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Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: Linda Ronstadt Top 40 Hits

Linda-RonstadtLinda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award.

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Carla Bley, The Chieftains, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities – a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others.”

In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at #2, and “You’re No Good” at #1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single “Blue Bayou” reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at #2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three #1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart.

In a 2011 interview with the Arizona Daily Star she said, “I am 100 percent retired and I’m not doing anything any more”. It was announced publicly in August 2013 that Linda had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.

Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2014. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Linda Ronstadt Top 50 Hits 12pm ET

Linda-RonstadtLinda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award.

Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres including Bette Midler, Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, Carla Bley, The Chieftains, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Nelson Riddle. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities – a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others.”

In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at #2, and “You’re No Good” at #1. This success did not translate to the UK, with only her single “Blue Bayou” reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at #2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three #1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart.

In a 2011 interview with the Arizona Daily Star she said, “I am 100 percent retired and I’m not doing anything any more”. It was announced publicly in August 2013 that Linda had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.

Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2014. – Wikipedia

1 Blue Bayou
2 Don’t Know Much (with Aaron Neville)
3 When Will I Be Loved
4 You’re No Good
5 Somewhere Out There (with James Ingram)
6 That’ll Be the Day
7 Tracks of My Tears
8 It’s So Easy
9 Back in the U.S.A.
10 Poor Poor Pitiful Me
11 All My Life (with Aaron Neville)
12 Ooh Baby Baby
13 Hurt So Bad
14 Heat Wave
15 I Never Will Marry
16 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
17 Just One Look
18 When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (with Aaron Neville)
19 Love Has No Pride
20 I Knew You When
21 Telling Me Lies
22 Someone to Lay Down Beside Me
23 Heartbeats Accelerating
24 Adios
25 How Do I Make You
26 What’s New
27 Long, Long Time
28 To Know Him Is To Love Him (Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton)
29 Silver Threads and Golden Needles
30 Easy for You to Say
31 Blue Train
32 Love Is a Rose
33 Tumbling Dice
34 Get Closer
35 I Can’t Let Go
36 Skylark
37 Those Memories of You
38 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)
39 I’ve Got a Crush on You
40 Crazy
41 The Long Way Around
42 Wildflowers
43 Lose Again
44 Rambler Gambler
45 Alison
46 Walk On
47 The Sweetest Gift (with Emmylou Harris)
48 When I Fall in Love
49 Rock Me on the Water
50 A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Artist Countdown: Association Top 30 Hits 2pm ET

The-AssociationThe Association is a pop music band from California in the folk rock or soft rock genre. During the 1960s, they had many hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts and were the lead-off band at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival.

Jules Alexander (born September 25, 1943, Chattanooga, Tennessee) was in Hawaii in 1962 serving a stint in the Navy when he met Terry Kirkman (born December 12, 1939, Salina, Kansas), a visiting salesman. The two young musicians jammed together and promised to get together once Alexander was discharged. That happened a year later; the two eventually moved to Los Angeles and began exploring the city’s music scene in the mid-1960s. At the same time, Kirkman played in groups with Frank Zappa for a short period before Zappa went on to form The Mothers of Invention. Eventually, at a Monday night hootenanny at the LA nightclub The Troubadour, in 1964, an ad hoc group called The Inner Tubes was formed by Kirkman, Alexander and Doug Dillard, whose rotating membership contained, at one time or another, Cass Elliot, David Crosby and many others who drifted in and out. This led, in 1965, to the forming of The Men, a 13 piece folk-rock band. This group had a brief spell as the house band at The Troubadour.

After a short time, however, The Men disbanded, with six of the members electing to go out on their own (some of the remaining players continued on as Tony Mafia’s Men, one of the others, Mike Whalen, joined The New Christy Minstrels). At the suggestion of Kirkman’s then-fiancée, Judy, they took the name The Association. The original lineup consisted of Alexander (using his middle name, Gary, on the first 2 albums) on vocals and lead guitar; Kirkman on vocals and a variety of wind, brass and percussion instruments; Brian Cole on vocals, bass and woodwinds; Russ Giguere (born October 18, 1943, Portsmouth, New Hampshire) on vocals, percussion and guitar; Ted Bluechel, Jr. (born December 2, 1942, San Pedro, California) on drums, guitar, bass and vocals; and Bob Page (born May 13, 1943) on guitar, banjo and vocals. However, Page was replaced by Jim Yester (born November 24, 1939, Birmingham, Alabama) on vocals, guitar and keyboards before any of the group’s public performances.

The new band spent about five months rehearsing before they began performing around the Los Angeles area, most notably a regular stint at The Ice House in Pasadena and its sister club in Glendale. They also auditioned for record labels but faced resistance due to their unique sound. Eventually, the small Jubilee label issued a single of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (a song originally recorded by Joan Baez, later popularized by Led Zeppelin) but nothing happened. Finally, Valiant Records gave them a contract, with the first result being a version of Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” ,which was produced by Valiant’s owner, Barry DeVorzon.

The Men were first managed by Doug Weston, owner of the Troubador, before switching to actor Dean Fredericks, who remained on board when the Association was formed and helped get them the Valiant deal. In 1966 Fredericks turned the reins over to Pat Colecchio, who managed the group for the next eight years.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Cherish 
2 Windy
3 Never My Love
4 Along Comes Mary
5 Everything That Touches You
6 Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies
7 Time for Livin’ 
8 Six Man Band
9 The Time It is Today
10 No Fair at All
11 Goodbye Columbus 
12 Birthday Morning
13 Names, Tags, Numbers and Labels 
14 Requiem for the Masses
15 Darlin’ Be Home Soon 
16 Just About the Sam
17 Dreamer
18 Dubuque Blues
19 Under Branches 
20 Yes, I Will  
21 Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
22 One Too Many Mornings
23 Along the Way 
24 P.F. Sloan
25 Baby, Can’t You Hear Me Call Your Name
26 Forty Times
27 Your Own Love
28 Don’t Blame It on Me
29 Standing Still
30 Looking Glass