Wednesday 10pm: Feature Artist – Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed its sound to incorporate elements of hard and folk rock to forge a progressive rock signature. The band is led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and has featured a revolving door of lineups through the years including significant members such as longtime guitarist Martin Barre, keyboardist John Evan, drummers Clive Bunker, Barriemore Barlow, and Doane Perry, and bassists Glenn Cornick, Jeffrey Hammond, and Dave Pegg.

The group first achieved commercial success in 1969, with the folk-tinged blues album Stand Up, which reached No. 1 in the UK, and they toured regularly in the UK and the US. Their musical style shifted in the direction of progressive rock with the albums Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973), and shifted again to hard rock mixed with folk rock with Songs from the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978). Jethro Tull have sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and five platinum albums among them. They have been described by Rolling Stone as “one of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive rock bands”.

The last works as a group to contain new material were released in 2003, though the band continued to tour until 2011. Anderson said Jethro Tull were finished in 2014, however in September 2017 Anderson announced plans for a tour to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the band’s first album This Was, and then record a new studio album in 2018. The current band line-up includes musicians who have been members of Anderson’s solo band since 2012. The band began a world tour on March 1, 2018. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 9pm: Dominic Forbes Rock Talk with Martin Barre

Join Dominic Forbes with his interview of Martin Barre of Jethro Tull.  Music featured in this hour Thick As A Brick, Locomotive Breath, Aqualung, Cross Eyed Mary.  Immediately following join us for Jethro Tull our Feature Artist at 10pm.
Martin Lancelot Barre (born 17 November 1946) is an English rock musician best known for his work with progressive rock band Jethro Tull, with whom he recorded and toured from their second album in 1969 to the band’s initial dissolution in 2012. In the early 1990s he initiated a solo career that has now spawned four studio albums plus several guest appearances.

He has also played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work.

On the first album that Barre recorded with Jethro Tull, Stand Up, he said that he was: “terrified because I had just joined the band. It really showed a change in direction for the band and when it was accepted and became a successful album, we gained a lot of confidence. We extended that confidence into the making of Benefit, in which we were a lot more at ease.” On the next album, the world success Aqualung, Martin was more confident, stating that in the recording: “Everybody [the band] had input into the making of the album.”

In the following period, his solos blended virtuosity with classical music, like on Minstrel in the Gallery, where the opening track has a four-minute solo, or his piece (shared with Barrie Barlow) “Conundrum” and “Quatrain” in Bursting Out. Martin declared that much of the material from Jethro Tull catalogue was written by himself and Ian Anderson, with Ian getting the credit for writing the lyrics and having the initial idea for the music, which: “then I, or someone else in the band, contribute parts to it.” There are two albums where he is credited for having put “additional material,” both classics Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses, which Martin has already stated to be two of the albums which show his best playing. Curiously, his favourite album in Jethro Tull is the most controversial of the band’s career, Under Wraps, which contains two tracks co-authored by him. On his work with Jethro Tull, Martin also stated: “I’m quite pleased with my playing on Crest of a Knave, which was basically me, Ian and [bassist] Dave Pegg working in the studio for two months, so I had ample time to put a lot of myself into that album.” He is credited in only another two tracks of Jethro Tull albums: “Hot Mango Flush,” from J-Tull Dot Com and “Winter Snowscape” from The Jethro Tull Christmas Album. For his contribution to Jethro Tull music, Martin stated: “I’ve done bits and pieces on albums. Sometimes it’s a riff; sometimes it’s a little segment of music … I don’t mind taking a small role in the writing, and a larger input into the arrangement and playing.”

About the end of his involvement in Tull, Barre stated in 2015 that “It’s important that people realize there will never be a Jethro Tull again. There will be two solo bands: the Ian Anderson Band and the Martin Barre Band, and long may they exist, and long may they enjoy playing music. I’m not being pedantic. I always hate to hear, “Oh, you’ve left Jethro Tull.” I haven’t really. Ian wanted to finish Jethro Tull, wanted to stop the band completely.” – Wikipedia

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1964 (Part I)

January 1 – Top of the Pops is broadcast for the first time, on BBC television in the U.K.
January 3 – Footage of the Beatles performing a concert in Bournemouth, England is shown on The Jack Paar Show.
January 13 – Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’ is released on Columbia Records.
January 15 – Vee Jay Records files a lawsuit against Capitol Records and Swan Records over manufacturing and distribution rights to Beatles albums. On April 9, Capitol Records is granted an injunction restraining Vee Jay Records from further manufacturing, distributing or advertising recordings by the Beatles.
January 18 – The Beatles appear on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time.

