“Great Soul Performances” this evening will be dedicated to my dear friend and singing buddy, the late Angel Rissoff; “The Bronx Bomber Of Soul,” who passed away last month. I was always in awe of Angel and his unlimited talent, be it singing with Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, Kenny Vance & the Planotones or with Phil Granito, Seth Glassman and myself as the Sons Of Saint Rocco, and of course his solo output which made him a star on the “Beach Music” circuit. You’ll hear Angel’s interpretations of songs by: The Manhattans, the Temptations, the Radiants, the Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Darrell Banks, the Rosalinde Block Party, and Eugene Pitt from his solo album “Steppin’ Out In Front; I Love Beach Music” and our tribute to one of our favorite Angel Rissoff songs, featuring Johnny Gale who co-wrote and played on the original as well as ours, and more. The tribute begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I think you’re going to enjoy some great soul music from “The Bronx Bomber Of Soul,” the late Angel Rissoff. Immediately following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist will be: Oran “Juice” Jones, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jimmy Ruffin, Manhattan Transfer, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Cameo, the Gap Band, Patti LaBelle, Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes and many others. G.S.P. 2: The 80s starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. It’s gonna be a jam packed 4 hours of soul at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
The Temptations are an American vocal group notable for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential in the evolution of R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2017, the Temptations continue to perform with one original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.
Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with fewer or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. The original founding members were originally members of two rival Detroit vocal groups: Otis Williams, Elbridge “Al” Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group’s biggest hits, including “My Girl” (1964), “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966), and “I Wish It Would Rain” (1967). Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as “Cloud Nine” (1969) and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (1970). The group’s lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Later members of the group have included singers such as Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson, with whom the group scored a late-period hit in 1984 with “Treat Her Like a Lady”.
Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles, and their material has earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award – for “Cloud Nine” in 1969 – and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time. – Wikipedia
I hope you’re enjoying the long “4th of July” weekend and that you’ll join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances” where you’ll hear: Bobby Womack, the Temptations, Tyrone Davis, MFSB, Rare Earth, the O’Jays, the Spaniels, New Birth, Arthur Prysock, the Intruders, Aretha Franklin, the Young Rascals; live in concert, and more. The show starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. I’ll be looking for you later with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Happy Independence Day.
It’s “Summ-Summ Summertime,” therefore on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Summer,” featuring a varied and eclectic array of artists. I’m talking about the likes of: War, Frank Sinatra, the Ad-Libs, Nat “King” Cole, Sly & the Family Stone, Michael Buble, the Valentines, George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, the Chantels, Larry Chance & the Earls, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, the Danleers, Charlie Parker, the Temptations, the Who; live in concert and so many, many others. Our “Summer” salute starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. “Great Soul Performances” will be all about “Summer” later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I hope everyone treated their dads wonderfully yesterday on Father’s Day, and with that in mind, this evening on “Great Soul Performances” all songs are about “Daddy,” “Father,” and “Poppa.” On deck to render these songs will be: Luther Vandross, Horace Silver, Gladys Knight & the Pips, James Brown, the Students, the Chi-Lites, Sylvia Robinson, the Temptations, Joe Bataan, the Winstons, Etta James, Joel & the Dymensions; featuring Joel Katz, Johnny Maestro and yours truly, Usher, Soul II Soul with Isaac Hayes; live in concert, and several others. Be here for “Dad” at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT. It’s all about our “Fathers” this evening with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
After a tumultuous and deadly weekend, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and my friends in London. In a few hours I’ll be playing some boss songs by artists such as: The Temptations, Ruby & the Romantics, the Joe Cuba Sextet, Irma Thomas, the Vibrations, Etta James, the Flamingos, Jimmy Castor, Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters, Nancy Wilson, in concert: Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, the Impressions, Gene Chandler and a whole lot of other fantastic artists. The fun begins at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT, 3PM PT, for “Great Soul Performances” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, I’m going to do a show I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. People always ask me about radio as it was “back in the day,” and who my inspirations, teachers, mentors and idols were.
You’re gonna find out this evening when I shine the spotlight on and pay tribute to, Douglas “Jocko” Henderson. Aside from Jocko’s on-air performances, you’ll hear his hit records as well. Along with “The Jock,” we’ll hear from Hal Jackson and Eddie O’Jay, also Charlie Greer, Stan Z. Burns and Alan Fredericks. There’ll be songs by: Minnie Riperton, Jeffrey Osborne and L.T.D., the Isley Brothers, Fourteen Karat Soul, Frankie Karl & the Dreams, the Temptations, Brenda & the Tabulations and more.
This is going to be a labor of love for me. Join me at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. If you remember radio when it was at it’s best, you’ve got to be here for “Great Soul Performances” later this evening with “The Original Rapper,” Douglas “Jocko” Henderson on RadioMaxMusic.Com.