We will say goodbye to 2017 on “Great Soul Performances” & “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, with four hours of holiday music, signifying the end of the old year, and since it’s still Christmas week, some left over Christmas songs as well. On G.S.P. 1, we’ll have: The Manhattans, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Bobby Darin, the Soul Clan, Brook Benton, the Jackson Five, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Enchantment, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Kool & the Gang, Sam Cooke, my dear friend and former co-worker at WCBS-FM 101.1; our “Morning Mayor,” Harry Harrison, and so many, many others. It’ll begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then immediately following on G.S.P. 2, you’ll hear from: Charles Brown, the Whispers, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Eagles, the O’Jays, Huey Lewis & the News, Marvin Sease, New Edition, Harry Connick, Jr., and a whole lot more. G.S.P. 2 starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. Let’s ring out the old, and ring in the new with “Great Soul Performances,” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
“Great Soul Performances” this evening will be dedicated to my dear friend and singing buddy, the late Angel Rissoff; “The Bronx Bomber Of Soul,” who passed away last month. I was always in awe of Angel and his unlimited talent, be it singing with Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, Kenny Vance & the Planotones or with Phil Granito, Seth Glassman and myself as the Sons Of Saint Rocco, and of course his solo output which made him a star on the “Beach Music” circuit. You’ll hear Angel’s interpretations of songs by: The Manhattans, the Temptations, the Radiants, the Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Darrell Banks, the Rosalinde Block Party, and Eugene Pitt from his solo album “Steppin’ Out In Front; I Love Beach Music” and our tribute to one of our favorite Angel Rissoff songs, featuring Johnny Gale who co-wrote and played on the original as well as ours, and more. The tribute begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I think you’re going to enjoy some great soul music from “The Bronx Bomber Of Soul,” the late Angel Rissoff. Immediately following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist will be: Oran “Juice” Jones, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jimmy Ruffin, Manhattan Transfer, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Cameo, the Gap Band, Patti LaBelle, Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes and many others. G.S.P. 2: The 80s starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. It’s gonna be a jam packed 4 hours of soul at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I hope everyone treated their dads wonderfully yesterday on Father’s Day, and with that in mind, this evening on “Great Soul Performances” all songs are about “Daddy,” “Father,” and “Poppa.” On deck to render these songs will be: Luther Vandross, Horace Silver, Gladys Knight & the Pips, James Brown, the Students, the Chi-Lites, Sylvia Robinson, the Temptations, Joe Bataan, the Winstons, Etta James, Joel & the Dymensions; featuring Joel Katz, Johnny Maestro and yours truly, Usher, Soul II Soul with Isaac Hayes; live in concert, and several others. Be here for “Dad” at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT. It’s all about our “Fathers” this evening with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Gladys Knight & the Pips were an R&B/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia that remained active on the music charts and performing circuit for three decades.
Starting out as simply The Pips in 1952, derived from a cousin’s nickname, the founding members were Gladys Knight, brother Merald “Bubba” Knight, sister Brenda Knight and cousins William and Eleanor Guest. After a couple years performing in talent shows, the group signed with Brunswick Records in 1957, recording a couple of singles that failed to chart. Brenda Knight and Eleanor Guest were eventually replaced by another cousin, Edward Patten and a non-relative, Langston George in 1959. This lineup produced the group’s first hit single, “Every Beat of My Heart”. After the single was released on three different labels, they changed their name to Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1961. Langston George left the same year and Gladys Knight left in 1962 to start a family with musician Jimmy Newman. Knight rejoined in 1964 and this lineup continued until the group’s disbandment in 1989.
The group reached commercial success after signing with Motown Records in 1966. After a year and a half, the group recorded the first hit single version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in 1967, which led to several hit singles for Motown’s Soul Records label, including “Nitty Gritty”, “Friendship Train”, “If I Were Your Woman” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)”, before leaving the label for Buddah Records in 1973, where they recorded the hits “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”, “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” and their number-one hit single, “Midnight Train to Georgia”. Contractual difficulties with their labels forced the group to record side projects until 1980 when they signed with Columbia Records. Later hits included “Save the Overtime (For Me)” and the Grammy-winning single “Love Overboard”. In 1989, the group disbanded with the Pips retiring and Knight embarking on a successful solo career.
Gladys Knight & the Pips are multiple Grammy and American Music Award winners and are inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1996 and 2001 respectively. – Wikipedia
It is sooo cold all up and down the east coast with even snow in some places, therefore we’ll try to warm things up this evening on “Great Soul Performances.” On the playist: The Contours, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson Five, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, War, Solomon Burke, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Arthur Prysock, the Temptations; once again, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge with your humble host live in concert at the Austin J. Tobin Plaza of the lamented World Trade Center in lower Manhattan and a whole lot more of many hits. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for a couple of hours of “Sweet Soul Music” on “Great Soul Performances” at RadioMaxMusic.
On this very cold Monday, I hope I can warm you up later this evening on “Great Soul Performances” with music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Walter Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Dramatics, Al Green, the Soul Children, Baby Washington, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Joss Stone, Clyde McPhatter, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye (live in concert) and more. We kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. We’re at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s,” with “Great Soul Performances” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Today is the last Hump Day of 2016 and we are just a few days away from a brand new year, so this evening let’s have some fun on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” with fabulous music from: Barry White, Boz Scaggs, Debbie Harry & Blondie, Major Harris, the Whispers, U2, the Beach Boys with Little Richard, Grandmaster Flash, George Duke, Diana Ross, Spoonie Gee, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many, many more hits. The songfest starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Hump Day music on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening here with me and RadioMaxMusic.Com. Happy New Year.