Wednesday, December 13, 2017

American Jukebox: December 1978



Two hours of selections from singles that made their way into American jukeboxes during the month of December in 1978. (*) an asterisk in the chart position means it didn't chart in Billboard but did chart elsewhere (either Cashbox or Record World).

1. Foreigner - Blue Morning, Blue Day (#15)
2. Santana - Stormy (#32)
3. Gerry Rafferty - Home And Dry (#28)
4. Marshall Hain - Dancing In The City (#43)
5. Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love (#9)
6. Chicago - No Tell Lover (#14)
7. Jefferson Starship - Light The Sky On Fire (#66)
8. Gene Simmons - Radioactive (#47)
9. Rolling Stones - Shattered (#31)
10. Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real (#12)
11. Peaches & Herb - Shake Your Groove Thing (#5)
12. Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy (#1)
13. Carly Simon - Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) (*)
14. Melba Moore - You Stepped Into My Life (#47)
15. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (#1)
16. Fotomaker - Miles Away (#63)
17. Player - Silver Lining (#62)
18. Styx - Sing For The Day (#41)
19. The Babys - Every Time I Think Of You (#13)
20. Dolly Parton - Baby I'm Burning (#25)
21. Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (#36)
22. KC & The Sunshine Band - Who Do Ya Love? (#68)
23. Evelyn 'Champagne' King - I Don't Know If It's Right (#23)
24. Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Don't Wanna Lose You (#42)
25. Kenny Loggins - Easy Driver (#60)
26. Grateful Dead - Good Lovin' (*)
27. Blues Brothers - Soul Man (#14)
28. Stephen Bishop - Animal House (#73)
29. Outlaws - Take It Any Way You Want It (*)
30. Captain & Tennille - You Need A Woman Tonight (#40)
31. Nigel Olsson - Dancin' Shoes (#18)
32. Eagles - Please Come Home For Christmas (#18)
33. Jimmy Buffett - MaƱana (#84)


Monday, December 4, 2017

FM Rock: May 1969



Here is another two hour set of selections that would have been heard on US progressive underground rock FM radio stations during the month of May in '69. Perhaps the most noteworthy album release of May 1969 is The Who's rock opera "Tommy", a concept double album in its truest form. They were not the only band taking great strides forward, as Procol Harum's new release, the great "A Salty Dog" album was also released and is represented in this mix by its title track, an atmospheric masterpiece with some lovely moods and brilliant string arranging which I imagine might have inspired a mood or two on Kate Bush's "The Dreaming" album.At least, that's how it often strikes me and I could certainly be wrong, but these mixes are made with context in mind and I present them hoping to share not only historical context but also my own personal take on the matter! Heh. Since I'm writing in that mode at the moment, I feel compelled to say that Procol's drummer B.J. Wilson is my all-time favorite drummer - so imaginative and dynamic, fluid and deeply musical. It's why I put that particular Who sequence after "A Salty Dog" - Keith Moon's opening fills in "Amazing Journey" are among my top Moon moments and another great example of how crucial a great drummer is to a rock band. Drummers get a lot of jokes made about them among musicians, but it's really not fair, ha, I love drummers, they're often very musical indeed!

Elsewhere in the mix we find future 70's superstars in American Blues, which is basically ZZ Top with Billy Gibbons switched out for Dusty Hill's brother Rocky. The Sallyangie is brother and sister duo Mike & Sally Oldfield, whose names would certainly become more well known as the years passed. Many other artists in this mix would also refine and shape their careers in the not so distant 70's: Linda Ronstadt, Keith Emerson (here with The Nice), Ted Nugent (here with the Amboy Dukes) among them, but we also hear the first American radio exposure of greats like Mickey Jupp with Legend as well as Canterbury pioneers Caravan. Sadly, a good chunk of the artists featured in this mix would quickly vanish away with the sixties, only remembered in the misty memories of the faithful. There aren't many other places you're going to hear Green or The Last Ritual these days! I hope you enjoy this edition as much as I enjoyed stitching it together!

1. Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
2. The Who - Amazing Journey/Sparks
3. Traffic - Shanghai Noodle Factory
4. Nazz - Not Wrong Long
5. The Nice - Daddy, Where Did I Come From?
6. World Of Oz - The Hum-Gum Tree
7. Aorta - Strange
8. The Mothers Of Invention - Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme
9. Carolyn Hester Coalition - Magic Man
10. Puzzle - Hey Medusa
11. Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown
12. Bubble Puppy - Elizabeth
13. Black Pearl - Crazy Chicken
14. American Blues - Shady
15. Eire Apparent - The Clown
16. Green - At The Time
17. The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
18. The Sallyangie - The Murder Of The Children Of San Francisco
19. Marianne Faithfull - Sister Morphine
20. Ford Theatre - Wake Up In The Morning
21. Mr. Flood's Party - Advice
22. The Amboy Dukes - Good Natured Emma
23. Caravan - Policeman
24. West - General Mojo's Well Laid Plan
25. Orpheus - Lovin' You
26. Legend - Heather On The Hill
27. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Buy For Me The Rain (live)
28. Linda Ronstadt - Only Mama That'll Walk The Line
29. The New Tweedy Bros. - What's Wrong With That
30. The Last Ritual - Delighted, Strung Out & 25
31. Queen's Nectarine Machine - Where Are We Goin'
32. Linn County - Too Far Gone
33. Johnny Winter - Mean Mistreater
34. Blue Cheer - When It All Gets Old
35. Sea Train - Rondo
36. Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley
37. Phil Ochs - Rehearsals For Retirement
38. Chicago - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FM Rock: April 1969



Two more hours of selections that would have been heard on US FM freeform underground radio stations, this edition featuring songs from the month of April in 1969.

1. The Beatles - Get Back
2. Guess Who - These Eyes
3. The Illusion - Did You See Her Eyes?
4. The Doors - Wishful Sinful
5. Leigh Stephens - Another Dose Of Life
6. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
7. The Youngbloods - Darkness, Darkness
8. Ultimate Spinach - Strange Life Tragicomedy
9. Mystic Number National Bank - Blues Jam
10. Aum - Bay Bridge Blues
11. Johnny Winter - Rollin' & Tumblin'
12. Chicken Shack - A Woman Is The Blues
13. Earth Opera - Home To You
14. Flying Burrito Bros. - Hot Burrito No. 2
15. Wool - To Kingdom Come
16. Illinois Speed Press - Free Ride
17. Sly & The Family Stone - Stand!
18. Stonepillow - Dr. Love
19. Bob Seger - Ivory
20. Grapefruit - Ain't It Good
21. Nirvana - Rainbow Chaser
22. Family - The Weaver's Answer
23. SRC - In The Hall Of The Mountain King/Bolero
24. Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay
25. Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer
26. Leonard Cohen - Bird On A Wire
27. Tim Buckley - Buzzin' Fly
28. Incredible String Band - Air
29. Moody Blues - Never Comes The Day
30. Harvey Mandel - Righteous
31. Tim Hardin - Everything Become More True
32. Wynder K. Frog - Hymn To Freedom
33. The Velvet Underground - After Hours

Monday, November 6, 2017

FM Rock: March 1969




Two more hours of album selections that would have been heard on underground freeform US FM radio stations during the month of March 1969.


1. The Who - Pinball Wizard
2. Canned Heat - Time Was
3. Cream - Doing That Scrapyard Thing
4. Jethro Tull - Love Story
5. Deep Purple - Bird Has Flown
6. The Byrds - This Wheel's On Fire
7. Glass Family - House Of Glass
8. Fifty Foot Hose - Red The Sign Post
9. The Beatles - Helter Skelter
10. Brian Auger & The Trinity - Definitely What
11. Dana Gillespie - Dead
12. Elephant's Memory - R.I.P.
13. The Corporation - Drifting
14. Rare Earth - Land Of Nod
15. John Mayall - Vacation
16. Iron Butterfly - In The Crowds
17. Sacred Mushroom - I'm Not Like Everybody Else
18. Pentangle - In Time
19. Dr. John - The Lonesome Guitar Strangler
20. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Who Do You Love
21. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
22. Darius - Blow My Mind
23. Led Zeppelin - You Shook Me
24. Lonnie Mack - Memphis
25. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bootleg
26. Mint Tattoo - Wrong Way Girl
27. Steppenwolf - It's Never Too Late


