Wednesday, September 27, 2023

September 23, 2023: JH - "My Favorites"

 September 23, 2023

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: "My Favorites"

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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)

Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan (1975 - #31: song that kicks off Dylan's excellent "Blood on the Tracks" LP)

It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards (1958 - #1: Edwards was the first black artist to hit #1 on the BB Hot 100; song spent 6 weeks atop the charts in October-November 1958)

Carrie Anne - The Hollies (1967 - #9: song is a tribute to Marianne Faithfull and features a steelpan solo)

Don't It Make You Want to go Home - Joe South (1969 - #41: known primarily as a songwriter/producer/session musician, South had several songs chart on the BB Hot 100)

Tammy - Debbie Reynolds (1957 - #1: song was nominated for an Oscar for its use in the film "Tammy and the Bachelor"; it spent 5 weeks at #1)

Shilo - Neil Diamond (1970 - #24: Diamond recorded this song for both the Bang and Uni Record labels)

Freight Train - The Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey (1957 - #40: skiffle was a popular music genre in the U.K. in the mid- to late-'50s and early '60s)

Ticket to Ride - The Beatles (1965 - #1: song was used in the movie "Help" and ranks #384/RS500)

Gee - The Crows (1954 - #14: the first doo-wop record to sell over one million copies and considered by some to be the first rock and roll record)

Fakin' It - Simon & Garfunkel (1967 - #23: released as a single in 1967, the song was included on 1968's "Bookends" LP)

45 Corner

Morning Girl - The Neon Philharmonic (1969 - #17: one-hit wonder from Nashville session musicians led by composer Tupper Saussy and vocalist Don Gant)

Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (1968 - #3: written by Jimmy Webb, the song ranks #192/RS500; it made its chart debut on 11/2/68 and peaked in 1969)

Both Sides Now - Judy Collins (1968 - #8: Joni Mitchell wrote this classic that ranks #170/RS500)

Birthday Calendar

September 17:

Hiram "Hank" Williams - b. 1923
Lamonte McLemore (The 5th Dimension) - 84
Shelby Flint - 84

September 18:

James Frederick "Jimmie" Rodgers - b. 1933
Allen Johnson (The Marcels) - b. 1940
Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone] - 83
P.F. Sloan - b. 1945

September 19:

Billy Ward - b. 1921
Brook Benton - b. 1931
Nick Massi (The Four Seasons) - b. 1935
Bill Medley - 83
Paul Williams - 83
Sylvia Fricker Tyson - 83
"Mama" Cass Elliot [Ellen Naomi Cohen] - b. 1941
Freda Payne - 81

September 20:

Gogi Grant [Myrtle Arinsberg] - b. 1924
Bobby Nunn (The Coasters) - b. 1925

September 21:

Don Felder (The Eagles) - 76

September 22:

Toni Basil [Antonia Basilotta] - 80

September 23:

Ray Charles [Robinson] - b. 1930
Steve Boone (The Lovin' Spoonful) - 80
Bruce Springsteen - 74

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - Linda Ronstadt (1975 - #2 C&W: Ronstadt's cover of the Hank Williams classic won her a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance: Female)

Save the Country - The 5th Dimension (1970 - #27: Lamonte McLemore was a founding member of the group; Laura Nyro wrote the song)

Angel on My Shoulder - Shelby Flint (1961 - #22: Joni Mitchell once said that when she began singing she wanted to sound just like Shelby Flint; Flint wrote the words and music for the song)

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jimmie Rodgers (1957 - #3: Rodgers had several big hits on the late '50s and hosted his own TV variety show in 1959)

Blue Moon - The Marcels (1961 - #1: Allen Johnson sang baritone for the doo-wop group; song was written by Rodgers and Hart in 1935)

Venus - Frankie Avalon (1959 - #1: song spent 5 weeks at #1 for the teen-age idol who was only 19 when he recorded this hit)

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (1965 - #1: P.F. Sloan wrote this classic as well as hits for The Searchers, Jan and Dean, The Turtles, and others)

Star Dust - Billy Ward and His Dominoes (1957 - #12: classic standard, part of the Great American Songbook, written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927)

It's Just a Matter of Time - Brook Benton (1959 - #3: Benton co-wrote the song that is one of his 49 charting singles)

Sherry - The Four Seasons (1962 - #1: Nick Massi played and sang bass and was the vocal arranger for the group; song spent 5 weeks at #1 and was the group's first charting single)

(You're My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers (1966 - #1: Bill Medley also produced this smash hit for the duo; song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)

Waking Up Alone - Paul Williams (1972 - #60: Williams wrote many hits for others, but this was his only solo effort to chart)

You Were on My Mind - We Five (1965 - #3: Sylvia Tyson wrote this jangly pop hit)

Make Your Own Kind of Music - "Mama" Cass (1969 - #36: another hit written by the Mann/Weil team)

Band of Gold - Freda Payne (1970 - #3: song ranks #391/RS500)

The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant (1956 - #1: song spent 8 weeks atop the charts on June/July 1956)

Yakety Yak - The Coasters (1958 - #1: King Curtis provided the sax solo on this hit for "The Clown Princes of Rock")

Victim of Love - The Eagles (1977 - DNC: Don Felder became lead guitarist for the band in 1974 and he wrote this cut from the "Hotel California" LP)

I'm 28 - Toni Basil (1966 - DNC: music stardom was still years away for Basil, who was already an established dancer and choreographer)

Take These Chains From My Heart - Ray Charles (1963 - #8: Hank Williams recorded this song at his last studio recording session on September 23, 1952; Charles recorded it for his "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume 2")

Darling Be Home Soon - The Lovin' Spoonful (1967 - #15: Steve Boone played bass for the quartet and co-wrote "Summer in the City" and "You Didn't Have to be So Nice" [but this is my favorite Spoonful tune])

Badlands - Bruce Springsteen (1978 - #42: rocker that kicks off the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" LP)

Safe in My Garden - The Mamas and Papas (1968 - #53: lesser-known charter for the group which features gorgeous harmonies and layering of voices)

Everything That Touches You - The Association (1968 - #10: sunshine pop from the band that also featured intricate vocal harmonies from the band's multiple singers)

Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind (1966 - #5: Lind wrote this one-hit wonder and he continues to write, record, and perform)

Can't Find the Time - Orpheus (1969 - #80: band was popular in the New England region but failed to catch on nationally)

Elenore - The Turtles (1968 - #6: song was written as a parody to the group's big hit, "Happy Together")

1900 Yesterday - Liz Damon's Orient Express (1971 - #33: one-hit wonder for the Hawaiian group that included 3 women and 6 men; song was recorded on a Hawaiian label and then picked up nationally by White whale Records)

Sunday Will Never be the Same - Spanky and Our Gang (1967 - #9: session musicians provided the instrumentals while the group provided the vocals for the group's first charting single)

The Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost and the Troopers (1968 - #22: group existed only in the studio, song was also written by Mann/Weil!)

The Kids Are Alright - The Who (1965 - #85 Cash Box: song became an anthem for the band)

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 September 30, 2023: Gregory James (GJ) with a theme of "All for One and One for All".

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