Monday 7/13/2020 8pm ET: Feature Artist – Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys (1981–present) are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.

Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles, 22 of them Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones: “West End Girls” (also number one on the US Billboard Hot 100), “It’s a Sin”, a synthpop version of “Always on My Mind”, and “Heart”. Other hit songs include a cover of “Go West”, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”, and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” in a duet with Dusty Springfield. With five US top ten singles in the 1980s, they are associated with the Second British Invasion.

At the 2009 Brit Awards in London, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the number one dance duo/group over the 40 years since the chart’s inception in 1976. In 2017, the duo received NME’s Godlike Genius Award.

Monday 7/13/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts is an American country music group formed in Columbus, Ohio, in 1999. Its members are lead vocalist Gary LeVox, his second cousin Jay DeMarcus on bass guitar, and Joe Don Rooney on guitar and banjo. DeMarcus is also a brother-in-law of country music singer James Otto, and formerly one-half of the Christian music duo East to West.

From 2000 to 2010, they recorded for Disney Music Group’s Lyric Street Records. While on that label, they released six studio albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In order of release, they are Rascal Flatts (2000), Melt (2002), Feels Like Today (2004), Me and My Gang (2006), Still Feels Good (2007), and Unstoppable (2009). After Lyric Street closed in 2010, they moved to Big Machine Records, for which they have released five studio albums and one Christmas album: Nothing Like This (2010), Changed (2012), Rewind (2014), The Greatest Gift of All (2016), Back to Us (2017), and 11th and final Studio Album How They Remember You on July 31, 2020. 1. How They Remember You 2. Feel It In The Morning 3. Quick Fast In A Hurry Featuring Rachel Wammack 4. Looking Back 5. Warmer 6. Sip Away 7. Through The Years 8. Back To Life 9. Dancing On My Grave 10.

Their studio albums have accounted for more than twenty-five singles, of which fourteen have reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay. Their longest-lasting No. 1 single, a cover of Marcus Hummon’s “Bless the Broken Road”, spent five weeks in that position in 2005. In 2005–06, “What Hurts the Most” was No. 1 on both the Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On January 7, 2020, the band announced that they would be disbanding following a farewell tour after 21 years together. On May 19, 2020, the farewell tour was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Monday 7/13/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Roll The Bone (1991)

Roll the Bones is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released September 3, 1991 on Anthem Records. The band began working on Roll the Bones after a brief creative hiatus following the tour promoting their previous release, Presto.

Roll the Bones was a return to commercial success for the band, reaching No. 3 in the United States, No. 10 in the UK, and No. 11 in Canada. Between 1991 and 1992, six songs from the album were released as singles. The album won a Juno Award for Best Album Design at the 1992 awards. In August 2001, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies in the US. It was remastered in 2004 and again in 2013 as part of The Studio Albums 1989–2007 box set.

1. “Dreamline” 4:37
2. “Bravado” 4:35
3. “Roll the Bones” 5:30
4. “Face Up” 3:54
5. “Where’s My Thing? (Part IV, “Gangster of Boats” Trilogy)” (instrumental) 3:49
6. “The Big Wheel” 5:13
7. “Heresy” 5:27
8. “Ghost of a Chance” 5:18
9. “Neurotica” 4:39
10. “You Bet Your Life” 5:01

Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay (In Memoriam: Sharon Paige)

It’s Saturday once again and time for “Great Soul Performances” this evening. Unfortunately, we once again have to pay tribute to another artist we’ve lost this past week. On Sunday, Sharon Paige of Philadelphia who made her mark singing with Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass & the Blue Notes died. We will salute her in our second hour.

You’ll also be hearing from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Carlton Jumel Smith, New York City, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Captain Sky, Billy Stewart, the Jones Girls, Chazz Dixon, the Drifters, Teslanay, Ted Taylor and you’ll hear the night I sang as a member of Harvey Fuqua’s Moonglows in concert and a lot more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist will be: Robert Winters & Fall, Bananarama, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, the Average White Band, the Funkmasters, Maxine Brown, Michael Jackson, Richard Marx, Master Jam, Herb Alpert, Roger Troutman & Zapp and several others. It kicks off at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. If you want to hear both shows again, encore is tomorrow Sunday starting at 5PM eastern time. So I’ll be looking forward to seeing you this evening for fantastic music and our tribute to the late Sharon Paige, at the “Home of the Hits” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7/11/2020 12pm ET: Sylvia’s Classic Rock Show

Saturday 7/11/2020 1am ET: Across The Tracks with Ron Kovacs

This installment of Across The Tracks features tunes with Water in the title.

Saturday 7/11/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Steve Winwood – Roll With It (1988)

Roll with It is the fifth solo studio album by English blue-eyed soul artist Steve Winwood, released on June 21, 1988. It topped the album charts in the United States, and has sold over three million copies. The title cut topped the pop and rock singles charts. The success led the subsequent songs to serve as singles, “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” and “Holding On”. “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” had been written by Winwood to be featured in an ad campaign for Michelob which began running on American television on the day of the Roll with It album’s US release. Two other tracks from Roll with It: “Hearts on Fire” and “Put on Your Dancing Shoes”, also achieved radio airplay.

