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Artist Countdown: Carole King Top 30 6p ET @Carole_King

Carole KingCarole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Her career began in the 1960s when King, along with her former husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards, and she has continued writing for other artists since then. She had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter in 1960 at age 18, with “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, which she wrote with Goffin. In 1997, she co-wrote “The Reason”, which was a hit for Celine Dion.

Her success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she would sing her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. After experiencing commercial disappointment with her debut album Writer, King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years.

In 2000, Joel Whitburn, a Billboard Magazine pop music researcher, named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955–99 because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2005 music historian Stuart Devoy found her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts 1952–2005.

King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years until broken by Whitney Houston (for the soundtrack album The Bodyguard). Her most recent non-compilation album was Live at the Troubadour in 2010, a collaboration with James Taylor that reached number 4 on the charts in its first week and has sold over 600,000 copies.

She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored.  Source: Wikipedia

1 I Feel the Earth Move
2 It’s Too Late
3 Hard Rock Cafe
4 Sweet Seasons
5 Corazon
6 Jazzman
7 Smackwater Jack
8 So Far Away
9 It Might As Well Rain Until September
10 Been to Canaan
11 Only Love Is Real
12 One Fine Day
13 You Light Up My Life
14 Nightingale
15 Now and Forever
16 One to One
17 Believe in Humanity
18 City Streets
19 High Out of Time
20 Simple Things
21 Morning Sun
22 He’s a Bad Boy
23 Tapestry
24 Up On The Roof
25 Disco Tech
26 The Locomotion
27 Hey Girl
28 You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
29 Goat Annie
30 You’ve Got A Friend

Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B 10p ET #vrp @RadioMax

1968This edition of the Vinyl Resting Places look at the year 1968.

Feature Year: 1996 (Part 1 – 9a) (Part 2 – 9p) ET @RadioMax #1996

1996January 8 – Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill Madonna.
January 16 – At the trial of two American teenagers, Nicholaus McDonald and Brian Bassett, for the murder of Bassett’s parents and young brother, defense lawyers attempt to lay the blame for the murders on the fact the pair had been listening to “Israel’s Son” by Silverchair prior to the crimes, which are dubbed the “Israel’s Son Murders”. Murmur Records released an official response, stating that Silverchair do not condone violence of any kind and that the song “seeks to criticize violence and war by portraying them in all their horror.” Jamaican authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, Hemisphere Dancer, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono and Island Records executive, Chris Blackwell, are also on the plane; no-one is injured.
January 18 – Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
January 25 – Madonna receives death threats from Argentine conservatives who are enraged and insulted that she is playing Eva Peron in Evita. After she arrives in Argentina, over 50 walls throughout the city have been spray-painted with the words: ¡Viva Evita! ¡Fuera Madonna! (Long Live Evita! Get Out, Madonna!).
January 26 – The controversial musical Rent is given its first public performance at the New York Theatre Workshop, a day after the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson.
January 28 – Chris Isaak makes a guest appearance on the television show Friends.
January 29 – La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy, is destroyed by fire. Kiss reveals that they have reunited with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, with a surprise appearance on the American Music Awards. The band took to the podium in full makeup and costume for the first time since 1983. Garth Brooks refuses to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist. Brooks says that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did.
February 4 – Former Milli-Vanilli band member Rob Pilatus is hospitalized when a man hits him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood, while Pilatus is attempting to steal the man’s car.
February 13 – Tupac Shakur releases the first ever rap double album, All Eyez on Me, one of the most influential albums in hip hop history. All Eyez on Me achieves platinum sales in just four hours and reaches No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Take That formally announce that they are splitting up.
February 14 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince marries backup singer Mayte Garcia.
February 19 – Jarvis Cocker disrupts a performance by Michael Jackson at the BRIT Awards. During an elaborate staging of “Earth Song” Cocker crashed the stage, lifted his shirt and pointed his bottom in Jackson’s direction before getting into a scuffle with security. Cocker later stated that his actions were “a form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing”.
February 20 – Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard are acquitted of first degree murder. The jury deadlocks on voluntary manslaughter charges and a mistrial is declared. Storytellers premieres on VH1. The first episodes features Ray Davies.
February 22 – MCA Records buys half of Interscope Records. Time Warner had owned half of Interscope until September 1995 when it sold off its share due to political pressure for the explicit lyrics of the label’s gangsta rap artists.
March 4 – The Beatles’ second reunion song is released as part of their first reunion since the band’s breakup 26 years earlier. The song is a finished version of “Real Love”, a John Lennon demo from 1980.
March 13 – Ramones fans riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina after waiting all night for concert tickets only to find out that the show had been sold out.
March 16 – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 16th consecutive week stay at No. 1 in the American charts with “One Sweet Day” ends when Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” reaches #1. “One Sweet Day” enjoyed the longest consecutive stay at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100’s history.
March 18 – The Sex Pistols announce that they will be reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.
March 28 – Phil Collins announces that he is leaving Genesis to focus on his solo career.
April – Roberto Alagna marries Angela Gheorghiu backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
April 3 – M.C. Hammer files for bankruptcy.
April 4 – The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia’s widow, Deborah, scatter part of Garcia’s ashes in the Ganges River in India.
April 10 – Alice in Chains plays at Majestic Theatre in NYC for a MTV unplugged record and video to be released in July.
April 15 – The remaining part of Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
April 16 – Madonna announces that she is four months pregnant by Carlos Leon, her then boyfriend and trainer.
April 24 – This Train, Rick Elias, Jimmy A, Phil Keaggy, Carolyn Arends, Third Day & Ashley Cleveland perform a tribute concert for Rich Mullins at Nashville’s Cafe Milano. Speakers included Reunion Records executive Terry Hemmings, record producer Reed Arvin, disc jockey Jon Rivers, and author Brennan Manning.
April 28 – Oasis play the second of two gigs in Maine Road, home of Manchester City F.C., featured on the video “…There and Then”. The Galway Early Music Festival is launched in Ireland.
May 8 – In Los Angeles, a judge rules against Tommy Lee and wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, in their attempt to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos taken from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.
May 11 – A 17-year old fan is crushed in the festival seating section at a concert by The Smashing Pumpkins in Dublin, Ireland, despite the presence of 110 security guards and repeated admonishments from the band telling the crowd to stop surging towards the stage. The fan dies of her injuries the next day and the band cancels that night’s show in Belfast as a result.
May 30 Depeche Mode leader Dave Gahan is arrested upon his release from hospital, having overdosed on a heroin and cocaine ‘speedball’ in a Los Angeles hotel room and been pronounced clinically dead for two minutes in an ambulance. Gahan is ordered by the court to complete a 9-month rehabilitation.
June 2 – Alice Cooper performs at Sammy Hagar’s club, Cabo Wabo, in Mexico. It was recorded and released the next year as a live album.
June 12 – The final of the Eurovision Young Musicians 1996 competition is held in Lisbon, Portugal. The winner is German violinist and pianist Julia Fischer.
June 15 and 16 – The first Tibetan Freedom Concerts are held in San Francisco.
June 19 – Japanese duo Chage and Aska become the first Asian group to participate in MTV Unplugged.
June 21 – The Sex Pistols start their reunion tour in Lahti, Finland.
June 26 – Sammy Hagar leaves Van Halen.
June 28 – Kiss kicks off the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. It’s the first tour by the original lineup of the band since 1979.
July 3 – Alice in Chains performs their last concert with lead singer Layne Staley in Kansas City, Missouri while touring with Kiss (band).
July 8 – The Spice Girls release their debut single “Wannabe” in the United Kingdom.The song proves to be a global hit, hitting number 1 in 31 countries and becoming not only the biggest selling debut single by an all-female group but also the biggest-selling single by an all-female group of all time.
July 11 – Robert Simpson’s second string quintet receives its première at the Cheltenham International Festival by the Maggini Quartet with Pal Banda, cellist.
July 13 – Phil Anselmo of Pantera overdoses on heroin after a Texas homecoming gig.
July 19 – The Proms in the Park event is launched in London, UK.
July 27 – Adrian Erlandsson & Patrik Jensen form The Haunted.
August 1 – MTV2 is launched. The first video played is “Where It’s At” by Beck.
August 6 – Influential punk rock group The Ramones play their final show at The Palace in Hollywood.
August 10 & 11 – Oasis play the largest free-standing gigs in British history at Knebworth House, Stevenage.
August 27 – Aaliyah released her album One in a Million
September 4 – At the MTV Video Music Awards, Van Halen makes a surprise appearance with original singer David Lee Roth.
September 7 – Rapper Tupac Shakur is shot whilst being driven from the MGM Grand Hotel along Sunset Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, after seeing the allegedly fixed Mike Tyson versus Bruce Seldon boxing match, in what is apparently a drive-by shooting. Michael Jackson starts the HIStory World Tour.
September 10 – Wal-Mart announces it will not be carrying Sheryl Crow’s upcoming self titled album because of the lyric “Watch out sister, watch out brother/watch our children while they kill each other/with a gun they bought at Wal-Mart Discount Stores”.
September 11 – David Bowie’s single “Telling Lies” becomes the first song offered as a digital single by a major record label (Virgin Records). Bowie launches the single by hosting an online chat in which he and two other people pretending to be him answer questions from the audience.”
September 12 – Controversy follows The Eagles when the band dedicates “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to Saddam Hussein at a United States Democratic Party fundraiser held in Los Angeles.
September 13 – Seven months after the release of the epic ‘All Eyez on Me’, Tupac Shakur was pronounced dead at 4:03 pm as a result of injuries sustained 6 days earlier in a second Murder attempt on his life.
September 21 – Meg White marries John Anthony Gillis, who took Meg’s name and changed his name to Jack White. They would form The White Stripes one year later.
September 24 – Weezer releases its second record, “Pinkerton”. Due to its darker vibe and its departure from their earlier style, it sold less well and was critically panned. However, it has since become arguably the biggest cult record of the decade, topping “best of” lists by different critics.
September 27 – Sasha and Digweed release Northern Exposure, which has gone on to be considered one of the greatest dance albums of all time.
October 4 – Eddie and Alex Van Halen announce that David Lee Roth will not be continuing as lead singer of Van Halen and that Gary Cherone will be the band’s next vocalist.
October 4 – C-Block releases the single “So Strung Out”, which reaches fourth chart position in Germany.
October 6 – Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw get married.
October 14 – Madonna gives birth to daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon.
October 15 – Korn’s second studio album, Life is Peachy, debuts at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and goes on to sell 6 million copies worldwide.
October 27 – Pop-Up Video premieres on VH1.
October 28 – MTV India is launched.
October 29 – Slash announces in a faxed statement that he is officially leaving Guns N’ Roses.
November 8 – After having been premièred at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the film Hype!, a documentary on the Seattle grunge scene, opens to general audiences.
November 24 – Crowded House plays its farewell concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in Australia, in front of an audience of almost 200,000. Proceeds from this concert support the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
December 7 – The Sex Pistols finish their reunion tour in Santiago, Chile.
December 16 – Max Cavalera leaves Sepultura because of Sepultura not renewing his wife Gloria’s contract as manager as well as being overwhelmed by the death of his stepson.
December 31 – The twenty-fifth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Shawn Colvin, KC & the Sunshine Band, Spice Girls, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Usher.

