Tag: Soul

Thursday 2/2/23 11pm ET: Feature LP: Herb Alpert – Keep You Eye On Me (1987)

Keep Your Eye on Me is a pop/R&B/dance album by Herb Alpert, released February 13,1987. It contains two hit singles, “Diamonds” and “Making Love in the Rain” (both featuring lead and background vocals by Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith). These Billboard Top 40 hits, along with the title track and “Pillow” (featuring co-lead vocals by Alpert and singer/wife Lani Hall) were produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The remainder of the album consists of tracks produced by Herb Alpert and various producers. Keep Your Eye On Me was constructed with Side 1 (Tracks 1-5) featuring up-tempo songs, while Side 2 (Tracks 6-10) featured down tempo songs and ballads.

All trumpet solos were played by Herb Alpert.

The album was released on CD by A&M Records, along with extended CD singles of the title track and “Diamonds”. It was re-released on September 12, 2013 in a download-only version available exclusively through Alpert’s official website, HerbAlpertPresents.com.

“Keep Your Eye on Me” 5:13
“Hot Shot” 3:56
“Diamonds” 4:53
“Traffic Jam” 3:16
“Cat Man Do” 5:26
“Pillow” 4:32
“Our Song” 3:55
“Making Love in the Rain” 5:56
“Rocket to the Moon” 3:52
“Stranger on the Shore” 2:54
“Making Love in the Rain” 4:05 (Single Edit)

In Memoriam: Charlie Thomas (1937 – 2023)

Charles Thomas (April 7, 1937 – January 31, 2023) was an American singer best known for his work with The Drifters. Thomas was performing with The Five Crowns at the Apollo Theater in 1958 when George Treadwell fired his group, called The Drifters. Treadwell recruited the Five Crowns to become the new Drifters.

The new Drifters’ first release was the 1959 hit “There Goes My Baby”. Charlie was lead singer on two of the group’s top 40 hits, “Sweets for My Sweet” and “When My Little Girl Is Smiling”.

Charlie Thomas was the father of Charles “Happy” Thomas Jr. and grandfather of hip hop producer Charlie “Bambu” Thomas.

Thomas was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of the Drifters and was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999. Thomas died from liver cancer on January 31, 2023 at the age of 85.

Wednesday 2/1/23 10am ET: Across The Tracks: National Freedom Day (Part 2)

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by President Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later was ratified as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment abolishing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later.

In the mid-20th century, Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., born into slavery and freed after the Civil War, believed that there should be a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. Wright invited national and local leaders to meet in Philadelphia in order to make plans to designate February 1 as an annual memorial to the signing of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by President Abraham Lincoln on this date. The amendment freed all U.S. slaves.

One year after Wright’s death in 1947, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a bill to make February 1 National Freedom Day. The holiday proclamation was signed into law on June 30, 1948, by President Harry Truman.

It was the forerunner to Black History Day. Later Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976. Recognition of black history had been initiated by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926.

The President may issue each year a proclamation designating February 1 as National Freedom Day to commemorate the signing by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, of the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution.

— U.S. Code § 124 – National Freedom Day
On this day many towns and cities have festivals. Some citizens reflect privately on the freedoms that the United States honors and to appreciate the goodwill of the United States. In Philadelphia, wreath laying at the Liberty Bell has been a tradition for many years to mark National Freedom Day. Symbols of the day may include a theme about freedom for all Americans.

At RadioMax we feature programs on January 31 and February 1. Our Across The Tracks program will feature tunes with “Freedom” in the title.

Tuesday 1/31/23 11am ET: Feature Greatest Hits LP: KC & The Sunshine Band – Greatest Hits (1980)

Greatest Hits is the first official compilation album by KC and the Sunshine Band. The album was released in February 1980 on the TK label.

  1. “Sound Your Funky Horn” 2:59
  2. “Queen of Clubs” 3:17
  3. “Get Down Tonight” 5:15
  4. “Boogie Shoes” 2:16
  5. “That’s the Way (I Like It)” 5:06
  6. “Shake Your Booty” 3:04
  7. “I’m Your Boogie Man” 4:01
  8. “Keep It Comin’ Love” 4:26
  9. “Please Don’t Go” 3:43
  10. “Let’s Go Rock and Roll” 3:36
  11. “All I Want” 4:20

Harry Wayne Casey – keyboards, vocal
Jerome Smith – guitar
Richard Finch – bass guitar, drum, percussion
Robert Johnson – drums
Fermin Goytisolo – percussion

Tuesday 1/31/23 8am ET: Across The Tracks: National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by President Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later was ratified as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment abolishing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later.

