Artist Countdown: Billy Swan Top 21 Hits 7:30p ET

May 6, 2014
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Billy SwanWilliam Lance Swan (born May 12, 1942) is an American songwriter and singer, best known for his 1974 single, “I Can Help”.

Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As a child, he learned drums, piano and guitar, and began writing songs. His first big break was in 1962 when Clyde McPhatter recorded “Lover Please”, a song written by Swan when he was in a local band called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Stoppers, and which had first been recorded by Bill Black.[1] McPhatter’s version quickly became a No. 7 pop hit.

Swan moved to Memphis to work with Black, but this was cut short with Black’s illness and subsequent death in 1965. He also for a time worked on Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. He then moved to Nashville, which enabled him to write hit country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis. In 1969, Swan first took on the role of record producer, producing Tony Joe White’s Top Ten hit “Polk Salad Annie”. Swan also played bass guitar for Kris Kristofferson, and then signed a solo recording deal with Monument Records.

His first album included the song “I Can Help”, a rockabilly number that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and country charts in 1974, also becoming a hit in many other countries. Swan recorded the song in two takes (without overdubs) with an RMI organ that Kristofferson and singer Rita Coolidge had bought for him as a wedding gift. However, other albums with Monument, A&M, and Epic did not have nearly the success of his first.

In 1979, Swan traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Weather Report, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón. His performance is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos’s documentary Havana Jam ’79.

Swan continued to tour as a member of Kristofferson’s band, and has recorded two albums with Randy Meisner of The Eagles. In 1986 he walked into a Californian studio (Bench Records) as part of a band called Black Tie and along with Meisner, Jimmy Griffin (Bread), David Kemper (drummer), David Miner and David Mansfield recorded an album called When the Night Falls. He recorded another solo album, Like Elvis Used to Do in 2000, and another Black Tie-style album with Meisner and Charlie Rich, Jr. billed as “Meisner, Swan & Rich”. As of 2005, Swan remained a backing singer and session musician.

Swan was married to his late wife Marlu for 30 years. They had two daughters, recording artists Planet Swan & Sierra Swan.  – Wikipedia

1 I Can Help
2 I’m Her Fool
3 Don’t Be Cruel
4 Everything’s the Same (Ain’t Nothing Changed)
5 Just Want to Taste Your Wine
6 You’re the One
7 Shake, Rattle and Roll
8 Hello! Remember Me
9 No Way Around (It’s Love)
10 Do I Have to Draw a Picture
11 I’m into Lovin’ You
12 Stuck Right in the Middle of Your Love
13 With Their Kind of Money and Our Kind of Love
14 Your Picture Still Loves Me (And I Still Love You)
15 Rainbows and Butterflies
16 Yes
17 You Must Be Lookin’ for Me
18 I’m Gonna Get You
19 P.M.S. (Post Mortem Sickness)
20 Ways Of A Woman In Love
21 I’d Like To Work For You

Artist Countdown: Big & Rich Top 25 Hits 6pm ET @RadioMax

October 30, 2013
Editor In Chief

Big_RichBig & Rich is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. Rich was a founding member of the country music band Lonestar and later a solo artist for BNA Records, while Big Kenny was formerly a solo artist on Hollywood Records.

Big & Rich’s first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)“, plus collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride. Comin’ to Your City, released in November 2005, added another top-20 single, the Vietnam War-inspired “8th of November”, and two more top 40 hits. Joining the duo on this album were Cowboy Troy, Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson. 2007’s Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace produced the duo’s first number-one single, “Lost in This Moment“. Both before and during the band’s hiatus, Rich has worked as a producer and songwriter for several other artists.

