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Episode #171 - Sun Records R&B Story Pt. 1

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

This week's "Juke In The Back" spotlights the most influential and important record label of all-time, Sun Records. In part 1 of this 2 part series, you'll hear nearly all of Sun's legendary rhythm & blues releases during 1952 and '53 as Matt The Cat gives you the story behind the story on Sun's R&B sides.

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This week, the "Juke In The Back" salutes the most influential and important record label of all-time, Sun Records. Sam Phillips started the legendary label in Memphis, TN in March, 1952 after successfully recording the debut sides from B.B. King, Ike Turner, Phineas Newborn and Howlin' Wolf and selling the masters to RPM Records in LA and Chess Records in Chicago. This is part one of a two part feature, leading up to Phillips' groundbreaking, pop culture shifting discovery of Elvis Presley in July, 1954. Matt The Cat examines nearly every rhythm & blues side that Sun Released during 1952 and '53 on this in-depth look into one of America's most treasured music catalogs. That little yellow label from Memphis is in the spotlight all week on the "Juke In The Back," America's showcase for 1940s and '50s Rhythm & Blues.

Episode #172 - Sun Records R&B Story Pt. 2

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00

On Part 2 of the "Juke In The Back"'s tribute to Sun Records' early R&B releases, Matt The Cat features Elvis' first, historic professional recording as well as other great records from Little Milton, James Cotton and many more.

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On Part 2 of "Juke In The Back"'s 2 part series on Sun Records' early R&B releases, Matt The Cat spotlights 1954 and '55. This was the most important year and a half in Sun's history. In July, 1954, a young former truck driver named Elvis Presley entered 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and laid down the a song that would lead to the rock n' roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Sun founder, the late Sam Phillips recalls that historic recording as Matt The Cat spins classic Sun R&B from the likes of Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Little Milton, James Cotton and Roscoe Gordon. This is the thrilling conclusion to the "Juke In The Back" tribute to the most important and influential label in the history of rock n' roll.

Episode #381 - Sam Cooke

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

Few African Americans accomplished so much (songwriter, revered singer, entrepreneur) during the 1950s as the legendary Sam Cooke. This week, Matt The Cat, along with author Peter Guralnick look at the life and early music of Sam Cooke, from his gospel roots to his R&B/pop breakthrough.

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The "Juke In The Back" features a full hour of Sam Cooke, one of the distinctive and expressive voices ever pressed in wax. Cooke's early period singing gospel with the renowned Soul Stirrers is often cited, but hardly ever featured. Matt The Cat focuses on Sam Cooke's early days from 1951 to 1957, begriming with his recordings with the Soul Stirrers up through his R&B and pop breakthrough of 1957. Matt is joined by author Peter Guralnick, who wrote the definitive biography on Cooke called "Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke," filling in the background on one of the 20th Century's most revered singers. Cooke was also a noted songwriter, producer and entrepreneur, starting his own SAR Records in the late 1950s. Few African-American artists went further during the 1950s while jamming the juke boxes with tremendous gospel, R&B and pop hits. Hear the man who invented soul, this week on the "Juke In The Back."

Episode #380 - Elvis' R&B Influences

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

Elvis Presley's early music was a blend of Hillbilly, Country, Gospel and R&B. This week's "Juke In The Back" explored the enormous debt Elvis owed to his Rhythm & Blues idols and in turn, the debt the music owes to Elvis.

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40 years ago this week, we lost the "King Of Rock n' Roll. Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the cultural shift that took place as he rose to fame in 1956. Elvis was a musical sponge. He absorbed all the music that moved him and those around him, from Country and Hillbilly to Gospel, Pop, R&B and Blues. This week’s “Juke In The Back” focuses solely on the rhythm & blues that motivated Elvis’ early career. During the end of his first session with Sam Phillips, Elvis cut into an inspired rendition of a semi-forgotten Arthur Crudup gem and rock n’ roll was literally born. From the New Orleans R&B of Smiley Lewis, to the jump blues of Wynonie Harris, Elvis dug it all and made each song uniquely his own. He wasn’t copying his R&B idols, he was merely using their material as a springboard for his own blend of the White and the Black. Sam Phillips was right when he said that it would take a White cat with an African-American feel to propel this exciting R&B music into the mainstream and lucky for us, he found that in Elvis Presley. Matt The Cat presents many surprises in this week’s “Juke In The Back,” dedicated to Elvis’ strongest musical influence: Rhythm & Blues.

Episode #373 - Summertime R&B: 4th of July, Food & Baseball Songs

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

The Juke In The Back jumps into summer by spotlighting THE summertime holiday, the 4th of July. We're diggin' the 4th in song, ranging from songs about summertime to songs about summertime foods. We'll also focus on America's pastime with R&B songs about Baseball. So grab some nickels, suntan lotion, a hot dog and meet us at the ballpark, where the Juke In The Back will be jumpin'!

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The Juke In The Back jumps into summer by spotlighting THE summertime holiday, the 4th of July. We're diggin' the 4th in song, ranging from songs about summertime by Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and The Basin Street Boys to songs about summertime foods from Chris Powell and John Brim. We'll also focus on America's pastime with R&B songs about Baseball, honoring some of the top players who crossed over from the Negro Leagues into the Major Leagues. Records from Buddy Johnson, Brownie McGhee and Jack Williams are highlights as we cruise America's great highways jiving to the true songs of Summer. Grab some nickels, suntan lotion, a hot dog and meet us at the ballpark, where the Juke In The Back will be jumpin'! 

Episode #369 - Unsung Ladies of R&B

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

This week, the "Juke In The Back" solutes the Unsung Ladies of R&B! We'll dig deep into a stack of shellac from some women you know, like Varetta Dillard, Ann Cole and The Cookies, as well as from some that you may not know, such as Gwen Johnson and Bonita Cole.

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This week, the "Juke In The Back" solutes the Unsung Ladies of R&B! We'll dig deep into a stack of shellac from some women you know, like Varetta Dillard, Ann Cole and The Cookies, as well as from some that you may not know, such as Gwen Johnson and Bonita Cole. Matt The Cat will also feature an audition tape by the seldom heard Olive Brown, which was never issued at the time. None of the chanteuses on this week's program have catalogs deep enough to be main features, so we've gathered them together so they can shine on their own program. Pick up on what these ladies are puttin' down on this week's "Juke In The Back" and the "soul that came before Rock n' Roll." 

Episode #367 - Etta James

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00

Etta James was one of the grittiest and most influential R&B singer of all-time. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Etta's early records from 1954-1960 on the "Juke In The Back."

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Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, "The greatest of all modern blues singers."  That's great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years.  Etta had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough and soulful voice.  She had a style all her own and she played by her own rules.  Her success on record was equally matched by her personal failures off-mic, dealing with drug addiction, bad relationships and financial problems.  On this week's "Juke In The Back," Matt The Cat looks at how this incredible legend got started, focusing on Etta's first recordings from 1954 to her great rise in 1960.  Through these records, you'll hear that even in her early days, Etta's music had great depth and variety.  We honor the late, great Etta James, this week on the "Juke In The Back."

Episode #342 - Lowell Fulson

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

The "Juke In The Back" spotlights a true blues legend, Lowell Fulson. From his 1948 breakthrough, "Three O'Clock Blues" to his 1954 legendary smash "Reconsider Baby," Matt The Cat will present the story behind the story on the great Oklahoma bluesman, who became one of the guiding lights of West Coast Blues.

