Sunday 7pm: Feature Artist – Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr (born Charles Edwin Hatcher; January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American singer and songwriter. Starr was famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”.

Starr was born in Tennessee and raised in Ohio, and later lived in Detroit while singing for Ric Tic and Motown Records. He was backed by the band that would later become known as “Black Merda”. Hawkins and Veasey of the group played on most of his early hits on the Ric Tic Label. Besides “War”, Starr’s songs “25 Miles” and “Stop the War Now” were also major successes in the 1960s. Starr’s career shifted to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where he continued to produce music, living there until his death. – Wikipedia

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

There is no “Shutdown” at RadioMax. Therefore on “Great Soul Performances” tonight at 7PM ET, you’ll hear: Joe Tex, Jackson Five, Five Stairsteps, Jackie Wilson, Dells, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Four Tops, Trammps, Avons, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Timothy Wilson, a cut from the new CD from my surrogate son Kid Kyle, from their acapella album; taken from practice tapes, Sheps, Joel & the Dymensions, Tower of Power (live) and more.

Then following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” I received so many positive responses about last week’s “1980s Remakes,” we’re doing it again today with songs from artists like: The Impressions, Stephanie Mills, Tierra, Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson, War, Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, Manhattans, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Larry Graham, Blues Brothers, New Edition and several others. The “80s Remakes” begins at 9PM ET. It’s gonna be exciting this evening when I come your way with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. DON’T MISS IT!

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be saluting the city of Memphis, Tennessee, with many of the artists from Stax and Hi Records. In addition, you’ll hear recollections and the sounds of my former Memphis Radio Station; the Big 1070 Soul, WDIA. On the playlist will be: Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, the Soul Children, Otis Redding, Al Green, Ollie & the Nightingales, Isaac Hayes, the Temprees, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor and more. It begins at 7PM ET, then immediately following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll be presenting music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Madonna, Tone Loc, Jocko Henderson, the Main Ingredient, Yarbrough & Peoples, Ben E. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and several others. I thinks it’s going to be a good evening for music and memories as we spotlight the music of Memphis and the 50,000 watt Soul Giant, WDIA and fabulous 80s sounds on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s,” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

In Memoriam: Denise LaSalle (1939 – 2018)

Ora Denise Allen (July 16, 1939 – January 8, 2018), known by the stage name Denise LaSalle, was an American blues and R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer who, since the death of Koko Taylor, had been recognized as the “Queen of the Blues”.

We feature her music 11pm ET on RadioMaxMusic

Her best known song was “Trapped by a Thing Called Love”.

Born near Sidon, Mississippi and raised in Belzoni, she sang in church choirs before moving to Chicago in the early 1960s. She sat in with R&B musicians and wrote songs, influenced by country music as well as the blues, before winning a recording contract with Chess Records in 1967. Her first single, “A Love Reputation” was a modest regional hit.

She established an independent production company, Crajon, with her then husband Bill Jones. Her song “Trapped By A Thing Called Love” (1971) was released on Detroit-based Westbound Records. This reached #1 on the national R&B chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song ranked at #85 on the 1971 year-end chart. The RIAA gold disc award was made on November 30, 1971 for a million sales.

She also wrote successful follow-ups, “Now Run And Tell That” and “Man Sized Job” which made #3 and #4 in the R&B Top Ten and also charted in the Hot 100. Her early hits were recorded at the Hi recording studios in Memphis, operated by Willie Mitchell, using the cream of southern session players. She continued to have hits on Westbound and then on ABC Records through the mid-1970s, including “Love Me Right” (#10 R&B, #80 pop) She continued to produce and perform live. Her co-penned song, “Married, But Not to Each Other” (#16 R&B) was included in the 1979 The Best of Barbara Mandrell, compilation album.

In the early 1980s, she signed as a singer and songwriter with Malaco Records, for whom she released a string of critically acclaimed albums over more than 20 years, starting with Lady in the Street (1983) and Right Place, Right Time (1984). Both albums became successful among soul blues, R&B and soul fans and on urban radio stations. In 1985, she enjoyed her only recognition in the UK Singles Chart, when her cover version of Rockin’ Sidney’s “My Toot Toot” reached #6.

LaSalle appeared at the 1984 and 1993 versions of the Long Beach Blues Festival, and also in 1993, she performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival. Her album Smokin’ In Bed (1997) sold well. After more than a decade away, when she recorded three albums with small Memphis-based soul-blues label, Ecko, she returned to Malaco for her 2010 outing called “24 Hour Woman”. She continues to work as a live performer, particularly at festivals, and more recently has branched out into the gospel genre. In 2011, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

LaSalle lived with her husband, James E. Wolfe, in Jackson, Tennessee, where she opened a restaurant called Blues Legend Café. The restaurant was located at 436 E. Main Street, but has since closed.

In 2013 and 2014, LaSalle was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the ‘Soul Blues Female Artist’ category. On June 6, 2015, LaSalle was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

After suffering from heart problems, and complications from a fall resulting in her right leg being amputated, LaSalle died on January 8, 2018, at the age of 78. – Wikipedia

Saturday 7pm: Sunday 3am: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

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.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Since it’s the day before Christmas Eve, and two days before Christmas Day, I’ve got an early present for you of four hours of Christmas music, starting with “Great Soul Performances,” where you hear: Aretha Franklin, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, Nat “King” Cole; with my special mix of his four separate recordings of “The Christmas Song” over the years, Ken Williams with J.R. Bailey, the Drifters, Eartha Kitt, Vanessa Williams, Patti Labelle, the Four Tops, Darlene Love, B.B. King, the Chi-Lites, Timothy Wilson with the “Legendary” Teenagers and more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 8PM CT, 9PM MT and 8PM PT. Then it’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” with Christmas music from: The Temptations, Ray Parker, Jr., Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Eagles, New Edition, Al Jarreau, Margo Sylvia & the Tune Weavers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Whispers, George Michael & Wham and several more great holiday songs from the 80s. The second half of our Christmas show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. I predict we’ll have a “Wonderful Christmas Time” this evening. Four solid hours of our annual Christmas Show with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we’ll have: Bruno Mars, the Independents, the Marvelettes, the Meters, the Clovers, the Cleftones, Jackie Wilson, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Isley Brothers, the Dells, Eugene Pitt, Tower Of Power, John Legend-Jamie Foxx-Nick Jonas & Seal; live in concert at The White House and more. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. A reminder: next Saturday will be our annual Christmas Show. Coming up later on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” on tap will be: Run D.M.C., GQ, Earth, Wind & Fire, Main Ingredient, Ashford & Simpson, the Sugarhill Gang, Michael Jackson, Ann Peebles, the Average White Band, Weird Al Yankovic and several others. “G.S.P. 2” begins at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. It’s all good, and I think you’ll have a wonderful time. Check us out later for the music and the fun on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.