Tag: Dave Edmunds

Sunday 4/17/22 5pm ET: Feature Artist: Dave Edmunds

David William Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Although he is mainly associated with pub rock and new wave, having many hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s-style rock and roll and rockabilly.

Edmunds recorded less frequently after the mid-1980s, living in Wales in semi-retirement, but occasionally touring. He joined up with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band for tours in 1992 and 2000. However, 2007 marked a return to touring for Edmunds, alongside Joe Brown, on a lengthy tour around the UK. He made an appearance on stage alongside Stray Cats, at the Brixton Academy in London, on 10 September 2008, playing “The Race Is On” and “Tear It Up” with the band.

In 1993 Edmunds was in Cardiff Crown Court as a co-defendant along with Shakin’ Stevens facing charges of non-payment of playing royalties from former Sunsets’ band members Robert Llewellyn, Carl Petersen, Steve Percy and Paul Dolan. The prosecution asserted that the former band members were due a share of those additional royalties that Stevens and Edmunds had received from the successful reissue of the album A Legend during the early eighties. The judge agreed and, while the unpaid royalties only amounted to around £70,000 to be divided between the four musicians, the associated court costs to be paid by Stevens and Edmunds amounted to £500,000.

On New Year’s Eve 2008, he appeared on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny, performing “Girls Talk” and “I Hear You Knocking”. He was Holland’s guest again at Borde Hill Garden on 20 June 2009, on 28 August at open-air concert at Carrickfergus Castle., 31 October at Ipswich Regent, 7 November at Stoke Victoria Hall and 14 November at Nottingham Concert Hall. Edmunds also played a five-song set, including “I Hear You Knocking,” “I Knew the Bride” and “Sabre Dance” with the Holland Big Band at the Royal Albert Hall on 27 November 2009.

He returned and performed “Sabre Dance” on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny on the 2009/10 edition. An album release on 19 November 2013 called …Again, featured recordings from the 1990s, plus four new tracks, Edmunds’ first for almost 20 years, with the title track released as a digital download single. In 2015, Edmunds released his first instrumental album On Guitar… Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, which featured instrumental covers of classic songs such as The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and Elton John’s “Your Song”. The album was Edmunds’ final album and after playing a final show in July 2017, he was reported to have retired from the music business.

Wednesday 12/29/21 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 2

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

We continue with letter B and start C with music from: Elton John, Carole King, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Judge Dread, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Dave Edmunds, Faces, Who, Rolling Stones, Millie Jackson, Jim Croce, Blue Oyster Cult and many more.

2pm to 6pm ET

Sunday 10/3/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Dave Edmunds – Rif Raf (1984)

Riff Raff is a September 1984 album by Welsh rock musician Dave Edmunds. The album was his third release for Arista Records (in the UK) and Columbia Records (in the US), following 1983’s Information.

Riff Raff continued Edmunds’ collaboration with Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Lynne produced six tracks on the albums, and wrote three of the songs. However, compared to the pair’s success with Information (which hit #51 on the Billboard 200 album chart and spawned a top-40 single in “Slipping Away”), Riff Raff was a commercial flop. The album made it to only #140. “Something About You” failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 (although it did hit #16 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart).

Riff Raff was the last time Edmunds and Lynne would collaborate on record. Edmunds wouldn’t make another studio album for six years (although he would release a live album in the interim).

The majority of the tracks on Riff Raff are originals by Lynne, Edmunds, and band member John David. The most notable cover is the aforementioned “Something About You”, originally a top-20 hit for the Four Tops in 1965.

“Something About You” – 3:03
“Breaking Out” – 3:26
“Busted Loose” – 4:33
“Far Away” – 4:11
“Rules of the Game” – 4:10
“Steel Claw” – 4:18
“S.O.S.” – 3:14
“Hang On” – 3:24
“How Could I Be So Wrong” – 3:20
“Can’t Get Enough” – 3:08

Dave Edmunds – guitar, vocals
John David – bass
Paul Jones – harmonica
Richard Tandy – keyboards
Terry Williams – drums
Gered Mankowitz – photography

Wednesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Albert Hammond, Grand Funk Railroad, Undisputed Truth, Stevie Wonder, Jacksons, Elton John, Dave Edmunds, Argent, Diana Ross, Heart, Warren Zevon and more . . .

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on the Sounds of The 80’s, Edie Brickell, Cars, Robert Palmer, America, Julian Lennon, Dave Edmunds, Hall & Oates, Whispers, Jacksons, AC/DC and more. . . 

Artist Countdown: Dave Edmunds Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

dedmundsEdmunds was born in Cardiff. (15 April 1944) is a Welsh singer, guitarist and record producer. As a teenager, he first played in 1954 with a band called The Edmunds Bros Duo with his older brother Geoff (born in 1940, Cardiff); this was a piano duo. Then the brothers were in The Stompers later called The Heartbeats formed in c 1957 with Geoff on rhythm guitar; Dave on lead guitar; Denny Driscoll on lead vocals; Johnny Stark on drums and Ton Edwards on bass. Then Dave and Geoff were in The 99ers along with scientist and writer Brian J. Ford. After that Dave Edmunds was in Crick Feather’s Hill-Bill’s formed in c 1960, with Feathers (Edmunds) on lead guitar; Zee Dolan on bass; Tennessee Tony on lead vocals; Tony Kees on piano and Hank Two Sticks on drums. The first group that Edmunds fronted was the Cardiff-based 1950s style rockabilly trio The Raiders formed in 1961, along with Brian ‘Rockhouse’ Davies on bass and Ken Collier on drums. Edmunds was the only constant member of the group, which later included bassist Mick Still, Bob ‘Congo’ Jones on drums and John Williams (stage name John David) on bass. The Raiders worked almost exclusively in the South Wales area.

In 1966, after a short spell in Parlophone recording band The Image (1965–1966), with local drummer Tommy Riley, Edmunds shifted to a more blues-rock sound, reuniting with Congo Jones and bassist John Williams and adding second guitarist Mickey Gee to form the short lived Human Beans, a band that played mostly in London and on the UK university circuit. In 1967, the band recorded a cover of “Morning Dew” on the Columbia label, that failed to have any chart impact. After just eighteen months, the core of ‘Human Beans’ formed a new band called Love Sculpture that again reinstated Edmunds, Jones and Williams as a trio. Love Sculpture scored a quasi-novelty Top 5 hit by reworking Khachaturian’s classical piece “Sabre Dance” as a speed-crazed rock number, inspired by Keith Emerson’s classical rearrangements. “Sabre Dance” became a hit after garnering the enthusiastic attention of British DJ John Peel. The band issued two albums.

Although he is primarily associated with pub rock and New Wave, and had numerous hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s style rock and roll.

1 I Hear You Knocking
2 Girls Talk
3 Teacher Teacher (with Rockpile)
4 Baby I Love You
5 I Knew the Bride
6 Queen of Hearts
7 Singing the Blues
8 Slipping Away
9 Born to Be With You
10 I’m Comin’ Home
11 Almost Saturday Night
12 The Promised Land
13 The Race Is On (with Stray Cats)
14 Crawling from the Wreckage
15 King of Love
16 Closer to the Flame
17 High School Nights
18 Blue Monday
19 Information
20 Here Comes the Weekend
21 Where or When
22 JuJu Man
23 Deborah
24 Television
25 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (with Suzy Bogguss)
26 Wang Dang Doodle
27 Baby Ride Easy (with Carlene Carter)
28 Thread Your Needle
29 Never Been In Love
30 Don’t You Double