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Chuck Berry: 1926-2017

R.I.P. to one of my all-time idols and the man who helped write the book on rock and roll guitar playing. As a kid, I was introduced to the "oldies but goodies" and Chuck Berry quickly became one of my favorites. In addition to hearing him on oldies stations like WHND AM 56 (aka "Honey Radio"), I also recall seeing Chuck on such programs as "Sha Na Na" and in the 1978 movie "American Hot Wax". One of my earliest music purchases was the cassette version of Chuck's compilation "The Great Twenty Eight", which I later purchased on CD when I upgraded. Although I sold the CD a couple of years ago when I downsized my collection, one purchase I won't part with is the 3-CD set "Chuck Berry- The Chess Box".

As a radio DJ, I have some unwritten rules for myself and one of them is to never talk over a Chuck Berry intro. I tried explaining that to a lady friend recently and I told her a Chuck Berry guitar intro sets the table for what's to come. The guitar intros elevated such tunes as "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Roll Over Beethoven", "You Never Can Tell" and of course "Johnny B. Goode" from great to a whole new level!

In addition to his guitar work, Chuck was also a master showman. I know I'm not alone in trying to imitate the "duck walk" while also air guitar playing to a Chuck Berry classic.

One aspect of Chuck's artistry that sometimes got overlooked was his songwriting prowess. His vivid storytelling allowed me to play his songs in my head like 2 1/2 minute movies. Just imagine if the modern music video format was around during Chuck's prime. As Bruce Springsteen stated in the superb 1987 concert doc "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll", I have never seen a "coffee-colored Cadillac", but I know what one looks like! If there is a Rock and Roll Heaven, that "helluva band" is now off the charts! This Saturday (3/25) on The Retro Mix, I am paying tribute to Chuck Berry. In addition to plenty of music from Chuck, I am playing other solid gold oldies from the 50s and 60s.

Below is one of the highlights from my all-time favorite concert movie, "The T.A.M.I. Show". If interested, you can find the complete film here. One of the dancers later became a star in her own right. The tall blonde wearing the sweater and Roman sandals is a young Teri Garr!

The Retro Mix Playlist for 2/27/16: Fats Domino 88th Birthday Tribute

Hour 1
​Ain't That a Shame- Fats Domino
Unbelievable Guy- Diane Renay
I Can't Help Myself- The Four Tops
I'm in Love Again-Fats Domino​
At the Hop- Danny & the Juniors
She Don't Deserve You- The Honeybees
Poor Me-Fats Domino​
Book of Love- The Monotones
Don't Ever Leave Me- Connie Francis
My Blue Heaven-Fats Domino​
My Whole World Is Falling Down- Brenda Lee
Kicks- Paul Revere & the Raiders
Blue Monday- Fats Domino
Long Tall Sally- Little Richard
Woo Hoo- The Rock-a-Teens
Yes My Darling-Fats Domino​
My Love- Petula Clark
We'll Meet Again- The Turtles
Whole Lotta Loving-Fats Domino​
Trick Bag- Earl King
I Heard It Through the Grapevine- Marvin Gaye
Magic Garden- Dusty Springfield​

Hour 2

​Blueberry Hill-Fats Domino​
I Got Stung- Elvis Presley
Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go- Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday-Fats Domino​
Baby Don't Go- Sonny & Cher
That's the Tune- The Vogues
Wait and See- Fats Domino​
Hotel Happiness- Brook Benton
Wonderful World- Sam Cooke
All By Myself- Fats Domino​
Love Is Strange- Mickey & Sylvia
Surfin' U.S.A.- The Beach Boys
The Fat Man-Fats Domino​
Earth Angel- The Penguins
Can't You Hear My Heartbeat- Herman's Hermits
I'm Ready-Fats Domino​
Sixty Minute Man- Billy Ward & his Dominoes
Tell It to the Rain- The Four Seasons
My Girl Josephine- Fats Domino​
Cherish- The Association
I'm Livin' in Shame- Diana Ross & the Supremes

