From: Regina Litman <>
Subject: RESULTS and ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz 403 (GOLQ403)
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 01:13:29 -0400 (EDT)

RESULTS & ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz #403 (GOLQ403)

Congratulations to James White, The EJ'S & Co., Will McCorry, and NAVAIRHEADS
who, with scores of 500++, took first place in this quiz.  This was a fairly
easy quiz as evidenced by almost every entry filling in every spot with an
answer, even if it was a totally or partially incorrect one.  In the scoring
breakdown below, there are almost as many zeroes, meaning a totally incorrect
answer,  as there are '-' scores, meaning no answer was supplied.  I tried to
make it a little bit more difficult by using instrumental breaks instead of
vocals.  While this didn't fool most entrants, two of the three zeroes were
for instrumental breaks, as were three partial scores of 10 in which only the
artist was correctly identified.

The major theme of GOLQ403 was songs that were recorded by Creedence
Clearwater Revival (CCR) plus three songs that group leader John Fogerty
recorded on his first solo album THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS.  During their active
years of recording from 1968-1972, CCR recorded seven studio albums.  In
addition to many original songs written by Fogerty (and on rare occasion group
members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook), they recorded remakes of 12 older songs
that had influenced Fogerty.  Of these 12, 11 had versions that charted in the
GOLQ era.  Of these 11, one was not eligible as a result of having been used
too recently.  Versions of all 10 of the eligible songs are included in this
GOLQ.  The one that did not have a charting version is one of the tie-
breakers.  Because CCR began recording their own material so late in the GOLQ
era, there was not much opportunity for another artist to have a GOLQ-era hit
with one of their songs, but their first original hit song began inspiring
covers almost immediately.  Two versions of that song made the Hot 100 by the
end of 1969, and one of them is included in this quiz.  Finally, I didn't want
to leave out CCR as an artist, so I included one of their own Hot 100 hits.
This adds up to 10 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 3 = 16 songs connected to CCR and Fogerty.
Really Rockin' In Boston, Delphi Trivia Club, The Village Idiots, Will
McCorry, and Vito & the Salutations identified this theme.  The songs in this
theme are 02, 03, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, and T1.

CCR was one of my favorite groups as the 1970s began.  Just about the same
time they stopped recording, the Doobie Brothers stepped in to fill the void.
I decided to do a mini-theme of GOLQ-era songs that they remade.  Because they
wrote most of their own songs and got some of the others they recorded from
1970s contemporaries, I only found two songs that charted for them in this
era.  Both were originally done by Motown artists and were written by Holland,
Dozier, and Holland (H-D-H).  I didn't make the H-D-H connection, but some
entries thought songs of theirs was the mini-theme.  Really Rockin' In Boston,
The EJ'S & Co., Delphi Trivia Club, and Will McCorry identified either the
Doobie Brothers, H-D-H, or both themes.  The songs in this theme are 08 and
25.  ("Jesus Is Just Alright [sic]" by the Byrds, a song I thought at first
might also qualify, did not enter the Hot 100 until early 1970.)

Other intended themes, some of which were also identfied by some entrants:

* Songs written by Gene Pitney, including one written under the name A.
Orlowski: 04, 14, 24, T2

* Songs recorded by Benny Mardones, a post-GOLQ era one-hit wonder (but whose
hit charted twice for him) who was born in Cleveland but grew up in Maryland
and who died recently: 01, 20

* Other artists who died recently: 12, 13

* New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras: 02, 06, 09 (artist was from Louisiana),
10, 19 (artist was raised in Louisiana), T2

* "Rubber Ball": 05, 24

* Songs written or co-written by Paul Simon: 05, 22

* Songs recorded by post-GOLQ group the Bangles: 13, 22

* Songs written or sung by Joe South: 20, 23

Themes pointed out by others:

* Really Rockin' In Boston - James Burton as guitarist: 09, 14

* Really Rockin' In Boston - Songs made popular by Lead Belly: 10, 19

* The EJ'S & Co. - Girls' names in the title (Mary, Susie, Lucille, Mary Lou):
02, 09, 12, 14

* The EJ'S & Co. - Artists who recorded "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
(CCR, Gaye, Knight): 03, 08, 11

* Delphi Trivia Club - Songs by groups composed of family members: 01, 07, 11,

* Several entries - Songs covered by artists that did not have the primary hit
or had been done by other artists in the quiz.

