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Date: May 11, 2024

Host:  Gregory James

Feature: Songs with Food in the Title

Birthday Calendar

May 5

Georgia Dobbins (Marvelettes)  b. 1942  d. 2020 

May 6

Davey Johnstone (Elton John guitarist)  73 years old

Bob Seger    79 years old

Leon Hughes  (original Coaster)  b. 1930  d.2023

May 7

Johnny Maestro (Crests, Brooklyn Bridge)  b. 1939  d. 2010

Jimmy Ruffin   b. 1936  d. 2014

May 8

Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire) 73 years old

Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds bassist)  81 years old

Ricky Nelson  b. 1940  d. 1985

Toni Tennille   84 years old

May 9

Billy Joel  75 years old

Richie Furay  80 years old

Tommy Roe   82 years old

Dave Prater  (Sam and Dave)  b. 1937  d. 1988

May 10

Jay Ferguson  (Spirit)  77 years old

Donovan  78 years old

Dave Mason  78 years old

May 11

Eric Burdon   83 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)

Peanuts Little Joe And The Thrillers  1957  #22

Little Joe Cook’s falsetto singing may have been an influence on Lou Christie and Frankie Valli (who covered “Peanuts” with the Four Seasons in 1963).

Little Joe & The Thrillers music ...Little Joe Cook And The Thrillers ...

Bread And Butter   Newbeats   1964  #2

Another song with falsetto singing, this time by Larry Henley. This recording has turned up in several TV commercials.

The Newbeats: I Like Bread and Butter ...The Newbeats / Bread and Butter ...

Peanut Butter  Marathons  1961  #20

The recording group was actually The Vibrations. The Marathons were under contract to a different label, so they changed their name to The Vibrations. The melody is identical to “Hully Gully.”

Peanut Butter | The Marathons

Hully Gully Olympics   1960  #72 Doin' The Hully Gully: CDs ...

*Apple Peaches Pumpkins Pie   Jay and the Techniques  1967  #6

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson sang backup on this track. John Simon put in this request.

Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie / Keep the ...

Mashed Potato Time   Dee Dee Sharp    1962   #2 H100  #1 RB

The Orlons sang back up on this track by the 17-year-old Dee Dee Sharp.

Mashed Potato Time' Singer Dee Dee ...Dee Dee Sharp – Mashed Potato Time ...

Peppermint Twist   Joey Dee and the Starliters    1962  #1

This live recording should not be confused with the 1961 song “The Peppermint Twist” by Danny Peppermint and the Jumping Jacks.

Starlighters – Peppermint Twist ...

Hot Pastrami  Dartells  1963   #11

Dick Burns of the Dartells has said that the band simply lifted the melody of Joey Dee’s “Mashed Potatoes,” changed the lyrics and renamed it “Hot Pastrami.”

The Dartells – Hot Pastrami (1963 ...

Mashed Potatoes Joey Dee and the Starliters    1961

Joey Dee & The Starliters – Mashed ...

A Taste Of Honey  Herb Alpert  1965  #7

Winner of four Grammys.  By this time, there were two actual members of Tijuana Brass in addition to Herb Alpert—the rest were the Wrecking Crew. Hal Blaine played the drums that drove the song along.

*Tupelo Honey  Van Morrison   1972  #47

Van Morrison’s custom on the album was to record his vocals live with no overdubbing. Requested by Scottie going out to Mecklenburg Peggy and everyone else.

Van Morrison | Tupelo honey, Tupelo ...

RC Cola And A Moon Pie   NRBQ  1972   NR

In some parts of the country in the mid-20th century, this was called “the working man’s lunch.”

R C Cola And A Moon Pie - song and ...

Cheeseburger In Paradise   Jimmy Buffett  1978  #32

Cheeseburger In Paradise - song and ...

Jambalaya  Brenda  Lee   1956   DNC

Brenda Mae Tarpley first recorded Jambalaya when she was 11 years old.

Polk Salad Annie   Tony Joe White   1969  #8

It was nine months between when the record was released and when it finally charted due to popular demand.

Dixie Chicken Little Feat   1978  DNC

Backing singers included Gloria Jones, Bonnie Raitt (seen in the video below), Danny Hutton and Bonnie Bramlett.


Please Mr. Postman    Marvelettes   1961  #1

Georgia Dobbins co-wrote “Please Mr. Postman” but left the group before it was recorded.

Georgia Dobbins, Co-Writer Of 'Please ...Please Mr Postman ...

All the Girls Love Alice   Elton John    1973  NR

This track from Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was a favorite of Davey Johnstone who played guitar on the track. Kiki Dee was a backing singer and the lyrics told a tale about a fictional and tragic girl. The song was not inspired by Alice Cooper.

CD Album - Elton John - Goodbye Yellow ...

Roll Me Away  Bob Seger  1982   #27

Roy Bittan played piano, Waddy Wachtel played guitar and Russ Kunkel played drums on this song about a man and his motorcycle.

Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band ...

Down in Mexico  Coasters   1956  #8 RB

This was their debut single.   

Down in Mexico - Album by The Coasters ...

Worst That Could Happen  Brooklyn Bridge   1969  #3

Written by Jimmy Webb, the song was rumored to be about someone named Susan.

Album by Brooklyn Bridge - Apple Music

Stand By Me  Jimmy and David Ruffin  1970  #61 H100

From the album “I Am My Brother’s Keeper.”  

I Am My Brother's Keeper - Wikipedia

That’s the Way of the World   Earth Wind and Fire   1975  #5 RB  #12 H100

Philip Bailey was the high voice for Earth Wind and Fire.