Also in 1996
Jesper Strömblad leaves Hammerfall.
House of Pain breaks up which leads to DJ Lethal joining Limp Bizkit.
The Monkees embark on their 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour.
Singer Tori Amos is sued when a man crashes his car after being distracted by a billboard advertising her album. The billboard featured a photo of Amos breastfeeding a piglet.
Coal Chamber signs with Roadrunner Records and Mikey “Bug” Cox replaces John Tor.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is passed in the United States, deregulating the number of radio and TV stations that any one broadcaster can own.

Source: Wikipedia / Edited by Ron Kovacs

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 10p ET #gsp80s

bobbyjayAs cold and as snowy as it is in the northeast, I want you to join me this evening at 10PM ET for “Great Soul Performances 2, The 80’s” where you’ll hear: Shalamar, Dennis Edwards, the Four Tops, Patti LaBelle, the Whispers, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, the Jones Girls, Larry Graham, Diana Ross, the Dells and many others. It’s fun for one and all. It you miss it, the encore performances are on Friday at 12 Noon, Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 7PM, all times eastern.  I’ll be looking for you of course at RadioMaxMusic.com. –Bobby Jay

The Bounce with Mike Singh 9p ET

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Great Soul Performances The 80s with Bobby Jay 10p #GSP80 #GSP @RadioMax

GSP2Join Bobby Jay 10p ET for a new installment of Great Soul Performances II The 80s.  Great Soul and R&B only from the eighties.

