Tag: Soul

Wednesday 4/7/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)

What’s Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla.

Gaye recorded the album between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. It was his first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown’s in-house studio band, the session musicians known as the Funk Brothers.

What’s Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends with a reprise of the album’s opening theme. The narrative established by the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye’s introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent.

The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, and came to be viewed by music historians as a classic of 1970s soul. In 2001, a deluxe edition of the album was released, featuring a recording of Gaye’s May 1972 concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Broad-ranging surveys of critics, musicians, and the general public have shown that What’s Going On is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark recording in popular music. In 2020, it was ranked number one on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

  1. “What’s Going On” 3:53
  2. “What’s Happening Brother” 2:43
  3. “Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)” 3:49
  4. “Save the Children” 4:03
  5. “God Is Love” 1:41
  6. “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” 3:16
  7. “Right On” 7:31
  8. “Wholy Holy” 3:08
  9. “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” 5:26

Tuesday 3/16/21 6pm ET: Hayes’ Hard Drive with DeLane Hayes

Friday 3pm ET: New Music Show

This week we feature NEW music from:  Blair Lee, Ya Tseen Feat. Portugal. The Man, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Timothy Moore, Dylan Cartlidge, Shaed, Eric Hutchinson, Ollee Owens, Eric Hutchinson, Noga Erez Feat. Rousso, Genius Aretha Cast Feat. Cynthia Erivo, Katie Toupin, Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall, Tom Petty and more . . . 

Wednesday 3/10/21 1am ET: Feature LP: TLC – Fanmail (1999)

FanMail is the third studio album by American girl group TLC. It was released on February 23, 1999, by LaFace and Arista Records. The title of the album is a tribute to their fans who sent them fan mail during their hiatus. FanMail debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 318,000 copies in its first week of release, and spent five weeks at number one.

The album received eight nominations at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, including one for Album of the Year, winning three. It has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. FanMail is TLC’s second best-selling album after their 1994 studio album CrazySexyCool. To promote the album, TLC embarked on their first concert tour, the FanMail Tour. It was the group’s final album released in Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ lifetime before she died on April 25, 2002, as she was killed in a car crash prior to the release of their fourth studio album 3D (2002).

1. “FanMail” 3:59
2. “The Vic-E Interpretation – Interlude” 0:19
3. “Silly Ho” 4:15
4. “Whispering Playa – Interlude” 0:52
5. “No Scrubs” 3:34
6. “I’m Good at Being Bad” 5:39
7. “If They Knew” 4:04
8. “I Miss You So Much” 4:56
9. “Unpretty” 4:38
10. “My Life” 4:01
11. “Shout” 3:57
12. “Come On Down” 4:17
13. “Dear Lie” 5:10
14. “Communicate – Interlude” 0:51
15. “Lovesick” 3:52
16. “Automatic” 4:31
17. “Don’t Pull Out on Me Yet” 4:33