I am currently reading John Fogerty's biography, "Fortunate Son" (published in
2015) and have used it for more information on some of the songs and his

GOLQ403's mean score was 484.92, and the median was 496.

My thanks to everyone who participated.

Tom Pillion has posted GOLQ404.

-- Regina Litman <>

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Tie Breaker Scoring Key
    +  after numeric score below indicates a tie-breaker answered correctly.
    -  indicates partial credit.
    x  indicates a totally incorrect guess.
    .  indicates no guess.

                                                                   # on
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               Team Age(s)
T01 500++ JW James White                      <jjwhite17&>   1   72
T01 500++ EJ The EJ'S & Co.:    Ellis, Vinnie, Mitch, Kevin, Kyra     5   34+
T01 500++ WM Will McCorry                   <wmccorry&>   1   62
T01 500++ NA NAVAIRHEADS                   <tompillion&>   1   73
 05 498++ MW Mike Weaver                   <oldtunes&>   1
T06 496++ QS Quad State Trivia (Frank Glaz,    <lowtekman5&>   6
        Mike Gessner, Dino Dinardo, Mike Pell, Hattie Winterfeld, Don Albright)
T06 496++ DT Delphi Trivia Club         <rcwkid99&>   6   60+++
 08 490++ RR Really Rockin' In Boston             <rardini&>   6 60s,70s
 09 488++ VI The Village Idiots                   <MrJaded&>   4
                                      (Doug, Michael, Andrew, Andy)
 10 480++ CO The Coasters (Rick & Kathy Schubert, Magic Marc,         4  61-71
                                      Bigfoot Mae) <rns&>
 11 478++ VS Vito & the Salutations          <baileyl&> 6-7 boomers
 12 468.- JL Jamie & Carol Lubin        <pookie18323&>   2   70s
 13 410.- TT Team Teitelbaum (Howard & Patty)   <hat_pat&>   2  58-62
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               # on Age(s)

The following table gives the individual scoring breakdown.  A '-' is used to
indicate that no guess was made for a question, whereas a zero indicates that
a completely incorrect response was submitted.

   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
JW 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
EJ 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
WM 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
NA 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
MW 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
QS 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
DT 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
RR 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 10 20 20 20 20 20 20
VI 20 20 20 20 20 10 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
CO 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  0 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
VS 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20  0 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
JL 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18  0 20 20 20 10 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
TT 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20 20 20 10 20 20  - 20 20  - 20  -
   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25


Answers are in the form:
#number) Artist: Title (year[s]) [peak Pop] {peak R&B} <xxx>...<yyy>

[-]   = did not make pop chart
{-}   = did not make R&B chart
{F}   = made R&B chart as a flip side
{n/c} = no Billboard R&B chart published during this recording's period
        of peak popularity
<"xxx">...<"yyy"> = prior GOLQ(s) in which the song appeared, if any.
#01) Bee Gees, The: "I Started A Joke" (1968/69) [6] {-} <109><211>

This song was also recorded by Benny Mardones, who died on June 29.  Mardones
was born in Cleveland but was raised in Savage, MD, between Washington, DC,
and Baltimore.  He recorded his only hit, "Into the Night," multiple times.
His 1981 and 1989 versions both made the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #11 and
#20 respectively.  Mardones wrote or co-wrote most of his songs, but he
recorded a handful of remakes over the years.
#02) Burke, Solomon: "Proud Mary" (1969) [45] {15} <->

Other notable charting versions:
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival, #2
1969 - Checkmates, Ltd. featuring Sonny Charles, #69
1971 - Ike & Tina Turner, #4, #5 r&b

