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In Memoriam: Kenny Rogers (1938 – 2020)

RadioMaxMusic will feature a Kenny Rogers program Sunday at 9am / 9pm with BIll Brent on the Vinyl Resting Place.

Across social media, friends and fans mourned country music legend Kenny Rogers.

Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV died Friday night. He was 81.

The Rogers family announced his death on Twitter. They said he died “peacefully” under hospice care in his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Early Saturday celebrities reacted to the news.

Dolly Parton shared a video tribute on Twitter to her “singing partner.”

“I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today and I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be talking to God sometime today… and he’s going to be asking him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness,” Parton said in her video. “I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken. A big ol’ chunk of it has gone with him today.”

Parton then got emotional as she held up a photo of her and Rogers.

“God bless you Kenny, fly high straight into the arms of God,” Parton said. “To the rest of you, keep the faith.”

Blake Shelton remembered Rogers as always being a “kind and fun” person.

“I can’t express on Twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler…,” the “Austin” artist wrote.

Piers Morgan shared a photo of the Houston-born performer, to express his sadness. “RIP Kenny Rogers, 81. What incredibly sad news. One of the all-time great country music stars & an utterly charming man,” Morgan wrote.

Stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt shared his favorite memory of Rogers on Twitter.

“I was on an episode of ‘Reno 911!’ where I played a crazed stalker who shoots Kenny Rogers,” Oswalt wrote. “The cast loved him, he told great stories, and was a joy to be around. And “The Gambler” is a truly great song. #RIPKennyRogers.”

Larry the Cable Guy took to Twitter to thank Rogers for his contributions to the music world. “Oh man Kenny Rogers just died,” he wrote. “RIP Gambler. Thanks for all the great music.”

Charlie Daniels also recognized the Rogers’ music as classics that will continue to make an impact in the world.

“Thank you Kenny Rogers for being a part of our lives for so long. Your songs are woven into the fabric of our memories, classics, that will live on in the musical heart of a world that will miss you so much. Rest in peace Gambler,” Daniels tweeted.

Others simply tweeted lyrics to Rogers’ hits including “Islands In The Stream” which he sang with Dolly Parton.

The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys and was the star of TV movies based on “The Gambler” and other songs, making him a superstar in the ‘70s and ’80s. Rogers thrived for some 60 years before retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer.

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Kenneth Ray Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he was most successful with country audiences, Rogers charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

In the late 1950s, he started his recording career with jazz-singer Bobby Doyle, and joined the folk ensemble the New Christy Minstrels in 1961, playing double bass and bass guitar as well as singing. In 1967, he and several members of the New Christy Minstrels left to found the group the First Edition, with whom he scored his first major hit, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”, a psychedelic rock song which peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. As Rogers took an increased leadership role in the First Edition, and following the success of 1969’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, the band gradually changed styles to a more country feel. The band broke up in 1975–1976, and Kenny Rogers embarked on a long and successful solo career, which included several successful collaborations, including duets with singers Dolly Parton and Sheena Easton, and a songwriting partnership with Lionel Richie. His signature song, 1978’s “The Gambler”, was a cross-over hit that won him a Grammy Award in 1980 and was selected in 2018 for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. He would develop the Gambler persona into a character for a successful series of television films starting with 1980’s Emmy-nominated Kenny Rogers as The Gambler.

Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, were featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People. He has received numerous awards such as the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003. Later success included the 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, “I Can’t Unlove You”, was also a sizable chart hit. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, he continued to tour regularly until his retirement in 2017.

He acted in a variety of movies and television shows, most notably the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series for The NBC Mystery Movie, and the 1982 feature film Six Pack. He was a co-founder of the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters in collaboration with former Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John Y. Brown Jr.. Although the stores closed in the United States, they are still a fixture in Asia.

 

Monday 10pm ET: LP Lounge with Willie B

Tonight, on the LP lounge at 10pm NYC time we offer our 3rd (and final) show centered on the Stylistics. We take three of their Japan-only quad LPs, decode them, then, with the help of the Australian company’s Involve Encoder – put them into a surround format you can enjoy over the Internet.

Sunday 9am / 9pm ET: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

Sunday, December 29, at 9am, and again at 9pm (NYC time) we replay our Imus tribute. Originally aired in March of 2018, we’ve added his farewell comments and a bit of an intro – including an aircheck from his first broadcast in 1968. But it’s basically the show we put together a year and a half ago. I tried to set it up like an original Imus In The Morning show from the early 1970s. All air checks from his first years in NY. Also included are clips from all of his comedy albums.