Feature Year: 1994 (Part 1 – 9a) Part 2 – 9p) ET @RadioMax

1994January 19 – Bryan Adams becomes the first Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
January 25 – Alice in Chains release their Jar of Flies album which makes its US chart début at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first ever EP to do so.
January 29 – The Supremes’ Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, USA. Wilson’s 14-year old son is killed in the accident.
February 1 – Green Day release their breakthrough album Dookie, ushering in the mid-1990s punk revival. Dookie eventually achieves diamond certification.
February 7 – Blind Melon’s lead singer Shannon Hoon is forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because of his loud and disruptive behavior. Hoon is later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone.
February 11 – The three surviving members of The Beatles secretly reunite to begin recording additional music for a few of John Lennon’s old unfinished demos, presented to Paul McCartney by Yoko Ono, with Jeff Lynne producing. The track, “Free As A Bird”, is released as a single in late 1995 as part of the exhaustive Beatles Anthology project, reaching #2 in the UK and #6 in the United States.
February 14 – The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons.
February 23 – Eddie Van Halen, Chris Isaak, and B.B. King attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino takes place in Paradise, Nevada, USA.
March 1 – Nirvana play their final concert in Munich. Frank Sinatra receives the Grammy Awards Lifetime Achievement award. Sinatra’s acceptance speech is cut short and other artists, upset by this action, criticize the producer’s decision during the show, including Billy Joel who takes extra time to perform his song, The River of Dreams, noting that he is wasting valuable air time.
March 3 – In Rome, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on Rohypnol and champagne.
March 5 – Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, California home.
March 7 – The United States Supreme Court decision Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. rules that parody can qualify as fair use. The case was spurred by 2 Live Crew releasing a parody of the Roy Orbison hit “Oh, Pretty Woman” without a license from the publishing firm Acuff-Rose Music.
March 13 – Selena releases her final Spanish album Amor Prohibido.
March 18 – Courtney Love calls the police, fearing that her husband, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate four guns and twenty-five boxes of ammo from Cobain’s home.
Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones,
March 30 – Pink Floyd embark on what would be their last world tour before their breakup. The record-breaking tour supports their Division Bell album, with the band playing to 5,500,000 people in 68 cities and grossing over £150,000,000.
March 31 – Madonna appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, making headlines with her foul-mouthed, profanity-laced interview. Robin Williams later describes the segment as a “battle of wits with an unarmed woman.”
April 8 – The body of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, is found. Cobain’s death three days before, is legally declared to be suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot.
April 25 – Blur releases Parklife, its first album reaching #1 in UK, where it was certified “quadruple platinum”. Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November 1993.
April 26 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to having pointed a shotgun at police officers on March 5.
April 27 – The legendary Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco with a concert headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins.
May 2 – A Los Angeles jury finds Michael Bolton, along with co-writer Andy Goldmark and Sony Music Entertainment, guilty of copyright infringement over the song “Love Is a Wonderful Thing”. The song is ruled to be too similar to a song of the same name by The Isley Brothers.
May 3 – The Rolling Stones arrive by yacht to a press conference in New York City to announce the Voodoo Lounge Tour kicking off in the summer.
May 6 – Pearl Jam files a complaint against Ticketmaster with the U.S. Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the concert ticket business.
To help promote his new album, Alice Cooper releases a three-part comic book that followed the album The Last Temptation.
May 9 – 13 – 1994 International Rostrum of Composers
May 10 – Tupac Shakur begins serving a 15-day sentence in a county jail for attacking director Allen Hughes on the set of a video shoot.
Weezer are introduced to the world with their self-titled debut, often referred to as the Blue Album. It would go on to become one of the most influential records of the 1990s spanning hits “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So”.
May 26 – Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley are married in the Dominican Republic.
May 27 – The Eagles launch the Hell Freezes Over tour in Burbank, California. The reunion tour is the group’s first since breaking up in 1980, but much is also made of the band becoming the first to charge over $100 per ticket for arena shows.
June 7 – Grace Slick is sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month’s worth of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after a March 5 incident with police officers.
June 9 – Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC, in a domestic dispute with partner Andre Rison, sets fire to his shoes which ultimately spreads to the mansion they share and destroys it.
June 21 – George Michael loses his legal bid to be released from his contract with Sony Records in a London court.
June 27 – Aerosmith becomes the first major band to premiere a new song on the Internet. Over 10,000 CompuServe subscribers download the free track “Head First” within its first eight days of availability.
July – The Verbier Festival is launched.
July 30 – Suede announce that guitarist Bernard Butler has left the band following fractious recording sessions for their album Dog Man Star
August – Rich Mullins and “Leave a Legacy” contest winner, 76-year-old Miguel Garcia Massiate, travel to Bogotá, Colombia with Compassion International. The two men visit the Ciudad Sucre Center where Mullins presented them with over $40,000 that was raised on his summer ’94 Ragamuffin Band tour. Decca releases a recording of the 1949 première of Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony for the first time.
August 9 – Machine Head release their first album Burn My Eyes, which was a big success and becomes Roadrunner Records’ best selling debut album.
August 12 – Woodstock ’94 is held in Saugerties, New York. As with the original 1969 festival, attendance is swelled by a high number of gatecrashers, while heavy rains turn the festival grounds into a sea of mud. Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Gabriel and Green Day are among the many performers.
August 23 – Jeff Buckley releases his single, critically acclaimed, full-length studio album Grace.
August 30 – Oasis release their debut album Definitely Maybe, it becomes the fastest selling debut album in the United Kingdom at the time until 2006 when it was beaten by the Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Luis Miguel release Segundo Romance, the best-selling Latin album of the 1990s by a male artist. Four singles from the album were released; two of which reached #1 on the Top Latin Songs. It received a Grammy Award and a Billboard Latin Music Award.
September – José Cura wins the Operalia – International Plácido Domingo Opera Singer Competition.
September 6 – Bad Religion release their eighth studio album (and proper major-label debut) Stranger than Fiction. This proved to be the last to feature founding guitarist/songwriter Brett Gurewitz for seven years, until his return. Gurewitz would be replaced by former Minor Threat / Dag Nasty / Junkyard guitarist Brian Baker, who turned down a touring job for R.E.M. at this time, and eventually becomes a permanent member of Bad Religion.
September 8 – Richard A. Morse, lead male vocalist of RAM, narrowly escapes a kidnapping by armed men during the band’s live performance at the Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; the attempted kidnapping was provoked by the performance of “Fèy”, a RAM single banned nationwide by the military authorities.
September 15 – A 1957 audio tape of John Lennon performing with The Quarrymen on the same night he met Paul McCartney fetches £78,500 at a Sotheby’s auction in London.
October 11 – Korn, a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, launches its self-titled debut album Korn, peaking at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and launching the nu metal sound.
October 12 – Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: No Quarter (Unledded) premieres on MTV. The “unplugged” concert special featuring the two former Led Zeppelin bandmates was filmed to accompany the release of the album of the same name.
November 20 – David Crosby undergoes a seven-hour liver transplant operation in Los Angeles.
November 30 – The Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal is arrested at her Ohio home after accepting a private-courier package containing four grams of heroin.[4]
December 2 – Warner Music Group acquires a 49 percent share of Seattle record label Sub Pop in a deal believed to be worth over $30 million.
December 18 – Paul Oakenfold’s legendary Goa Mix is first broadcast in the early hours of this day as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.
December 19 – Aerosmith opens the 250-seat Mama Kin Music Hall in Boston, co-owned by the group, with a performance.
December 31 – The twenty-third annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Melissa Etheridge, The O’Jays, Salt-n-Pepa, Hootie & the Blowfish and Jon Secada.

