Thursday, June 20, 2024

June 15, 2024 - JH: Father's Day Special

 June 15, 2024

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: Father's Day Special.

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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

Rockin' Remnants Trivia Question: Eddie Fisher was married 5 times; who were his first three wives?
(Answer at the bottom of this blog)

6:00 - 7:00

OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969 - #29: produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Color Him Father - The Winstons (1969 - #7: song won the Grammy for Best R&B Song and was a one-hit wonder for the Washington, D.C. group)

Daddy Don't Mind - The Hollies (1976 - #17 in The Netherlands: song in a different style for the band, which may be why it didn't chart in the U.S. or their native U.K.)

Daddy You Gotta Let Him In - The Satisfactions (1966 - DNC: group was The Blossoms backing producer Jack Nitzsche's wife, Grazia)

Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton (1972 - #4: song was a million-seller for the singer known as "Mr. Las Vegas")

Pappa Was a Rolling Stone - The Temptations (1972 - #1: song won Grammys for R&B Song and R&B Vocal Group and ranks #168/RS500)

*Oh! My Papa - Eddie Fisher (1954 - #1: Fisher sold millions of records in the 1950's and had his own TV show)

Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash (1969 - #42: "The Man in Black" was supported by The Statler Brothers and wife June Carter Cash on the song)

Daddy's Little Girl - Al Martino (1967 - #42: song was a hit for the Mills Brothers in 1950)

Daddy's Little Man - O.C. Smith (1969 - #34: Smith's given name was Ocie)

45 Corner

Daddy's Tune - Jackson Browne (1977 - DNC: song was released as the B-side of "The Pretender" and was on the LP of the same name)

Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin (1974 - #1: Chapin's biggest hit and only #1 song)

Son of My Father - Giorgio [Moroder] (1972 - #46: the Italian singer would go on to be a producer for Donna Summer)

Son of Your Father - Elton John (1970 - NR: from his western-themed LP "Tumbleweed Connection")

7:00 - 8:00 - The Birthday Calendar

June 9:

Les Paul [Lester Polsfuss] - b. 1915

Jackie Wilson - b. 1934

Stuart Edwards (Edison Lighthouse) - b. 1946

George Bunnell (Strawberry Alarm Clock) - b. 1949

June 10:

Janet Vogel (The Skyliners) - b. 1942

June 11:

Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson - b. 1934

Jud Strunk - b. 1936

Joey Dee [DiNicola] - 84

June 12:

Vic Damone [Vito Farinola] - b. 1928

Reg Presley [Reginald Ball] (The Troggs) - b. 1941

Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff] - b. 1942

June 13:

Bobby Freeman - b. 1940

Marv Tarplin - b. 1941

James Carr - b. 1942

Jorge Santana - b. 1954

June 14:

Burl Ives - b. 1909

Junior Walker [Autry Mixon, Jr.] - b. 1931

Renauldo "Obie" Benson (The Four Tops) - b. 1936

Rod Argent - 79

June 15:

Nigel Pickering (Spanky & Our Gang) - b. 1929

Ruby Nash Garnett - 90

Waylon Jennings - b. 1937

Harry Nisson - b. 1941

Mervyn "Muff" Winwood - 81

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - Les Paul and Mary Ford (1951 - #2: the duo sold millions of records in the '50s, and Paul is known pioneering overdubbing in the studio and his guitar playing)

That's Why (I Love You So) - Jackie Wilson (1959 - #13: song was co-written by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.)

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse (1970 - #5: Stuart Edwards was guitarist for the one-hit wonder group)

Incense & Peppermints - The Strawberry Alarm Clock (1967 - #1: George Bunnell played bass for the psychedelic band)

This I Swear - The Skyliners (1959 - #26: Janet Vogel was the lone female in the 5 person doo-wop group from Pittsburgh)

Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite - The Spaniels (1954 - #24: "Pookie" Hudson co-wrote this doo-wop classic for the group originally known as "Pookie Hudson and the Hudsonaires")

Daisy A Day - Jud Strunk (1973 - #14: another one-hit wonder, Strunk appeared on "Laugh-In" and the Johnny Carson Show)

Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee and the Starliters (1962 - #1: song named for the famous Peppermint Lounge in NYC)

On the Street Where You Live - Vic Damone (1956 - #4: song from the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" and was used to end the very first episode of TV's "Madmen")

