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Step into Denny’s Den to give yourself a little lift as you make your way through the busy day. Or take a break and make the world go away for a while. Dig on platters a-plenty, from The Chantels to Del Shannon, The Small Faces to Jimmy Reed. And so much more. Maybe some Basie and Kenton? Relax. You’ve earned it!

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Stan Kenton with June Christy  This Is My Theme   Options A Presentation of Progressive Jazz  Capitol  1947  LP   
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The Ames Brothers  Destination Moon   Options Destination Moon  RCA Victor  1958  CD  I believe this was cut at Webster Hall. RCA used the room as a studio a lot in the 50s and somewhat in the 60s 
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Carina Messier  Out Of Time   Options Nowhere And No When  Can't-Sell Culture  2021  CD   
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The Bird And The Bee  I'm A Broken Heart   Options The Bird And The Bee  Metro Blue/Blue Note  2006  CD   
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Connie Francis  Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart   Options The Very Best Of Connie Francis  MGM  1961  CD   
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Petula Clark  La nuit N'En Finit Plus   Options C'est Ma Chanson  Vogue  1963  CD   
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Ranny Sinclair  With Any Other Girl   Options Another Autumn  Columbia  1966  CD   
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The Collage  Rainy Blue Memory Day   Options The Collage (Expanded Edition)  Smash  1967  CD   
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Cararvelles  How Can I Be Sure   Options Crayons to Perfume presents Birdy Num Nums  Smash  1964  CD  sending this out to GlynisGirlGroupGirl! 
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Skeeter Davis  Don't Anybody Need My Love   Options Skeeter Davis: The Pop Hits Collection  RCA Victor  1965  CD   
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Louise Cordet  Sweet Enough   Options The Sweet Beat Of Louise Cordet  Decca  1962  CD   
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The Carpenters  Top Of The World   Options A Song For You  A&M  1972  CD   
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The Mojo Men  Should I Cry   Options Sit Down...It's The Mojo Men  Reprise  1968  CD   
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Brigitte Bardot  Oh Qu'il Est Vilain   Options Show  Disc'Az  1968  CD   
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Love  Bummer In The Summer   Options Forever Changes  Elektra  1967  CD   
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Bill Lloyd  The Kiss Of The Summer Wind   Options Don't Kill The Messenger  Whole In One Records  2020  CD   
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The Four Freshmen  The Wonderful World Of Color   Options A Today Kind of Thing  Liberty  1968  CD   
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American Spring  Shyin' Away   Options Spring  Columbia  1973  CD   
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Leory Anderson: Studio Orchestra  Summer Skies   Options Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music  Decca  1959  CD   
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Hal Blaine  Welcome to Denny's Den #49!   Options Drums! Drums! a Go Go!  Dunhill  1965  CD   
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The Heartbeats  People Are Talking (Fast Version)   Options Golden Goodies  Roulette  1956  CD  this LP is a desert island disc for me! 
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Jimmy Reed  You Don't Have To Go   Options I'm Jimmy Reed  Vee Jay  1953  CD   
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Lord Tanamo  Come Down   Options Ska's The Limit 1959-1964, Vol.1  SEP  1963  CD   
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The Brothers Johnson  Free And Single   Options Look Out For #1  A&M  1976  CD   
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Chairmen Of The Board  Pay To The Piper   Options In Session  Invictus  1970  CD   
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Madeline Bell  Help Yourself   Options Doin' Things  Philips  1968  CD   
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Bobby Womack  Where There's A Will, There's A Way (Edit)   Options Safety Zone  United Artists  1975  CD   
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Major Lance  Wait Till I Get You In My Arms   Options This Is It! • More From The Van McCoy Songbook • 1962-1977  OKeh  1967  CD   
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Commodores  Fancy Dancer   Options Hot On The Tracks  Motown  1976  CD   
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The Budos Band  Golden Dunes   Options The Budos Band III  Daptone  2010  CD   
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Redd Kross  Mess Around   Options Show World  Mercury  1997  CD   
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Small Faces  My Mind's Eye   Options From The Beginning  Decca  1967  CD   
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The Yardbirds  He's Always There   Options Over Under Sideways Down  Epic  1966  CD   
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Dave Clark Five  Don't Be Taken In   Options Having A Wild Weekend  Epic  1965  CD-R   
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Del Shannon  Stranger In Town   Options Del Shannon Bottom Line 021982    1982  CD-R   
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Charlie Parker  The Song Is You   Options The Essential Charlie Parker  Verve  1949  CD   
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Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Dennis Diken:

  2:00pm Andrew in Toronto:

Hi there Dennis and all other Denizens!
  2:00pm DA The DJ:

Hi Dennis.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Listener Baby:

WPAPIPOBP!! Hugs Denizens! Big fat hug to Double D for sneaking in another show. I think the man knows we are all hooked, and need a fix.
Avatar 2:01pm Reechie:

This radio show thing is addictive, isn't it? Good afternoon Dennis & everyone!
Avatar 2:04pm LesleyK:

G'day Dennis and Denizens! Blast off! 🚀
  2:08pm Gerry from Miami:

Hey, Denny! Ed Ames was somewhat of a star in his own right. He had a few hit singles. I think the Ames Brothers were Native American by ethnicity.
Avatar 2:09pm Woo:

Ed Ames' cup runneth over with love
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm myron feld:

Hello, Dennis y Los Denizens! Another Wednesday made immeasurably better.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:16pm Dennis Diken:

hello and welcome Andrew in Toronto, Listener Baby, DA The DJ (TAST), Reechie, LesleyK, Gerry from Miami myron feld and Woo! everything is A-OK!
  2:16pm Gerry from Miami:

@Woo. Yes, that was one of his solo hits. Remember him on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show throwing tomahawks at Johnny who was standing in front of a round wooden target with his arms and legs spread apart. One of Ed's tosses landed mere inches from Johnny's family jewels. Hilarity ensued.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:20pm myron feld:

Needles and Pins = The Night Never Ends? No wonder I failed French.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:24pm Dennis Diken:

@myron - I wonder if Pet Clark incorporated "The Night Never Ends-AH" in French?
  2:24pm Gerry from Miami:

@myron feld. I am sure the composer(Jackie DeShannon) had nothing to do with that translation into French. Hope she still got her royalties, though.
  2:30pm Gerry from Miami:

Dennis, Pet Clark was almost as big a star in France as she was in England. She and her hubby, arranger Tony Hatch, probably had a full-time translator on hand to translate these tunes into French, paying no attention to the original sentiment of the songs, just retaining the melody and meter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:34pm Dennis Diken:

@Gerry from Miami - indeed! Tony Hatch is a big hero, to be sure. I think Michael Shelley did an interview with him a few years back. re: translations of English pop lyrics - I bet we can make a study of such tunes whose meaning differs from their counterparts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:37pm PaulRobeson1920:

Goood afternoon! WFMU Land!
  2:37pm Gerry from Miami:

Sometines, it was pretty literal. Like the Beatles' "Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand" or "Sie Liebs Dich." JA JA JA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Dennis Diken:

@Gerry from Miami: "Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand" means "come give me your hand," I believe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Dennis Diken:

close enuff, I guess!
  2:39pm Gerry from Miami:

I'll take Arthur Lee and Love any old time!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Dennis Diken:

welcome PaulRobeson1920! @Gerry from Miami - at your service!
Avatar 2:44pm Hoboken Jack:

Hey Dennis, Dave, Baby, all! Love Mr. Bill Lloyd!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:44pm Listener Baby:

Hi Jack! Bill Lloyd song was stellar!
Avatar 2:45pm Andrew in Toronto:

Hi there Jack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:45pm Dennis Diken:

welcome Jack! yes, we enjoy our Lloyd around here!
Avatar 2:48pm Hoboken Jack:

Hi Andrew!
  2:50pm Gerry from Miami:

Just thought of something, Dennis. Perhaps the least understood of all US Number One hits was Kyu Sakamoto's smash, "Sukiyaki." The lyrics to that song certainly had nothing to do wih Japanese cuisine! No DJs I ever heard play it even made a stab at the real meaning of the lyrics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57pm Dennis Diken:

@Gerry from Miami, here's what I found online re the meaning of "Sukiyaki": The lyrics tell the story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears won't fall. The verses of the song describe his memories and feelings. The English-language lyrics of the version recorded by A Taste of Honey are not a translation of the original Japanese lyrics but a completely different set of lyrics set to the same basic melody.

The title Sukiyaki, a Japanese hot pot dish, has nothing to do with the lyrics or the meaning of the song; the word served the purpose only because it was short, catchy, recognizably Japanese, and more familiar to most English speakers. A Newsweek columnist noted that the re-titling was like issuing "Moon River" in Japan under the title "Beef Stew."
  3:03pm Gerry from Miami:

Thanks, Denny, for your research. I had forgotten about A Taste of Honey's take on "Sukiyaki." And poor Mr. Sakamoto. He was aboard the jet plane that crashed into a Japanese mountainside back in the 80s, killing all aboard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm Eric R:

Good afternoon, all! Harmony groups rule (as the kids would say if they liked harmony groups)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm Dennis Diken:

welcome Eric R! yeah, @Gerry, I remember hearing that. I think his son is a composer of some renown?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10pm Eric R:

lots of royalty among our Caribbean stars
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:13pm Dennis Diken:

@EricR - rightly so!
Avatar 3:20pm Michael Mitsch:

Hello Hello
Sorry I missed Bill Lloyd, but lot of good stuff since then.
I'm surprised I never heard that Brothers Johnson cut in '76 in the middle of this great set.
  3:20pm Edward Rogers:

Ello Den!....luv Madeline Bell....playin one of her songs when she was in Blue Mink!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm Eric R:

Edward, thanks for that tip. I'll check out Blue Mink.
  3:23pm Edward Rogers:

Hey Eric R:......Blue Mink had some brill singles in the early 70's...cheers, e
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm Dennis Diken:

welcome Michael Mitsch and Ed! indeed, Blue Mink are deserving of our ears!
  3:23pm Edward Rogers:

Hey Eric R:......Blue Mink had some brill singles in the early 70's...cheers, e
  Swag For Life Member 3:27pm Ike-O:

peace and greetings! sorry to be tardy :)
  Swag For Life Member 3:30pm Ike-O:

i wonder which came first, fancy dancer or undisco kidd
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31pm Dennis Diken:

welcome Ike-O!
  3:31pm Edward Rogers:

Opening my ears Den!...thanx.....e
Avatar 3:33pm Michael Mitsch:

Dennis, if I ever need a dance party DJ , I'm calling you. Or I'll just
play this set from Archives ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Dennis Diken:

hey Ed - as you do every Sunday on the Atlantic Tunnel! 2-4pm on WFMU's Rock & Soul Stream, to be exact! thanks to you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm Dennis Diken:

thanks Mr M!
Avatar 3:34pm LesleyK:

RK...one of my favs!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm Eric R:

yes, what a great sound.
  3:35pm Edward Rogers:

Thanx mate for the call out!!!!!!!......getting ready for book party? :)
Avatar 3:35pm LesleyK:

Hey Ed and Eric R!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:35pm Dennis Diken:

@Ed - yes - see you in September!
  3:37pm Edward Rogers:

Hey Leslie K: Who knew that RC sounded this great!
Avatar 3:37pm LesleyK:

It was sad when Eddie Kurdziel died (he was the guitarist on this and phaseshifter albums).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm myron feld:

Off topic but....Dennis, I remember you playing a great up-tempo doo wop song a while ago, but I couldn't remember the song name, only that the group was the Du something or others. So I scrolled back through my WFMU gold-star favorites and found it: The Du Mauriers doing "All Night Long" -- a couple of clicks later, I now own it (digitally). Thanks again, DD!
Avatar 3:38pm LesleyK:

Small Faces..can't go wrong ever w them 😸!!
  3:38pm Edward Rogers:

I bloody worked up "My Mind Eyes" for a Ronnie Lane tribute we were supposed to do!...cancelled...my face SF song!w
Avatar 3:38pm LesleyK:

@Ed...I did!!!
  3:40pm Edward Rogers:

LK Keeping my ears open:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm Eric R:

Lesley, I just don't understand anyone ODing at his age. You'd think one would get off it by then or have learned how to use whatever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm Dennis Diken:

@Ed - are we gonna do the Ronnie trib 4/1/22?? @LesleyK - Small Faces forever! @myron - yes, that Du Mauriers track RULES - HARD!!
Avatar 3:42pm LesleyK:

Very sad
Avatar 3:42pm LesleyK:

Very sad-- was to Eric Rs comment
  3:43pm Edward Rogers:

On my calendar!...ya gotta be a part!!!!!!
Avatar 3:43pm LesleyK:

Ronnie tribute...yes!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43pm Eric R:

speaking of very sad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:45pm Dennis Diken:

yeah, Ed - I'm still on board for drums and my tune!!
  3:46pm Edward Rogers:

You just motivated me mate!...YEAH!
Avatar 3:48pm LesleyK:

Where is the Ronnie L tribute going to take place? I guess you have time to decide....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm Dennis Diken:

@LesleyK - we were scheduled for 4/1/20 at the Cutting Room...and then...well....
Avatar 3:49pm LesleyK:

Ah ok
Avatar 3:49pm Andrew in Toronto:

Has everyone seen the British documentary:
Ronnie Lane The Passing Show?
Avatar 3:49pm Michael Mitsch:

This Charlie Parker
album is getting airplay during dinner tonigh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Eric R:

this show is plenty eclectic
Avatar 3:50pm LesleyK:

@andrew ...haven't seen
Thanks for the tip
Avatar 3:50pm Hoboken Jack:

thank you, Dennis!! enjoy your week or weeks off!!!
Avatar 3:52pm Andrew in Toronto:

Thanks Dennis for another great two hours!
Avatar 3:52pm Andrew in Toronto:

@Leslie: It should still be on Youtube.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm myron feld:

@Andrew: I don't see The Passing Show listed on any streaming services -- do you know where it's running?
Avatar 3:52pm LesleyK:

Thx for the tunes!!
Avatar 3:52pm Woo:

I'll believe new recordings from The Faces when I hear them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm Eric R:

Dennis, will you be back in two weeks? Or is that too far away to know?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm Dennis Diken:

thanks Jack and EricR! @Andrew - gotta see that - Ed, have you seen this Ronnie doc? and thanks Andrew!
Avatar 3:53pm Andrew in Toronto:

@ Myron: Try Youtube!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm myron feld:

Thanks, Andrew
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm Dennis Diken:

not sure, Eric R - hope so! thanks LesleyK! @Woo - me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm myron feld:

And thanks Dennis for another winner! See you when you return. Have fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm Dennis Diken:

thank you myron, my man!
Avatar 3:55pm Michael Mitsch:

Wow, Rosie loves you haha.
Great stuff, have a great week Dennis anda all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm Eric R:

thanks Dennis. Another good time. Oops, I forgot to work. Better get at it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm Dennis Diken:

  3:59pm Listener Robert:

I listened only to the 2nd hour, but it was worthwhile, thanks.
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