Thursday, June 22, 2023

June 17, 2023 - JS - "The Blues"


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Date:  6/17/23

Host:  John Simon

Feature:  "The Blues" Songs or Artists with Blue or Blues in their titles


Tonight it's my last Remnants show until late July, and it's all about "The Blues" - but not THAT kind of Blues: it's songs or artists with "blue" in the title. Thanks to listener Tom Preston for the suggestion. Streaming at from 6-9pm Eastern time and there's no admission fee! C'mon over and join the fun!





·      YouTube links follow certain entries

·      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)


Blue Velvet - The Clovers (4/55; #14 R&B - Tony Bennett had some success with this song, Bobby Vinton would take it to #1 in the early Sixties, and David Lynch would title his hit movie after it, but this version is coolly and effortlessly sublime. Let the games begin!)

The Clovers – Blue Velvet / If You Love Me (Why Don't You Tell Me So)  (1955, Vinyl) - Discogs


Blue Moon - The Marcels (4/61; #1 - Rodgers & Hart had written this back in 1934 and it was recorded by all of the greats: Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis....but this was the one that reached the widest audience. Some say that Rodgers & Hart are rolling over in their graves, but I'll bet that you can't NOT sing along!)


* Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods (11/59; #1 - going out to my #1 fan at home, who heard my theme and instantly started singing this song.)

Mr. Blue by The Fleetwoods on TIDAL


Baby Blue - The Echoes (3/61; #12 - they were a white trio from Brooklyn and this was their only real hit, but it was a catchy little earworm.)


Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) - Temptations (9/64; #26 - this was the last single featuring Eddie Kendrick on lead before David Ruffin would step up to sing My Girl a few months later. Blaring horns and a finger-snapping rhythm mask the sad story conveyed in the lyrics.)


* Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (3/56; #2 Pop and R&B for four weeks - Elvis' version was released on an EP at about the same time as this one and reached #20 nonetheless, but Carl Perkins wrote it and he won the chart battle. I had just queued this one up when the phone call requesting it came in. Great minds!)

Song Of The Week: “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins | 1 2 3 o' clock 4 o'  clock Rock


* Blues Theme - Davie Allan & The Arrows (4/67; #37 - going out to my buddy George. Motorcycle sound effects, fuzz guitar and a driving beat: it's a classic! And for you trivia lovers: it was also one of the first songs that Eddie Van Halen learned to play on his brother Alex' guitar.)

Blues Theme / Bongo Party by The Arrows Featuring Davie Allan (Single, Surf  Rock): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music


* Blue On Blue - Bobby Vinton (5/63; #3 - this one was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and was the title track of his album featuring nothing but songs with "blue" in the title. Going out at the request of Tom Preston, who suggested the theme in the first place.)


* Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley (1961; dnc - this was the title track of Elvis' eighth Feature film and was never released as a single. Coincidentally, listeners Mark & Abby are tuned in from a beach in Hawaii, but this request came in from Barbara in Danby. By the way, Elvis would eventually star in 31 Hollywood films!) Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii - Vintage Film Movie Poster by  Rolf Goetze c.1961 - Master Art Print 9in x 12in: Posters & Prints


Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils (2/75; #3 - they were from Springfield, Missouri and their only Top Twenty hit was written by two band members. It was a good one!)


Blue Summer - Royalettes (9/63; #121 - they're best known for It's Gonna Take a Miracle on the MGM label, but this was recorded for Chancellor Records and never quite made it to the Hot 100.)

クリスマスファッション The Royalettes - Never Again


Blue Angel - Roy Orbison (9/60; #9 - a listener called to remind me that Sun Records founder Sam Phillips had encouraged "The Big O" to drop the ballads and sing more rockers. We're in agreement that he may have been mistaken.)


Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt (9/77; #3 for four weeks - this had been a B-side for Roy Orbison in 1963. Linda's arrangement was true to the original and she struck solid gold with it. The Bee Gees and Debby Boone are the only thing that kept her from taking it all the way to #1.)


* Gimme Some Lovin' - Blues Brothers (5/80; #18 - what started as a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch turned into a full-blown second career for John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd . They recorded several albums and starred in a hit movie, and their covers of Sixties hits weren't half bad!)

