Saturday 12/5/2020 12:30am ET: Feature LP: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band- Greatest Hits (1994)

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, released in 1994. Certified Diamond by the RIAA, it is Seger’s most successful album to date. In December 2009, Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan confirmed that with nearly nine million copies sold, Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits was the decade’s best-selling catalog album in the United States, even out-selling The Beatles’ 1 and Michael Jackson’s Number Ones. By September 2011, the album had sold a total of 9,062,000 copies in the United States.

1. “Roll Me Away” 4:36
2. “Night Moves” 5:25
3. “Turn the Page (Live)” 5:03
4. “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” 3:59
5. “Hollywood Nights” 4:59
6. “Still the Same” 3:19
7. “Old Time Rock and Roll” 3:12
8. “We’ve Got Tonite” 4:38
9. “Against the Wind” 5:32
10. “Mainstreet” 3:42
11. “The Fire Inside” 5:53
12. “Like a Rock” 5:53
13. “C’est la Vie” (Chuck Berry) 2:58
14. “In Your Time” 3:05

Saturday 12/5/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Climax Blues Band – Gold Plated (1976)

Gold Plated is a 1976 album by the Climax Blues Band. It made #56 on the UK Albums Chart and #27 on the Billboard Album Chart, becoming their highest-selling album in either region.

1. “Together and Free” 3:52
2. “Mighty Fire” 4:31
3. “Chasing Change” 4:49
4. “Berlin Blues” 3:35
5. “Couldn’t Get It Right” 3:19
6. “Rollin’ Home” 3:10
7. “Sav’ry Gravy” 4:56
8. “Extra” 3:38

Colin [Thunderguts] Cooper – saxophones, vocals, guitar
Peter Haycock – guitar, vocals, 6-string bass
Richard Jones – keyboards, vocals, guitar
Derek Holt – Fender Jazz and Fender Precision basses, vocals
John Cuffley – drums, percussion

Friday 12/4/2020 6pm ET: All Request Show Tri-Cast with Ron Kovacs

Join Ron Kovacs 6pm for the All Request Show airing on RadioMaxMusic, Radio257 and RadioMaxMusic Christmas.  We’ll be playing your requests and Christmas tunes.

Friday 12/4/2020 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Roy Orbison (1936 – 1988)

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames “the Caruso of Rock” and “the Big O”. Many of Orbison’s songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project defiant masculinity. He was known for his shyness and stage fright, which he countered by wearing dark sunglasses.

Orbison began singing in a rockabilly and country-and-western band at high school. He was signed by Sam Phillips of Sun Records in 1956, but enjoyed his greatest success with Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, 22 of Orbison’s singles reached the Billboard Top 40. He wrote or co-wrote almost all of his own Top 10 hits, including “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Running Scared” (1961), “Crying” (1961), “In Dreams” (1963), and “Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964). Beginning in the mid-1960s, Orbison suffered a number of personal tragedies and his career faltered.

Orbison experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s following the success of several cover versions of his songs. In 1988, he co-founded the Traveling Wilburys (a rock supergroup) with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison died of a heart attack in December 1988 at age 52. One month later, his song “You Got It” (1989) was released as a solo single, becoming his first hit to reach the U.S. Top 10 in nearly 25 years.

Orbison’s honors include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and five other Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone placed him at number 37 on its list of the “Greatest Artists of All Time” and number 13 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed him at number 74 on its list of the Top 600 recording artists.

Orbison performed at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio on December 4, 1988. Exhausted, he returned to his home in Hendersonville to rest for several days before flying again to London to film two more videos for the Traveling Wilburys. On December 6, 1988, he spent the day flying model airplanes with his sons and ate dinner at his mother’s home in Hendersonville. Later that day, he died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

A memorial for Orbison was held in Nashville, and another was held in Los Angeles. He was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Friday 12/4/2020 1pm ET: Feature Artist – Andy Kim

Andrew Youakim, performing as Andy Kim, (born; December 5, 1946) is a Canadian pop rock singer and songwriter. He grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He is known for hits that he released in the late 1960s and 1970s: the international hit “Baby, I Love You” in 1969, and “Rock Me Gently”, which topped the US singles chart in 1974. He co-wrote “Sugar, Sugar” in 1968 and sang on the recording as part of The Archies; it was #1 for four weeks and was “Record of the Year” for 1969.

