Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Chart Position: 16

  • Written by Eric Clapton
  • Guitar: Eric Clapton, George Terry
  • Keyboards: Dick Sims
  • Backing vocals: Marcy Levy and Yvonne Elliman
  • Produced by Glyn Johns
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • The subject of this song is Eric Clapton’s love interest and future wife Patti Harrison
  • Patti Harrison was also the subject of Beatles’ ‘Something’ (1969), written by her then-husband George Harrison
  • The basic lyrics came to Clapton as he was waiting for Patti to get ready to attend a party at Paul and Linda McCartneys’
  • Later recorded by Michael Buble (2007)

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You’re a Part of Me – Gene Cotton and Kim Carnes

Chart Position: 36

  • Lead vocals: Gene Cotton and Kim Carnes
  • Written by Kim Carnes
  • Produced by Steve Gibson
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

 

Miss You – Rolling Stones

Chart Position: 1

  • #16 bestseller for 1978
  • #43 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 greatest pop songs
  • #498 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
  • Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
  • Guitar: Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood
  • Keyboards: Ian MacLagan
  • Backing vocals: Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood
  • Harmonica: James Whiting
  • Saxophone: Mel Collins
  • Produced by Glimmer Twins
  • Recorded in Paris France
  • This is Rolling Stones’ final U.S. #1 record

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Under the Boardwalk – Billy Joe Royal

Chart Position: NR

  • Originally recorded by Drifters (1964)
  • Written by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young
  • Recorded in Atlanta GA
  • Also recorded by Rolling Stones (1964), Billy J. Kramer and Dakotas (1965), Aces Combo (1966), Skeeter Davis (1966), Bonne Villes (1967), Sam and Dave (1974), Johnny Kannis (1977), Undertones (1980), Tom Tom Club (1982), Mud (1982), Carl Carlton (1982), Rickie Lee Jones (1983), Bruce Willis (1987), Beach Boys (1992), Good Morning Blues (1992), Solo (1995), John Mellencamp (1999), Reggie Paul (2000), Lynn Anderson (2000), Inner Circle (2001), Guy Sebastian (2007), Carolyne Mas (2013), Mason Williams (2014) and many others

Portrait (He Knew) – Kansas

Chart Position: NR

  • Lead vocals: Steve Walsh
  • Written by Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh
  • Guitar: Kerry Livgren
  • Keyboards: Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren
  • Backing vocals: Robby Steinhardt
  • Recorded in Nashville TN and Bogalusa LA
  • Produced by Jeff Glixman
  • This song was inspired by physicist Albert Einstein; Kerry Livgren later with his band AD changed the lyrics to be about Jesus Christ

I Can’t Stand the Rain – Eruption

Chart Position: 18

  • Originally recorded by Ann Peebles (1973)
  • Written by Ann Peebles, Don Bryant and Bernard Miller
  • Lead vocals: Precious Wilson
  • This is Eruption’s biggest hit single
  • Also recorded by Tina Turner (1984) and Seal

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones

Chart Position: 3

  • 124 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Bill Wyman and Mick Jagger
  • Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
  • Guitar: Keith Richards and Brian Jones
  • Backing vocals: Jimmy Miller and Keith Richards
  • Keyboards: Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart
  • Produced by Jimmy Miller
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • The name Jack Flash was inspired by a gardener named Jack Dyer
  • Jack Flash is referenced in Don McLean’s ‘American Pie (1971) “Jack Flash sat on a candlestick”
  • Later recorded by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (1968), James Last (1968), Ventures (1968), Thelma Houston (1969), Alex Harvey (1969), Hal Singer (1969), Moog Machine (1969), Amanda Shankar (1970), Johnny Winter (1971), Marcia Hines (1975), Peter Frampton(1972), Flamin’ Groovies (1974), Leon Russell (1973), Tritons (1973), Buffalo (1979), Aretha Frankin (1986), Replacements (1985), Primeval Unknown (1990), Alex Chilton (1996), Rodney Crowell (1997), Cinderella (1996), Four Tops (1999), Iron Cross (1999), 386 DX (2000), Mystic Eyes (2001), Danni Carlos (2008), Pumk Jones (2009), Giant Sand (2011), Nick Swisher (2011), Krokus (2017) and many others

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Listen Here – Eddie Harris

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Eddie Harris
  • Saxophone: Eddie Harris
  • Produced by Arif Mardin

 

 

Here Comes the Judge – Shorty Long

Chart Position: 8

  • Written by Shorty Long, Billie Jean Brown and Suzanne de Passe
  • Backing vocals: Andantes and Originals
  • Instruments: Funk Brothers
  • Produced by Shorty Long
  • Recorded in Detroit MI
  • Based on a comedy routine from NBC-TV’s Rown & Martin’s Laugh-In
  • This is not the same song as Pigmeat Markham’s ‘Here Comes the Judge’ (1968)
  • Also recorded by Magistrates(1968) and Eddie Harris (1968)

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Can’t You See Me Cry – New Colony Six

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Gerry Van Kollenburg and Ray Graffia
  • Lead vocals: Ron Rice
  • Backing vocals: Ray Graffia
  • Guitar: Ron Rice and Gerry Van Kollenburg
  • Keyboards: Ron Rice