In Memoriam: Roy Clark (April 1933 – November 2018)

Country legend Roy Clark is seen performing in this undated photo. Clark, who was a star on the popular syndicated country music variety show “Hee Haw”, died at his home in Tulsa. (WikiMedia)

Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre.

During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, skilled in the traditions of many genres, including classical guitar, country music, Latin music, bluegrass, and pop. He had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”), and his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987, and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He published his autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, in 1994.

Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard on August 31, 1957, and they had four children. He made his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Roy Clark Elementary School was named in his honor in 1978.

Clark died on November 15, 2018, at 85 at his Tulsa home due to complications of pneumonia. – Wikipedia

Thursday 9pm: Feature LP: The Beatles – White Album Remaster (2018)

The Beatles, also known as “The White Album”, is the ninth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed,[a] which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s previous LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although no singles were issued from The Beatles in Britain and the United States, the songs “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album’s songs range in style from British blues and ska to tracks influenced by Chuck Berry and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London at the end of May to commence recording sessions that lasted through to mid-October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences. Another divisive element was the constant presence of John Lennon’s new partner, Yoko Ono, whose attendance in the studio broke with the Beatles’ policy regarding wives and girlfriends not attending recording sessions. After a series of problems, including producer George Martin taking a sudden leave of absence and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year, leading to the break-up of the band by 1970.

On release, The Beatles received favourable reviews from the majority of music critics, but other commentators found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. The band and Martin later debated whether the group should have released a single album instead. Nonetheless, The Beatles reached No. 1 on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

On 9 November 2018, remixed and expanded editions of The Beatles were released. These sets feature 50 previously unreleased recordings of songs from the album, in addition to the Esher demos recorded at Harrison’s house. The four editions are: a three-CD deluxe set, containing the original double album and one CD of Esher demos; a seven-disc super deluxe edition, which adds three CDs of outtakes and a Blu-ray disc; a two-LP edition, comprising the original release; and a four-LP edition, two discs of which contain Esher demos. Following the announcement of these editions in September, a preview containing three versions of “Back in the U.S.S.R.” was released on Spotify and iTunes. – Wikipedia

Thursday 12pm: Music of The States – Georgia

Listen every Monday through Friday at 12PM ET as we feature the music of the states, A to Z.  Thursday and Friday we feature music focusing on Georgia in the title or tunes about the state.

Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina down to Spanish Florida and New France along Louisiana (New France), also bordering to the west towards the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. In 1802–1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which later split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia’s counties ranked among the nation’s 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, the state’s capital and most populous city, has been named a global city.

Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Florida, and to the west by Alabama. The state’s northernmost part is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains system. The Piedmont extends through the central part of the state from the foothills of the Blue Ridge to the Fall Line, where the rivers cascade down in elevation to the coastal plain of the state’s southern part. Georgia’s highest point is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet (1,458 m) above sea level; the lowest is the Atlantic Ocean. Of the states entirely east of the Mississippi River, Georgia is the largest in land area. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 12pm: Music of The States – Florida

Listen every Monday through Friday at 12PM ET as we feature the music of the states, A to Z.  Today we feature music focusing on Florida in the title or tunes about the state.

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive (65,755 sq mi or 170,300 km2), the 3rd-most populous (21,312,211 inhabitants), and the 8th-most densely populated (384.3/sq mi or 148.4/km2) of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida’s most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state’s capital.

Florida’s $996.3 billion economy is the fourth largest in the United States. If it were a country, Florida would be the 16th largest economy in the world, and the 58th most populous as of 2018. In 2017, Florida’s per capita personal income was $47,684, ranking 26th in the nation. The unemployment rate in September 2018 was 3.5% and ranked as the 18th in the United States. Florida exports nearly $55 billion in goods made in the state, the 8th highest among all states. The Miami Metropolitan Area is by far the largest urban economy in Florida and the 12th largest in the United States with a GDP of $344.9 billion as of 2017. This is more than twice the number of the next metro area, the Tampa Bay Area, which has a GDP of $145.3 billion. Florida is home to 51 of the world’s billionaires with most of them residing in South Florida. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You (2018)

As Long as I Have You is the tenth solo album by Roger Daltrey, released on 1 June 2018.

Work on As Long as I Have You was started shortly after Going Back Home was released in March 2014. Following his seven-month battle with viral meningitis, Daltrey planned on shelving the project until Pete Townshend heard the early mixes and expressed interest in playing rhythm and lead guitar. Recording continued during breaks on The Who’s 50th anniversary tour, The Who Hits 50!

As Long as I Have You features Townshend’s guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards and Sean Genockey on lead guitar.

The album is a mixture of self-penned tracks such as “Certified Rose” and the soulful ballad “Always Heading Home” along with songs that have inspired Daltrey over the years including Nick Cave’s “Into My Arms”, “You Haven’t Done Nothing” by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills’ “How Far” and the title track originally recorded by Garnet Mimms in 1964, the year that Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon changed their name from The High Numbers and became The Who. – Wikipedia

1. “As Long as I Have You” 3:18
2. “How Far” 3:03
3. “Where Is a Man to Go? 4:04
4. “Get On Out of the Rain 3:31
5. “I’ve Got Your Love” 3:29
6. “Into My Arms” 4:09
7. “You Haven’t Done Nothing” 3:57
8. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” 2:04
9. “Certified Rose” 3:14
10. “The Love You Save” 3:06
11. “Always Heading Home” 3:26

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Various Artists – 80’s Symphonic

80s SYMPHONIC combines the original classic tracks of 15 iconic 80s tracks from David Bowie, a-ha, Foreigner, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Tina Turner, Pretenders, Ultravox and more with brand new symphonic and string arrangements performed by the 50-piece London Studio Orchestra creating brand unique versions of these timeless tracks like you’ve never heard before.

