Tuesday 5/17/22 11am ET: Feature Artist: Queens Of The Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age (commonly abbreviated QOTSA) is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California. The band was founded by vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme, who has been the only constant member throughout multiple line-up changes. The current line-up consists of Homme alongside Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap steel, keyboard, percussion, backing vocals), Michael Shuman (bass guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Dean Fertita (keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals), and Jon Theodore (drums, percussion). The band also have a large pool of contributors and collaborators. Queens of the Stone Age are known for their blues, Krautrock and electronica-influenced style of riff-oriented and rhythmic hard rock music, coupled with Homme’s distinct falsetto vocals and unorthodox guitar scales.

Formed after the dissolution of Homme’s previous band Kyuss, the band originated from the Palm Desert music scene. Their self-titled debut album was recorded with former Kyuss members Alfredo Hernández on drums and Homme on all other instruments. It was well received by critics for its stoner rock sound which Homme has described as “robot rock”. Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan joined as additional vocalists for Rated R, which was commercially and critically successful. Rated R diversified their musical palette with forays into psychedelic rock, punk rock and heavy metal, and featured their breakout single “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”. Songs for the Deaf was released in 2002 to universal acclaim and commercial success, and featured Dave Grohl on drums and contributions from Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider. By this time, the band had achieved considerable international recognition, and have since embarked on successive world tours. Following Oliveri and Lanegan’s departures, Homme was the primary singer for 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze and 2007’s electronic-influenced Era Vulgaris.

After a few years of inactivity, the more sombre and introspective …Like Clockwork was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. The band released Villains in 2017 with Mark Ronson as producer.

The band have been nominated for Grammy Awards seven times; four times for Best Hard Rock Performance, twice for Best Rock Album, and once for Best Rock Performance.

Tuesday 5/17/22 10am ET: Feature Artist: Enya

Enya Patricia Brennan (born May 17, 1961) is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician, known for pioneering modern Celtic and New-age music. Regarded as the “Queen of New Age”, Enya is the best-selling Irish solo artist in history, and second-best-selling overall behind U2. Born into a musical family and raised in the Irish-speaking area of Gweedore, County Donegal, Enya began her music career when she joined her family’s Celtic folk band Clannad in 1980 on keyboards and backing vocals. She left the group in 1982 with their manager and producer Nicky Ryan to pursue a solo career, with Ryan’s wife Roma Ryan as her lyricist. Enya developed her sound over the following four years with multitracked vocals and keyboards with elements of new age, Celtic, classical, church, world, pop, and Irish folk. Thus far, she has sung in ten languages, most notably English, Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge), Latin, and Welsh.

Enya’s first projects as a solo artist included soundtrack work for The Frog Prince (1984) and the 1987 BBC documentary series The Celts, which was released as her debut album, Enya (1987). She signed with Warner Music UK, which granted her artistic freedom and minimal interference from the label. The commercial and critical success of Watermark (1988) propelled her to worldwide fame, helped by the UK number one and international hit single “Orinoco Flow”. This was followed by the multi-million-selling albums Shepherd Moons (1991), The Memory of Trees (1995), and A Day Without Rain (2000). Sales of the latter and its lead single, “Only Time”, surged in the United States following its use in the media coverage of the September 11 attacks. Following Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came… (2008), Enya took a four-year career hiatus before she resumed in 2012 and released her eighth studio album, Dark Sky Island (2015).

Enya’s discography has sold 26.5 million certified albums in the United States and an estimated 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. A Day Without Rain (2000) remains the best-selling new-age album, with an estimated 16 million copies sold worldwide. Enya has won numerous awards, including seven World Music Awards, four Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album, and an Ivor Novello Award. She was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “May It Be”, written for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Monday 5/16/22 12pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1962 A to Z – Part 1

12pm – 1pm ET Start of 1962

January 1 – The Beatles and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes both audition at Decca Records in London which has the option of signing one group only. The Beatles are rejected, mainly as they come from Liverpool and the others are Dagenham-based, nearer London.
January 5 – The first album on which The Beatles play, My Bonnie, credited to “Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers” (recorded last June in Hamburg and produced by Bert Kaempfert), is released by Polydor.
January 24 – Brian Epstein signs on to manage The Beatles.

February 16 – Conductor Bruno Walter, the day before his death, ends his last letter with: “Despite all the dark experiences of today I am still confident that Palestrina will remain. The work has all the elements of immortality”.

March 18 – The 7th Eurovision Song Contest, held at Villa Louvigny in Luxembourg City, is won by France with the song “Un premier amour”, performed by Isabelle Aubret.
March 19 – Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Bob Dylan, in the United States, featuring mostly folk standards.

