Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

I’m looking forward to playing some great music for you this evening when I come your way with “Great Soul Performances” with songs from: The Manhattans, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Teddy Pendergrass, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Nat “King” Cole, the Temprees, David “Pinky” Coleman, Jerry Butler, the Spinners, the Van Dykes, the O’Jays (live in concert) and many more. It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: Luther Vandross, L.L. Cool J, the Temptations, New Edition, Grandmaster Flash, the O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, GQ, the Commodores, Dionne Warwick and more. The 80s begin at 9PM ET 8PM CT, 7PM MT, & 6PM PT. As we get our holiday shopping done, let’s enjoy wonderful music on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

And don’t forget another segment of our “Disco Top 700 Countdown” comes your way at 3PM ET tomorrow Sunday on Radio Max.

In Memoriam: Nancy Wilson (1937 – 2018)

Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018) was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”.

Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”. The title she preferred, however, was “song stylist”. She received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”.

Wilson married her first husband, drummer Kenny Dennis, in 1960. In 1963, their son, Kenneth (Kacy) Dennis Jr., was born, and by 1970, they divorced. On May 22, 1973, she married a Presbyterian minister, Reverend Wiley Burton. She gave birth to Samantha Burton in 1975, and the couple adopted Sheryl Burton in 1976. As a result of her marriage, she abstained from performing in various venues, such as supper clubs. For the following two decades, she successfully juggled her personal life and her career. In November 1998, both of her parents died; she calls this year the most difficult of her life.

In August 2006, Wilson was hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency, and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing a complete battery of tests. She was unable to attend the UNCF Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin and had to cancel the engagement. All of her other engagements were on hold pending doctors’ reports.

In March 2008, she was hospitalized for lung complications, recovered, and claimed to be doing well. In the same year, her husband, Wiley Burton, died after suffering from renal cancer.

On December 13, 2018, Wilson died at her home in Pioneertown, California after a long illness. She was 81 years old.

In 1964, Wilson won her first Grammy Award for the best rhythm and blues recording for the album How Glad I Am. She was featured as a “grand diva” of jazz in a 1992 edition of Essence. In the same year, she also received the Whitney Young Jr. Award from the Urban League. In 1998, she was a recipient of the Playboy Reader Poll Award for best jazz vocalist.

In 1986, she was dubbed the Global Entertainer of the Year by the World Conference of Mayors. She received an award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in 1993; the NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award in 1998, and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999. She received the Trumpet Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1994. Wilson received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, at 6541 Hollywood Blvd. She received honorary degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Wilson has a street named after her in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She co-founded the Nancy Wilson Foundation, which exposes inner-city children to the country. Wilson was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships award in 2004, the highest honors that the United States government bestows upon jazz musicians. In 2005 she received the NAACP Image Awards for Best Recording Jazz Artist. She received the 2005 UNCF Trumpet Award celebrating African-American achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Award.

In September 2005, Wilson was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Wilson was a major figure in Civil Rights Movement. Wilson said, “This award means more to me than anything else I have ever received.” Times.com, August 20, 2006: “It’s been a long career for the polished Wilson, whose first albums appeared in the 1960s, and she faces that truth head-on in such numbers as ‘These Golden Years’ and ‘I Don’t Remember Ever Growing Up’. Shorter breathed these days, she can still summon a warm, rich sound and vividly tell a song’s story. With a big band behind her in ‘Taking a Chance on Love’, she also shows there’s plenty of fire in her autumnal mood”. At the Hollywood Bowl, August 29, 2007, Wilson celebrated her 70th birthday with an all-star event hosted by Arsenio Hall. Ramsey Lewis and his trio performed “To Know Her Is To Love Her”. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 11:30am: Boy Bands II – Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet including bass Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to health issues.

During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. This began with the release of top 5 singles “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday” in 1991, followed by the number one single “End of the Road” in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. “End of the Road” would set a new record for longevity, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley. Boyz II Men proceeded to break this record with the subsequent releases of “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), which, at fourteen and sixteen weeks respectively, each set new records for the total number of weeks at number one. “I’ll Make Love to You” also topped the charts in Australia (for four weeks) and garnered international success. As of 2018, “One Sweet Day” still holds the all-time record with sixteen weeks at the top of the Hot 100, tied with “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

Consequently, Boyz II Men is among the music industry’s elite with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history with 50 cumulative weeks, ranking fourth behind Presley, The Beatles, and Carey. Furthermore, when “On Bended Knee” took the number one spot away from “I’ll Make Love to You”, Boyz II Men became only the third artists ever (after The Beatles and Presley) to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazine’s biggest boy band during the period of 1987 to 2012.

Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide, as a trio. Their most recent studio album, Under The Streetlight, was released in 2017.

In June 2017, a section of Broad Street (from Christian to Carpenter Streets) in Philadelphia was renamed “Boyz II Men Boulevard”. This section of the street is near the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where the members once attended. – Wikipedia

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

On this very chilly day in December, when “Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening, once again we will be presenting more “Northern Soul Music” that will enlighten our listeners here in the United States and pay tribute to my friends In the United Kingdom and Western Europe. You’ll hear artists like: Patti & the Emblems, Dee Clark, Chubby Checker, Major Lance, Dee Dee Sharp, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Booker T. & the MG’s, Paul Anka, Don Covay, J.J. Barnes and many others. We begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT, and 4PM PT. Then at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT starts “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist are: Billy Ocean, Stevie Wonder, Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers, Freddie Jackson, Jimmy Castor, the Whispers, Kool & the Gang, the Pointer Sisters, Jennifer Holiday, Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and several others. We’ll have musical fun when I see you later this evening on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

