Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

A salute to writer/producer Bert Berns (1929-1967), featuring a telephone interview with Joel Selvin, author of the new biography, "Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues" (Counterpoint Press, 2014) [all selections from CD unless otherwise noted]:

  1. Isley Brothers - Twist and Shout (1962)
  2. Austin Taylor - Push Push (1960)
  3. Solomon Burke - Cry to Me (1962)
  4. Exciters - Tell Him (1963)
  5. Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters - Cry Baby (1963)
  6. Drifters - I Don't Want to Go on Without You (1964)
  7. Them - Here Comes the Night (1965)
  8. Lulu - I'll Come Running Over (1964)
  9. Vibrations - My Girl Sloopy (1964)
  10. Freddie Scott - Are You Lonely for Me (1966)
  11. Erma Franklin - Piece of My Heart (1967)
  12. Lorraine Ellison - Heart Be Still (1967)
  13. Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl (1967)
  14. Isley Brothers - Nobody But Me (LP, 1962)
  15. Erma Franklin - Open Up Your Soul (1967)
  16. Russell Byrd (Bert Berns) - You'd Better Come Home (1961)
  17. Tami Lynn - I'm Gonna Run Away from You (1964)

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11, 2011, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

"Alive & Kickin'" - Artists from the Lost and Found era who are still living and are at least 80 years old:

  1. B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get (CD, 1964) (age 88)
  2. Mose Allison - I'm Not Talking (CD, 1964) (86)
  3. Sonny Burgess - My Bucket's Got a Hole in It (CD, 1958) (82)
  4. Eddie Fontaine - Nothin' Shakin' (CD, 1958) (80)
  5. Dick Hyman & His Orch. - Washington Square (CD, 1964) (87)
  6. Lloyd Price - Bad Conditions (LP, 1969) (81)
  7. Don Gardner - Bitter with the Sweet (CD, 1964) (83)
  8. Tommy Hunt - I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself (CD, 1964) (80)
  9. Della Reese - Choice of Colors (LP, 1970) (82)
  10. Church Street Five - A Night with Daddy G (45, 1961) (Gene "Daddy G" Barge, 87)
  11. Crew-Cuts - Sh-Boom (CD, 1954) (members John & Ray Perkins are 82 and 81)
  12. McGuire Sisters with Lawrence Welk - Weary Blues (45, 1956) (Christine and Phyllis McGuire are 87 and 83)
  13. Lambert Hendricks & Ross with Count Basie - Jumpin' at the Woodside (CD, 1958) (Jon Hendricks is 92)
  14. Bob and Ray - Slow Talkers of America (CD, 1971) (Bob Elliott is 91)
  15. Fats Domino - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey (LP, 1969) (86)
  16. Jane Morgan - Elusive Butterfly (LP, 1966) (89)
  17. Jimmie Rodgers - Both Sides Now (CD, 1969) (80)
  18. Johnny Mann Singers - Heart Full of Soul (CD, 1965) (85)
  19. Hal Blaine - Secret Agent Man (LP, 1965) (85)
  20. Petula Clark - Round Every Corner (CD, 1965) (81)
  21. Noel Harrison - A Young Girl (45, 1966) (oops, he passed away in 2013)
  22. David McCallum - Communication (45, 1966) (80)
  23. John Mayall - Room to Move (LP, 1970) (80)
  24. Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger on the Shore (CD, 1962) (85)
  25. Little Jimmy Dickens - When the Ship Hit the Sand (45, 1966) (93)
  26. Roy Clark - Thank God and Greyhound (CD, 1970) (80)
  27. Sue Thompson - Paper Tiger (CD, 1965) (88)
  28. Willie Nelson - Night Life (LP, 1963) (80)
  29. Scotty Moore - Milk Cow Blues (CD, 1964) (82)
  30. Chuck Berry - Around and Around (CD, 1958) (87)
  31. Harry Belafonte - I'm Just a Country Boy (CD, 1957) (87)
  32. Jaye P. Morgan - I Walk the Line (45, 1960) (82)
  33. Tony Bennett - Georgia Rose (LP, 1966) (87)
  34. Johnny Maddox - The Crazy Otto (CD, 1955) (84)
  35. John Zacherle - Lunch with Mother Goose (CD, 1958) (95)
  36. Carol Channing - Daddy's Song (LP, 1971) (93)
  37. Ray Charles Singers - California Dreaming (LP, 1967) (95)
  38. Johnny Beecher (Plas Johnson) - Sax Fifth Avenue (LP, 1963) (82)

