Thursday 6pm: Feature Artist – Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, that started as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the “longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music”.

Alongside a fourth brother, Vernon, the group performed gospel music until Vernon’s death a few years after its formation. After moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, the group had modest chart successes during their early years, first coming to prominence in 1959 with their fourth single, “Shout”, written by the three brothers. Initially a modest charted single, the song eventually sold over a million copies. Afterwards the group recorded for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, “Twist and Shout” and the Motown single, “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” before recording and issuing the Grammy Award-winning hit, “It’s Your Thing” on their own label, T-Neck Records.

Influenced by gospel and doo-wop music, the group began experimenting with different musical styles incorporating elements of rock and funk music as well as pop balladry. The inclusion of younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar), and Rudolph’s brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) in 1973 turned the original vocal trio into a self-contained musical band. For the next full decade, they recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.

The six-member lineup of the band splintered in 1983, with Ernie, Marvin, and Chris Jasper forming the short-lived spinoff group Isley-Jasper-Isley. Eldest member O’Kelly died in 1986 and Rudolph and Ronald released a pair of albums as a duo before Rudolph retired for life in the Christian ministry in 1989. Ronald re-formed the group two years later in 1991 with Ernie and Marvin; five years later in 1996, Marvin Isley left the group due to complications of diabetes. The remaining duo of Ronald and Ernie accomplished mainstream success with the albums Mission to Please (1996) Eternal (2001) and Body Kiss (2003), with the former album spawning the top twenty hit, “Contagious”. As of 2016, the Isley Brothers continue to perform under the lineup of Ronald and Ernie.

The Isley Brothers have had four Top 10 singles on the United States Billboard chart. Sixteen of their albums charted in the Top 40. Thirteen of those albums have been either certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. The brothers have been honored by several musical institutions including being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Five years later, they were inducted to Hollywood’s Rockwalk and in 2003, were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. – Wikipedia

Monday 10pm: Debut LP Lounge with Willie B

Tonight, April 30 at 10pm Eastern time (US) RadioMaxMusic will be presenting the first, (hastily assembled) episode of “The LP Lounge”. A spin-off of my regular show The Vinyl Resting Place. Our plan is to play complete LPs, one side at a time – interrupting the music only as needed to turn the record over.

These will be the actual vinyl LPs, purchased over the counter, at the time of their release. In most cases – the only way to hear the particular versions we offer, is to have those original LPs. You see, while the songs, and even the specific recordings you’ll hear have been re-issued in some digital format – the LPs we are spinning are of the original quadraphonic releases of these albums.

Tonight we serve up The Isley Brothers 3+3 and Billy Joel’s Piano Man. – I think we’ll have time for a bonus track from Mr. Joel as well.

Don’t let that term “Quadraphonic” Put you off – they sound just fine in Stereo, and, if you listen through headphones, you’ll even get some semblance of the surround field.

You can hear us through the pop-up player on the website http://www.radiomaxmusic.com, or via the TuneIn app. There are rumors we are available through Itunes as well.

So why dedicate a show to the LP, especially after discovering that some of my younger associates were unclear as to what the term LP meant? Well, perhaps a bit of a history lesson;

Record companies produced collections of 78 rpm records by one performer or of one type of music in specially assembled albums as early as 1908. Odeon is often said to have pioneered the “album” in 1909 when it released the “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky on 4 double-sided discs in a specially-designed package. However, Deutsche Grammophon had produced an album for its complete recording of the opera Carmen in the previous year. By the time the second world war came around these record sets featured their own colorful paper covers and were in both 10-inch and 12-inch sizes, and could include either a collection of related popular songs, either by performer or style, or extended length classical music, including complete operas and symphonies. The result; when the LP came along and included multiple tracks, the name “album” came along too.

Both the microgroove LP 33 1/3 rpm record and the 45 rpm single records are made from vinyl plastic that is flexible and “unbreakable” (in normal use).

In 1930, RCA Victor launched the first commercially available vinyl long-playing record, marketed as “Program Transcription” discs. These revolutionary discs were designed for playback at 33 1/3 rpm and were pressed on a 16″ diameter plastic disc. These were primarily used for Radio – programs of 30 min duration could be stored or distributed for rebroadcast.

Vinyl’s had a lower surface noise level than the commonly used shellac and was not nearly as fragile. Of course some 78 rpm records were pressed in vinyl instead of shellac, particularly the six-minute 12-inch records produced by V-Disc for distribution to US troops in World War II.

Beginning in 1939 Dr. Peter Goldmark and his staff undertook exhaustive efforts to address problems of recording and playing back narrow grooves and developing an inexpensive, reliable consumer playback system. In 1948, the 12-inch Long Play (LP) 33 1/3 rpm microgroove record album was introduced by the Columbia Record Company at a dramatic New York press conference on June 21, 1948. In February 1949, RCA Victor released the first 45 rpm single, 7 inches in diameter, with a large center hole to accommodate an automatic play mechanism on the changer, so a stack of singles would drop down one record at a time automatically after each play.

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances II with Bobby Jay

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s comes along later with music by: The Isley Brothers, Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill, Z.Z. Hill, Ambrosia, Dionne Warwick & Johnny Mathis, the Trammps, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Major Harris, Process & the Doo Rags, Herb Alpert with Janet Jackson and more. It kicks off at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 6PM MT & 3PM PT. That’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

I’d like you to join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” when I’ll be playing for you: The Isley Brothers, Boz Scaggs, the Average White Band, Barry White, the Masqueraders, Patti LaBelle, Collage, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton and others. The show begins at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. I think you’ll enjoy it, so be here with me for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When I see you this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be playing music from: The Isley Brothers, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Kool & the Gang, Jackie Wilson, the Rascals, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, the Four Tops, Sly & the Family Stone, the Velours, the Ramsey Lewis Trio; live in concert, and so many, many more. I’ll look for you at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances” at the home of the greatest hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2Today is Wednesday (HUMP DAY!) where this evening “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way and you will hear: The Isley Brothers, De La Soul, Major Harris, the Pointer Sisters, the Clash, Rick James, Prince, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Dickie Goodman and many others. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Happy “Hump Day” and I’ll see you later at the home of the Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

gsp-logo“Great Soul Performances” will have on the playlist this evening, music by: The Impressions, the Five Stairsteps, the Temptations, Jackie Ross, Jay & the Techniques, Eddie Floyd, the Isley Brothers, Darrell Banks, the Clovers, the Dells, Chuck Willis, Major Harris (live in concert) and many others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, following the encore of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. RadioMax is the place to be on this Saturday, so I’ll be looking for you later. Enjoy your day.