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March 16, 2024 - JH: 100th Show! One-hit Wonders 1965-75

 March 16, 2024

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: 100th Show: One-hit Wonders 1965-75.

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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)

Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind (1966 - #5: Lind wrote the song that he said was inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem "The Song of Wandering Aengus," which "inspires us to feel most alive when we are chasing something")

Toast and Marmalade for Tea - Tin Tin (1971 - #20: group out of Australia that was produced by Bee Gee Maurice Gibb)

I Got a Line on You - Spirit (1969 - #25: a driving rock classic from the L.A. band)

Stay Awhile - The Bells (1971 - #7: Jackie Ralph and Cliff Edwards provided vocals for this Montreal group)

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (1965 - #1: McGuire was a member of the New Christy Minstrels from 1962-65; song was written by P.F. Sloan)

Last Plane to London - The Rose Garden (1967 - #17: lead singer Diana DiRose inspired the name of the group from Parkersburg, WV)

Naturally Stoned - The Avant-Garde (1968 - #40: future game show host Chuck Woolery made up one half of the duo and wrote this hit; he's on the left in the below image)

More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Starecase (1969 - #12: song was written by lead singer Pat Upton)

Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost and the Troopers (1968 - #22: song was used for Target commercials a few years back)

*Afternoon Delight - The Starland Vocal Band (1976 - #1: the song was inspired by a menu item in a Washington, DC restaurant, not a romantic interlude)

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse (1970 - #5)

My Baby Love Lovin' - White Plains (1970 - #13: both of these bands were fronted by studio singer Tony Burrows)

1900 Yesterday - Liz Damon's Orient Express (1971 - #33: Hawaiian band consisted of 6 men and 3 women; we heard the original White Whale 45)

Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks (1974 - #1: the #1 record from this date 50 years ago)

Jennifer Tomkins - Street People (1970 - #36: we heard the original 45 rpm from the studio group that included Rupert Holmes, the "Pina Colada Song" guy)

7:00 - 8:00 The Birthday Calendar

March 10:                                                                              Dean Torrance (Jan & Dean) - 84                                                 Tom Scholz (Boston) - 77

March 11:                                                                                       Ric Rothwell (The Mindbenders) - 80                                           Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) - 77                                          

March 12:                                                                                       James Taylor - 76                                                                          Mike Gibbins (Badfinger) - b. 1949                                                Marlon Jackson - 67

March 13:                                                                                       Mike Stoller - 91                                                                            Erma Franklin - b. 1938                                                                 Neil Sedaka - 85

March 14:                                                                                       Jim Pons (The Turtles) - 81                                                           Michael Murphey - 79

March 15:                                                                                       Mike Love (The Beach Boys) - 83                                                 Sly Stone [Sylvester Stewart] - 81                                                Howard Scott (War) - 78

March 16:                                                                                       Jerry Jeff Walker - b. 1942                                                            Nancy Wilson (Heart) - 70

Batman - Jan & Dean (1966 - #66: one of their last hits, inspired by the popular TV series)

More Than a Feeling - Boston (1976 - #5: debut single from the debut album by what was mostly Tom Scholz playing all of the instruments)

A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders (1966 - #2: hit for the group after Wayne Fontana went solo)

Take Me for a Little While - Vanilla Fudge (1968 - #38: Mark Stein played organ and keyboards for the band)

Carolina in My Mind - James Taylor (1970 - #67: we heard the original version on the Apple Records 45; JT would re-record the song for his 1976 "Greatest Hits" LP and that is the version everybody knows)

No Matter What - Badfinger (1970 - #8: Mike Gibbins was the drummer for the band; song has a great false ending)

A.B.C. - The Jackson 5 (1970 - #1: Marlon was fourth of the five Jackson brothers)

Lucky Lips - Ruth Brown (1957 - #25: another hit for the songwriting team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote hits for The Coasters, The Drifters, and Elvis Presley)

Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin (1967 - #62: original version by Aretha's older sister that would be a hit for Big Brother and the Holding Company the following year)

Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka (1975 - #1: song spent 3 weeks at the top of the pop charts and featured Elton John on backing vocals)

I Get Around - The Beach Boys (1964 - #1: Mike Love co-wrote this hit with cousin Brian Wilson)

Stand - Sly and the Family Stone (1969 - #22: song ranks #241/RS500)

Cisco Kid - War (1973 - #2: Howard Scott was guitarist and singer/songwriter for the group)

8:00 - 9:00

L.A. Freeway - Jerry Jeff Walker (1973 - #98: best known for writing "Mr. Bojangles", Walker was born in Oneonta, NY)

Crazy on You - Heart (1976 - #35: first chart hit for the Wilson sisters, from their LP "Dreamboat Annie")

Passing: Eric Carmen - born 8/11/49, Carmen passed away on 3/11/24. He wrote the hit songs for the power pop group The Raspberries, and then embarked on a successful solo career. We heard The Raspberries' first hit, "Go All the Way", a #5 song from 1972.

*Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede (1974 - #1: song was written by Mark James, who also wrote "Suspicious Minds", and was a hit for B.J. Thomas; Blue Swede copied the "ooga-chaka" beginning from a 1971 version of the song by Jonathan King, who was inspired by Johnny Preston's "Running Bear")

Everyone's Gone to the Moon - Jonathan King (1965 - #17: King wrote and produced the song)

Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor (1970 - #5: Canadian-born Taylor wrote the song that included sirens at the beginning and bullets being fired at the end; these were later edited out)

Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion (1974 - #8: rapid-fire vocals provided by Joey Levine, the lead singer for the Ohio Express)

I'd Love to Change the World - Ten Years After (1971 - #40: song was written by lead singer/guitarist Alvin Lee)

Back on the Street Again - The Sunshine Company (1967 - #36: sunshine pop from the L.A. group)

Timothy - The Buoys (1971 - #17: Rupert Holmes wrote the song and played piano on it)

Morning Girl - The Neon Philharmonic (1969 - #17: Tupper Saussy was the composer and Don Gant the singer for this single)

Yellow River - Christie (1970 - #23: British trio took its name from lead singer Jeff Christie)

Rock On - David Essex (1973 - #5: Essex wrote the song which went to #3 in his native Britain and #1 in Canada)

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 March 23, 2024: John Simon (JS) with the Best of the '50s, '60s, and '70s!

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