Tag: songwriter

Feature Artist: Mick Jagger (Singles) 6pm ET @MickJagger

Mick JaggerSir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter and actor, best known as lead vocalist and a founding member of The Rolling Stones.

Jagger’s career has spanned over 50 years, and he has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”. His distinctive voice and performance, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band. Jagger gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure. In the late 1960s Jagger began acting in films (starting with Performance and Ned Kelly), to mixed reception. In 1985 Jagger released his first solo album, She’s the Boss. In early 2009 he joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy.

In 1989 Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. In 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music. – Wikipedia

Feature Artist: Pete Townshend Singles 10pm ET

Pete-TownshendPeter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group the Who. His career with the Who spans 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

Townshend is the primary songwriter for the Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band’s 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples such as Who’s Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods. He has also written over 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists’ recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.

We feature Townshend solo singles from 1980 through 1993

Artist Countdown: Sarah McLachlan Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @SarahMcLachlan

Sarah-McLachlan-Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009, she has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan’s best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on a scale that had never been attempted before. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On.

1 Angel
2 Fallen
3 Adia
4 I Will Remember You
5 Building a Mystery
6 Silence    (with Delerium)
7 Sweet Surrender
8 Sing    (with Annie Lennox)
9 Stupid
10 U Want Me 2
11 Good Enough
12 Possession
13 Time After Time (with Cyndi Lauper)
14 Ice Cream
15 The Path of Thorns (Terms)
16 Into the Fire
17 World on Fire
18 One Dream
19 Drawn to the Rhythm
20 Hold On
21 Loving You Is Easy
22 Forgiveness
23 Vox
24 Steaming
25 Full of Grace
26 Illusions of Bliss
27 In Your Shoes
28 Walkin’ Good  (with Heart)
29 Love Beside Me
30 Monsters

Artist Countdown: Reba McEntire Top 50 Hits 6pm et @reba

rebaReba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall. He brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, where she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year later in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983.

Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave”. The album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 26 studio albums, acquired 40 number one singles, 14 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has sometimes been referred to as “The Queen of Country”. and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and in her television sitcom, Reba (2001–2007) for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Kim Carnes Top 30 Hits – 1pm ET @kim_carnes

Kim CarnesKim Carnes (born July 20, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, California, Carnes now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music. She began her career as a songwriter 1960s writing for other artists whilst performing in local pubs and working as a session musician. She signed with Amos Records and released her debut album Rest on Me in 1972. Her 1980 duet with Kenny Rogers, “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer”, has been described as her “big break.” Success followed with her first top-ten hit, a cover version of “More Love”, in 1980. Following this, her single “Bette Davis Eyes” became the biggest U.S. hit of the year in 1981, and won her a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

As a songwriter, Carnes also co-wrote the number one hit “The Heart Won’t Lie” with Donna Weiss, recorded by Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. She also composed “I’ll Be Here Where the Heart Is” for the 1983 film Flashdance, which won Carnes her second Grammy Award. Following the release of 1988’s View from the House, Carnes began to concentrate more on her songwriting career. Her distinctive raspy vocal style has drawn comparisons to Rod Stewart. – Wikipedia

1 Bette Davis Eyes
2 Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer (with Kenny Rogers)
3 What About Me (Kenny Rogers (w/ James Ingram & Kim Carnes))
4 More Love
5 Voyeur
6 Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)
7 Draw of the Cards
8 You’re a Part of Me (with Gene Cotton)
9 Make No Mistake, He’s Mine (with Barbra Streisand)
10 Crazy in Love
11 I Pretend
12 Invitation to Dance
13 Does It Make You Remember
14 Invisible Hands
15 The Universal Song
16 Cry Like a Baby
17 You Make My Heart Beat Faster (And That’s All That Matters)
18 It Hurts So Bad
19 Mistaken Identity
20 Abadabadango
21 Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
22 Divided Hearts
23 I’d Lie to You for Your Love
24 Gypsy Honeymoon
25 Don’t Cry Now
26 Heartbreak Hotel (with Neil Diamond)
27 Oliver (Voice On The Radio)
28 Don’t Pick Up The Phone
29 Break The Rules Tonight (Out Of School)
30 Don’t Call It Love

Artist Countdown: Donovan Top 25 Hits 6p ET @donovanofficial

donovan_2012Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled an imitator of Bob Dylan, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan shot to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.

Having initially signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein, but after signing a new contract with US CBS/Epic Records his popularity spread to other countries. After extricating himself from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with Mickie Most, one of the leading British independent record producers of the era, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US and other countries.