Wild Thing - The Troggs (1966 - #1: Reg Presley was lead singer for the group; song ranks #257/RS500)

The Bristol Stomp - The Dovells (1961 - #2: Len Barry was lead singer for the group before going solo)

Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman (1958 - #5: first charting single for the singer from San Francisco)

The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1967 - #20: guitarist Marv Tarplin wrote the music to this and many other hits for the group)

The Dark End of the Street - James Carr (1967 - #77: song was later covered by the Flying Burrito Brothers and Linda Ronstadt)

Suavecito - Malo (1972 - #18: Jorge Santana, brother of Carlos, was guitarist for the group)

8:00 - 9:00

Funny Way of Laughing - Burl Ives (1962 - #10: song won a Grammy for Best Country Record)

What Does It Take (to Win Your Love) - Junior Walker and the All-Stars (1969 - #4: Walker was reluctant to record the song that became one of his biggest hits)

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971 - #4: "Obie" Benson co-wrote this song that was turned down by his own group as well as Joan Baez; it ranks #4/RS500)

Tell Her No - The Zombies (1965 - #6: Rod Argent was founder, keyboardist, and songwriter for the band)

Sunday Will Never Be the Same - Spanky and Our Gang (1967 - #9: first charting single for the sunshine pop group)

My Summer Love - Ruby & the Romantics (1963 - #16: follow-up to their big hit, "Our Day Will Come")

Luckenbach, Texas - Waylon Jennings (1977 - #25: Jennings received some help from his pal Willie Nelson)

Tell Daddy - Clarence Carter (1967 - #35 R&B: Carter wrote this song which became "Tell Mama" for Etta James)

*Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers (1963 - #1: song was originally recorded in 1929 by writer Gus Cannon)

My Daddy Knows Best - The Marvelettes (1963 - #67: written by Berry Gordy)

Moments to Remember - The Vogues (1969 - #47: song was a #2 hit for The Four Lads in 1955)

Graduation Day - The Four Freshmen (1956 - #17: Beach Boy Brian Wilson was brought up on the harmonies of this foursome)

Graduation's Here - The Fleetwoods (1959 - #39: wrapping up a trio of songs for upcoming high school graduations)

It's Summertime, USA - The Pixies Three (1964 - #116: teenage trio from Hanover, Pa.)

The Sweet Sound of Summer - The Shangri-Las (1967 - #123: one of the last singles by the Queens girl group)

A Thousand Miles Away - The Heartbeats (1956 - #53: co-writer and lead singer James "Shep" Sheppard wrote the song after his ex-girlfriend moved to Texas)

Daddy's Home - Shep & the Limelites (1961 - #2: the answer song that was an even bigger hit)

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959 - #1 for two weeks; brothers Santo [steel guitar] and Johnny [rhythm guitar] Farina from Brooklyn)

Rockin' Remnants Trivia Answer: Eddie Fisher's first three wives were Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. Congratulations to Brian in Candor who was the correct caller.

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 June 22, 2024: John Simon (JS) with a spotlight on low-charting records in the month of June!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

June 8, 2024 - GJ - June Weddings and Anniversaries

Rockin’ Remnants

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Date: June 8, 2024

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Weddings and Anniversaries

Birthday Calendar

June 2

Charlie Watts  b. 1941  d. 2021

Jimmy Jones  b. 1930  d. 2012

June 3

Curtis Mayfield  b. 1942  d. 1999

Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople)  85 years old

Eddie Willis  (Funk Brother guitarist)  b. 1936  d. 2018

Deneice Williams 73 years old

June 4

Gordon Waller  (Peter and Gordon)  b. 1945  d. 2009

Michelle Phillips  80 years old

Freddy Fender   b. 1937  d. 2006

June 6

Gary US Bonds 85 years old

Levi Stubbs   b. 1936  d. 2008

June 7

Prince   b. 1958  d. 2016

Tom Jones   84 years old

June 8

Julie Driscoll  (Brian Augur and Trinity)  77 years old

Boz Scaggs 80 years old

Nancy Sinatra 84 years old

Rock n’ Roll Trivia

In the 6:00 hour I played “Wedding” by the Hep Stars and “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” by ABBA. Other than the subject matter, what did those two songs have in common?

(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)

You Never Can Tell Chuck Berry   1964  #14

Also known as “C’est la vie.”

Chuck Berry ...

With This Ring Platters   1967  #14

This was the last Platters record to reach into the top 20.