The Blues Brothers – Gimme Some Lovin' (1980, Vinyl) - Discogs


* (We Ain't) Got Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos (12/66; #5 - I was just queuing this one up when the phone rang with a request for it. Again, great minds think alike! They were based in The Bronx and this was their only Top 40 record.)


No Time Like The Right Time - Blues Project (4/67; #96 - for a brief moment in time, this NYC quintet was red hot. This was their only charting single and it was written by band member Al Kooper, who'd soon leave to form Blood Sweat and Tears.)

 The Blues Project hometown, lineup, biography |





 Birthday Calendar



June 12 – Len Barry – born in 1942

            – Chips Moman – born in 1937

            – Reg Presley (Troggs) – born in 1941


June 13 – Marv Tarplin (Miracles) – born in 1941

            – James Carr – born in 1942

June 14 – Rod Argent (Zombies) – age 78


June 15 – Ruby Nash (Romantics) – age 89

            – Ian Matthews – age 77

            – Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) – age 74

            – Waylon Jennings – born in 1937

            – Harry Nilsson – born in 1941



June 16 – Lamont Dozier – born in 1941

            – Eddie Levert (O'Jays) – age 81



You Baby - Len Barry (11/66; dnc - songwriter Cynthia Weil passed away a couple of weeks ago, and this is just one of many fabulous tunes she left behind. Len Barry's career had basically been ended by the British Invasion when Decca released this album track, which had originally been a Ronettes song. It was too late.)

Len Barry – You Baby / Would I Love You? (1966, Vinyl) - Discogs


Goin' to a Go-Go - The Miracles (11/66; #11 Pop, #2 R&B - Marv Tarplin played guitar on all of The Miracles' hits, in addition to co-writing many of them. This dance floor favorite is driven by the 12-string guitar lick that runs through the song. Smokey was the star, but Marv was the secret ingredient!)

Smokey Robinson Guitarist Marv Tarplin Dead at 70 – Rolling Stone


Love Is All Around - The Troggs (2/68; #7 - their raw and primal sound led them to choose the name "Troglodytes," which was shortened to "Troggs." That's partly why it was so surprising to hear that it was THEM behind this lilting ballad. It would go on to be an even a bigger hit in the Eighties for the band Wet Wet Wet, when it spent fifteen weeks at #1 on the British charts, and it would again resurface as a plot device in the film Love Actually. Songwriter Reg Presley had struck gold!)


Do Right Man, Do Right Woman - Aretha Franklin (3/67; dnc - these next two records were written and recorded by Chips Moman at American Sound Studio in Memphis. Aretha had recently been signed by Atlantic and was sent down south to record some tracks, but they only completed two before her husband came to blows with a session player. It launched her career, though, and the rest is history. This B-side eventually reached #37 on the R&B chart, too.)

 PEOPLE Celebrates Aretha Franklin in a New Special Edition


Dark End of the Street - James Carr (2/67; #77 Pop, #10 R&B - Chips Moman and Dan Penn co-wrote and produced this record, as well - and many consider it the greatest "cheating song" of them all. A long list of artists have recorded it over the years, including the Flying Burrito Brothers, Aretha Franklin and Clarence Carter.)

Ace Round-Up, Part One: Spotlight on "The Chips Moman Songbook" and "Jon  Savage's 1972-1976" - The Second Disc


She's Not There - The Zombies (10/64; #2 - this was the group's very first charting single, written and arranged by keyboardist Rod Argent at the tender age of  nineteen. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks it as #297 in its RS500, and it truly was a ground-breaking sound on Pop radio at the time.)


45 Corner:  Hurting Each Other - Ruby & The Romantics (4/69; #113 - their first single reached #1, but each subsequent single charted lower than the one before it. This was their last gasp as a group and it seemed to be lost to time until The Carpenters took a crack at it and took it to #2 in early 1972. Tonight we hear the original!)

RUBY & ROMANTICS - hurting each other / same - Music


Shake It - Ian Matthews (11/78; #13 - he was a founding member of Fairport Convention and later Matthews Southern Comfort, but he finally had a hit record on his own.)


Lost In Love - Air Supply (2/80; #3 for four weeks - this was their first charting single here in the States, and it was the first of seven consecutive Top 5 hits that helped them become an international phenomenon.)


