Artist Countdown: Toto Top 40 Hits 3pm ET @toto99com

totoToto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Greater Los Angeles, California. The band’s current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), and Keith Carlock (drums). Original bass player David Hungate is currently scheduled to tour with Toto as a guest musician, as Mike Porcaro died on March 15, 2015. Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues, and jazz.

David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band. David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball were recruited before their first album release. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band’s eponymous debut released in 1978. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV (1982), Toto became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. They are best known for the Top 5 hits “Hold the Line”, “Rosanna”, and “Africa”. Several changes to the lineup have been made over the years. In 2008, Lukather announced his departure from the band, and the remaining band members later went their separate ways. In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a short European tour, with a new lineup, to benefit Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was no longer an active member of the band.

The band has released a total of 17 albums, and have sold over 35 million albums to date. The group was honored with several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown Special: Eric Clapton Top 50 Hits 6pm ET

Eric ClaptonThis RadioMax Artist Countdown features Eric Clapton with the Yardbirds, Cream, Plastic Ono Band and his solo career.

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”. For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”, recorded while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded by band Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

1 Tears in Heaven
2 Change the World (with Babyface) 
3 Wonderful Tonight
4 Layla (live, unplugged) 
5 I Shot the Sheriff 
6 Promises
7 White Room (Cream)
8 After Midnight
9 Lay Down Sally 
10 My Father’s Eyes
11 For Your Love (Yardbirds)
12 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
13 Badge (Cream)
14 It’s Probably Me (with Sting)
15 I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart
16 Runaway Train (with Elton John)
17 Layla (Derek & The Dominioes)
18 I Wish It Would Rain Down (with Phil Collins)
19 Love Can Build a Bridge (with Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry)
20 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
21 Forever Man
22 Pretending
23 Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven theme) (Cream)
24 Willie and the Hand Jive
25 The Core (with Marcy Levy)
26 Hello Old Friend
27 I Can’t Stand It
28 Tulsa Time
29 Strange Brew (Cream)
30 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
31 Cold Turkey (Plastic Ono Band)
32 I Feel Free (Cream)
33 Motherless Child
34 Bad Love
35 Tearing Us Apart (with Tina Turner)
36 Let It Rain
37 It’s in the Way That You Use It
38 Run So Far
39 Circus
40 Behind the Mask
41 Carnival
42 Watch Out For Lucy
43 No Alibis
44 The Shape You’re In
45 Blues Power 
46 Another Ticket
47 See What Love Can Do
48 Holy Mother
49 Let it Grow
50 Believe in Life

Artist Countdown: The Pointer Sisters Top 35 Hits 9pm ET

The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B recording girl group from Oakland, California that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.

The group had its early origins when sisters June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in clubs in 1969 as “Pointers, a Pair”. The line-up grew to a trio when sister Anita Pointer joined them. They scored a record deal with Atlantic Records and released several unsuccessful singles. The trio grew to a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. They then signed with Blue Thumb Records, recorded their debut album, and began seeing more success, winning a Grammy Award in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance for “Fairytale” (1974). Bonnie left the group in 1978 to commence a solo career with only modest success.

The group achieved its greatest commercial success as a trio during the 1980s consisting of the line-up of June, Ruth, and Anita, winning two more Grammy’s for the top 10 hits “Jump (For My Love)” (1984) and “Automatic” (1984). The groups other US top 10 hits are “Fire” (1979), “He’s So Shy” (1980), “Slow Hand” (1981), the remixed version of “I’m So Excited” (1984) and “Neutron Dance” (1985). June Pointer, who left the group in 2004, died of cancer in 2006. She was replaced by Ruth’s daughter Issa Pointer. This trio had a number two hit in Belgium in 2005, covering “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” with Belgian singer Natalia. Since 2009, the group has consisted of Anita, Ruth and Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Pointer. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Carrie Underwood – Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

underwoodCarrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and ten Academy of Country Music Awards, among several others. As a songwriter, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Underwood is also a two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award and the first woman to win such an award twice (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, it went on to become the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history, the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history and the best-selling country album of the last ten years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released in 2007, with one of the biggest opening weeks by a female artist in history, and later earned Underwood two Grammy Awards, for the singles “Last Name” and “I Told You So”. Released in 2009, her third album, Play On, was led by the success of its first single, “Cowboy Casanova”, and finished the year as the second top-selling release by a female artist. 2012’s Blown Away, her fourth album, was ranked the second best-selling release of the year by a female artist. She won a Grammy Award for the album’s song “Blown Away”. With her strong album and single sales, and $100 million in tour revenues, Underwood is the biggest American Idol earner, the highest-ranked American Idol alumni on the RIAA’s Top Digital Artists of all time list and the fourth biggest album seller of the past ten years. She has sold more than 30 million singles and 16 million albums worldwide.