In the mid-20th century, Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., born into slavery and freed after the Civil War, believed that there should be a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. Wright invited national and local leaders to meet in Philadelphia in order to make plans to designate February 1 as an annual memorial to the signing of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by President Abraham Lincoln on this date. The amendment freed all U.S. slaves.

One year after Wright’s death in 1947, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a bill to make February 1 National Freedom Day. The holiday proclamation was signed into law on June 30, 1948, by President Harry Truman.

It was the forerunner to Black History Day. Later Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976. Recognition of black history had been initiated by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926.

The President may issue each year a proclamation designating February 1 as National Freedom Day to commemorate the signing by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, of the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution.

— U.S. Code § 124 – National Freedom Day
On this day many towns and cities have festivals. Some citizens reflect privately on the freedoms that the United States honors and to appreciate the goodwill of the United States. In Philadelphia, wreath laying at the Liberty Bell has been a tradition for many years to mark National Freedom Day. Symbols of the day may include a theme about freedom for all Americans.

At RadioMax we feature programs on January 31 and February 1. Our Across The Tracks program will feature tunes with “Freedom” in the title.

In Memoriam: Barrett Strong (1941 – 2023)

Barrett Strong (February 5, 1941 – January 29, 2023) was an American singer and songwriter. Strong was the first artist to record a hit for Motown, although he is best known for his work as a songwriter, particularly in association with producer Norman Whitfield. Among his most famous work at Motown, Strong wrote the lyrics for many of the songs recorded by the Temptations.

After Motown moved its operations base from Detroit, Michigan, to Los Angeles, California, Strong left the label and resumed his singing career. He signed with Epic in 1972. Strong left the label for Capitol Records, where he recorded two albums in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, Strong recorded “Rock It Easy” on an independent label, and wrote “You Can Depend on Me”, which appeared on their The Second Time album (1988). He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Strong released his album, Stronghold II, which he wrote and composed in collaboration with Eliza Neals in 2008, in digital format only.

In 2010, Strong appeared in “Misery”, his first music video in his fifty years of recording music, co-produced by Eliza Neals and Martin “Tino” Gross with Strong at the helm.

Strong died on January 29, 2023, at the age of 81.

Wednesday 1/25/23 10am ET: Feature Greatest Hits LP: Etta James – Gold (2007)

Gold is a compilation album of 36 songs from Etta James. Unlike many collections, this two-disc album presents an overview of her work over five decades, rather than presenting a more in-depth look at the singer’s heyday. Released January 20, 2007.

1 “The Wallflower” 2:59
2 “Good Rockin’ Daddy” 2:25
3 “Tough Lover” 2:10
4 “All I Could Do Was Cry” 2:57
5 “If I Can’t Have You” 3:01
6 “My Dearest Darling” 3:04
7 “A Sunday Kind of Love” 3:18
8 “At Last” 3:01
9 “Trust in Me” 3:00
10 “Don’t Cry Baby” 2:26
11 “Fool That I Am” 2:59
12 “Waiting for Charlie (to Come Home)” 2:08
13 “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” 2:50
14 “Next Door to the Blues” 2:49
15 “Stop the Wedding” 2:52
16 “These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)” 3:59
17 “Pushover” 2:56
18 “Baby What You Want Me to Do” 4:17


1 “Loving You More Every Day” 3:21
2 “In the Basement (Part One)” 2:23
3 “Tell Mama” 2:24
4 “I’d Rather Go Blind” 2:36
5 “Security” 2:29
6 “Almost Persuaded” 3:23
7 “Losers Weepers (Part One)” 3:00
8 “All the Way Down” 5:35
9 “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)” 3:37
10 “Feeling Uneasy” 2:48
11 “Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield” 3:43
12 “Loving Arms” 3:50
13 “Take it to the Limit” 4:06 –
14 “Damn Your Eyes” 4:11
15 “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” 3:51
16 “The Man I Love” 4:25
17 “The Blues is My Business” 3:32
18 “The Sky is Crying” 3:58

Monday 1/23/23 9am ET: Feature Greatest Hits LP: Sam Cooke – The Man and His Music (1986)

