Tag: Stephen Stills

Monday 2/14/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Stephen Stills – Manassas (1972)

Manassas is the 1972 debut double album by Stephen Stills’ new band of the same name, released April 12, 1972. It was a critical comeback for Stills, and continued his commercial success by being certified Gold only a month after being released and peaking at number 4 on the US charts.

The album was split into four thematic sides. Side 1 – The Raven, is a composite of rock and Latin sounds that the group would often perform in full live exactly as recorded. Side 2 – The Wilderness mainly centers on country and bluegrass. Side 3 – Consider is largely folk and folk-rock, and contains the song “Johnny’s Garden”, reportedly for the caretaker at Stills’ English manor house bought from Ringo Starr. This includes Stills at his most experimental including using a Moog Synthesizer on “Move Around”. The closing section, titled “Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay”, is a rock and blues set.

  1. “Song of Love” 3:28
  2. “Medley
    Rock & Roll Crazies

    Cuban Bluegrass” 3:34
  3. “Jet Set (Sigh)” 4:25
  4. “Anyway” 4:21
  5. “Both of Us (Bound to Lose)” 3:00
  6. “Fallen Eagle” 2:03
  7. “Jesus Gave Love Away for Free” 2:59
  8. “Colorado” 2:50
  9. “So Begins the Task” 3:57
  10. “Hide It So Deep” 2:44
  11. “Don’t Look at My Shadow” 2:30
  12. “It Doesn’t Matter” 2:30
  13. “Johnny’s Garden” 2:45
  14. “Bound to Fall” 1:53
  15. “How Far” 2:49
  16. “Move Around” 4:15
  17. “The Love Gangster” 2:51
  18. “What to Do” 4:44
  19. “Right Now” 2:58
  20. “The Treasure (Take One)” 8:03
  21. “Blues Man” 4:04

Stephen Stills – vocals, guitar, bottleneck guitar, piano, organ, electric piano, clavinet, Moog synthesizer
Chris Hillman – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Al Perkins – pedal steel guitar, guitar, vocals
Paul Harris – organ, tack piano, piano, electric piano, clavinet
Dallas Taylor – drums
Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels – bass
Joe Lala – congas, timbales/percussion, vocals
Sydney George (on The Raven and The Wilderness) – harmonica
Jerry Aiello (on The Raven and The Wilderness) – piano, organ, electric piano, clavinet
Bill Wyman (on The Raven and The Wilderness) – bass
Roger Bush (on The Raven and The Wilderness) – acoustic bass
Byron Berline – fiddle
Malcolm Cecil – Expanded Series III Moog Synthesizer programming

Monday 1/2/22 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Stephen Stills

Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Stills’s solo career and bands have combined sales of over 35 million albums. Stills was ranked number 28 in Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and number 47 in the 2011 list. He became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Neil Young, “Stephen is a genius.”

Beginning his professional career with Buffalo Springfield, he composed one of their few hits “For What It’s Worth”, which became one of the most recognizable songs of the 1960s. Other notable songs he contributed to the band were “Sit Down, I Think I Love You”, “Bluebird” and “Rock & Roll Woman”. According to bandmate Richie Furay, he was “the heart and soul of Buffalo Springfield”.

After Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Stills began working with David Crosby and Graham Nash as a trio called Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN). Stills, in addition to writing many of the band’s songs, played bass, guitar, and keyboards on their debut album. The album sold over four million copies and at that point had outsold anything from the three members’ prior bands: the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and the Hollies. The album won the trio a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Stills’s first solo album, Stephen Stills, went gold and is the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Its hit single, “Love the One You’re With”, became his biggest solo hit, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. A string of solo albums, and a band with Chris Hillman called Manassas, followed in 1972. In summer 1974 Young reunited with CSN after a four-year hiatus for a concert tour which was recorded and released in 2014 as CSNY 1974. It was one of the first stadium tours and the largest tour the band has done to date. CSN reunited in 1977 for their album CSN, which became the trio’s best-selling record. CSN and CSNY continued to have platinum albums through the 1980s.