“Roll with It” – 5:20
“Holding On” – 6:15
“The Morning Side” – 5:14
“Put on Your Dancing Shoes” – 5:11
“Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” – 6:54
“Hearts on Fire” – 5:15
“One More Morning” – 4:58
“Shining Song” – 5:28
“Roll With It” (Extended) – 9:41

Friday 7/10/2020 10pm ET: Rock Hard with Jay Conroy

Join Jay Conroy 10pm ET with another installment of the Rock Hard Radio Show

Friday 7/10/2020 6pm ET: Request Show Simulcast with Ron Kovacs

Join Ron Kovacs for another installment of the Request Show.  Want to hear your favorite tune?  Send your request now through the front page of RadioMaxMusic.Com

 

Friday 7/10/2020 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Ronnie James Dio

Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer, and was also known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

Though his parents were from Cortland, New York, Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where his family resided for his father’s service in the U.S. Army during World War II; they soon returned to Cortland. Dio’s music career began there in 1957 as part of the Vegas Kings (later Ronnie and the Rumblers). In 1967, he formed the rock band Elf, which became a regular opening act for Deep Purple. In 1975, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore founded the band Rainbow and hired Dio to be his lead singer where the band released three studio albums. Dio quickly emerged as one of heavy rock’s pre-eminent vocalists. In 1979, Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath’s lead singer and appeared on three studio albums with the band which met with success: Heaven & Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Dehumanizer (1992). In 1982, he left the band to form the band Dio, with two albums certified platinum by RIAA. In 2006, he founded the band Heaven & Hell with ex-bandmate Tony Iommi. Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2009, from which he died the following year.

Dio is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal artists of all time. He is known for popularizing the “Metal Horns” hand gesture in metal culture and his medieval-themed song lyrics. According to a version provided by the singer himself, the act derives directly from the classic Italian apotropaic gesture, which his grandmother usually did. Dio had a powerful, versatile vocal range and was capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads. He was awarded the “Metal Guru Award” by Classic Rock Magazine in 2006. He was also named the “Best Metal singer” at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in 2010 and ranked as the genre’s best vocalist in 2013 by music journalist Sacha Jenkins.

In 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer and underwent treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

On May 4, 2010, Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s health condition. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dio died of the illness on May 16, 2010.

Friday 7/10/2020 1pm ET: Feature Artist – Soft Cell

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. The duo consisted of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The band are primarily known for their 1981 hit version of “Tainted Love” and their platinum-selling debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

In the United Kingdom, Soft Cell had twelve top 40 hits, including “Tainted Love” (#1), “Torch” (#2), “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”, “What” (both #3), and “Bedsitter” (#4). They also had four top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split; however, they reformed in 2001 to tour and release a new album and held a final reunion concert in London in 2018.

Soft Cell’s songs have been covered by various artists, including David Gray, Marilyn Manson, Coil and Nine Inch Nails. Their track “Memorabilia” earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre. The duo have sold ten million records world-wide.

Friday 7/10/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Greg Kihn Band

The Greg Kihn Band is an American band that was started by frontman Greg Kihn and bassist Steve Wright. Their most successful singles include “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” (Billboard Hot 100 #15) and “Jeopardy” (Billboard Hot 100 #2). The band’s musical style and genres comprise rock, pop rock and power pop.

Friday 7/10/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Everything But The Girl – Amplified Heart (1994)

Amplified Heart is the eighth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on June 13, 1994 by Atlantic Records in the United States and Canada, and elsewhere by Blanco y Negro Records. The album was recorded and mixed in London from winter 1993 to 1994.

Primarily an acoustic-driven set, Amplified Heart brought Everything but the Girl to mainstream audiences via the dance remix of the song “Missing”. Ultimately peaking at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1996, “Missing” spent more than a year gaining airplay and exposing Everything but the Girl to US and worldwide audiences, leading Amplified Heart to sell upwards of 232,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Sound Scan. It went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.

Amplified Heart was reissued in 2012 by Edsel Records as a two-disc deluxe set.

On May 16, 2019, the band’s Twitter account announced a special 25th anniversary pressing of the album on vinyl. Set to be released July 5, 2019, it marks the album’s debut in the vinyl format. The Todd Terry club mix of “Missing” is not on the vinyl as it was added on to later pressings of the CD as a bonus track.

1. “Rollercoaster” 3:14
2. “Troubled Mind” 3:34
3. “I Don’t Understand Anything” 4:25
4. “Walking to You” 3:30
5. “Get Me”  3:34
6. “Missing”  4:06
7. “Two Star” 4:06
8. “We Walk the Same Line” 4:00
9. “25 December” 4:04
10. “Disenchanted” 2:03
11. “Straight Back to You” 4:38
12. “Lights of Te Touan” 2:29
13. “These Days” (live) 3:24
14. “Each and Every One” (live) 3:57
15. “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” (live) 3:13

1. “I Don’t Understand Anything” (home demo) 4:17
2. “Rollercoaster” (home dem) 3:13
3. “Two Star” (home demo) 2:57
4. “Troubled Mind” (home demo) 3:48
5. “We Walk the Same Line” (home demo) 3:46
6. “Richard Says” (home demo) 2:24
7. “Back at Square One” (home demo) 3:31
8. “Two Star” (Harry Robinson’s string arrangement demo) 4:06
9. “Missing” (live) 7:41
10. “Troubled Mind” (live) 4:42
11. “Two Star” (live) 5:23
12. “Walking to You” (live) 3:35
13. “25 December” (live) 4:37
14. “Missing” (Chris & James Full On club mix) 8:35
15. “Missing” (Little Joey remix) 5:03
16. “Missing” (Ultramarine remix) 5:27
17. “Missing” (Todd Terry club mix, Ben Watt’s ‘Blanco-Eternal’ radio edit) 3:54

Thursday 7/9/2020 9pm ET: Sounds of The 60’s


Thursday 7/9/2020 6pm ET: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week we feature the Top 50 from July 9, 2020 live with Ron Kovacs