Friday, March 31, 2023

Mar 25, 2023 - KV - no theme




Rockin' Remnants

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Date:  March 25, 2023

Host:  Kim Vaughan

Feature:  no theme





Birthday Calendar



Mar 19   – Clarence “Frogman” Henry – age 86

            – Clarence Paul (b. Clarence Pauling) – born in 1928


Mar 20   – Joe Rivers (Johnnie & Joe) – age 86


Mar 21   – Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) – age 73

            – Chip Taylor (b. James Voight) – age 83

            – Solomon Burke (b. James Solomon McDonald) – born in 1940


Mar 22   – Jeremy Clyde (Chad & Jeremy) – age 82

            – Keith Relf (Yardbirds) – born in 1943


Mar 23   – Ric Ocasek (b. Richard Otcasek, Cars) – born in 1944

            – Chaka Khan (b. Yvette Marie Stevens, Rufus) – age 70


Mar 24   – Carol Kaye (b. Carol Smith) – age 88


Mar 25   – Johnny Burnette – born in 1934

            – Aretha Franklin – born in 1942

            – Sir Elton John (b. Reginald Dwight) – age 76







 Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia



We began the show with a set of 5 songs that had Spring in the title.  Name any 2 of the artists whose Spring songs we heard. 


(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)








·       yellow song titles are YouTube links

·       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







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


Springtime In My Heart – Bob Collins & The Diamond (1961, written by Joe South.  It was apparently the very first release by the Tuneglow label.)


Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring – Jimmie Rodgers (1957, b-side of Honeycomb)


Spring Fever – Elvis Presley (1965, from the soundtrack to Girl Happy)


Spring – Birdlegs & Pauline & Their Versatility Birds (1963, #94, their only Hot 100 song)


Spring Again – Lou Rawls (1977, b-side of See You When I Git There)


Boom Boom – The Animals (1964, #43)


Come On Let’s Go – The McCoys (1966, #22, their cover of the Ritchie Valens song)


 * Where The Boys Are – Connie Francis (1961, #4, written by Neil Sedaka)


 * El Paso – Marty Robbins (1959, spent two weeks at #1 in early 1960)


 * Along Comes Mary – The Association (1966, #7)


Shy Girl – The Cascades (1963, #91)


Save Your Heart For Me – Brian Hyland (1963, the non-charting b-side of I’m Afraid To Go Home.  Two years later, Gary Lewis & The Playboys would do a Top Ten cover version of Save Your Heart For Me.)


Wanted – Perry Como (1954)


Pretty Ballerina – The Left Banke (1967, #15)


Baby It’s You – The Shirelles (1961, peaked at #8 in early 1962)


Buzz-Buzz-Buzz – The Hollywood Flames (1957, peaked at #11 in early 1958)







Dream Myself A Sweetheart – Clarence Henry (1962, “bubbled under” at #112)


Hitch Hike – Marvin Gaye (1963, #30, co-written by Clarence Paul)


Over The Mountain, Across The Sea – Johnnie & Joe (1957, #8)


Ain’t Nobody But Me – Supertramp (from their 1975 album Crisis? What Crisis?  The single was released in the US in 1976 but did not chart.)


Wild Thing – The Troggs (1966, #1 for two weeks, written by Chip Taylor)


 * Cry To Me – Solomon Burke (1962, #44, used in the soundtrack of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing)


Got To Get You Off My Mind – Solomon Burke (1965, #22, spent three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart)


A Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy (1964, #7)


For Your Love – The Yardbirds (1965, #6)


My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars (1978, #35)


Tell Me Something Good – Rufus (1974, #3, written by Stevie Wonder.  This was the first Hot 100 hit for Rufus -- and after this, lead singer Chaka Khan's name would be mentioned on the labels of all the others.  Check out the new Chaka Khan exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland!)


Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys (1966, #1, with Carol Kaye as one of the many session musicians who contributed – Brian Wilson said her bass-playing had the sound he wanted)


I’ve Got A Lot Of Things To Do – Johnny Burnette (1961, “bubbled under” at #109)


Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin (1967, #4, spent two weeks at #1 on the R&B chart)







Rocket Man – Elton John (1972, #6)


 * Classical Gas – Mason Williams (1968, #2 for two weeks on the Hot 100, #1 on Adult Contemporary)


 * Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson (1972, #2 for two weeks.  Bobby Day had also spent two weeks at #2 with the song – in 1958, the same year Michael Jackson was born.)


