Rare Earth [00:32]
Rare Earth R 5012 1969
Rare Earth were one of the artists name checked by Gil Scott Heron as not being the sound of the revolution.
The Rolling Stones [03:20]
"Paint It Black"
London Records 45 LON 901 1966
Gary Lewis & the Playboys [06:46]
Liberty 55985 1967
An opening timpani bounce?! Could this be of the Popcorn genre from Jerry Lewis' kid?
Sly & the Family Stone [09:04]
Epic Records 5-10805 1971
The last number one single from Sly & the Family Stone. And actually it's just Sly on all the instruments, except the keys which are played by Billy Preson, and backing vox by his sister Rose.
Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts [13:15]
"Angel of the Morning"
Bell Records 705 1968
This version made it all the way to number 7, recorded by Chips Moman in Memphis.
Sandy Posey [16:26]
"I Take It Back"
MGM Records K 13744 1967
Another Chips Moman produced single, which reached number 12.
Shorty Long [18:44]
"Here Comes the Judge"
Soul S-35044 1968
This Laugh-In inspired single made it all the way up to number 8. Release exactly two weeks before my birthday. How's your shing-a-ling?
Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra [21:19]
"Love Is Blue"
Philips 40475 1967
Aw yeah... pop harpsichord, it doesn't get much better than that. Orginally performed with lyrics by Vicky as a Eurovision entry from Luxembourg.
Jimmy Jules [25:22]
"Talk About You"
Atlantic Records 45-2120 1961
Some mighty fine New Orleans soul, with excellent arrangement by Harold Batiste. Jules would later go on to start a record label called Jim Gem Records.
Sly & the Family Stone [28:03]
"If You Want Me to Stay"
Epic 5-11017 1973
And this one was Sly's last appearance in the Top 20, reaching number 12 on the pop charts. It does feature a fine bass groove by Larry Graham's hand-picked replacement Rustee Allen.
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen [31:04]
"Hot Rod Lincoln"
Paramount Records PAA-0146 1972
The souped up classic featuring the deft clutching of Bill Kirchen.
Bobbie Gentry [33:48]
"Ode to Billie Joe"
Capitol Records 5950 1967
And what an ode it is. If you'd like to know more about the now mysterious and amazing Bobbie Gentry, I strongly recommend the 33 1/3 series book on her first album, titled Ode to Billie Joe of course.
Merle Kilgore with The Merry Melody Singers [39:22]
"A Girl Named Liz"
Mercury Records 71978 1962
This is a new one by me. Kilgore was better known as a songwriter and would later become Hank Williams Jr's manager.
"Nice to Be with You"
Sussex SUX-232 1972
Oh yeah... that one! Some might nice jaunty country pop from Detroit. Made it all the way to number 4 on the hot 100.
Otis Redding [44:17]
"Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
Volt Records VLT-13684
Sure this copy is well used, but it's in waaay better shape than the one we heard not too long ago in the last season of Vinyl-O-Matic.
Jr. Walker and the All Stars [46:56]
"Do the Boomerang"
Soul S-35012 1965
I am definitely going to do the boomerang next time I'm out on the dance floor. This skronkity tune made it to number 36 on the hot 100 and number 10 on the r&b charts.
Music behind the DJ: "Theme from the Thomas Crown Affair" by Michel Legrand.