Tag: Aretha Franklin

Tuesday 1/18/22 1pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 16

This RadioMax extended special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue our travels into T.

1pm to 6pm ET

Tuesday 1/11/22 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 11

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue with the completion of letter M and start with N and feature music from: Paul McCartney & Wings, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Steeleye Span, America, Pink Floyd, Tufano & Giammarese, Queen, Michael Jackson, Sweet, Doobie Brothers and many more.

2pm to 6pm ET

Friday 1/7/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin Who? (1985)

Who’s Zoomin’ Who? is the thirtieth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released by Arista Records on July 9, 1985, in the United States. A departure from the Luther Vandross-produced adult contemporary sound of her previous albums Jump to It (1982) and Get It Right (1983), Franklin worked with producer Narada Michael Walden on the majority of the album, envisioning “a record with a younger sound to it”. As a result, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? contains influences of several popular mid-1980s genres, including dance-pop, synth-pop, and contemporary R&B, as well as pop songs with crossover appeal.

Released to praising reviews, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? became Franklin’s highest-charting album since Young, Gifted and Black (1972) and her first and only studio album to earn a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with more than one million copies physically distributed. A top-10 entry in New Zealand and Sweden, the album also went platinum in Canada and reached silver status in the United Kingdom. “Freeway of Love”, the album’s lead single, proved both a commercial success, as well as a career achievement for Franklin, earning her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance while holding the number-one position on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for five consecutive weeks.

Who’s Zoomin’ Who? was considered Franklin’s comeback album, with many journalists comparing its performance to Tina Turner’s late-career crossover success with her album Private Dancer (1984), and marked the start of several collaborations with Walden. With the album, the singer established herself as a star of music video, with popular videos for “Freeway of Love”, “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” and “Another Night” enjoying heavy rotation on MTV. In 1989, the album was ranked number 89 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Best Albums of the Eighties listing. At the time of its release, Franklin herself rated Who’s Zoomin’ Who? as one of her best albums ever recorded.

  1. “Freeway of Love” 5:52
  2. “Another Night” 4:31
  3. “Sweet Bitter Love” 5:11
  4. “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” 4:44
  5. “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” (with Eurythmics) 5:52
  6. “Until You Say You Love Me” 4:23
  7. “Ain’t Nobody Ever Loved You” 4:50
  8. “Push” (with Peter Wolf) 4:35
  9. “Integrity” 4:24

Aretha Franklin – lead vocals
Walter Afanasieff – keyboards (1, 2, 4, 6-8)
Preston Glass – keyboards (1, 2, 6-8), keyboard vibes (1), backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 7)
Nat Adderley Jr. – keyboards (3, 9)
Robbie Kondor – synthesizer (3, 9)
Annie Lennox – keyboards (5), lead vocals (5)
David A. Stewart – keyboards (5), rhythm guitar (5)

Benmont Tench – Hammond organ (5)
Corrado Rustici – guitar (1, 2, 4, 6-8), guitar synthesizer (2)
Ray Gomez – guitar solo (2)
Doc Powell – guitar (3, 9)
Steve Khan – guitar (3, 9)
Mike Campbell – lead guitar (5)
Carlos Santana – guitar solo (8)
Randy Jackson – synth bass (1, 2, 4, 6, 8), bass guitar (2, 7), backing vocals (2, 4)
Louis Johnson – bass guitar (3, 9)

Nathan East – bass guitar (5)
Narada Michael Walden – drums (1, 2, 4, 6-8), percussion (1, 2, 6-8), acoustic piano (4), keyboards (7)
Yogi Horton – drums (3, 9)
Stan Lynch – drums (5)
Steve Kroon – percussion (3, 9)
Gigi Gonaway – tambourine (1)
The Santana Rhythm Section – percussion (1, 7)
Andy Narell – steel drums (7)

