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March 9, 2024 - GJ - What's Yer Name, Dude: Songs with Men's Names in the Title

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Date: March 9, 2024

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: What’s Yer Name, Dude: Songs with Men's Names in the Title

Birthday Calendar

March 3

Mike Pender   (Searchers vocalist)  83 years old

March  5

Murray Head   78 years old

March 6

Kiki Dee (Pauline Matthews)   77 years old

Hugh Grundy   (Zombies drummer)  79 years old

Mary Wilson (Supremes)  b. 1944  d. 2021

Sam (the Sham) Samudio  87 years old

Sylvia Robinson (Mickey and Sylvia)  b. 1936  d. 2011

March 7

Ernie Isley   (guitarist) 72 years old

Matthew Fisher  (Procol Harum keyboardist)  78 years old

Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band vocalist)  78 years old

Arthur Lee (Love)  b. 1945  d. 2006

Chris White (Zombies bassist)  81 years old

Little Peggy March  76 years old

March 8

Carole Bayer Sager  78 years old

Randy Meisner    b. 1946  d. 2023

Mickey Dolenz  79 years old

March 9

Mark Lindsay  (Paul Revere/Raiders)  82 years old

Lloyd Price  b. 1934  d. 2021

Rock n’ Roll Trivia Question:

In the first hour I played two songs that had the phrase “don’t mess” in the titles. What were the songs and who were the artists?

(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)

*Jimmy Mack Martha and the Vandellas  1967  #10 H100 #1 RB

The Motown Quality Control team did not initially release “Jimmy Mack,” apparently because it sounded too much like the Supremes. Requested by JS.

Stream Jimmy Mack Instrumental by Whole-Z | Listen online for free on  SoundCloud

Happy Jack The Who   1967  #24

One of Keith Moon’s best performances and, according to Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney’s favorite song by the Who. 

Happy Jack Single S 1218 (1966) - Who, The - LastDodo

You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon  1987  #23

The saxophone sounds were both synthesized and actual. The uncredited backing vocals were by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al (1986) - Filmaffinity

*Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann 1968  #10

Singer Mike D’Abo has said that he had to make up some of the song’s lyrics because he could not understand all of Bob Dylan’s original lyrics. Requested by Scottie for Mecklenburg Peggy.

Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn - YouTube

Don’t Mess with Bill Marvelettes  1966  #3 RB  #7 H100

Some of the backing vocals were by Motown’s house singers the Andantes. This mix clarifies what Funk Brother Robert White was doing on guitar. The tenor sax solo was by Norris Patterson.

The Marvelettes - Don't Mess With Bill - YouTube

*My Girl Temptations   1965  #1

Requested by Richard and dedicated to Phyllis.

The Number Ones: The Temptations' “My Girl”

You Don't Mess Around With Jim Jim Croce   1972  #8

This was Croce’s debut single.

Stream You Don't Mess Around With Jim (Jim Croce) by Rory Laye | Listen  online for free on SoundCloud

Mack the Knife Bobby Darin   1959 #1

Darin’s version of “Mack the Knife” was the song’s seventh pop music cover, following Lawrence Welk, Louis Armstrong, Billy Vaughn and Les Paul, among others.

The Story Of Captain Macheath, The Inspiration For Bobby Darin's Mack The  Knife

I'm Henry the Eighth Herman's Hermits     1965  #1

This one-verse classic music hall song knocked “Satisfaction” out of the #1 spot on the Hot 100. It was not released in the U.K. 

I'm Henry the 8th (Re-Record) - song and lyrics by Herman's Hermits |  Spotify

*Still the One    Orleans    1976  #5

For Bill and Gayle in Trumansburg.

Orleans - Still The One & Other Hits - Amazon.com Music

Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix   1967  DNC

The backing singers were the Breakaways: Jean Hawker, Margot Newman and Vicki Brown, recruited by producer Chas Chandler.

The Breakaways

*Vincent Don McLean  1971   #12

Don McLean’s original lyrics written on a paper bag were auctioned in 2020 for $1.5 million. Requested by the listener consortium of Kathy, Jenny, Perry and the Deacon from Horseheads, Corning and Ithaca.

Don McLean Live - Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) with Lyrics - YouTube

Brilliant Disguise    Bruce Springsteen   1987  #5

Requested by a listener looking forward to seeing Bruce in concert.

Brilliant Disguise - Live at the Shrine, Los Angeles, CA (Set 1) -  11/16/1990 - song and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen | Spotify

Charlie Brown Coasters  1959 #2

According to Lieber and Stoller, the song was not based on the Charles Schultz cartoon character of the same name.

The Coasters - Charlie Brown - YouTube

Chuck E.’s in Love     Rickie Lee Jones 1979  #4

“P.L.P.” in the lyrics is old school slang for “public leaning place” as when two people lean against each other.

Story of the Song: Chuck E's in Love by Rickie Lee Jones | The Independent

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

This song has been covered by Elvis Presley, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chris  Hillman, Willie Nelson and Rita Wilson, among others.

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - Wikipedia


Someday We’re Gonna Love Again   Searchers   1964   #34

The Searchers – Some Day We're Gonna Love Again (1964, Vinyl) - Discogs

Stay with Me     Kiki Dee 1978

Kiki Dee was the first woman from the U.K. to sign with Tamla Records.

Kiki Dee – Stay With Me (1978, Vinyl) - Discogs

Time of the Season Zombies    1969  #3

The single was released after the band split up. You heard an alternate take.

Song of the Day, April 21: Time of the Season by the Zombies | Music and  Meaning: The RBHS Jukebox

The Tears Supremes   1961 NR

A track on which Mary Wilson sang lead from the album “Meet the Supremes.”  The Supremes were a teen-aged quartet at the time: Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Barbara Martin and Diana Ross.

