Thursday, July 6, 2023

July 1, 2023 - JR - 4th of July and Canada Day!

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Date: July 1st, 2023

Host: JR

Feature: Celebrating Independence Day here in the U.S. and Canada Day in the Great White North!  First hour, All-American; second hour All-Canadian, eh?

Rockin' Remnants is broadcast from WVBR-FM Ithaca. Check out our webpage, like us on Facebook, and tune in to 93.5 or stream the show every Saturday night from 6-9pm! (Or download the WVBR+ app now available for iOS and Android!)

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6pm - 7pm

The Ballad of Billy the Kid  - Billy Joel - 1973 - One of Billy's major influences was American Composer Aaron Copland, and with the help of producer Michael Stewart (brother of John), they created this masterpiece!

Frank and Jesse James - Warren Zevon - WZ's first major label release had this tribute to the James Boys, but also his ex-employers, the Everly Brothers.

American Pie - Don McLean - 1972 - Don never really said exactly what this song was about!  "It's like a history of rock'n'roll..." 

Pink Houses - John Cougar Mellencamp - 1983 - Johnny Cougar was a native Indianan who loved singing about his country.  

U.S. Blues - Grateful Dead - 1974 - From the LP From The Mars Hotel, was not a live album, but it had a spacey cover!

America - Neil Diamond - 1980 - Featured in the movie update of The Jazz Singer.

American Dream - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - 1979 - When this song was first being played on the radio I was actually in Coconut Grove, just outside Miami!  Linda Ronstadt on harmony vocals.

America - Yes - 1971 - On July 4th, 1976, Billboard Magazine published a special chart for America's Bicentennial.  Now, one would have expected an American artist to top the chart on that day!  It could have been Hall & Oates, or The Captain & Tenille, or Gary Wright or Steve Miller, who all had singles in the Top 40.  So, was it any of those, or another Red, White and Blue artist?  Unfortunately, no.  In all their editorial wisdom, the good folks at Billboard decided that "Silly Love Songs" by Wings should top the chart on our Bicentennial!  What???  First of all, it's a lousy song, and Paul McCartney is a Brit!  I was astounded!  I was flabbergasted!  I hope that chart editor got canned!  Anyway, here is a British band, Yes, doing a Paul Simon song.  It's kind of long, but it's a good version, IMHO.

This Land is Your Land - New Christy Minstrels - 1962 - I grew up listening to the NCM on my Dad's stereo!  A few famous musicians who've been in the Minstrels include Barry Maguire, Gene Clark, Larry Ramos (later with the Association) and Kenny Rogers.

7pm - 8pm Birthday Calendar

June 25th

Carly Simon - 80

Eddie Floyd - 1937

June 26th

Billy Davis, Jr. - 85

Georgie Fame (Clive Powell) - 80

June 27th

Jerome "Doc" Pomus - 1925

June 29th

Little Eva Narcissus Boyd - 1943

June 30th

Florence Ballard (Supremes) - 1943

July 1st

Evelyn "Champagne" King - 63

Debbie Harry - 78

Vengeance - Carly Simon - 1979 - Tim Curry on the male vocal.

Anticipation - Carly Simon - 1971

Shooting Shark - Blue Oyster Cult - 1984 - Co-written by the late Alan Lanier and NYC songstress Patti Smith.

Raise Your Hand - Eddie Floyd - 1967 - The follow-up to his best known song "Knock On Wood", only made it to #79 on the Hot 100.  Featuring Booker T. & The MG's on the instruments.

Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension - The #1 Hot 100 single of 1969; 6 weeks on the top of the chart!

The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde - Georgie Fame - 1967 - This was recorded for the movie of the same name, but not used in the soundtrack.

Doc Pomus (with partner Mort Shuman) wrote hits for diverse artists from Elvis to Dion to Andy Williams and many more!  A little tribute:

[Marie's The Name] His Latest Flame - Elvis - 1961

Little Sister - Rockpile w/Robert Plant - 1979

Can't Get Used to Losing You - Andy Williams - 1963 - Love the syncopation and pizzicato strings!

Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King - 1978 - Her nickname was originally "Bubbles", but later changed to "Champagne".

The LocoMotion - Little Eva - 1962 - Eva was a babysitter for Carole King and Gerry Goffin's daughter Louise.  They gave her a song and she took it to #1!  Her follow-ups were not as successful, although Grand Funk took it back to the top in 1974.

Stop!  In The Name Of Love - The Supremes - 1965 - Famous!

One Way Or Another - Blondie - 1979 

8pm - 9pm

In the first hour, we had an All-American segment.  For the last hour?  All-Canadian, for Canada Day, July 1st.  The first five artists are in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Comes A Time - Neil Young - 1978 - I was just starting out as an FM jok, and I fell in love with Neil Young and this LP.  He's still one of my Rock Gods!

Suzanne - Leonard Cohen - DNC - Oft-covered tune, with the biggest "hit" version by Noel Harrison (son of Rex) in 1967.

Raised on Robbery - Joni Mitchell - 1974 - Court And Spark!  Robbie Robertson on guitar!

Stage Fright - The Band - 1970

Limelight - Rush - 1981

Should be in the RRHOF? 

Glamour Boy - Guess Who - 1973

Roll On Down The Highway - BTO - 1974

You Won't See Me - Anne Murray - 1974 - The bass on the intro is killer!  Who says Morna Anne Murray can't rock!

Put The Bone In - Terry Jacks - 1974 - The flip-side of "Seasons In The Sun" is about a bone from a butcher for a dog hit by a car, not what you're thinking!

Put You Hand In The Hand - Ocean - 1971 - One-hit wonder band from Toronto.

When I Die - Motherlode - 1969 - One-hit wonder band from London, ON.  They had a "Horn Band" groove like BS&T, Chicago, Lighthouse, etc.  

Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams - 1983 - I was a big fan of Bryan Adams in the early 80's!  He says "yeah" more times at the beginning of his songs than anyone else!

Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot - 1967 - Couldn't do an All-Canadian Hour without Gord!  And I'll be crossing Canada on the rails this fall!  Bye, eh?

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





Host This Week (7/8/23):  Jann Hunsinger with a spotlight on Crying songs...




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