When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be saluting the city of Memphis, Tennessee, with many of the artists from Stax and Hi Records. In addition, you’ll hear recollections and the sounds of my former Memphis Radio Station; the Big 1070 Soul, WDIA. On the playlist will be: Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, the Soul Children, Otis Redding, Al Green, Ollie & the Nightingales, Isaac Hayes, the Temprees, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor and more. It begins at 7PM ET, then immediately following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll be presenting music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Madonna, Tone Loc, Jocko Henderson, the Main Ingredient, Yarbrough & Peoples, Ben E. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and several others. I thinks it’s going to be a good evening for music and memories as we spotlight the music of Memphis and the 50,000 watt Soul Giant, WDIA and fabulous 80s sounds on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s,” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1984, by Sire Records. It was reissued worldwide outside of the US in 1985, with the inclusion of “Into the Groove”. In 2001, Warner Bros. Records released a remastered version with two bonus remix tracks. After the release of her self-titled debut album, Madonna wanted to solidify her future in the music business, by building on the success of the first album. She decided to become one of the record producers, but Warner Bros. was not ready to give her the artistic freedom that she wanted. Nile Rodgers was chosen as the primary producer of the album, due to his work with David Bowie.
The album was recorded at Power Station Studio in New York at a quick pace. Rodgers enlisted the help of his former Chic bandmates Bernard Edwards, who was the bassist, and Tony Thompson, who played drums; they appeared on several tracks of the album. Rodgers decided to be the guitarist, when Edwards requested him to do so, in exchange of their help. Jason Corsaro, the record’s audio engineer, persuaded Rodgers to use digital recording, a new technique introduced at that time. The cover sleeve and images were shot by Steven Meisel. Madonna wanted the album title and the cover image to make provocative link between her own religious name Madonna, as the Roman Catholic title for Jesus’ mother Mary, and the Christian concept of the virgin birth.
While not a substantial musical departure from Madonna’s first album, she felt that the material from Like a Virgin was stronger. Along with Rodgers, Madonna also collaborated with her former boyfriend Steve Bray, who co-wrote many songs on the album. Consisting of dance-pop oriented music, the songs also incorporated new wave. After its release, Like a Virgin received mixed reviews from the critics, but was a commercial success. It became Madonna’s first number one album on the Billboard 200, while reaching the top of the charts in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it diamond for shipment of ten million copies across the United States. Worldwide it has sold 21 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Five singles were released from the album, including Madonna’s first US number-one “Like a Virgin” and her first UK number-one “Into the Groove”. To promote the album, she embarked on The Virgin Tour, which had shows in cities of North America only. Like a Virgin has attained significance as a cultural artifact of the 1980s. Madonna proved that she was not a one-hit wonder and was able to provide herself with a permanent footing in the music world. Her songs became a lightning rod for both criticism by conservatives and imitation by the younger female population, especially “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin”. According to author J. Randy Taraborrelli, “Every important artist has at least one album in his or her career whose critical and commercial success becomes the artist’s magic moment; for Madonna, Like a Virgin was just such a defining moment”. – Wikipedia
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Coming up on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at 6PM eastern time will be: Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Madonna, D Train, Prince & the Revolution, Stacy Lattisaw, Heavy D & the Boys, Fat Larry’s Band, the Pointer Sisters and more. That’s 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
This evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” on tap will be music from the likes of: The Gap Band, Madonna, Luther Vandross & Cheryl Lynn, Shalamar, the Whispers, the late George Michael & Wham, Atlantic Starr, Stephanie Mills, Rene & Angela, Irene Cara and others. Showtime is 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Please join me later for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on the best music station on the Internet, RadioMaxMusic.
Today Labor Day 2016 we feature Live tracks all day from great artists all day then a special Vinyl Resting Place Labor Day at 5pm with Willie B. Today you will hear Live tracks from Joni Mitchell, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Journey, Bob Seger, Elton John, Steve Miller Band, Genesis, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Kiss, Nils Lofgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Madonna, Vixen, Tom Petty, Lisa Marie Presley, John Fogerty and many more.
I think you are going to enjoy and love this evening’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” On the playlist; aside from the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, you’ll also hear from: Quincy Jones & James Ingram, the Temptations, Donna Summer, Grandmaster Flash, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Barry White, plus I’ll get downright nostalgic with music from: the Capris, New Edition with Little Anthony Gourdine, Manhattan Transfer, Deniece Williams, Fred Parris & the Five Satins, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Process & the Doo Rags and much more. As you can see, its gonna be a full plate. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” I’ll have a lot of “Soul For Your Bowl,” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” is now being heard on Sunday evenings at 7PM eastern starting today, so, this evening you’ll be hearing from: Stevie Wonder, the Whispers, the O’Jays, Sylvia, Grand Master Flash, Joyce Sims & Jimmy Castor, Madonna, Peaches & Herb, the Jacksons, the Temptations and more. Remember beginning today, tune in for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.