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Monday 10/15/21 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1970 A to Z (Part 13)

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1970 A2Z. We have edited the list to 1300 titles and we’ll feature them here every week. If we miss any we’ll feature those in the last edition.

This installment continues with Letter M

Friday 10/15/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: The Smithereens

The Smithereens are an American rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group formed in 1980 with members Pat DiNizio (vocals & guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar & vocals), Mike Mesaros (born December 11, 1957), (bass guitar & vocals), and Dennis Diken (drums & percussion). This original lineup continued until 2006, when Mesaros left the band and Severo Jornacion took over on bass guitar until Mesaros’ return in 2016. After DiNizio died in 2017, the band continued performing live shows as a trio (Babjak, Mesaros and Diken) with various guest vocalists.

The band are perhaps best known for a string of hits in the late 1980s through the mid 1990s, including “Only a Memory”, “A Girl Like You” and “Too Much Passion”. The Smithereens have collaborated with numerous musicians, both in the studio (Belinda Carlisle, Julian Lennon, Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega) and live (Graham Parker and The Kinks). The band’s name comes from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase, “Varmint, I’m a-gonna blow you to smithereens!”

Friday 10/15/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: John Mayer

John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but left and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters. After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs, refining his skills and gaining a following. After his appearance at a 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and eventually to Columbia Records, which released his first extended play Inside Wants Out. His following two studio albums—Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003)—performed well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his single “Your Body Is a Wonderland”.

By 2005, Mayer had moved away from the acoustic music that characterized his early records, and begun performing the blues and rock music that had originally influenced him as a musician. He collaborated with blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. Forming the John Mayer Trio, he released a live album, Try!, in 2005 and his third studio album Continuum in 2006. Both albums received positive reviews, and Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Waiting on the World to Change”. That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a Battle Studies World Tour.

After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on his fifth studio album, Born and Raised, which drew inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon. However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and forced him to cancel the planned tour. The album received a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work. Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released his sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, which incorporates country music influences. By 2014, he had sold a total of over 20 million albums worldwide. His seventh album, The Search for Everything, was released in 2017. Mayer released his latest album Sob Rock in July 2021.

In 2015, three former members of the Grateful Dead joined with Mayer and two other musicians to form the band Dead & Company. It is the latest of several reunions of the band’s surviving members since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. The band remains active and its tours have been well received.

Friday 10/15/21 2am ET: Feature LP: Zac Brown Band – The Comeback (2021)

“Slow Burn”
“Out in the Middle”

“Wild Palomino”
“Us Against the World”
“Same Boat”
“Stubborn Pride” [feat. Marcus King]
“Fun Having Fun”
“The Comeback”
“Old Love Song”
“Any Day Now”
“Paradise Lost on Me”
“GA Clay”
“Love & Sunsets”
“Closer to Heaven [feat. Gregory Porter]
“Don’t Let Your Heart”

Friday 10/15/21 12:05am ET: Feature LP: Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life (1976)

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth studio album by American singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder. It was released on September 28, 1976, by Tamla Records, a division of Motown. The double album has been regarded by music journalists as the culmination of Wonder’s “classic period” of recording. The album was recorded primarily at Crystal Sound studio in Hollywood, with some sessions recorded at the Record Plant in Hollywood, the Record Plant in Sausalito, and The Hit Factory in New York City; final mixing was conducted at Crystal Sound.

By 1974, Wonder was one of the most successful figures in popular music; Wonder’s previous albums Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness’ First Finale were all back-to-back critical successes. However, by the end of 1975, Wonder seriously considered quitting the music industry and planned to emigrate to Ghana to work with handicapped children. Plans for a farewell concert had begun, but Wonder subsequently changed his mind and signed a new contract with Motown on August 5, 1975. This outlined a seven-year, seven-album, $37 million deal with full artistic control. At the time, it was the biggest recording deal in history.

