Tag: Feature Artist

Saturday 5/8/21 11am ET: Feature Artist: Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price (March 9, 1933 – May 3, 2021) was an American R&B vocalist, known as “Mr. Personality,” after his 1959 million-selling hit, “Personality.” His first recording, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” was a hit for Specialty Records in 1952.

Art Rupe, the owner of Specialty Records, based in Los Angeles, came to New Orleans in 1952 to record the distinctive style of rhythm and blues developing there, which had been highly successful for his competitor Imperial Records. Rupe heard Price’s song “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and wanted to record it. Because Price did not have a band, Rupe hired Dave Bartholomew to create the arrangements and Bartholomew’s band (plus Fats Domino on piano) to back Price in the recording session. The song was a massive hit. His next release, “Oooh, Oooh, Oooh,” cut at the same session, was a much smaller hit. Price continued making recordings for Specialty, but none of them reached the charts at that time.

In 1954, he was drafted into the US Army and sent to Korea. When he returned he found he had been replaced by Little Richard. In addition, his former chauffeur, Larry Williams, was also recording for the label, having released “Short Fat Fannie.”

He eventually formed KRC Records with Harold Logan and Bill Boskent. Their first single, “Just Because,” was picked up for distribution by ABC Records. From 1957 to 1959 Price recorded a series of national hits for ABC that successfully adapted the New Orleans sound, including “Stagger Lee” (which topped the Pop and R&B charts and sold over a million copies), “Personality” (which reached number 2), and “I’m Gonna Get Married” (number 3). When Price appeared on the television program American Bandstand to sing “Stagger Lee,” the producer and host of the program, Dick Clark, insisted that he alter the lyrics to tone down its violent content. “Stagger Lee” was Price’s version of an old blues standard, recorded many times previously by other artists. Greil Marcus, in a critical analysis of the song’s history, wrote that Price’s version was an enthusiastic rock rendition, “all momentum, driven by a wailing sax.” In all of these early recordings by Price (“Personality,” “Stagger Lee,” “I’m Gonna Get Married,” and others) Merritt Mel Dalton was the lead sax player; he was also in the traveling band and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with Price. The personnel on the original hit recording of “Stagger Lee” included Clarence Johnson on piano, John Patton on bass, Charles McClendon and Eddie Saunders on tenor sax, Ted Curson on trumpet and Sticks Simpkins on drums.

In 1962, Price formed Double L Records with Logan. Wilson Pickett got his start on this label. In 1969, Logan was murdered. Price then founded a new label, Turntable, and opened a club by the same name at 1674 Broadway in New York City.

During the 1970s, Price helped the boxing promoter Don King promote fights, including the “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire and its accompanying concert which featured James Brown and B. B. King. He and Don King formed a record label, LPG, which issued Price’s last hit, “What Did You Do With My Love,” to limited success.

Price toured Europe in 1993 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Gary U.S. Bonds. He performed with soul legends Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, and Ben E. King on the “Four Kings of Rhythm and Blues” tour in 2005; concerts were recorded for a DVD and a PBS television special.

On June 20, 2010, he appeared and sang in the season 1 finale of the HBO series Treme. As of 2018 he continued to sing.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Lloyd Price among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Price and his wife resided in Westchester County, New York. He died on May 3, 2021, aged 88.

Tuesday 4/20/21 3pm ET: Elton John A to Z

We continue and take you through T to U. Next week we conclude this program.

Tuesday 4/13/2021 3pm ET: Elton John A to Z (Part 11)

We move along through “S” and begin our travel through Letter “T”

Sunday 3/28/21 2pm ET: Feature Artist: Reba McEntire @reba

Reba McEntire

Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955), or known simply by her first name, Reba, is an American country singer, songwriter, and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. While a sophomore in college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she performed the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee. She signed a contract with Mercury Records a year later in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983.

Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave”. The album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 29 studio albums, acquired 24 number one singles, 16 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. She often is referred to as “The Queen of Country,” and she has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun (2001) and in her television sitcom Reba (2001–07), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy. As of February 2020, Reba has returned to Universal Music Group.

Thursday 3/11/21 pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z (Part 3)

Tuesday 3/9/21 3pm ET: Elton John A to Z (Part 7)


We continue with letter I

Monday 3/8/21 3pm ET: In Memoriam: Michael Stanley (1948 – 2021)

Michael Stanley Gee (March 25, 1948 – March 5, 2021) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band (MSB), his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland, Ohio and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Michael Stanley Band was formed by Stanley in 1974 with singer-songwriter–lead guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck from the band Circus. There were several personnel changes over the years and by 1982 the group had evolved into a seven-piece band.

Nicknamed MSB by their fans, the band set several attendance records at Cleveland area venues including a record 20,320 at the Richfield Coliseum on July 20, 1979 and a record 40,529 for two Coliseum concerts on December 31, 1981 and January 1, 1982. The band’s greatest achievement was a total attendance of 74,404 during a four-night stand at Blossom Music Center on August 25, 26, 30 and 31, 1982.