Also in 1994

Christian Olde Wolbers replaces Andrew Shives in Fear Factory. Jeff Burrows signs a Cymbal deal with Sabian. ALL part ways with their original home Cruz Records, and sign a recording contract with Interscope (though they shortly leave that label after releasing an album in the following year). The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland and bassist Greg Kriesel form the label Nitro Records, an incubator for successful punk artists such as AFI. The label later releases albums from classic punk bands, including The Damned and T.S.O.L., and also reissues the first Offspring album. Social Distortion manager Jim Guerinot forms the label Time Bomb Recordings in joint-venture agreement with Arista. The label actually exists mostly as an imprint for current releases from Social Distortion and solo albums by Mike Ness, along with the administration of the label’s back catalog. Moldova adopts Limba noastră as its new national anthem.

Source: Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Donna Summer Top 45 6p ET @RadioMax

donna-summer-03LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. Summer has sold over 150 million records worldwide.

Born into a devoutly Christian middle class, African American family in Boston, Massachusetts, Summer first became involved with singing through church choir groups before joining a number of bands influenced by the Motown Sound. Also influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, she became the front singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she spent several years living, acting, and singing in West Germany, where she met music producer Giorgio Moroder. Also while in Europe, she married Helmut Sommer, an anglicized version of whose surname she adopted as her stage name.

donna_summer_hi-resAfter returning to the United States, Summer co-wrote the song “Love to Love You Baby” with Pete Bellotte. Moroder convinced her to sing it herself, and it was released in 1975 to mass commercial success, particularly on the disco scene. Over the following years Summer followed this success with a string of other hits, such as “I Feel Love”, “Last Dance”, “MacArthur Park“, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)“, and “On the Radio”. She became known as the “Queen of Disco” and regularly appeared at the Studio 54 nightclub in New York City, while her music gained a global following within the gay and non-gay communities. She struggled with depression, and subsequently she became a born-again Christian in 1980.

Diagnosed with lung cancer, Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. She was posthumously described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Moroder described Summer’s work with him on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

1 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (with Barbra Streisand)
2 Hot Stuff
3 I Feel Love
4 Bad Girls
5 Love to Love You Baby
6 She Works Hard for the Money
7 MacArthur Park
8 On the Radio
9 This Time I Know It’s for Real
10 Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)
11 The Wanderer
12 Last Dance
13 Dim All the Lights
14 I Love You
15 Heaven Knows (with Brooklyn Dreams)
16 Could It Be Magic
17 Dinner with Gershwin
18 Winter Melody
19 Rumour Has It
20 State of Independence
21 There Goes My Baby
22 Unconditional Love (featuring Musical Youth)
23 Stamp Your Feet
24 I’m a Fire
25 Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside)
26 Fame (The Game)
27 Love’s Unkind
28 The Woman in Me
29 I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt
30 Love’s About to Change My Heart
31 Spring Affair
32 Cold Love
33 Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
34 Love Is the Healer
35 I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)
36 Breakaway
37 The Power of One
38 It’s Only Love
39 Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved)
40 Love Has a Mind of Its Own (with Matthew Ward)
41 Lady of the Night
42 Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’
43 Supernatural Love
44 Walk Away
45 When Love Cries

Feature Year: 1968 (Part 1 – 9am – Part 2 – 9pm ET)

1968January 4 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding.
January 6 – The Gibson Guitar Corporation patents its Gibson Flying V electric guitar design.
January 13 – Johnny Cash performs his famous concert at Folsom State Prison in California.
February 1 – Universal Studios offers the Doors $500,000 to star in a feature film, which is never made.
February 4 – The Bee Gees make their American television debut on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
February 12 – Jimi Hendrix is given an honorary high school diploma from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix is also given the key to the city.
February 16 – The Beatles, Mike Love, Mia Farrow, Donovan and others travel to India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh.
February 18 – David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, replacing founder Syd Barrett, who had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.
February 21 – McGraw-Hill, Inc., outbids eight other publishers and pays $150,000 for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies’ authorized biography of the Beatles.
February 22 – Florence Ballard of the Supremes is released from her contract with Motown.
March 1 – Johnny Cash and June Carter are married in Franklin, Kentucky, with Merle Kilgore as best man.
March 8 – Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in an abandoned movie theater in New York City.
March 25 – The 58th and final new episode of The Monkees airs on NBC.
March 30 – The Yardbirds record their live album Live Yardbirds at the Anderson Theater.
April 4 – James Brown appears on national television, in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the United States following the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 6 – The 13th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. The winning song, Spain’s “La, la, la” is sung by Massiel, after Spanish authorities refused to allow Joan Manuel Serrat to perform it in Catalan. The UK finish in second place, just one point behind, with the song “Congratulations” sung by Cliff Richard, which goes on to outsell the winning Spanish entry throughout Europe.
April 7 – Singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone’s performance at Westbury Music Fair is dedicated to the late Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The song “Why? (the king of love is dead)” by Gene Taylor is performed for the first time. the show was partially released on the Emmy nominated album Nuff Said (1968).
April 29 – The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre.
May 4 – Mary Hopkin performs on the British TV show Opportunity Knocks. Hopkin catches the attention of model Twiggy, who recommends her to Paul McCartney. McCartney would soon sign Hopkin to Apple Records.
May 5 – Buffalo Springfield performs together for the last time in Long Beach, California.
May 7 – Aretha Franklin records her live LP Aretha In Paris at the Olympia Theater. Karlheinz Stockhausen begins composing his fifteen intuitive music works, Aus den sieben Tagen.
May 14 – At a press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney introduce the Beatles’ new business concept, Apple Corps, Ltd., a disastrously mismanaged entertainment company that included a recording studio, a record label, and clothing store.
May 26 – Blues artist Little Willie John dies in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.
May 30 – The Beatles begin recording The White Album (officially titled, simply, The Beatles). Sessions would span over 4 months, ending on October 14.
June 1 – David Ruffin is fired from The Temptations
June 20 – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas make their debut at the Copacabana in New York City, winning a rave review in the New York Times. The engagement was recorded but remains in the Motown vaults.
July 7 – The Yardbirds perform for the last time before disbanding.
July 18 – Mina presents her Italian white soul hits “Se stasera sono qui” and “Colpo al cuore”. The performance is transmitted live without playback from the Auditorio A of the Radiotelevisione Italiana regional headquarters in Naples.
August 1 – Jeff Beck Group releases their album Truth. A seminal work of heavy metal, it incorporates blues and hard rock. It introduced the talents of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.
August 4 – Yes performs for the first time, at a summer camp.
August 23 – Simon & Garfunkel give a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. A recording is later released on CD in 1994 by Australian company Vigotone Records as Voices of Intelligent Dissent.
September 7 – Led Zeppelin performs for the first time, billed as The New Yardbirds (the Yardbirds had disbanded two months earlier, and guitarist Jimmy Page subsequently formed this new group).
September 14 – The two sons of singer Roy Orbison, 10-year-old Roy DeWayne Orbison and 6-year-old Anthony King Orbison, die in a house fire in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison’s youngest son is saved.
September 15 – Song of Summer, Ken Russell’s noted TV documentary about Frederick Delius, is shown for the first time as part of the BBC’s Omnibus series. PocketDiscs are released in several test markets in the United States.
October 8 – The soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet is released, containing popular “What Is a Youth” tune.
November 8 – John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced.
November 15 – 500,000 people march in Washington, D.C. for peace, which becomes the largest anti-war rally in U.S. history. In attendance: Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, Mitch Miller, touring cast of Hair
November 17 – Diana Ross & the Supremes replace The Beatles’ hugely successful “Hey Jude” at number-one in the U.S. with “Love Child”; this would be the last of five turnovers at number-one between the two most successful music acts in America during the 1960s.
November 22 – The Beatles (also known as “The White Album”) by The Beatles is released. Also released is The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks.
November 26 – Cream plays their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be the last time Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker play together until their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
December 2 – Jimi Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler quits over differences with Hendrix during the recording of Electric Ladyland. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform their last concert together before Janis goes solo.
Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special airs on NBC.
December 9 – TCB airs on NBC starring Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, becoming the first variety special in America to feature an exclusively African American cast. Shinjuku Music Festival is broadcast for the first time by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.
December 11 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed. Acts included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, The Dirty Mac, and Marianne Faithful. This was the last appearance of Brian Jones as a member of The Rolling Stones.
December 20 – Peter Tork announces he is leaving The Monkees.
December 22 – The Animals reunite for one benefit concert at the Newcastle City Hall while Eric Burdon & The Animals are disbanding.

