Tuesday 12/7/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Dan Hartman

Daniel Earl Hartman (December 8, 1950 – March 22, 1994) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Among songs he wrote and recorded were “Free Ride” with the Edgar Winter Group, and the solo hits “Relight My Fire”, “Instant Replay”, “I Can Dream About You”, “We Are the Young” and “Second Nature”. “I Can Dream About You”, his most successful song, reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984[1] and No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart in 1985. The James Brown song “Living in America”, which Hartman co-wrote and produced, reached No. 4 on March 1, 1986.

Hartman was never married and had no children. He died on March 22, 1994, at his Westport, Connecticut, home from an AIDS-related brain tumor. A closeted gay man, he was diagnosed with HIV in the late 1980s. He kept his HIV status a secret and supposedly did not seek treatment, even after friend and intermittent collaborator Holly Johnson (formerly of the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood) announced his own HIV status in 1991. His remains were cremated; he was survived by both parents, his brother Dave, and sister Kathy.

In May 1994, the “Dan Hartman: A Celebration of His Life and Music” memorial concert was performed at New York’s Sound Factory Bar. Nona Hendryx, Loleatta Holloway, and producer Frankie Knuckles were among the participants.

Tuesday 12/7/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Doors

The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s; mostly due to Morrison’s lyrics and voice, along with his erratic stage persona, and the group was widely regarded as an important part of the era’s counterculture.

The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, itself a reference to a quote by William Blake. After signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the Doors with Morrison released six albums in five years, some of which are considered among the greatest of all time, including their self-titled debut (1967), Strange Days (1967), and L.A. Woman (1971). They were one of the most successful bands during that time and by 1972 the Doors had sold over 4 million albums domestically and nearly 8 million singles.

Morrison died in uncertain circumstances in 1971. The band continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973. They released three more albums in the 1970s, two of which featured earlier recordings by Morrison, and over the decades reunited on stage in various configurations. In 2002, Manzarek, Krieger and Ian Astbury of the Cult on vocals started performing as “The Doors of the 21st Century”. Densmore and the Morrison estate successfully sued them over the use of the band’s name. After a short time as Riders on the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek–Krieger and toured until Manzarek’s death in 2013.

The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold LPs. According to the RIAA, they have sold 34 million albums in the United States and over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In 1993, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tuesday 12/7/21 1pm ET: Feature LP: Human League – Dare! (1981)

Dare! is the third studio album by English synth-pop band the Human League, first released in the UK on October 16, 1981 then subsequently in the US in mid-1982. The album was recorded between March and September 1981 following the departure of founding members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, and saw the band shift direction from their prior avant-garde electronic style toward a more pop-friendly, commercial sound led by frontman Philip Oakey.

Dare became critically acclaimed and has proved to be a genre-defining album, whose influence can be felt in many areas of pop music. The album and its four singles were large successes, particularly the international hit “Don’t You Want Me”. The album reached number 1 in the UK and was certified Triple Platinum by the BPI.

  1. “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of” 4:14
  2. “Open Your Heart” 3:53
  3. “The Sound of the Crowd” 3:56
  4. “Darkness” 3:56
  5. “Do or Die” 5:25
  6. “Get Carter” (instrumental) 1:02
  7. “I Am the Law” 4:09
  8. “Seconds” 4:58
  9. “Love Action (I Believe in Love)” 4:58
  10. “Don’t You Want Me” 3:56

Ian Burden – synthesizers
Jo Callis – synthesizers
Joanne Catherall – vocals
Philip Oakey – vocals, synthesizers, cover design
Susan Ann Sulley – vocals
Philip Adrian Wright – slides, occasional synthesizer, cover design

Tuesday 12/7/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Volbeat – Servant Of The Mind (2021)

Servant of the Mind is the eighth studio album by Danish rock band Volbeat. The album was released on December 3, 2021. The album was proceeded by four singles: “Wait a Minute My Girl”, “Dagen Før”, “Shotgun Blues”, and “Becoming”. The album marks a return to a heavier sound in comparison to their previous album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound.