Friday, April 04, 2014

April 4, 2014, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

Medicine & Health:

  1. Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns - Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu (CD, 1957)
  2. Johnny Dee (John D. Loudermilk) - Asiatic Flu (CD, 1958)
  3. Little Willie John - Fever (CD, 1956)
  4. Ray Stevens - Jeremiah Peabody's . . . Pills (CD, 1961)
  5. Pete Rugolo - Theme from Dr. Kildare (LP, 1962)
  6. Little Willie John - (I've Got) Spring Fever (CD, 1961)
  7. Ronnie Love - Chills and Fever (CD, 1961)
  8. Arthur Alexander - A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (CD, 1961)
  9. Bo Diddley - Pills (CD, 1961)
  10. Pete Rugolo - Ben Casey (LP, 1962)
  11. John D. Loudermilk - Callin' Doctor Casey (CD, 1962)
  12. Doctor Feel Good & the Interns - Doctor Feel Good (CD, 1962)
  13. Chiffons - Doctor of Hearts (CD, 1962)
  14. Mary Wells - The Doctor (CD, 1968)
  15. Ray Charles - I Don't Need No Doctor (LP, 1966)
  16. Olympics - Good Lovin' (CD, 1965)
  17. Delicates - Comin' Down with Love (CD, 1965)
  18. Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds - Love Itis (CD, 1967)
  19. James Carr - Love Attack (CD, 1966)
  20. Little Richard - Lovesick Blues (LP, 1970)
  21. Lalo Schifrin - Medical Center (LP, 1970)
  22. Beatles - Dr. Robert (CD, 1966)
  23. Who - Doctor Doctor (LP, 1968)
  24. Fleetwood Mac - Dr. Brown (LP, 1969)
  25. Rolling Stones - Dear Doctor (CD, 1968)
  26. Yes - The Clap (LP, 1971)
  27. Bobby Hendricks - Psycho (CD, 1960)
  28. Sonics - Psycho (CD, 1967)
  29. Brenton Wood - Psychotic Reaction (LP, 1967)
  30. Napoleon XIV - They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha (LP, 1966)
  31. Roy Hamilton - Crackin' Up Over You (CD, 1966)
  32. Dusty Springfield - Bad Case of the Blues (CD, 1971)
  33. Lambert Hendricks & Ross - Twisted (LP, 1960)
  34. Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (LP, 1972)
  35. Rolling Stones - 19th Nervous Breakdown (CD, 1966)
  36. Scaffold - Lily the Pink (CD, 1968)
  37. Nervous Norvus - Transfusion (CD, 1956)
  38. Keith - 98.6 (45, 1967)
  39. Easybeats - Come in, You'll Get Pneumonia (CD, 1968)

Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

More women:

  1. Chantels - He's Gone (CD, 1957)
  2. Exciters - Get Him (CD, 1963)
  3. Dixie Cups - You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked at Me (CD, 1964)
  4. Raindrops - The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget (CD, 1963)
  5. Ronettes - Walking in the Rain (LP, 1964)
  6. Angels - The Boy from Crosstown (45, 1964)
  7. Cookies - Will Power (CD, 1963)
  8. Shirelles - Shades of Blue (CD, 1966)
  9. Shangri-Las - The Train from Kansas City (CD, 1965)
  10. The Cake - Baby That's Me (CD, 1967)
  11. Timi Yuro - What's a Matter Baby (CD, 1962)
  12. Dusty Springfield - All Cried Out (CD, 1964)
  13. Doris Day - Oo-Wee Baby (CD, 1964)
  14. Brenda Lee - Ride Ride Ride (CD, 1967)
  15. Evie Sands - I Can't Let Go (CD, 1965)
  16. Lesley Gore - It's a Happening World (CD, 1967)
  17. Carla Thomas - Something Good (Is Going to Happen to You) (CD, 1967)
  18. Bonnie Raitt - Bluebird (LP, 1971)
  19. Emmylou Harris - Coat of Many Colors (CD, 1975)
  20. Patsy Cline - Why Can't He Be You (CD, 1963)
  21. Marvelettes - Strange I Know (CD, 1963)
  22. Mary Wells - What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One (CD, 1963)
  23. Kim Weston - Stop in the Name of Love (CD, 1965)
  24. Supremes - I Can't Help Myself (CD, 1966)
  25. Tammi Terrell - This Old Heart of Mine (CD, 1969)
  26. Brenda Holloway - Hurt a Little Every Day (CD, 1966)
  27. Velvelettes - These Things Will Keep Me Loving You (CD, 1966)
  28. Chris Clark - I Want to Go Back There Again (45, 1967)
  29. Norma Tanega - Run, on the Run (CD, 1967)
  30. Laura Nyro - Save the Country (CD, 1969)
  31. Bonnie White - Brother Orchid (LP, 1971)
  32. Jackie DeShannon - I Let Go Completely (CD, 1969)
  33. Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms (CD, 1970)
  34. Judee Sill - Down Where the Valleys Are Low (CD, 1973)
  35. Joni Mitchell - Raised on Robbery (LP, 1974)
  36. Kate Bush - The Man with the Child in His Eyes (LP, 1977)

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

Women One-Hit Wonders (female artists with only one appearance on Billboard's Hot 100, including a few with only one appearance on the supplemental Bubbling Under list).  All selections from CD, unless otherwise noted:

  1. Quin-Tones - Down the Aisle of Love (1958)
  2. Storey Sisters - Bad Motorcycle (1958)
  3. Linda Laurie - Ambrose, part 5 (1959)
  4. Jamie Horton - My Little Marine (1960)
  5. Betty Smith Group - Bewitched (45, 1958)
  6. Cathy Jean & the Roommates - Please Love Me Forever (1961)
  7. Starlets - Better Tell Him No (1961)
  8. Jennell Hawkins - Moments (1962)
  9. Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel (1962)
  10. The Singing Nun - Dominique (LP, 1963)
  11. Jaynetts - Sally Go Round the Roses (LP, 1963)
  12. Baby Jane & the Rockabyes - How Much Is That Doggie in the Window (1963)
  13. Secrets - The Boy Next Door (1963)
  14. Demetriss Tapp - Lipstick Paint a Smile on Me (45, 1963)
  15. Murmaids - Popsicles and Icicles (1964)
  16. Earl-Jean - I'm into Something Good (1964)
  17. Theresa Lindsey - Gotta Find a Way (1964)
  18. Cinderellas - Baby Baby (I Still Love You) (1964)
  19. Candy & the Kisses - The 81 (1965)
  20. Roddie Joy - Come Back Baby (1965)
  21. Mary Love - You Turned My Bitter into Sweet (1965)
  22. Tina Britt - The Real Thing (1965)
  23. Poppies - Lullaby of Love (1966)
  24. Mable John - Your Good Thing (Is About to End) (1966)
  25. Christine Cooper - S.O.S. (Heart in Distress) (1966)
  26. Karen Small - Boys Are Made to Love (45, 1966)
  27. Rose Garden - Next Plane to London (1967)
  28. Marlena Shaw - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (1967)
  29. Madeline Bell - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (1968)
  30. Michele Lee - L. David Sloane (1968)
  31. Della Humphrey - Don't Make the Good Girls Go Bad (1968)
  32. Moms Mabley - Abraham, Martin and John (1969)
  33. Gloria Taylor - You've Got to Pay the Price (1969)
  34. Goodees - Condition Red (1969)
  35. Doris Duke - To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman) (1970)
  36. Cold Blood - You Got Me Hummin' (LP, 1970)
  37. Liz Damon's Orient Express - 1900 Yesterday (1971)

Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

My in-studio guest today was Peter Asher.  In the 60s he was half of the duo Peter & Gordon, and went on to be a successful manager, producer and record company executive.  He's appearing tonight at the River Club Music Hall in Scituate, MA.

