John Simon

Host of Rockin' Remnants and Dealer's Choice on Saturdays, Co-Host of Nonesuch on Sundays. Named "Best Radio DJ" in the 2018 Ithaca Times Readers' Poll!

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Blogposts (27)

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Spotlight on Goffin-King (he would've turned 80 on 2/11; she turned 77 on 2/9)

John Simon | Posted 3 months ago.
An amazing body of work from these two (he was the lyricist, she was the composer)!

Hey Girl - Freddie Scott (Top Ten in 1963; Billy Joel would release a version in 1997) * I'm Into Something Good - Earl-Jean (also a big hit for Herman's Hermits) Up on the Roof - The Drifters (a...

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Linda Ronstadt Extravaganza

John Simon | Posted 6 months ago.
Getting ready for the Burns Sisters Tribute Show at The Hangar Theater

In anticipation of their big show tonight at the Hangar I've got special guests in the studio (Annie & Marie Burns plus hotshot Nashville guitar-slinger Jim Kimball) for a few tunes - and then a ...

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Lunch Hour Special 9/21/17

John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
Paul McCartney is Coming to Town (Syracuse on 9/23, actually)

In anticipation of Paul's sold-out show at the Carrier Dome, here's a quick survey of his catalogue. Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles (from Revolver, circa 1966 - this is the "Yellow Submarine Songtr...

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Lunch Hour Special 8/31/17

John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
Van Morrison's Birthday Tribute

Born and raised in Belfast, Van Morrison's life-long love for American R&B and his love for the magic of radio shines through. Today is his 72nd birthday. Raise a glass to a true visionary! * Br...

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Lunch Hour Special 8/3/17

John Simon | Posted almost 2 years ago.
Cool Covers of Classical Tracks (like, real "long-hair" music)

A request had come in last week for some music based on Classical composers' work. The only overt qualifier was "Please, not that song by The Toys" (A Lover's Concerto, based on Bach's Minuet in G ...

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Lunch Hour Special - Thursday 7/27/17

John Simon | Posted almost 2 years ago.
Cool Covers of Classic Tracks [Volume 11]

It's another hour of unlikely twists on songs you know by other artists..... Atlantic City - The Band [1993] Original band members Danko, Manuel and Helms cover Springsteen! * Crossroads - Lyny...

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Lunch Hour Special - Thursday 5/4/17 - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
Women On The Covers: Classic Rock tunes with a feminine twist!

Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders [1979; original by The Kinks. This one produced by Nick Lowe.] So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star - Patti Smith Group [1979; original by The Byrds] Every Little T...

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Lunch Hour Special - 4/13/17 - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
Spotlight on the Slide Guitar: Slip-slidin' away!

Long a staple of the Blues (when all you needed was a set of strings and a broken bottle neck), the slide became a staple of Rock music in the Seventies. Here are some classic performances by some ...

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Lunch Hour Special 4-6-17 - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
Can't Live Without My Radio: A Love Letter to the Medium

Wavelength - Van Morrison (1978; Title track of his LP and a charting single singing the praises of his childhood relationship with late-night radio) Rock & Roll - Velvet Underground (1970 - non...

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Lunch Hour Special 3/30/17 Noon-1

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
Flute Thing - Silver Woodwind in The World Of Rock Music

Flute Thing - Blues Project [1966; "Projections" LP - Andy Kuhlberg plays the flute] * Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull [1970; "Benefit" LP - Ian Anderson plays the flute] To Put Up With You - The...

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Lunch Hour Special 3-9-17 - While My Sitar Gently Weeps - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
Sitar Textures in Rock Music Over The Years

See My Friends - The Kinks [1965; #10 UK - cited as the first western Rock song with sitar flavoring] Evergreen, Pt. II - Stone Poneys [1967 - from their second LP. Kenny Edwards played sitar on t...

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Lunch Hour Special - 3/2/17 - Noon-1

John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
Covers Of The Rolling Stones! (with apologies to Dr. Hook) - songs from the Rolling Stones family

Jumpin' Jack Flash - Wynder K. Frogg (1968 - an alias of keyboard ace Mick Weaver, released as a single on Island) Gimme Shelter - Grand Funk (1973 - 45 edit, trimming the LP track to about half i...

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Lunch Hour Special 2/16/17 Noon-1

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
45 Corner - An all-vinyl lunch hour: Radio Station Promo 45s, special single edits and more!

Today we'll hear a bunch of familiar songs that were specially edited and mixed to sound compelling on the radio back in the day. Time to crank the turntables! Riders On The Storm - The Doors (a...