He has recorded under the stage name Baron Longfellow since the mid-1980s or just as Longfellow in the early 1990s. He continues to perform under his original recording name of Andy Kim.

Friday 11/4/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known as Little Richard, is an American musician and singer-songwriter.

An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, Penniman’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. His music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come, and his performances and headline-making thrust his career right into the mix of American popular music.

Penniman has been honored by many institutions. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music. Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” (1955) was included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010, which stated that his “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music”.

Friday 12/4/2020 12:30am ET: Feature LP: Jethro Tull – Benefit (1970)

Benefit is the third studio album by the British rock band Jethro Tull, released in April 1970. It was the first Tull album to include pianist and organist John Evan – though he was not yet considered a permanent member of the group – and the last to include bass guitarist Glenn Cornick who was fired from the band upon completion of touring for the album. It was recorded at Morgan Studios, the same studio where the band recorded its previous album Stand Up however the band experimented with more advanced recording techniques.

Frontman Ian Anderson said that he considers Benefit to be a much darker album than Stand Up, owing to the pressures of an extensive U.S. tour and frustration with the music business.

1. “With You There to Help Me” 6:20
2. “Nothing to Say” 5:13
3. “Alive and Well and Living In” 2:48
4. “Son” 2:53
5. “For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me” 3:49
6. “To Cry You a Song” 6:16
7. “A Time for Everything?” 2:45
8. “Inside” 3:38
9. “Play in Time” 3:49
10. “Sossity; You’re a Woman” 4:37
11. “Singing All Day” 3:07
12. “Sweet Dream” 4:03
13. “17” 6:20
14. “Teacher (UK Single Version)” 4:58
15. “Teacher (US Album Version)” 4:03

Ian Anderson – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar (uncredited), flute, balalaika, keyboards, production
Martin Barre – electric guitar
Glenn Cornick – bass guitar, Hammond organ (uncredited)
Clive Bunker – drums, percussion
Dee Palmer – orchestral arrangements
John Evan – piano, organ

Friday 12/4//2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Atlanta Rhythm Section – A Rock and Roll Alternative (1977)

Atlanta Rhythm Section – A Rock and Roll Alternative

A Rock and Roll Alternative is an album by the southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, released in 1976. This album includes the band’s biggest hit, “So in to You”, which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the Easy Listening chart.

“Sky High” – 5:17
“Hitch-Hikers’ Hero” – 3:38
“Don’t Miss the Message” – 3:27
“Georgia Rhythm” – 4:52
“So in to You” – 4:20
“Outside Woman Blues” – 4:53
“Everybody Gotta Go” – 4:10
“Neon Nites” – 3:57

Ronnie Hammond – vocals, background vocals
Barry Bailey – guitar
J.R. Cobb – rhythm guitar, background vocals
Dean Daughtry – keyboards
Paul Goddard – bass guitar
Robert Nix – percussion, drums, vocals, background vocals

Thursday 12/3/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin’ (2008)

Just a Little Lovin’ is the tenth studio album by Shelby Lynne, released in the United States and Canada on January 29, 2008. The album is a tribute to British singer Dusty Springfield, and features covers of nine songs popularized by her, in addition to “Pretend”, an original song written by Lynne. In contrast to the more fully instrumented original versions Dusty Springfield recorded, Lynne’s remakes featured sparse arrangements, favoring acoustic guitars and pianos rather than a string or horn section.

1. “Just a Little Lovin'” 5:19
2. “Anyone Who Had a Heart” 3:13
3. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” 4:11
4. “I Only Want to Be with You” 3:50
5. “The Look of Love” 3:21
6. “Breakfast in Bed” 3:21
7. “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” T 4:08
8. “I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore” 4:37
9. “Pretend”  3:06
10. “How Can I Be Sure” 3:37

Thursday 12/3/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Chris Stapleton – Starting Over (2020)

Starting Over is the fourth studio album by country music singer Chris Stapleton. The album was released on November 13, 2020, by Mercury Nashville.

