Tag: Motown

Monday 7pm: Max 20th Century – 1961 (Part I)

January 15 – Motown Records signs The Supremes.
January 20 – Francis Poulenc’s Gloria receives its premiėre in Boston, USA.
February 12 – The Miracles’ “Shop Around” becomes Motown’s first million-selling single.
February 13 – Frank Sinatra forms his own record label, Reprise Records, which will later release recordings by The Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix.
February 14 – The Platters file a lawsuit against Mercury Records for breach of contract after the record company refuses to accept recordings on which Tony Williams does not sing lead. The group’s lawsuit contends that their contract does not require Williams to sing lead.
March 21 – The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time.
March 25 – Elvis Presley performs a benefit show at the Block Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show raises $62,000 for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial fund.
April 17 – Dalida and Charles Aznavour receive Radio Monte Carlo Oscar Awards for Best Song.
April 23 – Judy Garland’s concert at Carnegie Hall.
April 29 – Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Teatro Municipale (Reggio Emilia).
May 1 – The Pulitzer Prize for Music is awarded to Walter Piston for his Symphony No. 7.
June 14 – Patsy Cline is hospitalized as a result of a head-on car collision. While she is in hospital, the song “I Fall to Pieces” becomes a big Country/Pop crossover hit for her.
June 25 – The Bill Evans Trio completes a two-week stay at The Village Vanguard in New York. It is the last time this trio will play before virtuoso bassist Scott LaFaro’s death 10 days later. The five sets they play on the 25th are recorded, resulting in two albums, Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby.
July 1 – French composer Olivier Messiaen marries pianist Yvonne Loriod privately in Paris.
July 17 – Billboard magazine first publishes an “Easy Listening” chart, listing songs that the magazine determines are not rock & roll records. The first #1 song on this chart is “The Boll Weevil Song” by Brook Benton. This chart will be renamed a number of times, becoming the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
October – John Cage’s book Silence: Lectures and Writings is published in the United States.
October 17 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, later of The Rolling Stones, first meet at Dartford railway station in Kent, England.
December 8 – The Beach Boys release their debut 45rpm single: Surfin’/Luau on the small California label Candix Records.
December 9 – The Beatles play their first gig in the south of England, at Aldershot. Due to an advertising failure, only 18 people turn up. In the early hours of the following morning they play an impromptu set at a London club.
William Alwyn sets up home with fellow-composer Doreen Carwithen, his former pupil, at Blythburgh in England.
The Leeds International Pianoforte Competition is founded in the north of England by Marion, Countess of Harewood and Fanny Waterman.
Bob Seger’s musical career begins.
Indian tabla player Keshav Sathe and sitar player Bhaskar Chandavarkar perform with Larry Adler.
The Country Music Association (CMA) creates the Country Music Hall of Fame and inducts, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose and Hank Williams as the first three members.
The score of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is discovered by musicologist Oldřich Pulkert in the Prague National Museum.

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

GSPRIOCongratulations to Michael Phelps on winning his 19th Gold Medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil yesterday. With that in mind, on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we will play songs relating to Rio and the Olympics by artists like: Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, Nat “King” Cole, the Two Step Orchestra; Gloria & Tony Nazzaro (my cousins), the Ritchie Family, Barry Manilow, Xavier Cugat, and also songs by Jimmy Castor, Joe Bataan, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, the Vibrations, the Magnificent Men, another from my fellow WWRL “Soul Brother,” Imhotep Gary Byrd, Curtis Mayfield; live in concert from the Bitter End in New York City and several others. The “Samba” begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. So, will I see you later? Looking for you when I lay “Great Soul Performances” on your ears at the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances Northern Soul Special with Bobby Jay

gsp-nssThis evening, “Great Soul Performances” is dedicated to my friend from the United Kingdom, Kev Roberts. Kev is the man who turned me on to “Northern Soul.” He is also an author, who wrote the definitive book; “The Northern Soul Top 500,” as well as releasing several volumes of Northern Soul CDs. (Check them out on Amazon.Com) After the demise of the original WCBS-FM oldies format in New York City on June 3, 2005, Kev approached Bob Shannon and myself, as well as one of our former air personalities, Dick Heatherton about joining a new satellite radio station he was starting up in London to be called “VIP Radio.”

We jumped at the opportunity. “Great Soul Performances” got its start on VIP Radio. So, to salute all my friends and fans from the UK and especially Kev Roberts, it will be all “Northern Soul” tonight. Music will be coming from artists like: Jackie Wilson, Gloria Jones, Major Lance, the Supremes, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Tommy Hunt, the Spinners, Dee Dee Sharp, the Platters, Timothy Wilson, the Contours, Frankie Valli, Edwin Starr, Ike & Tina Turner and so many others.

