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Date:  October 21, 2023

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Music About Money

Birthday Calendar

October 15

Richard Carpenter  77 years old

Barry McGuire  88 years old

Marv Johnson  (Motown)  b. 1938  d. 1993)

October 16

Roger Hawkins  (Drummer Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section)  b. 1945  d. 2021

Fred Turner  (BTO)  80 years old

October 17

Gary Puckett   81 years old  

Jim Seals   (b. 1941   d. 2022)

October 18

Laura Nyro  b. 1947  d. 1997

Cynthia Weil  b. 1949  d. 6/1/23

Chuck Berry   b. 1926  d. 2017

October 19

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

October 20

Tom Petty  b. 1950  d. 2017

Wanda Jackson   86 years old

October 21

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.

Barrett+Strong+Money+The+Tamla+Years+1959+-+1961+Japan+Mini+LP+CD for sale  online | eBay15. Barrett Strong: “Money (That's What I Want)” | Motown Junkies

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.

Pink Floyd - Money | Releases | Discogs

Money   Gladys Knight 1975  #50 H100  #4 RB

Gladys Knight And The Pips – Money (1975, Vinyl) - Discogs

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.

45cat - The Everly Brothers - Love Is Strange / Man With Money - Warner Bros.  - USA - 5649

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.

Money, Money, Money': ABBA's International Smash Hits US Market

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.

It's Only Money by Cliff Richard - Song on Apple Music

Money Won’t Change You   Aretha Franklin  1968  DNC

A cool cover of a James Brown original.

Money Won't Change You - YouTube

It’s Only Money   Thin Lizzy  1974  DNC

Thin Lizzy – It's Only Money (1974, Vinyl) - Discogs

It’s Only Money   Argent   1973  DNC

ARGENT It's Only Money Part 2 reviews

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

Busted / Making Believe by Ray Charles and His Orchestra (Single, Rhythm &  Blues): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

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.”

Artist: Barry McGuire | SecondHandSongs45cat - Barry McGuire - There's Nothing Else On My Mind / Baby Blue - RCA  Victor - Italy - 45N 1504

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.

Artist: The Rayber Voices | SecondHandSongsYou Got What It Takes - Wikipedia

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.

Bachman Turner Overdrive - Gimme Your Money Please - YouTubeGimme Your Money Please / Four Wheel Drive by Bachman-Turner Overdrive  (Single): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

Over You Gary Puckett and the Union Gap  1968  #7

James Burton played rhythm guitar on this track.

GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP - OVER YOU | On this date in 1968, GARY PUCKETT  & THE UNION GAP released the single OVER YOU (September 4, 1968) NOTE: This  TV

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…

egroj world: Chuck Berry • No Money Down

Just a Little Loving Dusty Springfield   1969  NR

The backing vocalists were the Sweet Inspirations on this song co-written by Cynthia Weil.

Dusty Springfield : Just A Little Lovin' (Early In The Mornin') - YouTube

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.

The Kingston Trio – Greenback Dollar (1963, Vinyl) - Discogs

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.

Gloria Jones – Tainted Love (2012, Vinyl) - DiscogsThe Journey Of Tainted Love From Gloria Jones And Beyond

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.

Steve Lukather TotoBreakdown Dead Ahead / Isn't It Time by Boz Scaggs (Single, Pop Rock):  Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music


*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.

Van Morrison – Blue Money (1971, Vinyl) - Discogs

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.

Trish Bendix on X: "Loving the Donna Summer doc - especially the story of  Donna writing “She Works Hard for the Money” based on an exhausted ladies  room attendant named 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.

45cat - Billy Joel - Leave A Tender Moment Alone / Easy Money - CBS -  Germany - CBS A 3714

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.

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - I've Got Money (1968) - YouTube

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.

Steve Miller Band – Take the Money and Run Lyrics | Genius LyricsGrowing Up With Steve Miller – Texas Monthly

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.

1968 HITS ARCHIVE: Money - Lovin' Spoonful (mono 45) - YouTubeEpisode 143: “Summer in the City” by the Lovin' Spoonful – A History of  Rock Music in 500 Songs

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.”

Tina Turner - Viva La Money | Releases | Discogs

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.

Motown Greatest Hits" "The Contours First I Look At The Purse" (Alternate  Version)""Men Of Motown" - YouTube

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. 

Beatles MIDI/MP3 Lyrics - You Never Give Me Your MoneyYou Never Give Me Your Money" song by The Beatles. The in-depth story  behind the songs of The Beatles. Recording History. Songwriting History.  Song Structure and Style.

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.

Randy Newman – It's Money That I Love (1979, Vinyl) - Discogs

I’ll Give You Money Peter Frampton  1976  DNC

The track was recorded at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire.

How we made: Peter Frampton's Baby I Love Your Way | Pop and rock | The  GuardianPeter Frampton – (I'll Give You) Money (1976, Vinyl) - Discogs

Money Honey  Wanda Jackson   1958  NR

This was a cover of the Drifters’ 1953 hit.

Money Honey - Compilation by Wanda Jackson | Spotify

Lay Your Money Down   Bread   1977  DNC

Written by David Gates for Bread’s final studio album.

Lay Your Money Down - YouTube

Money Back Guarantee   Five Man Electrical Band  1972  #72

Artist / Five Man Electrical BandFive Man Electrical Band – Money Back Guarantee (1972, Vinyl) - Discogs

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.”

45cat - The Moodyblues - Steal Your Heart Away / Loose Your Money (But  Don't Loose Your Mind) - Decca - UK - F 11971The Moody Blues - Wikipedia

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

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