1. “Starting Over” 4:00
2. “Devil Always Made Me Think Twice” 3:51
3. “Cold” 5:09
4. “When I’m with You” 3:43
5. “Arkansas” 2:58
6. “Joy of My Life” 4:34
7. “Hillbilly Blood” 4:05
8. “Maggie’s Song” 3:31
9. “Whiskey Sunrise” 3:22
10. “Worry B Gone” 3:15
11. “Old Friends” 4:01
12. “Watch You Burn” 4:03
13. “You Should Probably Leave” 3:33
14. “Nashville, TN” 3:35

Wednesday 12/2/2020 11pm ET: Feature LP: Tony Banks – Still (1991)

Still is the third solo studio album by English keyboardist and songwriter Tony Banks, released in 1991 on Virgin Records in the UK and Giant Records in the U.S. The album was originally going to be named after the track Still It Takes Me by Surprise, but was later shortened to Still. Despite a fairly heavy promotional effort by Giant Records, the album failed to sell well.

“Red Day on Blue Street” – 5:53
“Angel Face” – 5:23
“The Gift” – 4:00
“Still It Takes Me by Surprise” – 6:32
“Hero for an Hour” – 5:01
“I Wanna Change the Score” – 4:34
“Water Out of Wine” – 4:43
“Another Murder of a Day” – 9:13
“Back to Back” – 4:38
“The Final Curtain” – 5:01

Wednesday 12/2/2020 9pm ET: Feature Artist – Mickey Thomas

John Michael Thomas (born December 3, 1949) is an American rock singer, best known as one of the lead vocalists of Jefferson Starship and Starship.

Thomas was born in Cairo, Georgia on December 3, 1949. He was inspired to pursue a career in music after travelling to Atlanta with longtime childhood friends Charles Connell and Tommy Verran to see a Beatles performance in 1965. Thomas, Connell, and Verran formed their first band together; Verran was the lead vocalist. They disbanded while attending different colleges, but later reformed in the early 1970s along with friend Bud Thomas as the Jets.

Thomas was the vocalist for the Lords of London, a garage band from Douglas, Georgia for a brief time, along with guitarist Billy Folsom, bassist Bob Hutchinson, keyboardist Billy Corbi, and drummer Troy Blasingame.

Elvin Bishop Group
While singing lead for the Jets in 1974, Thomas joined the Elvin Bishop Group as a backing vocalist and eventually made it to lead vocals. He sang lead vocals on the 1975 Elvin Bishop single “Silent Night” and the 1976 single “Spend Some Time,” but his best known achievement was singing on Elvin Bishop’s chart hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”, a #3 single in 1976.

Jefferson Starship & Starship
Thomas recorded the solo album As Long as You Love Me in 1976. After leaving the Elvin Bishop Group, he recorded three songs for the 1978 film Skateboard, which also featured a cameo by Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico. In April 1979, Thomas was asked to join that group after the departure of Marty Balin and Grace Slick. In 1981 he recorded his second solo album, Alive Alone. Former Elvin Bishop Group drummer Donny Baldwin became drummer for Jefferson Starship two years later when Aynsley Dunbar left.

Thomas spent most of the early 1980s as the main vocalist of Jefferson Starship, performing several duets with Slick (who rejoined in 1981) and gaining greater influence in the band. After Paul Kantner left in 1984, Thomas was leader of the band. Kantner sued over the name of Jefferson Starship, and the settlement left the band with the name Starship. From 1985 until 1989 the band had three #1 hit songs. When Slick left again in 1988, Thomas sang all lead vocals. The 1989 “Love Among the Cannibals” tour was postponed after Baldwin attacked Thomas in a bar. The damage was such that it required facial reconstruction surgery. Baldwin resigned after the incident.

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Starship was let go by their record label RCA and became inactive in 1991. In early 1992, Mickey Thomas revived Starship as Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and touring has continued with this title. The band’s Loveless Fascination was released on September 17, 2013. The band performed at the Streamy Awards on September 8, 2014.

Studio albums
As Long as You Love Me (1976)
Alive Alone (1981)
Over the Edge (2004)
The Blues Masters Featuring Mickey Thomas (2010)
Marauder (2011)

Elvin Bishop Group
Let It Flow (1974)
Juke Joint Jump (1975)
Struttin’ My Stuff (1975)
Hometown Boy Makes Good! (1976)
Raisin’ Hell (1977)

Jefferson Starship
Freedom at Point Zero (1979)
Modern Times (1981)
Winds of Change (1982)
Nuclear Furniture (1984)

Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985)
No Protection (1987)
Love Among the Cannibals (1989)
Loveless Fascination (2013)

Wednesday 12/2/2020 8pm ET: Feature Artist / LP: Scott Wieland – 12 Bar Blues (1998)

On this anniversary of Scott Wieland’s passing, we feature his first solo album.  12 Bar Blues is the debut solo album from Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland. Released March 31, 1998. Its sound and style differ greatly from STP’s previous releases. The design concept of the cover is a homage to the cover design of John Coltrane’s Blue Train album. The title name comes from the simple chord progression known as “twelve-bar blues.”