Songs in the Key of Life was released as a double LP with a four-song bonus EP. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart becoming only the third album to achieve that feat and the first by an American artist at the time. Both the lead single “I Wish” and follow-up single “Sir Duke” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Songs in the Key of Life spent thirteen consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the album with the most weeks at number one during the year. It was the second best-selling album of 1977 in the US. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Songs in the Key of Life won Album of the Year at the 19th Grammy Awards. It is the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder’s career. Widely regarded as Wonder’s magnum opus and one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, many musicians have remarked on the quality of the album and its influence on their own work. Additionally, notable musicians have cited it as the greatest album of all time. It was voted number 89 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums and ranked number 4 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

  1. “Love’s in Need of Love Today” 7:06
  2. “Have a Talk With God” 2:42
  3. “Village Ghetto Land” 3:25
  4. “Contusion” 3:46
  5. “Sir Duke” 3:52
  6. “I Wish” 4:12
  7. “Knocks Me Off My Feet” 3:36
  8. “Pastime Paradise” 3:27
  9. “Summer Soft” 4:14
  10. “Ordinary Pain” 6:16
  11. “Isn’t She Lovely” 6:34
  12. “Joy Inside My Tears” 6:30
  13. “Black Man” 8:27
  14. “Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing” 3:48
  15. “If It’s Magic” 3:12
  16. “As” 7:08
  17. “Another Star” 8:08
  18. “Saturn” 4:54
  19. “Ebony Eyes” 4:11
  20. “All Day Sucker” 5:06
  21. “Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call)” 3:55

Stevie Wonder – lead vocals, musician, arrangement, composer, producer
Nathan Watts – bass guitar (4-6, 16, 17, 19, 21), percussion (14), handclaps (16)
Raymond Pounds – drums (4-6)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (4, 11, 12, 18)
Michael Sembello – lead guitar (4, 5, 10, 18, 20)
Ben Bridges – rhythm guitar (4, 5, 9, 18, 20)
Eddie “Bongo” Brown – collinga (1)
Shirley Brewer – backing vocals (4, 14), “Ordinary Pain” reply vocals (10), handclaps (11)
Josie James – backing vocals (4, 17)
Michael Gray – backing vocals (4)
Artece May – backing vocals (4), handclaps (11)
Hank Redd – alto saxophone (5, 6, 10, 13, 17)
Trevor Lawrence – tenor saxophone (5, 6, 17)

Raymond Maldonado – trumpet (5, 6, 17), percussion (8)
Steve Madaio – trumpet (5, 6, 13, 17)
Renee Hardaway – backing vocals (6, 14)
Bobbye Hall – percussion (8)
West Angeles Church of God Choir – backing vocals (8)
Hare Krishna – backing vocals (8)
Ronnie Foster – organ (9)
Nastee Latimer – percussion (9)
Minnie Riperton – backing vocals (10)
Mary Lee Whitney – backing vocals (10, 16)
Deniece Williams – backing vocals (10)
Syreeta Wright – backing vocals (10)

Linda Lawrence – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Terry Hendricks – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Sundray Tucker – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Charity McCrary – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Linda McCrary – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Madelaine “Gypsie” Jones – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Josette Valentino – handclaps (11, 16), percussion (14)
Dave Henson – handclaps (11, 16)
Brenda Barrett – handclaps (11)
Colleen Carleton – handclaps (11)
Carole Cole – handclaps (11)
Nelson Hayes – handclaps (11)
Edna Orso – handclaps (11)
Tucker – handclaps (11)
Susaye Greene – backing vocals (12)
George Bohanon – trombone (13)
Glenn Ferris – trombone (13)

Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble – verbal replies (13)
Amale Mathews – percussion (14)
Charles Brewer – percussion (14)
John Fischbach – percussion (14)
Marietta Waters – percussion (14)
Nelson Hayes – percussion (14)
Dorothy Ashby – harp (15)
Greg Brown – drums (16)
Herbie Hancock – keyboards (16), handclaps (16)
Dean Parks – guitar (16)
Yolanda Simmons – handclaps (16)
Bobbi Humphrey – flute (17)
George Benson – guitar, backing vocals (17)
Nathan Alford, Jr. – percussion (17)
Carmello Hungria Garcia – timbales (17)
Jim Horn – saxophone (19)
Peter “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow – steel guitar (19)
W. G. Snuffy Walden – lead guitar (20)
Carolyn Dennis – backing vocals (20)

Thursday 10/14/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Daryl Hall & John Oates – Big Bam Boom (1984)

Big Bam Boom is the twelfth studio album by American duo Daryl Hall & John Oates, released by RCA Records on October 12, 1984. It marked the end of one of the most successful album runs by a duo of the 1980s. RCA issued a remastered version in July 2004 with four bonus tracks. The lead single “Out of Touch” was a #1 pop hit, and charted in several other areas (#24 Hot Black Singles, #8 on the Adult Contemporary charts and #1 on the dance charts, #48 in the UK). Another song taken from the album, the Daryl Hall and Janna Allen-penned “Method of Modern Love” reached a high point of #5, and “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid,” reached #18.

