Tag: Feature Artist

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.

Monday 1/11/2021 8pm ET: Feature Artist: Rod Stewart


Sir Roderick David Stewart CBE (born January 10, 1945) is a British rock and pop singer, songwriter and record producer. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide. He has had ten number-one albums and 31 top ten singles in the UK, six of which reached number one. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honors for services to music and charity.

Stewart’s music career began in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963, he joined The Dimensions as harmonica player and vocalist. In 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars before joining The Jeff Beck Group in 1967. Becoming the singer for the Faces in 1969, he also maintained a solo career releasing his debut solo album that same year. Stewart’s early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, and R&B. His third solo album, 1971’s Every Picture Tells a Story was his breakthrough, topping the charts in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. The ballad “Maggie May” off of it went to number one for multiple weeks in those same countries. His 1972 follow-up album, Never a Dull Moment, was another UK and Australian chart-topper while reaching the top three in the US and Canada. Its lead single, “You Wear It Well”, also topped the chart in the UK while being a moderate hit elsewhere.

After a handful more UK top ten hits, Stewart announced the breakup of the Faces in 1975. His next few singles were ballads with “Sailing”, off the 1975 UK and Australian number-one album, Atlantic Crossing, becoming a hit in the UK and the Netherlands (number one), Germany (number four) and other countries, but barely charting in North America. A Night on the Town (1976), his fifth straight chart-topper in the UK, began a three-album run of going number one or top three in North America, the UK and Australia with each release. That album’s “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” spent almost two months at number one in the US and Canada, and made the top five in other countries. Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977) featured the major hit “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) as well as the rocker “Hot Legs”. Blondes Have More Fun (1978) and its disco-tinged “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” both went to number one in Canada, Australia and the US with “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” also hitting number one in the UK and the top ten in other countries. Stewart’s albums regularly hit the upper rungs of the charts in the Netherlands throughout the 70s and in Sweden from 1975 onward.

After a disco and new wave period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stewart’s music turned to a soft rock/middle-of-the-road style, with most of his albums reaching the top ten in the UK, Germany and Sweden, but faring less well in the US. The single “Rhythm of My Heart” was a top five hit in the UK, US and other countries, with its source album, 1990’s Vagabond Heart, becoming, at number ten in the US and number two in the UK, his highest charting album in a decade. In 1993, he collaborated with Bryan Adams and Sting on the power ballad “All for Love”, which went number one in many countries. In the early 2000s, he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.

In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”. A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at No. 33 in Q Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and he was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.

 

Monday 1/11/2021 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Jim Croce


James Joseph Croce (January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and numerous singles.

His first two albums were commercially unsuccessful, failing to chart or produce any hit singles. During this period, Croce took a series of odd jobs to pay bills while he continued to write, record, and perform concerts. After forming a partnership with songwriter and guitarist Maury Muehleisen his fortunes turned in the early 1970s. His breakthrough came in 1972; his third album You Don’t Mess Around with Jim produced three charting singles, including “Time in a Bottle”, which reached No. 1 after his death. The follow-up album, Life and Times, contained the song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, which was the only No. 1 hit he had during his lifetime.

On September 20, 1973, the day before the lead single to his fifth album, I Got a Name, was released, Croce, along with five others, was killed in a plane crash, at the height of his popularity. Croce’s music continued to chart throughout the 1970s following his death. His wife, Ingrid Croce, was his early songwriting partner and she continued to write and record after his death, and his son A. J. Croce himself became a singer-songwriter in the 1990s.

 

In Memoriam: Ed Bruce (1939 – 2021)

William Edwin Bruce Jr. (December 29, 1939 – January 8, 2021) was an American country music songwriter, singer, and actor. He was known for writing the 1975 song “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and recording the 1982 country number one hit “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had”. He also co-starred in the television series Bret Maverick with James Garner during the 1981-1982 season.

Bruce was born in Keiser, Arkansas, United States, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1957, at the age of 17, he went to see Jack Clement, a recording engineer for Sun Records. Bruce caught the attention of Sun owner Sam Phillips, for whom he wrote and recorded “Rock Boppin’ Baby” (as “Edwin Bruce”).