 

Feature Year: 1981 – 9am 9pm ET @RadioMax

FeatureYearJanuary 10 – A revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadway’s Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
January 24 – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is injured in a motorcycle crash that leaves him hospitalized for two months.
February 14 – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.
March 14 – Suffering from bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Clapton’s 60-city tour of the US is cancelled, and he remains in hospital for a month.
April 1 – The Go-Go’s sign to IRS Records.
April 4 – British pop group Bucks Fizz wins the 26th Eurovision Song Contest, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, with the song “Making Your Mind Up”.
April 11 – Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli.
April 18 – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would reunite frequently in years to come).
April 20 – The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. Phillips’ sentence would be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.
April 22 – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated shin, following a car accident in Seattle, Washington.
April 27 – Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach marry, in London, England.
May 2 – British vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)” following a swift rise to fame as the result of a reality TV show.
May 14 – Diana Ross signs with RCA Records (EMI internationally), leaving Motown Records, her label of two decades. The $20,000,000 deal is the most lucrative recording contract in history at that time.
March 14 — The final showing of Live From The Grand Ole Opry on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) occurs on this night. The show actually went beyond the televised segment, but the show was ended with a clip of Marty Robbins singing “El Paso” (a song he used to close out his Opry segment at midnight) from the year before. Because of cost over-runs and other technicalities, this was the final run for the annual show on PBS that featured the music of Tom T. Hall, Del Reeves, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, and many other performers.
May 15 – A riot breaks out at The Ritz rock club in New York when Public Image Ltd plays behind a videoscreen while completely different music plays over the club’s speakers.
June 4 – U2 appears on the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder, their first U.S. television appearance.
June 5 – The TV series Night Flight, a variety show featuring music documentaries and videos, premieres on the USA Network.
June 6 – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover.
June 30 – Jerry Lee Lewis is rushed to hospital in Memphis for emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach. Despite being given less than a 50% chance of survival, he eventually pulls through.
August 1 – MTV debuts on cable television in the United States, playing music videos 24 hours a day.
August – the success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
August 23 – The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside a Milwaukee venue and are invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act in the Pretenders’ show that night.
September 19 – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
September 25 – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
October 26 – Iron Maiden plays its first show with Bruce Dickinson as the new lead singer in Bologna, Italy.
October 28 – British Phonographic Industry chairman Chris Wright unveils the UK music industry’s new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing Music“.
October 31 – Punk band Fear makes a memorable appearance on Saturday Night Live. A group of fans storm the stage and damage TV equipment while moshing, resulting in the show cutting to commercial.
November 18 – While sitting in Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song “Tom’s Diner”.
December 18 – An estimated 35 million people around the world watch a live satellite transmission of a Rod Stewart concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It is the first broadcast of its kind since Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” special in 1973.
December 31 – The tenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Barry Manilow, Alabama and Rick James.

Also in 1981
The organ at the famous Heinävesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ.
Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a record label gathering.
Alice Cooper drastically changes his appearance, leaving behind his trademark make-up and donning a military uniform.
Synth pop enjoys mainstream popularity in the UK, with groups such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Human League releasing hit singles and albums.
Menudo’s golden era (1981–1985) begins in Latin America, parts of Europe and Asia.
Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay.
Phil Collins releases his first solo album (but will not leave the band Genesis until 1995).
Hal Willner “invents” the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota.
AC/DC’s album “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” is finally released in the United States.
Iron Maiden’s lead singer Paul Di’Anno leaves band due to heavy drinking, and is replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
Eric Carr joins Kiss on drums and makes his songwriting debut with “Under the Rose”.

