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Rockin’ Remnants

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Date:   August 26, 2023

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Chart Makers and Heart Breakers

Birthday Calendar

August 20

Robert Plant  75 years old

Isaac Hayes     (b. 1942  d. 2008)

Sky Saxon (The Seeds)  b. 1937  d. 2009

Sneaky Pete Kleinow b. 1934  d. 2007

August 21

Clydie King  (sesson backing vocalist)  b. 1943  d. 2019

Jackie DeShannon  82 years old

James Burton  84 years old

Kenny Rogers   b. 1938  d. 2020

August 22

Ron Dante (Archies)  78 years old

August 23

Keith Moon  b. 1946  d. 1978

August 24

John Cipollina  b. 1943  d. 1989

David Freiberg  85 years old  

Mason Williams  85 years old

August 25

Elvis Costello   69 years old

August 26

Valerie Simpson   78 years old

Bob Cowsill  74 years old

Rock n’ Roll Trivia


Recording engineer Roy Halee created a booming drum effect with lots of echo on two major records, one of which was played earlier tonight. What were those two records?

(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)

All Day And All Of The Night    Kinks   1965   #7

One of the all-time great opening power chord riffs—more complex than the opening of “You Really Got Me.”

The Kinks' All Day And All Of The Night: the story behind the song | Louder

One Fine Day Chiffons     1963  #5

After Carole King and Gerry Goffin tried unsuccessfully to make the song work, they passed the song to The Tokens to produce. The Tokens had produced the Chiffons’ earlier hit “He’s So Fine.”

The Chiffons - One fine day ( 1963 ) - YouTube

*Overnight Sensation  Raspberries  1974   #18

Requested by Scottie and dedicated to Brooktondale Peggy. If you close your eyes, it almost sounds like the Beach Boys. Oh wait, you don’t have to close your eyes, this is radio.

Raspberries – Overnight Sensation (Hit Record) – PowerPop… An Eclectic  Collection of Pop Culture

Chain Of Fools Jimmy Smith  1968  #100

Jimmy Smith – Chain Of Fools (1968, Vinyl) - Discogs

I Go to Pieces Del Shannon  1965   DNC

Shannon wrote the song but did not record it until after Peter and Gordon released their version. So you heard his cover of their cover of his original song!

Vinyl Album - Del Shannon - I Go To Pieces - Edsel - UK

You’ve Lost That Lovin' Feelin’      Righteous Brothers 1965  #1

This wall of sound classic has been played on the radio so often that it has been named a Song of the (20th) Century. The line “you’ve lost that loving feeling” was originally a place-holder lyric.

The Righteous Brothers – You've Lost That Loving Feeling / Unchained Melody  (1969, Vinyl) - Discogs

Hang On Sloopy McCoys 1965  #1

The song’s original title was “My Girl Sloopy.”  The McCoys often played Dayton, so the song became the official rock song of Ohio.

Hang On Sloopy - Wikipedia

Summer In The City     Lovin' Spoonful  1966  #1

To create the percussion for the record’s opening, engineer Roy Halee placed a microphone in an empty garbage can which drummer Sal Yanovsky hit with a drumstick. Roy Halee repeated this effect on “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel.

The Lovin' Spoonful – Summer In The City — Song Bar

Heat Wave   Martha and the Vandellas   1963  #4 H100   #1RB

Lamont Dozier has said that he wrote the song during an actual five-day heat wave in Detroit.

MUSIC THAT WE ADORE: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - 320kbps Bitrate

Laugh, Laugh Beau Brummels 1965  #15

Lead singer Sal Valentino once claimed the band did not even know how to spell “Beau Brummels.”  The harmonica was played by Declan Mulligan. The track was produced by a young Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone.

The Beau Brummels – Laugh Laugh – PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop  Culture

Always Something There To Remind Me Dionne Warwick 1968  #65

Warwick recorded a demo version of the song in 1963, but the record was not released until 1968.

There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - song and lyrics by Dionne  Warwick | Spotify

*Rockin’ Robin Michael Jackson   1972  #2

Michael Jackson - "Rockin' Robin" - Classic Motown

Are You Lonesome Tonight?  Elvis Presley  1960 #1

Execs at Presley’s RCA label delayed the release of the track because they believed that the song did not reflect Presley’s public persona.

Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Beyond The Reef (1980, Vinyl) -  Discogs

It's My Party Lesley Gore 1963  #1

Quincy Jones produced this track and got it to radio stations before the rumored Crystals’ version, which was never released.

Lesley Gore, 'It's My Party' singer, dies | EW.com

Can't You See That She's Mine    Dave Clark 5   1964  #4

This track was the DC5’s fourth gold record.

Can't You See That She's Mine/No Time To Lose (The Dave Clark Five 45 PS) -  Amazon.com Music

Then He Kissed Me     Crystals  1963  #6

Or rather, the Crystal, singular. Dolores Brooks was the only Crystal to perform on the song. She was 15 years old when she recorded her lead vocal.

Dolores "LaLa" Brooks - Wikipedia


Over the Hills and Far Away   Led Zeppelin   1973  #51

No. 14: 'Over the Hills and Far Away' - Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs

Let’s Begin Clydie King and Bob Dylan   1981  NR

This was a Jimmy Webb song rendered in a tuneful rendition by longtime vocal collaborators Clydie King and Bob Dylan.

Clydie King, Top-Tier Backup Singer on Big Hits, Is Dead at 75 - The New  York Times

Walk On By Isaac Hayes    1969   #30

Isaac Hayes played Hammond organ and sang the vocals live while conducting the Bar-Kays at the same time.

Isaac Hayes – Walk On By (Part 1, Part 2) (1970, Gatefold Sleeve, Vinyl) -  Discogs

Pushing Too Hard      The Seeds    1967  H100 #36       RRHOF

Sky Saxon wrote and sang the song which was originally released in 1965, re-released in 1966 and charted at #36 in 1967. This two chord rocker featured Daryl Hooper on piano and Jan Savage on guitar.

Cinema Arts Centre - THE SEEDS: PUSHIN' TOO HARD

Break My Mind Flying Burrito Brothers   1973   NR

Artist: The Flying Burrito Brothers | SecondHandSongs

I Don’t Need You Anymore  Jackie DeShannon    1980  #85

This was a Burt Bacharach and Paul Anka song from the movie “Together?”

45cat - Jackie De Shannon - I Don't Need You Anymore (Main Title) / I Don't  Need You Anymore (End Title) - RCA - USA - JH-11902

Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson   1961  #9  

This was a double A-side hit with “Travelin’ Man,” and featured an iconic guitar solo by James Burton.

James Burton Interview: Rick Nelson and Elvis - An EIN special Interview

Through the Years Kenny Rogers    1982   #13 H100   #5CW  #1 AC

The song was a personal favorite of Kenny Rogers.

Kenny Rogers through the Years | EW.com

Sugar, Sugar    Archies    1969  #1  (four weeks)

This record replaced “Honky Tonk Women” at #1 on the Hot 100. Ron Dante and Andy Kim were the lead male vocalists of the Archies. 

MUSIC THAT WE ADORE: The Archies - Discography - 320kbps Bitrate

Bell Boy The Who  1973  NR

Keith Moon sings and speaks the lyrics of the titular bell boy in this track from Quadrophenia.

File:Keith-Moon Bellboy.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Pride of Man   Quicksilver Messenger Service   1967  NR

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Wikipedia

Classical Gas  Mason Williams 1968  #2

The Wrecking Crew provided some of the backing instrumentation.

Remember The Instrumental Hit "Classical Gas?" Composer Mason Williams  Tells How He Wrote It, More

Radio, Radio Elvis Costello   1978

In 2003 Elvis Costello said that “radio is absolutely the enemy of music.”

Elvis Costello radio Radio 1950's Miniature - Etsy

Silver Threads and Golden Needles    Cowsills   1969  #74

Cool harmonies, complex rhythms and they played their own instruments: it was groovier than one might have expected.

Silver Threads And Golden Needles - song and lyrics by The Cowsills |  Spotify


Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf 1968  #2

Written by Mars Bonfire who was born in Oshawa Ontario. If that song does not get your motor running, nothing will.

Born to Be Wild - Wikipedia

Leader Of The Pack Shangri-Las  1964   #1

It might also be known as the ballad of Betty and Jimmy…

Leader Of The Pack Lyrics - The Shangri-Las - Only on JioSaavn

Tell Laura I Love Her Ray Peterson   1960  #7

In the song’s original lyrics, Tommy died in a rodeo accident rather than a stock car race.