"Proud Mary" was CCR's first Top 10 hit.  CCR had five #2 songs without ever
having had a #1, which I think was and may still be a record (no pun
intended).  It was also their first original single after earlier charting
with two remakes.  Their version was released on their second album BAYOU
COUNTRY.  Solomon Burke was born in Philadelphia and preached and broadcast
from his own church there, "Solomon's Temple," as the "Wonder Boy Preacher."
His grandmother founded the church for him.  He also had some Jewish
background--his stepfather was a rabbi who worked for a Kosher butcher.
#03) Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Down On The Corner" (1969/70) [3] {-}

Counting their five #2's, CCR had 7 Top 5 hits.
#04) Crystals, The: "He's A Rebel" (1962) [1] {2} <28><113><166>

Other notable version:
1962 - Vikki Carr, bubbled under at #115

You may already know that the group on this record is actually Darlene Love,
backed up by the Blossoms, not the Crystals.  Producer Phil Spector wanted the
Crystals to record "He's A Rebel" before Vikki Carr could put out her own
version.  But they were on tour and not available to come into the studio to
record it.  So, he turned to the Blossoms.  Darlene Love sang on many Specter
recordings, including "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans,
used in my last audio quiz, GOLQ393, and sometimes had hits under her own
name.  Vikki Carr's version eventually peaked 114 positions lower.  The song
was written by Gene Pitney, who recorded his own version as "She's A Rebel."

Darlene Love talks about her making of "He's A Rebel" in an Oscar-winning
documentary, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, which is about background singers.  If you
subscribe to the Netflix streaming service, it is available through September
22, 2020.  Other sources may have it, too.  I highly recommend it!
#05) Cyrkle, The: "Red Rubber Ball" (1966) [2] {-} <8><125><259><375>

This is one of my all-time favorite songs.  I love that calliope-sounding
introduction!  It was written by Bruce Woodley of the Seekers and Paul Simon.
Simon and Garfunkel finally released their own version of this song, recorded
live in a 1960s concert, in a 1990s box set.  The Seekers also have done their
own version, which I like a lot.  Original Cyrkle Don Dannemann and a member
who joined after this hit record, Michael Losekamp, formed a revival band that
was active a few years ago.  Sadly, original member Tom Dawes (who played a
double-necked guitar) has died.  The other original members, Marty Fried and
Earl Pickens, were pursuing professional careers as an attorney and a
physician, respectively, and declined to join the re-formed group.
#06) Domino, Fats: "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" (1961/62) [30] {-} <156>

Other notable charting versions:
1952 - Hank Williams (original), #20 on Billboard Most Played by Jukeboxes,
#1 country
1952 - Jo Stafford, #3 on the Billboard pop chart in use at the time
1960 - Bobby Comstock and the Counts, #90
1973 - Blue Ridge Rangers (John Fogerty), #73

This song has been recorded by many artists over the years.  Jo Stafford's was
the first one I ever heard.  My parents had the record.  The second one was by
Gerry and the Pacemakers, which was on an album of theirs that one of my
friends had.  When I heard it, I thought the line, "He gotta go-pole the
pirogue down the bayou," was, "We're gonna go to see the Beatles at the
bayou."  I don't know why the Beatles would be at a bayou, though!  A version
by the Carpenters, which was not released as a single in the U.S. but was
released as such elsewhere, reached #12 in the U.K.

This is the second consecutive GOLQ I did in which I included Fats Domino
doing a song that has been done by many other artists, after "When the Saints
Go Marching In" in GOLQ398.  Since some versions, including the Bobby Comstock
one, are titled just "Jambalaya," I accepted either version of the title.
#07) Fontane Sisters, The: "Hearts of Stone" (1955) [1] {-} <260><340>

Other notable versions:
1954 - The Jewels (original, male r&b group), did not chart on either pop or
r&b chart
1954/55 - Charms - #15, #1 r&b
1961 - Bill Black's Combo, #20, #22 r&b
1973 - Blue Ridge Rangers (John Fogerty), #37