“Desperation #5” – 4:05
“Barbarella” – 6:36
“About Nothing” – 4:48
“Where’s the Man” – 4:55
“Divider” – 4:23
“Cool Kiss” – 4:55
“The Date” – 5:21
“Son” – 5:04
“Jimmy Was a Stimulator” – 3:58
“Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down” – 5:26
“Mockingbird Girl” – 5:02
“Opposite Octave Reaction” – 4:18

Scott Weiland – lead vocals, beatbox, guitar, keyboards, piano, bass, synthesized bass, drum loops
Tracy Chisolm – theremin
Blair Lamb – beatbox
Holly Reiger – guitars
Jeff Nolan, Zander Schloss – guitars
Sheryl Crow – accordion
Brad Mehldau – piano
Peter DiStefano – guitars, bass
Victor Indrizzo – vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, drums
Daniel Lanois – synthesizers
Tony Castaneda – guitars, bass
Martyn LeNoble – bass, cello
Michael Weiland – drums, percussion, drum loops
Suzie Katayama – cello
Novi Novog – viola
Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz – violin

Wednesday 12/2/2020 10am ET: RadioMaxMusic Vault

This week on the RadioMaxMusic Vault we feature three programs from July 31, 2001 featuring Ron Kovacs with the Sounds of The 60s, Sounds of The 70s, and The Sounds of The 80s.  (Shows #125)

Wednesday 12/2/2020 12am ET: America – 50th Anniversary: The Collection (2019)

America celebrates its half-centennial this year with a trio of compilations that follow the iconic Grammy-winning band to the top of the pop charts, across musical eras, and deep into the hearts of innumerable fans. The multi-platinum-selling group led by founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell and known for their memorable and dynamic live performances–have also announced a series of live dates celebrating the anniversary and are on tour now.

The three-disc version of 50th ANNIVERSARY: THE COLLECTION, released July 12, 2019 brings the core of America’s recorded legacy together with choice rarities like an early studio recording of “Ventura Highway,” a live performance of “Riverside,” and an unreleased demo for the #1 hit “Sister Golden Hair.” All of the band’s Top 10 singles are included here: “Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and more.

1 A Horse with No Name 4:12
2 I Need You 3:03
3 Sandman 5:08
4 Here 5:27
5 Rainy Day 2:54
6 Three Roses 3:53
7 Riverside (Live on Old Grey Whistle Test) 3:01
8 Children (Live on Old Grey Whistle Test) 3:10
9 Everyone I Meet Is from California (Single Version) 3:05
10 Ventura Highway 3:31
11 To Each His Own 3:14
12 Don’t Cross the River 2:29
13 Only in Your Heart 3:17
14 Cornwall Blank 4:19
15 Till the Sun Comes up Again 2:12
16 Head and Heart 3:49
17 Hat Trick 8:26
18 Muskrat Love 3:06
19 Green Monkey 3:37
20 Submarine Ladies 3:13
21 Molten Love 3:08
22 It’s Life 4:00
23 Rainbow Song 3:52
24 She’s Gonna Let You Down 3:40
25 Tin Man 3:29
26 Another Try 3:21
27 Lonely People 2:30
28 Hollywood 2:53
29 Baby It’s up to You 2:26
30 Old Man Took 3:15
31 Mad Dog (Demo) 2:45
32 Midnight 2:43
33 Sister Golden Hair 3:17
34 Daisy Jane 3:06
35 Woman Tonight 2:22
36 Old Virginia 3:31
37 Company 3:26
38 Today’s the Day 3:16
39 Amber Cascades 2:51
40 Watership Down (Alternate Mix) 4:59
41 Letter 3:07
42 God of the Sun 3:16
43 Political Poachers 2:41
44 Sarah 2:47
45 Are You There 2:53
46 You Can Do Magic 3:57
47 Sergeant Darkness (Demo) 2:55
48 Ventura Highway (Early Take 4) 4:00
49 Sister Golden Hair (Demo) 3:22
50 A Horse with No Name (Live) 4:21