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Date: November 4, 2023

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Top 11 in November 1955-1979

Birthday Calendar

October 29

Peter Green  (Fleetwood Mac)  b. 1946  d. 2020

Denny Laine  79 years old

October 30

Timothy B. Schmit   (Poco, Eagles)   76 years old

Grace Slick 84 years old

Eddie Holland  84 years old

October 31

Russ Ballard  (Argent) 78 years old

November 1

Lani Hall (Sergio Mendes/Brasil ’66)  78 years old 

Ronald Bell  (Kool and the Gang bassist)   b. 1951  d. 2020

November 2

Maxine Nightingale 71 years old

J.D. Souther 78 years old

Keith Emerson  b. 1944  d. 2016

Jay Black  b. 1938   d. 2021

Brian Poole  (Tremeloes)  82 years old  

November 3

Lulu    75 years old

November 4

Harry Elston  (Friends of Distinction)  85 years old

Chuck Mangione  83 years old

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

Answer two of the four following questions:

Who was the drummer on “Be My Baby?” 

Who played the opening guitar riff on “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison?  

Who played trumpet on Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife?” 

Who played the guitar solo on Heart’s “Magic Man?”

(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)

Be My Baby  Ronettes   #8   11/2/1963

Featuring the famous drum pattern when Hal Blaine dropped his stick and missed the second beat but recovered on the fourth.

Be My Baby - WikipediaHal Blaine - Acoustic Disc

Oh Pretty Woman  Roy Orbison   #11    11/7/1964

Co-composer Bill Dees sang the high harmony and Billy Sanford played the opening guitar riff.

076: Roy Orbison, 'Oh, Pretty Woman' | Jeff Meshel's WorldBilly Sanford Discography | Discogs

*Everlasting Love      Love Affair   1968   NR in US  #1 in U.K.

Kiki Dee was a backup singer.  Requested by Scottie with love for Brooktondale Peggy.

The Love Affair - Everlasting Love (Single) Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

Magic Man    Heart     #9  11/6/1976 

Based on actual events in Ann Wilson’s life, the blazing guitar solo was by Roger Fisher.

Heart - Magic Man - Reviews - Album of The Year

Mack the Knife Bobby Darin  #1    11/2/1959

Doc Severinsen played trumpet on this track that modulates upward five times.

Bobby Darin Mack The Knife - YouTube

Shaft   Isaac Hayes  #2   11/6/1971

Richard Roundtree who played John Shaft died October 24 at the age of 81.

Skip Shaft. Watch Shaft Instead | Vanity Fair

Save the Last Dance for Me   Drifters  #1 11/7/1960

Originally intended as the B-side, Dick Clark is credited with turning the record over and recommending that it be promoted as the A-side.

Save the Last Dance for Me / Nobody but Me by The Drifters (Single;  Atlantic; ATL 70.031): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your  Music

Love Is a Rose Linda Ronstadt  #9  11/1/1975

This was a double-sided hit with “Heat Wave” on the flip.

Single Stories: Linda Ronstadt, LOVE IS A ROSE | Rhino

Bristol Stomp Dovells  #2 11/5/1961

The dance did indeed originate in Bristol PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. For Arno and Helene.

The Dovells - Bristol Stomp: listen with lyrics | Deezer

Beast of Burden Rolling Stones   #9  11/4/1978

To have Mick Jagger sing the line “Ain’t I rich enough” has always seemed ironic.

The Rolling Stones Beast Of Burden Japanese Promo 7" vinyl —

Baby It’s You     Smith  #5   11/1/1969

Del Shannon discovered the band and wrote the arrangement of their version of “Baby It’s You.”

Gayle McCormick, Singer Behind Smith's 'Baby It's You,' Dies at 67 |  Billboard – Billboard

You Send Me   Sam Cooke   #2   11/2/1957

Clifton White played the nice guitar.

HOME - Sam Cooke Official Website

Come Together   Beatles  #10    11/1/1969

Ringo Starr damped the sound of his drumming by putting tea towels over his tom-toms.

