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.
Since it’s the day before Christmas Eve, and two days before Christmas Day, I’ve got an early present for you of four hours of Christmas music, starting with “Great Soul Performances,” where you hear: Aretha Franklin, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, Nat “King” Cole; with my special mix of his four separate recordings of “The Christmas Song” over the years, Ken Williams with J.R. Bailey, the Drifters, Eartha Kitt, Vanessa Williams, Patti Labelle, the Four Tops, Darlene Love, B.B. King, the Chi-Lites, Timothy Wilson with the “Legendary” Teenagers and more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM ET, 8PM CT, 9PM MT and 8PM PT. Then it’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” with Christmas music from: The Temptations, Ray Parker, Jr., Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Eagles, New Edition, Al Jarreau, Margo Sylvia & the Tune Weavers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Whispers, George Michael & Wham and several more great holiday songs from the 80s. The second half of our Christmas show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. I predict we’ll have a “Wonderful Christmas Time” this evening. Four solid hours of our annual Christmas Show with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Ho! Ho! Ho!
This edition of RadioMax Rewind features Diana Ross, Hall Of Fame
The Miracles (also known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965 to 1972) were an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, and one of the most important and influential groups in pop, rock and roll, and R&B music history. Formed in 1955 by Smokey Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore, and Ronnie White, the group started off as the Five Chimes, changing their name to the Matadors two years later. The group then settled on the Miracles after the inclusion of Claudette Robinson in 1958. The most notable Miracles line-up included the Robinsons, Moore, White, Bobby Rogers and Marv Tarplin. After a failed audition with Brunswick Records, the group began working with songwriter Berry Gordy, who helped to produce their first records for the End and Chess labels before establishing Tamla Records in 1959 and signing the Miracles as its first act. The group eventually scored the label’s first million-selling hit record with the 1960 Grammy Hall of Fame smash, “Shop Around”, and further established themselves as one of Motown’s top acts with the hit singles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”, “What’s So Good About Goodbye”, “Way Over There”, “I’ll Try Something New”, “Mickey’s Monkey”, “Going to a Go-Go”, “(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need”, “Just A Mirage”, “If You Can Want”, “More Love”, “I Don’t Blame You at All”, “Ooo Baby Baby”, The multi-award-winning “The Tracks of My Tears”, “Special Occasion”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry”, the number-one Pop smashes “The Tears of a Clown” and “Love Machine”, “Do It Baby”, and “My Girl Has Gone”, among numerous other hits.
Just a few short days until Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, therefore this evening on “Great Soul Performances” all of our songs will express, “Thanks,” “Thank You,” and “Thankful.” You’ll be hearing from artists such as: Jerry Butler, the Dramatics, Billy Paul, Dickie Harmon & the Autumns, Sarah Vaughan, Brook Benton, Atlantic Starr, Sam & Dave, Sly & the Family Stone, Nat “King” Cole, the Impressions, Count Basie and others.
We’ll continue with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” and on the playlist will be: Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Starship, Melba Moore, Lakeside, Prince, Confunkshun, Kenny Loggins, Marvin Gaye, Cameo, Anita Baker and several more. So join me later this evening for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” as we give “Thanks” for all that we have and the music on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
This edition of Across The Tracks features Aretha Franklin Hits and her latest release of hits “Brand New Me” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”. Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted and Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the film The Blues Brothers and with the albums Jump to It and Who’s Zoomin’ Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria “Nessun dorma”, at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with “A Rose Is Still a Rose”. Franklin’s other popular and well known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Think”, “Jump to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, “Chain Of Fools”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (with George Michael),and a remake of The Rolling Stones song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.
Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9; and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, in which she placed number 1. – Wikipedia
Today on the Artist Profile – Smokey Robinson
William “Smokey” Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he also served as the group’s chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as the Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown’s vice president.
However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year. Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Robinson was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music. – Wikipedia