Where he played records, I’ve left in his intros and exits.

so join us as we relive those thrilling days of yesteryear –

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Monday 10pm ET: LP Lounge with Willie B

A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (originally released as A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records) is an album of Christmas songs, produced by Phil Spector, and originally released as Philles 45 in 1963. Spector treated a series of mostly secular Christmas standards to his “Wall of Sound” treatment, and the selections feature the vocal performances of Spector’s regular artists during this period. The album peaked at No. 13 on Billboard magazine’s special, year-end, weekly Christmas Albums sales chart in December 1963.

The album was reissued by Apple Records in 1972, with different cover art—a photograph of Spector dressed as a heavily bearded Santa Claus, wearing a “Back to Mono” button—and retitled Phil Spector’s Christmas Album. This version of the album went to No. 6 on Billboard’s special Christmas Albums sales chart in December of that year, which was its highest chart ranking. It was also in 1972 that the album made its debut on the UK Albums Chart; it would re-chart in 1983, peaking at No. 19. On the week ending December 15, 2018, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector entered the main Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time (at position No. 48), eventually peaking at No. 12 three weeks later (on the week ending January 5, 2019).

In 2003, the album was voted No. 142 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. In 2017, it was ranked the 130th greatest album of the 1960s by Pitchfork. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys has cited this album as his favorite of all time. The album was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer Billy Joel, released in September 1977 by Columbia Records. It was the first of Joel’s albums to be produced by Phil Ramone, with whom he would go on to work for all of his albums up until his 1986 album The Bridge.

The Stranger was released a year following Joel’s previous studio effort, Turnstiles, which had sold modestly and peaked low on the US charts, prompting Columbia to consider dropping Joel if his next release did not sell well. Joel wanted the album to feature his newly-formed touring band that had formed during the production of Turnstiles, which consisted of drummer Liberty DeVitto, bass player Doug Stegmeyer and saxophonist Richie Cannata. Seeking out a new producer, he first turned to veteran Beatles producer George Martin before coming across and settling on Ramone, whose name he had seen on albums by other artists such as Paul Simon. Recording took place across the span of three weeks, with Devitto, Stegmeyer and Cannata being featured in addition to other studio musicians filling in as guitarists on various songs.

Spending six weeks at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, The Stranger is considered Joel’s critical and commercial breakthrough. Four singles were released in the US, all of which became top-40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, including “Just the Way You Are” (#3), “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, “She’s Always a Woman” (both #17), and “Only the Good Die Young” (#24). Other songs, such as “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” and “Vienna”, have become staples of his career and are frequently performed in his live shows. The album won two awards at the 1978 Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year for “Just the Way You Are”. It remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and surpassed Bridge Over Troubled Water to become Columbia’s best-selling album release, with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. It was ranked at No.  70 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

Monday 10pm ET: LP Lounge with Willie B

I’m Still in Love with You is the fifth studio album by the American gospel and soul singer Al Green, released on October 23, 1972, on Hi Records. Recording sessions took place during 1972. The album was produced solely by Willie Mitchell. The album peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and produced four singles: “Love and Happiness” which was rated ninety-eight on Rolling Stones’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time as well as “I’m Still in Love with You” and “Look What You Done for Me” which were top five hits on the US Pop Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 285 on the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, and 286 in a 2012 revised list.

1. “I’m Still in Love with You” 3:12
2. “I’m Glad You’re Mine” 2:57
3. “Love and Happiness” 5:07
4. “What a Wonderful Thing Love Is” 3:40
5. “Simply Beautiful” 4:11
6. “Oh, Pretty Woman” 3:23
7. “For the Good Times” 6:27
8. “Look What You Done for Me” 3:05
9. “One of These Good Old Days” 3:24

Call Me is the sixth album by soul singer Al Green. It is widely regarded as Green’s masterpiece, and has been called one of the best soul albums ever made. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named it the 70th greatest album in any genre. Call Me was a Top 10 Billboard Pop Album, and the third #1 Soul Album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 289 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and 290 in a 2012 revised list. Praised for his emotive singing style, Green here incorporates country influences, covering both Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. This album contained three top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “You Ought to Be with Me,” “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” and “Call Me (Come Back Home).”