I’m thinking back and remembering my time at VIP Radio in London, and all my friends in the UK and Western Europe, so therefore, this evening I’ll be playing more “Northern Soul Music” on “Great Soul Performances.” You’ll hear: Gene Chandler, the Vibrations, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Eddie Holman, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars, the Supremes, the Coasters, Walter Jackson, the Isley Brothers, Major Lance, the Platters, the Dells, Roy Hamilton, Herbie Mann, the Contours, Edwin Starr and so much more. Be here at 7PM EST, 6PM CST, 5PM MST, and 4PM PST. Then at 9PM EST, 8PM CST, 7PM MST & 6PM PST, you’ll be tuned into “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” and on the playlist: Patti Labelle, Cameo, Donna Summer, Ray, Goodman & Brown, GQ, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bloodstone, Michael McDonald, Marvin Gaye, New Edition, the Whispers, Rockwell and others. And tomorrow Sunday, another segment of our “Disco Top 700 Countdown” at 3PM EST. It’s all good musically this weekend, here at the Home of the Hits on the internet,

Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: Michael Jackson Top 60 Hits

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Jackson’s 1987 album Bad spawned the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”, becoming the first album to have five number-one singles in the nation. He continued to innovate with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” throughout the 1990s, and forged a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres.

Jackson became a figure of controversy in the 1980s due to his changing physical appearance, his relationships and behavior. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend; the case led to an investigation but was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication in 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and a live broadcast of his public memorial service was viewed around the world. Forbes ranked Jackson as the top-earning deceased celebrity for the fifth consecutive year in 2017. His estate earned $825 million in 2016, the highest yearly amount ever recorded by the magazine. – Wikipedia

1 We Are the World (as a member of the USA for Africa)
2 Black or White
3 Billie Jean
4 Beat It
5 Bad
6 You Are Not Alone
7 Scream (with Janet Jackson)
8 Remember the Time
9 Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney)
10 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett)
11 Somebody’s Watching Me (with Rockwell and Jermaine Jackson)
12 Thriller
13 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
14 You Rock My World
15 Dirty Diana
16 The Way You Make Me Feel
17 Blood on the Dance Floor
18 Heal the World
19 In the Closet
20 Love Never Felt So Good (with Justin Timberlake)
21 Jam
22 Who Is It
23 Another Part of Me
24 Rock with You
25 Earth Song
26 They Don’t Care About Us
27 Smooth Criminal
28 Man in the Mirror
29 Will You Be There
30 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
31 Stranger in Moscow
32 Do the Bartman (with The Simpsons)
33 Give In to Me
34 The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
35 Leave Me Alone
36 Ben
37 History
38 Muscles (with Diana Ross)
39 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
40 Human Nature
41 Liberian Girl
42 She’s Out of My Life
43 Off the Wall
44 Gone Too Soon
45 Rockin’ Robin
46 Farewell My Summer Love
47 One Day in Your Life
48 Get It (with Stevie Wonder)
49 We’re Almost There
50 Got to Be There
51 Ease on Down the Road (with Diana Ross)
52 State of Independence (with Donna Summer & Friends)
53 Happy
54 Ain’t No Sunshine
55 Centipede (with Rebbie Jackson & The Weather Girls)
56 Hollywood Tonight
57 Just a Little Bit of You
58 I Wanna Be Where You Are
59 Girlfriend
60 Butterflies

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

The Best of Aretha Franklin is a 1973 compilation by Aretha Franklin. It contains alternate takes and is one of only a few quadraphonic releases. It was reissued on DVD-Audio by Rhino Handmade in August 2010. It is not to be confused with a 1984 compilation of the same name.

  1. “Respect” – 2:24
  2. “Baby, I Love You” – 2:46
  3. “Chain of Fools” – 4:22 an alternate version exclusive to this compilation
  4. “Rock Steady” – 4:19 contains an alternate introduction exclusive to this compilation
  5. “Spanish Harlem” – 3:40
  6. “Don’t Play That Song” – 2:48
  7. “Dr. Feelgood” – 3:18
  8. “Day Dreaming” – 3:49
  9. “I Say A Little Prayer” – 3:22
  10. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – 2:43
  11. “Call Me” – 3:24
  12. “Bridge over Troubled Water” – 5:30

Aretha Live at Fillmore West is the third live album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on May 19, 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was reissued on compact disc in 1993 through Rhino Records. An expanded, limited edition 4-CD box set entitled, Don’t Fight the Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live at Fillmore West was released by Rhino in 2005. This was limited to 5000 numbered copies. In addition, there is a guest duet vocal by Ray Charles on “Spirit in the Dark”.

Franklin played a Fender Rhodes piano on four cuts, including “Eleanor Rigby”, “Spirit in the Dark”, “Don’t Play That Song” and “Dr. Feelgood”. Backing Franklin was King Curtis’ band, the Kingpins, featuring Cornell Dupree on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Jerry Jemmott on bass, Billy Preston on organ, Curtis on saxophone, together with the Memphis Horns.

   1. “Respect” Otis Redding 3:53
   2. “Love the One You’re With” 4:15
   3. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” 5:55
   4. “Eleanor Rigby” 2:33
   5. “Make It with You” 4:33
   6. “Don’t Play That Song 3:16
   7. “Dr. Feelgood” 7:06
   8. “Spirit in the Dark” 5:33
   9. “Spirit in the Dark” (Reprise with Ray Charles) 8:53
 10. “Reach Out and Touch” 2:35