve Allen.

Born to Run Bruce Springsteen  1975  #51  up from #58

Highway 9 mentioned in the song runs through Freehold NJ, from which Springsteen was indeed born to run—and eventually to return.

Brucebase - 1954-10-00 - 39½ INSTITUTE STREET, FREEHOLD, NJ | Bruce  springsteen, Bruce springsteen quotes, Celebrities maleBruce Springsteen In Car B/W 8x10 Glossy Photo | eBay

Long Long Time   Linda Ronstadt  1970  #25 [peak] for the second week 

The track was her first charting single as a soloist. Ronstadt recorded the track in Nashville and had to convince Capitol Records to keep it on the album “Silk Purse.”

If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder  1971  # 9  up from #12 

Stevie Wonder really opens up the song with lots of improvisation in this video.

Sherry Four Seasons 1962  #1  (third week out of five)

The group was named after a New Jersey bowling alley for which the group auditioned unsuccessfully.

N.J. Rock & Pop Hall: The Four Seasons - nj.comFour Seasons Frankie Valli Rare Bowling Alley Matchbook Union Nj 4 seasons  | eBay

Cherry Cherry  Neil Diamond  1966  #7 up from #10

Diamond has said the song was inspired by an early relationship with an older woman. Percussionist King Errisson is a standout at the 2:00 mark.

Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival   1969  #7 down from #2 (peak)

The eponymous river was actually Putah Creek near Winters California. John Fogerty has said that Old Cody Junior refers to Buffalo Bill Cody who owned a cabin on Putah Creek.

Green River - Putah Creek, CaliforniaCreedence Clearwater Revival – Green River Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

People are Strange      Doors   1967  #32  up from #44 [on its way to #12]

According to John Densmore, Jim Morrison took a walk in Laurel Canyon to shake off a feeling of depression. He returned with the lyrics in his hand and the chorus in his head. In the video, a live version of the song runs from 0:30 to 2:46.

Stupid Cupid   Connie Francis  1958  #28   down from #17

This Neil Sedaka-Howard Greenfield song was Connie Francis’ comeback record. The video is a lip sync, but the choreography at 0:50 is a hoot.

Out of Sight James Brown  1964  #28 for second week

This was the last record Brown would record for over a year because of a contractual dispute between Smash Records and King Records. The Godfather of Soul had the fastest feet in the business.

B.A.B.Y   Carla Thomas  1966  #25  up from #40 [on its way to#14 H100 #3R&B]

Carla Thomas first started recording for Stax Records in 1960 at the age of 17.

B-A-B-Y - song and lyrics by Carla Thomas | SpotifyB-A-B-Y - Wikipedia

Higher and Higher  Jackie Wilson   1967  #6 [peak] up from #7

Even though this was recorded for Brunswick Records, the backing band was the Motown house band The Funk Brothers and the backing singers were the Andantes, also from Motown. Jackie Wilson is said to have recorded the lead vocal in one take. If you thought the tempo in the single was fast, wait until you see this video.

I’ll Never Love This Way Again Dionne Warwick  1979  second week at #7 on the way to #5.

The track was produced by Barry Manilow and earned Dionne Warwick the 1980 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Feel Like Makin’ Love Roberta Flack  1974  #54  down from #38

This was a multiple chart topper for Roberta Flack, who released the single nine months before the album of the same name was released. She produced the record under the pseudonym of Rubina Flake.

Look of Love Dusty Springfield  1967  #41  up from #52

The song has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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

Trivia Answer

A V-8 Ford and a Cadillac Coupe De Ville were the cars in Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene.”

Congratulations to Mike from Ithaca for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of 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

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 October 15, 2022: John Simon 

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