The group reached the peak of their popularity nationally in 1981 when the single “He Can’t Love You” from the album Heartland (written and sung by keyboardist Kevin Raleigh) made the Top 40 (#33 Billboard, #27 Cash Box) and “In the Heartland” from the album North Coast went to #6 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart. Their video for “He Can’t Love You” was the 47th video ever played on MTV.[5] The band’s last Top 40 hit was “My Town” in 1983.

The band dissolved in 1987 with a series of 12 farewell shows at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) during the 1986–87 holiday season. Since then, Stanley performed regularly throughout Northeast Ohio with former members of MSB and with the Resonators and as Michael Stanley and Friends.

In 2004, the sketch comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland produced Michael Stanley Superstar: The Unauthorized Autobiography of the Cuyahoga Messiah, a play which parodied Stanley’s status as a local celebrity.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Michael Stanley among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Stanley died in his sleep on March 5, 2021, after suffering for seven months with lung cancer.

Friday 2/19/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Falco


Johann “Hans” Hölzel (February 19, 1957 – February 6, 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer, musician, and songwriter.

Falco had several international hits including “Rock Me Amadeus”, “Der Kommissar”, “Vienna Calling”, “Jeanny”, “The Sound of Musik”, “Coming Home (Jeanny Part II, One Year Later)”, and posthumously “Out of the Dark”. “Rock Me Amadeus” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1986, making him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a vocal number-one hit in the United States (Bert Kaempfert reached No. 1 in January 1961 with the instrumental “Wonderland by Night”). According to his estate, he has sold 20 million albums and 40 million singles, which makes him the best-selling Austrian singer of all time.

Falco died of severe injuries received on February 6, 1998, 13 days before his 41st birthday, when his Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a bus on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. At the time of his death he was planning a comeback, which was successful with the posthumously released album Out of the Dark (Into the Light). His body was returned to Austria and buried at the Vienna Central Cemetery.

Thursday 2/18/2021 6pm ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Gaucho (1980)

Gaucho is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released on November 21, 1980, by MCA Records. The sessions for Gaucho represent the band’s typical penchant for studio perfectionism and obsessive recording technique. To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance given by the record label. In 1982, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

During the two-year span in which the album was recorded, the band was plagued by a number of creative, personal and professional problems. MCA, Warner Bros. and Steely Dan had a three-way legal battle over the rights to release the album. After it was released, jazz musician Keith Jarrett threatened the band with legal action for plagiarism in the title song.

Gaucho marked a significant stylistic change for the band, introducing a more minimal, groove- and atmosphere-based format. The harmonically complex chord changes that were a distinctive mark of earlier Steely Dan songs are less prominent on Gaucho, with the record’s songs tending to revolve around a single rhythm or mood, although complex chord progressions were still present particularly in “Babylon Sisters” and “Glamour Profession”. Gaucho proved to be Steely Dan’s final studio album before a 20-year hiatus from the recording industry.

1. “Babylon Sisters” 5:49
2. “Hey Nineteen” 5:06
3. “Glamour Profession” 7:29
4. “Gaucho” 5:32
5. “Time Out of Mind” 4:13
6. “My Rival” 4:34
7. “Third World Man” 5:15

Donald Fagen – lead vocals, backing vocals, synthesizer (2–6), electric piano (2–5), organ (6)
Walter Becker – bass (2, 4, 5), guitar (2, 5), guitar solo (4)

Randy Brecker – trumpet (1, 4, 5), flugelhorn (1, 6)
Wayne Andre – trombone (6)
Tom Scott – alto saxophone, clarinet (1); tenor saxophone (1, 3, 4, 6); Lyricon (3, 6), horn arrangement (3, 4, 6)
David Sanborn – alto saxophone (5)
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone (3, 5, 6)
Dave Tofani – tenor saxophone (5)
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone (5)
Walter Kane – clarinet (1)
George Marge – clarinet
Rob Mounsey – piano (3–5), synthesizer (7), horn arrangement (1, 5)
Don Grolnick – electric piano, Clavinet (1)
Bill Tobin – electric piano (3)
Pat Rebillot – electric piano (6)
Joe Sample – electric piano (7)
Hiram Bullock – guitar (6)
Larry Carlton – lead guitar (7)
Rick Derringer – guitar (6)
Steve Khan – guitar (1, 3, 4, 7), lead guitar (6)
Mark Knopfler – lead guitar (5)
Hugh McCracken – guitars (2, 5)
Chuck Rainey – bass (1, 7)
Steve Gadd – drums (3, 6, 7), percussion (2)
Anthony Jackson – bass (3, 6)
Rick Marotta – drums (2, 5)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (4)
Bernard Purdie – drums (1)
Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion (1, 4)
Victor Feldman – percussion (2)
Ralph MacDonald – percussion (3, 6)
Nicholas Marrero – percussion (6)
Michael McDonald (5), Patti Austin (1,4,5), Valerie Simpson (3–6), Frank Floyd (2,3,6), Diva Gray (1), Gordon Grody (1), Lani Groves (1), Lesley Miller (1,3–5), Zachary Sanders (2,3,6), Toni Wine (1) – backing vocals

Tuesday 2/16/2021 3pm ET: Elton John A to Z (Part 4)


In this installment we continue through the alphabet continuing through “D” and “E”.  We actually skipped a couple “C” and will start with them.  

