John Simon

Thursdays 9-1 * Host of Rockin' Remnants and Dealer's Choice on Saturdays

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Blogposts (33)

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    Lunch Hour Special 11/16/17

    John Simon | Posted 8 months ago.
    Who Was That Masked Man??? Uncredited guest players on songs you know and love

    Badge - Cream (with Eric Clapton's co-writer and friend George Harrison on guitar) Day After Day - Badfinger (with producer George Harrison on slide guitar and Leon Russell on piano) That's t...

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    Lunch Hour Special 9/21/17

    John Simon | Posted 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 12 months 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 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 (12/1/16)

    John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
    Beatles and Their Songs

    Inspired by a pair of requests that came in - and thinking about John Lennon's tribute next Thursday (12/8). * = telephone requests * Stand By Me - John Lennon (from 1975's LP "Rock 'n' Roll"...

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    Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 10/13/16)

    John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
    Words and Music by Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate

    * Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan (1966 hit single featuring the biting wordplay of an angry young man) Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (1965 single - the first #1 record of the "Folk Rock" era...

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    Lunch Hour Special (10/6/16)

    John Simon | Posted almost 2 years ago.
    "Alternate Universe: Versions of Songs You Know By Other Artists"

    Hello It's Me - The Nazz (Todd Rundgren's first band recorded this song two years before his hit version) Sweet Caroline - Bobby Womack (released as a single a year after Neil Diamond's big hi...

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    Lunch Hour Special (9/15/16)

    John Simon | Posted almost 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 almost 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 almost 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 (Thursday 8/3/16)

    John Simon | Posted almost 2 years ago.
    Born To Write: Songs From the Pen of Bruce Springsteen (as interpreted by others)

    This Little Girl - Gary "U.S." Bonds (4/81; #11 Pop - Bruce revived Bonds' career by writing and cutting this record with him) (She's Got) The Fever - Pointer Sisters (1978 - from their album "P...

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    Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 7/28/16)

    John Simon | Posted almost 2 years ago.
    Celebrating the Summer Ham Music Festival - July 28, 1973: The Band, The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead in Concert

    600,000 music lovers, hippies and locals descended upon the sleepy hamlet of Watkins Glen, NY on this very date 43 years ago. Thanks to caller Glen from Watkins Glen, we'll play some live tracks fr...

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    Lunch Hour Special (7/21/16)

    John Simon | Posted almost 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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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    Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/23/16)

    John Simon | Posted about 2 years ago.
    "You might want to hear my organ...." - Sly Stone, Dance to the Music (1968)

    Today's spotlight is on the Hammond B-3 (and other cool keyboards). Luncheon is served! You Keep Me Hangin' On - Vanilla Fudge (45 edit) Mark Stein on organ Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Gr...

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    Vinyl Records on a Friday Evening

    John Simon | Posted about 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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...

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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