When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be saluting the city of Memphis, Tennessee, with many of the artists from Stax and Hi Records. In addition, you’ll hear recollections and the sounds of my former Memphis Radio Station; the Big 1070 Soul, WDIA. On the playlist will be: Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, the Soul Children, Otis Redding, Al Green, Ollie & the Nightingales, Isaac Hayes, the Temprees, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor and more. It begins at 7PM ET, then immediately following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll be presenting music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Madonna, Tone Loc, Jocko Henderson, the Main Ingredient, Yarbrough & Peoples, Ben E. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and several others. I thinks it’s going to be a good evening for music and memories as we spotlight the music of Memphis and the 50,000 watt Soul Giant, WDIA and fabulous 80s sounds on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s,” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On “Great Soul Performances” later this evening, we’ll have a lot of fun with music from: Little Anthony & the Imperials, Booker T. & the MGs, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler with Brenda Lee Eager, the Swallows, Mary J. Blige, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, the Emotions, Donny Hathaway, Varetta Dillard, the Velours, the winner of last night’s Tony Award as “Best Actress in a Musical” Bette Midler; with yours truly singing with her in my role as an “Honorary Harlette,” Tammi Terrell; live in concert in the “Upper Room” of the Roostertail in Detroit, and I’ve got much, much more. The fun starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. So I’ll be looking for you later at the home of the greatest hits of the 60s & 70s, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live” Cropper wrote on his website. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.
In addition to recording and performing with the MGs, Dunn was house bassist at the Stax label in the ’60s and played on an amazing array of soul-pop classics including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” By the early ’70s, Dunn had established himself as a much in-demand session musician and would go on to back Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and many others. He was also a key member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers Band and appeared in John Landis’ 1980 movie The Blues Click here for more