Neon Rainbow – The Box Tops (1967, #24)


Baby Blue – Badfinger (1972, #14)


I Won’t Last A Day Without You – The Carpenters (1974, #11)


Silver Bird – Mark Lindsay (1970, #25)


Dancin' (On A Saturday Night) – Barry Blue (1973, did not chart in the US but was in the Top Ten for several other countries)


 * Harper Valley P.T.A. – Jeannie C. Riley (1968, #1 on the Hot 100 and the Country chart, written by Tom T. Hall.  It was re-issued in 1978 for a movie of the same name.)


 * Every Time I Think Of You – The Babys (1979, #13)


So In To You – Atlanta Rhythm Section (1977, #7)


 * The Story In Your Eyes – The Moody Blues (1971, #23)



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





Trivia Winner


Congratulations to Dave from Dryden, for knowing that Bob Collins and Lou Rawls were two of the artists with Spring songs we heard in the first hour – he won two passes to Cinemapolis!




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, 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 Next Week (Apr 1):  John Rudan with a spotlight on April Fools





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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

March 18, 2023 - GJ - Off the Charts: Familiar records that did not chart.

Rockin’ Remnants

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Date:  March 18, 2023

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Off the Charts

Birthday Calendar

March 12

James Taylor 75 years old

Bill Payne   74 years old

March 13

Mike Stoller   90 years old

Neil Sedaka   84 years old

March 14

Walter Parazaider  (Chicago sax)  78 years old

March 15

DJ Fontana  (Elvis drummer)  b. 1931  d. 2018

Mike Love  82 years old

Sly Stone  80 years old

2023:  Drummer Jim Gordon died this day 

March 16

Jerry Jeff Walker   b. 1942   d. 2020

Nancy Wilson (Heart)  69 years old

Fred Neil   b. 1936  d. 2001

March 17

Paul Kantner   b. 1941  d. 2016

John Sebastian 79 years old

March 18

Wilson Pickett  b. 1941  d. 2006

Bobby Whitlock   (Derek and Dominos keyboards)  75 years old

John Hartman  (Doobie Brothers drummer)  b. 1950  d. 2021

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: In Bruce Springsteen’s “Spirit in the Night,” he names six characters who head out to Greasy Lake. What are their names?

(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)

Maybe I’m Amazed   Paul McCartney 1970  RRHOF  DNC

Although Paul McCartney decided not to release the studio version as a single from his debut solo album in 1970, it was played on radio stations around the world.

Everything Fab Four: “Maybe I'm Amazed,” Paul McCartney's Post-Beatles  Classic

*Blue Sky Allman Brothers   1972 DNC

Dicky Betts wrote the song about his girlfriend (and later wife) whose nickname was Bluesky. Gregg Allman encouraged Betts to sing the lead vocal himself. Dedicated to Brooktondale Peggy by Scotty.

Reading between the Grooves: The Allman Brothers Band: Blue SkyDickey Betts with wife Paulette, 1970s ca Stock Photo - Alamy

Dear Mr. Fantasy Traffic  1967 DNC

The track was reportedly recorded at 1:00 a.m. in November of 1967.

Traffic – Dear Mr. Fantasy – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

Train Kept a Rollin' Yardbirds  1965  DNC

This track was recorded by Sam Phillips in Memphis during the Yardbirds first U.S. tour. Jeff Beck’s guitar solo was one of the first recorded uses of fuzz tone.

Train Kept A-Rollin' - Wikipedia

Dr. Feelgood    Aretha Franklin  1967   DNC

The song’s subtitle is “Love Is a Serious Business.”

Aretha Franklin – Respect / Dr. Feelgood (1967, Vinyl) - Discogs

Little Wing Jimi Hendrix  1968  RRHOF  DNC

The glockenspiel heard on the track was lying around the recording studio, so Hendrix put it to use.

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing - Reviews - Album of The Year

Spirit in the Night Bruce Springsteen   1975  DNC

What a cast of characters at Greasy Lake: Wild Billy, Hazy Davy, Crazy Janey, Killer Joe, G-man and Mission Man. The only players on the track were Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Vini Lopez and Harold Wheeler.