The Blue Ridge Rangers' version was the first one I ever heard of this song.
I later became aware of the one by the Fontane Sisters, which sounds very much
like a foundation for the Fogerty version.  I only became aware of the
versions by the Jewels, Charms, and Bill Black's Combo this summer after I
already had the Fontane Sisters' version selected for this GOLQ.  Still, as a
result of the Black Lives Matter movement, and already having taken flak for
including the McGuire Sisters' version of "Sincerely" instead of the one by
the Moonglows the last time I did a GOLQ, I almost substituted the one by the
Charms.  But I stuck with my original plans because of a bigger gap in this
part of the alphabet.  I did choose one other Black artist over a white one,
Fats Domino over Bobby Comstock, and I also chose Black artist Solomon Burke
over the racially mixed group Checkmates Ltd.  After all the results were in
for this quiz, I noticed something else that made me glad that I chose the
Fontane Sisters' version.  There are very few female artists in this quiz.
There are no songs by solo female artists and only one other song by an all
female group.  In addition, there is a female-male duo with shared vocals and
a mixed gender group in which the only female in the group sings lead.
Otherwise, it's almost an "old boys club."
#08) Gaye, Marvin: "Little Darling, I Need You" (1966) [47] {10} <90>

Other notable charting version:
1977 - Doobie Brothers, #48

Since the Doobie Brothers' version is titled "Little Darling (I Need You)," I
accepted either version of the title.
#09) Hawkins, Dale: "Susie-Q" (1957) [27] {7} <19><208>

Other charting version:
1968 - Creedence Clearwater Revival (as "Suzie Q. (Part One)"), #11

CCR's version was their first charting single and the first released under
this name.  Previously, they recorded as the Golliwogs, the Blue Violets, and
the Blue Velvets.  According to Fogerty's autobiography, the group didn't
generally do jams of long instrumental breaks but made an exception with this
song to get it played on a San Francisco FM station.  The full song appears on
their self-titled first album.  For their single, it was split into parts one
and two.  Dale Hawkins' version features, according to his Wikipedia article,
"fellow Louisiana guitarist and future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James
Burton provid[ing] the signature [guitar] riff and solo."  I don't know if
this was a coincidence or not, but CCR's first two singles were remakes of
songs originally made popular by a singer with the last name of Hawkins.  (See
#10) Highwaymen, The: "Cotton Fields" (1961/62) [13] {-} <53><307>

Other notable charting versions:
1958 - Harry Belafonte, classic non-Hot 100 song
1963 - Ace Cannon, #67
1963 - Angels, bubbled under at #119
1963 - Arthur Lyman Group (as "Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)"), bubbled
under at #129
1970 - Beach Boys, bubbled under at #103

This song was written by Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly.  In
1940, he made the first recording of the song.  John Fogerty noted in his
autobiography that both the Lead Belly and Highwaymen versions influenced him
on his recording of this song.

The EJ'S & Co., team member Vinnie, a Texas resident--"It is impossible to be
just about a mile from Texarkana and be anywhere near Louisiana; the best you
can do is Arkansas."
#11) Knight, Gladys, & the Pips: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (1967/68)
      [2] {1} <47><149>

Other notable charting versions:
1968 - Marvin Gaye, #1, #1 r&b
1968 - King Curtis, #83
1976 - CCR, #43

This was the only charting single by CCR that was released after the group
broke up.  I don't know how it came about, but perhaps the well-documented
shenanigans (in the Fogerty book and elsewhere) pulled off by their label
Fantasy Records and its owner Saul Zaentz may have been behind this release.
Originally, their recorded existed in a version with a length of 11:05 on
their album COSMO'S FACTORY.  For the single, it was cut down to 3:58.

The CCR version is clearly influenced by the Marvin Gaye version of the song,
and Fogerty confirms this in his book.  However, with him already in this quiz
with one of the songs the Doobie Brothers remade, I was happy to use the
Gladys Knight and the Pips version.  Plus, it gives me a chance to share a
link to an audio of Gladys Knight's appearance as a 7-year-old on TED MACK'S
#12) Little Richard and His Band: "Lucille" (1957) [21] {1} <94><322>

Other notable versions:
1960 - Everly Brothers, #21
1983 - Waylon Jennings (as "Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)"),
classic non-Hot 100 song, #1 country
1994 - The Beatles, October 5, 1963, recording released on the album LIVE AT
2013 - The Beatles, September 17, 1963, recording released on the album

