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Date: October 21, 2023
Host: Gregory James
Feature: Music About Money
Richard Carpenter 77 years old
Barry McGuire 88 years old
Marv Johnson (Motown) b. 1938 d. 1993)
Roger Hawkins (Drummer Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) b. 1945 d. 2021
Fred Turner (BTO) 80 years old
Gary Puckett 81 years old
Jim Seals (b. 1941 d. 2022)
Laura Nyro b. 1947 d. 1997
Cynthia Weil b. 1949 d. 6/1/23
Chuck Berry b. 1926 d. 2017
Patrick Simmons 75 years old (Doobie Brothers)
Gloria Jones 78 years old
George McRae 79 years old
Dave Guard (Kingston Trio) b. 1934 d. 1991
Tom Petty b. 1950 d. 2017
Wanda Jackson 86 years old
Steve Lukather (Toto) 66 years old
Steve Cropper 82 years old
Manfred Mann 83 years old
Elvin Bishop 81 years old
* 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)
Money Barrett Strong 1960 #23 H100 #2 RB
Motown’s first hit record on the Tamla label started out as an improvised and spontaneous recording session. There is an intriguing legend that the bass and guitar were played by two kids who were passing by Hitsville on their way home from high school. They heard music coming from 2648 West Grand Boulevard and went in to ask if they could join the jam. The kid playing guitar was later identified as Eugene Grew.
Money Pink Floyd 1973 #13
It’s not every day that you have a hit rock song in 7/4 time. Roger Waters has said that once he started making serious money, he was conflicted between capitalism and socialism.
Money Gladys Knight 1975 #50 H100 #4 RB
Man with Money Everly Brothers 1965 DNC
From their LP “Beat and Soul” which also contained “Money” made famous by Barrett Strong and the Beatles.
Money, Money, Money ABBA 1977 #56
The song has been described as “music hall” in style with influences from the theatrical music of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.
For the Love of Money O’Jays 1974 #9 H100 #3 RB
“The love of money is the root of all evil.”
It’s Only Money Cliff Richard 1973 DNC
From a film called “Take Me High” starring Cliff Richard.
Money Won’t Change You Aretha Franklin 1968 DNC
A cool cover of a James Brown original.
It’s Only Money Thin Lizzy 1974 DNC
It’s Only Money Argent 1973 DNC
If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time Willie Nelson 1976 #1 CW
Silver Threads and Golden Needles Linda Ronstadt 1969 DNC/1974 #67 H100 #20 CW
This was one of the first solo tracks Ronstadt recorded after the Stone Poneys (sic) disbanded. She first recorded the song for her album “Hand Sown…Home Grown.” She reprised the song on her 1973 album “Don’t Cry Now.” You heard snippets of both versions. In the video below she performs with the early Eagles.
Can’t Buy Me Love Beatles 1964 #1
This was the Fab Four’s sixth single and their third #1 record in a row. Even if you have heard and seen the song a million times, the video captures the energy, camaraderie and joy the Beatles embodied in 1964.
Busted Ray Charles 1963 #4 H100 #3 RB
Rich Girl Hall and Oates 1977 #1
This was the first of six number one hits for Hall and Oates. Daryl Hall has said the song was really about a rich guy.
Just Got Paid ZZ Top 1972 DNC
Yesterday Once More Carpenters 1973 #2
Richard Carpenter has said that this is his personal favorite composition.
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue Barry McGuire 1965 NR
Bob Dylan released his version in March 1965, McGuire released his in August 1965 on his LP “Eve of Destruction.”
You've Got What It Takes Marv Johnson 1960 #10 H100 #2 RB
Released on the United Artists label with the Rayber Voices (precursor to the Motown house back up singers the Andantes) accompanying Johnson.
I’ll Take You There Staple Singers 1972 #1
The first thing you hear on this track is Roger Hawkins’ drum hit. The Staples were backed by Hawkins’ group The Swampers.
Gimme Your Money Please Bachman Turner Overdrive 1976 #70
Fred Turner wrote and sang lead on this track.
Over You Gary Puckett and the Union Gap 1968 #7
James Burton played rhythm guitar on this track.
Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts 1972 #6
The single was released nine days before the album of the same name was released
Beads of Sweat Laura Nyro 1970 NR
Duane Allman played the guitar solos. When I first heard this track in the 1970’s, I thought it would make a great single. I actually wrote to Columbia Records suggesting that they release it. Although Columbia did reply to me, they did not agree with me. We usually do not post videos in our blog that are not live performances, but I found this photo montage of Laura Nyro and Duane Allman deeply moving.
No Money Down Chuck Berry 1956 DNC
The story of how Chuck Berry wanted to upgrade his ride…
Just a Little Loving Dusty Springfield 1969 NR
The backing vocalists were the Sweet Inspirations on this song co-written by Cynthia Weil.
Echoes of Love Doobie Brothers 1977 #66
Patrick Simmons was the co-writer and lead singer on the song.
Greenback Dollar Kingston Trio 1963 #21
We heard the unexpurgated version which you never heard on the radio. You could only hear if you owned the record.
Tainted Love Gloria Jones 1964 DNC
The song was written by Ed Cobb of the Four Preps. She re-recorded the track in 1976 after the original version became a staple of Northern Soul in the U.K. You heard snippets from both recordings.
Don’t Do Me Like That Tom Petty 1979 #10
This was the first single released from “Damn the Torpedoes.”
Breakdown Dead Ahead Boz Scaggs 1980 #15
Steve Lukather has said that Boz Scaggs gave him his first big break by using him on his “Middle Man” album.
*Blue Money Van Morrison 1971 #23
Morrison does some great scat singing on this track about a woman who earns lots of money as a photographic model. Requested by Scottie and dedicated to Brooktondale Peggy.
She Works Hard for the Money Donna Summer 1983 #3 H100 #1 RB
The song is based on an actual person who is name checked in the lyrics: Onetta Johnson.
Easy Money Billy Joel 1983 DNC
Ever since Billy Joel lost $60, his life savings at the age of 16, by betting on a race horse, he has never gambled again.
I’ve Got Money Crazy World of Arthur Brown 1968 DNC
This was a thrilling (and crazy) cover of the original by another musician named Brown: James Brown.
Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash Clovers 1954 #6 RB
The Clovers placed nineteen records in the top 10 of the Billboard RB chart between 1951 and 1959.
Take the Money and Run Steve Miller 1976 #11
Steve Miller has said that one of his musical inspirations growing up was singing along to songs on the car radio when his family took road trips.
Money Lovin’ Spoonful 1968 #48
From the album “Everything Playing” on Kama Sutra records which was the last commercial album The Spoonful recorded as a group.
Low Budget Kinks 1979 DNC
This was a return to an earlier style of writing and playing for the Kinks following their high concept period.
Viva La Money Tina Turner 1978 DNC
Tina’s cover of this Allen Toussaint song was the only single released in the U.S. from her album “Rough.”
First I Look at the Purse Contours 1965 #57 H100 #12 RB
The spoken intro to the record was by Bobby Rogers of the Miracles who co-wrote the song with fellow Miracle Smokey Robinson.
You Never Give Me Your Money Beatles 1969 DNC
The song was part of a medley (called “The Long One” by the band) which was conceived by McCartney and George Martin to be the finale of the Beatles’ career.
It’s Money That I Love Randy Newman 1979 DNC
Love it or hate it, Randy Newman’s scathing song speaks for itself—if not for Newman personally.
I’ll Give You Money Peter Frampton 1976 DNC
The track was recorded at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire.
Money Honey Wanda Jackson 1958 NR
This was a cover of the Drifters’ 1953 hit.
Lay Your Money Down Bread 1977 DNC
Written by David Gates for Bread’s final studio album.
Money Back Guarantee Five Man Electrical Band 1972 #72
Lose Your Money (But Don’t Lose Your Mind) Moody Blues 1964 DNC
This was the B-side to a non-album single written by Denny Laine and Mike Pinder—an unexpected foray into country and western by the “Magnificent Moodies.”
CLOSING THEME: Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)
Glossary of Terms:
DNC = did not chart
NR = not released as a single at the time
H100 = Billboard Hot 100
CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records
RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records
Host October 28, 2023: John Simon.
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