Steven Lee Cropper (born October 21, 1941), also known as “Steve “The Colonel” Cropper”, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, which backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He also acted as the producer of many of these records. He was later a member of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
This week on Sounds of The 60’s: Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . .
When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be saluting the city of Memphis, Tennessee, with many of the artists from Stax and Hi Records. In addition, you’ll hear recollections and the sounds of my former Memphis Radio Station; the Big 1070 Soul, WDIA. On the playlist will be: Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, the Soul Children, Otis Redding, Al Green, Ollie & the Nightingales, Isaac Hayes, the Temprees, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor and more. It begins at 7PM ET, then immediately following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll be presenting music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Madonna, Tone Loc, Jocko Henderson, the Main Ingredient, Yarbrough & Peoples, Ben E. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and several others. I thinks it’s going to be a good evening for music and memories as we spotlight the music of Memphis and the 50,000 watt Soul Giant, WDIA and fabulous 80s sounds on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s,” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Coming up shortly on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we are going to be music intensive. It’s the post election season so I’ll be playing many “cut in” or “break in” songs that will reflect what was going on in the country (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) during “Convention ’72,” “Convention ’76,” “Election 2012” and others, plus songs about the economy and the hard times we were experiencing the early and mid 1970s. We will be hearing from: Dickie Goodman, the Delegates, Enoch Hawthorne Gregory; the “Dixie Drifter” and yours truly with our “cut in” record, plus the Presidents, the Beatles, Jackie Wilson, Johnnie Taylor, the Soul Children, Tower of Power, Black Ivory, Mel & Tim, Jermaine Jackson, Otis Redding, the Spinners; “live in concert” and more. Check us out at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. “Great Soul Performances” in just a few at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
How about these abnormally high temperatures in the eastern section of the country? I’ll take ’em. On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, I’ve got music from: Otis Redding, the Dells, Jackie Wilson, Skylark, James Brown, the Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, Phil Perry, Johnny Thunder, something new from an artist named Oleg Frish with Ben E. King, a salute to Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday, Sam Cooke; live in concert from Miami Florida, and much, much more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for you later with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. FYI, next week, its our annual Christmas show. Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who You Callin’ A Ho?)
Last weekend on “Great Soul Performances” it was “Motown Remakes.” This evening on the show, it will be “Soul Remakes & Covers.” The playlist will reflect a fantastic array of artists like: Otis Redding, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, Ronnie McDowell, Dionne Warwick, the Dells, Tom Jones, Ruby & the Romantics, Phil Granito, the Coasters, Joss Stone, Hugh Masekela and lot more stellar performers. The fun begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I think you’re gonna like it. So join me later for “Great Soul Performances” at the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
This evening following an encore performance of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM ET, at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, it will be the original “Great Soul Performances” here on RadioMaxMusic.com. Valentine’s Day is this coming Friday February 14th, so we will celebrate this evening with our “Valentine’s Weekend.” Every song will have “Love” in the title. You’ll hear “Love Songs” by Otis Redding, the Miracles, Gene Chandler, Isaac Hayes, the Temptations, Ben E. King & the Drifters, Martha & the Vandellas, Etta James, the Platters, Al Green, Lou Rawls, “live in concert,” the Spinners at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and many many more. Of course the “Prophet Of Love,” Rashi Sudan will be on hand, imparting his ethereal wisdom on us all throughout the festivities. It will be “splendiferous.” Bring along some champagne and caviar; and a chocolate or two would be nice, as we get into the spirit of love. Don’t forget the encore performances on Monday at 10PM and Wednesday at 12 Noon; both times eastern, as we spread joy and love all week. And as Rashi would say, “Will you be my Valentine?”