The Platters – With This Ring (1967 ...

*Happy Anniversary Little River Band  1978  #16

In the song it’s the characters’ fifth anniversary, but they are actually separated. Requested by Scottie and dedicated to Peggy.

I Do         Castells  1964  DNC

The song was co-written by Brian Wilson, who also arranged and produced the record.

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA   1976   #15

The saxophonist was Ulf Andersson-no relation to ABBA’s Benny Andersson.

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Wikipedia

Wedding    Hep Stars   1966  DNC in U.S., #1 in Sweden

A co-composer of the song was Benny Andersson before he became the BA of ABBA.

The Hep Stars – The Music Box / Wedding ...

*The Song Is Love   Mary Travers   1971  DNC

This was Mary Travers’ second recording of the song, this one off of her solo album “Mary.” Dedicated from listener Paul to Jane.

Mary Travers - The Song Is Love / Erika ...Bob Dylan songs covered by Peter, Paul ...

To the Aisle 5 Satins   1957  #25  H100  #5 RB

This song was heard in “American Graffiti.”

The Five Satins | The Music Museum of ...

Down the Aisle       Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles  1963  #37

This was one of the first Bluebelles sides to go into heavy radio rotation.

Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song ...

Still the One   Orleans   1976  #5

In this song, a Remnants perennial favorite, love has its ups and downs, but it still prevails.

1976, Vinyl) - Discogs

Wedding Bell Blues Laura Nyro  1967  #103

Eighteen year old Laura Nyro was inspired to write the song by an affair that entertainer Bill Carter had with jazz vocalist Helen Merrill.

Laura Nyro | Ryan Mark Elliott Music

Wouldn’t It Be Nice Beach Boys   1966  #8

The mythology around the song is epic—the countless takes, the unconventional instrumentation. But it did usher in an era of greater musical sophistication from the Beach boys.

isolated vocals for Beach Boys song ...

*Never My Love Association  1967  #2

Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) ranked this song as the second most played song on radio and TV in the 20th century. For John and Lynne.

Chapel of Love    Bette Midler   1973 

Barry Manilow produced and arranged the track which was the B-side to “Friends.”

Bette Midler 45 Chapel Of Love ...

*Just You and Me Chicago  1973  4

Written by James Pankow after a fight with his future wife.  Requested by Willda listening in Houston.

song, single, album, Chicago ...

You’re My Best Friend   Queen   1976  #16

It’s nice to have a best friend…

The Story Behind The Queen Song


Get Off My Cloud   Rolling Stones    1965  #1

Recorded in Hollywood, this was their follow up to “Satisfaction”—and Keith was not very satisfied with it. However, many critics praised Charlie Watts’ flawless metronomic drumming

Handy Man   Jimmy Jones  1960  #2

Songwriter and producer Otis Blackwell did the whistling on the track.

Jimmy Jones - Handy Man - Music

Woman’s Got Soul Impressions  1965  #29 H100 #9 RB

Curtis Mayfield wrote this song and sang lead.

Got Soul - Remix - song and lyrics ...

Roll Away the Stone Mott the Hoople    1974  DNC

Roll Away The Stone — THE DANGERS45cat - Mott The Hoople - Roll Away The ...

The Way You Do the Things You Do    Temptations   1964  #11

The first thing you hear on this track is Funk Brother Eddie Willis’ guitar.

The Temptations – The Way You Do the ...

That’s What Friends Are For Deniece Williams  1977   #103

For (Deniece Williams song) - Wikipedia

A World Without Love Peter and Gordon    1964  #1

This was one of only two Lennon and McCartney songs recorded by someone else to reach #1 in the U.S. The guitarist was Vic Flick.

Album by Peter & Gordon - Apple Music

String Man Mamas and Papas  NR

Michelle Phillips sang lead on what sounds like a semi- autobiographical song.

The Mamas & the Papas Imploded Over ...

Dias y Noches Perdidas    Freddy Fender  1975

This is the Spanish language version of “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

Dias y Noches Perdidas / Caminito by ...Freddy Fender: de Elvis chicano a rey ...

Way Back When Gary US Bonds  1980   NR

From his album “Dedication” with lots of help from Bruce and the E Street Band.

US Bonds Brings His Story Back to ...45cat - Gary U.S. Bonds - This Little ...

Ask the Lonely Four Tops   1965  #9 RB  #24

That might have been Funk Brother Eddie Willis on sitar.