Luckenback Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings (5/77; #25 Pop, #1 C&W for six weeks - this is another one co-written by Chips Moman, and it not only references Willie Nelson by name: he gets to sing the final verse!)

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson | Discography | Discogs


I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City - Nilsson (11/69; #34 - this was Harry's second charting single and it was written for the film Midnight Cowboy, but it wasn't completed in time to be used in the movie.)


I Hear a Symphony - Supremes (10/65; #1 - this was the 6th out of a total of ten #1s written and produced for the Supremes by Lamont Dozier and the Holland brothers. They also were the driving force behind The Four Tops and had written and produced hits for Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye and more.)

Lamont Dozier book provides rare insight into Motown songwriting giant


I Love Music (Pt. I) - O'Jays (11/75; #5 Pop, #1 R&B - this trio from Canton Ohio recorded for several labels between 1963 before finally landing on their feet at Philadelphia International Records. Backed by the crack studio outfit called MFSB, they churned out a string of great dance records. Flip this one over and you get another 3 1/2 minutes of funky fun!)





Mandy - Barry Manilow (1/75; #1 - he'd been getting by as a jingle writer and then Bette Midler's pianist before signing with the Arista label. This was his first of many hit records, and it was my little sister's anthem when it first came out. It was originally called "Brandy," but that name had already been taken.)

Barry Manilow – Mandy (1975, Vinyl) - Discogs


* Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Vic Dana (2/65; #10 - listener David says "Red Roses for a Blue Lady is a tune that would always light my Pop up when he heard it on the radio in his garage. It was on regular rotation on WCAP in Lowell." Happy Father's Day, buddy!)


* It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr (5/71; #4 - this one defies the theme's stipulations because neither the title nor the artist has the word "blue" in it, but the lyric says "Got to pay your dues if you want to sing The Blues," and that's good enough for me. Going out from Scottie to Peggy.)


* Question - Moody Blues (5/70; #21 - they got their start as a British Blues band before morphing into the psychedelic orchestral group that became a staple of FM radio in the Seventies and Eighties. I couldn't find the single edit, so we'll hear the full LP version tonight. Going out to Tony in North Carolina.)

Vinyl Album - The Moody Blues - A Question Of Balance - Threshold - UK


Stormy Monday Blues - Bobby "Blue" Bland (9/62; #43 Pop, #5 R&B - The Allman Brothers' tour de force version starts with Duane saying "While we're doing that Blues thing, here's an old Bobby Bland song for you. Actually, it's a T-Bone Walker song." Well, here's the former version.)


I'm Blue (Gong-Gong Song) - The Ikettes (1/62; #19 Pop, #3 R&B - The Ikettes were Ike & Tina's back-up singers. For a change of pace, Tina actually sings back-up for THEM on this one.)

TINA TURNER Promotional photo with Ike Turner and the Ikettes about 1966  Stock Photo - Alamy


* Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra (2/68; #1 for five weeks - this had been Luxembourg's entry into the annual Eurovision contest. In the midst of songs about social change and protest, it was a breath of fresh air and worked its way to the top of the heap.)


Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra (6/77; #7 - here's another one with orchestral leanings, and I didn't mean to play this particular track, but the CD was poorly labeled and I was still on the phone with a caller when I realized my error. I really could use a producer!)

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky (Official Audio) - YouTube


* Mr. Blue Sky - ELO (6/78; #35 - THIS is the one I'd meant to play, and Gina-from-King Ferry who'd requested it called and cajoled me into playing at least the beginning of it. Once it started, I just couldn't bring myself to fade it out!)


* Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash (10/69; #21 - this was one of the first requests of the evening. Its seven-minute length was daunting, but it certainly fits the theme. This was the opening track from their debut album, and they'd famously performed it at Woodstock two months earlier. Stephen Stills wrote and allegedly played most of the instruments. Video of their Woodstock rendition is below.)


Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle (8/77; #2 Pop for three weeks, #1 C&W for four weeks - Crystal Gayle was one of the more successful crossover artists to come out of Nashville, and this song won her a Grammy that year. Session player Hargus "Pig" Robbins plays that signature piano lick, and this is how we'll end tonight's show.)