Bruce Springsteen – Spirit in the Night – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection  of Pop Culture

Keep Yourself Alive   Queen   1973  DNC

This was the debut single from Queen’s debut album, but it did not chart in the U.S. or the U.K.  All of the vocals are by a multi-tracked Freddie Mercury

Queen – Keep Yourself Alive (2011, Vinyl) - Discogs

Sweets for My Sweet Searchers   1963  DNC

#1 in the UK but did not show up on U.S. charts.

The Searcher singer Mike Pender on their hit song Sweets For My Sweet |

Up on the Roof Carole King 1970  DNC

Carole King - Up On The Roof - YouTube

Silence is Golden  4 Seasons  1964 DNC

This was the B-side to Rag Doll. The Tremeloes had a bigger hit with this, but their version did not have the crazy good harp.

Silence is Golden by The Four Seasons | Daily Doo Wop

Sookie Sookie   Steppenwolf   1968   DNC

Sookie is a rare variant of the name Susan. You may be able to dance the Boomerang, but can you do the Baltimore Jig?

Magic Carpet Ride / Sookie, Sookie by Steppenwolf (Single; Stateside; SSL  408): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

In My Life    Beatles   1966  DNC

John Lennon called this song his first real major piece of work. 

Maths professor uses statistics to solve the mystery of which Beatle wrote 'In  My Life'

Everyday Buddy Holly   1957   DNC

Even though Holly sings “every” and “day” as separate words, the song’s printed title is one word. The percussion is drummer Jerry Allison slapping his knees.

The Buddy Holly Statue - Visit Lubbock


Something in the Way She Moves   James Taylor 1968 DNC

This was his audition song to get a recording contract with Apple Records in 1968.

Watch James Taylor's 'Something In The Way She Moves' In 1970 Clip

All That You Dream    Little Feat  1975  DNC

Bill Payne wrote the song and played keyboard.

A Few Minutes with... Bill Payne of Little Feat, Taking Requests on Their  Latest Tour | Nippertown

Lonely Night (Angel Face)  Neil Sedaka 1975  DNC 

This track appeared on Sedaka’s LP “The Hungry Years.”

1st RECORDING OF: Lonely Night (Angel Face) - Neil Sedaka (1975) - YouTube

Just You ‘n Me Chicago   1973  #4   

Walter Parazaider played the nice sax solo. Composer James Pankow said he wrote the song after he and his wife had a major argument.

Just You 'n' Me - Wikipedia

Jailhouse Rock  Elvis Presley   1957      #1 seven weeks H100  #5 RB  #1 CW

Drummer DJ Fontana recorded 460 tracks with Elvis. His drum hit is the first thing you hear on this record.

Remembering Dominic Joseph Fontana - Rock and Roll Globe

You Can Make It If You Try  Sly and the Family Stone  1969  DNC

This side was intended to be released as a single, but it was replaced by “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”

Sly & Family Stone - You Can Make It If You Try - YouTube45cat - Sly And The Family Stone - Stand! / You Can Make It If You Try -  Epic - Netherlands - S 5-9972

Mr. Bojangles Jerry Jeff Walker   1968  #77

Walker graduated from Oneonta High School in 1960 where he excelled at basketball.

Jerry Jeff Walker, Hondo Crouch Statue Unveiled in Luckenbach TX | Saving  Country Music

The Dolphins Fred Neil   1967    DNC

In 1961, Fred Neil was called The King of the MacDougal and Bleecker Street folksingers. In 1970, Neil was a co-founder of the Dolphin Research Project.

Fred Neil on Twitter: "Fred Neil playing for the dolphins | photo by Lou  Buzone" / Twitter

How Can I Refuse? Heart   1983  #44

The entire group collaborated to write this song, off their album “Passionworks.”

Heart - #TBT Heart - behind the scenes during 'How Can I Refuse' video  shoot - 1983 #passionworks #HEART | Facebook

DCBA-25 Jefferson Airplane  1967   DNC

Paul Kantner wrote and sang lead on this track. “DCBA” is the chord progression and “25” refers to LSD.

Paul Kantner's 10 Trippiest Lyrics – Rolling Stone

Didn’t Want to Have to Do It    Lovin’ Spoonful  1966  DNC

This was the B-side to “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind.”


I’m a Midnight Mover       Wilson Pickett   1968    #24

Wilson Pickett – I'm A Midnight Mover (1968, Vinyl) - Discogs

Wheels of Fortune   Doobie Brothers 1976   #87

Some have noted that this funk drenched track sounds like Steely Dan—could be because Jeff “Skunk” Baxter smoked the lead guitar and the Memphis Horns chimed in as well.

