Two Queen LP’s are featured – A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races.
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).
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
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
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
Two albums featured this evening. Santana’s Abraxas and Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy A Thrill.