Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. His hit singles with the Heartbreakers include “Don’t Do Me Like That” (1979), “Refugee” (1980), “The Waiting” (1981), “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985) and “Learning to Fly” (1991). Petty’s hit singles as a solo act include “I Won’t Back Down” (1989), “Free Fallin'” (1989), and “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1994). In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017, one week after the end of the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour.
Petty released 13 studio albums as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in addition to three solo albums.
Something/Anything? is the third album by American musician Todd Rundgren, released in February 1972. It was his first double album, and was recorded in late 1971 in Los Angeles, New York City and Bearsville Studios, Woodstock. Three quarters of the album was recorded in the studio with Rundgren playing all instruments and singing all vocals, as well as being the producer. The final quarter contained a number of tracks recorded live in the studio without any overdubs, save for a short snippet of archive recordings from the 1960s.
Rundgren had become confident enough at other instruments beyond his standard guitar and keyboards that he had tackled in earlier releases, and this, coupled with a general dissatisfaction with other studio musicians, led him to temporarily relocate to Los Angeles in an attempt to record an entire album single-handedly. After he had created significantly more material than would fit on a standard LP, an earthquake struck LA. He decided to head back to New York for some live sessions, with the help of Moogy Klingman, to lighten the mood. The final sessions were in Bearsville, where the remainder of the recording and mixing took place, and this created enough material for a double album.
The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold three years after its release. A single takenfrom the album, “Hello It’s Me”, was a top-five hit in the US in late 1972, and it contained a further hit, “I Saw the Light”. Something/Anything? later attracted critical acclaim as one of the most significant records of the 1970s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 173 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list, and later ranked at number 396 in the 2020 edition. It was voted number 797 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). After Something/Anything, Rundgren moved away from the straightforward pop ballads present on this album to more experimental territory and progressive rock in later releases, beginning with A Wizard, A True Star.
“I Saw the Light” 2:56
“It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” 3:50
“Wolfman Jack” 2:54
“Cold Morning Light” 3:55
“It Takes Two to Tango (This Is for the Girls)” 2:41
“Sweeter Memories” 3:36
Side two: The Cerebral Side
“The Night the Carousel Burned Down” 4:29
“Saving Grace” 4:12
“Song of the Viking” 2:35
“I Went to the Mirror” 4:05
Side three: The Kid Gets Heavy
“Black Maria” 5:20
“One More Day (No Word)” 3:43
“Couldn’t I Just Tell You” 3:34
“Torch Song” 2:52
“Little Red Lights” 4:53
Side four: Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots (A Pop Operetta)
“Overture–My Roots” “Money (That’s What I Want)” “Messin’ with the Kid” (Mel London)” 2:29
Secrets is the fifth solo album by Robert Palmer, released in June 1979. It includes “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” which peaked at No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979, and a remake of the Todd Rundgren song “Can We Still Be Friends”, which peaked at No. 52 in 1980. The album peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and No. 54 in the UK Albums Chart in 1979. Palmer also scored a hit single with “Jealous” which rose to No. 31 in Canada.
The album peaked at No. 19 in the United States and charted in the Top 50 in five other countries.
“Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” – 3:10 “Too Good to Be True” – 2:54 “Can We Still Be Friends” – 3:37 “In Walks Love Again” – 2:45 “Mean Ol’ World” – 3:33 “Love Stop” – 2:57 “Jealous” – 3:15 “Under Suspicion” – 3:25 “Woman You’re Wonderful” – 3:57 “What’s It Take?” – 3:26 “Remember to Remember” – 3:30
Robert Palmer – vocals, production Pierre Brock – bass guitar Dony Wynn – drums Kenny Mazur – guitar Steve Robbins, Jack Waldman – keyboards
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California, known for their flexibility in performing across numerous genres and their vocal harmonies. Active for five decades, with their greatest success in the 1970s, the group’s current lineup consists of founding members Tom Johnston (guitars, vocals) and Patrick Simmons (guitars, vocals), alongside Michael McDonald (keyboards, vocals) and John McFee (guitars, pedal steel, violin, backing vocals), and touring musicians including John Cowan (bass, vocals), Bill Payne (keyboards), Marc Russo (saxophones), Ed Toth (drums), and Marc Quiñones (percussion). Other long-serving members of the band include guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (1972–1979), bassist Tiran Porter (1972–1980, 1987–1992) and drummers John Hartman (1970–1979, 1987–1992), Michael Hossack (1971–1973, 1987–2012), and Keith Knudsen (1973–1982, 1993–2005).
The Cars is the debut studio album by American rock band the Cars, released on June 6, 1978, by Elektra Records. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the album spawned the singles “Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, and “Good Times Roll”. It peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
“Good Times Roll” 3:44
“My Best Friend’s Girl” 3:44
“Just What I Needed” 3:44
“I’m in Touch with Your World” 3:31
“Don’t Cha Stop” 3:01
“You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” 4:13
“Bye Bye Love” 4:14
“Moving in Stereo” 4:46
“All Mixed Up” 4:14
“Good Times Roll” (live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, November 13, 1978) 3:39
“My Best Friend’s Girl” (demo) 3:52
“Just What I Needed” (demo) 3:27
“I’m in Touch with Your World” 3:28
“Don’t Cha Stop” (demo) 3:19
“You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” (demo) 4:05
“Bye Bye Love” (demo) 4:07
“Moving in Stereo” (demo) 5:02
“All Mixed Up” (demo) 4:50
“They Won’t See You” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:56
“Take What You Want” (demo, previously unreleased) 6:04
“Wake Me Up” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:52
“You Just Can’t Push Me” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:27
Aja is the sixth studio album by the American jazz rock band Steely Dan. It was released on September 23, 1977, by ABC Records. Recording alongside nearly 40 musicians, band leaders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker pushed Steely Dan further into experimenting with different combinations of session players while pursuing longer, more sophisticated compositions for the album.
The album peaked at number three on the US charts and number five in the UK, ultimately becoming Steely Dan’s most commercially successful LP. It spawned a number of hit singles, including “Peg”, “Deacon Blues”, and “Josie”.
In July 1978, Aja won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It has since appeared frequently on professional rankings of the greatest albums, with critics and audiophiles applauding the album’s high production standards. In 2010, the Library of Congress selected the album for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”
All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1970 A2Z. We have edited the list to 1300 titles and we’ll feature them here every week. If we miss any we’ll feature those in the last edition.
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Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country pop sounds (for a style widely regarded as “neotraditional country”), as well as penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.
Out of his singles, all but seven have reached Top 40 or higher on the Billboard country singles charts, including 26 number one hits. Of these, two have been listed by Billboard as the number one song of the year on the Billboard Year-End charts: “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” in 1991 and “Chattahoochee” in 1993. His longest-lasting number one country hit and biggest pop hit is “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”, a duet with Jimmy Buffett, which spent eight non-consecutive weeks at number one in 2003 and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.