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Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: ABBA Top 50 Hits

abba-newABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members’ first names (Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid) and is sometimes stylized as the registered trademark ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. They are also known for winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the contest.

ABBA had sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide and still sell millions of records a year, which makes them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA was the first pop group to come from a non-English-speaking country that enjoyed consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band’s active years, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were a married couple, as were Lyngstad and Andersson, although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions including more introspective lyrics.

After ABBA broke up in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name released in 2008 became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010. – Source: Wikipedia

Countdown created by RadioMaxMusic

1 Dancing Queen
2 Fernando
3 The Winner Takes It All
4 The Name of the Game
5 Chiquitita
6 SOS
7 Knowing Me, Knowing You
8 Take a Chance on Me
9 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
10 Mamma Mia
11 Money, Money, Money
12 One of Us
13 Summer Night City
14 Waterloo
15 Super Trouper
16 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
17 Does Your Mother Know
18 The Day Before You Came
19 I Have a Dream
20 Head Over Heels
21 Honey, Honey
22 Voulez-Vous
23 Under Attack
24 Eagle
25 Lay All Your Love on Me
26 Angeleyes
27 Thank You for the Music
28 Rock Me
29 So Long
30 Hasta Mañana
31 Ring Ring
32 Rock and Roll Band
33 On and On and On
34 When All Is Said and Done
35 The Visitors
36 King Kong Song
37 People Need Love
38 He Is Your Brother
39 Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
40 Nina, Pretty Ballerina
41 Another Town, Another Train
42 Bang-A-Boomerang
43 I Am Just a Girl 
44 That’s Me 
45 As Good as New
46 Our Last Summer
47 Happy New Year
48 Dream World
49 Put On Your White Sombrero
50 Dum Dum Diddle

Feature Year: 1986 (Part 1 9am – Part 2 9pm ET)

1986We feature the music of 1986.

January 23 – The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes place. The first artists to be honoured are Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley.
February 21 – The Dead Kennedys play their last concert at UC Davis in Davis, California, USA.
February 23 – In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Monkees‘ first appearance on television, MTV broadcasts Pleasant Valley Sunday, a 22-hour marathon of Monkees episodes.
March 15 – “Heartbeat ’86”, a charity concert for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, is held at the NEC. Performers include Roy Wood, UB40, The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra and Robert Plant. George Harrison makes a surprise appearance playing Johnny B. Goode with everyone at the end of the show.
March 27 – Van Halen opens its 5150 tour, the first with new lead singer Sammy Hagar.
April 5 – Jean-Michel Jarre performs his wide-scale open-air concert downtown Houston.
April 12 – Former Go’s-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle marries actor Morgan Mason.
May 2 – Country music superstar Dolly Parton opens her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA.
May 3 – At the age of 13, Sandra Kim becomes the youngest-ever performer to win the Eurovision Song Contest. The winning entry at the 31st annual contest (held in Bergen, Norway) is titled “J’aime la vie”, and is Belgium’s only winning entry to date.
May 5 – In New York, USA, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegün announces that Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be built
May 10 – Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe marries actress Heather Locklear.
May 25 – Norwegian band a-ha wins a record-breaking eight awards at the MTV Video Music Awards show.
May 30 – The Monkees begin their highly successful 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour
June 4–15 – U2, Sting, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, the Neville Brothers, and Bryan Adams stage the A Conspiracy of Hope Tour in the United States on behalf of Amnesty International, playing five cities on the tour. The final show at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium is televised live, and the above-mentioned performers are joined by Joni Mitchell, Howard Jones, Yoko Ono, Third World, and Carlos Santana, as well as the other members of The Police.
June 30- Madonna releases her “True Blue” album, tops the charts in over 28 countries & becomes the best selling album of 1986.
June 6 – After 29 years, CHUM (AM) in Toronto, Canada drops its legendary Top 40 format in favor of gold-based adult contemporary music. Additionally, the final CHUM Chart is published (with Madonna’s “Live To Tell” the final number one song).
June 7 – Queen starts The Magic Tour which becomes their final tour with all original member and also their most successful tour.
June- Repulsion first records the demo ‘Slaughter of the Innocent, which would be remixed and released in 1989 as the landmark death metal/grindcore album “Horrified”.
June 27 – Black Flag play their last concert, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
August 28 – Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
September 27 – A tour bus carrying the heavy metal band Metallica crashes in Sweden, killing their influential bassist, Cliff Burton.
October – The Smiths play their final gig as a five-piece.
October 20 – Duran Duran begin their career as a three piece with the release of the “Notorious” single.
November 12 – John Farnham releases the album “Whispering Jack”, which becomes the highest selling album in Australia’s history, featuring the single from the previous year, “You’re the Voice”.
November 15 – The Beastie Boys release their first studio album Licensed To Ill, which goes onto become the first Hip Hop album to reach number one in the U.S.A. It eventually goes onto become one of the most influential and important Hip Hop albums of the 1980s.
December 31 – The fifteenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Bangles, Commodores, The Jets, Barry Manilow, Miami Sound Machine and Smokey Robinson.