1. “Call Me (Come Back Home)”  3:03
2. “Have You Been Making Out O.K.” 3:42
3. “Stand Up” 3:25
4. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” 3:10
5. “Your Love Is Like the Morning Sun” 3:09
6. “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” 4:14
7. “Funny How Time Slips Away” 5:33
8. “You Ought to Be with Me” 3:15
9. “Jesus Is Waiting” 5:36

 

 

 

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Two Queen LP’s are featured – A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races.

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single “Lovin’ You” and her five-octave coloratura soprano range. She is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the “Queen of the whistle register”. Born in 1947, Riperton grew up in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama and dance at Chicago’s Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group the Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971.

On April 5, 1975, Riperton reached the apex of her career with her No. 1 single “Lovin’ You”. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album titled Perfect Angel. In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and, in April, she underwent a radical mastectomy. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award, which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. Riperton died of cancer on July 12, 1979 at age 31.

Riperton was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from August 1970 until her death in July 1979. Together, Riperton and Rudolph had two children; music engineer Marc Rudolph (b. 1968) and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph (b. 1972).

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

War Child is the seventh studio album by Jethro Tull, released in October 1974. It was released almost a year and a half after the release of A Passion Play. The turmoil over criticism of the previous album surrounded the production of War Child, which obliged the band to do press conferences and explain their plans for the future.

1. “War Child” 4:35
2. “Queen and Country” 3:00
3. “Ladies” 3:17
4. “Back-Door Angels” 5:30
5. “Sealion” 3:37
6. “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day” 4:09
7. “Bungle in the Jungle” 3:35
8. “Only Solitaire” 1:38
9. “The Third Hoorah” 4:49
10. “Two Fingers” 5:11

Aqualung is the fourth studio album by the rock band Jethro Tull, released in 1971. It is regarded, despite the band’s disagreement, as a concept album featuring a central theme of “the distinction between religion and God”. The album’s “dour musings on faith and religion” have marked it as “one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners”. Aqualung’s success signalled a turning point in the band’s career, which went on to become a major radio and touring act.

Recorded at Island Records’ studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond, and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Something of a departure from the band’s previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and—inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie—contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences.

Aqualung has sold more than seven million units worldwide, and is thus Jethro Tull’s best-selling album. The album was generally well-received critically and has been included on several music magazine best-of lists. The album spawned two singles, “Hymn 43” and “Locomotive Breath”.

1. “Aqualung” 6:34
2. “Cross-Eyed Mary” 4:06
3. “Cheap Day Return” 1:21
4. “Mother Goose” 3:51
5. “Wond’ring Aloud” 1:53
6. “Up to Me” 3:15

1. “My God” 7:08
2. “Hymn 43” 3:14
3. “Slipstream” 1:13
4. “Locomotive Breath” 4:23
5. “Wind-Up” 6:01

Sunday 9am: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B Special

This past week the third NYC rock radio station found the lord, so this Sunday the Vinyl Resting Place pays tribute to WMCA, WWDJ and WPLJ with music and airchecks from all three.

The Rock & Roll history of WWDJ began on Monday, May 17th of 1971 when WJRZ, a country station, became WWDJ – Top 40 – a format that would be it’s cornerstone for the nearly three years of it’s existence. But an AM station with a poor signal just couldn’t compete in a world where music was going to FM (Where there was no static at all) – so with the playing of Suite Judy Blue-Eyes, WWDJ Top40 rode off into radio history and became a religious station on April 1, 1974.

I guess the most famous of the rock turn religious was WMCA A Top 40 outlet featuring a lineup of disc jockeys known as the “Good Guys”. It is credited with having been the first New York radio station to broadcast a recording by the Beatles. In 1960, WMCA began promoting itself by stressing its on-air personalities, the Good Guys. Led by program director Ruth Meyer, the first woman to hold the position in New York City radio, and with pop radio still recovering from the Payola scandal and trying to distance itself from poor old Alan Freed, this was the era of the high-profile Top 40 disc jockey with an exuberant personalities (read that loud and NYC/abrasive). With the advent of the Good Guys format, WMCA became more “on top” of new music and started to become known for “playing the hits”. WABC AM (the amplitude modulated sister station of the future WPLJ) countered with “The All Americans”.