 

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Feature Year: 1979 (Part 1 – 9am , Part 2 – 9pm ET)

year-1979January 1 – Bill Graham closes San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom following a New Year’s Eve performance by the Blues Brothers and the Grateful Dead. During a New Year’s Eve concert in Cleveland, Ohio, Bruce Springsteen is injured when a fire-cracker is thrown onstage from the audience.
January 4 – The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, best known for its connections to the early days of the Beatles, reopens.
January 6 – ABC’s American Bandstand featured the debut of the “Y.M.C.A. dance” using the hand gestures forming the letters YMCA during a broadcast with the Village People.
January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert in held in New York City at the United Nations, starring The Bee Gees. Highlights are aired the following evening on NBC.
January 13 – Singer Donny Hathaway dies after falling 15 stories from his hotel room in New York City. According to Hathaway’s record company, Atlantic, the singer had been having some psychological problems.
January 15 – MCA Records purchases ABC Records for a reported $20 million.
February 2 – Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is found dead from an overdose, a day after being released on bail from Rikers Island prison.
February 7 – The Clash kick off their first concert on their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco, California. Bo Diddley opens the show and the Clash open their set with the song “I’m So Bored with the U.S.A.”. Stephen Stills becomes the first major rock artist to record digitally, laying down four songs at The Record Plant in Los Angeles.
February 10 – Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” hits #1 on the Billboard magazine charts, and stays there for 4 weeks.
February 11 – 43 million viewers watch “Elvis!” on ABC, a made for TV movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis.
February 15 – Minnie Riperton appears on the Grammys as a presenter with Stephen Bishop. The Bee Gees collect 4 Grammys for Saturday Night Fever.
February 23 – Dire Straits begin their first U.S. tour in Boston.
February 24 – Friedrich Cerha’s completion of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris. Singer Johnnie Wilder, Jr. of Heatwave is paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
February 26 – B.B. King becomes the first blues artist to tour the Soviet Union, kicking off a one-month tour there.
March 2 (to March 4) – Weather Report, The CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Stephen Stills, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus Cuban acts Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Elena Burke, Los Papines, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón play at the historic three-day Havana Jam festival at the Karl Marx Theater, in Havana, Cuba.
March 5 – MCA Records dissolves ABC Records.
March 10 – James Brown performs at the Grand Ole Opry.
March 15 – Elvis Costello gets into a heated argument with members of Stephen Stills’ touring entourage at a Holiday Inn in Columbus, Ohio. After Costello makes disparaging remarks about America, he is punched by Bonnie Bramlett. Costello suffers a wave of negative press coverage after the incident is made public.
March 21 – The Pretenders sign a contract with Sire Records.
March 23 – Van Halen releases their second album, Van Halen II.
March 27 – Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd, ex-wife of Clapton’s friend George Harrison.
March 31 – The Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest music festival in the world, takes place for the first time in a country outside Europe – Israel. The show is broadcast live from Jerusalem to Europe and a few countries in Asia. The big winner of this night is Israel for the second time in a row. The winning song is “Hallelujah” sung by Gali Atari and the backing group Milk and Honey. A few months after winning the song had been translated into more than 82 languages, and broke a new record by entering the Guinness Book of Records as the most translated song in the world.
April 2 – Kate Bush begins her first, and to date, only tour. She becomes the first artist to use a wireless microphone, enabling her to sing and dance at the same time.
April 6 – Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton.
April 7 – 110,000 people attend the California Music Festival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Performers include Aerosmith, The Boomtown Rats, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and Van Halen.
April 12 – Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as the lead singer of Jefferson Starship.
April 13 – During a concert by Van Halen in Spokane, Washington, David Lee Roth collapses from exhaustion. A local doctor treats him for a stomach virus and advises him to “calm down”.
April 22 – The New Barbarians and The Rolling Stones perform two concerts in Oshawa, Ontario to benefit the CNIB, as part of Keith Richards’ 1978 sentence for heroin possession.
April 24 – The New Barbarians open their US tour at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
April 27 – Ozzy Osbourne is fired as lead singer of Black Sabbath. He is replaced in May by Ronnie James Dio.
May 2 – The Who play their first concert following the death of drummer Keith Moon. The band performs with new drummer Kenney Jones at London’s Rainbow Theatre.
May 8 – Iron Maiden, Samson, and Angel Witch share a bill at the Music Machine in Camden, London. Critic Geoff Barton coins the term “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” in a review of the show for Sounds magazine.
May 19 – Three of the four ex-Beatles perform on the same stage, as Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr jam with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Mick Jagger and others at a wedding reception for Clapton at his Surrey home.
May 21 – Elton John plays the first of eight concerts in the Soviet Union.
June 1 – Alternative Tentacles record label established by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, and Joy Division release their album Unknown Pleasures.
June 8 – Marianne Faithfull marries Ben Brierly of The Vibrators.
June 9 – The Bee Gees tie The Beatles with a record six consecutive number one singles in the U.S. with “Love You Inside Out”.
June 28 – Bill Haley makes his final studio recordings at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. (He dies in 1981.)
July 1 – The Sony Walkman goes on sale in Japan.
July 7 – The Bee Gees play to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium as part of their Spirits Having Flown tour.
July 10 – Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion by a Los Angeles judge.
July 12 – “Disco Demolition Night“, an anti-disco promotional event for a Chicago rock station involving exploding disco records with a bomb, causes a near-riot between games during a baseball major league doubleheader, forcing the cancellation of the second game.
July 28 – Aerosmith and Ted Nugent headline the World Series of Rock at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Also on the bill are Journey, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and the Scorpions. Following the concert, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry quits the group after an argument with bandmates.
July 31 – 250,000 turn out in Central Park for a free concert by James Taylor in a campaign to restore Sheep Meadow.
August 4–11 – British rock band Led Zeppelin play what are to be their last British concerts (until 2007) at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Total attendances for the two concerts approached 400,000.
August 18 – Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter are married at Carter’s Los Angeles home.
August 25 – “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard charts. This is the first time in over a year that a song hits #1 that is not either a disco song or a ballad, signalling the potential resurgence of rock.
September 1 – INXS perform in public for the first time, at the Oceanview Hotel in Umina, New South Wales.
September 2 – U2 enters the studio for the first time to record a locally released single.
September 13 – ABBA begins ABBA: The Tour in Edmonton, Alberta, leading off a month of dates in North America.
September 16 – The single “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang is released. Its success marks the commercial emergence of hip hop music.
September 17 – Ontario Court of Appeals rejects a government appeal against the previous year’s sentencing of Keith Richards, which allowed him to avoid jail time for his 1977 arrest in Toronto for heroin possession.
September 19-23 – Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) stages a series of five No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden. Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, James Taylor and Carly Simon are among the participants.
September 22 – The NewMusic, a Canadian weekly music and culture program, makes its début on Citytv.
September 27 – Elton John collapses on stage at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles County, California while performing “Better Off Dead”. He refuses to stop the show and resumes playing fifteen minutes later.
October 10 – Joe Perry officially leaves Aerosmith.
November 16 – Infinity Records is shut down and absorbed into parent company MCA.
November 26 – Bill Haley & His Comets perform at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, in a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. This was Haley’s final recorded performance of “Rock Around the Clock”.
December 3 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, a stampede for seats at Riverfront Coliseum during a Who concert kills 11 fans (band members were not made aware of the deaths until after the show).
December 26-29 – The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea are held over four nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London to raise funds for victims of war in Cambodia. Queen, The Who, The Clash, Wings, Elvis Costello and members of Led Zeppelin all take part.
December 31 – The eighth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Village People, Chic, Blondie and Barry Manilow.