The Man and His Music is a February 1986 compilation album by Sam Cooke, released posthumously. It debuted about a month after Cooke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  1. “Touch the Hem of His Garment” 2:00
  2. “That’s Heaven to Me” 2:00
  3. “I’ll Come Running Back to You” 2:10
  4. “You Send Me” 2:43
  5. “Win Your Love (For Me)” 2:51
  6. “Just for You” 2:17
  7. “Chain Gang” 2:32
  8. “When a Boy Falls in Love” 2:27
  9. “Only Sixteen” 1:51
  10. “Wonderful World” 2:04
  11. “Cupid” 2:27
  12. “Nothing Can Change This Love” 2:34
  13. “Rome (Wasn’t Built in a Day)” 2:25
  14. “Love Will Find a Way” 2:14
  15. “Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha” 2:33
  16. “Another Saturday Night” 2:20
  17. “Meet Me at Mary’s Place” 2:40
  18. “Having a Party” 2:24
  19. “Good Times” 2:27
  20. “Twistin’ the Night Away” 2:38
  21. “Shake” 2:45
  22. “Somebody Have Mercy” 3:00
  23. “Sad Mood” 2:26
  24. “(Ain’t That) Good News” 2:26
  25. “Bring It On Home to Me” 2:39
  26. “Soothe Me” 2:08
  27. “That’s Where It’s At” 2:35
  28. “A Change Is Gonna Come” 3:10

Monday 1/23/23 8am ET: Feature Greatest Hits LP: Billy Ocean – Greatest Hits (1989)

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by British R&B singer and songwriter Billy Ocean, released October 17, 1989. The album features Ocean’s biggest hit singles of the 1980s, along with two new singles, “I Sleep Much Better (In Someone Else’s Bed)” and “License to Chill”, the latter of which became Ocean’s twelfth and final US top 40 hit to date, reaching No. 32. Greatest Hits became Ocean’s best-selling release in the UK, remaining his only album to reach Platinum status there. It has also been certified Platinum in the US.

  1. “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” 4:08
  2. “License to Chill” 4:52
  3. “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” 4:06
  4. “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” 4:50
  5. “Loverboy” 4:09
  6. “Suddenly” 3:51
  7. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” 4:43
  8. “Love Zone” 4:13
  9. “Here’s to You” 4:11
  10. “I Sleep Much Better (In Someone Else’s Bed)” 5:15
  11. “The Colour of Love” 4:22
  12. “Tear Down These Walls” 3:40
  13. “Mystery Lady”

Thursday 1/19/23 10pm ET: Feature LP: Joe Tex – Bumps & Bruises (1977)

Bumps & Bruises is an album by the American R&B musician Joe Tex, released in 1977 via Epic Records.

The album peaked at No. 108 on the Billboard 200. “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More” was Tex’s last major hit, making the top 10 on the R&B chart and the top 20 on the pop chart. The song reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

  1. “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” 6:45
  2. “Leaving You Dinner” 3:21
  3. “Be Cool (Willie is Dancing With a Sissy)” 5:29
  4. “I Mess Up Everything I Get My Hands On” 3:05
  5. “We Held On” 3:24
  6. “I Almost Got to Heaven Once” 3:54
  7. “Hungry for Your Love” 4:02
  8. “Jump Bad” 3:57
  9. “There’s Something Wrong” 2:44
  10. “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” (Single Edit) 3:29
  11. “Hungry for Your Love” (Single Edit) 3:12
  12. “We Held On” (Single Edit) 2:58

Monday 1/16/23 9pm ET: Feature LP: KC & The Sunshine Band (1975)

KC and the Sunshine Band is the second studio album by KC and the Sunshine Band. The record was produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch and was released July 6, 1975 on the TK label.

KC and the Sunshine Band contains two of the group’s biggest hits, “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Get Down Tonight”, both of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B Singles Chart. The song “Boogie Shoes” also subsequently became a hit in early 1978 after being included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

The album was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in 2012 by Big Break Records.

  1. “Let It Go (Part One)” 2:56
  2. “That’s the Way (I Like It)” 5:07
  3. “Get Down Tonight” 5:14
  4. “Boogie Shoes” 2:15
  5. “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong” 3:07
  6. “I’m So Crazy (‘Bout You)” 3:04
  7. “What Makes You Happy” 2:49
  8. “I Get Lifted” 3:04
  9. “Let It Go (Part Two)” 2:01
  10. “Get Down Tonight” (Single Version) 3:12
  11. “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (Single Version) 3:05
  12. “Get Down Tonight” (Tom Moulton Mix) 9:06

Harry Wayne Casey – keyboards, vocals
Jerome Smith – guitar
Richard Finch – bass guitar, drum, percussion
Robert Johnson – drums
Oliver C. Brown – percussion
Fermin Goytisolo – percussion
Ken Faulk – trumpet
Vinnie Tanno – trumpet
Mike Lewis – tenor saxophone
Whit Sidener – baritone saxophone
Beverly Champion – background vocals
Margaret Reynolds – background vocals
Jeanette Williams – background vocals