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This week, the "Juke In The Back" spotlights Lowell Fulson, one of the blues' most versatile and vastly underrated talents. In the late 1940s, Fulson stormed the charts with his first hit "Three O'Clock Blues," a song that B.B. King would take to the top of the charts in 1951. Fulson started the 1950s with a bang, scoring six charted hits for Swingtime Records in 1950 alone. By '54, he was on Checker Records out of Chicago with a song that would be covered by Elvis in 1960, "Reconsider Baby." Fulson wrote many of his own songs and was a major inspiration to both B.B. King and Ray Charles, who played in his touring band in 1950. Get the story behind the story on a true rhythm & blues legend, it's Lowell Folsun, this week on the "Juke In The Back" with Matt The Cat.

Episode #341 - R&B Novelty Songs

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

The "Juke In The Back" is jumpin' this week with a salute to the lighter side of classic 1950s rhythm and blues. These “novelty” R&B tunes come from jump blues masters from Louis Jordan to Bull Moose Jackson and all the side-splittin' jive in-between.

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The juke is jumpin' this week with a salute to the lighter side of classic 1950s rhythm and blues.  These “novelty” R&B tunes come from jump blues masters from Louis Jordan to Bull Moose Jackson and all the side-splittin' jive in-between.  You'll hear all about Richard Berry, Wynonie Harris, Andre Williams and Dusty Fletcher getting in trouble with the law as well as a wacky song about crazy food.  Join Matt The Cat for a hilarious look at the “soul that came before rock n' roll” on “Juke In The Back.”

Episode #328 - Elvis' Rhythm & Blues Influences

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

Elvis Presley's early music was a blend of Hillbilly, Country, Gospel and R&B. This week's "Juke In The Back" explored the enormous debt Elvis owed to his Rhythm & Blues idols and in turn, the debt the music owes to Elvis.

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39 years ago this week, we lost the "King Of Rock n' Roll. Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the cultural shift that took place as he rose to fame in 1956. Elvis was a musical sponge. He absorbed all the music that moved him and those around him, from Country and Hillbilly to Gospel, Pop, R&B and Blues. This week’s “Juke In The Back” focuses solely on the rhythm & blues that motivated Elvis’ early career. During the end of his first session with Sam Phillips, Elvis cut into an inspired rendition of a semi-forgotten Arthur Crudup gem and rock n’ roll was literally born. From the New Orleans R&B of Smiley Lewis, to the jump blues of Wynonie Harris, Elvis dug it all and made each song uniquely his own. He wasn’t copying his R&B idols, he was merely using their material as a springboard for his own blend of the White and the Black. Sam Phillips was right when he said that it would take a White cat with an African-American feel to propel this exciting R&B music into the mainstream and lucky for us, he found that in Elvis Presley. Matt The Cat presents many surprises in this week’s “Juke In The Back,” dedicated to Elvis’ strongest musical influence: Rhythm & Blues.

Episode #326 - T-Bone Walker

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00

Drop a nickel in the ol' Rockola Juke to hear one of the best selling and most influential bluesmen and guitarists of all-time, T-Bone Walker. This week's show looks at how T-Bone's immense guitar talent developed from his first recordings in the early 1940s to his breakthrough after WWII with the now classic, "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad)" and beyond.

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Drop a nickel in the ol' Rockola Juke to hear one of the best selling and most influential bluesmen and guitarists of all-time, T-Bone Walker. This week's show looks at how T-Bone's immense guitar talent developed from his first recordings in the early 1940s to his breakthrough after WWII with the now classic, "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad)" for Black & White Records. We'll also get a taste of T-Bone's work for the Cornet, Imperial and Atlantic labels. B. B. King, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry have all cited T-Bone Walker as a heavy influence. Find out why on this week's "Juke In The Back" with Matt The Cat.

Episode #324 - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00

Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Madonna. Known as "Big Mama," Thornton scored her only hit record in early 1953 when "Hound Dog" topped the national Rhythm & Blues Charts, but her career spanned from 1950 to well into the 1970s. This week, Matt The Cat dusts off Big Mama Thornton's best sides from Peacock Records and even digs up her first recordings for the E&W label under the group name, The Harlem Stars (1950).

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Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Madonna. Known as "Big Mama," Thornton scored her only hit record in early 1953 when "Hound Dog" topped the national Rhythm & Blues Charts, but her career spanned from 1950 to well into the 1970s. Elvis not only recorded "Hound Dog," which was written by the young, white songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, but he also took much of his swagger from Thornton, who was known to be blatantly tough and sexual on stage. Besides "Hound Dog," her other signature song, "They Call Me Big Mama," ranks among her best material, along with "Rock A Bye Baby," "Mischievous Boogie" and "My Man Called Me." Big Mama is also uncredited on a duet with friend Johnny Ace called "Yes, Baby" from 1953. She wrote many of her own songs, but like many artists of her day, did not own the publishing rights, so when Joplin recorded her "Ball and Chain," Big Mama Thornton didn't get any royalties from it. This week, Matt The Cat dusts off Big Mama Thornton's best sides from Peacock Records and even digs up her first recordings for the E&W label under the group name, The Harlem Stars (1950). 

It’s Jazz, Charlie Brown: The Vince Guaraldi Story

From WFIU | 59:01

An hourlong program featuring the music and life of Peanuts composer and jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. A great special around the holiday season...or anytime!

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Vince Guaraldi wrote some of the most popular music ever composed by a jazz artist-drawing on boogie-woogie, blues, bebop, Latin jazz, and bossa nova to create a magical and evocative sound heard by millions of listeners around the world through the Peanuts TV specials, beginning with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 1965.  Though the commercial success of those specials gave Guaraldi economic security, he continued to play jazz gigs at small clubs till the end of his life.  Intense, exploratory and devoted to his craft, he left a profoundly jazzy stamp on American popular culture.   

"It's Jazz, Charlie Brown:  the Vince Guaraldi Story" includes interviews with Guaraldi's son David, Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson, jazz critic Doug Ramsey, Guaraldi friend and sideman Eddie Duran, and jazz pianist Luke Gillespie, who all give insight into Guaraldi as a musician and a man.  We'll hear the wide expanse of the pianist's career on record, ranging from early appearances with Woody Herman and Cal Tjader and 1960s bossa-nova collaborations with guitarist Bola Sete to excerpts from Guaraldi's sacred concert and late-period fusion excursion, as well as his early piano-trio sides, several of his most popular Peanuts recordings, and his 1962 pre-Peanuts hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind."   

The R&B Chronicles - Aretha Franklin

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:47

Exploration of R&B Music

Aretha_franklin_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The Summer of Love

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:56:55

1967 is called The Summer of Love. The end of business as usual as young people rebelled against the status quo and converged on San Francisco.

Summer_of_love_graphic_small American Jukebox® 247. The Summer of Love: During May, June, July and August of 1967 a cultural revolution came to a head as as many as 100,000 young people made their way to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to commune in an atmosphere of love, peace, flowers, music, art, and for some, illegal drugs.The shaking off of traditions in dress, politics, business, war, and getting high beyond alcohol were at the heart of that convergence in San Francsco. But other cities like New York and London experienced their own summer of love as well. However, for millions of college students, this writer included, they were busy working their summer jobs before heading back to school in the fall and didn't have the luxury or money to join the movement. Nonetheless, the music was everywhere and it connected us.
The Summer of Love was also known as The Long Hot Summer of 1967. It was marred by race riots in dozens of major US cities as racial tensions exploded and cities were literally on fire. Detroit and Newark were considered to be the worst, but other cities were not immune to the tension and ultimate destruction. In all, it is said that 159 significant racially motivated disturbances were recorded that summer.
On this edition of American Jukebox, the music that was the soundtrack of the summer of 1967 is featured. A partial list includes the summer of '67 hits for Aretha Franklin, The Doors, The Four Seasons, Donovan, Wilson Pickett, Simon & Garfunkle, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Beatles, The "Young" Rascals (still "young"), Peter, Paul & Mary and so many others. Bursting on the scene with major statements were Janis Ian, Jefferson Airplane and the anthem of the summer, Scott McKenzie's San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair).
Join the movement and go back to the Summer of Love on American Jukebox.