Best Four Tops Songs: 20 Essential Soul ...

Uptown Prince    1980  #101

Uptown was the trendy Minneapolis neighborhood where artists gathered. It was one of Prince’s earliest political statements in his music.

Prince - Uptown: The Best of Prince ...

Do What You Gotta Do Tom Jones   1971  NR

Tom Jones was not first to record this Jimmy Webb composition, but he did a fine job.

Tom Jones: 'What's New Pussycat?' Was a ...

Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) Brian Augur, Julie Driscoll and Trinity   1969  NR

Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll ...

What Can I Say? Boz Scaggs  1976   #42

Boz Scaggs collaborated with David Paich to write the song.

What Can I Say - Featuring Boz Scaggs ...Boz Scaggs - IMDb

Jackson Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood  1967  #13

This song, ostensibly about Jackson Tennessee, was co-written by Jerry Leiber under the pseudonym of his then-wife Gaby Rodgers.

Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra ...


*Save It for Me Four Seasons  1964  #10

This side was released as the follow up single from their "Rag Doll" album.  Requested by Greg.

1964 HITS ARCHIVE: Save It For Me ...

I’m Gonna Marry You  Goldebriars  1965  DNC

This was the B-side to “June Bride Baby,” a double sided wedding themed record.

I'm Gonna Marry You — The Goldebriars ...June Bride Baby / I'm Gonna Marry You ...

Wedding Song (There Is Love)  Paul Stookey  1971  #24

Paul Stookey wrote the song for Peter Yarrow’s wedding to Mary Beth McCarthy in 1969 and the record was released in 1971.

And I Love Her Beatles 1964  #12

John Lennon called this song Paul McCartney’s first draft for "Yesterday.”

Fell Capitol Fantasy 45 Picture Sleeve ...

Your Song Elton John   1971  #8

This was originally the B-side to “Take Me to the Pilot,” but radio DJs, including myself, preferred “Your Song” and it became the A-side.

I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)    Nick Lowe  1986  #77

If the song reminds you of Huey Lewis and The News, it’s because Huey played harmonica and the News played everything else.

Rings Cymarron   1971  #17

The beach wedding mentioned in the song actually took place in Venice, California. Requested by Scottie for Peggy.

Cymarron – Rings (1971, Smooth Paper ...

Where Were You on Our Wedding Day? Lloyd Price  1959  #23

Vinyl) - Discogssong and lyrics by Lloyd Price ...

Band of Gold Freda Payne    1970  #3

Holland-Dozier and Holland wrote the song under the name of Edythe Wayne due to an ongoing lawsuit with Motown at the time.

Band of Gold (Freda Payne song) - Wikipedia

* More Today Than Yesterday Spiral Starecase  1969  #12

The perfect blend of soul and sunshine pop. Requested by Terry.

More Today Than Yesterday Lyrics ...

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore Sam Cooke  1961    DNC

Cooke included his version of Duke Ellington’s classic on his 1961 album “My Kind of Blues.”

song and lyrics by Sam Cooke | Spotify

At Last Etta James  1961  #47 H100  #2 RB

Originally written for a Glenn Miller movie in 1941, the song, with modified melody and arrangement, became Etta James’ signature song.

Etta James Was Released ...

Old College Avenue Harry Chapin  1973  NR

This was the Saturday night of Cornell Reunion Weekend 2024. Harry Chapin knew Ithaca’s College Avenue from his days at Cornell. Paradoxically, for a guy in such a happy marriage, a lot of his songs dealt with failed relationships. 

East Hill Notes: The Collegetown story ...

Our Anniversary Shep and the Limelites  1962  #59

This was the second of their two charting records, the other being “Daddy’s Home.”

The Limelites – Our Anniversary ...

Can’t Help Falling in Love    Elvis   1962  #2

This was the last song Presley performed live on June 26, 1977.

Dream Elvis Presley 1962 Photo Print ...

Baby I’m Yours   Barbara Lewis   1965  #11

It took Barbara Lewis several takes to get to her finished vocal track.

45cat - Barbara Lewis - Baby I'm Yours ...

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

Trivia Answer

Both “Wedding” and “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”  involved musician, composer and producer Benny Andersson, first with the Hep Stars and later with ABBA

Congratulations to Mike from the City of Ithaca 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

Host June 15, 2024: Jan Hunsinger whose theme will be "Fathers and Dads."

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