The Beatles arrive in the U.S. to great acclaim
January 25 – The late John F. Kennedy becomes the first President credited with a Top 10 album after Dickie Goodman released John F. Kennedy: The Presidential Years 1960–1963. The following week a second album, credited to the late President, would also hit the Top 10 giving Kennedy two posthumous albums simultaneously in the Top 10.
February 1 – Indiana Governor Matthew E. Welsh declares the song “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen pornographic. He requests that the Indiana Broadcasters Association ban the record. Governor Welsh claimed that hearing the song made his “ears tingle.” Publisher Max Firetag offers $1,000 to anyone that can find anything “suggestive” in the song’s lyrics.
February 7 – The Beatles arrive in the United States and are greeted by thousands of screaming fans at New York’s Kennedy Airport.
February 9 – The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, which breaks television ratings records.
February 12 – Anna Moffo collapses onstage at Covent Garden in the first act of Rigoletto, and her part is taken over, after a delay of 45 minutes, by Welsh soprano Elizabeth Vaughan.
February 16 – The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
February 22 – Plácido Domingo makes his international breakthrough at the première of Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo in New York City.
February 23 – The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
March 1 – Capitol Records is bombarded with requests for heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay’s album, I Am the Greatest, following Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston on February 25 and his announcement two days later that he had converted to Islam. (On March 6 would come the announcement that he would adopt the name Muhammad Ali.)
American premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Momente, by Martina Arroyo (soprano), the Crane Collegiate Singers of SUNY Potsdam (Brock McElheran, chorus master), and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (Lukas Foss, music director), conducted by the composer, in Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York.
March 6 – Elvis Presley’s 14th motion picture, Kissin’ Cousins is released to theaters.
March 14 – Billboard Magazine reports that sales of Beatles records make up 60% of the entire singles market.
March 16 – Disc jockey Alan Freed is charged with tax evasion.
March 21 – Italy wins the 9th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, with the song “Non ho l’età”, sung by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti.
March 24 – John Lennon’s first book, In His Own Write is published.
March 27 – The Beatles occupy the top six spots on the Australian pop chart.
March 28 – Wax likenesses of The Beatles are put on display in London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The Beatles are the first pop stars to be displayed at the museum.
April – Drummer Keith Moon joins The Who.
April 4 – The Beatles occupy all five top positions on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their singles “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Please Please Me”.
April 11 – The Beatles hold 14 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Previously, the highest number of concurrent singles by one artist on the Hot 100 was nine by Elvis Presley, December 19, 1956.
April 16 – The Rolling Stones release their eponymous début album.
May 2 – In the United States, The Beatles’ Second Album climbs to the #1 spot on the LP charts in only its second week of release.
May 20 – Judy Garland makes headlines after a disastrous concert in Melbourne, Australia
June – During a performance at the Railway, Pete Townshend of The Who accidentally breaks the head of his guitar on the low ceiling above the stage. This incident marks the start of auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage.
June 5 – The Rolling Stones start their first U.S. tour.
July 3 – With their new manager Peter Meaden, The Who release their first single “Zoot Suit”/”I’m the Face” under the name The High Numbers in an attempt to appeal to a mod audience. It fails to reach the top 50 and the band reverts to calling themselves The Who.
July 6 – The Beatles’ first film, A Hard Day’s Night, is released.
July 10 – The album of A Hard Day’s Night is released in the U.K. All tracks are written by Lennon and McCartney.
More than 300 people are injured in Liverpool when a crowd of some 150,000 people welcome The Beatles back to their home city.
August 2 – The wreckage of the plane piloted by Jim Reeves is found near Brentwood, Tennessee, 42 hours after it crashed. There are no survivors.
August 8 – Bob Dylan releases his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan.
August 17 – Indiana University Opera Theater presents Turandot at the NY World’s Fair featuring newly retired Metropolitan Opera soprano Margaret Harshaw, a member of the voice faculty, in the title role.
August 22 – The Supremes reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the first of five successive number one hits, “Where Did Our Love Go”.
August 26 – The Kinks release their iconic single “You Really Got Me”.
September 8 – The American premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Originale at Judson Hall in New York City is picketed by a group calling themselves Action Against Cultural Imperialism.
September 16 – Shindig! premieres on ABC.
September 22 – Fiddler on the Roof opens on Broadway.
October – Dr. Robert Moog demonstrates his prototype synthesizers.
October 19 – Simon & Garfunkel release Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., which is initially a total flop upon first release. After release of their second album, Sounds of Silence, in 1966, it hits #30 on the Billboard charts.
October 24 – The Rolling Stones start their second US tour.
October 25 – The Rolling Stones perform on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.
October 29 – The T.A.M.I. Show is filmed.
October 31 – The Supremes reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the second of five successive number one hits, “Baby Love”.
November – A deal with U.K. impresario W. H. Miller lands the Anita Kerr Quartette on Capitol Records for North America.
December 11 – Sam Cooke is killed under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles, California. Shortly thereafter, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, a song considered by many to be his best, is released.
December 19 – The Supremes reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the third of five successive number one hits, “Come See About Me”.
December 24 – The Beatles gain the Christmas number one in the United Kingdom for the second year running with I Feel Fine, which has topped the singles charts for the third week running. The Beatles have now had six number ones in the U.K. alone.
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Simon & Garfunkel make their first recording for Columbia Records.
Dalida is the first star to receive a Platinum Disc in Europe.
11-year-old Keith Green becomes the youngest person ever to sign a contract with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) after publishing, recording and releasing the song “The Way I Used to Be”.
Marianne Faithfull’s musical career begins.
Sonny and Cher begin performing together as “Caesar and Cleo”.
The National Institute of Kathak Dance is established in New Delhi.
The China Conservatory of Music is established in Beijing. 