The Byrds (part 2): Farther Along

From Joyride Media | Part of the The Byrds: There is a Season / Farther Along series | 59:05

The Second of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, covering 1968 to 1972: the groundbreaking country-rock years.

Unissued_small The second of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, the continuously groundbreaking band who bridged the gaps between The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, the Beach Boys, the Los Angeles psychedelic underground and classic country. Each hour is hosted by singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell, and covers a distinct period of their prolific history that can either be aired as one two-part series, or as your choice of two insightful one-hour programs. FARTHER ALONG picks up the story in 1968 and details how the Byrds' legendary Act I was followed by one of rock history's most fascinating second acts. Despite their lower record sales, the Byrds' later incarnations alternately defined and re-defined "country-rock," thanks to the influential contributions by folks like Gram Parsons and guitarist Clarence White. As with the first segment, FARTHER ALONG feature the wide range of music that made The Byrds of the 60s most influential bands, along with comments by its two longest-lasting members: Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. Writers David Fricke, Anthony DeCurtis, Lenny Kaye and Byrds historian Sid Griffin are also interviewed. Instead of being directed by the singular vision of one leader, The Byrds were consistently led by everybody's contributions - from their original five members to the musicians involved with their later years. "They all brought something new and something defining," says journalist David Fricke, "and it all became part of the Byrds sound. They didn?t change the Byrds to the degree that it changed the sound. What they did became the Byrds." Broadcast Window: Begins late September 2006, available for all USA radio broadcasters at no cost. 9/30 update: In addition to the 0:59 version posted on the audio page, there is also a 0:54 "news-hole" show in two parts - a 1:00 billboard and the 53:00 program.

The Byrds (part 1): There is a Season

From Joyride Media | Part of the The Byrds: There is a Season / Farther Along series | 59:05

The first of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, covering 1964 to 1967: the hitmaking years of the band's original five members.

Tambourine_small The first of two one-hour documentaries on The Byrds, the continuously groundbreaking band who bridged the gaps between The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, the Beach Boys, the Los Angeles psychedelic underground and classic country. Their memorable music set the stage for everyone from the Eagles to Tom Petty to R.E.M. Each hour is hosted by singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell, and covers a distinct period of their prolific history that can either be aired as one two-part series, or as your choice of two insightful one-hour programs.

THERE IS A SEASON covers 1964-1967, the all-too-brief hitmaking years of the Byrds' original five members - Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke. They were an electrified folk band who topped the charts with some of the decades' most innovative singles and albums. By 1967, their musical harmony was engulfed by the off-stage disharmony that pushed them to reach those heights. Instead of being directed by the singular vision of one leader, The Byrds were consistently led by everybody's contributions - from their original five members to the musicians involved with their later years.

Despite the inner turmoil that resulted in a revolving cast of characters, the Byrds always used those changes as opportunities to further their musical evolution. "They all brought something new and something defining," says journalist David Fricke, "and it all became part of the Byrds sound. They didn't change the Byrds to the degree that it changed the sound. What they did became the Byrds."

Both segments feature the wide range of music that made The Byrds of the 60s most influential bands, along with comments by its two longest-lasting members: Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. Writers David Fricke, Anthony DeCurtis, Lenny Kaye and Byrds historian Sid Griffin are also interviewed.

The Nightfly #2015.02 - January 12-18, 2015

From WERU | 01:57:59

This week: Native American soul from Martha Redbone, Ethio-jazz from Mulatu Astatke, and multi-instrumental insanity from Roland Kirk

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In hour 1, we'll dish up some Native American soul from Martha Redbone, Ethio-jazz from Mulatu Astatke, and multi-instrumental insanity from Roland Kirk. In hour 2, we'll continue with the funk, soul, and jazz, and break for a set hosted by late, great WERU dj Charlie Oldham.

The Nightfly #2015.02 Playlist
Hour 1
Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
Tony Allen & the Chimes "Nite Owl"
Billy Preston "Drown' in My Tears"
D'Angelo and The Vanguard "Prayer"
Martha Redbone "Children of Love"
Jimmy Smith "The Big Bowl"
Barry White "I've Got The World To Hold Me Up"
Femi Kuti "1, 2, 3, 4"
Mulatu Astatke "Yekatit"
Don Sugarcane Harris "Don't You Think I've Paid Enough"
Roland Kirk "One Ton"
Eartha Kitt "I Want To Be Evil"
Hour 2
Nina Simone "The Other Woman"
Reverend Gatemouth Moore and His Gospel Singers "In The Morning"
James Brown "Super Bad"
Conway Twitty "What Am I Livin' For?"
Don & Dewey "Justine"
Ted Taylor "I'm Just a Crumb in Your Breadbox of Love"
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers "Any Day Now"
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "The Composer"
Aretha Franklin "Hard Times (No One Knows Better than I) [#]"
Bootsy Collins "Wide Track"
Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

The Nightfly #2015.14 - April 6-12, 2015

From WERU | 01:57:59

We'll start Poetry Month with pieces by Nikki Giovanni and Gil Scott-Heron, hear a track from Joan Armatrading, who's just started the US leg of her last major world tour, celebrate Passover with Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel, and Easter with Mahalia Jackson.

Joan_armatrading_small We'll start Poetry Month with pieces by Nikki Giovanni and Gil Scott-Heron, hear from Joan Armatrading, who's just started the US leg of her last major world tour, and celebrate Passover with Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel, and Easter with Mahalia Jackson.

Nightfly #2015.14 Playlist
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Joan Armatrading "Mama Mercy"
 Billy Preston "Steady Getting"
 Sam Cooke "Talkin' Trash"
 Nikki Giovanni "This Little Light of Mine (Second Rapp Poem)"
 Lonnie Smith "I Feel the Earth Move"
 Sly & The Family Stone "Soul Clappin' II"
 Shirley Bassey "Goldfinger"
 Eddie Bo "Solid Foundation"
 Delores Lynn "Just Tell It Like It Is"
 Gil Scott-Heron "Plastic Pattern People"
 Cannonball Adderley Quintet "Sticks"
 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Nobody's Baby"
 Joe Bataan "Chicka Boom"
 Lionel Hampton "Psychedelic Sally"
 Femi Kuti "Wey Our Money"
Hour 2
 Joshua Nelson & The Klezmatics "Elijah Rock"
 Mahalia Jackson "He Was Alone"
 Geraldo Pino "Right in the Centre"
 James Brown "Try Me"
 Soul Swingers "Brighter Tomorrow"
 Nina Simone "The Pusher"
 Los Sospechos "Mirror Door"
 Jackie Shane "Sticks & Stones"
 Question Mark "Freaking Out"
 Curtis Mayfield "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go"
 The Bar-Kays "Freakshow On the Dance Floor"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

The Nightfly #2015.03 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 19-25, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:57:59

We honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We'll hear excerpts of his sermons, speeches, and interviews, along with funk, soul, jazz, gospel, and field recordings from the African-American civil rights movement.

Mlk_at_63_march_delivering_i_have_a_dream_small In this edition of The Nightfly, we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We'll hear excerpts of his sermons and speeches, along with funk, soul, jazz, gospel, and field recordings from the African-American civil rights movement.


The Nightfly #2015.13 - In Memory Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - March 30-April 5, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:57:59

This week, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and commemorate the anniversary of his assassination (4/4/68). We'll hear from Dr. King in his own voice, as well as soul, jazz, gospel, and hip-hop tributes to Dr. King from Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson, and many more.

