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Date:  February 25, 2023

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: End of February 1959, ’69 and '79

Birthday Calendar

February 19

Bobby Hart  (Boyce & Hart)  84 years old

Smokey Robinson 83 years old

Lou Christie  80 years old

Mark Andes (Spirit bassist)  75 years old

February 20

Randy California    (Spirit)  b. 1951  d. 1997

Walter Becker   b. 1950   d. 2017

J. Geils b. 1946  d. 2017

February 21

Nina Simone b. 1933  d. 2003

February 22

Bobby Hendricks (Drifters, Swallows)   b. 1938  d. 2022

Ernie K-Doe   b. 1933 d. 2001

February 23

Rusty Young  (Poco steel guitar)  b. 1946   d. 2021

Johnny Winter   b. 1944  d. 2014

February 24

George Thorogood   73 years old

Nicky Hopkins b. 1944  d. 1994

Paul Jones  81 years old   (lead singer Manfred Mann)

February 25

George Harrison b. 1943  d. 2001

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: I played a record in the first hour that charted in the US but never in the UK. The leader of the group once said that in the U.K. “the record was a classic, but never a hit.” What was the record and who was the group?

(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 numbers are for the last week in February

6:00-7:00 pm

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

Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson   1959  #9 (on its way to #7)

This Brunswick label record launched Jackie Wilson into the top 10 of the Hot 100 and the very top of the RB chart. 

Lonely Teardrops - Wikipedia

Time of the Season Zombies   1969  #25 (on its way to #3)

Al Kooper suggested the song be released as a single a year after the Zombies had broken up. It never charted in the UK. Rod Argent said that in the UK the record was a classic, but never a hit.

Stream The Zombies - Time Of The Season cover by Violeta | Listen online for  free on SoundCloud

Sultans of Swing Dire Straits  1979  #13  (peaked at #4)

The Sultans of Swing were actually a jazz combo that Mark Knopfler heard in a deserted south London pub.

Dixieland and a Stratocaster: the story of Dire Straits' 'Sultans Of Swing'

Venus Frankie Avalon  1959  #28 (up from #99 two weeks earlier)

This topped the Hot 100 for five weeks on the Chancellor label.

Venus (Frankie Avalon song) - Wikipedia

This Girl’s in Love with You   Dionne Warwick  1969  #11

According to some sources, this Burt Bacharach/Hal David song was originally intended to be sung by a woman, but its first two recordings were by guys. Dionne Warwick’s version was the first recorded by a woman. 

Dionne Warwick – This Girl's In Love With You / Dream Sweet Dreamer (1969,  Vinyl) - Discogs

Big Shot Billy Joel   1979  #23

Legend has it that the inspirations for the song were Mick and Bianca Jagger.

Bianca and Mick Jagger, 1976 – LA MAISON REBELLE

*Build Me Up Buttercup   Foundations  1969  #3   (peak)

Mike d’Abo wrote the song. The Foundations were one of the only British groups who managed to re-create the Motown sound in the UK. Requested by Scottie and dedicated with love to Brooktondale Peggy.

Random Vinyl: The Foundations - Build me up Buttercup (1968)

Mardi Gras in New Orleans   Fats Domino  1958  DNC

78 RPM - Fats Domino - Mardi Gras In New Orleans / Going To The River -  Imperial - USA - 5231

What You Won’t Do for Love Bobby Caldwell  1979  #20

A limited edition of the vinyl single was pressed in the shape of a heart and sold at the steep (for the time) price of $7.98.

New Vinyl Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love / Love Won't Wait (Heart  Shaped) 7" - Sweat Records Web Store

Y.M.C.A.    Village People   1979  #8

The YMCA dance may have been invented by dancers on American Bandstand. The only letter the Village People make in the video is "Y."

Manhattan Spiritual     Reg Owens 1959  #14

1959 HITS ARCHIVE: Manhattan Spiritual - Reg Owen - YouTube

Games People Play   Joe South   1969  #13

This won the 1970 Grammy for Song of the Year.

Games People Play / Mirror of Your Mind by Joe South (Single; Capitol;  CP-8613): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your MusicJoe South: Singer and songwriter best known for 'Games People Play' | The  Independent | The Independent

*I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor    1979   #3

Requested by Barbara in Danby.

The Number Ones: Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive”

7:00-8:00 (Chart numbers are peak positions)

I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite  Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart   1968 #8

tommy boyce & bobby hart 45 tours

Two Faces Have I Lou Christie   1963   #6 H100  #11 RB

Recorded in Pittsburgh, the backing band was the Debonaires. Bruce Springsteen took inspiration from this song for his 1987 song “Two Faces.”

Two Faces Have I by Lou Christie on Apple Music

Ooo Baby Baby   Smokey Robinson and the Miracles    1965   #4  RB    #16 H100

The vocal arrangement, featuring Claudette Robinson, Ronnie White and Bobby Rogers, was by co- composer Pete Moore.

Ooo Baby Baby - Wikipedia

Mr. Skin Spirit    1973 #92

This was originally the B-side to “Nature’s Way,” but was released as an A side in 1973.

Spirit – Nature's Way / Mr. Skin (1971, Vinyl) - Discogs

Nature’s Way Spirit  1971  #111  

This topical (and prophetic) song was written by Randy California (pictured below). In the end, nature will have its way...

Biography – Randy California

Pretzel Logic Steely Dan 1974   #57

One of Walter Becker’s early lead guitar performances after moving over from bass guitar. My favorite lyric: "I stepped up on the platform/ The man gave me the news/ He said you must be joking son/ Where did you get those shoes?" Nightmare at open mic night.