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Sunday 3pm: RadioMax Special Feature LP: Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow (2018)

Come Tomorrow is the ninth studio album by Dave Matthews Band, and was released on June 8, 2018. The album is their first since 2012’s Away from the World.

Working between tours at studios in Seattle, Los Angeles and Charlottesville, Dave Matthews Band chose to record with several different producers, including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo and Rob Evans.

Nine of the 14 tracks on Come Tomorrow were played live prior to the official album announcement on April 25, 2018. “Do You Remember” was debuted at Farm Aid in 2017, “Again and Again” appeared on DMB setlists in 2016 as “Bob Law,” “Samurai Cop” had been a regular at Dave solo, Dave & Tim acoustic and full band shows since 2016, “Here on Out” was played live just once before the announcement and that came on the Seasons of Cuba PBS televised special in 2016 with Dave being backed by The Chamber Orchestra of Havana. The band had regularly featured “Black and Blue Bird” and “Virginia in the Rain” at shows since 2015.

The longest-tenured songs on the album, however, are “Can’t Stop” and “Idea of You,” both of which had been in the band’s rotation since 2006.[ An extended version of “bkdkdkdd” was previously performed live under the title “Be Yourself.”

The cover art for the album is by Béatrice Coron. – Wikipedia

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Tuesday 6pm: Max 20th Century (Part II) – 1963