April 6 – New York Philharmonic concert of April 6, 1962: Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks before a concert featuring Glenn Gould with the New York Philharmonic, when he (Bernstein) announces that although he disagrees with Gould’s slow tempi in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, he finds Gould’s ideas fascinating and will conduct the piece anyway. Bernstein’s action receives a withering review from The New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg.
April 7 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet Brian Jones at The Ealing Club, a blues club in London.
April 10 – Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe dies from cerebral paralysis caused by a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany.
April 12 – A recording is made of Bob Dylan’s concert at the Town Hall, in New York City by Columbia Records. (Columbia eventually release the recording of “Tomorrow is a Long Time” from this concert.)
April 24 – Bob Dylan begins recording The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in New York.

May 29 – The 4th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Henry Mancini wins the most awards with five, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his song “Moon River”. Judy Garland’s Judy at Carnegie Hall wins Album of the Year, while Peter Nero wins Best New Artist.

June 6 – The Beatles play their first session at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London.
June 19 – The film version of the musical The Music Man is released to theaters by Warner Bros.

August 2 – Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan in the New York Supreme Court.
August 16 – The Beatles fire drummer Pete Best and replace him with Ringo Starr.
August 17 – Instrumental Telstar, written and produced by Joe Meek for English band The Tornados, is released in the UK. The song will eventually be the first song by a British group ever to reach the top spot on the Billboard Top 100 in the United States, proving to be a precursor to the British Invasion.
August 18 – The Beatles play their first live engagement with the line-up of John, Paul, George and Ringo, at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight on the Wirral Peninsula.
August 20 – Albert Grossman becomes Bob Dylan’s manager.
August 23 – John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in an unpublicised register office ceremony at Mount Pleasant, Liverpool.

September 21 – New Musical Express, the British music magazine, publishes a story about two 13-year-old schoolgirls, Sue and Mary, releasing a disc on Decca and adds “A Liverpool group, The Beatles, have recorded ‘Love Me Do’ for Parlophone Records, set for October 5 release.”
September 22 – Bob Dylan appears for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of a hootenanny including the first public performance of “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”.
September 23 – Opening concert at the New York Philharmonic’s new home, Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and broadcast live on television across the United States by NBC. The opening work, Aaron Copland’s specially commissioned Connotations, sends “shock waves through the world of music”. Other commissions featured include Darius Milhaud’s Overture Philharmonique and Samuel Barber’s Andromache’s Farewell for soprano and orchestra. The following day, John Browning premières Barber’s Piano Concerto at the venue and on October 4 William Schuman’s Symphony No. 8 is premièred here.

October 5 – The Beatles’ first single in their own right, “Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You”, is released in the UK on EMI’s Parlophone label.
October 14 – Italian tenor Sergio Franchi makes his American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
October 17 – The Beatles make their first televised appearance, on Granada television’s local news programme People and Places.
October 20 – Peter, Paul and Mary’s self-titled debut album reaches No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
October 21 – Sergio Franchi makes his American concert debut at Carnegie Hall (sans microphone), promoted by Sol Hurok.

November 11
Ken Russell’s film Elgar is shown in BBC Television’s Monitor series in the United Kingdom.
Joan Baez has all of her first three albums on the Billboard charts, on their way to Gold status.
Two Pete Seeger classic songs reach the Billboard pop charts:
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone” recorded by The Kingston Trio reaches No. 21.
“If I Had a Hammer”, recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, reaches No. 10.
The first American Folk Blues Festival, initiated by German promoters, tours Europe; artists include Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and T-Bone Walker. Its only UK date, 21 October at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, is influential on the British R&B scene, with the audience including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones with Jimmy Page, Paul Jones, John Mayall and other musicians, and with a second show filmed and shown on Independent Television.
Georges Auric becomes director of the Opéra National de Paris.
André Hodeir’s book, Since Debussy, makes controversial claims about the importance of Jean Barraqué as a composer.

José Manuel Calderón becomes the first Dominican musician to record bachata, at the Radiotelevisión Dominicana studios.
The Spokane Philharmonic orchestra becomes the Spokane Symphony.
Dalida is named Calabrian Citizen of Honour and receives the Radio Monte Carlo Oscar with Johnny Hallyday.
Paul & Paula make their first appearance together while attending Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas.
The Mashed Potato is a popular dance craze, with several songs based around the style.
Lou Harrison visits Taiwan; on his return he forms, with William Colvig, Richard Dee and Lily Chin, the first American ensemble to play traditional Chinese music.
Sergio Franchi is signed to an RCA Red Seal recording contract in London by Norman Luboff.

Monday 5/16/22 10am ET: Feature LP: Eric Clapton – Just One Night (1980)

Just One Night is a 1980 double album by Eric Clapton, recorded live at the Budokan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan, December 1979 when Clapton was touring to support Backless, his latest record at that time. The sleeve contains a Japanese painting by Ken Konno. The album reached No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the UK, and was certified gold by RIAA. Released April 16, 1980.