Feature Year: 1979 (Part 1 – 9am , Part 2 – 9pm ET)

year-1979January 1 – Bill Graham closes San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom following a New Year’s Eve performance by the Blues Brothers and the Grateful Dead. During a New Year’s Eve concert in Cleveland, Ohio, Bruce Springsteen is injured when a fire-cracker is thrown onstage from the audience.
January 4 – The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, best known for its connections to the early days of the Beatles, reopens.
January 6 – ABC’s American Bandstand featured the debut of the “Y.M.C.A. dance” using the hand gestures forming the letters YMCA during a broadcast with the Village People.
January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert in held in New York City at the United Nations, starring The Bee Gees. Highlights are aired the following evening on NBC.
January 13 – Singer Donny Hathaway dies after falling 15 stories from his hotel room in New York City. According to Hathaway’s record company, Atlantic, the singer had been having some psychological problems.
January 15 – MCA Records purchases ABC Records for a reported $20 million.
February 2 – Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is found dead from an overdose, a day after being released on bail from Rikers Island prison.
February 7 – The Clash kick off their first concert on their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco, California. Bo Diddley opens the show and the Clash open their set with the song “I’m So Bored with the U.S.A.”. Stephen Stills becomes the first major rock artist to record digitally, laying down four songs at The Record Plant in Los Angeles.
February 10 – Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” hits #1 on the Billboard magazine charts, and stays there for 4 weeks.
February 11 – 43 million viewers watch “Elvis!” on ABC, a made for TV movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis.
February 15 – Minnie Riperton appears on the Grammys as a presenter with Stephen Bishop. The Bee Gees collect 4 Grammys for Saturday Night Fever.
February 23 – Dire Straits begin their first U.S. tour in Boston.
February 24 – Friedrich Cerha’s completion of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris. Singer Johnnie Wilder, Jr. of Heatwave is paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
February 26 – B.B. King becomes the first blues artist to tour the Soviet Union, kicking off a one-month tour there.
March 2 (to March 4) – Weather Report, The CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Stephen Stills, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Billy Joel, plus Cuban acts Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Elena Burke, Los Papines, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón play at the historic three-day Havana Jam festival at the Karl Marx Theater, in Havana, Cuba.
March 5 – MCA Records dissolves ABC Records.
March 10 – James Brown performs at the Grand Ole Opry.
March 15 – Elvis Costello gets into a heated argument with members of Stephen Stills’ touring entourage at a Holiday Inn in Columbus, Ohio. After Costello makes disparaging remarks about America, he is punched by Bonnie Bramlett. Costello suffers a wave of negative press coverage after the incident is made public.
March 21 – The Pretenders sign a contract with Sire Records.
March 23 – Van Halen releases their second album, Van Halen II.
March 27 – Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd, ex-wife of Clapton’s friend George Harrison.
March 31 – The Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest music festival in the world, takes place for the first time in a country outside Europe – Israel. The show is broadcast live from Jerusalem to Europe and a few countries in Asia. The big winner of this night is Israel for the second time in a row. The winning song is “Hallelujah” sung by Gali Atari and the backing group Milk and Honey. A few months after winning the song had been translated into more than 82 languages, and broke a new record by entering the Guinness Book of Records as the most translated song in the world.
April 2 – Kate Bush begins her first, and to date, only tour. She becomes the first artist to use a wireless microphone, enabling her to sing and dance at the same time.
April 6 – Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton.
April 7 – 110,000 people attend the California Music Festival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Performers include Aerosmith, The Boomtown Rats, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and Van Halen.
April 12 – Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as the lead singer of Jefferson Starship.
April 13 – During a concert by Van Halen in Spokane, Washington, David Lee Roth collapses from exhaustion. A local doctor treats him for a stomach virus and advises him to “calm down”.
April 22 – The New Barbarians and The Rolling Stones perform two concerts in Oshawa, Ontario to benefit the CNIB, as part of Keith Richards’ 1978 sentence for heroin possession.
April 24 – The New Barbarians open their US tour at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
April 27 – Ozzy Osbourne is fired as lead singer of Black Sabbath. He is replaced in May by Ronnie James Dio.
May 2 – The Who play their first concert following the death of drummer Keith Moon. The band performs with new drummer Kenney Jones at London’s Rainbow Theatre.
May 8 – Iron Maiden, Samson, and Angel Witch share a bill at the Music Machine in Camden, London. Critic Geoff Barton coins the term “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” in a review of the show for Sounds magazine.
May 19 – Three of the four ex-Beatles perform on the same stage, as Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr jam with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Mick Jagger and others at a wedding reception for Clapton at his Surrey home.
