Monday 6pm: Spot Light Artist – Mark Knopfler

August 12, 2019
Editor In Chief

Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised near Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced nine solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).

In addition to his work with Dire Straits, Knopfler has, as a solo artist, recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. As of 2009, Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million records. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. Knopfler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018. He continues to perform live; his 2019 tour through Europe and the US is ongoing.

Thursday 10pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1957 (Part 2)

August 8, 2019
Editor In Chief

January 5 – Renato Carosone and his band start their American tour in Cuba.
January 6 – Elvis Presley makes his final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
January 16 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool, England, as a jazz club.
February 8 – Bo Diddley records his songs “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Mona” (aka “I Need You Baby”).
March – Chicago’s Cardinal Stritch bans all rock and roll and rhythm and blues music from Catholic-run schools, saying that “its rhythms encourage young people to behave in a hedonistic manner.”
March 1 – The Everly Brothers record in Nashville their first single “Bye Bye Love” for Cadence Records.
March 3 – The second annual Eurovision Song Contest is staged in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany. The contest is won by Dutch singer Corry Brokken with the song Net als toen.
March 19 – Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and calls it Graceland.
March 26 – Ricky Nelson records his first three songs.
March 27 – “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” from 1956’s Alfred Hitchcock suspense film The Man Who Knew Too Much wins the Academy Award for Best Song. Sung by Doris Day in the film, it proves to be one of her biggest hit records as well.
May 14 – In Paris, Heitor Villa-Lobos records his Bachiana Brasileira No. 4, with the Orchestre Nationale de la Radiodiffusion Française, for EMI. Through May 21 the recording sessions continue with Bachiana Brasileira No. 7 and Bachiana Brasileira No. 3 with Manoel Braune, piano.
May 26 – Paul Robeson, blacklisted at this time from travelling outside the United States, performs a concert from New York City via the new transatlantic telephone line to an audience in St Pancras Town Hall in London; on October 5 he uses the same means to address the Miners’ Eisteddfod at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl in Wales.
June 20 – Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings is first performed, by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
July 6 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles first meet at a garden fete at St. Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool, England, at which Lennon’s skiffle group, The Quarrymen, is playing (and in the graveyard of which an Eleanor Rigby is buried).
August 5 – American Bandstand begins its 30-year syndicated run on US network television.
September 19 – Dalida is the first artist to be awarded a gold record in France for 300,000 sales of “Bambino”. This year, she is also the first female recording artist to have her own fan club.
September 20 – Jean Sibelius dies aged 91 at Ainola, his home in Finland, having completed no significant compositions for thirty years; at the time of his death, a performance of his Symphony No. 5 is being given in Helsinki under the baton of Sir Malcolm Sargent.
September 26 – Broadway première of the musical West Side Story at the Winter Garden Theatre (following tryouts in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia beginning in August) with music by Leonard Bernstein (who a week later is appointed music director of the New York Philharmonic orchestra) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, his Broadway debut. This year also Bernstein conducts the inaugural concert of the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.
November 25–27 – The first two Hollywood motion pictures starring Pat Boone, Bernadine and April Love, are released.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel name themselves Tom and Jerry and begin their recording career, signing with Sid Prosen of Big Records. Their first single, “Hey, Schoolgirl”, backed with “Dancin’ Wild”, hits #49 on the Billboard pop charts. Garfunkel is Tom Graph (so called because he like to write the pop charts out on graph paper) and Simon is Jerry Landis, a pseudonym he used during his early 1960s solo recordings. They tour for eighteen months before retiring to become college students and then reforming in 1963 as Simon & Garfunkel.

The Casals Festival is founded in Puerto Rico.

When Nat King Cole’s television show is unable to get a sponsor, Frankie Laine becomes the first artist to cross TV’s color line, becoming the first white artist to appear as a guest, foregoing his usual salary of $10,000. Other top performers follow suit, including Mel Tormé and Tony Bennett, but, despite an increase in ratings, the show still fails to pick up a national sponsor.

Gorni Kramer makes his first appearance on Italian television, in Il Musichiere.

Maria Callas is introduced to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

“Suíte do Pescador” is composed by Dorival Caymmi.

Actress Debbie Reynolds earns a gold record for her song Tammy, which is the best-selling single by a female vocalist in 1957 in the United States. This song from the motion picture Tammy and the Bachelor is also nominated for an Academy Award.

