Thursday, November 3, 2022

October 29, 2022 - JH: Halloween Special

 October 29, 2022

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight Theme: "Halloween Special"

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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

6:00 - 7:00

OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969 - #29: produced by Jimi Hendrix)

First, a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, who passed away October 28, 2022 at the age of 87. Known for his dynamic piano playing, 'The Killer' was one of the true pioneers of rock and roll, and an inductee in the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis (1957 - #2: song sold a million copies in 10 days and ranks #96/RS500; it also ranked #3 on the R&B charts and #1 on the Country charts)

Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis (1957 - #3: song ranks #61/RS500 and went to #1 on both the R&B and Country charts)

Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (1962 - #1: song has charted 3 more times in addition to its original release: #91 in 1970; #10 in 1973; and #37 in 2021)

Transfusion - Nervous Norvus (1956 - #8: 'Norvus' was really Jimmy Drake, and with lines like, "Shoot the juice to me, Bruce",
the song was banned by many radio stations; the car crash sound effect was used on "Dead Man's Curve" and "Leader of the Pack")

Witch Doctor - David Seville (1958 - #1: Seville was really Ross Bagdasarian, who was also behind The Chipmunks)

Laurie (Strange Things Happen) - Dickey Lee (1965 - #14: Lee was known for his big hit "Patches"; song was based on an urban legend)

*The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley (1958 - #1: song spent 5 weeks at the top of the BB Hot 100 in June and July; Wooley wrote the song and would later have an acting career)

Primrose Lane - Jerry Wallace (1959 - #8: Wallace had Top 40 hits in 3 decades and was only 21 years old at the time of this hit)

The Ten Commandments of Love  - Harvey & the Moonglows (1958 - #22: a Doo-Wop classic that was a one-hit wonder)

45 Calendar

Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon (1978 - #21: from his second LP, "Excitable Boy", which was produced by Jackson Browne)

(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult (1976 - #12: song ranks #397/RS500 for the Long Island group)

I Put a Spell on You - "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins (1956 - DNC: Hawkins was an early pioneer of 'shock rock', with outlandish costumes and props on stage; #313/RS500)

Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones (1968 - DNC: song ranks #32/RS500 and came from the LP Beggars Banquet)

7:00 - 8:00

The Birthday Calendar

Background Music: "Batman Theme" - Neal Hefti (1966 - #35: theme song from the campy TV show starring Adam West)

October 23:

Charlie Foxx - born 1939
Ellie Greenwich - born 1940
Freddie Marsden - born 1940
Barbara Anne Hawkins (Dixie Cups) - 79

October 24:

J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper") - born 1930
Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones) - 86

October 25:

Helen Reddy - born 1941
Mary Catherine "Taffy" Danoff - 78

October 26:

Neal Matthews, Jr. (The Jordanaires) - born 1929
Keith Hopwood (Herman's Hermits) - 76

October 27:

Floyd Cramer - born 1933
Garry W. Tallent (E Street Band) - 73

October 28:

Charlie Daniels - born 1936
Curtis Lee - born 1941
Wayne Fontana (Glyn Geoffrey Ellis) - born 1945
Telma Hopkins (Tony Orlando & Dawn) - 74

October 29:

Neal Hefti - born 1922
Denny Laine (The Moody Blues; Wings) - 78
Robbie van Leeuwen (The Shocking Blue) - 78

Mockingbird - Inez Foxx (1963 - #7: Charlie Foxx supported sister Inez on the hit song)

The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget - The Raindrops (1963 - #17: although primarily a songwriter, known for hits like "Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Be My Baby"; Doo Wah Diddy"; and "Hanky Panky", Ellie Greenwich was also a member of the Raindrops)

Ferry Cross the Mersey - Gerry and the Pacemakers (1965 - #6: Freddie Marsden was the drummer for the Liverpool band that featured brother Gerry)

Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups (1965 - #20: song dates back to 1953 under the title "Jock-A-Mo" and after 1977 became a concert song for The Grateful Dead)

Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper (1958 - #6: J.P. Richardson was killed in the same plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens)

Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones (1968 - #3: song ranks #124/RS500, and bassist Bill Wyman is said to have come up with the riff)

Angie Baby - Helen Reddy (1974 - #1: spooky theme of the song makes it a good fit for "The Halloween Special")

Afternoon Delight - The Starland Vocal Band (1976 - #1: "Taffy" Danoff was a member of the band with then-husband Bill; record label was begun by John Denver, with whom the Danoffs co-wrote "Take Me Home, Country Roads")

Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley (1957 - #1: The Jordanaires were known for their back-up work with The King, and also backed Patsy Cline and others)

Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits (1965 - #1: song was not released in the UK)

Last Date - Floyd Cramer (1960 #2: Cramer's 'slip-note' style was instrumental to the "Nashville Sound" of country music in the late '50s and early '60s; he also played on many Patsy Cline sessions with Owen Bradley producing)

Prove It All Night - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978 - #33: song was the first single from the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" LP; Garry Tallent and Springsteen himself are the only original members of the band performing)

Uneasy Rider - Charlie Daniels Band (1973 - #9: Daniels wrote this, his first charting single)

Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee (1961 - #7: song was produced by Phil Spector and was Lee's only Top 40 hit)

Game of Love - Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (1965 - #1: Fontana went solo after this hit but never enjoyed solo success)

Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando and Dawn (1971 - #1: Telma Hopkins went on to a successful acting career after her stint in Dawn)

Go Now - The Moody Blues (1965 - #10: cover of the original by Bessie Banks)

Venus - The Shocking Blue (1970 - #1: van Leeuwen wrote the hit for the band, part of the early '70s "Dutch Invasion", and is the last surviving member of the group)

*What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis (1968 - DNC: song was top 10 on the Country charts and Rod Stewart would have a #4 hit in the UK in 1972; song title was the answer to the Cinemapolis/Rockin' Remnants Trivia question)

Can't Find the Time - Orpheus (1969 - #80: songwriter and lead singer Bruce Arnold of the Worcester, MA soft-rock group passed away this week)

*Witchy Woman - The Eagles (1972 - #9: co-writer Don Henley has said that he was reading a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, who served as inspiration for the song)

*(Ghost) Riders in the Sky - The Outlaws (1980 - #31: song was originally a hit for Vaughn Monroe in 1949)

*The Eggplant That Ate Chicago - Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band (1967 - #52: song was written by Norman Greenbaum, who later wrote "Spirit in the Sky")

Rockin' Zombie - The Crewnecks (1960 - DNC: doo-wop group from Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Igor's Cellar - The Detergents (1966 - DNC: group's biggest hit was a parody of "Leader of the Pack" entitled "Leader of the Laundromat")

Frankenstein Meets the Beetles (1964 - DNC)
Dracula Drag (1965 - DNC: two songs by Dickie Goodman, under the name Jekyll and Hyde, known for compilation songs like "The Flying Saucer", "Energy Crisis", and "Mr. Jaws")

D.O.A. - Bloodrock (1971 - #36: ghoulish one-hit wonder for the rock group from Fort Worth, TX; although the cover shows the song to be 4:15, the single version was actually 4:32, the LP version 8:30)

Season of the Witch - Donovan (1966 - NR: one reviewer has called the song, "a sort of sinister tale of paranoia and the paranormal.")

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 5, 2022: Jan Hunsinger (JH) with Golden Oldies!

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