Mlk_jr_small This week, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and commemorate the anniversary of his assassination (4/4/68). We'll hear from Dr. King in his own voice, as well as soul, jazz, gospel, and hip-hop tributes to Dr. King from Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson, and many more.

Nightfly #2015.13 Playlist
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Chris Kenner "Memories of a King (Let Freedom Ring) pt 1"
 Martin Luther King, Jr "Excerpt From Speech The Day Before His Death"
 Nancy Dupree & a Group of Rochester, NY Youngsters "Docta King"
 Ben Branch and The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
 George Perkins "Cryin' In the Streets pts 1 & 2"
 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "Abraham, Martin and John"
 Nina Simone "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)"
 Otis Spann "Hotel Lorraine"
 Gregory Porter & Opolopo "1960 What Oplolopo Kick & Bass Rerub"
Hour 2
 Common "A Dream"
 Sweet Honey In the Rock "Eyes On The Prize ('Hold On')"
 Mahalia Jackson "There Is A Balm in Gilead"
 Brother Kirk and Pete Seeger "The Ballad of Martin Luther King"
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Sermon: Drum Major Instinct"
 The Freedom Singers "We Shall Overcome"
 The Freedom Singers "Calypso Freedom"
 The Destruments "Freedom"
 Norman Connors "The Creator Has a Master Plan"
 Edo G "Wishing feat. Masta Ace"
 Marcus Shelby Orchestra "Memphis (I Am a Man)"
 Aretha Franklin "How I Got Over"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

The Nightfly #2015.12 - Women's History Month - March 23-29, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:57:59

We'll bring you danceable anthems from Diana Ross and Donna Summer, poet Nikki Giovanni's ode to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and gospel from Shirley Caesar and Albertina Walker that's guaranteed to get you up on your feet. We'll also hear voices of women who made history: education pioneer Mary Mcleod Bethune and Geneva Tisdale, one of the first Black women to eat at the desegregated Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, after the historic sit-ins.

Albertina_walker_small We'll bring you danceable anthems from Diana Ross and Donna Summer, poet Nikki Giovanni's ode to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and gospel from Shirley Caesar and Albertina Walker that's guaranteed to get you up on your feet. We'll also hear voices of women who made history: education pioneer Mary Mcleod Bethune and Geneva Tisdale, one of the first Black women to eat at the desegregated Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, after the historic sit-ins.

Nightfly #2015.12 Playlist
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Mavis Staples "I Like The Things About Me"
 Rahsaan Roland Kirk "Mary Mcleod Bethune"
 Dorothy Donegan "Lift Every Voice And Sing"
 Cassandra Wilson "Waters of March"
 Diana Ross "I'm Coming Out"
 Grace Jones "Walking In The Rain"
 Geneva Tisdale "The Day of the Sit Ins"
 Donna Summer "She Works Hard For The Money"
 Nona Hendryx "Winning"
 The Kids, Susan (Loretta Long) "Someday, Little Children"
 Carla Thomas "Move On, Drifter"
 Nikki Giovanni "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (Poem for Aretha)"
 Aretha Franklin "God Bless the Child"
 Barbara Lewis "Think A Little Sugar"
 Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Orchestra "Clip Joint"
 Bobbi Humphrey "Blacks and Blues"
 Shirley Caesar "Soul Salvation"
 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Now I See"
 Albertina Walker "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around"
 Joan Armatrading "Tall In The Saddle"
 Abbey Lincoln "Throw It Away"
 Laura Mvula "Sing to the Moon"
 Lauryn Hill "Every Ghetto Every City"
 Anhayla "If I Was"
 Beyonce "Run The World (Girls)"
 Amina Claudine Myers "African Blues"
 Dee Dee Bridgewater "Red Earth"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

The Nightfly #2015.08 - Black History Month - February 23-March 1, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:58:00

We feature funk, soul, and jazz designed to inspire and empower from Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Gil Scott-Heron, interspersed with the voices of civil rights activists Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more.

Nina-simone_crop_small We feature funk, soul, and jazz designed to inspire and empower from Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Gil Scott-Heron, interspersed with the voices of civil rights activists Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more.

The Nightfly #2015.08 Playlist
Hour 1
Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Nina Simone "To Be Young, Gifted And Black"
 Nancy Dupree "What Do I Have?"
 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr "Where Do We Go From Here? (August 16 1967)"
 The Temptations "Message from a Black Man"
 Roberta Flack "Go Up Moses"
 Nat Turner Rebellion "Tribute to a Slave"
 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr "Where Do We Go From Here? (August 16 1967) Excerpt"
 Kim Weston "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"
 Ben Branch and The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra "Hard Times"
 Unknown "In The Mess (excerpt)"
 Unknown "Want My Freedom"
 Core Freedom Singers "Get Your Rights, Jack"
 Oscar Brown Jr. "40 Acres and a Mule"
 Unknown "In The Mess (excerpt)"
 Gil Scott-Heron "Black History/ The World"
Hour 2
 Curtis Mayfield "Wild and Free"
 Freedom Singers "Freedom Medley--Freedom Chant--Oh Freedom--This Little Light of Mine"
 Fannie Lou Hamer "The Day of Registration (Speaker)"
 Richard "Groove" Holmes "Soul Power"
 Nerukhi "Black Lives Matter"
 Syl Johnson "Is It Because I'm Black?"
 Kathleen Cleaver "Change It"
 Intelligent Hoodlum "Black and Proud"
 Roy Ayers "Black Family"
 Unknown "We Need You Here"
 The Commodores "Rise Up"
 Fela Kuti "2000 Blacks Got to be Free"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

The Nightfly #2015.11 - Women's History Month - March 16-22, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:58:00

We bring you the sounds of soulful sisterhood as we celebrate Women's History Month. We'll get out on the dance floor with Chaka Khan and Gloria Gaynor, meet the woman bandleader behind Minnie the Moocher, and celebrate women who've fought for justice: Ella Baker, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman. We'll also observe the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march with music from The Cole Boyz and Blue Mitchell.

Ella_baker_small We bring you the sounds of soulful sisterhood as we celebrate Women's History Month. We'll get out on the dance floor with Chaka Khan and Gloria Gaynor, meet the woman bandleader behind Minnie the Moocher, and celebrate women who've fought for justice:  Ella Baker, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman. We'll also observe the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march with music from The Cole Boyz and Blue Mitchell.

The Nightfly #2015.11
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Ike & Tina Turner "Bold Soul Sister"
 Bobbye Hall "Voyeur"
 Kathleen Cleaver "Change It"
 The Neville Brothers "Sister Rosa"
 Cole Boyz "Bloody Sunday"
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "How Long? Not Long!"
 Blue Mitchell "March on Selma"
 Two Little Girls at March "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round"
 Aretha Franklin "Respect"
 Gloria Gaynor "I Am What I Am"
 Chaka Khan "I'm Every Woman"
 Sweet Honey In the Rock "Ella's Song"
 Fontella Bass "Talking About Freedom"
 Shakyma Horacius "Be Free"
 Blanche Calloway "Just a Crazy Song (Hi Hi Hi)"
 Alice Coltrane "I Want To See You"
Hour 2
 Bettye LaVette "Change Is Gonna Come"
 Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra "Freedom Trail"
 Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, Jeanne Humphries "Sojourner Truth"
 Koko Taylor "I'm a Woman"
 Marie Franklin "Bad Bad Woman"
 Betty Davis "Don't Call Her No Tramp"
 Claudine Clark "Party Lights"
 Little Denise "Check Me Out"
 Little Jackie "The Stoop"
 Joan Armatrading "Wishing"
 Meshell Ndegeocello "Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness"
 Destiny's Child "Independent Women, Pt. 1"
 The Glories "(I Love You Babe But) Give Me My Freedom"
 Mable John "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)"
 Tanya Stephens "I Am Woman"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

