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Artist Countdown: John Denver Top 40 Hits 2pm ET @RadioMax

john-denverHenry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “Annie’s Song“, “Rocky Mountain High“, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders“.

Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decades, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues, lent his vocal support to space exploration, and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life, and influenced the governor to name him Poet Laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in his personal aircraft at the age of 53. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 I’m Sorry
2 Thank God I’m a Country Boy
3 Annie’s Song
4 Back Home Again
5 Fly Away (with Olivia Newton-John)
6 Sweet Surrender
7 Take Me Home, Country Roads
8 How Can I Leave You Again
9 Like a Sad Song
10 Looking for Space
11 Sunshine on My Shoulders
12 Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)
13 Rocky Mountain High
14 It Makes Me Giggle
15 My Sweet Lady
16 Wild Montana Skies (with Emmylou Harris)
17 Dreamland Express
18 Baby, You Look Good to Me Tonight
19 Friends with You
20 Anthem-Revelation
21 It Amazes Me
22 Shanghai Breezes
23 I Want to Live
24 Autograph
25 I’d Rather Be a Cowboy
26 Everyday
27 Seasons of the Heart
28 Goodbye Again
29 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)
30 Love Again (with Sylvie Vartan)
31 Calypso
32 Garden Song
33 And So It Goes (with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
34 Hard Life, Hard Times (Prisoners)
35 Perhaps Love (with Plácido Domingo)
36 The Cowboy and the Lady
37 Dancing with the Mountains
38 Don’t Close Your Eyes, Tonight
39 For You
40 Along for the Ride (’56 T-Bird)

Artist Countdown: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band TOp 30 Hits 2pm ET @GrittyDirt

ngdbNitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country-folk-rock band that has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group’s membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as The Dirt Band. Constant members since the early times are singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden. Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to 1986 and returned during 2001. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter joined the band in 1977. The band is often cited as instrumental to the progression of contemporary country and roots music.

The band’s successes include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker‘s “Mr. Bojangles”. Albums include 1972’s Will the Circle be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin. A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold, won two Grammy Awards and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 An American Dream 
2 Mr. Bojangles
3 Fishin’ in the Dark
4 Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)
5 Modern Day Romance
6 High Horse
7 Home Again in My Heart
8 Baby’s Got a Hold on Me
9 I Love Only You
10 Stand a Little Rain
11 Partners, Brothers and Friends
12 Workin’ Man (Nowhere to Go)
13 Fire in the Sky 
14 When It’s Gone
15 And So It Goes (with John Denver)
16 Dance Little Jean
17 Make a Little Magic 
18 Turn of the Century
19 House at Pooh Corner
20 You Made Life Good Again
21 Bang, Bang, Bang
22 One Step Over the Line (with Rosanne Cash and John Hiatt)
23 All I Have to Do Is Dream
24 I’ve Been Lookin’
25 Some of Shelly’s Blues
26 Oh What a Love
27 Down That Road Tonight
28 From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)
29 Shot Full of Love
30 One Good Love

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