Friday, March 10, 2023

Mar 4, 2023 - JH - 50s/60s/70s

 March 4, 2023

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight Theme: The Best of the '50s, '60s, and '70s!

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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)

Softly, Whispering I Love You - The English Congregation (1972 - #29: worldwide one-hit wonder for the group that was known simply as "The Congregation" in their native Britain)

But You're Mine - Sonny & Cher (1965 - #15: Sonny wrote this song about a misfit hippie couple who were happy because they had each other)

Change Partners - Stephen Stills (1971 - #43: Jerry Garcia contributed pedal steel guitar on this single from the LP Stephen Stills 2)

7 Rooms of Gloom - The Four Tops (1967 - #14: another hit for the Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland)

Like to Get to Know You - Spanky and Our Gang (1968 - #17: songwriter Stuart Scharf also wrote "Give a Damn" for the group and for a time was a member of John Lennon's 'Plastic Ono Band')

If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot (1971 - #5: first BB Hot 100 single for the Canadian singer/songwriter)

Walk Away - The James Gang (1971 - #51: written by band member Joe Walsh, who went on to become a member of The Eagles)

Young Girl - Gary Puckett & the Union Gap (1968 - #2: group was known for costuming themselves in Civil War uniforms; LA session musicians The Wrecking Crew provided instrumentation)

Lisa Listen to Me - Blood, Sweat & Tears (1971 - #73: from the LP B, S & T 4, after which the group would break up and reform with a new line-up)

Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) - Donovan (1969 - #36: Donovan was supported by the Jeff Beck Group and Madeline Bell, Leslie Duncan, and Suzi Quatro provided backing vocals)

Stumblin' In - Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman (1979 - #4: Quatro is best-known for her role as Leather Tuscadero on the TV show "Happy Days"; she began her music career at age 15 in a band formed by her older sister Patti, and we will hear from them later in the show)

Smokie - Living Next Door to Alice (1976 - #25: Chris Norman was the front man for the English band)

Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) - The Raiders (1971 - #1: John D Loudermilk wrote the song in 1958; it was the group's only #1 on the BB Hot100)

I Saw the Light - Todd Rundgren (1972 - #16: first single released from his Something/Anything? LP)

Hot Smoke & Sassafrass - The Bubble Puppy (1969 - #14: one-hit wonder for the psychedelic rock group out of Houston)

7:00 - 8:00

The Birthday Calendar

Background Music - Autumn Leaves - Jackie Gleason (1955 - #50: although this was his only charting single, Jackie Gleason's "mood music" LPs sold millions of copies)

February 26:

John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason - born 1916
Antoine "Fats" Domino - born 1928
Johnny Cash - born 1932
Bob "Bear" Hite (Canned Heat) - born 1981
Mitch Ryder - 78

February 27:

Eddie Gray (Tommy James & The Shondells) - 78

February 28:

Joe South (Souter) - born 1940
(Lewis) Brian (Hopkin) Jones (The Rolling Stones) - born 1942

March 1:

Frances Rose "Dinah" Shore - born 1917
Harry Belafonte - 96
Mike D'Abo - 79
Roger Daltrey - 79

March 2:

Lou Reed - born 1942
Karen Carpenter - born 1950
Jay Osmond - 78
John Cowsill - 77

March 3:

Willie Chambers - 85
Mike Pender (Prendergast) (The Searchers) - 82
Jennifer Warnes - 76

March 4:

Miriam Makeba - born 1932
Nancy Whiskey (Anne Wilson) - born 1935
Bobby Womack - born 1944

Let the Four Winds Blow - Fats Domino (1961 - #15: a prolific recorder, Domino sold millions of records and was an inductee in the original class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash (1970 - #46: song was written by Kris Kristofferson)

On the Road Again - Canned Heat (1968 - #16: the group used a tambura to give the song its psychedelic sound)

Jenny Take a Ride - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Whells (1966 - #10: song is a medley of Little Richard's "Jenny Jenny" and Chuck Willis' "C. C. Rider")