Clarence Clemons – saxophone (1)
Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet solo (9)
Paul Riser – string arrangements (3, 9)
Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals (1, 2, 7)
Carolyn Franklin – backing vocals (1, 4)
Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 6, 7)
Vicki Randle – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 6, 7)
Sylvester – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 6, 7)
Jeanie Tracy – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 6-8)
Martha Wash – backing vocals (1)

Laundon Von Hendricks – backing vocals (1, 2, 4, 7, 8)
Nikita Germaine – backing vocals (2)
The Charles Williams Singers – choir (5)
Peter Wolf – lead vocals (8)
Craig Thomas – backing vocals (8)
Karen Benington – backing vocals (8)
Sandra Feva – backing vocals (9)
Margaret Branch – backing vocals (9)
Brenda Corbett – backing vocals (9)

Thursday 3/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Aretha Franklin – Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (1973)

Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin. Released on June 25, 1973 by Atlantic Records, It was the first Atlantic album by Aretha to miss the Top 25 of the album chart. (It peaked at #30.) This album was originally planned to be a straight jazz album with songs like “Moody’s Mood” and “Just Right Tonight”, but producers Franklin and Quincy Jones took a detour and produced songs like “Mister Spain” and the title cut.

Notable songs include the No. 1 R&B and top 20 pop single “Angel” written by Aretha’s younger sister, Carolyn Franklin, as well as a cover of “Somewhere” which features Franklin on piano and Phil Woods on alto saxophone. This recording was reissued on compact disc through Rhino Records in the 1990s. The song “Master of Eyes” was included as the tenth track on the reissue. Even though it was a single, it was not included on the first release.

“Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)” – 4:41
“Somewhere” – 6:14
“So Swell When You’re Well” – 4:14
“Angel” – 4:26
“Sister from Texas” – 3:08
“Mister Spain” – 6:41
“That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” – 7:10
“Moody’s Mood” – 2:55
“Just Right Tonight” – 7:42′
“Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)” – 3:25

Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, acoustic piano solo (2, 3)
Spooner Oldham – keyboards
Billy Preston – acoustic piano solo (9)
Jimmy Johnson – guitar
Tommy Cogbill – bass guitar
Jerry Jemmott – bass guitar
Roger Hawkins – drums
Richie Pratt – drums
Phil Woods – alto saxophone (2)
Joe Farrell – tenor sax solo (4), flute solo (6)
Willie Bridges – saxophone
Charles Chalmers – saxophone
Andrew Love – saxophone
Floyd Newman – saxophone
Wayne Jackson – trumpet

Saturday / Sunday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” we are going to pay tribute to the co-founder of Kool & the Gang, Ronald Bell who passed away on Wednesday September 9th. You’ll hear all the big hits by Jersey City, New Jersey’s own. We’ll also be playing songs by: The Manhattans, Dionne Warwick, the Coasters, the Sylvers, Aretha Franklin, David Ruffin, LaBelle, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Artistics, Big Joe Turner and more. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” immediately following, you’ll hear: Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, the Jacksons, Steve Winwood, the Blues Brothers, Teri DeSario & KC, the Dells, the Mary Jane Girls, the O’Jays, Rick James, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Whitney Houston and others. It starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. Encore time as usual, is tomorrow Sunday at 7PM eastern Time. Don’t forget to join me later this evening for our tribute to Ronald Bell and Kool & the Gang on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” all for you on RadioMaxMusic.Com.


Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, but it’s still Valentine’s Weekend, therefore, on “Great Soul Performances” this evening all songs will have a variation “Love” in the title. Singing love songs will be: Gladys Knight & the Pips, Barbara Acklin, Luther Vandross, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Frankie Valli; with both editions of his of his group, the Four Lovers & the Four Seasons, Little Milton, Patti LaBelle, Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin, Eugene Pitt, the Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, Larry Chance & the Earls, the Pentagons, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station (live in concert) and others. The “Love Fest” begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Then of course, we’ll continue loving you with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” presenting: Aaron Neville, Rose Royce, Keith Sweat, Whitney Houston, New Edition, Mandrill, Aretha Franklin, the O’Jays, Luther Vandross & Gregory Hines, Keni Burke, Atlantic Starr and more. The “Love” continues at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. The encore of “Love” is tomorrow Sunday at 5PM eastern time. I can’t wait for you to join me later this evening for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” only on RadioMaxMusic.Com. BTW, the “Prophet of Love” Rashi Sudan will be with us for both shows.

Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

On this eve of Super Bowl LIV Sunday, this evening on “Great Soul Performances” on the playlist will be songs by: David Ruffin, the Temptations, James Brown, the Sandpebbles, Little Stevie Wonder, Carlton Jumel Smith, the O’Jays, Little Willie John, the Coasters, Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, my group, the Laddins with legendary radio air personality; my co-worker at WWRL, Gerry Bledsoe (Jolly Jerry B), live at the Bottom Line in Greenwich Village New York and many others. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT.

Immediately following at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT, I’ll lay on your ears “Great Soul performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: Irene Cara, Barry White, GrandMaster Flash, Luther Vandross with Cheryl Lynn, the Capris, Hall & Oates, Shalamar, Manhattan Transfer, Third World, Patti LaBelle, Process & the Doo Rags and more. Now, if you wish to hear them again (if it won’t interfere with your Super Bowl experience) the encore performances happen tomorrow beginning at 5PM eastern time.

It’s all on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Wishing good luck and all the best to the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. Programming Note: I think most of you have heard that I lost another friend and co-worker this week. Ironically at 101 PM on Tuesday January 28th, we lost “New York’s Morning Mayor” Harry Harrison of WMCA 570 AM, WABC 770 AM and WCBS-FM 101.1. So next Saturday February 8th, I’ll be paying tribute to Harry on “Great Soul Performances.” I hope you’ll tune in. And remember to “Unwrap Each Day Like A Precious Gift.”

Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Welcome to 2020. Our first “Great Soul Performances” of the new year will air this evening, where you’ll hear: The Escorts, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Friends Of Distinction, Brenda & the Tabulations, Cory Daye, the Bar-Kays, Joe Simon, Lee Dorsey, the Temptations, Raven Simone, Amos Millburn, Vivian Reed, Joe Cocker; live in concert and more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT, and 4PM PT.

On it’s heels will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where I’ve got: Luther Vandross, the Dells, the Isley Brothers, the Mary Jane Girls, Run D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Aerosmith, Rufus and Chaka Khan, the Fat Boys, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Teri DeSario with Harry Casey and many others. It all begins at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT.

Encore time; as always, will be tomorrow Sunday beginning at 5PM eastern time. Let’s get 2020 off to a fantastic and soulful start with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” later this evening at the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, which means on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Mother” “Mama,” “Mommy,” “Mom,” “Ma,” and even “Mothers-In-Law.” This time out I’ll be playing a lot of songs I’ve never played before, to celebrate our mothers. I also have a song about a woman who was a surrogate mom to me, and other members of my original vocal group the Laddins. So on the playlist are: The Jackson 5, Frankie Lymon, the Teenagers, Aretha Franklin, the Spinners, Ernie K-Doe, Jackie Wilson, Ruth Brown, the Five Keys, Tupac Shakur, James Brown, the Temptations, Tyrone Davis, the Laddins, the Ohio Players, the Students, Boyz II Men, the Moonglows, Formerly the Harlettes, B.B. King & Bobby “Blue” Bland; live in concert and many more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT, “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s” will present: The Dells, Michael Henderson, Lakeside, New Edition, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Kool & the Gang, Bloodstone, Phoebe Snow, Mr. T., Sade, Tavares, Jermaine Jackson, GQ, the Temptations and several others. At 3PM eastern time tomorrow Sunday, we’re down to the final two instalments of the “Top 700 Disco Countdown” which I host, and following we will air encore performances of this evening’s “G.S.P” & “G.S.P. 2 The 80s.” It’s gonna be a fantabulous weekend of music here on RadioMaxMusic.Com, and don’t forget to do something spectacular for Mom on her day tomorrow.