Dallas Austin – arrangements (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15–17); gang vocals (tracks 3, 11)
T-Boz – background vocals (tracks 1, 11, 13, 16); gang vocals (track 3)
Chilli – background vocals (tracks 1, 5, 8, 11, 16)
Debra Killings – background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7–13, 15–17); bass (tracks 9, 12, 17)
Rick Sheppard – MIDI, sound design (tracks 1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 17)
Vic-E – speech (track 2); rap (track 3)
Leslie Brathwaite – gang vocals (tracks 3, 11)
Ty Hudson – gang vocals (tracks 3, 11)
Joi Gilliam – gang vocals (track 3)
Peach – gang vocals (track 3)
Sonji – gang vocals (track 3)
Carolyn Paige – gang vocals (track 3)
Kevin Wales – gang vocals (track 3)
“Big” Stan Smith – gang vocals (track 3)
Papi – playa (track 4)
Kandi Burruss – background vocals (track 5)
Tameka “Tiny” Cottle – background vocals (track 5)
She’kspere – MIDI, sound design (track 5)
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – arrangements, all other musical instruments (track 6)
Mike Scott – guitar (track 6)
Alex Richbourg – drum programming (track 6)
Jerry Lumpkins – additional keyboards (track 7)
Babyface – drum programming, acoustic guitar (tracks 8, 13); keyboards, electric guitar (track 13)
Greg Phillinganes – piano (track 8); Wurlitzer (track 13)
Michael Thompson – acoustic guitar (track 8); electric guitar (track 13)
C.C. Thomas – bass (track 8)
Necia Bray – background vocals (track 8)
Tomi Martin – guitar (tracks 9, 17)
Tom Knight – drums (track 9)
LaMarquis Jefferson – bass (track 10)
Marde Johnson – gang vocals (track 11)
Koko Watkins – gang vocals (track 11)
Solomon Jackson – gang vocals (track 11)
James Killings – guitar (track 12)
Nathan East – bass (track 13)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (track 13)
Colin Wolfe – bass (track 15)
Melvin M. Jones – trumpet (track 17)
Gregory Hudspeth – saxophone (track 17)
Anthony Roberson – trombone (track 17)

Wednesday 3/10/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl (1988)

Forever Your Girl is the debut studio album by American singer Paula Abdul. It was released on June 21, 1988 through Virgin Records. The album was Abdul’s breakthrough into the music industry after being a choreographer for high-profile artists including George Michael, ZZ Top, Duran Duran and most notably Janet Jackson. At the time of the album’s release it was the most successful debut album of all time and was the first time an artist scored four US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles from a debut album.

1. “The Way That You Love Me”  5:22
2. “Knocked Out” 3:52
3. “Opposites Attract” (with The Wild Pair) 4:24
4. “State of Attraction” 4:07
5. “I Need You” 5:01
6. “Forever Your Girl” 4:58
7. “Straight Up” 4:11
8. “Next to You” 4:26
9. “Cold Hearted” 3:51
10. “One or the Other” 4:10

Paula Abdul – lead vocals, backing vocals
Peter Arata – mixing assistant
Babyface – keyboards, producer, backing vocals
Glen Ballard – drums, producer, programming
Russ Bracher – engineer
Pattie Brooks – backing vocals
Wally Buck – engineer
Francis Buckley – engineer, mixing
Annette Cisneros – assistant engineer
Dave Cochran – guitar, backing vocals
Keith “KC” Cohen – mixing, producer
Delisa Davis – backing vocals
Tami Day – backing vocals
Jimmy Demers – backing vocals
Eddie M. – saxophone on “I Need You”
Al Fleming – assistant engineer
Basil Fung – guitar
Jon Gass – engineer, mixing
Bobby Gonzales – guitar
Danny Grigsby – assistant engineer
Evelyn Halus – backing vocals
Dann Huff – guitar
Tim Jaquette – engineer, mixing
Jesse Johnson – drums, keyboards, producer
Cliff Jones – assistant engineer, engineer
Kayo – synthesizer, synthesizer bass
Oliver Leiber – arranger, drum programming, guitar, keyboards, producer, programming
Jeff Lorber – drum programming, engineer, guest artist, keyboards, producer
Yvette Marine – backing vocals
Pat McDougal – assistant engineer
Lucia Newell – backing vocals
Ricky P. – keyboards
Pebbles – guest artist, backing vocals
L.A. Reid – drums, guest artist, percussion programming, producer
Angel Rogers – backing vocals
Josh Schneider – assistant engineer
Daryl Simmons – backing vocals
Bob Somma – guitar
St. Paul – arranger, bass, keyboards, Organ, vocoder
Kendall Stubbs – engineer
Randy Weber – programming, synthesizer
Steve Weise – engineer
Troy Williams – saxophone on “Forever Your Girl”
Wild Pair – vocals, backing vocals

Saturday 2/27/21 7pm ET: Groove Line with Ryan Doran

Saturday 2/27/21 6pm ET: Motown Hour with L Paul Martin

Monday 2/15/21 5pm ET: The Chain with Ron Kovacs

Monday 1/25/2021 5pm ET: The Chain with Ron Kovacs


All genres – we feature all types as we chain together song titles.