May 21 – Elton John plays the first of eight concerts in the Soviet Union.
June 1 – Alternative Tentacles record label established by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, and Joy Division release their album Unknown Pleasures.
June 8 – Marianne Faithfull marries Ben Brierly of The Vibrators.
June 9 – The Bee Gees tie The Beatles with a record six consecutive number one singles in the U.S. with “Love You Inside Out”.
June 28 – Bill Haley makes his final studio recordings at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. (He dies in 1981.)
July 1 – The Sony Walkman goes on sale in Japan.
July 7 – The Bee Gees play to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium as part of their Spirits Having Flown tour.
July 10 – Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion by a Los Angeles judge.
July 12 – “Disco Demolition Night“, an anti-disco promotional event for a Chicago rock station involving exploding disco records with a bomb, causes a near-riot between games during a baseball major league doubleheader, forcing the cancellation of the second game.
July 28 – Aerosmith and Ted Nugent headline the World Series of Rock at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Also on the bill are Journey, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and the Scorpions. Following the concert, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry quits the group after an argument with bandmates.
July 31 – 250,000 turn out in Central Park for a free concert by James Taylor in a campaign to restore Sheep Meadow.
August 4–11 – British rock band Led Zeppelin play what are to be their last British concerts (until 2007) at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Total attendances for the two concerts approached 400,000.
August 18 – Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter are married at Carter’s Los Angeles home.
August 25 – “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard charts. This is the first time in over a year that a song hits #1 that is not either a disco song or a ballad, signalling the potential resurgence of rock.
September 1 – INXS perform in public for the first time, at the Oceanview Hotel in Umina, New South Wales.
September 2 – U2 enters the studio for the first time to record a locally released single.
September 13 – ABBA begins ABBA: The Tour in Edmonton, Alberta, leading off a month of dates in North America.
September 16 – The single “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang is released. Its success marks the commercial emergence of hip hop music.
September 17 – Ontario Court of Appeals rejects a government appeal against the previous year’s sentencing of Keith Richards, which allowed him to avoid jail time for his 1977 arrest in Toronto for heroin possession.
September 19-23 – Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) stages a series of five No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden. Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, James Taylor and Carly Simon are among the participants.
September 22 – The NewMusic, a Canadian weekly music and culture program, makes its début on Citytv.
September 27 – Elton John collapses on stage at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles County, California while performing “Better Off Dead”. He refuses to stop the show and resumes playing fifteen minutes later.
October 10 – Joe Perry officially leaves Aerosmith.
November 16 – Infinity Records is shut down and absorbed into parent company MCA.
November 26 – Bill Haley & His Comets perform at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, in a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. This was Haley’s final recorded performance of “Rock Around the Clock”.
December 3 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, a stampede for seats at Riverfront Coliseum during a Who concert kills 11 fans (band members were not made aware of the deaths until after the show).
December 26-29 – The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea are held over four nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London to raise funds for victims of war in Cambodia. Queen, The Who, The Clash, Wings, Elvis Costello and members of Led Zeppelin all take part.
December 31 – The eighth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Village People, Chic, Blondie and Barry Manilow.

Also in 1979
The Welsh Philharmonia becomes the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
Michael Schenker leaves Scorpions during their tour in France and was replaced by Matthias Jabs.
Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants.
Ry Cooder releases the first pop/rock record made entirely using digital recording technology, “Bop Til You Drop”.
EMI’s first digital recording – at Abbey Road Studios – of a non-classical music track is released – UK jazz-funk duo Morrissey–Mullen covered the Rose Royce hit Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Released as a limited edition vinyl EP.
Disco reigns supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer that year. Several artists who were not regarded as dance/disco acts, scored major successes by releasing disco singles, including New Wave band Blondie with their first US number one single “Heart of Glass”, Rod Stewart with “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and rock band Electric Light Orchestra go disco this year with their UK #1 LP Discovery. Country star Kenny Rogers also issues a disco influenced album, entitled Kenny. Hard rock band Kiss also has a disco hit this year with “I Was Made For Lovin You”.
Elton John reunites with lyricist Bernie Taupin after a three-year break. The duos recent songs are recorded in August 1979, to be released a year later on “21 at 33”.
November 30, Pink Floyd released “The Wall” rising to top spot on the US charts for fifteen weeks.

 

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