The Nightfly #2015.10 - Women's History Month - March 9-15, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:57:59

We celebrate Women's History Month with the iconic voices of Aretha Franklin and Eartha Kitt, pioneering instrumentalists like Bobbi Humphrey, and poets like Maya Angelou, as well as the words of women who've worked for justice and equality, like Shirley Chisholm and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Bobbi_humphries_small We celebrate Women's History Month with the iconic voices of Aretha Franklin and Eartha Kitt, pioneering instrumentalists like Bobbi Humphrey, and poets like Maya Angelou, as well as the words of women who've worked for justice and equality, like Shirley Chisholm and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Nightfly #2015.10 Playlist
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Joan Armatrading "Barefoot And Pregnant"
 Dorothy Ashby "Soul Vibrations"
 Diana Ross "When We Grow Up"
 Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves"
 Maya Angelou "Still I Rise"
 Shirley Chisolm "First African American Woman Elected To Congress"
 Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings "This Land Is Your Land"
 Isis "Get Crazy"
 Bobbi Humphrey "Blacks and Blues"
 Martha Redbone "God Created Woman"
 Sweet Honey In the Rock "We Are The Ones"
 Odetta "Got My Mind on Freedom"
 Doreen Rappaport, Susan Kempler "Sojourner Truth"
 The International Sweethearts of Rhythm "Galvanising"
 Bobbye Hall "Voyeur"
Hour 2
 Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert "Harriet Tubman"
 Nancy Dupree "Self-Praise"
 Nina Simone "New World Coming"
 Eartha Kitt "I Want To Be Evil"
 Blanche Calloway "It Looks Like Susie"
 Hazel Scott "Honeysuckle Rose"
 Melba Liston "Pow!"
 Mary Lou Williams "Surrey with the Fringe on Top"
 Alice Coltrane "Lovely Sky Boat"
 Mahalia Jackson "Elijah Rock"
 Fannie Lou Hamer "The Day of Registration"
 Sister Rosetta Tharpe "Come By Here"
 Leontyne Price "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
 Zora Neale Hurston "Oh Buford"
 The Staple Singers "I'll Take You There"
 Miriam Makeba "Mama (Mama Been and Over)"

UpFront Soul #2015.18 - Joan Armatrading Interview Special

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul with Sanguine Fromage series | 01:57:59

We start the show with an interview with Joan Armatrading, who is currently on her last major world tour. (Rest assured, she's not retiring!) We'll round out the show with humor from jazz saxophone legend Eddie Harris, brand-new soul from Allen Stone, and old and new tracks from Little Jackie, plus more funk, soul, and jazz than you can safely lift.

Joan_armatrading_giggle_hands_small We start the show with an interview with Joan Armatrading, who is currently on her last major world tour. (Rest assured, she's not retiring!) We'll round out the show with humor from jazz saxophone legend Eddie Harris, brand-new soul from Allen Stone, and old and new tracks from Little Jackie, plus more funk, soul, and jazz than you can safely lift.

UpFront Soul is the new incarnation of The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage. We've been bringing you 120 minutes of soulful sounds every week since 2011. The music remains the same... only the name has changed. For Nightfly archives, visit http://www.prx.org/series/34144-upfront-soul-formerly-the-nightfly-with-sanguine

UpFront Soul Playlist #2015.18

Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Joan Armatrading "Join the Boys"
 Yusef Lateef "Russell and Elliot"
 Eddie Harris "Eddie Atlantic"
 Little Jackie "Go Hard or Go Home"
 George Fenton And Jonas Gwangwa "The Funeral (September 25, 1987)"
 Allen Stone "Upside"
 Joan Armatrading "Close To Me"
 Roberta Flack "Go Up Moses"

Hour 2
 The Cougars "I Wish It Would Rain"
 The Simms Twins "That's Where It's At"
 Little Jackie "It's Like That"
 Raphael Saadiq "Keep Marchin'"
 Billy Preston "I Am Coming"
 The Impressions "Keep on Pushing"
 Nina Simone "Oooh Child"
 The Menahan Street Band "The Crossing"
 William DeVaughn "Be Thankful For What You've Got"
 Dyke & The Blazers "We Got More Soul"
 King Curtis "Soulin'"
 Babatunde Lea "The Creator Has a Master Plan"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

WoodSongs 867F: Sweet Honey in the Rock

From WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour | Part of the WoodSongs series | 59:02

On this week's WoodSongs broadcast, folksinger Michael Johnathon welcomes Grammy winning folk and civil rights legends, an all-woman, African-American a capella ensemble and Grammy Award-winning troupe Sweet Honey in the Rock.

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SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK are Grammy winning folk and civil rights legends, an all-woman, African-American a capella ensemble and Grammy Award-winning troupe who express their history as African-American women through song, dance, and even sign language. While there is no doubt the uniqueness of Sweet Honey is the message, her musical sound is what attracts first-time listeners. Described in the magazine High Fidelity as breathtaking excursions into harmony singing and neck-hair raising in Downbeat, one is startled at the many musical guises through which the message may appear. At one time the message comes in the form of a low-down blues; at another it is presented through the 19th century Negro Spiritual; then as the song of a field worker or a chain-gang member; now as a mother singing a sweet lullaby to her child; often as ceremonial African chant with all of its rhythmic/melodic motives that border on becoming a mantra; again as a reggae song steeped in African punctuated rhythms; now as a rousing gospel song with congregational responses; or as a children’s song, with rhythms that crave a ring play.
WoodSongs Kids: Students  of SCAPA Vocals will be performing the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome”.

Paul Ingles' Music Showcase #011 - Right on Target, So Direct: Bob Dylan's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS (Hour 1)

From Paul Ingles | Part of the Paul Ingles' Music Archive Showcase series | 59:00

Hour 1 of a celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey. Music writers, musicians, and fans offer comments about Dylan's 1975 release and host Paul Ingles talks with several of the studio musicians who worked with Dylan to re-record half of the album in the last days of 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Hour 1 of 2

Musicians, music writers and fans recall what made Bob Dylan’s fifteenth studio album the #1 favorite in a 2012 Rolling Stone Magazine fan poll of all of Dylan’s albums.  We’re also hearing from some of the Minneapolis studio musicians who were surprised to be called in to work with Bob Dylan in the last week of December 1974 – re-recording half of an album that Dylan had recorded in New York three months earlier – an album that seemed finished and was ready to be pressed, shipped and sent to stores.  But Dylan wanted to make some changes so his brother David assembled a local studio band in Minnesota.

Host Paul Ingles talks with
Kevin Odegard, Billy Peterson, and Bill Berg - three of the session musicians on Blood on the Tracks .  Our other commentators are musicians Shawn Colvin, Mary Gauthier, Peter Mulvey, and Jon Spurney.  Also music writers Anthony DeCurthis, Ann Powers, Paul Zollo, Ross Altman, Ashley Kahn and Harvey Kubernik. 

Paul Ingles' Music Showcase #012 - Right on Target, So Direct: Bob Dylan's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS (Hour 2)

From Paul Ingles | Part of the Paul Ingles' Music Archive Showcase series | 59:00

Hour 2 of a celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey. Music writers, musicians, and fans offer comments about Dylan's 1975 release and host Paul Ingles talks with several of the studio musicians who worked with Dylan to re-record half of the album in the last days of 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Hour 2 of 2

Musicians, music writers and fans recall what made Bob Dylan’s fifteenth studio album the #1 favorite in a 2012 Rolling Stone Magazine fan poll of all of Dylan’s albums.  We’re also hearing from some of the Minneapolis studio musicians who were surprised to be called in to work with Bob Dylan in the last week of December 1974 – re-recording half of an album that Dylan had recorded in New York three months earlier – an album that seemed finished and was ready to be pressed, shipped and sent to stores.  But Dylan wanted to make some changes so his brother David assembled a local studio band in Minnesota.