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




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





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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

June 10, 2023- GJ - What If? Songs with Titles Beginning with "If."

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Date:    June 10, 2023

Host:    Gregory James

Feature: What If? Song Titles Beginning with “If.”

Birthday Calendar

June 4

Gordon Waller  (Peter and Gordon)  b. 1945  d. 2009

Michelle Phillips  (Mamas and Papas)  79 years old

Freddy Fender b. 1937  d. 2006

June 5

Astrud Gilberto, the voice of Bossa Nova, passed away on June 5, 2023. 

June 6

Gary US Bonds 84 years old

Levi Stubbs  (Four Tops)  b. 1936   d. 2008

June 7

Prince   b. 1958  d. 2016

Tom Jones 83 years old

June 8

Boz Scaggs   79 years old

Nancy Sinatra    83 years old  

June 9

Jackie Wilson    b. 1934   d. 1984

Johnny Ace   b. 1929   d. 1954

Les Paul   b. 1915   d. 2009

June 10

Shirley Owens Alston  (Shirelles)   82 years old.

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Question: The Beatles recorded two songs that began with the word “If.” What were they and which one charted?

(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)

 If You Could Read My Mind  Gordon Lightfoot  1971   #5

Once you have heard this song, you never forget it.

If You Could Read My Mind / Poor Little Allison by Gordon Lightfoot  (Single; Reprise; R 0974): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your  Music

If You Really Love Me   Stevie Wonder  1971  #8 H100   #4 RB

This record was one of Stevie Wonder’s last tracks to use the Funk Brothers.

If You Really Love Me - Wikipedia

*If Bread  1971  #4

Requested by Scottie for Brooktondale Peggy and for loved ones everywhere.

If (Bread song) - Wikipedia

If Not for You   Bob Dylan  1970  DNC

Dylan wrote the song in reference to his first wife Sara. He once referred to the song as “sort of Tex-Mex.”

Bob Dylan – If Not For You (1971, Vinyl) - Discogs

If I Fell Beatles   1964  #53

John and Paul used a single microphone when recording their vocals.

If I Fell - Wikipedia

If I Needed Someone   Beatles   1965  DNC

In writing the song, George Harrison channeled the Byrds who were channeling the Beatles.

If I Needed Someone - Wikipedia

If You Love Me Let Me Know   Olivia Newton John  1974  #5 H100  #2 CW and Easy Listening

Olivia Newton-John – If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1998, CD) - Discogs

If You Don’t Know Me By Now   Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes 1972  #3 H100  #1 RB

Composers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff originally intended the song to be recorded by Labelle. The record was selected as one of the “Songs of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of American.

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – If You Don't Know Me by Now Lyrics |  Genius Lyrics

If I Can Dream   Elvis Presley 1969  #12

This highly emotional and deeply personal song was the finale of Presley’s 1968 Comeback TV special.

Elvis Presley's 'If I Can Dream' | Elvis presley pictures, Elvis presley, Elvis  presley photos

If He Walked Into My Life   Eydie Gorme   1966  #120

The song originally occurred in the musical Mame.

If He Walked into My Life Again by Eydie Gormé (Album): Reviews, Ratings,  Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

If I Didn’t Love You    Chuck Jackson  1965   #39 H100  #18 RB

Chuck Jackson – If I Didn't Love You Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

If I Didn’t Care     Platters    1961  #30

The Platters were considered by some to be the group that made the most romantic doo-wop music.

If I Didn't Care - song and lyrics by The Platters | Spotify

If a Man Answers Bobby Darin  1962  #32

Bobby Darin starred in a movie of the same name opposite his wife Sandra Dee. 

If a Man Answers (DVD) -

If A Woman Answers    Leroy VanDyke  1962  #35 H100  #3 CW

Barry Mann and the late Cynthia Weill penned this song.

45cat - Leroy Van Dyke - If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone) / A Broken  Promise - Mercury - Sweden - 71926

If I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me     Wanda Jackson  1962   #58 H100  #28 CW  #16 AC

If I Cried Every Time You Hurt Me - Wikipedia

If Paragons  1961  #82

An influential rocksteady group out of Kingston Jamaica.

