Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we will pay tribute to and salute the late Herb Cox of the Cleftones, who passed away one week ago today, December 7th.

We will play all the hits of the Cleftones, plus you’ll hear Herb in his own words during an interview I did with him when Lar Enterprises produced their TV show “Our Doo Wop Journey.” And guess what”? Back in 1981, I was in the Cleftones for a hot minute alongside Herb, Charles James and the late Tony Gaines, and I’m gonna play a few songs of us singing during a practice session. I think you’ll enjoy the tribute. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Right afterwards comes “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist are: Gladys Knight & the Pips, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Blondie, Barry & Glodean White, Grandmaster Flash, Cliff Richard, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Dr. Hook and many more. Start time is 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. I can’t wait for you to join me for our tribute to the late Herb Cox & the Cleftones this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Tony Orlando & Dawn

Tony Orlando and Dawn is an American pop music group that was popular in the 1970s. Their signature hits include “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose”, and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)”.

Bell Records was desperate to have a real-life act to promote Dawn’s records. Orlando asked former Motown/Stax backing vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, whom he had hired to work as background vocalists while producing Barry Manilow in the late 1960s, to become Dawn. The threesome then went on the road in 1971, on the success of “Candida” and “Knock Three Times”. After a tour of Europe, Hopkins and Vincent assumed background vocal duties in the studio, first recording on the late 1971 album Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando. The first single with their voices in the background was “Runaway/Happy Together” in 1972.

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Jimmy Buffett – Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection (2003)

Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection is a Jimmy Buffett greatest hits compilation album consisting of 2 compact discs and 38 songs. Released April 15, 2003.  The album is notable for several newly recorded and updated versions of songs considered as classics in his repertoire. Missing from the mix is fan-favorite and concert-standard “Boat Drinks”.

This collection presents 12 new recordings. As this is a career retrospective and aimed at a more casual audience, the album met criticism due to a quarter of the material being new recordings rather than focus on the original incarnations of the songs.

The following six songs are re-recordings of previously released songs: “The Captain and the Kid”, “He Went to Paris”, “In the Shelter”, “Knees of My Heart”, “Saxophones”, and “Son of a Son of a Sailor”. The new version of “Son of a Son of a Sailor” is a duet with Nadirah Shakoor’. The following four songs are new live recordings: “Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana)”, “Holiday”, “The Pascagoula Run” and “A Pirate Looks at Forty”. Buffett also newly recorded two covers: “”Everybody’s Talkin'” by Fred Neil (but made famous in a recording by Harry Nilsson) and The Beach Boys’ “Sail On Sailor”. Despite being included as the original studio version, “Volcano”‘s fourth verse has been rewritten and overdubbed.

“Margaritaville” – 4:10
“Migration” – 4:14
“Growing Older but Not Up” – 3:26
“Holiday” – 5:24 (Recorded live on 2/10/2001 in Sunrise, FL)
“Come Monday” – 3:09
“Fruitcakes” – 7:39
“We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About” – 3:21
“Cheeseburger in Paradise” – 2:50
“Jolly Mon Sing” – 3:15
“The Pascagoula Run” – 4:00 (Recorded live on 2/5/2003 in Columbia, SC)
“Tin Cup Chalice” – 3:37
“Pencil Thin Moustache” – 2:51
“Grapefruit/Juicy Fruit” – 2:57
“Coconut Telegraph” – 2:59
“Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” – 3:17
“Last Mango in Paris” – 3:16
“Fins” – 3:26
“Why Don’t We Get Drunk” – 2:43
“Brown Eyed Girl” – 3:54
“One Particular Harbour” – 5:30
“School Boy Heart” – 4:33
“Everybody’s Talkin'” – 3:00
“Volcano” – 3:38
“Son of a Son of a Sailor” – 4:46
“Take Another Road” – 3:41
“Knees of My Heart” – 3:03
“In the Shelter” – 4:01
“Havana Daydreamin'” – 3:39
“Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana)” – 4:17 (Recorded live on 9/29/2001 in Tinley Park, IL)
“Barefoot Children” – 4:53
“Saxophones” – 3:48
“Cowboy in the Jungle” – 5:08
“He Went to Paris” – 3:56
“Creola” – 7:01
“Bob Robert’s Society Band” – 3:43
“A Pirate Looks at Forty” – 4:33 (Recorded live on 8/20/2002 in Burgettstown, PA)
“Sail On, Sailor”– 2:44
“The Captain and the Kid” – 3:24

Friday 6pm ET: Ron Kovacs Show Live

Ron Kovacs featuring your requests and more of the best music on the internet.

Friday 5pm ET: Feature Artist – Steve Forbert

Samuel Stephen “Steve” Forbert (born December 13, 1954) is an American pop music singer-songwriter. Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 said Forbert has “One of the most distinctive voices anywhere.”

His 1979 song “Romeo’s Tune” reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. It also spent two weeks at No. 8 in Canada. His other singles have all charted on Billboard. Forbert’s first four albums all charted on the Billboard 200 chart, with Jack Rabbit Slim certified gold. In 2003, his Any Old Time album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Folk category. Forbert has released nineteen studio and three live albums.

Forbert’s songs have been recorded by several artists, including Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, Marty Stuart and Webb Wilder. In 2017, a tribute album, An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert, was released, with covers of his songs by twenty-one artists.

In September 2018, he released his self-penned memoir, Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, with editor Therese Boyd. It accompanied the release of his 19th studio album The Magic Tree on Blue Rose Music.

Friday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – Jacksons

The Jackson 5, later known as the Jacksons, were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1965 in Gary, Indiana, by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, with younger brothers Marlon and Michael joining soon after. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations.

The Jackson 5 performed in talent shows and clubs on the Chitlin’ Circuit, then signed with Steeltown Records in 1967 and released two singles. In 1968, they left Steeltown Records and signed with Motown, where they were first group to debut with four consecutive number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with the songs “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There”. They also achieved 16 top-40 singles on the chart. The group left Motown for Epic Records in early 1976, with the exception of Jermaine, who was replaced by Randy. At Epic, they released four studio albums and one live album between 1976 and 1981, including the successful albums Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) and the singles “Enjoy Yourself”, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”, and “Can You Feel It”.

The brothers also released solo albums, most successfully Michael. In 1983, Jermaine reunited with the band to perform on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special. They released the Victory album the following year, followed by an extensive tour which also featured songs from Michael’s solo albums. After the Victory tour, Michael and Randy Jackson left the group. The remaining four released the poorly received 2300 Jackson Street album in 1989 before being dropped from their label. In 2001, the Jacksons reunited on Michael’s 30th Anniversary Celebration TV special. The four eldest of the brothers embarked on their Unity Tour in 2012 following Michael’s death, and they planned several major performances for 2017.

The Jackson 5 have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. In 1980 the brothers were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as the Jacksons. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Two of the band’s recordings (“ABC” and “I Want You Back”) are among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and, alongside “I’ll Be There”, were also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Friday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Grand Funk Railroad

Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, which toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine once said, “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” Known for its crowd-pleasing arena rock style, the band was well-regarded by audiences despite a relative lack of critical acclaim. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a line that runs through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.