  1. Alan Dale - Robin Hood (45, 1956)
  2. Peter & Gordon - A World Without Love (CD, 1964)
  3. Swingin' Blue Jeans - The Hippy Hippy Shake (CD, 1964)
  4. Peter & Gordon - Love Me (CD, 1964)
  5. Peter & Gordon - I Go to Pieces (CD, 1964)
  6. James Taylor - Fire and Rain (LP, 1970)
  7. Bonnie Raitt - I Thank You (LP, 1979)
  8. Linda Ronstadt - It's So Easy (LP, 1978)
  9. Cobra Starship - Peggy Sue (CD, 2011)
  10. John David Souther - Bang My Head Against the Moon (LP, 1977)
  11. Ringo Starr - Think It Over (CD, 2011)
  12. Shadows - Theme for Young Lovers (CD, 1964)
  13. Cliff Richard & the Shadows - I'm the Lonely One (45, 1964)
  14. Manfred Mann - 5-4-3-2-1 (CD, 1964)
  15. Freddie & the Dreamers - Over You (CD, 1964)
  16. Dusty Springfield - Stay Awhile (CD, 1964)
  17. Gerry & the Pacemakers - I'm the One (CD, 1964)
  18. Merseybeats - I Think of You (CD, 1964)
  19. Searchers - Needles and Pins (CD, 1964)
  20. Hollies - Just One Look (CD, 1964)
  21. Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away (CD, 1964)
  22. Bachelors - Diane (CD, 1964)
  23. Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas - Little Children (CD, 1964)
  24. Dave Clark Five - Bits and Pieces (CD, 1964)
  25. Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had a Heart (CD, 1964)
  26. Peter & Gordon - Colour Blue (CD, 1967)
  27. Peter & Gordon - A Boy with Nothing (CD, 1967)

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014, Playlist with Host Alex McNeil

Happy Valentine's Day!

  1. Cupids - Brenda (CD, 1963)
  2. Neil Sedaka - Stupid Cupid (CD, 1959)
  3. Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away (CD, 1956)
  4. Lee Andrews & the Hearts - All I Ask Is Love (CD, 1958)
  5. Chuck Berry - Childhood Sweetheart (CD, 1960)
  6. Dinah Washington - You're a Sweetheart (CD, 1962)
  7. Hearts - Dear Abby (CD, 1963)
  8. Fred Parris & the Restless Hearts - I Can Really Satisfy (CD, 1966)
  9. Otis Redding - Don't Mess with Cupid (CD, 1966)
  10. Belles - Cupid's Got a Hold on Me (CD, 1966)
  11. Johnny Nash - Cupid (45, 1970)
  12. Valentino - I Was Born This Way (45, 1975)
  13. Valentinos - Lookin' for a Love (CD, 1962)
  14. Sal Valentino - Alligator Man (LP, 1969)
  15. Lezli Valentine - I Won't Do Anything (45, 1968)
  16. Valentines - Getting Better (CD, 1969)
  17. Heart 'N' Soul - Lazy Life (CD, 1969)
  18. Purple Hearts - Long Legged Baby (CD, 1965)
  19. Paul McCartney - Valentine Day (LP, 1970)
  20. Young Hearts - I've Got Love for My Baby (CD, 1968)
  21. New Young Hearts - The Young Hearts Get Lonely Too (45, 1970)
  22. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Whole Lotta Shakin' in My Heart (CD, 1966)
  23. Emotions - Heart Association (CD, 1970)
  24. Norma & the Heartaches - Hot Pants Dance (CD, 1970)
  25. Leapy Lee - Little Arrows (45, 1968)
  26. Petula Clark - Happy Heart (CD, 1969)
  27. Lulu - Me the Peaceful Heart (CD, 1968)
  28. Goldie & the Gingerbreads - Can't You Hear My Heartbeat (CD, 1965)
  29. Blood Sweat & Tears - Valentine's Day (CD, 1971)
  30. April Stevens - Lovin' Valentine (CD, 1965)
  31. Heartsfield - Music Eyes (LP, 1974)
  32. Heart - Crazy on You (LP, 1976)
  33. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Listen to Her Heart (LP, 1978)
  34. Arthur Prysock - My Funny Valentine (LP, 1966)
  35. Dee Dee Warwick - Do It with All Your Heart (CD, 1965)
  36. Lorraine Ellison - Heart Be Still (CD, 1967)
  37. Jackie DeShannon - Put a Little Love in Your Heart (CD, 1969)