On this very cold Monday, I hope I can warm you up later this evening on “Great Soul Performances” with music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Walter Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Dramatics, Al Green, the Soul Children, Baby Washington, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Joss Stone, Clyde McPhatter, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye (live in concert) and more. We kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. We’re at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s,” with “Great Soul Performances” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Welcome to the “Dog Days of Summer.” It’s August 1st, and time for “Great Soul Performances.” This evening you’ll hear on the show: Barry White, the O’Jays, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Three Degrees; paying homage to the Chantels, Curtis Mayfield, Esther Phillips, the Elgins, the Independents, J.R. Bailey, the Vibrations, Clyde McPhatter; live at the World Famous Apollo Theatre, and a bushel basket full of many other fantastic artists. The program starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. It’s gonna be good. “Great Soul Performances” coming your way this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
How about these abnormally high temperatures in the eastern section of the country? I’ll take ’em. On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, I’ve got music from: Otis Redding, the Dells, Jackie Wilson, Skylark, James Brown, the Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, Phil Perry, Johnny Thunder, something new from an artist named Oleg Frish with Ben E. King, a salute to Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday, Sam Cooke; live in concert from Miami Florida, and much, much more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for you later with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. FYI, next week, its our annual Christmas show. Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who You Callin’ A Ho?)
Weekend two at the “Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts.” On “Great Soul Performances” this evening you’ll hear: Rose Royce, Lou Rawls, the Shirelles, Barbara Acklin, the Impressions, Bettye Swann, the Manhattans, Pharrell Williams, Phil Perry, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Clyde McPhatter “live in concert” at the Apollo Theatre and many more. It’ll begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. We’ll have a good time and I think we’ll all feel “Happy” when “Great Soul Performances” comes to you again from the “Big E” later on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As a child, he learned drums, piano and guitar, and began writing songs. His first big break was in 1962 when Clyde McPhatter recorded “Lover Please”, a song written by Swan when he was in a local band called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Stoppers, and which had first been recorded by Bill Black. McPhatter’s version quickly became a No. 7 pop hit.
Swan moved to Memphis to work with Black, but this was cut short with Black’s illness and subsequent death in 1965. He also for a time worked on Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. He then moved to Nashville, which enabled him to write hit country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis. In 1969, Swan first took on the role of record producer, producing Tony Joe White’s Top Ten hit “Polk Salad Annie”. Swan also played bass guitar for Kris Kristofferson, and then signed a solo recording deal with Monument Records.
His first album included the song “I Can Help”, a rockabilly number that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and country charts in 1974, also becoming a hit in many other countries. Swan recorded the song in two takes (without overdubs) with an RMI organ that Kristofferson and singer Rita Coolidge had bought for him as a wedding gift. However, other albums with Monument, A&M, and Epic did not have nearly the success of his first.
In 1979, Swan traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Weather Report, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón. His performance is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos’s documentary Havana Jam ’79.
Swan continued to tour as a member of Kristofferson’s band, and has recorded two albums with Randy Meisner of The Eagles. In 1986 he walked into a Californian studio (Bench Records) as part of a band called Black Tie and along with Meisner, Jimmy Griffin (Bread), David Kemper (drummer), David Miner and David Mansfield recorded an album called When the Night Falls. He recorded another solo album, Like Elvis Used to Do in 2000, and another Black Tie-style album with Meisner and Charlie Rich, Jr. billed as “Meisner, Swan & Rich”. As of 2005, Swan remained a backing singer and session musician.
Swan was married to his late wife Marlu for 30 years. They had two daughters, recording artists Planet Swan & Sierra Swan. – Wikipedia
|1||I Can Help|
|2||I’m Her Fool|
|3||Don’t Be Cruel|
|4||Everything’s the Same (Ain’t Nothing Changed)|
|5||Just Want to Taste Your Wine|
|6||You’re the One|
|7||Shake, Rattle and Roll|
|8||Hello! Remember Me|
|9||No Way Around (It’s Love)|
|10||Do I Have to Draw a Picture|
|11||I’m into Lovin’ You|
|12||Stuck Right in the Middle of Your Love|
|13||With Their Kind of Money and Our Kind of Love|
|14||Your Picture Still Loves Me (And I Still Love You)|
|15||Rainbows and Butterflies|
|17||You Must Be Lookin’ for Me|
|18||I’m Gonna Get You|
|19||P.M.S. (Post Mortem Sickness)|
|20||Ways Of A Woman In Love|
|21||I’d Like To Work For You|
According to Rolling Stone magazine, the Drifters were the least stable of the great vocal groups, as they were low-paid musicians hired by George Treadwell, who owned the Drifters name. There have been 60 vocalists in the history of the Treadwell Drifters line, including several splinter groups by former Drifters members (not under Treadwell’s management). These groups are usually identified with a possessive credit such as “Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters“, “Charlie Thomas’ Drifters”, etc. There are two notable versions of the Drifters. The first classic Drifters, formed by Clyde McPhatter, was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as “The Drifters” or “The Original Drifters“. The second Drifters, featuring Ben E. King, was separately inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as “Ben E. King and the Drifters”. In their induction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected four members from the classic Drifters, two from the second Drifters, and one from the post-Treadwell Drifters.
According to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, “Through turmoil and changes the (original) Drifters managed to set musical trends and give the public 13 chart hits, most of which are legendary recordings today.” Matching that feat, subsequent formations of the Drifters managed to give the public 13 Hot 100 top 30 chart hits. (Source: Wikipedia)
|1||Save the Last Dance for Me|
|2||Dance with Me|
|3||I’ll Take You Home|
|4||At the Club|
|5||Under the Boardwalk|
|6||There Goes My Baby|
|7||Up on the Roof|
|9||This Magic Moment|
|10||Saturday Night at the Movies|
|12||Sweets for My Sweet|
|14||I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes|
|15||Ain’t It the Truth|
|16||(If You Cry) True Love, True Love|
|17||Some Kind of Wonderful|
|18||I Count the Tears|
|19||When My Little Girl Is Smiling|
|21||Come On Over to My Place|
|22||Kissin’ in the Back Row of the Movies|
|25||Such A Night|
|26||Whatcha Gonna Do|
|27||There Goes My First Love|
|29||You’re More than a Number in My Little Red Book|
|30||Like Sister and Brother|
|31||Down on the Beach Tonight|
|33||Fools Fall in Love|
|34||Can I Take You Home Little Girl|
|35||I Gotta Get Myself a Woman|
|37||Every Night’s a Saturday Night With You|
|39||Vaya Con Dios|
|40||Memories Are Made of This|
|41||Baby What I Mean|
|42||I’ll Take You Where the Music’s Playing|
|43||One Way Love|
|47||Room Full of Tears|
|48||Stranger on the Shore|
It’s gonna be fun, fun, fun this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” with something for everyone. A real mixed bag. Bobby will have artists like: Ray Charles, the Escorts, John Lee Hooker, the O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Lenny Williams, Shalamar, the Jacksons, Clyde McPhatter, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Etta James, Gloria Estefan and more. It all follows Dave Graham tonight at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT on RadioMaxMusic.com. Don’t be late, don’t hesitate and don’t procrastinate. Later ‘Gator!