Tuesday 2/2/2021 3pm ET: Elton John A to Z (Part 3)

We continue Elton John A to Z and pick up the list In the middle of letter C with Candle In The Wind.

Friday 1/29/2021 12pm ET: Feature Artist: KC & The Sunshine Band


KC and the Sunshine Band is an American disco and funk band which was founded in 1973 in Hialeah, Florida. Their best-known songs include the hits “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”, “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “Keep It Comin’ Love”, “Get Down Tonight”, “Boogie Shoes”, “Please Don’t Go” and “Give It Up”. The band took its name from lead vocalist Harry Wayne Casey’s last name (‘KC’) and the ‘Sunshine Band’ from KC’s home state of Florida, the Sunshine State. The group had six top 10 singles, five number one singles and a number two single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

A revival of interest in disco music in 1991 brought Casey out of retirement. He reformed the band with some new members and two other original members, (the percussionist Fermin Goytisolo and vocalist Beverly Champion-Foster) and began touring once again. The new band has released a large number of compilation albums through Rhino Records, along with some newly recorded material. The album Oh Yeah! was released in 1993 after a ten-year gap between new albums (excluding compilations).

On July 28, 2000, guitarist Jerome Smith died accidentally while working as a bulldozer operator.

In 2001, the band made a brief comeback into the music scene after an eight-year lull with the release of a new album titled I’ll Be There For You. The album was praised by critics, but it failed to generate any impact on the charts or in sales. More recently, the group had an appearance in the 2003 remake of the movie The In-Laws.

On July 6, 2013, KC and the Sunshine Band were honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

 

Monday 1/25/2021 1am ET: Feature LP: James Gang – Thirds (1971)

Thirds is the third studio album by the American rock band James Gang. The album was released in April 1971, on the label ABC Records. It is the last studio album featuring Joe Walsh. “Walk Away” was released as a single, making the Top 40 on at least one national chart, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100, the best placement of a James Gang single. The album reached Gold status in July 1972.

On the liner notes to the LP version of this 1971 album, Joe Walsh is credited with “guitar, vocals, and train wreck”, the latter for his work on the song “Walk Away” as a wry commentary on the multi-tracked, cascading lead guitars that clash as the song fades out.

The Walsh period of the band came to a close with the release of the next album James Gang Live in Concert.

“Walk Away” – 3:32
“Yadig?” – 2:30
“Things I Could Be” – 4:18
“Dreamin’ In The Country” – 2:57
“It’s All The Same” – 4:10
“Midnight Man” – 3:28
“Again” – 4:04
“White Man/Black Man” – 5:39
“Live My Life Again” – 5:26

Joe Walsh – lead, rhythm, pedal steel and slide guitars, vocals, acoustic and electric pianos, keyboards, sound effects, organ,”train wreck”
Dale Peters – electric and upright basses, vocals, vibraphone
Jim Fox – drums, vocals, percussion, piano, organ
Bob Webb – guitars, backing vocals
Tom Baker – horns
Mary Sterpka – backing vocals on “Midnight Man”
The Sweet Inspirations – backing vocals on “White Man/Black Man”

Thursday 1/21/2021 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pet Shop Boys – Please (1986)

Please is the debut album by English electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, released on March 24, 1986 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. According to the duo, the album’s title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say “Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, ‘Please’?”[citation needed]. Please spawned four singles: “West End Girls”, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”, “Suburbia”, and “Love Comes Quickly”; “West End Girls” reached number one in both the UK and the US.

“Two Divided by Zero” – 3:32
“West End Girls” – 4:41
“Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” – 3:43
“Love Comes Quickly” – 4:18
“Suburbia” – 5:07
“Tonight Is Forever” – 4:30
“Violence” – 4:27
“I Want a Lover” – 4:04
“Later Tonight” – 2:44
“Why Don’t We Live Together?” – 4:44
“A Man Could Get Arrested” (Twelve-inch B-side) – 4:11
“Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” (Full-length Original Seven-inch) – 4:36
“In the Night” – 4:51
“Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” (Original Twelve-inch mix) – 7:00
“Why Don’t We Live Together?” (Original New York mix) – 5:14
“West End Girls” (Dance mix) – 6:39
“A Man Could Get Arrested” (Seven-inch B-side) – 4:51
“Was That What It Was?” – 5:17
“Jack the Lad” – 4:32
“Paninaro” (Italian Remix) – 8:38

Neil Tennant – lead vocals and backing vocals, guitars
Chris Lowe – synthesizers, programming, sequencers, samplers, computer-generated effects, electric piano and backing vocals

 

Tuesday 1/19/2021 3pm ET: Elton John A to Z


Updated program featuring Elton John tunes A to Z.