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?”
1 . ENCORE features: 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 . .
2. NEW EDITION features: We take a look back to last year and pay tribute to the singers, musicians, artists and writers we lost in 2013. You’ll also hear a couple of new tunes from Cliff Perkins & Soul Generation, Otis Redding, the Notations, Aretha Franklin, the Jewells, Etta James, the Four Tops, Major Lance, the Tams, Jimmy Castor; (in his own words) & B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland “live in concert.” It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. It follows an repeat performance of “Great Soul Performances 2, The 80’s” at the appropriate time in each time zone. If you miss the show this evening, the encore performances are on Monday at 10PM and on Wednesday at 12 Noon; both times eastern. We lost a lot of good and cherished people in 2013, so let’s remember them later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.com. -Bobby Jay
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in popular music and a major artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. His singing style has been influential among the soul artists of 1960s and helped show the Stax Sound. After appearing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, he wrote and recorded “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts after his death in a plane crash. The Dock of the Bay became the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.
Born and raised in Georgia, United States, Redding left school at age 15 to support his family by working with Little Richard’s backing band, the Upsetters and by performing at talent shows for prize money. In 1958, he joined Johnny Jenkins’ band, the Pinetoppers, and toured the Southern United States as driver and musician. An unscheduled appearance on a Stax recording session led to a contract and his first single, “These Arms of Mine”, in 1962. Stax released Redding’s debut album, Pain in My Heart, two years later.
Initially popular mainly with African-Americans, Redding later reached the broader American popular music audience. He and his group first played small gigs in the South, then played for the first time in the western United States, at the Whisky a Go Go. Redding later performed in Paris, London and other European cities. His premature death devastated Stax, already on the verge of bankruptcy. The label soon discovered that Atlantic Records owned the rights to Redding’s entire catalog. Redding received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the honorific “King of Soul”. In addition to “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Respect” and “Try a Little Tenderness” are among his most well-known songs.
By 1967 the band was traveling to gigs on Redding’s Beechcraft H18. Late that year they flew to Nashville, and on December 9, 1967, appeared on the Upbeat television show produced in Cleveland. They played three concerts in two nights at a small club called Leo’s Casino. After a phone call with Zelma and children, Redding’s next stop was Madison, Wisconsin. On the next day they were to play at the Factory nightclub near the University of Wisconsin.
Although the weather was poor, with heavy rain and fog and despite warnings, the plane took off. Four miles from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly then, the plane crashed into Lake Monona. Bar-Kays member Ben Cauley, the accident’s only survivor, was sleeping shortly before the accident. He woke just before impact to see bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and exclaim, “Oh, no!” Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seat belt. He then found himself in frigid water, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat.] A non-swimmer, he was unable to rescue the others. The cause of the crash was never determined. James Brown claimed in his autobiography, The Godfather of Soul, that he had warned Redding not to fly in the plane.
Aretha Franklin stated, “I heard it on the TV. My sister Caroline and I stopped everything and stayed glued to the TV and radio. It was a tragedy. Shocking.” Other victims were pilot Richard Fraser, drummer Matthew Kelly, lead guitarist of the Bar-Kays Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell and drummer Carl Cunningham.
Redding’s body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. The family postponed the funeral from December 15 to December 18 so that more could attend. The service took place at the City Auditorium in Macon. More than 4,500 people came to the funeral, overflowing the 3,000-seat hall, although many did not know who he was. Johnny Jenkins and Isaac Hayes did not come, fearing their reaction would be worse than Zelma Redding’s. Redding was entombed at his ranch in Round Oak, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Macon. Jerry Wexler delivered the eulogy. Redding died just three days after recording Dock of the Bay. He was survived by Zelma and three children, Otis III, Dexter and Karla. Otis, Dexter and cousin Mark Lockett later founded the Reddings, a band managed by Zelma. She also maintained or worked at the janitorial service Maids Over Macon, several nightclubs and booking agencies. On November 8, 1997, a memorial plaque was placed on the lakeside deck of the Madison convention center, Monona Terrace. (Source: Wikipedia)
|1||(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay|
|3||The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)|
|4||Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)|
|5||(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction|
|6||Knock on Wood|
|7||Try a Little Tenderness|
|9||Hard to Handle|
|10||My Lover’s Prayer|
|11||Just One More Day|
|13||I’ve Been Loving You Too Long|
|15||I’ve Got Dreams to Remember|
|18||A Lover’s Question|
|19||Pain in My Heart|
|20||Chained and Bound|
|21||Glory of Love|
|22||Lovey Dovey (with Carla Thomas)|
|23||That’s How Strong My Love Is|
|24||Come to Me|
|25||These Arms of Mine|
|26||I Love You More Than Words Can Say|
|28||I Can’t Turn You Loose|
|31||That’s What My Heart Needs|
|33||Let Me Come on Home|
|36||A Change Is Gonna Come|
|37||When Something Is Wrong with My Baby|
|38||Your Love Has Lifted Me (Higher and Higher)|
|39||Look at That Girl|
I hope everyone is having a good Easter and Passover weekend. This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we are going to look back on the year 1967. It was a great year for the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin and for the “King Of Soul;” the “Godfather” James Brown. We’ll remember some the incidents that captured the headlines in ’67. You’ll also hear Jackie Wilson, the Bar-Kays, Jerry Butler, the Intruders, Otis Redding, the Marvelettes, the Platters and more. I’ll see you at 7PM ET, on RadioMaxMusic.com.
This week it’s “Motown Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances.” Always a lot of fun, we delve into the Motown catalog to find those gems that are remade by other Motown artists, Pop artists, R&B artists and those Pop & R&B songs that were remade by Motown artists. Let’s see where we go at RadioMaxMusic.Com. Next week we’re having a Halloween Party.
The Eastern States Fair & Exposition; “The Big E,” concludes tomorrow, therefore this evening will be our last broadcast from the fairgrounds here in West Springfield, Mass. You’ll hear the Spinners, the O’Jays, the Soul Children, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, the Independents, Otis Redding “live in concert” and a lot more.
Legendary bassist and Booker T. and the MGs member Donald “Duck” Dunn died this morning in Tokyo at the age of 70. Dunn’s death was announced by his friend and fellow MG, guitarist Steve Cropper. “Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live” Cropper wrote on his website. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.
In addition to recording and performing with the MGs, Dunn was house bassist at the Stax label in the ’60s and played on an amazing array of soul-pop classics including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” and Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” By the early ’70s, Dunn had established himself as a much in-demand session musician and would go on to back Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and many others. He was also a key member of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers Band and appeared in John Landis’ 1980 movie The Blues Click here for more