Little Richard died on May 9, 2020.  I wanted to include a song by him in this
GOLQ as a tribute.  The most obvious one was "Good Golly, Miss Molly," remade
by CCR on their album BAYOU COUNTRY.  However, the version by Mitch Ryder and
the Detroit Wheels was used too recently in a GOLQ to be included in this one.
Little Richard was not played even as an oldies artist on the Top 40 stations
I listened to during my teenage and young adult years.  I became familiar with
remakes of his songs done by mainly white groups and singers.  I chose
"Lucille" for two reasons.  First, I messed up on the lyrics when I included
the Everly Brothers' version on one of the first GOLQs I did.  Second, I was
unable to fit another singer who died recently, Kenny Rogers, into this GOLQ.
I like many of his songs, including ones done as a member of the First Edition
and as a solo artist.  Since he had a 1977 hit as a solo artist with a
different song called "Lucille," I chose this one as a sign that I was
thinking of him.  Incidentally, Waylon Jennings not only recorded the Little
Richard "Lucille," he also recorded the Kenny Rogers one.
#13) Merry-Go-Round, The: "Live" (1967) [63] {-} <138><228>

Lead singer Emitt Rhodes died on July 19, 2020.  When I learned this, my first
memory was of a self-titled album he released in 1970 in which he showed a lot
of promise (and sounded very much like Paul McCartney).  Unfortunately, his
career went downhill after that, mainly due to an unreasonable amount of songs
he was supposed to supply to his record company in a relatively short amount
of time.  I also thought that it was too bad that he didn't put out that first
album until after GOLQ era so that I could include him in GOLQ403, for which I
still needed a handful of songs.  Then I remembered his earlier days as a
member of the Merry-Go-Round, which had two low-charting Hot 100 entries in
the late 1960s.  As I also noted in GOLQ228, "Live" is the type of song I know
I would have loved if only the radio stations in Washington, DC, had played it
in 1967.

John Fogerty's career and that of Emitt Rhodes have some parallels.  Both were
the lead members of rock groups that managed to get signed to record deals in
the late 1960s.  But while CCR flourished, the Merry-Go-Round did not.  Maybe
it was because they were on a major label, A&M, and got lost among their
already established artists.  CCR was signed to the much smaller label
Fantasy, which turned out to be a double-edged sword.  While there weren't
other commercially successful artists on the label that caused them to be
overlooked, owner Zaentz made unreasonable demands on Fogerty's output, even
after the group broke up.  Rhodes played all of the instruments on his first
three solo albums, as did Fogerty on at least two of his first three solo

The all-female rock group the Bangles released a version of "Live" on their
first album, ALL OVER THE PLACE, in 1984.
#14) Ricky Nelson: "Hello Mary Lou" (1961) [9] {-} <28><205><287><345>

Other notable versions:
1960 - Johnny Duncan (original), did not chart
1985 - The Statler Brothers, classic non-Hot 100 song, #3 country

This begins a string of six consecutive songs that were remade by CCR.  This
one was on their last album, MARDI GRAS.  Although Ricky Nelson was originally
marketed as a teenage idol, John Fogerty notes in his book that he regarded
Nelson as a rock and roll singer.  The original songwriting credit was for
Gene Pitney, who has also recorded it.  Here are a couple of other facts about
the song from Wikipedia:

"The song features an influential guitar solo by James Burton, often cited by
later guitarists such as Brian May.  Piano is by Ray Johnson, who had
succeeded Gene Garf as Nelson's regular session pianist in November 1959.
Other musicians on the record include Joe Osborn on bass and Ritchie Frost on

"'Hello Mary Lou' is similar to an earlier song, 'Merry, Merry Lou', written
by Cayet Mangiaracina and recorded by his band, the Sparks, in 1957 on a
single released by Decca Records.  It was covered by Bill Haley & His Comets
as 'Mary, Mary Lou' and released as a single later in 1957, also by Decca, and
by Sam Cooke in 1958 for the Keen Records label.  Mangiaracina would later
become ordained as a Catholic priest.  When 'Hello Mary Lou' was released, the
publisher of 'Merry, Merry Lou,' Champion Music (an arm of Decca Records),
sued for plagiarism, and a settlement was reached.  Mangiaracina was given co-
writing credit for 'Hello Mary Lou' and a share of the song's royalties, while
Champion received a share of the publishing."
#15) Orbison, Roy, and Teen Kings: "Ooby Dooby" (1956) [59] {-}

