Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

Chart Position: 8

  • Written by Norman Dolph and Paul DiFranco
  • Lead vocals: Joey Levine
  • Produced by Norman Dolph
  • This song mentions a large number of musical acts, songs, disc jockeys, lsong yrics  and songwriters  including Ray Charles, Lonnie Mack, Doris Day, Dr. John, Ritchie Valens and Sam Cooke
  • Reunion is a studio group
  • This is Reunion’s only hit single
  • Joey Levine is a former member of Ohio Express and Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
  • Later recorded by Tracey Ullman (1983)



Travelin’ Shoes – Elvin Bishop

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Elvin Bishop
  • Vocals: Reni Slais, Mickey Thomas, Elvin Bishop
  • Guitar: Elvin Bishop, Johhny Vernazza
  • Keyboards: Bill Slais
  • Produced by Johnny Sandlin
  • Elvin Bishop is mentioned in Charlie Daniels Band’s ‘The South’s Gonna Do It’ (1975)

She’s Gone – Tavares

Chart Position: NR

  • Originally recorded by Daryl Hall and John Oates (1974)
  • Written by Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • Lead vocals: Ralph Tavares Backing vocals: Arthur, Antone, Feliciano and Perry Tavares
  • Keyboards: Michael Omartian, Dennis Lambert
  • Guitar: Larry Carlton, Dean Parks, Ben Benay
  • Produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Tavares is from New Bedford MA
  • Also recorded by Lou Rawls (1974), Bill Summers & Summers Heat (1979), Nancy Wilson (1983), Dee C. Lee (1986), Tony Hadley (1997), Shane Richie (1998), Bird and the Bee (2010), Emm Gryner (20120, Nicholas David (2012) and Frank Shiner (2017)

Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot

Chart Position: 10

  • Written by Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guitar: Gordon Lightfoot and Terry Clements
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Lenny Waronker
  • Carefree Highway is the nickname for Arizona State Route 74 north of Phoenix AZ
  • Later recorded by Shotgun Jimmie (2011), Arbouretum (2013) and Tony Decker (2013)

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One Day at a Time – Marilyn Sellars

Chart Position: 37

  • Written by Marijohn Wilkins and Kris Kristofferson
  • Produced by Steven C. Anderson
  • This is Marilyn Sellars biggest hit single
  • Marilyn Sellars is from Northfield MN

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Sugar Pie Guy – Joneses

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Glenn Dorsey
  • Lead vocals: Harold Taylor
  • Keyboards: Richard Tee
  • Guitar: Lee Valentine
  • Saxophone: Harold Taylor
  • This is Joneses’ only hit single


Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Diana Ross

Chart Position: 7

  • #314 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 Greatest songs of all time
  • Originally recorded by Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers (1956)
  • Written by Frankie Lymon, George Goldner, Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant
  • Keyboards: Ray Chew
  • Guitar: Jeff Mironov, Eric Gale
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Diana Ross
  • Also recorded by Diamonds (1956), Gloria Mann (1956), Gale Storm (1956), Linda Scott (1962), Dovells (1962), Hullaballoos (1964), Beach Boys (1964), Symbols (1965), Fourmost (1965), Pat Carroll (1965), Jokers Wild (1965), Eddie Holman (1967), Happenings (1967), Summer Wine (1972), Lou Christie (1972), Tatsuro Yamashita (1972), Sha Na Na (1973), Silver Studs (1976), Little Tina & Flight 56 (1977), Joni Mitchell (1980), Top of the Pops (1981), Mary Wells (1982),  Flirtations (1990), Four Shadow (1995), Mighty Echoes (2000), Kenny Rankin (2001), Chris Farmer (2008), Boyz II Men feat. Jimmy Merchant (2017) and many others

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Mistaken Identity – Kim Carnes

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Kim Carnes
  • Keyboards: Steve Goldstein
  • Guitar: Josh Leo, Craig Hull
  • Backing vocals: Waddy Wachtel, Brian Garafalo, Craig Hull, Craig Kramph, Josh Leo
  • Produced by Val Garay
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

Promises in the Dark – Pat Benatar

Chart Position: 38

  • Written by Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar
  • Guitar: Scott St. Clair Sheets, Neil Giraldo
  • Keyboards: Alan Pasqua, Neil Giraldo
  • Backing vocals: Pat Benatar
  • Produced by Neil Giraldo and Keith Olsen
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

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You Saved My Soul – Burton Cummings

Chart Position: 37

  • From the film Melanie which co-stars Burton Cummings
  • Written by Burton Cummings
  • Produced by Bruce Robb and Burton Cummings