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

American Jukebox: October 1977




1. Steve Miller Band - "Swingtown" (#17)
2. Leo Sayer - "Thunder In My Heart" (#38)
3. Fleetwood Mac - "You Make Loving Fun" (#9)
4. Lake - "Time Bomb" (#83)
5. Bob Welch - "Sentimental Lady" (#8)
6. Paul Simon - "Slip Slidin' Away" (#5)
7. The Babys - "Isn't It Time" (#13)
8. Boz Scaggs - "Hard Times" (#58)
9. LeBlanc & Carr - "Falling" (#13)
10. Kenny Nolan - "My Eyes Get Blurry" (#97)
11. Rod Stewart - "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" (#4)
12. Atlanta Rhythm Section - "Georgia Rhythm" (#68)
13. Dolly Parton - "Here You Come Again" (#3)
14. Carole Bayer Sager - "You're Moving Out Today" (#69)
15. Roger Daltrey - "Avenging Annie" (#88)
16. Aerosmith - "Draw The Line" (#42)
17. Robert Gordon with Link Wray - "Red Hot" (#83)
18. Queen - "We Will Rock You" (b-side did not chart)
19. Queen - "We Are The Champions" (#4)
20. ABBA - "Money Money Money" (#56)
21. The Jacksons - "Goin' Places" (#57)
22. Prism - "Spaceship Superstar" (#82)
23. Carpenters - "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" (#32)
24. Player - "Baby Come Back" (#1)
25. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "Why Do Lovers" (#73)
26. Crawler - "Stone Cold Sober" (#65)
27. Earth, Wind & Fire - "Serpentine Fire" (#13)
28. The Meters - "Be My Lady" (#78)
29. L.T.D. - "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again" (#4)
30. The Spinners - "Heaven On Earth (So Fine)" (#89)
31. James Taylor - "Your Smiling Face" (#20)
32. Linda Ronstadt - "It's So Easy" (#5)
33. Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Fair Game" (#43)
34. Santana - "She's Not There" (#27)
35. Johnnie Taylor - "Disco 9000" (#86)
36. Chic - "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (#6)
37. The Manhattans - "We Never Danced To A Love Song" (#93)
38. Doobie Brothers - "Echoes Of Love" (#66)
39. Alan O'Day - "Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love" (#73)
40. England Dan & John Ford Coley - "Gone Too Far" (#23)
41. Bay City Rollers - "The Way I Feel Tonight" (#24)
42. Helen Reddy - "The Happy Girls" (#57)
43. Barry Manilow - "Daybreak" (#23)
44. Merle Haggard - "From Graceland To The Promised Land" (#58)


Monday, October 16, 2017

FM Rock: February 1969





"Rock's Coming of Age" - indeed, as the sillier elements of psychedelia fade away and a more mature sensibility provides a strong framework, the "& roll" bit is more commonly lopped off and it's just ROCK now in the general vernacular. Interestingly, in the trade publications there's a bit of a shift as Billboard had been reguarly reporting on the underground radio phenomena and publishing picks and playlists from some of the key stations, but it has swiftly started to be ignored by that magazine. They've stopped printing the small playlist adds and there's no longer a "Progressive Rock" header among the other station formats. However, Record World picked up the slack and in a February '69 issue they devoted a large section to the underground scene with many pages of essays (from which the above attachment comes) and lots of full page adverts from the record labels touting their underground bona fides by highlighting their successful progressive acts.

One of the key underground acts from the start of this whole shebang was Cream and February saw the release of their farewell album, appropriately titled "Goodbye". One door closes and another one opens as Led Zeppelin are more than ready to enter this new age of rock. Buffalo Springfield had already said goodbye and this month saw the release of Neil Young's debut solo album. The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix are still ruling the album sales chart which also contains new entries from Iron Butterfly, Jethro Tull, a new live Jefferson Airplane album and a greatest hits package from Donovan (with a couple of newly recorded versions of hits that weren't able to be licensed by his current record label including the version of "Colours" included in the mix which features John Paul Jones on bass and keyboards, Big Jim Sullivan on guitar and the great Clem Cattini on drums).Jeff Lynne makes one of his early appearances on American radio with the Idle Race's debut album, though it didn't really catch on at the time, but as we all know, things would get much better for him in the seventies. His talent was certainly already in full bloom in '69 however. Another future 70's (and beyond) rock superstar, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame makes a slight appearance as a background vocalist on The Left Banke's "Dark Is The Bark" track, also included in this mix, although back then he was known as Steve Tallarico, his birth name. Yet another artist who would make a major impact in the following decade released his debut album this month (on the Beatles' Apple label, no less), James Taylor - the album is represented by "Carolina In My Mind" which he would later re-record for his first greatest hits album. One of the more remarkable tracks included in this mix is Dick Hyman's moog extravaganza "The Minotaur" which was exposed heavily on freeform radio enough that it eventually seeped into the mainstream and became a top 40 hit in the summer of '69, but hipper listeners heard it first on underground radio.