Bruce died of natural causes in Clarksville, Tennessee, on January 8, 2021, at age 81.

Friday 1/8/2021 3:30pm ET: Feature Artist – Elvis Presley


Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twin less twin—his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularize of rockabilly, an up-tempo, back beat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

We will feature tunes with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

Thursday 1/7/2021 10pm ET: Artist Countdown: Kenny Loggins Top 30 Hits


Kenneth Clark Loggins (born January 7, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His early songwriting compositions were recorded with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, which led to seven albums, performing as the group Loggins and Messina from 1972 to 1977. As a solo artist, Loggins experienced a string of soundtrack successes, including an Academy Award nomination for “Footloose” in 1984. His early soundtrack contributions date back to the film A Star Is Born in 1976, and for much of the 1980s and 1990s, he was known as “The Soundtrack King”. Finally Home was released in 2013, shortly after Loggins formed the group Blue Sky Riders with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman.

1 Footloose
2 Danger Zone
3 Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’ (with Stevie Nicks)
4 This Is It
5 I’m Alright
6 Nobody’s Fool
7 Welcome to Heart Light
8 Don’t Fight It (with Steve Perry)
9 Heart to Heart
10 Meet Me Half Way
11 Vox Humana
12 I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
13 Conviction of the Heart
14 Keep the Fire
15 Forever
16 The Real Thing
17 I Believe in Love
18 If You Believe
19 For the First Time
20 Return to Pooh Corner
21 Easy Driver
22 I’ll Be There
23 Now Or Never
24 Playing with the Boys
25 Tell Her
26 I’m Gonna Miss You
27 Celebrate Me Home
28 Your Mama Don’t Dance (Loggins and Messina)
29 My Music (Loggins and Messina)
30 Vahevela (Loggins and Messina)

Wednesday 1/6/2021 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Fabulous Thunderbirds


The Fabulous Thunderbirds are an American blues rock band formed in Texas in 1974.

Their first two albums were released in 1979 and 1980, with Kim Wilson’s lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmie Vaughan as lead guitarist, and Keith Ferguson on bass guitar. Mike Buck was on drums for the first album but left the band and was replaced by Fran Christina on the second. Both albums initially sold through the small number printed (about 3000 units) and are now regarded as significant blues recordings. The Thunderbirds’ blues style mixed Texas blues with the harmonica-laced swamp blues sounds of Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester—both of whom the Thunderbirds covered. The band’s third album, Butt-Rockin’, released in 1981, took the band closer to old rhythm and blues and added additional musicians playing piano and brass.

In 2016, Kim Wilson announced that the Fabulous Thunderbirds for 2016 will be Steve Gomes on bass, Kevin Anker on keyboards, Wes Watkins on drums, with holdover Johnny Moeller on guitar. This lineup plus drummer Rob Stupka recorded the album Strong Like That released in August 2016. Former bassist Preston Hubbard (born on March 15, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island) was found dead at his home in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 17, 2016, at the age of 63.

In Memoriam: Gerard Marsden (1942 – 2021) (Gerry and The Pacemakers)


Gerard Marsden MBE (September 24, 1942 – January 3, 2021) was an English singer-songwriter, musician and television personality, best known for being leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. He was the younger brother of fellow band member Freddie Marsden.

Gerry and the Pacemakers were the second most successful group from Liverpool, after The Beatles, to have hits on the United States pop charts. Their 1965 musical film Ferry Cross the Mersey was co-written by Coronation Street creator and writer Tony Warren.

Marsden had an older brother, Freddie, who co-founded and played drums in Gerry and the Pacemakers.

In 1965 Marsden married Pauline Behan, and they had two daughters, Yvette and Victoria.

In September 2003 Marsden had triple bypass heart surgery at Broad Green Hospital in Liverpool. He had a second heart operation in 2016, and announced his retirement in November 2018.

Marsden died on January 3, 2021 at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, after being diagnosed with a blood infection in his heart. He was 78 years old.