If - song and lyrics by The Paragons | Spotify

If I Give My Heart to You    Kitty Kallen   1959  #34

If I Give My Heart to You by Kitty Kallen on Apple Music


World Without Love   Peter and Gordon   1964  #1

Written by Paul McCartney when he was 16 and his girlfriend was Jane Asher, Peter Asher’s sister. (McCartney did not think the song was good enough to be released by the Beatles.)

Worst Songs Ever: Peter and Gordon – 'A World Without Love' – Humanizing  The Vacuum

Victim of Romance   Michelle Phillips  DNC

Michelle Phillips learned to write in Spanish before she learned to write in English. She released a solo album in 1977 called “Victim of Romance,” and you heard the title track.

Michelle Phillips - 03 - Victim Of Romance (Audio) - YouTube

Before the Next Teardop Falls Freddy Fender  1975  #1 H100  #1 CW

Fender said it took him “a few minutes” to dub bilingual vocals into a pre-existing instrumental track. He didn’t think the record had much potential, but it hit the top of both the pop and country charts.

Freddy Fender - Before The Next Teardrop Falls | Releases | Discogs

The Girl from Ipanema   Astrud Gilberto 1977  NR

Astrud Gilberto passed away on June 5, 2023. From her 1977 LP “That Girl from Ipanema,” here is a disco version of the boss nova anthem that she made a world-wide smash hit.

Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian singer of 'The Girl From Ipanema,' dies at 83 -  The Washington Post

This Little Girl Gary US Bonds    1981   #11

Written by Bruce Springsteen.

GARY U.S. BONDS This Little Girl 45 RPM LP & Pic sleeve w distribution  sticker | eBay

It’s the Way Nature Planned It   Four Tops  1972  #53 H100  

FOUR TOPS - Nature Planned It - Music

I Wanna Be Your Lover    Prince   1979  #11 H100  #2 RB

This track was Prince’s first major hit single in the U.S. written, it was speculated, about Patrice Rushen.

Prince: I Wanna Be Your Lover (Music Video 1979) - IMDb

Delilah Tom Jones   1968  #15

“Delilah” was sung at Welsh Rugby events for several years before being discontinued. The song stirred vigorous controversy in Wales as a murder ballad. 

Delilah (Tom Jones song) - Wikipedia

Hollywood  Boz Scaggs  1978  #49

From his LP “Two Down, Then Left.”

Boz Scaggs – Hollywood (1978, Vinyl) - Discogs

These Boots Are Made for Walking   Nancy Sinatra  1966  #1

She may be 83, but Nancy Sinatra could probably still walk her boots all over you—especially if that’s the kind of thing you enjoy…

The Number Ones: Nancy Sinatra's “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”

Higher and Higher    Jackie Wilson  1967  H100 #6  RB #1

Although this track was recorded in Chicago, the Detroit based Funk Brothers and backing singers Andantes moonlighted on this side. Jackie Wilson recorded his vocals in one take.

Jackie Wilson – Higher And Higher (1967, Vinyl) - Discogs

Yes, Baby     Johnny Ace and Big Mama Thornton   1954

Many of Johnny Ace’s records were downbeat ballads, but this track is a jumping blues duet with Big Mama Thornton. 

Early original promotional poster. "Coming Your Way Soon! Big Double-Barrel  Attraction". by ACE, Johnny, & Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton.: Signed by  Author(s) | Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB.

How High the Moon    Les Paul and Mary Ford  1951  #1

Classic Tracks: Les Paul & Mary Ford 'How High The Moon'

It’s Gonna Take a Miracle   Shirelles   1971  NR

This is a really fine cover of a great song from their 1971 LP “Happy and in Love”.

It's Gonna Take a Miracle - song and lyrics by The Shirelles | Spotify

If I Had a Hammer   Peter Paul and Mary  1962  #10

This won the Grammy for Best Folk Recording and Best Recording by a Vocal Group. The version you heard is speeded up from its original tempo. PETER PAUL & MARY - IF I HAD A HAMMER : 180 GRAM: CDs & Vinyl

If I Were a Carpenter   Tim Hardin  1966  DNC

One of the weirder rumors about the song is that Tim Hardin wrote it during the construction of his recording studio in Lenny Bruce’s home.  What?!?