Now this week a third NY rock radio station turns to the lord – WPLJ. In February of 1971, WABC-FM became WPLJ-FM. By this time, the schedule included J.J. Jackson, Tony Pigg and Mike Turner and by August of 1971, the free-form format that had been the hallmark of ABC-FM was history as the station became “Rock In Stereo” with a minimum of talk, and music that comprised only the biggest album hits. Just before the change, the station hired Zacherley from WNEW-FM for nights. Later in the 1970s personalities including Jim Kerr & Pat St. John were on board. The station became WWPR in December of 1987, but in late December of 1988 it switched back to the WPLJ call letters. Kerr would continue in morning drive until the Spring of ’89, but most of the other DJ’s who had been around since the AOR (Album Oriented Rock) days would be gone by 1985. In the 90’s the station rotated between various Adult Contemporary formats. In mid-2007, Disney, which acquired the station when it bought Capital Cities in 1996 (Capital Cities had purchased ABC Broadcasting in 1985), sold the station to Citadel Broadcasting. In the Fall of 2011, Citadel merged with Cumulus Broadcasting and the path toward the end of NYC rock radio was being paved.

So Be with us at 9 (AM or PM) NYC time, This Sunday for a look back at NYC rock and roll radio (before it was saved) == Willie B

Sunday on RadioMaxMusic / Classic Countdown Channel

12:00 AM ET – SATURDAY NIGHT ROCK SHOW
06:00 AM ET – BRIT ROCK WITH DOMINIC FORBES (ENCORE)
09:00 AM ET – VINYL RESTING PLACE WITH WILLIE B
12:00 PM ET – THAT THING WITH RICH APPEL
03:00 PM ET – DAN SWEENEY’S ONE HIT WONDERS
05:00 PM ET – GREAT SOUL PERFORMANCES WITH BOBBY JAY (ENCORE)
07:00 PM ET – GREAT SOUL PERFORMANCES 2: THE 80’S WITH BOBBY JAY (ENCORE)
09:00 PM ET – VINYL RESTING PLACE WITH WILLIE B (ENCORE)

 

02:00 AM ET – CLASSIC COUNTDOWN JUNE 1, 1974 WITH RON KOVACS
06:00 AM ET – CLASSIC COUNTDOWN JUNE 2, 1979 WITH RON KOVACS
10:00 AM ET – CLASSIC COUNTDOWN JUNE 1, 1991 WITH RON KOVACS
02:00 PM ET – TOP 50 COUNTRY HITS OF 1995 WITH RON KOVACS
06:00 PM ET – CLASSIC COUNTDOWN JUNE 2, 1979 WITH RON KOVACS
10:00 PM ET – EURO CHART SHOW JUNE 2, 2012 WITH DAVE GRAHAM
11:00 PM ET – EURO CHART SHOW JUNE 2, 2014 WITH RON KOVACS

 

 

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Two albums featured this evening.   Santana’s Abraxas and Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy A Thrill.

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B – 3 X Best Of

Sunday 12am: RadioMax 3: Country Quad on EZMaxMusic

It’s a full day of Country Quad on EZMaxMusic

Mac Davis, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Dottie West, Nat Stuckey and more.  We start at Midnight; go straight for 12 hours, then do it all again on our Surround Sound Sunday.  Listen here at http://radiomaxmusic.com/ezmaxpop.html

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941) is an American pop and country singer-songwriter. He had a string of pop and country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature No. 1 hit “Honey”, which sold over one million copies in the United States.

“Summer (the first time)”, a 1973 reminiscence about a 17-year-old boy’s first sexual experience with a 31-year-old woman, was a Top 25 hit in the U.S. and reached number 9 in the UK. Using a repeating piano riff, 12-string guitar, and an orchestral string arrangement, the song was suggestive enough to spark some controversy. A follow-up, “Hello Summertime”, was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and hit No. 14 in the UK in September 1974.

 

 

Poco is an American country rock band originally formed by Richie Furay, Jim Messina and Rusty Young. Formed following the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968, Poco was part of the first wave of the West Coast country rock genre. The title of their first album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, is a reference to the break-up of Buffalo Springfield. Throughout the years Poco has performed in various groupings, and is still active.

Crazy Eyes is the fifth studio album (and sixth album overall) released by the American country rock band Poco. Released in 1973, Crazy Eyes was the album with which founding member Richie Furay ended his original tenure with the group.