The songs on 80s Symphonic have collectively sold over 20 million copies and have been number one hits in over 20 countries. The brand-new orchestrations for the album are the work of producer and arranger Andy Wright, who has worked with Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Simply Red, Jeff Beck, Massive Attack to name a few.

Andy Wright says, “Opening up the tape boxes of the biggest Warner’s hits from the 80’s was like all my Christmases rolled into one. Having then the opportunity of augmenting the original performances with a 50-piece Symphonic Orchestra has been a dream job. My first call was to my long-time collaborator Sam Swallow, Sam and I have tried to respectfully represent the musicality of the instrumental members of these great bands with Sam judiciously adding additional touches. It could be argued that these records cannot be improved, but…!”

Taking the original elements of the multi-tracks and, on 14 of the tracks, the original vocals the songs were arranged by Sam Swallow for a 48-piece orchestra and recorded over three days by the London Studio Orchestra in the legendary ‘Beatles Studio’ Studio 2 at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. The new version of David Bowie’s 1983 classic “Let’s Dance” was orchestrated and arranged for strings by the track’s original producer Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studio 1 where he is the Chief Creative Advisor.

Nile Rodgers, who arranged and produced David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” also notes “My work with David Bowie and specifically ‘Let’s Dance’ is sacrosanct to me so when I was asked by David’s family and Warner’s to add orchestration to the original recording I approached it with extreme trepidation. In fact my only concern was to protect David’s artistic vision and integrity. In the end I’m very grateful that we did this, as I believe anyone who loves the original will be excited by it. I’m certain David would approve from above.”

The first single to be taken from 80s Symphonic is one of the most iconic hits of the Eighties “Take On Me” by a-ha. First released in 1984, the song was a worldwide smash in 1985 reaching #1 in over a dozen countries and as of 2017 has sold 7 million copies worldwide. On hearing the new version a-ha’s Magne Furuholmen commented, “After the stripped down version of MTV unplugged, comes the full throttle orchestra-version…buckle up!”

80s SYMPHONIC
Track Listing:

1. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
2. a-ha – Take On Me
3. Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking
4. Ultravox – Vienna
5. Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
6. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
7. Howard Jones – What Is Love?
8. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
9. Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
10. Chris Rea – Josephine
11. Chicago – Hard Habit To Break
12. Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
13. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
14. The Cars – Drive
15. Pretenders – 2000 Miles

Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: Nickelback Top 50 Hits

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair. The band went through several drummer changes between 1995 and 2005, achieving its current lineup when Adair replaced drummer Ryan Vikedal.

Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. In 2009 Billboard ranked them the most successful rock group of that decade; their song “How You Remind Me” was listed as the best-selling rock song and the fourth best-selling song of the decade overall. They were listed number seven on the Billboard top artist of the decade, with four albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade.

The band signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999 and re-released their once-independent album The State. The band achieved significant commercial success with this album, as well as with its follow-up, Silver Side Up, in 2001. Following the release of Silver Side Up the band released their biggest and most well-known hit today, “How You Remind Me”, which peaked number 1 on both the Billboard and Canadian Singles Charts. The band’s fourth album The Long Road, was released in 2003 and spawned 5 singles including Canadian number one “Someday”, which also peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Afterwards, the band put out their biggest-selling album to date, All The Right Reasons (2005) which produced 3 top 10 singles and 5 top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including “Photograph”, “Far Away”, and “Rockstar”. The band’s album Dark Horse (2008) was another commercial success, producing eight singles, one of which peaked on the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and two of which peaked on the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, the band released their seventh album Here and Now which again topped the charts. Their eighth studio album No Fixed Address was released on 17 November 2014, and their ninth studio album, Feed the Machine, was released on June 16, 2017. – Wikipedia

Rev 4.0

1 How You Remind Me
2 Someday
3 Photograph
4 Gotta Be Somebody
5 Rockstar
6 Far Away
7 Today Was Your Last Day
8 Savin’ Me
9 When We Stand Together
10 If Everyone Cared
11 Too Bad
12 This Afternoon
13 Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good
14 I’d Come for You
15 What Are You Waiting For?
16 Lullaby
17 Never Gonna Be Alone
18 Edge of a Revolution
19 Never Again
20 Figured You Out
21 After the Rain
22 Burn It to the Ground
23 Animals
24 Don’t Ever Let It End
25 Something in Your Mouth
26 Bottoms Up
27 Gotta Get Me Some
28 Shakin’ Hands
29 Trying Not to Love You
30 This Means War
31 Because of You
32 Side of a Bullet
33 Someone That You’re With
34 Leader of Men
35 Breathe
36 Million Miles an Hour
37 Feed the Machine
38 Home
39 Every Time We’re Together
40 Everything I Wanna Do
41 Flat on the Floor
42 Old Enough
43 Must Be Nice
44 Get ‘Em Up
45 Holding On to Heaven
46 She Keeps Me Up
47 See You at the Show
48 Fly
49 Satellite
50 Dirty Laundry