Once again, we need music in our lives, in our ears, and in our hearts, to help blunt the tragedy of yesterday, June 12th, the day of the worst mass shooting in American history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives and to those who are fighting for their lives in the hospital, and all the citizens of the City of Orlando and the State of Florida. Their pain and their suffering, is our pain and suffering.

We’ll try and have some fun beginning at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I hope you’ll be listening Kev Roberts. I’ll try and get it right. “Northern Soul” this evening at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s, & 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2I 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.

Feature Artist: Supremes (Singles) 6pm ET

Supremes60sThe Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and are, to date, America’s most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown’s main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.

Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit,[4] formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who went on to form the Temptations). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio.

During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, at which point the group’s name reverted to the Supremes. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after 18 years. – Wikipedia

Great Soul Performances 2: The 8os with Bobby Jay 5pm ET #gsp

Big eJust a quick hello and reminder that, I’m up in West Springfield, Mass. at the “Big E” and want you join me for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” comin’ atcha at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT. Got a lot of good 80’s songs for you, so please join me later this afternoon for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances – Motown Remakes with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

motownIt’s been a little while, so I believe it’s time for another edition of “Motown Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances.” Always a lot of fun, we feature those Pop, R&B and even Jazz artists that have remade or covered those great Motown classics. And of course, Motown itself covered and remade songs all the time of their own catalog by other Motown acts.

Encore performance on the 70s Music Station.  Check schedule for air time

Artist Countdown: Martha Reeves and The Vandellas Top 40 Hits 6pm ET

sound_marthaV_1Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown’s Gordy label. Founded in 1960 by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford and Gloria Williams, the band eventually included Martha Reeves, who moved up in ranks as lead vocalist of the group after Williams’ departure in 1962. The group signed with and eventually recorded all of their singles for Motown’s Gordy imprint.

The group’s string of hits included “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave”, “Nowhere to Run”, “Jimmy Mack”, “Bless You” and “Dancing in the Street”, the latter song becoming their signature single. During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, Martha and the Vandellas charted over twenty-six hits and recorded in the styles of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul. Ten Vandellas songs reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including two R&B number ones.  – Wikipedia

1 Dancing in the Street
2 I’m Ready for Love
3 Nowhere to Run
4 Honey Chile
5 I Can’t Dance to That Music You’re Playing
6 Bless You
7 In and Out of My Life
8 You’ve Been in Love Too Long
9 (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave
10 Quicksand
11 Tear It On Down
12 Taking My Love (And Leaving Me)
13 My Baby Loves Me
14 Never Leave Your Baby’s Side
15 Jimmy Mack
16 Wild One
17 Live Wire
18 I Promise to Wait My Love
19 (We’ve Got) Honey Love
20 Sweet Darlin’
21 I Should Be Proud
22 I Gotta Let You Go
23 I’ll Have To Let Him Go
24 My Baby Won’t Come Back
25 Baby Don’t Leave Me
26 Forget Me Not
27 I Want You Back
28 Something
29 I Tried
30 Show Me The Way
31 Third Finger, Left Hand
32 What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love
33 Love Bug Leave Me Heart Alone
34 Love, Guess Who
35 Motoring
36 I Won’t Be The Fool I’ve Been
37 Your Love Makes It All Wothwhile
38 One Way Out
39 A Tear For The Girl
40 Come and Get These Memories

Great Soul Performances Motown Remakes with Bobby Jay 7pm ET #gsp

Motown-EssentialsWell, it’s the “unofficial” start of summer, it’s the “Memorial Day Weekend.” If you’re getting “long in the tooth” like me, you remember when it was called “Decoration Day.” With that in mind, let’s have some fun this evening when we get together for “Great Soul Performances.” I think it would be nice to once again dust off some “Motown Remakes.” Got some good ones for you when we meet at 7PM ET; following an encore airing of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM (just think, you get four full hours of my nonsense on Saturdays) 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. If you want to hear “Motown Remakes” again, you can do so on Monday at 10PM or on Wednesday at 12Noon; all times Eastern Daylight Time. So join me later this evening for “G.S.P.” only on RadioMaxMusic.com. BTW, since I don’t eat red meat, when you crank up the “barbie,” throw on some turkey burgers and chicken legs and thighs for me, OK? Se Ya Later ‘Gator!

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay – Motown Countdown 7p ET #gsp

motownThis evening on “Great Soul Performances” it’s the final installment of our Motown Greatest 100 Songs countdown. What will be #1? You’ll have to join us at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT to find out. It follows an encore performance of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s at 5PM EDT. If you want to hear the countdown again, you can catch it on Monday at 10PM or on Wednesday at 12Noon EDT. So join me later this evening for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com.