No, that instrumental break is not from a song by Orbison's alphabetically-
fitting Sun labelmate Carl Perkins.  I said a few things about this song in my
Results and Answer Key for GOLQ320.  You can read them at . The link to the CCR version from
there was still good as of September 10, 2020.  As I said in GOLQ320, CCR
recorded this song on COSMO'S FACTORY.  Cosmo was a nickname for group member
Doug Clifford.
#16) Pickett, Wilson: "Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do)" (1966) [53] {13}

While I can understand why the Washington, DC, radio stations of the mid- to
late-1960s with their emphasis on a grittier, soulful sound, may have chosen
not to play a more good time, sunshine pop song like "Live" by the Merry-Go-
Round, I don't know how they missed out on this song.  Wilson Pickett's other
hit records of the time period were always popular songs on these stations.  I
don't think I ever heard his version until I began work on this GOLQ.  I like
it a lot now and probably would have liked it a lot then, too.  CCR covered
this song on their first album.
#17) Presley, Elvis: "My Baby Left Me" (1956) [31] {F} <119><309>

Other notable version:
1950 - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (original), classic non-Hot 100 song

The guitar solo featured here is by Scotty Moore, whom Fogerty names in his
book as one of his influences.  As I noted in GOLQ309, CCR recorded this song
on COSMO'S FACTORY.  I want to share two name coincidences, one involving this
song in particular and one involving Elvis Presley in general.  In both cases,
the coincidental Presley is spelled differently, but it's still pretty
interesting.  I've been a member of clubs affiliated with the Toastmasters
organization for almost 30 years.  In one of the clubs I'm in right now,
there's a woman with the last name of Crudup and one with the last name of
Pressley (sic).  Of course, I had to tell them both about this song and
another Crudup song that Elvis did, "That's All Right."  On September 1, 2020,
Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers baseball team hit a home run off pitcher
Ryan Pressly (sic) of the Houston Astros.
#18) Price, Alan, Set: "I Put A Spell On You" (1966) [80] {-} <->

Other notable versions:
1956 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins, classic non-Hot 100 song
1965 - Nina Simone, bubbled under at #120, #23 r&b
1968 - Creedence Clearwater Revival, #58
1968 - Crazy World of Arthur Brown, bubbled under at #111

This is the first version of this song that I ever heard.  Alan Price was the
organist for the Animals.  By 1966, he had left the group and had formed his
own group, the Alan Price Set.  The organ playing on this one is reminscent of
that on "The House of the Rising Sun."  "Tiger" Bob Raleigh of WWDC played
this song every night for several weeks in 1966.  According to him, he had
received a promotional copy, but the record label hadn't decided whether or
not to actually release it.  Eventually, WWDC changed the format of Raleigh's
show from Top 40 to Easy Listening, so he had to stop playing it.  I never
heard it again and never knew it had been released and even charted until I
went to the Whitburn book to see if the Hawkins version had made the Hot 100.
It didn't, but I found this one.  CCR's was the second version I ever heard,
and I think these were the only two I had ever heard (I hadn't even heard the
Hawkins one, although I had heard of it) until I started putting this GOLQ
together.  This was CCR's second charting single and like their first one is
on their first album.  Their version remains my favorite of the ones I've now
#19) Johnny Rivers: "Midnight Special" (1965) [20] {-} <42>

Other notable versions:
1962 - Jimmy Smith, #13 r&b
1960 - Paul Evans (as "Midnite Special"), #16

This is a traditional folk song thought to have originated among prisoners in
the American South.  When Lead Belly recorded this song at Angola Prison for
John and Alan Lomax in 1934, he was mistakenly credited as the author.  It has
been recorded by many artists over the years, including CCR on their album
WILLY AND THE POOR BOYS, which also includes "Down On The Corner" and their
other Lead Belly song, "Cotton Fields."
#20) Royal, Billy Joe: "I Knew You When" (1965) [14] {-} <114><328>