Musical styles on the album include pop, rock, and dance-rock, with R&B/soul influences. The album had even more of an electronic, urban feel to it compared to their previous albums, combining their song structure & vocalization with the latest technical advances in recording and playing. The album employed some of the most sophisticated equipment ever used in the recording industry at the time.

Big Bam Boom peaked at No. 5 in the United States and sold over three million copies worldwide.

  1. “Dance on Your Knees” 1:25
  2. “Out of Touch” 4:21
  3. “Method of Modern Love” 5:32
  4. “Bank on Your Love” 4:17
  5. “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” 5:27
  6. “Going Thru the Motions” 5:39
  7. “Cold Dark and Yesterday” 4:41
  8. “All American Girl” 4:28
  9. “Possession Obsession” 4:36
  10. “Out of Touch” (12″ version) 7:35
  11. “Method of Modern Love” (12″ version) 7:48
  12. “Possession Obsession” (12″ version) 6:28
  13. “Dance on Your Knees” (12″ version) 6:38

Daryl Hall – lead vocals (1–6, 8), backing vocals, synthesizers, guitars, arrangements
John Oates – lead vocals (7, 9), backing vocals, synthesizers, guitars, synth guitar, arrangements

Robbie Kilgore – keyboards, synthesizer programming
Wells Christy – Synclavier programming
Clive Smith – Fairlight CMI
Tom “T-Bone” Wolk – synthesizers, guitars, bass guitar, arrangements
G.E. Smith – lead guitars
Mickey Curry – drums
Jimmy Bralower – LinnDrum programming
Bashiri Johnson – percussion, timbales
Jay Burnett – additional percussion
Charles DeChant – saxophone
Coati Mundi – Spanish vocals

Thursday 10/14/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Sam & Dave

Sam & Dave were an American soul and R&B duo who performed together from 1961 until 1981. The tenor (higher) voice was Sam Moore (born 1935) and the baritone/tenor (lower) voice was Dave Prater (1937–1988).

Nicknamed “Double Dynamite”, “The Sultans of Sweat”, and “The Dynamic Duo” for their gritty, gospel-infused performances, Sam & Dave are considered one of the greatest live acts of the 1960s. Many subsequent musicians have named them as an influence, including Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Joel and Steve Winwood. The Blues Brothers, who helped create a resurgence of popularity for soul, R&B, and blues in the 1980s, were influenced by Sam & Dave – their biggest hit was a cover of “Soul Man”, and their act and stage show contained many homages to the duo.

According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Sam & Dave were the most successful soul duo and brought the sounds of the black gospel church to pop music with their call-and-response records. Recorded primarily at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1965 through 1968, these included “Soul Man”, “Hold On, I’m Comin'”, “You Don’t Know Like I Know”, “I Thank You”, “When Something is Wrong with My Baby”, “Wrap It Up”, and many other Southern Soul classics. Except for Aretha Franklin, no soul act during Sam & Dave’s Stax years (1965–1968) had more consistent R&B chart success, including 10 consecutive top 20 singles and three consecutive top 10 LPs. Their crossover charts appeal (13 straight appearances and two top 10 singles) helped to pave the way for the acceptance of soul music by white pop audiences, and their song “Soul Man” was one of the first songs by a black group to top the pop charts using the word “soul”, helping define the genre. “Soul Man” was a number one Pop Hit (Cashbox: November 11, 1967) and has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine, and RIAA Songs of the Century. “Soul Man” was featured as the soundtrack and title for a 1986 film and also a 1997–1998 television series, and Soul Men was a 2008 feature film.

Sam & Dave are inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. They won a Grammy Award for “Soul Man” and they received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Rolling Stone ranked Sam & Dave No. 14 its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.

Thursday 10/14/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Moody Blues

The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1964, initially consisting of keyboardist Mike Pinder, multi-instrumentalist Ray Thomas, guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The group came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music. They made some changes in musicians but settled on a line-up of Pinder, Thomas, Edge, guitarist Justin Hayward, and bassist John Lodge, who stayed together for most of the band’s “classic era” into the early 1970s.

