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?