Host Paul Ingles talks with
Kevin Odegard, Billy Peterson, and Bill Berg - three of the session musicians on Blood on the Tracks .  Our other commentators are musicians Shawn Colvin, Mary Gauthier, Peter Mulvey, and Jon Spurney.  Also music writers Anthony DeCurthis, Ann Powers, Paul Zollo, Ross Altman, Ashley Kahn and Harvey Kubernik. 


SONGLIST

If You See Her Say Hello
Shelter From The Storm
Buckets of Rain
All Along the Watchtower
Knocking on Heaven's Door
Baby Can I Follow You Down
Blowing in the Wind
If You See Her Say Hello
Tangled Up In Blue
Call Letter Blues
Sara
Idiot Wind 


Border Radio: The Big Jukebox in the Sky

From Texas Folklife | 58:56

An hour-long music special on the story of Border Radio. Toe tapping music from hillbilly, western swing, Mexican conjunto and contemporary, rhythm and blues, and good ole rock and roll.

Borderradioimage_small Border Radio: The Great Big Jukebox in the Sky: (Stereo) An hour-long music special on the story of Border Radio. Lots of good toe tapping music from hillbilly, western swing, Mexican conjunto and contemporary, rhythm and blues, and good ole rock and roll. Between the 1930s through the 1960s, mega-watt "border blaster" stations set up just across the Mexican border to evade U.S. broadcast regulations, and beamed programming across the United States and as far away as Europe. For the first time, American listeners heard ?race music,? rhythm and blues, and a diverse span of music from ?hillbilly? to gospel that carried the voices and sounds of Mexico and the Southwest to a vast audience. The first in a series of taped-for-radio specials, Border Radio: The Big Juke Box in the Sky features Texas musicians, including Rick Trevi?o from Grammy-winning Los Super Seven; Austin?s own blues diva, Miss Lavelle White; rock and roller Joe King Carrasco; traditional conjunto from South Texas; and contemporary Tex-Mex rocker, Patricia Vonne. Border Radio?s most famous dee-jay, Wolfman Jack, makes a fictional dramatic appearance. Other special guests on Border Radio include Dallas ?Nevada Slim? Turner, one of border radio?s original cowboy singers and pitchmen, and a surprise appearance by Kinky Friedman, humorist and wildcard gubernatorial candidate for Texas in 2006. Border Radio: the Great Big Jukebox in the Sky is produced for radio by Ginger Miles, and executive-produced by Texas Folklife, made possible in part by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.

The Best of Joan Osborne

From Southwest Stages | Part of the Southwest Stages series | 58:30

An Hour of Music and Interviews with Joan Osborne, recorded live at the 2002 and 2005 at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

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This program contains an hour of Funk, Jam and Soul Music by the group Soulive with special guest vocalist Toussant. This performance was recorded live in August of 2006 at the Telluride Jazz Celebration held annually in Telluride Colorado's beautiful Town Park. The Telluride Celebration is an annual event showcasing great Jazz along with other types of music for three days nestled in the high Rocky Mountains of southern Colorado.

 

March of 2009 marks Soulive’s 10th Anniversary – ten years since Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and his brother Neal Evans got together for the first time at a home studio just outside of Woodstock, NY and recorded Get Down.Over the past 10 years, Soulive has covered a lot of ground – musically and literally.

The band has traveled to nearly every corner of the world, touring Ghana, Russia, nearly all of Europe, Brazil, and Japan (nine times!). They’ve been across America on dozens of tours. New Orleans Jazz Fest has become a home away from home. And in their actual home, New York City, they are closing in on their 100th show. Not many bands can say they’ve recorded with Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. Nor can many bands open for The Rolling Stones on one tour and have Stevie Wonder sit in with them on the next tour. The musical relationships the band has developed, from the aforementioned artists to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Fred Wesley, The Roots, Ivan Neville and so many others, speak volumes about both how versatile these talented musicians are. Jazz, hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R & B, Blues – musically, there is not much the band hasn’t done.

In developing their own history, Soulive has been in the company of legends both new and old. In 2000, Bruce Lundvall signed the band to Blue Note Records and Soulive became part of recorded music’s greatest jazz legacy. Soulive joined the ranks of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter and Grant Green and was part of the niche label’s rise as Norah Jones captivated the nation.  Six years later, Soulive would be the first band signed to the new incarnation of Stax Records, joining the incredible soul tradition built by the likes of Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding.

Soulive has always been creatively restless, never content to ride a sound (or a look) for too long. The band has led their fans through many incarnations:  both male & female singers, a horn section, and repeated returns to the trio format. The band and the fans have endured, grown and morphed. Consistent through all of the different line-ups, though, was the groove – Neal’s club-shaking left hand pounding out bass lines, Alan’s ride propelling the music forward, and Eric’s solos soaring on top. Every show has that moment where Neal leans on the organ up high and the whole band breaks free. Every Soulive fan knows that moment. That is something that has never changed.

While ten years is something to celebrate, Soulive is not a band to look backward. The band is more concentrated on the future than concerned with revisiting its past. Unencumbered by record contract and fully equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio, Soulive is embracing the new music business model by launching their own record label, “Royal Family Records.”  With a focus on digital distribution, the label will be an outlet for all Soulive recordings as well as numerous Soulive affiliated projects such as Lettuce, Eric’s project “Chapter 2”, Alan’s and Neal’s solo records and Break Science featuring Adam Detch. The label will also sign emerging talent and develop them on tour with Soulive. The first artist to join up is soul singer Nigel Hall, who will release an EP this spring and join the band on the road.

Soulive will launch their label with the release of their new studio effort Up Here. The LP was recorded in Alan’s new studio in South Deerfield, Mass in the fall of 2008. “This is the Soulive album I've always wanted to record – it’s what I've been hearing in my head for years,” says Alan, who also tracked and mixed the record. “It's like when people say ‘if I could go back in time knowing what I know now.’  Well, that's what we did with Up Here.  The session had the vibe and energy of Get Down but with all of our experiences

Up Here isn’t the only thing Soulive has on tap for 2009. The band has a double-live LP recorded in Japan last summer that will be released as four separate EPs throughout the year. There is also a full length live DVD from the same sessions. Soulive also hopes to have another studio record ready for public consumption by the fall. 

 

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This program contains an evening of Soul Music by the incredible female vocalist Joan Osborne. These performances were recorded live in September of 2002 and 2005 at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival held annually in Telluride Colorado's beautiful Town Park. This show originally aired during the Fall of 2006 during our Third Season.
The Telluride Blues and brews Festival is the premier Blues festival in the southwest. The festival showcases great Blues, Funk, Rock along with other types of music for three days nestled in the high Rocky Mountains of southern Colorado.
Singer Joan Osborne was born on July 8, 1962, in the town of Anchorage, KY, but it wasn't until relocating to New York City in the early '90s (to study at NYU's film school) that she began to take a singing career seriously after singing Billie Holiday's classic "God Bless the Child" at a local bar's open-mike night. In addition to Holiday, Osborne looked to such legendary vocalists as Etta James and Ray Charles as role models, as the up-and-coming singer decided not to cater to major record companies and formed her own label, Womanly Hips, which resulted in such releases as 1992's in-concert Soul Show, among others. But eventually Osborne decided to sign on with a major label, Mercury, which in turn issued the singer's next release, Relish, in March 1995. The album proved to have a long life, as almost a year after its initial release the track "One of Us" became a massive MTV and radio smash, camping out at the number one spot on the U.S. singles chart for two weeks, and Relish eventually racked up sales of three million copies. Further tracks ("Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa") failed to match the success of Osborne's first hit, but the singer still managed to connect with a large and appreciative audience, especially during touring as part of the 1997 edition of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. Osborne also received numerous Grammy nominations in both 1996 and 1997.