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

August 7, 2019
Editor In Chief

Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States. With about 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records of all time. Although critics were ambivalent toward the album when it was first released, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The album was preceded by the single “It’s So Easy”. “Welcome to the Jungle”, the chart-topping “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Nightrain” were released as singles after the album’s release. The album debuted at number 182 on the Billboard 200 on August 29, 1987, slowly rising to the top of the chart on August 6, 1988 after extensive touring and radio airplay.

The album was re-released as a remastered box set in June 2018 to universal critical acclaim. It was preceded by the single “Shadow of Your Love”. 

1. “Welcome to the Jungle” 4:31
2. “It’s So Easy” 3:21
3. “Nightrain” 4:26
4. “Out ta Get Me” 4:20
5. “Mr. Brownstone” 3:46
6. “Paradise City” 6:46
7. “My Michelle” 3:39
8. “Think About You” 3:50
9. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” 5:55
10. “You’re Crazy” 3:16
11. “Anything Goes” 3:25
12. “Rocket Queen” 6:13

Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2001 (Part 1)

August 7, 2019
Editor In Chief

January 9 – Apple Inc. introduces the iTunes media player.
January 12–21 – Rock in Rio 3 is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Headlining acts consist of Sting, R.E.M., ‘N Sync, Iron Maiden, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a new line-up of Guns N’ Roses.
January 17 – Bass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica after 14 years with the band.
January 26 – A crowd crush occurs during a set by Limp Bizkit at the Sydney Big Day Out music festival. Jessica Michalik is killed and the band subsequently leaves the country after threats to their safety.
February 1
CFXJ (Flow 93.5), Canada’s first urban music station, goes to air for the first time as a testing signal (its official debut is on March 1.) This is considered a breakthrough for Canadian hip hop and R&B musicians.
Jennifer Lopez becomes first female artist to have both a number one album (J.Lo) and a number one movie (The Wedding Planner) in the same week.
February 6 – Don Felder is fired from the Eagles. Felder sues the band for wrongful termination, and is countersued by Don Henley and Glenn Frey for breach of contract. The suits are settled out of court.
February 13 – Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.
February 17 – Manic Street Preachers become the first western rock band to play in Cuba. (Fidel Castro is in attendance.) They did not tour however, meaning that the unsigned British rock band Sandstone Veterans are the only band from the western world to tour Cuba.
February 18 – James Taylor weds for the third time, marrying Caroline “Kim” Smedvig, director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
February 28 – Courtney Love sues to get out of her contract with Vivendi Universal, on the grounds that music industry contracts are unfairly long compared to those in other industries.
March 1 – Collin Raye is awarded the Artist Humanitarian Award from Country Radio Broadcasters. The award was given in recognition of Raye’s work on behalf of a number of different charitable organizations including Childhelp USA, USA Weekend’s Make A Difference Day and the Native American organization Hecel Oyakapi.
March 8 – Melanie Chisholm announces she does not intend to do any more work with the Spice Girls. Although the group denies it is splitting, it would not be active again until 2007.
March 9
Janet Jackson’s single “All for You” breaks several airplay records, becoming the first song to be added to every station in three mainstream radio formats within its first week of release. It was also the highest debut for a single not commercially available in both the United States and France, and the highest debut and largest opening airplay figure on the Radio Songs chart.
Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for Kiss as the band continues its farewell tour in Yokohama, Japan. Singer dons the “Catman” make-up, ending the band’s tradition of creating new make-up and personas for replacement members.
March 14 – The Court of Appeals in Rome finds Michael Jackson “not guilty” of plagiarism, reversing a decision made in 1999 by a lower court. Italian songwriter Albano Carrisi had claimed that Jackson’s “Will You Be There” was a copy of his song “I Cigni Di Balaka.”
March 16 – Sean “Puffy” Combs is acquitted on all charges stemming from a December 1999 nightclub shooting in Manhattan. However, an artist on his Bad Boy Records label, Shyne, is convicted of two counts of assault as well as reckless endangerment and gun possession.
March 24 – John Connolly of Sevendust marries Lori Kirkley.
March 26 – Gorillaz release their first studio album Gorillaz. The album reached number three in the UK, and was an unexpected hit in the US, hitting number 14 and selling over seven million copies worldwide by 2007. It earned the group an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band.
March 28
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 replaces Max Bruch’s violin concerto at #1 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
Two big selling albums : Hikaru Utada’s Distance and Ayumi Hamasaki’s A Best are released on exactly the same date. Their debut week sales are 3,002,720 and 2,874,870, respectively, setting the world’s #1 and #2 one-week album sales records.[6]
March 31 – Couple Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were thrown out and banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air Hotel and arrested and jailed after destroying their room. Property that was allegedly damaged included a TV and two doors. According to hotel workers, the walls and carpets were also stained by alcohol. The hotel closed down the room for five days for repairs.
April–May
April 3 – Mariah Carey signs a blockbuster contract with Virgin Records, worth $80 million for four albums.
April 4 – Original Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent reunite for a two-part performance at London’s Jazz Cafe, the first time the two had performed together in over 30 years.
April 14 – Janet Jackson’s “All for You” reaches number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains atop the chart for seven non-consecutive weeks. It becomes the longest reigning hit of the year.
April 15 – The Dutch DJ Tiësto releases his first solo album, In My Memory, on Black Hole Recordings.
April 21 – The first Top Chinese Music Awards ceremony is held.
April 24 – Janet Jackson releases her seventh studio album, All for You. It becomes her fifth consecutive album to open at number one, with sales exceeding 600,000 copies. It receives three Grammy Award nominations, winning for Best Dance Recording.
May 1
Huey Lewis and the News makes a comeback with their album Plan B, their first album of new material in a decade.
The 4th EJCF is held in Basel. The next time was in 2004.
May 12 – Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync injures his leg in a trap door during rehearsals for the new tour.
May 15 – Charley Pride’s A Tribute to Jim Reeves is the first compact disc to have copy protection, ’80s band The Go Go’s release their first album in 17 years: God Bless The Go Go’s
May 22 – Mötley Crüe publishes their collective autobiography The Dirt.