“Tulsa Time” 4:00
“Early in the Morning” 7:11
“Lay Down Sally” 5:35
“Wonderful Tonight” 4:42
“If I Don’t Be There by Morning” 4:26
“Worried Life Blues” 8:28
“All Our Past Times” 5:00
“After Midnight” 5:38
“Double Trouble” 8:17
“Setting Me Up” 4:35
“Blues Power” 7:23
“Rambling On My Mind”/”Have You Ever Loved A Woman” 8:48
“Cocaine” 7:39
“Further on Up the Road” 7:17

Eric Clapton – electric guitar, lead and backing vocals
Albert Lee – electric guitar, backing and lead vocals (“Setting Me Up”), organ (“Worried Life Blues”)
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Dave Markee – bass guitar
Henry Spinetti – drums

Monday 5/16/22 9am ET: Feature LP: Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends (1968)

Bookends is the fourth studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Roy Halee, the album was released on April 3, 1968, in the United States by Columbia Records. The duo had risen to fame two years prior with the albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and the soundtrack album for the 1967 film The Graduate.

Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age. Side one of the album marks successive stages in life, the theme serving as bookends to the life cycle. Side two largely consists of previously-released singles and of unused material for The Graduate soundtrack. Simon’s lyrics concern youth, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality. Much of the material was crafted alongside producer John Simon (no relation), who joined the recording when Paul Simon suffered from writer’s block. The album was recorded gradually over the period of a year, with production speeding up around the later months of 1967.

Initial sales for Bookends were substantial in the US, and the album produced the number-one single “Mrs. Robinson”. The album sold well in the US and in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number one. Bookends was considered a breakthrough for the duo, placing them on the same level as artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones at the forefront of the cultural movement in the 1960s. The album has continued to receive critical acclaim and is debated by critics as to whether it or Bridge Over Troubled Water is Simon & Garfunkel’s best album.

  1. “Bookends Theme” 0:32
  2. “Save the Life of My Child” 2:49
  3. “America” 3:35
  4. “Overs” 2:14
  5. “Voices of Old People” 2:07
  6. “Old Friends” 2:36
  7. “Bookends Theme” 1:16
  8. “Fakin’ It” 3:17
  9. “Punky’s Dilemma” 2:12
  10. “Mrs. Robinson” 4:02
  11. “A Hazy Shade of Winter” 2:17
  12. “At the Zoo” 2:23
  13. “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies” 2:18
  14. “Old Friends” (Demo version) 2:10

Paul Simon – vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel – vocals, tapes, percussion
Hal Blaine – drums, percussion
Joe Osborn – bass guitar
Larry Knechtel – piano, keyboards, bass guitar on “Mrs Robinson”
John Simon – synthesizer on “Save The Life Of My Child”

Monday 5/16/22 8am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Out of Our Heads (1965)

Out of Our Heads is the 3rd British and 4th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in two editions with different covers and track listings. In the US, London Records released it on July 30, 1965, while Decca Records released its UK edition on September 24, 1965.

Besides the key band members of singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts, the album also contains musical contributions from former Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart. It was produced by the group’s manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

As with the prior two albums, it consists mostly of covers of American blues, soul and rhythm and blues songs, though the group wrote some of their own material for this album (4 out of the 12 tracks on the UK version, and 6 out of 12 for the USA version). The American version contains “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, which would be the band’s first number one US hit, and would go on to top the charts in 10 other countries, including the band’s native UK, and being ranked as the second greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone.

Out of Our Heads became the group’s first number one on the American Billboard 200 album chart; in the UK it charted at number two.

  1. “Mercy, Mercy” 2:45
  2. “Hitch Hike” 2:25
  3. “The Last Time” 3:41
  4. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” 2:25
  5. “Good Times” 1:58
  6. “I’m All Right” 2:25
  7. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” 3:42
  8. “Cry to Me” 3:09
  9. “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” 3:07
  10. “Play with Fire” 2:13
  11. “The Spider and the Fly” 3:39
  12. “One More Try” 1:58

Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocals, harmonica (on “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man”), tambourine (on “Play with Fire”)
Keith Richards – electric guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (on “The Last Time” and “Play with Fire”)
Brian Jones – electric guitar, acoustic guitar (on “Good Times” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”), harmonica (on “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” and “One More Try”), backing vocals
Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts – drums
Jack Nitzsche – percussion, piano (on “Satisfaction”), organ (on “Cry to Me”), harpsichord (on “Play with Fire”)[citation needed]
Phil Spector – tuned-down electric guitar (on “Play with Fire”)[citation needed]
Ian Stewart – piano, marimba (on “Good Times”)

Monday 5/16/22 12am 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