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Friday 5pm ET: Feature Artist – Steve Forbert

Samuel Stephen “Steve” Forbert (born December 13, 1954) is an American pop music singer-songwriter. Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 said Forbert has “One of the most distinctive voices anywhere.”

His 1979 song “Romeo’s Tune” reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. It also spent two weeks at No. 8 in Canada. His other singles have all charted on Billboard. Forbert’s first four albums all charted on the Billboard 200 chart, with Jack Rabbit Slim certified gold. In 2003, his Any Old Time album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Folk category. Forbert has released nineteen studio and three live albums.

Forbert’s songs have been recorded by several artists, including Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, Marty Stuart and Webb Wilder. In 2017, a tribute album, An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert, was released, with covers of his songs by twenty-one artists.

In September 2018, he released his self-penned memoir, Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, with editor Therese Boyd. It accompanied the release of his 19th studio album The Magic Tree on Blue Rose Music.

Friday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – Jacksons

The Jackson 5, later known as the Jacksons, were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family. The group was founded in 1965 in Gary, Indiana, by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, with younger brothers Marlon and Michael joining soon after. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Temptations.

The Jackson 5 performed in talent shows and clubs on the Chitlin’ Circuit, then signed with Steeltown Records in 1967 and released two singles. In 1968, they left Steeltown Records and signed with Motown, where they were first group to debut with four consecutive number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with the songs “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There”. They also achieved 16 top-40 singles on the chart. The group left Motown for Epic Records in early 1976, with the exception of Jermaine, who was replaced by Randy. At Epic, they released four studio albums and one live album between 1976 and 1981, including the successful albums Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980) and the singles “Enjoy Yourself”, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”, and “Can You Feel It”.

The brothers also released solo albums, most successfully Michael. In 1983, Jermaine reunited with the band to perform on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special. They released the Victory album the following year, followed by an extensive tour which also featured songs from Michael’s solo albums. After the Victory tour, Michael and Randy Jackson left the group. The remaining four released the poorly received 2300 Jackson Street album in 1989 before being dropped from their label. In 2001, the Jacksons reunited on Michael’s 30th Anniversary Celebration TV special. The four eldest of the brothers embarked on their Unity Tour in 2012 following Michael’s death, and they planned several major performances for 2017.

The Jackson 5 have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. In 1980 the brothers were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as the Jacksons. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Two of the band’s recordings (“ABC” and “I Want You Back”) are among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and, alongside “I’ll Be There”, were also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Friday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Grand Funk Railroad

Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, which toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine once said, “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” Known for its crowd-pleasing arena rock style, the band was well-regarded by audiences despite a relative lack of critical acclaim. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a line that runs through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.

Friday 12pm ET: Feature Artist – John Anderson

John David Anderson (born December 13, 1954, in Apopka, Florida) is an American country musician with a successful career that has lasted more than 30 years. Starting in 1977 with the release of his first single, “I’ve Got a Feelin’ (Somebody’s Been Stealin’)”, Anderson has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five number ones: “Wild and Blue”, “Swingin'”, “Black Sheep”, “Straight Tequila Night”, and “Money in the Bank”. He has also recorded 22 studio albums on several labels. His newest album, Goldmine, was released on May 26, 2015, on the Bayou Boys Music label.

Anderson was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5, 2014.

Friday 10am ET: Feature Artist – The Knack

The Knack was an American rock band based in Los Angeles that rose to fame with their first single, “My Sharona”, an international number-one hit in 1979.

Singer Doug Fieger was a native of Oak Park, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the 9 Mile/Coolidge area. The brother of attorney Geoffrey Fieger (later known for representing Jack Kevorkian in a series of assisted suicide cases) Fieger had previously played in an eclectic rock band called Sky as well as the Sunset Bombers. Although Sky had received a modest amount of acclaim, including being produced by Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller, the band broke up without having any chart success. As a result, Fieger made the decision to move to Los Angeles and start another band.