1. Cream - Badge
2. Neil Young - The Loner
3. Jefferson Airplane - Plastic Fantastic Lover (live)
4. Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper - The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (live)
5. Traffic - Medicated Goo
6. Steppenwolf - Rock Me
7. Ten Years After - Hear Me Calling
8. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Gypsy Eyes
9. Iron Butterfly - Soul Experience
10. The Beatles - Hey Bulldog
11. Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused
12. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born On The Bayou
13. Jethro Tull - A Song For Jeffrey
14. Savoy Brown - She's Got A Ring In His Nose And A Ring On Her Hand
15. Kak - HCO 97658
16. Moby Grape - Going Nowhere
17. The Kinks - Starstruck
18. The Idle Race - Morning Sunshine
19. Bee Gees - Edison
20. The Beach Boys - Our Prayer
21. The Left Banke - Dark Is The Bark
22. Vanilla Fudge - Some Velvet Morning
23. Dick Hyman - The Minotaur
24. Collectors - Teletype Click
25. The McCoys - Daybreak
26. Spirit - Jewish
27. T.I.M.E. - Trust In Men Everywhere
28. The Beatles - Mother Nature's Son
29. Fats Domino - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
30. James Taylor - Carolina In My Mind
31. Donovan - Colours
32. The Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

American Jukebox: October 1976



1. David Dundas - "Jeans On" (#17)
2. Eric Clapton - "Hello Old Friend" (#24)
3. Burton Cummings - "Stand Tall" (#10)
4. Rod Stewart - "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (#1)
5. England Dan & John Ford Coley - "Nights Are Forever Without You" (#10)
6. The Rowans - "If I Only Could" (#74)
7. Electric Light Orchestra - "Livin' Thing" (#13)
8. The Alan Parsons Project - "The Raven" (#80)
9. George Benson - "Breezin'" (#63)
10. Deodato - "Peter Gunn" (#84)
11. Brick - "Dazz" (#3)
12. Bar-Kays - "Shake Your Rump To The Funk" (#23)
13. El Coco - "Let's Get It Together" (#61)
14. Four Tops - "Catfish" (#71)
15. Aretha Franklin - "Jump" (#72)
16. Rose Royce - "Car Wash" (#1)
17. Sylvers - "Hot Line" (#5)
18. Osmonds - "I Can't Live A Dream" (#46)
19. John Travolta - "Whenever I'm Away From You" (#38)
20. American Flyer - "Let Me Down Easy" (#80)
21. Waylon Jennings - "Can't You See" (#97)
22. Tanya Tucker - "Here's Some Love" (#82)
23. Leo Sayer - "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" (#1)
24. Yvonne Elliman - "Love Me" (#14)
25. L.T.D. - "Love Ballad" (#20)
26. Henry Gross - "Someday" (#85)
27. Engelbert Humperdinck - "After The Lovin'" (#8)
28. Starland Vocal Band - "California Day" (#66)
29. Ringo Starr - "A Dose Of Rock 'N' Roll" (#26)
30. Al Green - "Keep Me Crying" (#37)
31. The Manhattans - "I Kinda Miss You" (#46)
32. Gladys Knight & The Pips - "So Sad The Song" (#47)
33. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" (#39)


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FM Rock: January 1969



1969 kicks off with a couple of milestones. In radio, the progressive freeform underground format gets it first 24 hour AM station with WHMC serving the Washington, D.C. area, though other AM stations had been broadcasting rock in limited blocks, usually an hour or two around midnight. WHMC, billing itself as "Radio Free Washington" was short lived however, perhaps because a big draw for the format was that it highlighted the burgeoning acceptance of stereo as the preferred way to listen to the new rock music and AM just wasn't there yet.


