Thursday, May 30, 2024

May 25, 2024: JH - Spoken Songs

 May 25, 2024

Host: Jan Hunsinger (JH)

Spotlight: Spoken Songs.

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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)

Chestnut Mare - The Byrds (1970 - #121: group's lead man Roger McGuinn co-wrote the song with Jacques Levy)

Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley (1960-1 - #1: song was originally written in 1926 and was a huge hit for "The King", spending 6 weeks at #1)

Uneasy Rider - Charley Daniels (1973 - #9: song's title does not appear in the lyrics but is a play on the film Easy Rider)

Don't Just Stand There - Patty Duke (1965 - #8: Duke would say that her manager pushed her into the recording studio to capitalize on the success of her TV career)

Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner (1971 - #4: song won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Duo)

M.T.A. - The Kingston Trio (1959 - #15: to ride on the "T", as they call the subway in Boston, one can get a "Charlie Card", a reference to this song)

Patches - Clarence Carter (1970 - #4: born blind, Carter won a Grammy for Best R&B Song)

Run, Run, Run - The Third Rail (1967 - #53: Joey Levine, who also sang for The Ohio Express and Reunion, provided lead vocals)

Atlantis - Donovan (1969 - #7: due to its length and spoken introduction, the song was released as a B-side in the U.S., but it proved more popular than the A-side)

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross (1970 - #1: song was written in 1966 by Ashford and Simpson and was a top 20 hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967)

Detroit City - Bobby Bare (1963 - #16: song won a Grammy for Best Country Record and reached #6 on the C&W charts)

Dead Man's Curve - Jan and Dean (1964 - #8: Jan Berry and Beach Boy Brian Wilson are two of the co-writers of the teenage tragedy song)

Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) - The Hombres (1967 - #12: spoken introduction to this song comes from a 1947 Red Ingle tune "Cigareetes, Whuskey, and Wild, Wild Women)

*Convoy - C.W. McCall (1975-6 - #1: the song, which became a cultural phenomenon, made its chart debut 12/6/75 and spent one week at #1 in January of 1976)

7:00 - 8:00 Birthday Calendar

May 19:

Pete Townshend - 79

Jerry Hyman (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) - 77

May 20:

Vic Ames - b. 1926

Jill Jackson ["Paula"] - 82

Joe Cocker - b. 1944

Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian] - 78

May 21:

Tony Sheridan - b. 1940

Ronald Isley - 83

Hilton Valentine (The Animals) - b. 1943

John Dalton (The Kinks) - 81

Marcie Blane - 80

[Gerard] "Leo" Sayer - 76

May 22:

Bernie Taupin - 74

May 23:

Rosemary Clooney - b. 1928

General Norman Johnson - b. 1941

Misty Morgan - b. 1945

Dean Friedman - 69

May 24:

Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman] - 83

May 25:

Hal David - b. 1921

Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson] - 81

Squeeze Box - The Who (1976 - #19: songwriter Pete Townshend played banjo on the sexually suggestive song)

You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat, & Tears (1969 - #2: Jerry Hyman was the trombone player for the jazz rock group)

The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - The Ames Brothers (1954 - #3: song was a million seller and has a humorous twist at the end)

Hey Paula - Paul and Paula (1962-3 - #1: song made its chart debut on 12/29/62 and spent 3 weeks at #1 in 1963; Paul and Paula were Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson)

Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker (1969 - #33: song was written by Dave Mason)

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher (1966 - #2: written by then-husband Sonny Bono, the song was a million-seller for Cher but "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers kept it out of the top spot)

My Bonnie - Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers (1962 - DNC; 1964 - #26: the 'Beat Brothers' were actually The Beatles, which led to the song being re-released in the heyday of Beatlemania)

Work to Do - The Isley Brothers (1972 - #51: Ronald Isley was the lead singer/songwriter/producer for the group)

San Franciscan Nights - The Animals (1967 - #9: song is a tribute to the city by the bay; fits this week's theme of spoken songs)

Victoria - The Kinks (1970 - #62: John Dalton was the group's bass player from 1969-76)

Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane (1962 - #3: song didn't get played due to a CD malfunction)

Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) - Leo Sayer (1975 - #9: Sayer co-wrote the international hit)

Rocket Man - Elton John (1972 - #6: Bernie Taupin is John's long time lyricist; song made its chart debut 5/6/72)

Hey There - Rosemary Clooney (1954 - #1: song spent 6 weeks at #1 and came from the Broadway play The Pajama Game, featuring Bonnie Raitt's father, John)

Pay to the Piper - The Chairmen of the Board (1971 - #13: General Johnson was the lead singer/songwriter for the group)

8:00 - 9:00

Tennessee Bird Walk - Misty Morgan and Jack Blanchard (1970 - #23: the novelty song went to #1 on the country charts)

45 Corner

Ariel - Dean Friedman (1977 - #26: we heard the original Lifesong 45 written by the Paramus NJ native Friedman)

Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues - Bob Dylan (1963 - NR: Dylan was to have sung the song on The Ed Sullivan Show, but after rehearsals CBS' Standards and Practices said that he couldn't sing it on the air; Dylan walked off the show)

Sea of Heartbreak - Don Gibson (1961 - #21: although most known for his partnership with Burt Bacharach, Hal David wrote this song with Paul Hampton)

I'm Not Lisa - Jessi Colter (1975 - #4: Colter wrote the song which went to #1 on the country charts and ranks #140 on Rolling Stone magazine's 200 Greatest Country Songs)

Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler (1969 - #4: "The Ice Man" co-wrote the million-selling song, which was recently covered by Bruce Springsteen)

Little Darlin' - The Diamonds (1957 - #2: big hit for the Toronto doo-wop group, their cover of the #41 song by the Gladiolas)

I Believed It All - Pozo-Seco Singers (1967 - #96: the Texas trio consisted of Don Williams, Ann Taylor, and Lofton Kline)

Oh! Carol - Neil Sedaka (1959 - #9: Sedaka wrote the song for Carole King)

Love Is Here and Now You're Gone - The Supremes (1967 - #1: another smash hit from Motown's Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team)

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jimmy Rodgers (1957 - #3: Pete Seeger and Lee Hays adapted this tune from a Leadbelly song with origins from a traditional Irish folk song)

My Girl Bill - Jim Stafford (1974 - #12: Stafford wrote the song which is about a love triangle)

Night Moves - Bob Seger (1976-7 - #4: song made its chart debut 12/11/76 and peaked the following year)

Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las (1964 - #1: song ranks #447/RS500 and is another in the genre of the early 1960's teenage tragedy songs)

Magic Town - The Vogues (1966 - #21: group was formed in high school in Turtle Creek, Pa.)

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

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