Shortly after arriving in L.A., Fieger met Berton Averre (lead guitar, backing vocals and keyboards), and the two started a songwriting partnership. Fieger had also known Bruce Gary (drums) for years before forming the Knack in 1978 with Prescott Niles (bass). Niles was the last to join, a week before the band’s first show in June 1978. In the meantime, Fieger had been doubling on bass on a series of demos that the group had shopped to several record labels, all of which were rejected. Some of these songs later made up the band’s debut album Get the Knack, and included “Good Girls Don’t”.

In 2005, the Knack made an appearance on the TV program Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, performing “My Sharona” and Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”.

In 2006, Doug Fieger and Berton Averre filed a lawsuit against the rap music group Run–D.M.C. for copyright infringement. The lawsuit alleges that the defining guitar riff from “My Sharona” was used without permission in the Run-D.M.C. track “It’s Tricky” from their 1986 album Raising Hell.

In 2006, during a performance in Las Vegas, Fieger became disoriented, developing a dull headache, and grasping for the words to the songs that he had written and performed for years. Diagnosed with two brain tumors, Fieger underwent surgery and radiosurgery and returned to performing. However, he still continued to battle brain and lung cancer until his death on February 14, 2010, in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 57, effectively bringing the band to an end.

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – The Ultimate Bee Gees (2009)

The Ultimate Bee Gees is a compilation album released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bee Gees. Although the group did not start recording until 1963 on Festival Records in Australia, they began calling themselves the “Bee Gees” in 1959 after several name changes such as “Wee Johnny Hayes and the Bluecats”, “The Rattlesnakes” and “BG’s”. Each disc is themed with the first containing more upbeat songs, called A Night Out, and the second containing slower songs and ballads, called A Night In, though the cover art does not distinguish this theme. Liner notes were written by Sir Tim Rice. This also marks the return of the 1970s era logo on an official Bee Gees release, which was last used on the Bee Gees’ 1983 single “Someone Belonging to Someone”.

1. “You Should Be Dancing” 4:16
2. “Stayin’ Alive” 4:43
3. “Jive Talkin'” 3:44
4. “Nights on Broadway” 4:33
5. “Tragedy” 5:02
6. “Night Fever” 3:32
7. “More Than a Woman” 3:17
8. “Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)” 4:04
9. “Spirits (Having Flown)” 5:11
10. “If I Can’t Have You” 3:19
11. “Boogie Child” 4:11
12. “Love You Inside Out” 4:10
13. “You Win Again” 4:00
14. “One” 4:52
15. “Secret Love” 3:32
16. “Alone” 4:49
17. “Still Waters (Run Deep)” 4:08
18. “This Is Where I Came In” 4:52
19. “Spicks and Specks” 2:25

1. “How Deep Is Your Love” 4:02
2. “To Love Somebody” 3:00
3. “Words” 3:17
4. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” 3:58
5. “Too Much Heaven” 4:55
6. “Emotion” 3:39
7. “Lonely Days” 3:47
8. “Run to Me” 3:12
9. “Love So Right” 3:37
10. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” 3:58
11. “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” 3:03
12. “New York Mining Disaster 1941” 2:10
13. “Massachusetts” 2:21
14. “I Started a Joke” 3:08
15. “World” 3:17
16. “First of May” 2:50
17. “Holiday” 2:55
18. “Don’t Forget to Remember” 3:31
19. “Islands in the Stream” (Live) 3:46
20. “Heartbreaker” (Live) 1:05
21. “Guilty” (Live) 2:23
22. “Melody Fair” 3:48

Thursday 10pm ET: Feature Artist – The Association

The Association is an American sunshine pop band from California. During the late 1960s, the band had numerous hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts (including “Windy”, “Cherish”, “Never My Love” and “Along Comes Mary”) and were the lead-off band at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival. They are noted for intricate vocal harmonies by the band’s multiple singers.

The Association were recipients of the Rock Justice Awards on January 18, 2019 at Village Studios in Los Angeles. All five surviving founding members – Kirkman, Alexander, Yester, Giguere and Bluechel – showed up to receive their awards. Founding members Cole and Ramos also received awards. The current touring lineup – Alexander, Yester, Ramos’s brother Del, Cole’s son Jordan, Bruce Pictor, and Paul Holland performed a concert for fans.