His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits “Catch the Wind”, “Colours” and “The Universal Soldier” in 1965, while “Sunshine Superman” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (reached number two in Britain), and “Mellow Yellow” reached US number two the following year, with “Hurdy Gurdy Man” reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by then-new Administrative Vice-President Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970.  He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. Donovan’s commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image was scorned by critics, especially after the advent of punk rock. He withdrew from performing and recording several times during his career, but he underwent a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of the rave scene in Britain. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer and long-time fan Rick Rubin and in 2004 released a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.  – Wikipedia

1 Sunshine Superman
2 Hurdy Gurdy Man
3 Mellow Yellow
4 There is a Mountain
5 Catch the Wind
6 Atlantis
7 To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting
8 Jennifer Juniper
9 Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)
10 The Universal Soldier 
11 Colours
12 Epistle to Dippy
13 Wear Your Love Like Heaven
14 Turquoise
15 Laléna
16 Riki Tiki Tavi
17 I Like You
18 Celia of the Seals
19 Josie
20 Maria Magenta
21 Sailing Homeward
22 Rock n’ Roll Souljer
23 Happiness Runs
24 Shambala
25 The Voice of Protest

Artist Countdown: Randy Travis Top 50 Hits 6p ET @RandyBTravis

RB TravisRandy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American country music singer, songwriter and actor. Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number one hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. Travis is well known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.

By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records for DreamWorks Records and changed his musical focus to gospel music. Although the career shift produced only one more number one country hit “Three Wooden Crosses”, Travis went on to earn several Dove awards, including Album of the Year three times. In addition to his singing career, Travis pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series, including The Rainmaker (1997) with Matt Damon, Black Dog (1998) with Patrick Swayze, Texas Rangers (2001) with James Van Der Beek, and seven episodes of the Touched by an Angel television series. Travis has sold over 25 million records, and has earned 22 number one hits, six number one albums, six Grammy awards, six CMA awards, nine ACM awards, 10 AMA awards, seven Dove awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. – Wikipedia

1 Forever and Ever, Amen
2 No Place Like Home
3 I Told You So (w/ Carrie Underwood)
4 Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man
5 Out of My Bones
6 On the Other Hand
7 Diggin’ Up Bones
8 I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)
9 Too Gone Too Long
10 I Told You So
11 Honky Tonk Moon
12 Deeper Than the Holler
13 Is It Still Over?
14 It’s Just a Matter of Time
15 Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart
16 Forever Together
17 If I Didn’t Have You
18 Look Heart, No Hands
19 Whisper My Name
20 He Walked on Water
21 Heroes and Friends
22 Point of Light
23 Better Class of Losers
24 Before You Kill Us All
25 This Is Me
26 Stranger in My Mirror
27 The Hole
28 The Box
29 1982
30 A Few Ole Country Boys (with George Jones)
31 A Man Ain’t Made of Stone
32 Promises
33 Three Wooden Crosses
34 I’d Surrender All
35 Are We in Trouble Now
36 Would I
37 An Old Pair of Shoes
38 Cowboy Boogie
39 We’re Strangers Again (w/ Tammy Wynette)
40 King of the Road
41 Price to Pay
42 Four Walls
43 Where Can I Surrender
44 Pray for the Fish
45 Angels
46 A Little Left of Center
47 America Will Always Stand
48 Wind in the Wire
49 I’ll Be Right Here Loving You
50 Baptism (featuring Kenny Chesney)

Artist Countdown: Juice Newton Top 35 12p ET @RadioMax

Juice NewtonJudy Kay “Juice” Newton (born February 18, 1952) is an American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories (winning once in 1983), as well as an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist and two Billboard Female Album Artist of the Year awards (won consecutively). She has several Gold and Platinum records to her credit, including Juice, Quiet Lies and her first Greatest Hits album. During the 1980s, Newton charted 14 Top-10 hits across the Billboard Country, AC, and Hot 100 charts, with many of the recordings achieving crossover success and six of the songs hitting the No. 1 position. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Queen of Hearts
2 Angel of the Morning
3 Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me
4 The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)
5 Break It to Me Gently
6 Heart of the Night
7 A Little Love
8 Tell Her No
9 You Make Me Want to Make You Mine
10 Hurt
11 Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)  (w/ Eddie Rabbitt)
12 Old Flame
13 Tell Me True
14 Cheap Love
15 What Can I Do with My Heart
16 First Time Caller
17 Can’t Wait All Night
18 Let’s Keep It That Way
19 Restless Heart
20 Lay Back in the Arms of Someone
21 Ride ‘Em Cowboy
22 Sunshine
23 When Love Comes Around the Bend
24 You Fill My Life
25 Until Tonight
26 Stranger at My Door
27 It’s a Heartache
28 Any Way That You Want Me
29 Dirty Looks
30 Hey! Baby
31 When I Get Over You
32 Funny How Time Slips Away  (w/ Willie Nelson)
33 Love Is A Word
34 Up Where We Belong  (w/ Glen Campbell)
35 Still The One  (w/ Gary Morris)