Capital Radio, 12-4-23: Counting It Up

Taping my show last week means the Shane MacGowan tribute will have to wait a week. 

Instead, today’s Capital Radio had a couple songs about December, and 25 musical numbers in a sort of opposite of a countdown.

There were a lot of birthdays to count up as well — including Southside Johnny, turning 75 today, as well as Freddy Cannon (87), Jay-Z (54), Chris Hillman(79), Cassandra Wilson (68), Anna McGarrigle (79) and Bob Mosley of Moby Grape (81). 

And one for Dennis Wilson, the Beach Boy born this day in 1944.

To mark the end of Bob Dylan’s fall tour, we played most of the original versions of the city-specific covers h played along the way, in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati and Montreal. 

Here’s the setlist: 

Capital Radio December 4, 2023, 1 – 4:35 p.m., 

“Capital Radio Two,” The Clash

“If We Make It Through December,” Merle Haggard

“Grey December,” Chet Baker 

“How Do You Spell Channukkahh?” The LeeVees 

“Lazy Me,” Moby Grape 

“Come in The Morning,” Moby Grape 

“Forever [A Cappella Mix],” The Beach Boys 

“Talk To Me,” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 

“I Don’t Want to Go Home,” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 

“It’s Been a Long Time,” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 

“Abigail Beecher,” Freddy Cannon 

“The Dedication Song,” Freddy Cannon 

“Tupelo Honey,” Cassandra Wilson

“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” Jay-Z

“December 4th,” Danger Mouse

“Have You Seen Her Face,” The Byrds 

“Both of Us (Bound to Lose),” Manassas 

“High Fashion Queen,” Chris Hillman & Steve Earle 

“(Talk to Me of) Mendocino,” Kate & Anna McGarrigle

“One,” Harry Nilsson 

“Two Hearts are Better than One,” Bruce Springsteen 

“Not Yet Three,” Jonathan Richman

“Four Strong Winds [live],” Neil Young with The Band

“Five O’Clock World,” The Vogues 

“Six Days on the Road,” Dave Dudley 

“Seven Year Ache,” Rosanne Cash 

“Eight Miles High,” The Byrds 

“Cloud Nine,” The Temptations 

“Happenings Ten Years time Ago,” The Yardbirds 

“Motion the Eleven,” Cornershop 

“Twelve Thirty,” The Mamas & the Papas 

“Thirteen,” Big Star 

“Fourteen,” Wheatus 

“15,” Rilo Kiley

“Only Sixteen,” Sam Cooke 

“When I Was Seventeen,” Frank Sinatra

“Eighteen,” Alice Cooper 

“Nineteen,” Tegan & Sara

“Twenty Flight Rock,” Eddie Cochran

“1921,” The Who 

“She’s 22,” Norah Jones 

“Strawberry Letter #23,” The Brothers Johnson

“4 + 20,” Stephen Stills

“Twenty Five Miles,” Edwin Starr

“Kansas City,” Wilbert Harrison 

“Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry

“Nadine,” Chuck Berry 

“Born in Chicago,” Paul Butterfield Blues Band 

“Forty Days and Forty Nights,” Muddy Waters 

“Killing Floor,” Howlin’ Wolf

“Longest Days,” John Mellencamp

“South of Cincinnati,” Dwight Yoakam

“Dance Me to the End of Love,” Leonard Cohen

“Mr. Big Stuff,” Jean Knight 

Capital Radio returns Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET at Also available on the app, available free at iTunes or ApplePlay.