Other notable versions:
1964 - Wade Flemons (original), did not chart
1972 - Donny Osmond, flip side of #9 hit "Hey Girl"
1983 - Linda Ronstadt, #37

This was recorded by Benny Mardones on a live album in his TURNING STONE LIVE
series.  It was written by Joe South, who also recorded his own version of it.
#21) Rufus & Carla: "Night Time Is The Right Time" (1964) [94] {F} <->

Other charting version:
1959 - Ray Charles, #95, #5 r&b

CCR recorded this song on their album GREEN RIVER.  Before I made the decision
to do an audio GOLQ, and when I was kicking about the idea of using an
original CCR album cut as the other tie-breaker in this quiz, I was going to
use the Ray Charles version to separate Solomon Burke from CCR in this quiz.
I had neither heard nor heard of the Rufus and Carla version until I started
researching chart positions for this quiz.  I really like it a lot, so I used
it instead.  Rufus and Carla were the father and daughter team of Rufus Thomas
and Carla Thomas.  The only other father/daughter team that charted in the
GOLQ era that I can think of is Nancy and Frank Sinatra.  (Neil and Dara
Sedaka charted in the early 1980s.)  This song is not to be confused with
"Night Time" by the Strangeloves.
#22) Simon & Garfunkel: "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" (1966) [13] {-}

Other notable version:
1988 - The Bangles, #2

I wanted a second song written by Paul Simon to go along with "Red Rubber
Ball."  Once I learned that the Bangles had also done "Live," I had my song.
The Bangles' version is my second favorite version of a Simon and Garfunkel
song sung by a female artist, behind "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Aretha
#23) South, Joe: "You're The Reason" (1961) [87] {-} <->

Other notable versions:
1961 - Bobby Edwards, #11, #4 country
1961 - Hank Locklin, bubbled under at #107, #14 country
1965 - Gerry & the Pacemakers, bubbled under at #117
1967 - Johnny Tillotson, #48 country

Before Joe South began charting in the late 1960s with songs that he wrote, he
made the Billboard Hot 100 with a pair of covers of other songwriters, this
one and The Big Bopper's "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor."
His recording of "You're the Reason," which was written by Bobby Edwards,
Terry Imes-Fell, and Fred Henley, reached #16 on the country chart.  This is
one of the songs in this quiz from the BLUE RIDGE RANGERS album.  I had
planned to use the Bobby Edwards version, but after I added "I Knew You When,"
I decided to use the Joe South version.  Not to be confused with Bobby Darin's
venture into country music, "You're The Reason I'm Living" (which also made
the r&b chart).
#24) Vee, Bobby: "Rubber Ball" (1960/61) [6] {-} <17><147><243>

This song was co-written by Gene Pitney under the name A. Orlowski, his
mother's maiden name, and Aaron Schroeder.  The pseudonym was used because
Schroeder wanted to place his songs at both ASCAP and BMI, the two major song
licensing organizations.  Because I didn't follow rock and roll too closely in
1960 and 1961 after having had some exposure to it between 1957 and 1959, I
don't think I ever heard it before I heard it played as an oldie on radio
station WEAM one afternoon in the spring of 1966. I loved it!  Not long after
that, I heard a disc jockey announce a new song he was about to play with
"rubber ball" in the title by a group called the Cyrkle. I thought it was
going to be a remake of the Bobby Vee song, but it was a different, even
better song.  The two songs have always stuck together in my mind, and now I
finally got to use both in the same GOLQ.

Gene Pitney apparently never released his own version of this song.  I found a
YouTube video of him singing it in a live performance (  In it, he mentions both the
Bobby Vee version and one by Marty Wilde.  Wilde's version reached #9 in the
U.K., where Vee's went to #4.
#25) Weston, Kim: "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)" (1965)
      [50] {4} <71><234><320>

Other notable versions:
1968 - The Isley Brothers, bubbled under at #121, #22 r&b
1975 - Doobie Brothers, #11

After I added this song to this GOLQ for the Doobie Brothers minor theme, I
also noticed another hidden Kenny Rogers tribute.  In the early 1980s, he
enjoyed hit duets with female singers Kim Carnes, Dottie West, Sheena Easton,
and Dolly Parton.  Kim Weston has an element of each of these duet partners'
names in her name.  This song is not to be confused with another 1960s Motown
song, "Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me" by Gladys Knight and the Pips.