After this album, both members went on hiatus and released solo albums in 2009: Rich’s Son of a Preacher Man and Big Kenny’s The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy. These also produced the duo’s first top 40 solo entries: Rich with “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” and Big Kenny with “Long After I’m Gone”. In 2010, Kenny released his second solo album, Big Kenny’s Love Everybody Traveling Musical Medicine Show Mix Tape, Vol. 1. In 2011, Rich released the extended plays For the Kids and Rich Rocks, the latter of which included the Top 40 country single “Country Done Come to Town”. Big & Rich reunited in May 2011 to release “Fake ID”, a cut from the soundtrack to the 2011 film Footloose. A year later, the duo released its fourth album, Hillbilly Jedi, which produced the Top 20 hit “That’s Why I Pray. In July 2013, Rich announced that the duo had begun work on their fifth studio album. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Lost in This Moment
2 I Play Chicken with the Train  (with Cowboy Troy)
3 Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)
4 Comin’ to Your City
5 Holy Water
6 That’s Why I Pray
7 Shake It  (with The Lacs)
8 Wild West Show
9 8th of November
10 Big Time
11 Never Mind Me
12 That’s How They Do It in Dixie  – Hank Williams, Jr. (with Gretchen Wilson and Van Zant)
13 Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace
14 Loud
15 Party Like Cowboyz
16 Our America (with Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy)
17 Fake I.D. (with Gretchen Wilson)
18 Cheat On You
19 You Shook Me All Night Long
20 My Last Yee Haw   (with Cowboy Troy)
21 Nobody Told Me
22 High Five
23 Live Forever  (with Billy Joe Shaver)
24 Born Again
25 Lay It All On Me

Artist Countdown: Rita Coolidge Top 25 Hits 8pm ET

April 30, 2013
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ritacoolRita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American vocalist. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard’s pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts.

Coolidge married Tatsuya Suda (mistakenly referred to as “Sudaon” by the Chicago Tribune) on June 19, 2012 in the Cook Islands. Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973–1980. They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. She was also involved with Leon Russell and Joe Cocker during their days on tour with Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, California. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Source: Wikipedia

1 We’re All Alone
2 (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher
3 I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love
4 All Time High
5 A Song I’d Like to Sing (w/Kris Kristofferson)
6 You
7 The Way You Do the Things You Do
8 Somethin’ Bout You Baby I Like (w/Glen Campbell)
9 Love Me Again
10 One Fine Day
11 Fool That I Am
12 Loving Arms (w/Kris Kristofferson)
13 I Believe in You
14 Rain (w/Kris Kristofferson)
15 The Closer You Get
16 Something Said Love
17 Words
18 Hello, Love, Goodbye
19 Only You
20 My Crew
21 Lover Please (w/Kris Kristofferson)
22 The Jealous Kind
23 Fever
24 Mama Lou
25 Turn Around and Love You

Artist Countdown: Willie Nelson Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

April 30, 2013
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willienelsonWillie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school, in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote “Family Bible” and recorded the song “Lumberjack” in 1956.

In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Funny How Time Slips Away“, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”. In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser.

During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like “On the Road Again”, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, and “Pancho & Lefty”, he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990 Nelson’s assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed US $32,000,000. It was later discovered that his accountants, Price Waterhouse, did not pay Nelson’s taxes for years. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1991, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?; by 1993, the profits of the double album, destined to the IRS, and the auction of Nelson’s assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television.

Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.

Source: Wikipedia

1 To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before (with Julio Iglesias)
2 Always on My Mind
3 On the Road Again
4 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
5 Good Hearted Woman (with Waylon Jennings)
6 Let It Be Me
7 Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
8 Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way) (with Dolly Parton)
9 City of New Orleans
10 Blue Skies
11 Georgia on My Mind
12 Take It to the Limit (with Waylon Jennings)
13 Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) (with Waylon Jennings)
14 Beer for My Horses (with Toby Keith)
15 Just to Satisfy You (with Waylon Jennings)
16 Spanish Eyes (with Julio Iglesias)
17 Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
18 Help Me Make It Through the Night
19 Sweet Memories
20 All of Me
21 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (with Waylon Jennings)
22 They All Went to Mexico (with Carlos Santana)
23 Crazy Arms (with Ray Price)
24 Bring Me Sunshine
25 Fire and Rain
26 Touch Me
27 Mendocino County Line (with Lee Ann Womack)
28 Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)
29 The Scientist
30 I Wish I Didn’t Love You So

 

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