Also in 1986
Jello Biafra/Dead Kennedys taken to court by the PMRC for content in their album Frankenchrist; Biafra wins.
Garth Brooks marries his first wife, Sandy.
Italian singer Ernesto Bonino loses his voice after a surgical intervention.
Alice Cooper returns to the mainstream after a two-year break. The Nightmare Returns Tour goes on to become one of the best selling tours of 1986.

 

(Source: Wikipedia)

 

Artist Countdown: Lulu Top 30 Hits 1pm ET @RadioMax

LuluLulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3 November 1948, Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through to the present day. She is internationally identified, especially by North American audiences, with the song “To Sir With Love” from the film of the same name and with the title song to the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries she is also widely known for her Eurovision Song Contest winning entry “Boom Bang-a-Bang” and in the UK for her first hit “Shout”.

1 Boom Bang-a-Bang  
2 The Man Who Sold The World (with David Bowie
3 Relight My Fire (Take That featuring Lulu)
4 We’ve Got Tonight  (Ronan Keating featuring Lulu)
5 Me, The Peaceful Heart  
6 The Boat That I Row  
7 Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)  
8 To Sir, with Love  
9 I’m A Tiger  
10 I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)  
11 Boy  
12 Take Your Mama For A Ride  
13 Independence  
14 Morning Dew  
15 If I Were You  
16 Shout   (Lulu and The Luvvers)
17 Love Loves to Love Love  
18 Hum A Song (From Your Heart) (with The Dixie Flyers)
19 Leave a Little Love  
20 Let’s Pretend  
21 Baby, I Need Your Loving  
22 Try to Understand  
23 I’m Back For More (with Bobby Womack)
24 The Best Of Both Worlds  
25 Here Comes the Night  
26 After The Feeling Is Gone (with The Dixie Flyers)
27 Heaven Must Have Sent You  
28 Roll The Dice  
29 Put A Little Love In Your Heart  
30 Sail On Sailor (with Sting)

Feature Year: 1981 – 9am 9pm ET @RadioMax

FeatureYearJanuary 10 – A revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadway’s Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
January 24 – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is injured in a motorcycle crash that leaves him hospitalized for two months.
February 14 – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.
March 14 – Suffering from bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Clapton’s 60-city tour of the US is cancelled, and he remains in hospital for a month.
April 1 – The Go-Go’s sign to IRS Records.
April 4 – British pop group Bucks Fizz wins the 26th Eurovision Song Contest, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, with the song “Making Your Mind Up”.
April 11 – Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli.
April 18 – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would reunite frequently in years to come).
April 20 – The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. Phillips’ sentence would be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.
April 22 – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated shin, following a car accident in Seattle, Washington.
April 27 – Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach marry, in London, England.
May 2 – British vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)” following a swift rise to fame as the result of a reality TV show.
May 14 – Diana Ross signs with RCA Records (EMI internationally), leaving Motown Records, her label of two decades. The $20,000,000 deal is the most lucrative recording contract in history at that time.
March 14 — The final showing of Live From The Grand Ole Opry on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) occurs on this night. The show actually went beyond the televised segment, but the show was ended with a clip of Marty Robbins singing “El Paso” (a song he used to close out his Opry segment at midnight) from the year before. Because of cost over-runs and other technicalities, this was the final run for the annual show on PBS that featured the music of Tom T. Hall, Del Reeves, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, and many other performers.
May 15 – A riot breaks out at The Ritz rock club in New York when Public Image Ltd plays behind a videoscreen while completely different music plays over the club’s speakers.
June 4 – U2 appears on the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder, their first U.S. television appearance.
June 5 – The TV series Night Flight, a variety show featuring music documentaries and videos, premieres on the USA Network.
June 6 – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover.
June 30 – Jerry Lee Lewis is rushed to hospital in Memphis for emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach. Despite being given less than a 50% chance of survival, he eventually pulls through.
August 1 – MTV debuts on cable television in the United States, playing music videos 24 hours a day.
August – the success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
August 23 – The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside a Milwaukee venue and are invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act in the Pretenders’ show that night.
September 19 – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
September 25 – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
October 26 – Iron Maiden plays its first show with Bruce Dickinson as the new lead singer in Bologna, Italy.
October 28 – British Phonographic Industry chairman Chris Wright unveils the UK music industry’s new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing Music“.
October 31 – Punk band Fear makes a memorable appearance on Saturday Night Live. A group of fans storm the stage and damage TV equipment while moshing, resulting in the show cutting to commercial.
November 18 – While sitting in Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song “Tom’s Diner”.
December 18 – An estimated 35 million people around the world watch a live satellite transmission of a Rod Stewart concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It is the first broadcast of its kind since Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” special in 1973.
December 31 – The tenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Barry Manilow, Alabama and Rick James.