Come Together / Something by The Beatles (Single; Odeon; 1J 006-04.266):  Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

*White Room Cream  1968 #6

The opening chord progression is similar to “Tales of Brave Ulysses.” Lyricist Pete Brown has said the song was about an actual white room he lived in while he gave up alcohol and drugs. 

Cream e la genesi del leggendario brano "White Room"White Room - Cream (Lyric Pete Brown) - Poetry& Lyrics of Rock's blog


I Loved Another Woman     Fleetwood Mac   1968  NR

From the first Fleetwood Mac album, also known as “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.”

Fleetwood Mac – I Loved Another Woman Lyrics | Genius LyricsFleetwood Mac (Peter Green) - I love another woman - YouTube

Time to Hide   Wings  1976  NR

This was the first Wings song written solely by Denny Laine.

Time To Hide - YouTube

I Can See Everything  Poco   1972  NR

Written by Timothy B. Schmit.

I Can See Everything - Poco - YouTubeGo and Say Goodbye / I Can See Everything by Poco (Single): Reviews,  Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

Fast Buck Fredddie Jefferson Starship   1975  NR

Written by Grace Slick about the recording industry.

Jefferson Starship - Fast Buck Freddie - Red Octopus -1975 - Grace Slick -  Paul Kanter - Balin - YouTube

Take Me In Your Arms   Eddie Holland   1962  (released 2005)

Eddie Holland wrote the song and Kim Weston’s 1965 version had the same backing track as Holland’s 1962 version.

Eddie Holland: albums, songs, playlists | Listen on Deezer

Liar Argent  1969 DNC

This was Argent’s first single, which did not chart.

Argent (band) - WikipediaBart Shore's Time Warp Radio: Argent - Liar - Time Warp Song of the Day

Mais Que Nada   Brazil 66   #47

Fronted by vocalist Lani Hall, this was Brasil 66’s first hit.

Lani Hall – Mas Que Nada Lyrics | Genius LyricsSergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Mais Que Nada (1966, Vinyl) - Discogs

Too Hot Kool and the Gang   1979  #5

For this track the group infused their typical funk with elements of pop and R&B.

Too+Hot+Live+by+Kool+%26+the+Gang+%28CD%2C+Jun-2002%2C+BCI+Music+%28Brentwood+Communication%29%29  for sale online | eBay

Lead Me On      Maxine Nightingale   1979   #5 H100,  #1 AC

Nightingale was actually opposed to releasing the track as a single, but listeners and buyers begged to differ.

Maxine Nightingale – Lead Me On / Love Me Like You Mean It (1979, Vinyl) -  Discogs

The Last in Love   J.D. Souther   1979  NR

Written by J.D. Souther and Glenn Frey.

JD Souther - I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the creation  of Above The Clouds, a beautiful and exceptional collection of Glenn Frey's  unique voice in music, here expressed in

Come a Little Bit Closer (Spanish version)  Jay and the Americans  1964 #3

This was the first top 10 hit written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

Come a Little Bit Closer - Wikipedia

Lost Love  Tremeloes  1962   DNC

Because the Tremeloes were based in London, Decca Records offered them a recording contract over the more inconveniently located Liverpool beat group, the Beatles.

45cat - Brian Poole And The Tremeloes - Twist Little Sister / Lost Love -  Decca - UK - F 11455UK TEENER Brian Poole and The Tremeloes - Lost Love - YouTube

Oh Me, Oh My    Lulu  1970  #22

The song was written by Glaswegian Jim Doris, and the track was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama.

Lulu – Oh Me, Oh My / Sweep Around Your Own Back Door (1969, Vinyl) -  Discogs

Love or Let Me Be Lonely   Friends of Distinction   1970  #6 H100, #13 RB

The Friends Of Distinction – Love Or Let Me Be Lonely (1970, Vinyl) -  Discogs

Feels So Good   Chuck Mangione  1978  #4

Grant Geissman played the fantastic guitar break on the track.

Grant Geissman - Photo of Chuck Mangione and I, from the... | Facebook


Inner City Blues Marvin Gaye   #9   11/6/1971

Marvin Gaye played piano on this track. Marvin Gaye Playing Piano Black And White Poster Poster  Decorative Painting Canvas Wall Art Living Room Posters Bedroom Painting  08x12inch(20x30cm): Posters & Prints

How Deep Is Your Love? Bee Gees   #11   11/5/1977

Keyboardist Blue Weaver’s substantial contributions to the record were never credited. He came up with the opening chord and several additional embellishments.