Hour 3
​Walking to New Orleans- Fats Domino​
Choo Choo Train- Nancy Sinatra
​Mack the Knife- Bobby Darin
Be My Guest- Fats Domino​
Wooly Bully- Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Honey Chile- Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Valley of Tears- Fats Domino​
Honey Hush- Big Joe Turner
I Want Candy- The Strangeloves
I Hear You Knocking- Fats Domino​
Maybe I Know- Lesley Gore
Lady Madonna- Fats Domino​
Running Scared- Roy Orbison
She's Still a Mystery- The Lovin' Spoonful
Lovely Rita- Fats Domino​
My Boyfriend's Back- The Angels
Rock a Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody- Jerry Lewis
Bo Weevil- Fats Domino
Leader of the Pack- The Shangri-Las
I Get the Sweetest Feeling- Jackie Wilson
Get Out Now- Tommy James & the Shondells
I'm Walkin'- Fats Domino​
You can listen to this broadcast by going here to my Mixcloud page

The Retro Mix Playlist for 1/30/16: Solid Gold Oldies

6 pm hour

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On- Jerry Lee Lewis
Twistin' Postman- The Marvelettes
I Got a Woman- Ray Charles
Come Go with Me- The Del-Vikings
Twenty Miles- Chubby Checker
Lipstick on Your Collar- Connie Francis
Cry- Johnnie Ray
Why Do Fools Fall in Love- Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
A Certain Girl- Ernie K-Doe
Judy's Turn to Cry- Lesley Gore
Next Door to an Angel- Neil Sedaka
From A to B segment's featured artist: Screamin' Jay Hawkins
I Put a Spell on You (A-side)
Little Demon (B-side)
When You Dance- The Turbans
I Wonder Why- Dion & the Belmonts
Mama Said- The Shirelles
Twistin' the Night Away- Sam Cooke
Has Anybody Seen My Boyfriend- The Angels
Turn Me Loose- Fabian
Roll Over Beethoven- Chuck Berry
Runaway- Del Shannon
I Dig This Station- Gary U.S. Bonds
7 pm hour
Hound Dog- Elvis Presley
Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes- LaVern Baker
Oh Boy!- Buddy Holly
Rocket 88- Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats
Respectable- The Isley Brothers
(Love Is Like A) Heatwave- Martha & the Vandellas
Plain Jane- Bobby Darin
Sixteen Candles- The Crests
Birth of the Boogie- Bill Haley & his Comets
Stagger Lee- Lloyd Price
Be My Baby- The Ronettes
The Dog- Rufus Thomas
Two-hit Wonders featured artist: The Big Bopper
Chantilly Lace (reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Big Bopper's Wedding (#38)
Oh What a Nite- The Dells
Madison Time- Ray Bryant & his Combo
Surf City- Jan & Dean
Hey, Miss Lucy- Esquerita
Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody- Louis Prima & Keely Smith
Ain't That a Shame- Fats Domino
Lonely Teardrops- Jackie Wilson
Unchained Melody- Vito & the Salutations
8 pm hour
Mashed Potato Time- Dee Dee Sharp
Ginger Bread- Frankie Avalon
The Mountain's High- Dick & Dee Dee
Money (That's What I Want)- Barrett Strong
The Impossible Happened- Little Peggy March
Short Fat Fannie- Larry Williams
Yakety Yak- The Coasters
I'm Sorry- Brenda Lee
Jump Over- Freddy Cannon
Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu- Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
Be-Bop-A-Lula- Gene Vincent & his Blue Caps
Simon Says- The Shangri-Las
Church Bells May Ring- The Willows
Let's Dance- Chris Montez
Walk Like a Man- The Four Seasons
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby- Little Eva
Gloria- The Cadillacs
That's Amore-Dean Martin
Tall Paul- Annette
Shop Around- The Miracles
Mind Over Matter- Nolan Strong & the Diablos
Tutti Frutti- Little Richard
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