Tagged Marvin Gaye

Saturday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Frank Wilson

Frank Edward Wilson (December 5, 1940 – September 27, 2012) was an American songwriter, singer and record producer for Motown Records.

In 1965, Berry Gordy asked the producers Hal Davis and Marc Gordon to set up an office of Motown in Los Angeles. Wilson accepted an offer to join the team. In December 1965, “Stevie” by Patrice Holloway (V.I.P. 25001) was the first single released from the West Coast operation and featured Wilson in the songwriting credits. Asked by Gordy to re-locate to Detroit, Wilson went on to write and produce hit records for Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Miracles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, and more. He became particularly important after Holland-Dozier-Holland left the company. Additionally, after leaving Motown, Wilson produced a gold disc earning album by Lenny Williams, former lead singer for Tower of Power, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, former members of the Fifth Dimension, Alton McClain & Destiny, New Birth and the Grammy nominated album, Motown Comes Home.

He also launched his own publishing firms, Traco Music and Specolite Music, Ascap and BMI companies. During the next four years, Wilson recorded, released and published more than 40 copyrighted compositions, including, “It Must Be Love”, by Judy Wieder & John Footman, “Stares and Whispers” by Terry McFadden and John Footman, “Star Love” by Judy Wieder and John Footman, and “You Got Me Running” by Judy Wieder and Clay Drayton. Earlier, Wilson had also tried his hand at being a recording artist himself, recording the single “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” for release on the Motown subsidiary label ‘Soul.’ Supposedly 250 demo 45s were pressed, but by that time Wilson decided he would rather focus on producing and he had the demos trashed. Somehow at least two known copies survived, one of which fetched over £25,000 in May 2009.

Because of the scarcity of the original single and the high quality of the music (it was one of the most popular records in the Northern soul movement), it has been championed as one of the rarest and most valuable records in history (along with other “impossible to find” records by such acts as Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and the Five Sharps).

Wilson left Motown in 1976 and became a born again Christian. He became a minister, traveling and writing books with his wife Bunny Wilson, and was also involved in the production of gospel music as well. In 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Vision International University in Ramona, California and founded the New Dawn Christian Village in Los Angeles.

Wilson died on September 27, 2012 in Duarte, California after a long battle with prostate cancer, he was 71 years old.

Saturday 7pm, Sunday 5pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Since Monday is Veterans Day, this evening we will be “Super Patriotic” on “Great Soul Performances” saluting our Vets; as well as current active duty personnel, with music from:

The Shirelles, Ray Stevens, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Lee Greenwood, the Four Fellows, Joel & the Dymensions, SSgt Barry Sadler, Edwin Starr, the Isley Brothers, Stan Zizka & the Del Satins, the Village People, the Monitors, Freda Payne, the 5th Dimension, the Players, Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and others.

In a column of twos, we begin our march at nineteen hundred hours; (oh I forgot, I’m talking to civilians) that’s 7PM EST, 6PM CST, 5PM MST and 4PM PST. Then at 9PM EST, 8PM CST, 7PM MST & 6PM PST, it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear:

The Spinners, Tina Turner, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, George Benson, Phoebe Snow, M.F.S.B., the Clovers, Randy Crawford, the Manhattans, Diana Ross, the Manhattan Transfer, Willie Clayton and more.

I think you are going to enjoy “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” as I pay tribute to my fellow “Veterans” here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Tuesday 12am: Feature LP: Elton John – Sleeping With The Past (1989)

Sleeping with the Past is the 22nd studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on August 29, 1989.  It is his best-selling album in Denmark (where it was recorded for tax purposes) and is dedicated to his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.  The album featured his first solo #1 single, “Sacrifice”, in his home country of the UK, which helped the album also hit #1 there.  John and Taupin meant for the songs to reflect the style of 1960’s R&B icons such as Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, whom they admired.  It also became his first platinum album in the UK since 1983’s Too Low for Zero, and was also certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.  Guy Babylon made his debut on this album and would continue to play keyboards with John for the next 20 years.  Fred Mandel left the band shortly after.

“Durban Deep” – 5:32
“Healing Hands” – 4:21
“Whispers” – 5:30
“Club at the End of the Street” – 4:49
“Sleeping with the Past” – 4:58
“Stones Throw From Hurtin'” – 4:55
“Sacrifice” – 5:11
“I Never Knew Her Name” – 3:32
“Amazes Me” – 4:39
“Blue Avenue” – 4:21
“Dancing in the End Zone” – 3:55
“Love Is a Cannibal” – 3:55

Thursday 8pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 6)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Rob Thomas, Martina McBride, Carlene Carter, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Harry Chapin, Marvin Gaye, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Wednesday 1:30pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week we feature music from:  Leo Sayer, George Harrison, John Denver, Gerry Rafferty, Manhattan Transfer, Jim Croce, Elton John, Billy Joel, Marvin Gaye, Meat Loaf, Dion, Carole King, Linda Clifford, Bruce Springsteen and more . . .

Thursday 6pm: The Chain with Ron Kovacs

We scoured the library and chained 4 hours of music starting at 6pm on RadioMaxMusic.

Tuesday 10pm: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs – June 5, 1965

t50061965Join Ron Kovacs for a new installment of the RadioMax Classic Countdown.  This week we go back to June 5, 1965 and feature the Top 50 Hits of the week.