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Tuesday 1/11/22 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 A to Z – Part 6

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We complete letter F and start G. We feature music from: Cliff Richard, Odyssey, Whispers, Blackfoot, Imagination, Rita Coolidge, Saga, Alan Parsons Project, Rick James. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Joel, Humble Pie, Duran Duran and many more. . .

4pm to 7pm ET

Artist Countdown: Billy Swan Top 21 Hits 7:30p ET

Billy SwanWilliam Lance Swan (born May 12, 1942) is an American songwriter and singer, best known for his 1974 single, “I Can Help”.

Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As a child, he learned drums, piano and guitar, and began writing songs. His first big break was in 1962 when Clyde McPhatter recorded “Lover Please”, a song written by Swan when he was in a local band called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Stoppers, and which had first been recorded by Bill Black.[1] McPhatter’s version quickly became a No. 7 pop hit.

Swan moved to Memphis to work with Black, but this was cut short with Black’s illness and subsequent death in 1965. He also for a time worked on Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. He then moved to Nashville, which enabled him to write hit country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis. In 1969, Swan first took on the role of record producer, producing Tony Joe White’s Top Ten hit “Polk Salad Annie”. Swan also played bass guitar for Kris Kristofferson, and then signed a solo recording deal with Monument Records.

His first album included the song “I Can Help”, a rockabilly number that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and country charts in 1974, also becoming a hit in many other countries. Swan recorded the song in two takes (without overdubs) with an RMI organ that Kristofferson and singer Rita Coolidge had bought for him as a wedding gift. However, other albums with Monument, A&M, and Epic did not have nearly the success of his first.

In 1979, Swan traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Weather Report, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón. His performance is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos’s documentary Havana Jam ’79.

Swan continued to tour as a member of Kristofferson’s band, and has recorded two albums with Randy Meisner of The Eagles. In 1986 he walked into a Californian studio (Bench Records) as part of a band called Black Tie and along with Meisner, Jimmy Griffin (Bread), David Kemper (drummer), David Miner and David Mansfield recorded an album called When the Night Falls. He recorded another solo album, Like Elvis Used to Do in 2000, and another Black Tie-style album with Meisner and Charlie Rich, Jr. billed as “Meisner, Swan & Rich”. As of 2005, Swan remained a backing singer and session musician.

Swan was married to his late wife Marlu for 30 years. They had two daughters, recording artists Planet Swan & Sierra Swan.  – Wikipedia

1 I Can Help
2 I’m Her Fool
3 Don’t Be Cruel
4 Everything’s the Same (Ain’t Nothing Changed)
5 Just Want to Taste Your Wine
6 You’re the One
7 Shake, Rattle and Roll
8 Hello! Remember Me
9 No Way Around (It’s Love)
10 Do I Have to Draw a Picture
11 I’m into Lovin’ You
12 Stuck Right in the Middle of Your Love
13 With Their Kind of Money and Our Kind of Love
14 Your Picture Still Loves Me (And I Still Love You)
15 Rainbows and Butterflies
16 Yes
17 You Must Be Lookin’ for Me
18 I’m Gonna Get You
19 P.M.S. (Post Mortem Sickness)
20 Ways Of A Woman In Love
21 I’d Like To Work For You

Artist Countdown: Rita Coolidge Top 25 Hits 8pm ET

ritacoolRita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American vocalist. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard’s pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts.

Coolidge married Tatsuya Suda (mistakenly referred to as “Sudaon” by the Chicago Tribune) on June 19, 2012 in the Cook Islands. Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973–1980. They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. She was also involved with Leon Russell and Joe Cocker during their days on tour with Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, California. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Source: Wikipedia

1 We’re All Alone
2 (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher
3 I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love
4 All Time High
5 A Song I’d Like to Sing (w/Kris Kristofferson)
6 You
7 The Way You Do the Things You Do
8 Somethin’ Bout You Baby I Like (w/Glen Campbell)
9 Love Me Again
10 One Fine Day
11 Fool That I Am
12 Loving Arms (w/Kris Kristofferson)
13 I Believe in You
14 Rain (w/Kris Kristofferson)
15 The Closer You Get
16 Something Said Love
17 Words
18 Hello, Love, Goodbye
19 Only You
20 My Crew
21 Lover Please (w/Kris Kristofferson)
22 The Jealous Kind
23 Fever
24 Mama Lou
25 Turn Around and Love You