Wheels of Fortune (song) - Wikipedia

Tell the Truth     Derek and the Dominos  1970  DNC  

Bobby Whitlock was the primary writer of the song.

Derek and The Dominos - Tell The Truth [1970 single version] - YouTube45cat - Derek And The Dominos - Tell The Truth / Roll It Over - Atco - USA  - 45-6780


New York State of Mind Billy Joel   1976  DNC

This record was never released as a single, but it became a fan favorite and a staple of his concerts.

Billy Joel – New York State Of Mind (CD) - Discogs

Isn’t She Lovely?  Stevie Wonder  1976  DNC

The track was not originally released as a commercial single because Stevie Wonder did not want to shorten it to fit on a 7” 45 rpm record. However, radio airplay turned the song into a jazz and pop standard.

Stevie Wonder – Isn't She Lovely? Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Baba O’Riley   The Who  1971  RRHOF DNC

The song seems to be about a desperate but hopeful exodus from the "teenage wasteland" Pete Townshend says he witnessed at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight concerts.

50 Years At The Isle Of Wight Festival | Audio Network UK50 years ago, Woodstock was a weekend like no other

My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)  Neil Young   1979  RRHOF  DNC

Recorded live at the Boarding House in San Francisco, Young wrote the song as a reaction to the emergence of punk rock and its potential to render him irrelevant. The song evoked controversy over whether, as an artist, it’s better to burn out or to fade away.

Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - song and lyrics by Neil Young | Spotify

A Case of You Joni Mitchell  1971    DNC

Mitchell quotes Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with “I am as constant as the Northern star.”

Icons & Influences: Joni Mitchell by Haim – Rolling Stone

Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones 1969  DNC

One of the most thrilling opening 25 measures of music in rock, building off Keith Richards’ iconic guitar riff, adding percussion, vocals and, on the 17th bar, Nicky Hopkins’ piano chord.

Documentary on the making of Rolling Stones' 'Exile on Main Street' in the  works – Rolling Stone

Born on the Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival   1969  DNC

Shortly after this track was recorded, the Gibson guitar that John Fogerty used to record the track was stolen from his car.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou / Bad Moon Rising (1981,  Vinyl) - Discogs

Feelin’ Groovy Simon and Garfunkel  1966  DNC

This song (Paul Simon calls it an “impression”) about the Queensboro Bridge featured two members of the Dave Brubeck Quartet: Eugene Wright on double bass and Joe Morello on drums.

Simon and Garfunkel Feelin' Groovy | Pass the Paisley

Crazy Love Van Morrison   1970  DNC

This track was originally the B-side to “Come Running.” Backing singers include Judy Clay, Emily Houston and Jackie Verdell.

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison and Bob Dylan  - InternetFM

Mercedes Benz Janis Joplin  1970    DNC

This song, recorded in one take, was the last song Janis Joplin ever recorded. She died three days later.

Oh, Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz? - MercedesBlog

Mandolin Wind Rod Stewart   1971  DNC

There is some uncertainty about the identity of the mandolin player, because Rod Stewart claimed he could not remember the player’s name. The consensus of opinion seems to be that Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne played mandolin.

Released 50 years ago, megahit Maggie May turned Rod Stewart into a  megastar | Daily Mail OnlineMandolin Wind - song and lyrics by Rod Stewart | Spotify

Can’t Find My Way Home Blind Faith    1969   DNC

Blind Faith – Can't Find My Way Home – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of  Pop Culture

Desperado Eagles  1973   DNC

This track was never released as a single.  This was, according to Don Henley, the beginning of his songwriting collaboration with Glenn Frey. The track was recorded with musicians from the London Philharmonic. Glenn Frey played the beautiful piano intro.

Pin på The Eagles & Glenn Frey

500 Miles     Peter Paul and Mary  1962   DNC

Peter, Paul & Mary's Mary Travers Dies of Leukemia at 72 - TIME

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

Trivia Answer

Wild Billy, Hazy Davy, Crazy Janey, Killer Joe, G-man and Mission Man.

Congratulations to Dustin and Gina from King Ferry for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of movie passes to Cinemapolis, downtown Ithaca’s home for first-run, international, independent and local films

Glossary of Terms:

DNC = did not chart

AC = Billboard’s chart for Adult Contemporary records

H100 = Billboard Hot 100

CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Host March 25, 2023: Kim Vaughan 

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