Tim Hardin – If I Were A Carpenter (1967, Vinyl) - Discogs

If I Could Build My Whole World Around You  Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell  1968  #10 H100   #2 RB

This was their third single together.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – If I Could Build My Whole World Around You  (1968, Vinyl) - Discogs


If Heaven Could Find Me   Ambrosia  1979  #107

Recorded at Mama Jo’s Studio in North Hollywood.

If Heaven Could Find Me" by Ambrosia live at World Congress Center, Dec 31,  1978 at Wolfgang's

If I Could Reach You   5th Dimension   1972   #10

This was the 5th Dimensions final record in the top 10 of the Hot 100.

The 5th Dimension - If I Could Reach You Lyrics |

If I Can’t Have You Flamingos   1953  DNC

Johnny Carter sang the high falsetto vocal line.

If I Can't Have You - song and lyrics by The Flamingos | Spotify

If I Didn’t Have a Dime to Play the Jukebox   Gene Pitney 1962  #58

In 1962 a dime contained silver alloy. Today it would be worth between one and two and a half dollars.

Gene Pitney – Only Love Can Break A Heart / If I Didn't Have A Dime (To  Play The Jukebox) (1962, Vinyl) - Discogs

If It’s Real What I Feel  Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager  1971  #69 H100   #8 RB

Brenda Lee Eager was the lead singer in Peaches, Jerry Butler’s backing singers.

Jerry Butler – If It's Real What I Feel (1971, Vinyl) - Discogs

If I Ever Lose This Heaven  Average White Band  1965  #46 H100   #25 RB

Average White Band - If I Ever Lose This Heaven - YouTube

If You Gotta Go, Go Now   Manfred Mann   1965  DNC

This Bob Dylan cover did not chart in the US, but reached #2 in the UK.

Manfred Mann – If You Gotta Go Now (1966, Vinyl) - Discogs

If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody  James Ray  1962  #22 H100   #10 RB

This was one of John Lennon’s favorite records, and the song was performed live by the Beatles, and covered by Freddie and the Dreamers and Ronnie Wood.


If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right  Millie Jackson  1975   #42

This version of the song changes the gender of the narrator, to stunning effect.

Millie Jackson – If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right / The Rap  (1974, Vinyl) - Discogs

If I Should Lose You  Dreamlovers   1962  #62

In an earlier incarnation, the Dreamlovers were known as the Midnighters—as in Hank Ballard and the Midnighters who recorded the first version of “The Twist.”

If I Should Lose You (Remastered) - Single by The Dreamlovers on Apple Music

If You Can Dream    Four Aces    1956  #62

The original format of this recording was a shellac 78 RPM record on the Decca label.

The Four Aces – If You Can Dream / It's The Talk Of The Town (1956,  Shellac) - Discogs

If 6 Was 9   Jimi Hendrix  1968  DNC

Hendrix played the recorder on the fade out. Graham Nash provided some foot stomping percussion.

Stream Jimi Hendrix -If 6 was 9 by litlit6 | Listen online for free on  SoundCloud

If It’s So Baby    Robins   1950  #10 RB

Another record on the Savoy label originally issued as a 78 RPM. The group exemplified West Coast doo-wop and moved the genre in a new direction with the help of Johnny Otis.

The Robins - If It's so Baby: listen with lyrics | Deezer

If You Need Me    Solomon Burke    1963   #37 H100  #2 RB

Burke co-wrote the song with Wilson Pickett, who had his own version of the song on the chart at the same time.

If You Need Me - Jazz Messengers

If You Want Me to Stay  Sly and the Family Stone  1973   #12 H100  #3 RB

The song started life as a letter of apology from Sly Stone to his future wife Kathleen Silva.

Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay / Thankful N' Thoughtful  (1973, Vinyl) - Discogs

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

Trivia Answer

“If I Fell” 1964, #53

“If I Needed Someone” 1965 DNC

Congratulations to Dave from Ithaca for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of passes to Cinemapolis, downtown Ithaca’s movie house for first run, independent, international 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

H100 = Billboard Hot 100

CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

June 17, 2023: John Simon with a spotlight on songs or groups containing the word “Blue.”

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