#T1) Diddley, Bo: "Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself)" (1957)
      [-] {-} <->

CCR recorded this song on COSMO'S FACTORY.  Eric Clapton recorded four
versions of it between 1989 and 1999.  Like Little Richard, Bo Diddley was not
played on the radio stations I listened to, and I mainly had to learn about
him through remakes of his songs by mainly white artists.  Other such artists
include Muddy Waters and B.B King.  I am trying to gain an appreciation for
them now.
#T2) Pitney, Gene: "Louisiana Mama" (1961) [-] {-} <->

Gene Pitney wrote this song, which is listed as a classic non-Hot 100 song in
the Whitburn TOP POP SINGLES BOOK that I have.  Of all of his charting songs,
he only wrote one, his first one, "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away."  That was my
original choice for his own song in this GOLQ until I saw how crowded the P
section of the alphabet was.  With a little more research, I found this one.
Maybe Pitney didn't write most of his own hit songs because he got material
from a lot of other great songwriters.  A CD I have, GENE PITNEY 25 ALL-TIME
GREATEST HITS, includes songs written by the following well-known songwriters
or songwriting teams:  Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Burt Bacharach and Hal
David, Bert Russell (Berns) and Phil Medley, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards,
Howard Greenfield and Helen Miller, Joe Meek, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil,
Randy Newman, and Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook.


This chart ranks the songs/artists from most to least recognized.  The second
number on the line denotes the average number of points scored on that song
(total points divided by number of entrants, to 2 decimal places).  For
comparison purposes, tie-breakers are scored here on the usual 20-point scale.

Since this was an audio quiz in which multiple entrants were able to identify
the major theme and some of the minor ones I was not surprised that more than
half of the songs scored a perfect 20.00.  "Ooby Dooby" scored lower than
expected because some entries thought it was a song by another Sun Records
arist who also fit alphabetically, and other entries left off the Teen Kings
part of the name.

Rank Avg. Song
T01 20.00 #01) Bee Gees, The: "I Started A Joke"
T01 20.00 #02) Burke, Solomon: "Proud Mary"
T01 20.00 #03) Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Down On The Corner"
T01 20.00 #04) Crystals, The: "He's A Rebel"
T01 20.00 #05) Cyrkle, The: "Red Rubber Ball" 
T01 20.00 #07) Fontane Sisters, The: "Hearts of Stone"
T01 20.00 #08) Gaye, Marvin: "Little Darling, I Need You"
T01 20.00 #09) Hawkins, Dale: "Susie-Q"
T01 20.00 #10) Highwaymen, The: "Cotton Fields"
T01 20.00 #11) Knight, Gladys, & the Pips: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
T01 20.00 #14) Ricky Nelson: "Hello Mary Lou"
T01 20.00 #16) Pickett, Wilson: "Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do)"
T01 20.00 #21) Rufus & Carla: "Night Time Is The Right Time"
T01 20.00 #22) Simon & Garfunkel: "A Hazy Shade Of Winter"
T01 20.00 #24) Vee, Bobby: "Rubber Ball"
 16 19.85 #18) Price, Alan, Set: "I Put A Spell On You"
T17 19.23 #06) Domino, Fats: "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)"
T17 19.23 #12) Little Richard and His Band: "Lucille"
T17 19.23 #17) Presley, Elvis: "My Baby Left Me"
T20 18.46 #19) Johnny Rivers: "Midnight Special"
T20 18.46 #20) Royal, Billy Joe: "I Knew You When"
T20 18.46 #23) South, Joe.: "You're The Reason"
T20 18.46 #25) Weston, Kim: "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)"
T20 18.46 #T2) Pitney, Gene: "Louisiana Mama"
T25 16.92 #13) Merry-Go-Round, The: "Live"
T25 16.92 #T1) Diddley, Bo: "Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself)"
 27 16.62 #15) Orbison, Roy, and Teen Kings: "Ooby Dooby"

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