Their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music which established the band as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive rock. It has been described as a “landmark” and “one of the first successful concept albums”. The group toured extensively through the early 1970s, then took an extended hiatus from 1974 until 1977. Founder Mike Pinder left the group a year after they re-formed and was replaced by Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz in 1978. In the following decade they took on a more synth-pop sound and produced The Other Side of Life in 1986, which made them the first act to earn each of its first three top 10 singles in the United States in a different decade. Health troubles led to a diminished role for founder Ray Thomas throughout the 1980s, though his musical contributions rebounded after Moraz departed in 1991. Thomas retired from the band in 2002.

The band’s last album was the Christmas album December (2003), after which they eschewed recording any further albums. However, they continued to tour throughout the first decade of the 2000s and still reunite periodically for events, one-off concerts, short tours and cruises.

The Moody Blues’ most successful singles include “Go Now”, “Nights in White Satin”, “Tuesday Afternoon”, “Question”, “Gemini Dream”, “The Voice” and “Your Wildest Dreams”. The band has sold 70 million albums worldwide, which includes 18 platinum and gold LPs. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Thursday 10/14/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Rock Of The Westies (1975)

Rock of the Westies is the tenth studio album by English musician Elton John, released on October 4, 1975. The title is a spoonerism play on the phrase “West of the Rockies”, the album having been recorded at Caribou Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

As with Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It was also successful (albeit to a lesser extent) in the artist’s home territory of the UK, where it reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart.

  1. “Medley: Yell Help / Wednesday Night / Ugly” 6:15
  2. “Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)” 3:29
  3. “Island Girl” 3:42
  4. “Grow Some Funk of Your Own” 4:47
  5. “I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)” 5:27
  6. “Street Kids” 6:25
  7. “Hard Luck Story” 5:16
  8. “Feed Me” 4:00
  9. “Billy Bones and the White Bird” 4:25
  10. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (featuring Kiki Dee) 4:02
  11. “Planes” 4:31
  12. “Sugar on the Floor” 4:31

Elton John – lead vocals, acoustic piano (all except 8)
James Newton Howard – harpsichord (1), ELKA Rhapsody string synthesizer (1), ARP synthesizer (1, 3), Hohner clavinet (1, 2), mellotron (3), electric piano (4, 5, 7, 8, 9), synthesizers (4, 5, 9)
Davey Johnstone – electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 8), rhythm guitar (2, 6), voice bag (2), Ovation guitar (3), banjo (3), slide guitar (3, 6), acoustic guitar (4, 5), guitar solo (5)
Caleb Quaye – electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8), acoustic guitar (3, 4, 5), rhythm guitar (6), lead guitar solo (6)
Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar, backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Roger Pope – drums (1-5, 7–9)
Ray Cooper – tambourine (1, 3, 5, 6, 9), cowbell (1, 9), congas (1, 3, 6, 7, 8), jawbone (1), marimba (3), castanets (4), bell tree (4), vibraphone (4, 5, 8), shaker (8), wind chimes (8), maracas (9), kettle drums (9)
Labelle – backing vocals (1)
Ann Orson – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9)
Kiki Dee – backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6–9)
Clive Franks – backing vocals (8)

Thursday 10/14/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – Sleep Catcher (1978)

Sleeper Catcher is the fourth studio album by the Little River Band, released in April 1978. It peaked at No. 4 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and No. 16 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in May 1979. At the Australian 1978 King of Pop Awards the album won Most Popular Australian Album .

The band is shown on the cover of the album playing the Australian game Two-up, and the Sleeper Catcher is a participant who retrieves bets left behind by a tardy gambler in the game. This is the band’s last album to feature George McArdle on bass.

“Shut Down Turn Off” – 3:51
“Reminiscing” – 4:13
“Red-Headed Wild Flower” – 4:35
“Light of Day” – 8:03
“Fall from Paradise” – 3:59
“Lady” – 4:56
“Sanity’s Side” – 4:14
“So Many Paths” – 4:24
“One for the Road” – 4:01

Glenn Shorrock – lead vocals
David Briggs – lead and Roland synthesizer guitars
Beeb Birtles – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Graham Goble – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, vocal arrangements
George McArdle – bass
Derek Pellicci – Sonor and Syndrums drums, percussion
Vernon Hill – flute
Bob Venier – flugelhorn
Pam Raines – harp
Peter Sullivan – electric and acoustic pianos
Peter Jones – electric piano (2)
Mal Logan – Hammond organ
Rick Formosa – conductor, orchestral arrangements