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Lunch Hour Special 1-19-17 (Extended Version)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
The Day Before the Trump Inauguration: What to Play? [* = requests]

Bad Moon Rising - Thea Gilmore [nouveau folk cover of CCR classic] Fortunate Son - Bang Data [cool cover of CCR classic from "Quiero Creedence" compilation] Revolution - The Beatles [mono 45 vers...

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Lunch Hour Special 12/15/16

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
Cool Covers!: A Long-Distance Collaboration between a WVBR DJ and his old buddy from back home

After The Gold Rush - k.d. Lang (a Canadian superstar interprets one of her Canadian compatriot's finer moments) She's Not There - Neal MacArthur (cool re-make of the Zombies' classic - by Col...

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Lunch Hour Special 12/8/16

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
On the Anniversary of John Lennon's Shooting Death, A Tribute: Words and Music by John Winston Ono Lennon

Help! - Mary McCaslin (1971 - Barnaby Records radio promo 45) * God - Plastic Ono Band (1971) Love - The Lettermen (10/71; #42 - faithful cover of a track from the "Plastic Ono Band" LP) *...

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Lunch Hour Special (9/15/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
Lunch Ladies Special: Women Rock The Airwaves

I Just Want To Make Love To You - Cold Blood (Lydia Pense & band) Magic Man - Heart (Ann & Nancy Wilson & band) Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Patti Smith (from her album "12") Don't Get Me...

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Lunch Hour Special (9/8/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
Labor Day in the Rearview Mirror: songs about everyday working stiffs

Factory - Bruce Springsteen (1978 - from "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" LP) Factory Girl - Rolling Stones (1968 - from "Beggars Banquet" LP) Working Girl - The Members (1982 single - check Yout...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 9/1/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
Cool Covers Revisited - alternate versions of classic tunes

Here, There & Everywhere - David Gilmour & Friends (10/15 - the McCartney tune as interpreted by the Pink Floyd family) Your Move - Robert Downey, Jr. (2004 - featuring guest vocals by composer an...

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Lunch Hour Special (7/21/16)

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
Cat Stevens Has a Birthday Today - spotlight on the songwriting of Steven Georgiou (now known as Yusuf Islam)

Here Comes My Baby - Cat Stevens (ca. 1966 - from his days as a fledgling Pop star) The First Cut Is The Deepest - PP Arnold (expatriate American Soul singer had the first crack at this one in '67...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 7/14/16)

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
Hot Time, Summer in the City! With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, let's make some noise

Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful (their only #1 record - Summer of '66) Dancing In The Street - Martha & Vandellas (stunning stereo version from '64) (Love Is Like a) Heatwave - Linda Ronst...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/30/16)

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
Songs With No Words: Instrumentals from the Rock Era

Mostly guitar- and keyboard-driven (w/ occasional sitar or saxophone). * indicates telephone request. Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck (Truth) with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Keith Moon & Nicky Hopki...

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Vinyl Records on a Friday Evening

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
What happens when the Rock 'n' Roll Club is on vacation?

The R 'n' R Club has set the bar pretty high. I decided to keep the vinyl spinning for one show while they're away. Here's a partial playlist (2 hours of nothing-but-vinyl) Catch The Wind - Blue...

Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/9/16)

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
For the Class of 1966 for their 50th Reunion

As the Class of '66 descends upon Cornell this weekend, here are some of the songs on the chart two weeks after they graduated. I Am A Rock - Simon & Garfunkel (at #3 for the first of two weeks)...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/2/16)

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
It's Charlie Watts' 75th birthday. An hour full of the Rolling Stones' drummer in action!

I sent out word a few days ago to some of my drummer buddies asking "What would play for Charlie's birthday?" Here's the list (with some commentary to boot). (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - crit...

Lunch Hour Special (5/26/16)

John Simon | Posted almost 3 years ago.
Cool Covers by Americana Artists (Real Rock Radio with a Twist)

Ruby Tuesday (Stones) - Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle (brand new) Friday I'm In Love (The Cure) - Yo La Tengo (2015) Bad Time (Grand Funk) - The Jayhawks (1992) Darkness Darkness (Youngbloods) - So...

Lunch Hour Special 5/12/16 (Slope Day)

John Simon | Posted about 3 years ago.
In conjunction with today's big outdoor party, here's an hour of great live tracks.

Allman Brothers Band - Whippin' Post [live at the Atlanta Pop Festival, July 1970] The Who - Shakin' All Over [Live at Leeds, February 1970] Chambers Bros. - Love, Peace & Happiness [Atlanta Pop ...

About Me

Hometown: New York City > Ithaca (my new "hometown" since 1983)


Browsing record bins, playing in a couple of bands and parenthood

Favorite Music:

British Invasion, Motown/Stax/Atlantic Soul, Girl Groups

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