Sweet Cherry Wine - Tommy James & the Shondells (1969 - #7: Eddie Gray joined the band in 1967; song was the follow-up to "Crimson & Clover")

Don't It Make You Want to Go Home - Joe South (1969 - #41: South wore many hats: songwriter, performer, session musician, and record producer)

No Expectations - The Rolling Stones (1968 - DNC: Brian Jones plays slide guitar on the song that was the flip side to "Street Fighting Man"; Jones is a member of the so-called "27 Club")

Fascination - Dinah Shore (1957 - #15: Shore charted 62 hits from 1940-54 and had 8 more singles on the BB Hot100 in the rock'n'roll era)

The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) - Harry Belafonte (1957 - #5: traditional Jamaican work song is the signature song of the singer, actor, and activist; his version was used in the movie Beetlejuice)

Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart (1972 - #42: former Manfred Mann lead singer Mike D'Abo wrote and played piano on this song that was originally released in 1969, but re-released after the success of Stewart's "Maggie May")

Substitute - The Who (1966 - DNC: songwriter Pete Townend said that he was inspired to write the song by the line, "Although she's cute/She's just a substitute", from "The Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)

8:00 - 9:00

Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground (1967 - DNC: song was written by Lou Reed and is the first track on the LP The Velvet Underground & Nico)

Superstar - The Carpenters (1971 - #2: song was written by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett of 'Delany & Bonnie')

Yo-Yo - The Osmonds (1971 - #3: song was written by Joe South and bubbled under for Billy Joe Royal in 1966)

The Prophecy of Daniel and John the Divine (6-6-6) - The Cowsills (1969 - #75: their follow-up to the smash single "Hair")

Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (1968 - #11: we heard the 4:51 single edit of the song, the album version is just over 11:00)

Take Me For What I'm Worth - The Searchers (1966 - #76: Mike Pender was guitarist and lead singer for the group that took their name from the movie "The Searchers" starring John Wayne)

I Know a Heartache When I See One - Jennifer Warnes (1979 - #19: one of three charting singles from her LP Shot Through the Heart)

Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba (1967 - #12: one-hit wonder for the South African singer who was married to Hugh Masekela as well as Stokley Carmichael during her life)

Freight Train - Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey (1957 - #40: song was originally written in the early 1900's but had a renaissance in the 1950's folk and skiffle movement; the group sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 [watch the video below]; the Quarrymen [forerunner group to The Beatles] covered the song from 1957 to 1959)

Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack (1973 - #56: Womack co-wrote the song which was the title track for the movie of the same name)

The following 8 songs were all used in the TV series Better Call Saul:

Best Things in Life - The Dreamliners (1965 - DNC: female trio from San Antonio who enjoyed local success but no national breakthrough - a Rockin' Remnants debut?)

Tapioca Tundra - The Monkees (1968 - #34: the flip side the "Valleri" that charted in its own right, Mike Nesmith penned this song that doesn't use the title in the lyrics, a common practice of his)

Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest (1972 - #13: one-hit wonder for the group out of Olcott, NY [near Buffalo])

Sugar Town - Nancy Sinatra (1966 - #5: songwriter/producer Lee Hazelwood said the song was a double entendre on LSD; backing musicians included Glen Campbell)

Mercy Mercy Mercy - The Buckinghams (1967 - #5: the Chicago band was one of the top-selling acts of 1967)

Days of Wine and Roses - Andy Williams (1963 - #26: song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer won an Oscar and two Grammys and came from the movie of the same name)

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass (1972 - #1: song has enjoyed many social and cultural uses)

Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts (1972 - #6: the duo's first charting single and one of the great summer songs of all time)

What Were the Words - The Association (1969 - NR: from the sunshine pop band's self-titled LP, this one woulda, coulda, shoulda been a hit)

Never Thought You'd Leave Me - The Pleasure Seekers (1965 - DNC: Detroit girl group formed by Patti Quatro and featuring on bass little sister Suzi - another Rockin' Remnants debut?)

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 March 11, 2023: Gregory James (GJ) with the best of the '50s, '60s, and '70s! 

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