Also in 1979
The Welsh Philharmonia becomes the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
Michael Schenker leaves Scorpions during their tour in France and was replaced by Matthias Jabs.
Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants.
Ry Cooder releases the first pop/rock record made entirely using digital recording technology, “Bop Til You Drop”.
EMI’s first digital recording – at Abbey Road Studios – of a non-classical music track is released – UK jazz-funk duo Morrissey–Mullen covered the Rose Royce hit Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Released as a limited edition vinyl EP.
Disco reigns supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer that year. Several artists who were not regarded as dance/disco acts, scored major successes by releasing disco singles, including New Wave band Blondie with their first US number one single “Heart of Glass”, Rod Stewart with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and rock band Electric Light Orchestra go disco this year with their UK #1 LP Discovery. Country star Kenny Rogers also issues a disco influenced album, entitled Kenny. Hard rock band Kiss also has a disco hit this year with “I Was Made For Lovin You”.
Elton John reunites with lyricist Bernie Taupin after a three-year break. The duos recent songs are recorded in August 1979, to be released a year later on “21 at 33”.
November 30, Pink Floyd released “The Wall” rising to top spot on the US charts for fifteen weeks.

 

Feature Year: 1977 9am / 9pm ET

1977CDCoverJanuary 22 – Maria Kliegel makes her London debut at the Wigmore Hall, with a programme of Bach, Kodály, and Franck.
January 26 – Patti Smith falls off the stage while opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Florida. Smith is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches to close head lacerations. While recovering, Smith writes her fifth book of poetry, Babel. Fleetwood Mac’s original lead guitarist, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol at a delivery boy bringing him a royalties check.
January 27 – After releasing only one single for the band, EMI terminates its contract with the Sex Pistols.
February 4 – American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary on television with a special hosted by Dick Clark. An “all-star band” made up of Chuck Berry, Seals & Crofts, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Les McCann, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione and three members of Booker T and the MGs perform “Roll Over Beethoven.” Fleetwood Mac’s widely-anticipated Rumours is released; it goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
February 14 – The B-52’s give their first public performance at a party in Athens, Georgia
February 15 – Sid Vicious replaces Glen Matlock as the bassist of the Sex Pistols.
February 27 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police raid Keith Richards’ Toronto hotel suite while he is sleeping and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Richards is arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic, and possession of cocaine. He is released on $25,000 bail.
March 1 – Sara Lowndes Dylan files for divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bob Dylan.
March 4 – The Rolling Stones play the first of two shows at the El Mocambo in Toronto, their first club appearance since 1964.
March 10 – A&M Records signs the Sex Pistols in a ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace. The contract is terminated on March 16 as a result of the band vandalizing property and verbally abusing employees during a visit to the record company’s office.
April 21 – Jesse Winchester performs a concert in Burlington, Vermont, his first on American soil in ten years. Winchester fled to Canada in January 1967 to avoid military service in Vietnam, but recently became free to return under the Presidential pardon given to all draft evaders.
April 22 – Pink Floyd open the North American leg of their “Animals” tour in Miami, Florida.
April 24 – Several artists, including Joan Baez and Santana, perform at a free concert for 653 inmates of California’s Soledad Prison.
April 26 – New York’s disco Studio 54 opens.
May 2 – Elton John performs the first of six consecutive nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre, his first concert in eight months. John keeps a low profile in 1977, not releasing any new music for the first year since his recording career began eight years previously.
May 7 – Having been postponed from April 2 because of a BBC technicians’ strike, the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest finally goes ahead in London’s Wembley Conference Centre. France wins with Marie Myriam and the song “L’Oiseau et l’Enfant”.
May 11 – The Stranglers and support band London start a 10 week national UK tour.
May 12 – Instruments made by all five members of the 17th- and 18th-century Guarneri family of violin makers are auctioned at Sotheby’s, with the top price of £105,000 paid for an instrument made in 1738 by Giuseppe Guarnieri del Gesù. Virgin Records announces that they have signed the Sex Pistols. The group has already been kicked off their two previous labels in the past four months.
May 14 – $24,000 worth of cash and valuables are stolen from Lynyrd Skynyrd in Savannah, Georgia.
May 27 – Tom Waits and a friend are arrested outside a Los Angeles coffee shop for causing a public disturbance. Waits sues the police for false arrest and imprisonment and eventually wins a $7,500 award in 1982.
May 28 – Bruce Springsteen and Mike Appel reach an out-of-court settlement, ending the year-long legal battle that has blocked Springsteen’s ability to record new music.
May 31 – The musical Beatlemania is premièred at the Winter Garden Theatre.
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June – The Nikikai Opera Foundation is founded.
June 7 – The Sex Pistols attempt to interrupt Silver Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II by performing “God Save the Queen” from a boat on the River Thames. Police force the boat to dock and several arrests are made following a scuffle.
June 12 – Guitarist Michael Schenker vanishes after a UFO concert at The Roundhouse in London. He is replaced for several months by Paul Chapman until he appears again to rejoin the group in October. The Supremes perform for the last time together at Drury Lane Theatre in London before officially disbanding.
June 15 – The Snape Maltings Training Orchestra makes its London debut at St John’s, Smith Square.
June 20 – Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart drives his Porsche over the edge of a canyon, suffering multiple broken bones but surviving as a tree breaks his fall.
June 22 – Kiss are elected “most popular band in America” by a Gallup poll.
July 6 – During a Pink Floyd concert before a crowd of 80,000 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Bassist Roger Waters having become increasingly irritated by a fan until he exerts his frustration by spitting on him. The incident becomes the catalyst for the group’s next album, The Wall.
July 9 – Donna Summer’s hit record “I Feel Love” is released in the UK. It was massively influential in pop music as it was the first hit record ever to have an entirely synthesised backing track and helped propel the use of synthesisers in music greatly, especially in the 1980s.
July 13 – after a massive blackout hits New York City, NRBQ manages to play an all-acoustic set at the Bottom Line with flashlights taped to their microphone stands.
July 22 – The first night of The Proms are broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for the first time in quadraphonic sound.
July 26 – Led Zeppelin cancels the last seven dates of their American tour after lead singer Robert Plant learns that his six-year old son Karac has died of a respiratory virus. The show two days before in Oakland proves to be the band’s last ever in the United States.
August 16 – Elvis Presley is found dead at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
August 17 – Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland for the funeral of Elvis Presley had surpassed the number for any other event in the company’s history.
August 20 – The Voyager 2 unmanned probe is launched by NASA, followed by Voyager 1 the following month. Both spacecraft carry a golden record containing sounds and images representing life and culture on Earth, including the first movements of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Guan Pinghu’s Liu Shui, played on the guqin, and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.
September – Alice Cooper enters rehab for four months due to his alcoholism, after ten years of drinking a pack of beer a day.
September 1 – World première at the Royal Albert Hall in London of the expanded version of Luciano Berio’s Coro.
September 3 – nearly 110,000 fans pack Englishtown Raceway in Old Bridge, New Jersey for an eleven hour concert by Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage.
September 15 – the third (and final) annual Rock Music Awards air on NBC. Fleetwood Mac dominates, winning five awards.
September 16 – T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan is killed in an automobile accident.
September 29 – Billy Joel’s The Stranger is released. “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, “Just the Way You Are” and “Only the Good Die Young” all become hits, and the album also features the beloved medley “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”.
October 3 – Elvis in Concert, a TV concert special filmed during Elvis Presley’s final tour, is aired on CBS.
October 5 – The bicentennial season of La Scala opens in Milan with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo.
October 9 – Aerosmith cancels several tour dates after Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are injured by an M-80 explosive thrown onstage at the Philadelphia Spectrum, burning Tyler’s left cornea and cutting Perry’s left hand.
October 20 – A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing songwriter & vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and background vocalist Cassie Gaines.
October 31 – The original version of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Jahreslauf is premièred at the National Theatre of Japan in Chiyoda, Tokyo, by the Imperial Gagaku Ensemble.
November 25 – 10 Years of Rolling Stone, a television special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine, airs on CBS. Guests include Bette Midler, Art Garfunkel, Billy Preston, Melissa Manchester, and Keith Moon.
November 30 – Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, airs on CBS. The special was taped in September, one month before Crosby’s death at age 74. The most memorable scene consists of the surreal sight of Crosby being joined by David Bowie for the duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”.
December 14 – Saturday Night Fever appears in theaters, igniting a new popularity for disco music and pushing it to the forefront of American pop culture. The accompanying soundtrack to the film is an enormous hit that establishes the Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks) as the most popular artists in the world, and the best-selling artist since the Beatles.
December 17 – Elvis Costello makes his American television début on Saturday Night Live, but is banned after substituting the scheduled performance of “Less than Zero” with “Radio, Radio” instead.
December 31 – The sixth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Ohio Players, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Andy Gibb.