Producing a worthy follow-up to Relish proved to be a time-consuming challenge for Osborne. Mercury tried to buy some time by issuing a compilation release, Early Recordings (which collected the early releases Live at Delta '88 and Blue Million Miles). In the meantime, Osborne focused on supporting a few groups/causes she felt strongly about, such as Rock the Vote and Planned Parenthood (eventually being named an honorary member of Planned Parenthood's board of advocates), in addition to covering "I'm Just a Bill" as a duet with Isaac Hayes on the 1998 Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote! benefit album. She also studied briefly with late Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and performed alongside such notables as Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, Taj Mahal, Luciano Pavarotti, Spearhead, Bob Dylan, and the Chieftains. September 2000 finally saw the release of Osborne's next all-new studio album, titled Righteous Love, which failed to match its predecessor's commercial success and sank from sight shortly after release. She bounced back in 2002 with How Sweet It Is, a collection of covers that leaned heavily on classic soul and R&B tunes from the 1960s and '70s. A career retrospective, One of Us, followed in 2005. Vanguard picked her up shortly after this, and Osborne released her first full-length on that label, a country-tinged effort called Pretty Little Stranger, in 2006. It was followed in 2007 by Breakfast in Bed and in 2008 by Little Wild One.

Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Show # 1122

From Stephen R Webb | Part of the Stuck in the Psychedelic Era series | 01:57:00

How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?

Logo_small As you may have guessed, this week's show culminates with the first side of a classic Firesign Theatre album making its Stuck in the Psychedelic Era debut. There are a couple other artists not heard on the show before as well: a New York band called the Insect Trust and a solo track from legendary songwriter John D. Loudermilk. There are also several progressions through the years this week, featuring a handful of familiar tunes from familiar artists and quite a few not-so-familiar tunes from people you have probably heard other stuff from.

Technical note to stations: this week's show runs exactly one minute short, so plan accordingly. A pox upon fuzzy math!

A Vietnam Soundscape

From WHRV | 59:00

Vietnam was the first war fought to a soundtrack, with over 4000 war-related songs written and recorded between 1965-73. The lyrics were patriotic, controversial and often protest centered and were the essential to America. Join WHRV host Jae Sinnett as he takes you on a journey, celebrating the best music of the Vietnam era and focusing on the stories and artists behind the music.

16014181738_1fb6301b2a_b_small During World War I, soldiers carried song books in their kit bags. In World War II, some soldiers had access to radios and could hear Glenn Miller and the Army-Air Force Band perform. Others were lucky enough to catch Bob Hope headline a USO show. During the Korean War the military set up its own radio network, Armed Forces Radio (Korea). Vietnam had all these outlets and more. Its GIs brought their own radios and instruments from home. They bought records and swapped tapes of their favorite music. They listened to official outlets as was as pirate stations and Radio Hanoi – which would play American popular music as an enticement to get soldiers to tune in. Whether they preferred Country, Soul or Rock & Roll, music was their soundtrack to the war. Vietnam was the first war fought to a soundtrack, with over 4000 war-related songs written and recorded between 1965-73. The lyrics were patriotic, controversial and often protest centered and were the essential to America.  Join WHRV host Jae Sinnett as he takes you on a journey, celebrating the best music of the Vietnam era and focusing on the stories and artists behind the music.  

Episode #426 - Summertime R&B: 4th of July, Food & Baseball Songs

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

The Juke In The Back jumps into summer by spotlighting THE summertime holiday, the 4th of July. We're diggin' the 4th in song, ranging from songs about summertime to songs about summertime foods. We'll also focus on America's pastime with R&B songs about Baseball. So grab some nickels, suntan lotion, a hot dog and meet us at the ballpark, where the Juke In The Back will be jumpin'!

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The Juke In The Back jumps into summer by spotlighting THE summertime holiday, the 4th of July. We're diggin' the 4th in song, ranging from songs about summertime by Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and The Basin Street Boys to songs about summertime foods from Chris Powell and John Brim. We'll also focus on America's pastime with R&B songs about Baseball, honoring some of the top players who crossed over from the Negro Leagues into the Major Leagues. Records from Buddy Johnson, Brownie McGhee and Jack Williams are highlights as we cruise America's great highways jiving to the true songs of Summer. Grab some nickels, suntan lotion, a hot dog and meet us at the ballpark, where the Juke In The Back will be jumpin'! 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

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This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from February 15, 2018 to February 14, 2019.

For more information please contact: 

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball

Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

In addition to some interpretations of the popular tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Carl features an array of music that is inspired by the beloved sport, including selections from the films Field of Dreams and The Natural, a musical rendition of the Ernest Thayer poem “Casey at the Bat” with narrator James Earl Jones, the rousing Sousa march “The National Game,” and a hilarious Shakespearean baseball game skit featuring the comedic duo Wayne and Shuster.

The program also highlights some of the famous voices from the rich history of the game, including announcers Mel Allen, Harry Caray, and Russ Hodges, as well as players such as Ernie Banks and Lou Gehrig. For baseball aficionados and novices alike, you will want to “play ball” after listening to Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

 

Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other arts organizations. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the stadium voice of the Michigan Marching Band since 1970. His voice has been heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006, he became the game announcer at Michigan Stadium. Carl has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, and several other sports venues.

A Shortcut Back to 1967-The Summer of Love

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 30:36

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love as we travel back to 1967 with LBJ, Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Julie Christie, John Cage, Timothy Leary, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, RFK, Allen Ginsberg, Lady Bird Johnson and the Flower Children...

George_harrison_67_small Tripping through the "Summer of Love", with music from the Mothers of Invention, The Fugs, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The B-52s, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Youngbloods, Donovan, The Incredible String Band, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and spiritual guidance from Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Julie Christie, Mick Jagger, Ed Sanders, Allen Ginsberg, LBJ, Adam Clayton Powell Jr, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military

Chuck Berry-A Shortcut Tribute

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 30:01

A thirty minute tribute to the legendary Chuck Berry

Chuck_b_w_small A tribute to Chess legend and Rock & Roll pioneer Chuck Berry with music from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, an All Star backing band featuring Keith Richards, Johnnie Johnson, Joey Stampinato, Steve Jordan and a career spanning collection of Chuck's unique songs. Featuring interviews with director Taylor Hackford (Hail Hail Rock & Roll ), Keith Richards, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry himself.

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison

From KUOW | 18:02

Ross Reynolds interviews cultural critic Greil Marcus on the music of Van Morrison. Marcus's book is titled "When That Rough God Goes Riding".

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Culture critic Greil Marcus (‘Lipstick Traces’ ‘Weird Old America’) calls Van Morrison a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of modern music. Yet he dismisses seventeen years of Morrison's work as utterly forgettable. We’ll listen to stellar performances collected by the author as Marcus explains Van Morrison’s cranky genius. 

Biography of Leonard Cohen 1HR

From Steve Damien | 59:27

A one hour look at this Canadian singer songwriter, featuring various songs from his career.

Retro_title_for_ilike_small A Canadian songwriter, novelist, and poet who's still giving Dylan a run for his money, Leonard Cohen has become one of the most influential writers and singers of the last 5 decades. Cohen's songs and poetry have influenced countless other songwriters, and more than a thousand renditions of his work have been recorded. In this retrospective we will look at music from 8 of his albums, showing how his music mixes emotion and faith to bring an added complexity that most folk-era musicians never achieve.