January 3 – The Beatles begin their first tour of 1963 with a five-day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, “Love Me Do”, beginning with a performance in Elgin.
January 4 – At Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, Dalida receives a Juke Box Global Oscar for the year’s most-played artist on jukeboxes.
January 7 – Gary U.S. Bonds files a $100,000 lawsuit against Chubby Checker, claiming that Checker stole “Quarter to Three” and turned it into “Dancin’ Party.” The lawsuit is later settled out of court.
January 11 – “Please Please Me” is released in the United Kingdom by the Beatles, with “Ask Me Why” as the B-side.
January 12 – Bob Dylan portrays a folk singer in The Madhouse of Castle Street, a radio play for the BBC in London.
February 16
The Beatles achieve their first No. 1 hit single, when “Please Please Me” tops the charts in the UK.
Paul Anka marries Marie-Ann DeZogheb.
February 22 – The Beatles form Northern Songs Publishing Company.
March 5 – 1963 Camden PA-24 crash: Patsy Cline is killed in small plane crash near Camden, Tennessee, while on her way to Nashville, Tennessee, from Kansas City, Missouri, at the height of her career, together with Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins.
March 22 – The Beatles release their first album, Please Please Me, in the UK.
March 23 – The 8th Eurovision Song Contest is held in two studios at the BBC Television Centre, London. After much confusion regarding the results of the Norwegian jury, Denmark snatches victory from Switzerland after a close run. The Danish husband-and-wife duo Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann take the prize with “Dansevise”.
April 29 – 19-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham signs a contract with the Rolling Stones, becoming their manager. Oldham had seen the band in concert the previous day at the Crawdaddy Club in London.
May 2 – The Beatles reach number one in the UK singles chart for the second time with “From Me To You”.
May 11 – The Beatles album Please Please Me goes to the top of the UK Albums Chart.
May 15 – Opening of the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia.
May 27 – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s second and most influential studio album, is released by Columbia Records. The lead song, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, is released as a single by Peter, Paul and Mary in June and by Dylan himself in August.
June 7 – The Rolling Stones’ first single, a cover version of the Chuck Berry song “Come On”, is released in the UK and reaches No. 21.
August 3 – The Beatles perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the final time.
August 28 – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Musical performers include Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and Marian Anderson.
September 6 – Nippon Crown record label is established as Crown Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Music Entertainment.
September 12 – The Beatles reach the UK number one for the third time with the single “She Loves You” (released on 23 August).
October 15
British newspaper The Daily Mirror uses the term “Beatlemania” in a news story about the group’s concert the previous day in Cheltenham; a Scottish music promoter later claims to have originated the term a week earlier.
Berliner Philharmonie concert hall opens.
November 30 – After an unbroken 30-week spell at the top of the UK Albums Chart, The Beatles album Please Please Me is knocked off the top of the charts by the group’s latest album With the Beatles (released on 22 November).
December 12 – The Beatles reach number one in the UK for the fourth time with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (released on 29 November).
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Saturday 9am: Feature Band – The Bangles

The Bangles are an American pop rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They scored several hit singles as that decade continued. The band’s hits include “Walk Like an Egyptian”, Billboard magazine’s number-one single of 1987, as well as two number-two hits, “Manic Monday” and “Hazy Shade of Winter”, and their 1989 number-one single “Eternal Flame”.

Their classic line-up consisted of Michael Steele on bass and vocals, founding members Susanna Hoffs on vocals and rhythm guitar, Debbi Peterson on drums and vocals, and Vicki Peterson on lead guitar and vocals. The band currently consists of Hoffs, Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson, along with touring bassist Derrick Anderson (since 2008)). – Wikipedia

Wednesday 9am: Feature Artist – Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn is an American country music duo consisting of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, both vocalists and songwriters. The duo was founded in 1990 through the suggestion of Tim DuBois. Before the foundation, both members were solo recording artists. Brooks wrote number one singles for John Conlee, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Highway 101; both he and Dunn also charted two solo singles apiece in the 1980s, with Brooks also releasing an album for Capitol Records in 1989. However, they began hitting the charts together in 1991.

Signed to Arista Nashville in 1991, the duo has recorded ten studio albums, one Christmas album, and three compilation albums for the label. They also have released fifty singles, of which twenty went to No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts and nineteen more reached top ten. Two of these number-one songs, “My Maria” (a cover of the B.W. Stevenson song) and “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You”, were the top country songs of 1996 and 2001, respectively, according to the Billboard Year-End charts. The latter is also the duo’s longest-lasting number one, at six weeks. Several of their songs have also reached the Billboard Hot 100, with the number 25 peaks of “Ain’t Nothing ’bout You” and “Red Dirt Road” being their highest there. Brooks & Dunn also won the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award every year between 1992 and 2006, except for 2000. Two of their songs won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Hard Workin’ Man” in 1994 and “My Maria” in 1996. All but two of the duo’s studio albums are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America; their highest-certified is their 1991 debut Brand New Man, which is certified sextuple-platinum for shipments of six million copies.

The duo’s material is known for containing influences of honky-tonk, mainstream country, and rock, as well as the contrast between Brooks’ and Dunn’s singing voices and on-stage personalities, although some of their music has also been criticized as formulaic. Their 1992 single “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” helped re-popularize line dancing in the United States, and 2001’s “Only in America” was used by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama in their respective presidential campaigns. Brooks & Dunn has collaborated with several artists, including Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Mac Powell, Billy Gibbons, and Jerry Jeff Walker among others.

After announcing their retirement in August 2009, they performed their final concert on September 2, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Both Brooks and Dunn have continued to record for Arista Nashville as solo artists. Dunn released a self-titled album in 2011, which included the Top 10 country hit “Bleed Red”, while Brooks released New to This Town in September 2012. The duo reunited in 2015 for a series of concerts with McEntire in Las Vegas, Nevada. – Wikipedia