The Supremes - The Tears - 1961 - YouTubeTHE TEARS, The Supremes, Unreleased (Motown) 1961 - YouTube

Love Is Strange    Mickey and Sylvia   1957  #11 H100  #1 RB

Bo Diddley wrote the song under the name of his then wife, Ethel Smith. 

054: Mickey & Sylvia, 'Love is Strange' | Jeff Meshel's World

Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs   1965  #2 H100  #31 RB

The record was on the charts for 18 weeks, the longest run for any song in 1965.

Wooly Bully - song and lyrics by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs | Spotify

Summer Breeze  Part 2  Isley Brothers  1974  #60 H100  #10 RB   

Ernie Isley played the fuzz guitar solo.

The Isley Brothers – "Inside the group, it was like a police state" - Page  4 of 4 - UNCUT

Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum   1967  #5

In 2006, after nearly 40 years, keyboardist Matthew Fisher finally won joint authorship and co-ownership rights to “Whiter Shade of Pale” for his introductory organ passage.

Procol Harum organist wins share of hit's writing credits | UK news | The  Guardian

Alone Again, Or Love   1970  #99

The guitar work was by Johnny Echols. The lead vocal was originally by composer Bryan MacLean, but Arthur Lee’s voice was later added.

Alone Again Or, by Love

You’re the Only One   J. Geils Band   1977  #83

This uncharacteristic pop-inflected track is from “Monkey Island” the only album on which the band is credited simply with the name “Geils.”

You're the Only One - song and lyrics by The J. Geils Band | Spotify

You’re Moving Out Today Carole Bayer Sager   1977  #69

This song was co-written by composer and singer Carole Bayer Sager as well as by Bette Midler, whose version also charted in 1977 at #42.

You're Moving Out Today - WikipediaYou're Moving Out Today - Wikipedia

Try and Love Again     Eagles  1976 NR

Randy Meisner sang lead on the last song he wrote for the Eagles.

Randy Meisner – Try And Love Again Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Steppin’ Stone Monkees  1967  #20 

This was the first Monkees B-side to chart. Composers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart also played on the track.

I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - Wikipedia

Steppin’ Stone Paul Revere and the Raiders    1966 NR

You heard a mash up of the Monkees’ and The Raiders’ versions (both using the same arrangement) with lead vocals by Mickey Dolenz and Mark Lindsay, respectively.

Do you think that Paul Revere and the Raiders deserve to be in the Rock and  Roll Hall of Fame? - Quora

Stagger Lee    Lloyd Price   1959  #1

Backing vocals were by the Ray Charles singers—not to be confused with the Raelettes.

Lloyd Price With Don Costa Orchestra – Stagger Lee / You Need Love (1959,  Vinyl) - Discogs

Eli’s Coming   Laura Nyro   1968  NR

Laura Nyro began working on this song when she was a student at Wade Junior High School in the Bronx.

Joseph H. Wade JHS 117 | FacebookJoseph h wade junior high school


*Mr. Blue Sky    Electric Light Orchestra  1978  #35

Requested by Gina via John Simon.

Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky (1978, Vinyl) - Discogs

Captain Jack Billy Joel   1974  DNC     

Some people heard the song as a glorification of drug use but, much like Steppenwolf’s “The Pusher,” it discourages drug use.

Captain Jack

Jumpin' Jack Flash Rolling Stones  1968  #3

Jack, so the story goes, was the name of the heavy-booted gardener at Keith Richards’ country house.

Jumpin' Jack Flash': The Story Behind The Rolling Stones Song

Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles  1961  #1 H100 

#1 RB

The track won a Grammy for best Rhythm and Blues recording and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Amazon.com: Hit The Road Jack: CDs & Vinyl

Louie Louie The Kingsmen   1963  #2

This song was recorded in a low-tech jingle studio with one microphone in a single take.

Apr 16, 2021: Mike Mitchell, Guitarist on the Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie,'  Dies | Best Classic Bands

Ode to Billie Joe   Bobbie Gentry  1967 #1 H100  #17 CW  #8 RB

This song was originally a B-side, and Bobbie Gentry wanted it to be sung by Lou Rawls.

55 years on: Bobbie Gentry's masterpiece 'Ode to Billy Joe'

Abraham, Martin and John  Dion  1968  #4

The record was released two months after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Dion – Abraham, Martin and John Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Me and Bobby McGee Janis Joplin  1971  #1

This was her only #1 single, and composer Kris Kristofferson was unaware Janis had recorded it until after her death.

Janis Joplin - 48 years ago today, “Me and Bobby McGee” became the #1  single in US for two weeks. Originally written by Kris Kristoffersen, Janis  Joplin sang the song to stardom. “[

Daylight Saving Time Sandy Edmonds  1968  NR

Who doesn’t want more time to spend with their baby?

SANDY EDMONDS: New Zealand's disappearing pop star | Elsewhere by Graham  ReidSandy Edmonds

Romeo and Juliet Dire Straits  1980  DNC

The song references “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “There’s a Place for Us” (West Side Story).

Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet (1981, Vinyl) - Discogs

Angelo   Brotherhood of Man   1977

This topped the charts in the U.K. Many people assumed the track was by ABBA due to its similarity to their style.

Brotherhood Of Man – Angelo / All Night (1977, Vinyl) - Discogs

Levon Elton John  1972  #24

Elton John’s first son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish was born on December 25.

Elton John – Levon (1972, Vinyl) - Discogs

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

Trivia Answer

Don’t Mess with Bill  Marvelettes

You Don’t Mess Around with Jim   Jim Croce

Congratulations to Dave from Dryden 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

CW = Billboard’s chart for country and western records

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

Host March 16, 2024: Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on “One Hit Wonders 1965-1975”

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