  1. “Temple of Ekur” 4:19
  2. “Wait a Minute My Girl” 2:28
  3. “The Sacred Stones” 6:14
  4. “Shotgun Blues” 4:28
  5. “The Devil Rages On” 5:10
  6. “Say No More” 4:40
  7. “Heaven’s Descent” 4:10
  8. “Dagen Før” (featuring Stine Bramsen) 4:09
  9. “The Passenger” 3:37
  10. “Step Into Light” 4:56
  11. “Becoming” 4:13
  12. “Mindlock” 4:48
  13. “Lasse’s Birgitta” 7:56
  14. “Return to None” (Wolfbrigade cover) 2:35
  15. “Domino” (The Cramps/Roy Orbison cover) 2:56
  16. “Shotgun Blues” (featuring Dave Matrise) 4:27
  17. “Dagen Før” (Michael Vox version) 4:10
  18. “Don’t Tread On Me” (Metallica cover) 3:36

Michael Poulsen – vocals, rhythm guitar, producer
Rob Caggiano – lead guitar, producer
Jon Larsen – drums
Kaspar Boye Larsen – bass
Doug Corcoran – saxophone
Stine Bramsen – vocals (8)
Mia Maja – backing vocals
Ray Jacildo – piano
Martin Pagaard Wolff – guitar

Monday 12/6/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Freddy Cannon

Frederick Anthony Picariello, Jr. (born December 4, 1936) known as Freddy Cannon was born in Revere, Massachusetts, moving to the neighboring city of Lynn as a child. His father worked as a truck driver and also played trumpet and sang in local bands. Freddy grew up listening to the rhythm and blues music of Big Joe Turner, Buddy Johnson and others on the radio, and he learned to play guitar. After attending Lynn Vocation High School, he made his recording debut as a singer in 1958, singing and playing rhythm guitar on a single, “Cha-Cha-Do” by the Spindrifts, which became a local hit. He had also played lead guitar on a session for an R&B vocal group, the G-Clefs, whose record “Ka-Ding Dong” made No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956. At a young age he joined the National Guard, took a job driving a truck, married, and became a father.

Inspired musically by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard, he formed his own group, Freddy Karmon & the Hurricanes, which became increasingly popular in the Boston area, and began to develop a trademark strained singing style. He also became a regular on a local TV dance show, Boston Ballroom, and, in 1958, signed up to a management contract with Boston disc jockey Jack McDermott. With lyrics written by his mother, he prepared a new song which he called “Rock and Roll Baby”, and he produced a demo which McDermott took to the writing and production team of Bob Crewe and Frank Slay. They rearranged the song, rewrote the lyrics, and offered to produce a recording in return for two-thirds of the composing credits. The first recording of the song, now titled “Tallahassee Lassie”, with a guitar solo by session musician Kenny Paulson, was rejected by several record companies, but was then heard by TV presenter Dick Clark who part-owned Swan Records in Philadelphia. Clark suggested that the song be re-edited and overdubbed to add excitement, by highlighting the pounding bass drum sound and adding hand claps and Freddy’s cries of “whoo!”, which later became one of his trademarks. The single was finally released by Swan Records, with the company president, Bernie Binnick, suggesting Freddy’s new stage name of “Freddy Cannon”. After being promoted and becoming successful in Boston and Philadelphia, the single gradually received national airplay. In 1959, it peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first of his 22 songs to appear on the Billboard chart, and also reached No. 13 on the R&B singles chart. In the UK, where his early records were issued on the Top Rank label, it reached No. 17. “Tallahassee Lassie” sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.

Monday 12/6/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Described as “the architect of rock and roll”, Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll. Richard’s innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations.

“Tutti Frutti” (1955), one of Richard’s signature songs, became an instant hit, crossing over to the pop charts in both the United States and overseas in the United Kingdom. His next hit single, “Long Tall Sally” (1956), hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Best-Sellers chart, followed by a rapid succession of fifteen more in less than three years. His performances during this period resulted in integration between White Americans and African Americans in his audience. In 1962, during a five-year period in which Richard abandoned rock and roll music for born again Christianity, concert promoter Don Arden persuaded him to tour Europe. During this time, the Beatles opened for Richard on some tour dates. Richard advised the Beatles on how to perform his songs and taught the band’s member Paul McCartney his distinctive vocalizations.

