Leonard Albert Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. His style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category and setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, Brit Awards, and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. He was also ranked at No. 93 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. He was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011, and has played Cinna in the Hunger Games film series.
Today we feature music from Starship, Billy Joel, Clash, Elton John, Beach Boys, John Mellencamp, Rockpile, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Squier and more . . .
It’s the “Summer Solstice!” The first day of summer has arrived. Also, it will be the longest day of the year. Aren’t we blessed? I hope you treated your Dad well yesterday for “Father’s Day.” This evening on “Great Soul Performances,” (albeit a day late) we’ll salute our fathers with all songs saluting “Dad,” “Father,” “Daddy” and “Papa.” Those artists paying tribute will be: Luther Vandross, Lenny Kravitz, the Temptations,(my Facebook friend) Paul Peterson, the Astors, James Brown, Ben E. King, the Chi-Lites, Wayne Newton, Ruth Brown, Joe Bataan, Beyoncé and others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Let’s color him “Father,” and color him “Love” later on “Great Soul Performances” here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Tonight we feature the music of Lou Reed.
Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American rock musician and songwriter. After being guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades. The Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.
After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with “Walk on the Wild Side”, but subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. In 1975, Reed released a double album of feedback loops, Metal Machine Music, upon which he later commented, “No one is supposed to be able to do a thing like that and survive.” Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar
In April 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be ‘bigger and stronger’ than ever. On October 27, 2013, Reed died at the age of 71 at his home in Southampton, New York, on Long Island. Tributes were paid to Reed on Twitter, including those from Salman Rushdie, Samuel L. Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Gervais, Ryan Adams, Elijah Wood, and many others. John Cale, his Velvet Underground bandmate, posted on his Facebook: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’”. (Source: Wikipedia)