Bohemian Rhapsody is named ‘The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years’ by BPI.
The St. Magnus Festival was founded in Orkney by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe began its annual festival based on the music of George Frideric Handel.
Luigi Sagrati becomes president of the Unione Musicisti di Roma.
The IRCAM Center, a scientific institute for music and sound and avant-garde electro-acoustical art music, opens in Paris.
The Cars sign a contract with Elektra Records.
Devo signs a contract with Warner Bros.
Midnight Oil sign a contract with CBS Records.
The Neville Brothers sign a contract with A&M Records.
The Police sign a contract with A&M Records.
Van Halen signs a contract with Warner Bros.
Van Morrison releases a new album after a three-year absence.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET on RadioMaxMusic

LewislymonTonight on Great Soul Performances, Join Bobby Jay as he will salute a New York City musical icon and a virtual brother, the late Lewis Lymon. You’ll hear Lewis with the Teenchords, the Teenagers and as a soloist.  Also play songs by: Earth, Wind & Fire, the Spinners, Patti LaBelle, the Whispers, Gene Chandler, Etta James, the Tams and segment 4 of “The Motown Story.” It’s gonna be a jam packed show and an encore performance on Monday evening at 10PM eastern time on RadioMaxMusic.com.  And as Lewis Lymon would say to every time he ended a phone conversation (he would invoke =Bobby’s former co-worker the Dixie Drifter by saying) “Don’t Forget To Walk Tall and Stay Loose!”

 

Great Soul Performances Special with Bobby Jay 7pm ET @radiomax

clarenceburkedellsOn this Saturday, June 1, 2013, we remember and reflect on the careers of Marvin Junior and Clarence Burke, Jr. We lost them both this past week, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening we will salute musically the Dells and the Five Stairsteps. I’m privileged to have known and to have appeared on stage with both groups during my career and will share those fond memories. You’ll hear the voices of Marvin Junior and the Dells in the studio with me when I conducted an interview with them back at WWRL in New York City. I urge everyone to tune in and listen to many great hits by these two influential vocal groups at 7PM ET, when we spotlight, salute and remember the late Marvin Junior, and Clarence Newton Burke, Jr., the Dells and the Stairsteps on RadioMaxMusic.com.

 

Artist Countdown: Rosanne Cash Top 35 Hits 12pm ET

rosannecashRosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin.

Although Cash is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues. In the 1980s, she had a string of chart-topping singles, which crossed musical genres and landed on both C&W and Top 100 charts, the most commercially successful being her 1981 breakthrough hit “Seven Year Ache“, which topped the U.S. country singles charts and reached the Top 30 on the U.S. pop singles charts. In 1990, Cash released Interiors, a spare, introspective album which signaled a break from her pop country past. The following year Cash ended her marriage and moved from Nashville to New York City, where she continues to write, record and perform. Since 1991 she has released five albums, written two books and edited a collection of short stories. Her fiction and essays have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford-American, New York Magazine, and various other periodicals and collections.

She won a Grammy in 1985 for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me“, and has received nine other Grammy nominations. She has had 11 No. 1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two gold records.

She was portrayed, as a child, by Hailey Anne Nelson in Walk the Line, the 2005 Academy-award winning film of her father’s life.

1 Seven Year Ache
2 I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me
3 Blue Moon with Heartache
4 Hold On
5 Runaway Train
6 The Way We Make a Broken Heart
7 Tennessee Flat Top Box
8 If You Change Your Mind
9 I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
10 It’s Such a Small World (with Rodney Crowell)
11 Never Be You
12 My Baby Thinks He’s a Train
13 Ain’t No Money
14 Second to No One
15 If It Weren’t for Him (with Vince Gill)
16 I Wonder
17 Couldn’t Do Nothing Right
18 No Memories Hangin’ Round (with Bobby Bare)
19 What We Really Want
20 Take Me, Take Me
21 Black and White
22 One Step Over the Line (with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (with John Hiatt))
23 On the Surface
24 It Hasn’t Happened Yet
25 The Wheel
26 Seventh Avenue
27 You Ain’t Going Nowhere (with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin)
28 September When It Comes (with Johnny Cash)
29 Radio Operator
30 Sea of Heartbreak (with Bruce Springsteen)
31 I’m Movin’ On
32 Big River
33 Rules of Travel
34 Got You Covered (with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
35 Real Woman