Richard is cited as one of the first crossover black artists, reaching audiences of all races. His music and concerts broke the color line, drawing blacks and whites together despite attempts to sustain segregation. Many of his contemporaries, including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, recorded covers of his works. Taken by his music and style, and personally covering four of Richard’s songs on his own two breakthrough albums in 1956, Presley told Richard in 1969 that his music was an inspiration to him and that he was “the greatest.”

Richard was 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 was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2015, Richard received a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music for his key role in the formation of popular music genres and helping to bring an end to the racial divide on the music charts and in concert in the mid-1950s changing American culture significantly. “Tutti Frutti” 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.”

Monday 12/6/21 2am ET: Feature LP: Bon Jovi – Bounce (2002)

Bounce is the eighth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 8, 2002 through Island Records. Produced by Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, the album was recorded at Sanctuary II Studio in New Jersey.

Bounce was heavily influenced by the September 11 attacks, owing in part to Jon Bon Jovi’s proximity to New York City. The title “Bounce” was a reference to New York City’s and the United States’ ability to bounce back from the World Trade Center attacks as a nation. Album cover creative was produced by Grammy® Award-winning Art Director – Designer, Kevin Reagan and photography by Kevin Westenberg. Cover image for the album includes a stylized image of a radio telescope dish at the Very Large Array.

The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, making it Bon Jovi’s highest debut in the band’s history at that time.

  1. “Undivided” 3:53
  2. “Everyday” 3:00
  3. “The Distance” 4:48
  4. “Joey” 4:54
  5. “Misunderstood” 3:30
  6. “All About Lovin’ You” 3:46
  7. “Hook Me Up” 3:54
  8. “Right Side of Wrong” 5:50
  9. “Love Me Back to Life” 4:09
  10. “You Had Me From Hello” 3:49
  11. “Bounce” 3:11
  12. “Open All Night” 4:22

Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, guitar
Richie Sambora – lead guitar, backing vocals, talk box on “Bounce” and “Everyday”
Tico Torres – drums, percussion
David Bryan – keyboards, backing vocals
Hugh McDonald – bass, backing vocals
Jerry Cohen – unspecified musical contribution
Andreas Carlsson – unspecified musical contribution
Samuel Waermo – unspecified musical contribution
David Campbell – orchestral arrangements
Luke Ebbin – orchestral arrangements

Monday 12/6/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle (1985)

In Square Circle is the twentieth studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, released September 13, 1985. The album features the hit singles “Part-Time Lover” (#1), “Go Home” (#10), “Overjoyed” (#24), and “Land of La La” (#86). The album won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.

“Part-Time Lover” – 4:09
“I Love You Too Much” – 5:30
“Whereabouts” – 4:17
“Stranger on the Shore of Love” – 5:01
“Never in Your Sun” – 4:07
“Spiritual Walkers” – 5:12
“Land of La La” – 5:14
“Go Home” – 5:18
“Overjoyed” – 3:43
“It’s Wrong (Apartheid)” – 3:29

Stevie Wonder – producer, performer, writer, composer
Bob Bralove, Brad Buxer, Abdoulaye Soumare – synthesizer programming
Gary Olazabal – synthesizer programming, recording engineer, associate producer, audio mixing
Luther Vandross – lead vocal, background vocal
Syreeta Wright – background vocal
Philip Bailey – background vocal
Keith John – background vocal
Melody McCully, Billy Durham, Peter Byrne, Renee Hardaway, Darryl Phinnessee – background vocal
Deniece Williams – background vocal
Howard Smith – background vocal
Edwin Birdsong – Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer
Larry Gittens – trumpet
Bob Malach – saxophone
Janice Moore, Cheta Akins, Carolyn Garrett, Ruthell Holmes, Kay Gibbs, Valencia Cox – background vocal
Earl Klugh – guitar
Paul Riser – string arrangement