Tell Laura I Love Her - Wikipedia

Be My Baby Ronettes 1963  #2

The Ronettes’ first name was Ronnie and the Relatives, since the other two singers were Ronnie’s sister Estelle and her cousin Nedra Talley

The Ronettes' 'Be My Baby': Artists Who've Borrowed the Song's Intro Talk  About What Makes it Timeless | Billboard – Billboard

Don't Worry Baby Beach Boys 1964  #24

Brian Wilson was inspired to write the song after hearing the Ronettes song “Be My Baby.” He offered the song to the Ronettes, but Phil Spector turned it down.

Don't Worry Baby: The Beach Boys: The Everly Brothers & the Beach Boys;  Billy Joel | Tim's Cover Story

*Trying to Live My Life Without You                    Bob Seger/Silver Bullet Band  1981  #5

Requested by Terry. Nice cover of a 1973 Otis Clay song.

Heartaches - EP by Bob Seger & Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band on Apple  Music

Out Of Sight James Brown  1964  #24

The punchy vocals, horns and percussion were the blueprint for all the funk that followed. 

Out of Sight (song) - Wikipedia

Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers 1957  #2 H100 #1 CW

The Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love (1958, Red labels, Vinyl) - Discogs

Mrs. Robinson     Simon and Garfunkel   1968   #1

Under the heading of current events…

Mrs Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel (EP; CBS; BG-225184): Reviews, Ratings,  Credits, Song list - Rate Your MusicMrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel - Lyrics - YouTube

*Blue Moon Beatles  1968

An outtake from the White Album recording session.

Nurtured into existence: How The Beatles made the White Album

I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Bennett   1962  #19

Tony Bennett first sang the song publicly at the Venetian Room in the Hotel Fairmont in San Francisco. He may have left his heart in San Francisco, but he took our hearts along with his.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco' was written here in Brooklyn

Go Now!   Moody Blues  1965  #10

Denny Laine sang the lead vocal and played guitar and Mike Pinder played the piano.

EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: 'Go Now' – The Moody Blues – Talk About Pop Music

I Know a Place Petula Clark     1965  #3

The phrase “cellar full of noise” was a reference to Liverpool’s subterranean Cavern Club where the Beatles paid their dues. During the mid-‘60s Petula Clark’s records were more popular in the U.S. than in her home country. 

Biography - Petula ClarkWhat Happened to The Cavern Club — The Famous Club Where The Beatles Became  Stars

Sherry Four Seasons  1962  #1 H100 and RB

Bob Gaudio’s original title was Jackie Baby—as in Kennedy Onassis.

Sherry,' The Four Seasons – NJArts.net

Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson 1959  #7 H100 #1 RB

It can be difficult to fall asleep on a wet pillow…

breath of life » JACKIE WILSON / “Lonely Teardrops”

Don't Bring Me Down Animals 1966  #12

The Animals had mixed feelings about recording Brill Building songs, but they were among the Animals’ most successful records.

The Animals | Don't Bring Me Down | Vinyl (7", Single, 3-Pronged Center) |  VinylHeaven - your source for great music

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying    Gerry and the Pacemakers 1964  #4

George Martin produced the track.

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry & The Pacemakers - Don't Let The Sun  Catch You Crying - Midifiles :: Midi Files :: Midi Playbacks :: Soundsoft  Onlineshop

I Got A Name Jim Croce   1973  #10

Even though the song is strongly associated with Jim Croce, he did not write it. His wife Ingrid has said that Croce was nervous to record a song while not playing his guitar, but he channeled that energy into his singing. The guitar was played by Croce’s long time collaborator Maury Muehleisen, who died in the same plane crash that killed Jim Croce.

In One Of His Final TV Appearances, Jim Croce Dazzles With “Bad, Bad Leroy  Brown”

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

Trivia Answer

"Summer in the City"  Lovin’ Spoonful

"The Boxer"  Simon and Garfunkel

Congratulations to Dave from Dryden for correctly answering the question and winning a pair of 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

H100 = Billboard Hot 100

CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Host September 2, 2023: John Rudan with a spotlight on “Work to Do—Songs for Labor Day.”

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