Walter Becker, Guitarist, Songwriter and Co-Founder of Steely Dan, Dies at  67 - The New York Times

Homework J. Geils     1970   NR

J. Geils played some nice guitar on this smoker.

Homework - song and lyrics by The J. Geils Band | Spotify

My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone 1959

This song did not do much when it was first released, but when it was used in a 1987 perfume commercial (directed by Ridley Scott), Nina Simone experienced a career resurgence.

Go On Home Girl   Bobby Hendricks 1968 DNC

On the Williams Record Label, this track has it all: wall to wall soul, a spoken interlude followed by Hendricks' spectacular wailing.

BOBBY HENDRICKS soul 45 GO ON HOME GIRL SHE USED TO HOLD ME mint minus  jr247 | eBay

A Certain Girl Ernie K-Doe 1961  #71

Written by Allen Toussaint, this was originally a B-side which became a double A-side. There is something to be said for discretion...

A Certain Girl - Wikipedia

Crazy Love Poco 1979  #1 AC  #17 H100

Poco’s first top 40 hit, written by Rusty Young. The song came to him while he was paneling a wall in his house.

Poco - Crazy Love | Buffalo Springfield, single, Poco | Remembering  American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter RUSTY YOUNG (Feb 23, 1946 – Apr  14, 2021) best known as one of the frontmen

Madison Blues George Thorogood and the Destroyers   1978  DNC

Thorogood picks up the slide guitar where composer Elmore James left off. He is joined in this concert video by Albert Collins, who breaks a string and just keeps going.

Girl From Mill Valley Nicky Hopkins with the Jeff Beck Group 1969  NR

Nicky Hopkins

My Little Red Book Manfred Mann    1965   #124

This was the first recording of the Burt Bacharach song, written for the film “What’s New Pussycat” and sung by Paul Jones.

My Little Red Book - WikipediaThe Manfreds' Paul Jones: The world lost a poet but won a master of blues &  jazz | Music | Entertainment |

While My Guitar Gently Weeps Beatles  1968

Mick Jagger said of the song, “Only a guitarist could write that.” George and Paul were the only singers on the song, and their vocalizations on the fadeout are fascinating. Paul sustains a falsetto note while George sings “oh” repeatedly. But who sings the “yeahs” at the end?

Petite Fleur Chris Barber 1959   #8 

Monty Sunshine played clarinet on this track.

1959 HITS ARCHIVE: Petite Fleur - Chris Barber - YouTube

8:00-9:00 (Chart numbers are for late February)

Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival   1969  #5

John Fogerty has said that he wanted his guitar on “Proud Mary” to sound like Steve Cropper’s. 

Just One Look Linda Ronstadt   1979  #50

This was the third single from Ronstadt’s LP "Living in the USA," reaching #44 on the Hot 100.

What a Fool Believes Doobie Brothers  1979  #10  (on the way to #1)

The track won Grammys for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 1980.

Sheet Music What A Fool Believes Doobie Brothers 71: Books

Heaven Knows Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams   1979  #6

Joe Esposito sings the second lead vocal on the verses.

Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By  Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  1969  #32

As fine a soloist as Marvin Gaye was, his duets had an emotional connection with his singing partners that gave those songs extra impact.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By | Releases  | Discogs

Stagger Lee Lloyd Price  1959  #1

Based on actual 19th century people and events.

The Number Ones: Lloyd Price's “Stagger Lee”

Everyday People Sly and the Family Stone  1969  #1 H100 and RB

The expression “Different strokes for different folks” had been in use since the early ‘60’s, but its first attributed use was by Muhammed Ali in 1966 to describe the unpredictability of his boxing style. The video is by Playing for Change.

Dog and Butterfly Heart 1979  #46

If you have ever seen a dog chase a butterfly (or a flying leaf), you know what this song is about.

Dog & Butterfly (song) - Wikipedia

Sixteen Candles Crests  1959  #4

On the Coed label.

CRESTS: 16 candles / beside you COED 7" Single 45 RPM | eBay

Donna Ritchie Valens  1959  #2  (peak)

Recorded at Gold Star Recorders on December 16, 1958 for the Del-Fi label. Donna (in the white dress, center) and Ritchie met at a garage party (like the one below) in 1957 where he was playing.

ritchie valens and donna | donna is in the middle of the pic… | Flickr

Hooked on a Feeling B.J. Thomas 1969  #36

Recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis for the Scepter label. In the video, Thomas is singing live to the song's recorded music bed. 

I Cried a Tear LaVern Baker  1959  #6  (peak)

This was LaVern Baker’s most successful ballad. King Curtis played sax.

Lavern Baker on Atlantic Records | PopBopRocktilUDrop

My Whole World Ended   David Ruffin   1969  #23

This was David Ruffin’s first solo release after he was released from the Temptations.

My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - WikipediaDavid Ruffin – My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) (1969, Vinyl)  - Discogs

But You Know I Love You   First Edition   1969  #21

Crossroads Cream   1969  #29  

This version was recorded in San Diego during Cream’s 1968 farewell tour, not the more familiar version recorded at San Francisco’s Winterland on the same tour.

Cream - Band - Take a peek at the tracklist of the... | Facebook

The Lonely One Duane Eddy  1959  #26

Duane Eddy, Corning’s favorite son, invented the guitar twang, so they say.

Duane Eddy recalls his days as a young Rebel Rouser in Phoenix

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

Trivia Answer

Time of the Season/ Zombies

Congratulations to Dave from Dryden 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

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

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

Host March 4, 2023: Jan Hunsinger 

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