Thursday 1/7/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (1979 / 2001)

Off the Wall is the fifth solo studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on August 10, 1979, by Epic Records. It was Jackson’s first album released through Epic Records, the label he recorded under until his death in 2009, and the first produced by Quincy Jones, whom he met while working on the 1978 film The Wiz. Several critics observed that Off the Wall was crafted from disco, pop, funk, R&B, soft rock and Broadway ballads. Its lyrical themes include escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism and romance. The album features songwriting contributions from Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Rod Temperton, Tom Bahler, and David Foster, alongside three tracks penned by Jackson himself.

Between 1972 and 1975, Jackson released a total of four solo studio albums with Motown as part of The Jackson 5 franchise; Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973) and Forever, Michael (1975). Before recording his next album, which came to be Off the Wall, Jackson desired to create a record not sounding like a Jacksons record, but rather showcasing creative freedom and individualism.

Off the Wall peaked at number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart and number one on the Top Black Albums chart, staying at number one on the latter for 16 weeks, and was an enormous critical success. Five singles were released from the album. Jackson wrote three songs himself, including the Billboard Hot 100 number one single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, which was Jackson’s first solo number-one single since “Ben”, seven years prior. The second single from the album, “Rock with You” also peaked atop the chart. With the title track and “She’s Out of My Life” reaching the top 10 of the chart, Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Off the Wall was a significant departure from Jackson’s previous work for Motown and was hailed as a major breakthrough for him. In retrospect, writers have hailed it a landmark of the disco era and one of the greatest albums of all time. Critics often debate whether it or Thriller is Jackson’s best album. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. In August 2009, it was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 1980 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for two Grammy Awards, with Jackson winning Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. In 2008, Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” 6:02
2. “Rock with You” 3:38
3. “Working Day and Night” 5:10
4. “Get on the Floor” 4:42
5. “Off the Wall” 4:11
6. “Girlfriend” 3:08
7. “She’s Out of My Life” 3:41
8. “I Can’t Help It” 4:28
9. “It’s the Falling in Love” 3:52
10. “Burn This Disco Out” 3:39
11. “Quincy Jones Interview #1” 0:37
12. “Introduction to Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Demo” 0:13
13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (Original Demo from 1978) 4:48
14. “Quincy Jones Interview #2” 0:30
15. “Introduction to Workin’ Day and Night Demo” 0:10
16. “Working Day and Night” (Original Demo from 1978) 4:19
17. “Quincy Jones Interview #3” 0:48
18. “Rod Temperton Interview” 4:57
19. “Quincy Jones Interview #4” 1:32

Tuesday 12/29/2020 12pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

The Sounds of The 80’s return.  Check it out every Tuesday at 12pm ET.

Monday 12/28/2020 7pm ET: Across The Tracks


Part III of Tunes with Baby in the Title.

Monday 12/28/2020 4pm ET: Across The Tracks


Part II of Tunes with Baby in The Title

Monday 12/28/2020 12pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

Join us Mondays a12pm ET for a new installment of the Sounds of The 70s. 

Sunday 12/27/20 2am ET: Feature LP: Chic – Risqué (1979)

Risqué is the third studio album by American disco band Chic, released on Atlantic Records on July 30, 1979. One of the records that defined the disco era, the album became highly influential not only within the movement, but also in other styles such as hip hop, art rock and new wave. In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 414 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

1. “Good Times” 8:08
2. “A Warm Summer Night” 6:10
3. “My Feet Keep Dancing” 6:38
4. “My Forbidden Lover” 4:39
5. “Can’t Stand to Love You” 2:56
6. “Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)” 4:06
7. “What About Me?” 4:09