Also in 1981
The organ at the famous Heinävesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ.
Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a record label gathering.
Alice Cooper drastically changes his appearance, leaving behind his trademark make-up and donning a military uniform.
Synth pop enjoys mainstream popularity in the UK, with groups such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Human League releasing hit singles and albums.
Menudo’s golden era (1981–1985) begins in Latin America, parts of Europe and Asia.
Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay.
Phil Collins releases his first solo album (but will not leave the band Genesis until 1995).
Hal Willner “invents” the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota.
AC/DC’s album “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” is finally released in the United States.
Iron Maiden’s lead singer Paul Di’Anno leaves band due to heavy drinking, and is replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
Eric Carr joins Kiss on drums and makes his songwriting debut with “Under the Rose”.

 

Souce: Wikipedia

 

Feature Year: 1978 (Part 1 – 9am – Part 2 – 9pm ET) @RadioMax

Music_Of_The_Year_1978January 14 – The Sex Pistols play their final show (until a 1996 reunion) at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom
January 16 – Elton John appears on this week’s People Magazine without his trademark glasses. John would still wear glasses occasionally for the next ten years until wearing them permanently again
January 21 – As Saturday Night Fever becomes a cultural phenomenon, the soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Charts, where it will stay until July
January 25 – Electric Light Orchestra kick off their “Out of the Blue” world tour in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bob Dylan makes his directorial debut in the surrealist film Renaldo and Clara, shot during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
January 28 – By request, Ted Nugent autographs his name into a fan’s arm with a bowie knife in Philadelphia
February 4 – Elton John appears as the guest star on The Muppet Show.
February 10 – Van Halen debuts with self-titled album; Eddie Van Halen introduces a powerful new sound and technique to world, while David Lee Roth is ushered in as the front man
March 18 – California Jam II is held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California. Over 300,000 fans come to see Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Santana, Dave Mason, Foreigner, Heart and more
April 22 – In the Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, France, victory goes to Israel’s entry “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”, performed by Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta
The “One Love Peace Concert” is held in Kingston, Jamaica, headlined by Bob Marley, making his first concert appearance since December 1976. Steve Martin performs the original “King Tut” on Saturday Night Live; also that night, The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on the show.
May 6 – The Knack is formed (first album released in 1979)
May 13 – Barry Gibb becomes the only songwriter in history to have written 4 consecutive #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart
May 18 – The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey, is released. It would win the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score, and earn a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Busey) and Best Sound
May 25 – In a performance used for The Kids Are Alright, The Who play their last show with Keith Moon
June 10 – The Rolling Stones begin their 25-date US summer tour in Lakeland, Florida
June 13 – The Cramps play a free concert for patients at the Napa State Mental Hospital
June 16 – The film adaptation of the musical Grease, opens in theaters and is a box office hit
June 20 – Grace Slick splits with Jefferson Starship the day after a disastrous concert in Hamburg, Germany, in which a heavily intoxicated Slick verbally abused the crowd and groped various fans and band mates
June 29 – Peter Frampton is nearly killed in a car accident in The Bahamas, suffering multiple broken bones, a concussion, and muscle damage
July 1 – The first Texxas Jam is held over the July 4 long weekend at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The first day features Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Heart, Journey, Head East, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Eddie Money, Van Halen and Walter Egan. Sunday consists of Willie Nelson headlining his sixth annual Fourth of July picnic
July 19 – Dead Kennedys play their first concert, at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California
July 21 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a much-hyped musical film starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees performing the music of The Beatles, opens in theaters. The film is savaged by critics and proves a box office disappointment
July 30 – Thin Lizzy officially announces that Gary Moore has replaced Brian Robertson on guitar
August 26 – 80,000 concertgoers attend Mosport Speedway in Ontario for the first “Canada Jam Festival”, featuring sets by the Doobie Brothers, Commodores, Kansas, Village People, Dave Mason, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Triumph
September 7 – The Who drummer Keith Moon dies in a central London flat after a prescription drug overdose at the age of 32
September 14–16 – The Grateful Dead perform three shows in Giza, Egypt, very close to the Sphinx and Great Pyramid
October 12 – Nancy Spungen, the American girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found dead in a hotel room of a stab wound. Sid is arrested and charged with her murder
October 24 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards pleads guilty to the charge of possessing heroin in Toronto in 1977
October 29 – Michael Schenker plays his final show with UFO in Stanford, California before leaving the group to rejoin Scorpions
November – A now sober Alice Cooper releases the album From the Inside, which tells of his stay in rehab for alcoholism
November 25 – Aerosmith cuts a concert short after Steven Tyler suffers cuts to his face from a bottle that shatters upon hitting a stage monitor
November 27 – Def Leppard’s permanent drummer Rick Allen joins the band at the age of 15
December – Matthias Jabs joins Scorpions, replacing Uli Jon Roth.
December 31 – The seventh annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Barry Manilow, Village People, Chuck Mangione, Tanya Tucker and Rick James
CBS airs New Year’s Eve with Guy Lombardo for the final time, nearly two years after the band leader’s death and ending a 22 year run that began in 1956
Kenny Rogers continues his highly successful solo career with the single (and album) “The Gambler” and will go on to star in no less than 5 movies based around the song.
In the UK, singles sales are at their all-time high this year, boosted by the simultaneous peak of the disco and punk phenomena and the success of singles from the movie Grease.
Mozambique holds its first National Dance Festival, involving half a million people.

