Jaxon's Top Songs

DJ picks his favorites over a four-decade career

Some of Georgia Radio Hall of Fame-nominated DJ Jaxon Riley’s favorite music from his 41 years in the business:

1950s: Three-way tie: “Hernando’s Hide Away” by Archie Bleyer; “A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)” by Marty Robins; “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?” by Patti Page. (These are the first songs I remember liking as a kid.)

1950s: “High School Dance,” by Larry Williams. Most people don’t know him, but John Lennon did; “Scotch and Soda” by the Kingston Trio. I have always liked this song and plan on learning it on the guitar.

1960s: “You’ve Got What It Takes” by the Dave Clark Five. A great Panama City Beach high school spring break memory.

1967: “My Obsession” by the Rolling Stones from their LP “Between the Buttons.” Yeah, Mick Jagger is cool, but Brian Jones was cooler.

1969: “Trouble Every Day” by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. LOL … This song got the Mothers a recording contract because MGM records thought they had signed a blues band. The lyrics are relevant today. Bought this album at Gibson’s Discount Center on South Slappey Boulevard. Gibson’s record department was awesome.

1969: “Abbey Road” by the Beatles. The whole album [8 track tape]. The Beatles got me through my (weekend hippy) teen years.

1969: “Turn On Your Love Light” by the Grateful Dead. Ron McKernan’s vocals make this my all-time favorite song.

1971: “Angel” by Jimi Hendrix. Many consider this the best ballad he ever wrote. They are right.

1973: “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. A love song I played on WALG for my wife Nancy when we first met.

1991: “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares” by Travis Tritt. When I worked at (Albany radio station) WJAZ, Miss Mozell, a fan, would bring me soup and cornbread, and in return I would take her to Waffle House for lunch where we would play Travis Tritt on the jukebox.