Thursday, June 8, 2023

June 3, 2023: JH - "Songs for the Lonely"

 June 3, 2023

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: "Songs for the Lonely"

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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)

Don't Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me) - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (1972 - #23: Eddie and Carter were the brothers in this sibling soul group from Florida)

Ask the Lonely - The Four Tops (1965 - #24: song was written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Mickey Stevenson, not the usual Holland-Dozier-Holland team)

Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel) - Roy Orbison (1960 - #2: Orbison's first big hit; Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers turned down the song so Roy recorded it himself; #232/RS500)

Love or Let Me Be Lonely - The Friends of Distinction (1970 - #6: the group was discovered by famous football player Jim Brown)

Don't Ask Me (to be Lonely) - The Dubs (1957 - #72: doo-wop group from Harlem)

Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman (1970 - #2: remake of "Hey There Lonely Boy", a #27 single in 1963 by Ruby and the Romantics)

The Lonely Fool - The Dreamliners (1965 - DNC: female trio had regional success in San Antonio but no national breakthrough)

Lonely People - America (1975 - #5: song was written as an optimistic response to the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby")

Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson (1959 - #7: song ranks #308/RS500; one of 54 charting singles for "Mr. Excitement")

I've Been Lonely Too Long - The Young Rascals (1967 - #16: the blue-eyed soul group was from Garfield, N.J.)

*Lonely Days - The Bee Gees (1971 - #3: the song changes tempo several times and became the trio's first Top 5 single in the US)

Long Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews and the Hearts (1957 - #45: Andrews wrote the song that was also a hit for Clyde McPhatter)

Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich (1960 - #22: Rich was a session musician for Sun Records when he recorded this Elvis Presley soundalike million seller)

Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (1956 - #1: The King's first single for RCA, it ranks #45/RS500 and spent 8 weeks at #1)

Lonely Street - Andy Williams (1959 - #5: title track from one of Williams' 43 studio albums)

Lonely Avenue - Ray Charles (1956 - #6 R&B: first big hit for songwriter Doc Pomus)

7:00 - 8:00:  The Birthday Calendar

May 28:

Gladys Knight - 79
John Fogerty - 78

May 29:

Sylvia (Vanderpool) Robinson (Mickey & Sylvia) - born 1935
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) - born 1945

May 30:

Lenny Davidson (Dave Clark Five) - 79
Gladys Horton (The Marvelettes) - born 1945

May 31:

Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary) - 85
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)  born 1948
Vicki Sue Robinson - born 1954

June 1:

Pat Boone - 89
Linda Scott - 78
Ronnie Wood - 76

June 2:

Sammy Turner - 91
Johnny Carter (The Flamingos, The Dells) - born 1934
Otis Williams - 82
Jimmy Jones - born 1937
Charlie Watts - born 1941

June 3:

Eddie Willis (The Funk Brothers) - born 1936
Ian Hunter - 84
Curtis Mayfield - born 1942
Michael Clarke - born 1944
Suzi Quatro - 73

Best Thing (That Ever Happened to Me) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (1974 - #3: Knight first performed on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour in 1952 at the age of eight)

Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969 - #3: John Fogerty was the lead guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter for the band)

Dearest - Mickey & Sylvia (1957 - #85: Mickey was a music teacher and Sylvia was one of his pupils when they teamed up)

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (1967 - #5: Gary Brooker was the keyboardist and lead singer for the group; song ranks #57/RS500)

Because - Dave Clark Five (1964 - #3: Lenny Davidson played lead guitar for the band and sang co-lead vocals on this hit)

Beechwood 4-5789 - The Marvelettes (1962 - #17: second song of the night co-written by Mickey Stevenson)

Day Is Done - Peter, Paul , & Mary (1969 - #21: Peter Yarrow wrote this anti-war song that was recorded live at Carnegie Hall)

Rock & Roll - Led Zeppelin (1972 - #47: drummer John Bonham is considered one of the greatest and most influential drummers in rock music history)

Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson (1976 - #10: this one-hit wonder was an early disco hit)

45 Corner

July You're a Woman - Pat Boone (1969 - #100: Boone's last single on the BB Hot100 was on Tetragrammaton Records, the song was written by John Stewart)

I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott (1961 - #3: Scott got her start on Arthur Godfrey's radio show)

It's Only Rock and Roll - The Rolling Stones (1974 - #16: Ronnie Wood did not receive writing credit for this Stones song that was recorded in his recording studio but it is said that he assisted with the song; Wood joined the group in 1975)

Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner (1959 - #3: one of two Top 40 songs in 1959 for the singer from Paterson, NJ)

Stay in My Corner - The Dells (1968 - #10: Johnny Carter is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his membership in both The Flamingos and The Dells)

Hearts of Stone - The Charms (1954 - #15: song spent 9 weeks at #1 on the R&B charts)

Handyman - Jimmy Jones (1960 - #2: Jones co-wrote the song with Otis Blackwell, who provided the whistling on the song)

I Was Made to Love Her - Stevie Wonder (1967 - #2: the Funk Brothers, including Eddie Willis, backed Stevie on this Motown hit)

All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople (1972 - #37: Ian Hunter was the band's leader and lead singer)

Superfly - Curtis Mayfield (1973 - #8: title song from the movie of the same name)

Six Days on the Road - The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969 - DNC: Michael Clarke was the drummer for the Byrds as well as this folk-rock group led by Gram Parsons)

Gotta Get Away - The Pleasure Seekers (1965 - DNC: Detroit band that featured 15 year old Suzi Quatro and her sister Patti)

Passing this week: Cynthia Weil - born October 18, 1940; died June 1, 2023 (82) - Weil wrote many, many hit songs with her husband/songwriting partner Barry Mann, including songs for The Drifters, The Animals, The Righteous Brothers, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. We heard their song "See That Girl" by the Vogues, released in 1967 but it did not chart.

Alone Again Or - Love (1970  - #99: from the classic LP "Forever Changes", released by the psychedelic folk-rock group from LA)

Waking Up Alone - Paul Williams (1972 - #60: lone chart entry for the performer best known for his songwriting)

Act Naturally - Buck Owens (1963 - #1 C&W: one of 21 country #1s for the "Hee Haw" star)

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles (1966 - #11: considered one of the Fab Four's greatest songs, it ranks #137/RS500)

Lonely Boy - Paul Anka (1959 - #1: Anka wrote the song that spent 4 weeks at #1)

Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold (1977 - #7: Linda Ronstadt provided backing vocals and producer Peter Asher handclaps for Gold's biggest hit which he wrote)

Lonely Teenager - Dion (1960 - #12: DiMucci's first single after going solo)

Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton (1964 - #1: Vinton co-wrote the song, which he began in the 1950s when he was in the Army; it became a favorite of servicemen around the world)

Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins (1963 - #1 C&W: song was released 3 days before Hawkins died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline)

Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - James Taylor (1973 - #14: Taylor re-recorded the song in 2001 and it won him a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)

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 June 10, 2023: Gregory James (GJ) with a "What If" theme.

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