 

Artist Countdown: Bonnie Tyler Top 25 Hits 8pm ET @radiomax @BonnieTOfficial

BonnieTylerBonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer, songwriter and businesswoman.

Beginning as a local singer in Swansea, Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1976 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles “Lost in France” and “More Than a Lover”. Her 1978 single “It’s a Heartache” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number one in several European countries and breaking the American charts. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival with 1979 single “Sitting On the Edge of the Ocean”, Tyler converted from country music to rock music. Her career peaked in the 1980s with her Jim Steinman collaboration, releasing international hits “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, “Holding Out for a Hero”, “If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man” and “Here She Comes”.

Tyler’s shift from rock to soft pop in the 1990s led to further success in continental Europe with singles “Bitterblue” and “Fools Lullaby”. With German producer Dieter Bohlen, Tyler had continued success with three albums before releasing in the UK and America again, and her 1995 single “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” narrowly missed the UK Top 40.

Making a comeback in 2004, Tyler released “Si demain… (Turn Around)” with Kareen Antonn, which was a number one in France for ten weeks, selling over 700,000 copies. In recent years Tyler has appeared on several UK TV shows, making a cameo appearance on Hollyoaks Later, toured with Robin Gibb in 2010 and Status Quo in 2012. Her latest album Rocks and Honey has had modest success in Europe, with her latest single “Believe in Me” being used as the UK’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

With a career spanning nearly four decades, she has won three Goldene Europa awards, an Echo Award, and has been nominated for three Brit Awards and three Grammy Awards. Her distinctive husky voice as a result of an operation to remove vocal nodules has had her compared her to artists such as Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes, and in combination with her career success, has led to her being recognised as the “International First Lady of Rock”, with an estimated 20 million records sold in her career.  (Souce: Wikipedia)

1 It’s a Heartache
2 Total Eclipse of the Heart
3 A Rockin’ Good Way (with Shakin’ Stevens)
4 Holding Out for a Hero
5 Lost in France
6 If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man
7 Here She Comes
8 Bitterblue’
9 Loving You’s a Dirty Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It
10 Fools Lullaby
11 My Guns Are Loaded
12 Si demain… (Turn Around) (with Kareen Antonn)
13 Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
14 Here Am I
15 Against the Wind
16 Making Love out of Nothing at All
17 Islands (with Mike Oldfield)
18 More Than a Lover
19 If I Sing You a Love Song
20 Believe in Me
21 Two out of Three Ain’t Bad
22 Louise
23 Breakout
24 The Best
25 Take Me Back