Tuesday 6pm: Spot Light Artist – Mavericks

August 6, 2019
Editor In Chief

The Mavericks are an American country music band that combine Tex-Mex, neotraditional country music, Latin, and rockabilly influences. The Mavericks were founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, the band recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996’s “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down”, a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. They are best known in the UK for their 1998 single “Dance the Night Away”, which spent 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 4. In 1996, The Mavericks won a Grammy Award for the song “Here Comes the Rain”.

The band split up in 2000, reuniting in 2003-2004 before splitting up again. During the period 2001-2011, lead singer Raul Malo released six solo albums. Bass player Robert Reynolds and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden co-founded the ‘supergroup’ SWAG, along with Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Doug Powell.

In 2012, the band announced plans for several reunion festival dates. Shortly after, they were offered a record deal by Big Machine Records. Their reunion album In Time, was released in February 2013. Since then, the group has recorded and toured regularly.

Tuesday 12am: Number One Albums 2000: Santana – Supernatural

August 5, 2019
Editor In Chief

Supernatural is the eighteenth studio album by Latin rock band Santana, released on June 15, 1999 on Arista Records. After the group found themselves without a label in the mid-1990s, founding member and guitarist Carlos Santana began talks with Arista president Clive Davis, who first signed the group in 1969, which led to a new record deal. The pair collaborated with A&R man Pete Ganbarg on the production of Supernatural as Santana wanted to focus his musical direction towards pop and radio friendly material and proceeded to do so by collaborating with various contemporary guest artists, including Eric Clapton, Rob Thomas, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Maná, KC Porter and Cee-Lo Green.

Supernatural became a significant commercial success worldwide. It reached No. 1 in eleven countries, including the US for 12 non-consecutive weeks where it is certified 15× Platinum. The first of six singles from the album, “Smooth” featuring Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, was a number one success worldwide and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks. The next, “Maria Maria”, featuring The Product G&B, was number one in the US for 10 weeks. Supernatural has sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide.

In 2000, the album was the subject of eight Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, making Santana the first Hispanic to do so, and Best Rock Album, tying the record held by Michael Jackson for the most number of awards in a single night. Davis won Album of the Year. Santana also won three Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year.

1. “(Da Le) Yaleo” 5:51
2. “Love of My Life” 5:48
3. “Put Your Lights On” 4:47
4. “Africa Bamba” 4:40
5. “Smooth” 4:56
6. “Do You Like the Way” 5:52
7. “Maria Maria” 4:21
8. “Migra” 5:24
9. “Corazón Espinado” 4:32
10. “Wishing It Was” 4:59
11. “El Farol” 4:49
12. “Primavera” 5:17
13. “The Calling” 12:27
14. “Bacalao con Pan” 5:08
15. “Angel Love (Come for Me)” 4:42
16. “Rain Down on Me” 4:01
17. “Corazon Espinado (Spanish Dance Remix)” 8:49
18. “One Fine Morning” (Lighthouse Cover) 5:19
19. “Exodus/Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley cover)” 6:09
20. “Ya Yo Me Cure” 4:17
21. “Maria Maria (Pumpin’ Dolls Club Mix)” 8:39
22. “Smooth (Instrumental)” 4:56
23. “The Calling Jam” 4:30

Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2000

August 5, 2019
Editor In Chief

Here are the artist passing away in 2000

January 2 – Nat Adderley (68), jazz cornet and trumpet player
January 16 – Gene Harris (67), jazz pianist
January 19 – Irra Petina (91), operatic contralto
January 19 – Josh Clayton-Felt (32), singer-songwriter (choriocarcinoma)
January 22 – Carlo Cossutta (67), operatic tenor

February 3 – Alla Rakha (80), tabla player
February 4 – Doris Coley (58), vocalist (the Shirelles)
February 7 – Big Punisher (28), rapper (heart attack)
February 7 – Dave Peverett (56) (Foghat)
February 11 – Lord Kitchener (77), calypsonian
February 12 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (70), U.S. vocal artist
February 12 – Andy Lewis (33), Australian bass player (The Whitlams) (b. 1967)
February 12 – Oliver (54), U.S. singer (b. 1945)
February 19 – Marin Goleminov (91), violinist and composer
February 23 – Ofra Haza (42), singer
February 29 – Dennis Danell (38), guitarist (Social Distortion) (brain aneurysm)

March 4 – Walter Dana (97), polka-music promoter
March 5 – Alexander Young (79), operatic tenor
March 7 – Pee Wee King (86), country musician and songwriter (heart attack)
March 20 – Gene “Eugene” Andrusco (38), actor and singer (brain aneurysm)
March 27 – Ian Dury (57), English rock musician (liver cancer)

April 25 – Niels Viggo Bentzon (80), Danish composer
April 27 – Vicki Sue Robinson (45), US disco singer (cancer)

May 2 – Sundar Popo (56), Indo-Trinidadian chutney musician (heart and kidney ailment relating to diabetes)
May 13 – Cesare Valletti (77), operatic tenor
May 20 – Jean-Pierre Rampal (78), flautist
May 31 – Johnnie Taylor (66), singer

June 1 – Tito Puente (77), Afro-Cuban jazz and salsa musician
June 7 – James Moore (44), gospel singer
June 14 – Paul Griffin (62), pianist
July 5 – Lord Woodbine (Harold Adolphus Philips) (71), calypsonian
July 6 – Ľudovít Rajter (93), Slovak composer and conductor
July 6 – Władysław “Władek” Szpilman (88), Jewish-Polish pianist who survived the Holocaust
July 11 – Jaroslav Filip (51), Slovak musician, actor
July 15 – Paul Young (53), English singer and percussionist of Sad Café and Mike + The Mechanics (heart attack)
July 24 – Oscar Shumsky (83), violinist
July 28 – Jerome Smith (KC and the Sunshine Band)

August 10 – Suzanne Danco (89), operatic soprano
August 13 – Nazia Hassan (34), iconic Pakistani singer (lung cancer)
August 25 – Jack Nitzsche (63), arranger, producer, songwriter and composer
August 25 – Allen Woody (44), bass guitarist

September 12 – Stanley Turrentine (66), jazz saxophonist
September 21 – Bengt Hambraeus (72), composer for organ
September 25 – Tommy Reilly (81), harmonica virtuoso
September 26 – Carl Sigman (91), songwriter

October 1 – Robert Allen (73), American pianist and composer (b. 1928)
October 1 – Cub Koda (51), singer, guitarist and songwriter (Brownsville Station)
October 3 – Benjamin Orr (53), bassist, vocalist of The Cars
October 17 – Joachim Nielsen (36), Norwegian rock singer in Jokke & Valentinerne
October 18 – Julie London (74), US singer and actress
October 21 – Frankie Crocker, radio DJ
October 27 – Winston Grennan (56), Jamaican drummer
October 28 – Carlos Guastavino (78), composer
October 30 – Steve Allen (78), comedian, composer, talk show host, author

November 8 – Brian Boydell (83), Irish composer
November 8 – Dick Morrissey (60), UK tenor saxophonist (cancer)
November 12 – Stanley Turrentine (64), US tenor saxophonist (stroke)
November 16 – DJ Screw (29), hip-hop DJ (codeine overdose)
November 16 – Joe C. (26), rapper
November 30 – Scott Smith (45), bassist (Loverboy) (lost at sea)

December 17 – Harold Rhodes (89), inventor of Rhodes piano
December 18 – Kirsty McColl (41), English singer songwriter (speedboat accident)
December 19 – Rob Buck (42), guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) (liver disease)
December 19 – Milt Hinton (90), jazz double bassist
December 19 – Pops Staples (85), gospel and R & B musician
December 24 – Nick Massi (65), bass singer in The Four Seasons

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