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December 24, 2022 - JR - Rockin' Christmas Eve

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Date: December 24, 2022

Host: JR

Feature: Dick Clark has his Rockin' New Year's Eve, so this is JR's Rockin' Christmas Eve, with some great guitar riffs from 3 decades!

Rockin' Remnants is broadcast from WVBR-FM Ithaca. Check out our webpage, like us on Facebook, and tune in to 93.5 or stream the show every Saturday night from 6-9pm! (Or download the WVBR+ app now available for iOS and Android!)

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6pm - 7pm

Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple - 1972 - Richie Blackmore plays maybe the most copied guitar riff ever!
China Grove - Doobie Brothers - 1973 - Lead singer Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons on the dual rhythm guitars!

All Right Now - Free - 1970 - The late Paul Kossoff supplied the guitar riffs and Paul Rogers on lead vocals.
Barracuda - Heart - 1977 - Nancy Wilson!  Wow!
You Really Got Me - The Kinks - 1964 - Dave Davies played that unmistakable riff.  Or was it Jimmy Page?
Revolution - The Beatles - 1968 - John Lennon played the frenetic riff.

Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 1969 - Neil played the riff on his 1953 Gibson Les Paul Standard called "Old Black".

The Pusher - Steppenwolf - 1968 - Written by Hoyt Axton.  This was no "Joy To The World", but it was emblematic of the times...

No Matter What - Badfinger - 1970 - The late Pete Ham on the rhythm guitar.

Jean Genie - David Bowie - 1973 - Written by Bowie about author Jean Genet, and inspired by Iggy Pop.

James Dean - The Eagles - 1974 - Glenn Frey and Bernie Leadon on dual rhythm guitars.

Whole Lotta Love (45 version) - Led Zeppelin - 1969 - Jimmy Page!  What else is there to say?

One - Three Dog Night - 1968 - There's lots of keyboards in this, but guitarist Michael Allsup provides some tasty riffs!

Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon - 1977 - "L.A. Mafia" guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar on guitar.

7pm Birthday Calendar

Honky Tonk Women-The Rolling Stones - 1969 - Keith Richards, 79, December 18th.
Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire - 1978 - Group leader Maurice White born on December 19th, 1941.

Hard Luck Woman - Kiss - 1976 - Kiss vocalist and drummer Peter Criss, 75, on December 20th.

Valley Girl - Frank Zappa, Moon Zappa - 1982 - Frank was born on December 21st, 1940.  This was his highest-charting single: #32 on the Hot 100.  Oh my god!  This was some bitchin' tune!

 I'll Bring It Home To You - Carla Thomas - 1962 - 80 on December 21st - The "Answer Record" to the Sam Cooke tune.
Darlin' - The Beach Boys - 1968 - Lead vocals by Carl Wilson, born on December 21st, 1946.   

Massachusetts - Bee Gees - 1968 - Brother Robin and Brother Maurice were born on December 22nd, 1949.

Keep On Truckin' - Hot Tuna - 1972 - Jorma Kaukonen (former guitarist with Jefferson Airplane), 83, December 23rd - Former JA bassist Jack Casady was the other half of this duo.  They originally wanted to call themselves "Hot Shit", but RCA Records put the kybosh on that (even though their label was called "Grunt")!

 Genesis - Jorma Kaukonen - 1974 - From Jorma's solo LP, Quah, with second guitarist Tom Hobson.

If I Were A Carpenter - Tim Hardin - 1967 - Born on December 23rd, 1941.

Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On) - Lee Dorsey - 1969 - Born on December 24th, 1924.

More Riffin'!
One Fine Morning - Lighthouse - 1971 - Ralph Cole was the guitarist for this Canadian band, eh?

Lowdown - Chicago - 1971 - The late Terry Kath supplies the rhythm and lead guitar!

The Core - Eric Clapton - 1978 - From the LP Slowhand, featuring Marcella Detroit (Marcy Levy) on duet vocals.


I Want You Back - Jackson 5 - 1969 - This could have been Funk Brother David Walker or studio wiz Louie Shelton on rhythm guitar!
I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross - 1980 - Produced and guitar by Nile Rodgers (Chic).

The Other Woman - Ray Parker Jr.- 1982 - Before his solo career, Ray was a studio wiz guitarist, playing with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Boz Scaggs among others...
Go All The Way - The Raspberries - 1972 - Eric Carmen was a classically trained pianist, but here he unleashes one of the greatest guitar riffs on the 70's!

I'll Supply the Love- Toto - 1978 - Some of L.A's finest studio musicians came together as a group but didn't take their name from Dorothy's dog!  I love the opening riffs from guitarist Steve Lukather!

Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet - 1975 - The guitarist for this British Glam-Rock band was Steve Priest.
Hearts On Fire - Bryan Adams - 1987 - Yes, Virginia, there were still 45's in the 80's... 

Another Brick In The Wall (part 2) - Pink Floyd - 1980 - The Floyd's biggest hit!  #1 for 4 weeks on the Hot 100!  My #1 guitar hero, David Gilmour!

Lady - Styx - 1975 - Another tune with a lot of keyboards, but guitarist John Curulewski provides some mean riffs.  He had split the band before this charted.

Going Mobile - The Who - 1971 - Pete Townshend is considered by many to be the greatest rhythm guitarist in rock history.

Takin´Care of Business - Bachman - Turner Overdrive - 1974 - Guitarist Randy Bachman left The Guess Who because he wanted a "heavier" sound.  I remember a critic that said BTO was the heaviest band of the 70's, by weight, that is...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - (45) - Pat Benatar - 1980 

Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte - 1956

Christmas Dream - Perry Como - 1974 - From the movie "The Odessa File" starring Jon Voigt, Max Schell and Maria Schell.

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 31st, 2022: Jan Hunsinger.

Thanks for tuning in! You can listen to Rockin' Remnants every Saturday night from 6-9pm on WVBR (93.5 FM in Ithaca, NY) or streaming here

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