Key Tracks: Earth, Wind & Fire's That's ...World / Africano by Earth, Wind & Fire ...

I Write the Songs   Captain and Tennille  1975  NR

Many people think this song was written by Barry Manilow (who did write a lot of songs), but it written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. Because Johnston knew Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon from their work with the Beach Boys, he gave the song to them and they made the first album recording of the song.

Buy Captain & Tennille* : Love Will ...When did Captain & Tennille release “I ...

Stroll On (Train Kept a Rolling)  Yardbirds   1965  DNC

This version was heard in the film “Blow Up.”

It’s Late   Ricky Nelson   1959  #9 H100  #30 RB

Nelson’s cover version was released and charted 21 years before composer Dorsey Burnette’s original was released on a compilation album in 1980.

Ricky Nelson — Rick Nelson was one of ...

My Life Billy Joel  1978  #3 H100  #2 AC

Everybody   Tommy Roe  1963  #3

Recorded at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals.

Lisa by Tommy Roe ...

Only You Know and I Know    Dave Mason   1970  #42

From “Alone Together,” one of the coolest looking vinyl releases of the 1970’s with a stellar group of musicians including Leon Russell, Larry Knechtel, Carl Radle, Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Bonnie Bramlett and Rita Coolidge.

Vintage Vinyl Dave Mason Alone Together ...

Fresh Garbage Spirit   1968  NR

Or as it might be titled today: “Natural Compost.”

Wear Your Love Like Heaven   Donovan  1967  #23

Lyrically, the song is like an Impressionist painting. Donovan’s Scottish dialect was in full force in this song.

Donovan – Wear Your Love Like Heaven ...


Kind Woman   Buffalo Springfield  1968  DNC

This track appears on the final Buffalo Springfield album as one of the group’s final recordings, but the song is really the first one by Poco with Richie Furay and Jim Messina on vocals and Rusty Young on pedal steel guitar. 

Buffalo Springfield | Members, Songs ...

Baby Let Me Take You Home   The Animals   1964  #102

This was their debut single on Columbia records. As Eric Burdon remarks in the video below, the Animals had been together for seven months when this video was made. Don't miss the interview starting at 2:26.

Blueberry Hill    Fats Domino  1957  #2 H100  #1 RB

Of all the fruits, I find blueberries the most thrilling…

Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill (1956 ...Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill - Imperial ...

Coconut  Harry Nilsson  1972  #8

The song might conceivably be about homeopathic medicine. After the sister gets sick from drinking lime juice and coconut milk, the doctor advises her to drink the same thing to get well. As homeopaths like to say, “like cures like.”

Nilsson – Coconut (1972, Vinyl) - DiscogsHarry Nilsson – Coconut (1971 ...

*Hot Dog  Led Zeppelin  1979  DNC

Robert Plant and John Paul Jones led the recording sessions for “In Through the Out Door,” and the band warmed up by playing tunes by Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. Requested by John Rudan.

Sugar, Sugar  Archies   1969  #1

This song is the most successful bubblegum pop single of all time, and you didn’t even need to go to the record store to buy it-- it was attached to the back of Super Sugar Crisp cereal boxes.

The Archies Cereal Box 6" Record 33 1/3 Rpm

Cinnamon Girl  Neil Young and Crazy Horse  1970  #55

Neil Young wrote the song while recuperating from the flu. On paper the guitar solo is a repeated D note, but Young has said the identical notes have subtle differences.

Cinnamon Girl Single R 0911 (1970 ...

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  Four Tops  1965  #1H100 and RB

The Andantes were backing singers on this track. The parenthetical title is actually the one most associated with the song.

Little Green Apples O.C. Smith   1968   #2

After a Detroit DJ played O.C. Smith’s album version of the song, popular demand was such that Columbia Records released a single version of “Little Green Apples.”

Black Limousine by O.C. Smith ...

Tutti Frutti  Little Richard  1956  #17

The track was a sanitized version of a song that Little Richard had been performing live for several years prior to recording it in September of 1955.

Popcorn Song (Too Pooped to Pop)   Cliffie Stone  1955   #14

Bob Roubian, the singer on the track, recorded the song to pay off debts he had incurred in opening a Newport Beach seafood restaurant called The Crab Cooker, which still exists to this day.

Too Pooped To Pop”) - Cliffie Stone ...Our Story - The Crab Cooker

Ginger Bread  Frankie Avalon  1958   #9 H100   #10 RB

Frankie was accompanied by a vocal group called The Four Dates. I like the uncredited guitar solo.

Frankie Avalon – Ginger Bread (1958 ...

Lemon Tree Trini Lopez   1965  #20

“Lemon Tree” was inspired by a Brazilian song written in 1930.

45cat - Trini Lopez - Lemon Tree ...

Rice Is Nice Lemon Pipers   1968  #46

Cereal grain meets bubblegum on this track.

Terre Haute Pressing) | VinylHeaven ...

I Cant Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree  Just Us  1966  #34

The duo consisted of Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni. Chip Taylor wrote “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning.”

I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree ...

Strawberry Fields Beatles   1967   #8

John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields” (which was inspired by the local Salvation Army Children’s Home of the same name) was backed by “Penny Lane,” Paul McCartney’s homage to his youth in Liverpool.

open Visitor Center for Beatles fans ...

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

AC = Billboard’s chart for Adult Contemporary records

H100 = Billboard Hot 100

RB = Billboard’s chart of rhythm and blues records

Host May 18, 2024: Kim Vaughan.

Feature: Triple Down: Three Songs Each From Five Artists

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