The more important milestone, however, was on the music front as January '69 saw the introduction of Led Zeppelin to underground airwaves. The record labels had become increasingly hip to underground airplay equaling LP sales and Atlantic had furnished many progressive stations with a white label acetate of the debut Led Zeppelin album a good month before it's actual release in stores. Because it got such heavy airplay before its release, it outsold Cream's new album, released at the same time, in many markets. Led Zeppelin would continue to shake up the rock scene, both musically and marketing wise, for years to come. Another artist that would become one of the biggest superstars of the 70's saw his first airplay on many stations in January as well - Elton John with his "Lady Samantha" single, though it would still be a year before he truly had his breakthrough. The Beatles were in full force with the White Album still topping the charts and a new soundtrack album with a clutch of some more new songs and if that wasn't enough, John and George had solo albums going too (which were very underground indeed). Many songs in this month's mix have stayed classic rock staples: The Zombies' "Time Of The Season", Bob Seger System's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" in particular. This mix also contains a couple of fantastic covers that really deserved to stay on classic rock radio; Tiny Tim's dynamite take on the Jerry Lee Lewis classic "Great Balls Of Fire" and Dion's brilliant reworking of Hendrix's "Purple Haze" - these two songs may seem on the surface to be a bit kitschy or have an air of novelty about them, but really, they hold up so well still to this day - at least I never get tired of hearing them! All in all, a great kick off to a watershed year in rock and one that starts to show solid signs of how the 70's would start to shape up.

  • 1Good Times, Bad Times by Led Zeppelin
  • 2Ramblin' Gamblin' Man by Bob Seger System
  • 3Mendocino by Sir Douglas Quintet
  • 4Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 5Wade In The Water by Harvey Mandel
  • 6All The Same by Spirit
  • 7Bad Night At The Whiskey by The Byrds
  • 8Wild Child by The Doors
  • 9Hot Smoke & Sassafras by Bubble Puppy
  • 10Time Of The Season by The Zombies
  • 11Purple Haze by Dion
  • 12...And The Gods Made Love/Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) by The Jimi Jendrix Experience
  • 13Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie (1st & 2nd Movements) by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • 14Sabre Dance by Love Sculpture
  • 15Termination by Iron Butterfly
  • 16Soap And Turkey by Stained Glass
  • 17You Can All Join In by Traffic
  • 18I Will Serenade You by Rhinoceros
  • 19Can You Travel In The Dark Alone by Gandalf
  • 20Madame George by Van Morrison
  • 21The Anecdote Of Horatio & Julie by David Stoughton
  • 22Susie's Gone by Afterglow
  • 23Happiness Is A Warm Gun by The Beatles
  • 24It's All Too Much by The Beatles
  • 25To Claudia On Thursday by The Millennium
  • 26To Susan On The West Coast Waiting by Donovan
  • 27Lady Samantha by Elton John
  • 28We Are The Good Rats/Joey Ferrari by The Good Rats
  • 29Great Balls Of Fire by Tiny Tim
  • 30Dear Doctor by The Rolling Stones
  • 31You Don't Miss Your Water ('Till Your Well Runs Dry) by Taj Mahal
  • 32I Shall Be Released by The Band
  • 33(Bach) Orchestral Suite #3 in D by Wendy Carlos

Saturday, September 23, 2017

American Jukebox: September 1975




1. Dickie Goodman - "Mr. Jaws" (#4)
2. ABBA - "S.O.S" (#15)
3. Ray Charles - "Living For The City" (#91)
4. Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run" (#23)
5. War - "Low Rider" (#7)
6. Neil Sedaka - "Bad Blood" (#1)
7. Travis Wammack - "Easy Evil" (#72)
8. Leon Haywood - "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" (#15)
9. Sly Stone - "I Get High On You" (#52)
10. B.T. Express - "Peace Pipe" (#31)
11. Hamilton Bohannon - "Foot Stompin' Music" (#98)
12. Salsoul Orchestra - "Salsoul Hustle" (#76)
13. Pat Lundi - "Party Music" (#78)
14. Sunshine Band - "Shotgun Shuffle" (#88)
15. Aretha Franklin - "Mr. D.J. (5 For The D.J.) (#53)
16. Melissa Manchester - "Just Too Many People" (#30)
17. Eagles - "Lyin' Eyes" (#2)
18. Joan Baez - "Diamonds And Rust" (#35)
19. Smokey - "If You Think You Know How To Love Me" (#96)
20. Captain & Tennille - "The Way I Want To Touch You" (#4)
21. Chicago - "Brand New Love Affair" (#61)
22. Outlaws - "There Goes Another Love Song" (#34)
23. Poco - "Keep On Tryin'" (#50)
24. Linda Ronstadt - "Love Is A Rose" (#63)
25. Linda Ronstadt - "Heat Wave" (#5)
26. Katfish - "Dear Prudence" (#62)
27. George Harrison - "You" (#20)
28. David Bellamy - "Nothin' Heavy" (#77)
29. Waylon Jennings - "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" (#60)
30. Rusty Wier - "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance?" (#82)
31. John Fogerty - "Rockin' All Over The World" (#27)