Saturday 9pm: In Memoriam 2016

December 31, 2016
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memoriam-lsWe feature music from some of those we lost in 2016, featuring music from: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship for Paul Kantner, Earth, Wind and Fire for Maurice White, Emerson Lake and Palmer for Gregg Lake and Keith Emerson, Merle Haggard, Prince, Billy Paul, Juan Gabriel, Bobby Vee, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and George Michael.

Sunday 7pm: In Memoriam – Leon Russell (1942 – 2016)

November 13, 2016
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Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter, who recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career.

As a songwriter, he wrote songs including “Delta Lady,” recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1969. More than 100 acts have recorded his “A Song for You.” As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. On his first album, “Leon Russell,” in 1970, musicians included John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a “mentor” and “inspiration,” and they recorded The Union in 2010, John’s only duet album of his career.

Russell later produced and played during recording sessions for numerous musicians, including Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Rolling Stones. His own hits which he wrote and recorded included “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue.” He performed at the The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Dylan and Eric Clapton. In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Russell died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 13, 2016, at the age of 74, his wife said in a statement on his website. In 2010, he underwent surgery to stop leaking brain fluid, and he suffered a heart attack in July 2016.

Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, said “He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter.” On hearing of Russell’s death, he said “My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me.” John once recalled:

When Mr. Russell’s “Greatest Hits” album came on one day during the trip, I started to cry, it moved me so much. His music takes me back to the most wonderful time in my life, and it makes me so angry that he’s been forgotten.

– Wikipedia

CAPITOL RECORDS TO RELEASE ELTON JOHN’S THE DIVING BOARD ON SEPTEMBER 24

August 29, 2013
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Capitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist. Beginning today, fans who pre-order The Diving Board on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/TheDivingBoard) and EltonJohn.com, will receive an instant download of the album’s premiere single, “Home Again.” The album is also available for pre-order beginning today on Amazon.com (http://smarturl.it/TDBamzn). A video trailer for The Diving Board featuring “Home Again” can be viewed at (http://smarturl.it/TDBtrailer).

The Diving Board will be available in multiple formats: Standard, Deluxe, Super-Deluxe and a 180-gram 2-Disc Vinyl set. The Deluxe physical and digital packages will feature a bonus track from the album sessions, as well as three live tracks recorded by Elton and The Diving Board’s musicians during a special evening of music and conversation that took place at the famed Capitol Studios in April. The Super-Deluxe package will arrive in a specially-designed and embossed box and will include the Deluxe CD and 180-gram Vinyl versions of the album, a DVD of the Capitol Records Studios performances and behind-the-scenes, a case-bound photo book and exclusive art print.

The Diving Board returns Elton John to the piano, bass and drums lineup that marked the artist’s introduction to worldwide audiences more than 40 years ago. As Elton explains, “In many ways, I feel like I’m starting again, making records. Several years ago when beginning to work with T Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for The Union, I had to ask myself, ‘What kind of music do I really want to make?’, and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. That’s what The Diving Board represents. I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album: The performances, T Bone’s production, Bernie’s lyrics and the songs we’ve created. The Diving Board is the album I’ve been waiting to make for decades.”

According to T Bone Burnett, The Diving Board also evokes memories of the producer’s first exposure to Elton John as a live performer, “I saw Elton at the Troubadour in 1970, in a legendary week of shows. Those shows never left me. A three piece band – piano, bass, and drums, like one enormous instrument – just killing it. So we started from there. I wanted to be able to superimpose this recording over my memory of the sound and the wild intelligence of those shows. From that perspective, forty years down the road, The Diving Board is an album of music by a master at the peak of his artistic powers.”
Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett commented, “The Diving Board is simply a masterpiece. It is rare for an artist of Elton’s stature — one who has experienced decades of success and has sold literally hundreds of millions of records – to re-evaluate his artistic ambitions, to push himself and dig so deeply to create one of the strongest albums of his storied career. Yet, Elton has done exactly that. All of us at the company are incredibly proud to be presenting The Diving Board to the public, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Capitol Records is now home to Elton John.”

The complete track listing for The Diving Board is as follows:

01. Oceans Away
02. Oscar Wilde Gets Out
03. A Town Called Jubilee
04. The Ballad of Blind Tom
05. Dream #1
06. My Quicksand
07. Can’t Stay Alone Tonight
08. Voyeur
09. Home Again
10. Take This Dirty Water
11. Dream #2
12. The New Fever Waltz
13. Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight)
14. Dream #3
15. The Diving Board

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16. Candlelit Bedroom [Deluxe & Super-Deluxe Versions]
17. Home Again (live from Capitol Studios) [Deluxe & Super-Deluxe Versions]
18. Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight) (live from Capitol Studios) [Deluxe & Super-Deluxe Versions]
19. The New Fever Waltz (live from Capitol Studios) [Deluxe & Super-Deluxe Versions]

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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: Paul Davis Top 20 Hits 12pm ET

April 20, 2013
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Paul DavisPaul Lavon Davis (April 21, 1948 – April 22, 2008) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country and pop music. Typically, the slower the tempo of a Davis record, the longer it took to reach its peak position. Notable songs in his career include 1977’s “I Go Crazy“, a No. 7 pop hit which once held the record for the longest chart run on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the No. 6 “‘65 Love Affair“, his highest-charting pop hit. In the mid-1980s, he also had two country No. 1 hits as a guest vocalist on songs by Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker, and wrote singles for other country singers. His appearance in the mid-1970s to early 1980s resembled Leon Russell.

Before his death on April 22, 2008 (one day after his 60th birthday), Davis had returned to singing and songwriting by recording two songs, “You Ain’t Sweet Enough” and “Today.” He died from a heart attack at the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi. -Wikipedia

1 Ride ‘Em Cowboy
2 Sweet Life
3 ’65 Love Affair
4 I Go Crazy
5 Cool Night
6 Do Right
7 Superstar
8 You’re Still New to Me (with Marie Osmond)
9 I Just Wanna Keep It Together
10 I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love (with Tanya Tucker)
11 A Little Bit of Soap
12 Love or Let Me Be Lonely
13 Thinking of You
14 Darlin (with Susan Collins)
15 Cry Just a Little
16 Boogie Woogie Man
17 Keep Our Love Alive
18 (It Takes) Two To Tango
19 Reggae Kind Of Way
20 Three Little Words
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