Blue Weaver, Bee Gees... - Bee Gees Fan Club Australia | Facebook

I Love How You Love Me    Paris Sisters  #5 11/5/1961

If we are to believe lyricist Larry Kolberg, the song was written in five minutes on a napkin.

I Love How You Love Me - Wikipedia

Heartache Tonight    Eagles   #2  11/3/1979

Truly a group effort that started with a Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther jam. Bob Seger added the chorus “There’s gonna be a heartache tonight I know.” Joe Walsh added the bridge and Don Henley wrote additional lyrics.

The Super Seventies "Classic 500"

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted   Jimmy Ruffin  #7   11/5/1966

The supremely talented Andantes sang back up. They often came up with their vocal arrangements on the spot without the benefit of a chart.

Honoring the Musical Legacy of Motown RecordsJIMMY RUFFIN - WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED? | single | JIMMY RUFFIN  - WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED? Remembering American singer JIMMY  RUFFIN (May 7, 1936 – November 17,

*Don’t Call Us Sugarloaf  1975 #9

The touch tone phone numbers heard in the song were an unlisted number at CBS Records and the White House switchboard number.

SUGARLOAF "Don't Call Us We'll Call You" 1975 HQ - YouTube

Ramblin’ Man Allman Brothers   #7  11/3/1973

Les Dudek played the guitar harmony with Dickie Betts.  This track was one of Berry Oakley’s last recordings.

Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley (Page 147) | Allman Brothers Book Photos

Rescue Me Fontella Bass   #9    11/6/1965

Fontella Bass told the New York Times that she forgot some of the words toward the end of the song, so she started humming.

Fontella Bass: sassy soulful siren in the first degree. | darkjive.comFontella Bass - Rescue me (1965) - YouTube

Bird Dog Everly Brothers  #10     11/3/1958 

45cat - The Everly Brothers - Bird Dog / Devoted To You - Heliodor -  Netherlands - 453008

Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues   Danny O’Keefe   #9  11/4/1972

Number 9 is as high as this unassuming but brilliant record got on the Hot 100.

Danny O'Keefe - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues | singing, song | On this  date in 1972, GOOD TIME CHARLIE'S GOT THE BLUES by DANNY O'KEEFE entered  the Billboard Hot 100

Midnight Train to Georgia   Gladys Knight    #1  11/3/1973

This was the first record by Gladys Knight and the Pips to reach #1 on the Hot 100 and it won a Grammy in 1974.

A perfect song: Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia" - Los Angeles  Times

Don’t Be Cruel Elvis Presley  #2   11/3/1956

One of several early Elvis records on which the percussion instrument was a guitar case.

Elvis Presley's D.J. Fontana

The Bitch is Back   Elton John   #4   11/2/1974

Some radio stations refused to play the record—but WVBR played it in heavy rotation.

Elton John – The Bitch Is Back = La Perra Ha Vuelto (1974, Vinyl) - Discogs

He’s a Rebel  Crystals   #1     11/3/1962

The song was written by Gene Pitney and recorded by the Blossoms, but credited to the Crystals, who were on tour when the record was made. When the Crystals had to add “He’s a Rebel” to their live act, Barbara Alston could not capture Darlene Love’s vocal style, so Dolores Brooks took over as the lead singer of the Crystals at the age of fifteen.

Covered by Bruce Springsteen

Let It Be Me    Betty Everett and Jerry Butler   #5    11/7/1964

Let It Be Me — Jerry Butler & Betty Everett |

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

Trivia Answer

Who was the drummer on “Be My Baby?”  

Hal Blaine

Who played the opening guitar riff on "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison?  

Billy Sanford

Who played trumpet on Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife?” 

Doc Severinsen

Who played the guitar solo on Heart’s “Magic Man?”  

Roger Fisher

Congratulations to Dave from Dryden for correctly answering two of the four questions 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

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

Host November 11, 2023: 

Kim Vaughan with a spotlight on November 11, 1958

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