Described by music critics as Country Music’s reigning Queen, Underwood is the only solo country artist in the 2000s decade to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first and only country artist to ever debut at number one on the Hot 100, as “Inside Your Heaven” topped the chart in 2005. She is also the female country artist with the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, from 1991 to present, having 12 number one’s and breaking her own Guinness Book record of ten. Some Hearts was named the No. 1 Country Album of the 2000 Decade by Billboard and she was the top-ranked female artist on Billboard’s Best Country Artists of the 2000 Decade list. Forbes estimates that Underwood is worth $100 million. Wikipedia

1 Before He Cheats
2 Something in the Water
3 Somethin’ Bad (with Miranda Lambert)
4 Blown Away
5 See You Again
6 Two Black Cadillacs
7 Jesus, Take the Wheel
8 Cowboy Casanova
9 Good Girl
10 Inside Your Heaven
11 Last Name
12 Undo It
13 Temporary Home
14 I Told You So (featuring Randy Travis)
15 So Small
16 Little Toy Guns
17 I’ll Stand by You
18 Wasted
19 All-American Girl
20 Just a Dream
21 Home Sweet Home
22 Mama’s Song
23 Some Hearts
24 Remind Me (with Brad Paisley)
25 Don’t Forget to Remember Me
26 Praying for Time
27 Good In Goodbye
28 There’s a Place for Us
29 Change
30 Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (with Aerosmith)
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Artist Countdown: Neil Diamond Top 50 Hits 6pm ET @NeilDiamond

neil_diamondNeil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide. He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten #1 singles: “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “If You Know What I Mean”, “Desiree”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, “Heartlight” and “I’m a believer”. He continues to record and release new material and maintains an extensive touring schedule as well. – Wikipedia

1 Cracklin’ Rosie
2 I Am…I Said
3 Song Sung Blue
4 Longfellow Serenade
5 Love on the Rocks
6 Sweet Caroline
7 If You Know What I Mean
8 Desiree
9 Heartlight
10 You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (w/ Barbra Streisand)
11 Beautiful Noise
12 Forever in Blue Jeans
13 Hello Again
14 Holly Holy
15 September Morn’
16 Stones
17 Play Me
18 Shilo 
19 Soolaimón
20 Do It
21 Yesterday’s Songs
22 Walk on Water
23 I’m a Believer
24 I’ve Been This Way Before
25 America
26 Skybird
27 Solitary Man
28 Cherry, Cherry
29 Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
30 Be
31 Thank the Lord for the Night Time
32 Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show
33 Stargazer
34 Kentucky Woman
35 The Boat That I Row
36 This Time
37 New Orleans
38 You Got To Me
39 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
40 The Last Thing on My Mind
41 Red, Red Wine
42 Two-Bit Manchild
43 Sunday Sun
44 The Long Way Home
45 Until It’s Time for You to Go
46 Brooklyn Roads
47 Done Too Soon
48 Midnight Train to Georgia
49 Some Day Baby
50 You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’ (w/ Dolly Parton)

Artist Countdown: Michael McDonald Top 35 Hits 6p ET @Mike___McDonald

mikemcdonaldMichael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer and songwriter. McDonald is known for a soulful baritone singing style. He began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan. He became a member of The Doobie Brothers from 1976 to 1982, a period which resulted in several hit songs for the band. He has won five Grammy Awards.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Sweet Freedom
2 What a Fool Believes (w/ Doobie Brothers)
3 Yah Mo B There (w/ James Ingram)
4 On My Own (w/ Patti Labelle)
5 I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)
6 Real Love (w/ Doobie Brothers)
7 Minute by Minute (w/ Doobie Brothers)
8 No Lookin’ Back
9 Takin’ It to the Streets
10 Let Me Go, Love (w/ Nicolette Larson)
11 Ever Changing Times (w/ Aretha Franklin)
12 One Step Closer (w/ Doobie Brothers)
13 I Gotta Try
14 All We Got
15 Take It to Heart
16 Little Darling (I Need You) (w/ Doobie Brothers)
17 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
18 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
19 I Stand for You
20 Enemy Within
21 Tear It Up
22 It Keeps You Runnin’ (w/ Doobie Brothers)
23 Bad Times
24 Lost in the Parade
25 Here to Love You (w/ Doobie Brothers)
26 Among the Missing (w/ Kathy Mattea)
27 Love T.K.O.
28 Our Love (Theme From No Mercy)
29 Hey Girl (w/ Ray Charles)
30 Walk On By
31 Eyes of a Child
32 You Belong To Me
33 Open Your Eyes
34 Nothin’ But A Heartache
35 Love Can Break Your Heart