Leonard Cohen: Evolution From Poet to Songwriter and Singer

From David Tarnow | 57:30

Leonard Cohen: How a shy, sensitive poet from Canada became a major recording artist. This one-hour radio show documents Leonard Cohen's very first recording session and how it came about.

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The story of how Leonard Cohen was first put on record by legendary Columbia Records producer John Hammond. It features original interviews with Hammond and Cohen, who both spoke to documentary maker David Tarnow about Cohen's journey from poet to songwriter and singer. Cohen describes his early years, what was behind the composing of some of his most memorable first songs and the people who made it possible for him to gain access to the Columbia recording studio and succeed there.

 

The Gram Parsons Story

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:01

Biographical portrayal of the legendary Gram Parsons

Rs_logo_small Cecil Ingram Connor III, also know as Gram Parsons. Who is this guy, and why do we care about his death? Well, he created country rock. Credited for shoving Rock and Country together, Gram Parsons is even credited with influencing The Rolling Stones. Heard of Honky Tonk Woman? Gram Parsons wrote it. This and much more in this fun musical journey through Gram Parsons' brilliant career. Just wait to hear how he died!

Top 100 Singles Worldwide

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Here are the top songs in the world... and you probably have never heard of them.

Rs_logo_small Here are the top songs in the world... and you probably have never heard of them.

Billboard Hot 100 - 100

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Here are the top 100 songs of all time from Billboard.

Rs_logo_small Here are the top 100 songs of all time from Billboard.

Happiest Song in the World

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Empirical evidence shows that these songs are the happiest song in the world.

Rs_logo_small Empirical evidence shows that these songs are the happiest song in the world.

Encores

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This week it's all about encores that follow the main performances.

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Rs_logo_small This week it's all about encores that follow the main performances.

Interview #3: DJ Organic, Radio

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This week we feature one of the legends who worked in one of the top markets in the 80's as he discusses the hey days of radio and the changes in the music industry.

Rs_logo_small This week we feature one of the legends who worked in one of the top markets in the 80's as he discusses the hey days of radio and the changes in the music industry.

EuroVision Song Contest

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 01:58:00

The EuroVision Song Contest is the biggest performance contest in the world, and is barely known in the US. Here's a full hour of background, info, and music about the EuroVision Song Contest.

Rs_logo_small The EuroVision Song Contest is the biggest performance contest in the world, and is barely known in the US.  Here's a full hour of background, info, and music about the EuroVision Song Contest.

History of the Jukebox

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Can you find a jukebox anymore? Do they still work? We are gonna talk about the history of the jukebox and remember a time when all you needed was a quarter to hear your favorite song.

Rs_logo_small Can you find a jukebox anymore? Do they still work? We are gonna talk about the history of the jukebox and remember a time when all you needed was a quarter to hear your favorite song.

George Martin

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

What do you know about the 5th Beatle? The fifth Beatle was George Martin, the producer for the band. We are gonna tell you about his life, his background, and someone of the people he worked with.

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Rs_logo_small What do you know about the 5th Beatle? The fifth Beatle was George Martin, the producer for the band. We are gonna tell you about his life, his background, and someone of the people he worked with. 

Men Who Inspired Songs By Women

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

You know how guys write songs about women, but do you know that a lot of women have wrote music about men? We are gonna talk about a few of them and play their songs.

Rs_logo_small You know how guys write songs about women, but do you know that a lot of women have wrote music about men? We are gonna talk about a few of them and play their songs.

Allen Toussaint

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

On this episode of Rock School, we will be celebrating the life of Allen Toussaint who recently passed away on November 10, 2015. We will play music by the great jazz musician and share personal stories about him.

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Rs_logo_small On this episode of Rock School, we will be celebrating the life of Allen Toussaint who recently passed away on November 10, 2015. We will play music by the great jazz musician and share personal stories about him. 

Music Nostalgia

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This week we explore how hearing a certain song brings back memories of a particular time and place.

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Rs_logo_small This week we explore how hearing a certain song brings back memories of a particular time and place.  

B-Sides That Were Hits

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

They weren't intended to be the hit, but someone made them so.

Rs_logo_small They weren't intended to be the hit, but someone made them so.  

David Letterman

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

David Letterman retired after hosting the longest running television talk show program in history. In this episode we feature a few of the best performances from The Late Show over the years.

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Rs_logo_small David Letterman retired after hosting the longest running television talk show program in history.  In this episode we feature a few of the best performances from The Late Show over the years.

Tribute to BB King

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This week we pay tribute to the legend who recently passed away.

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Rs_logo_small This week we pay tribute to the legend who recently passed away.  

Literary References in Rock

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This is the 8th anniversary episode of Rock School. Dr. Joe Burns talks about literary references from bands like the Police, ColdPlay, the FatBoy Slim, etc.

Rs_logo_small This is the 8th anniversary episode of Rock School.  Dr. Joe Burns talks about literary references from bands like the Police, ColdPlay, the FatBoy Slim, etc.

What is the Greatest Song Ever?

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This weeks episode discusses the greatest song of all time. Dr. Burns will take songs from list like Billboard and Rolling Stone to figure out just what is the greatest song.

Rs_logo_small This weeks episode discusses the greatest song of all time.  Dr. Burns will take songs from list like Billboard and Rolling Stone to figure out just what is the greatest song.

What is Classic Rock?

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This week's episode of Rock School explores the sociological implications of the term "classic rock." A collection of radio station data shows that classic rock is more loosely defined than you might think. Join us for a surprising countdown of the most commonly played classic rock songs around the country!

Rs_logo_small This week's episode of Rock School explores the sociological implications of the term "classic rock."  A collection of radio station data shows that classic rock is more loosely defined than you might think.  Join us for a surprising countdown of the most commonly played classic rock songs around the country!

Classic Rock Originals - Part One

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Do you know who wrote your favorite classic rock songs? ELVIS PRESELY. LED ZEPPLIN. JOHNNY RIVERS. Find out the true writers and secret meanings behind those very songs on this episode of Rock School!

Rs_logo_small Do you know who wrote your favorite classic rock songs? ELVIS PRESELY. LED ZEPPLIN. JOHNNY RIVERS. Find out the true writers and secret meanings behind those very songs on this episode of Rock School!

Classic Rock Originals - Part Two

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Pt. 2 from last week's show! Get your fill on who ORIGINALLY wrote your favorite classic rock songs with Dr. Joe Burns and Monique Gregoire. The history behind them might surprise you!

Rs_logo_small Pt. 2 from last week's show! Get your fill on who ORIGINALLY wrote your favorite classic rock songs with Dr. Joe Burns and Monique Gregoire. The history behind them might surprise you!

Near Death Experiences

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Rock stars who saw the light, turned around and came back to make it big. This week we explore the music that wouldn't have been had musicians' near death experiences been a little closer.

Rs_logo_small Rock stars who saw the light, turned around and came back to make it big.  This week we explore the music that wouldn't have been had musicians' near death experiences been a little closer.  

British Invasion - Part One

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

From the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show through Herman's Hermits chart toppers, this week we explore the beginning of the British Invasion of American music.

Rs_logo_small From the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show through Herman's Hermits chart toppers, this week we explore the beginning of the British Invasion of American music.

British Invasion - Part Two

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

From the start of split opinions to The Monkees, this week we explore the pinnacle of the British Invasion of American music.

Rs_logo_small From the start of split opinions to The Monkees, this week we explore the pinnacle of the British Invasion of American music.

Song Titles Trivia

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Join Dr. Joseph Burns as he runs a solo show this week. After taking an online quiz about what a list of songs have in common, Joe Burns decides to let you listeners take the quiz with him. Tune in this week to see if you have what it takes to pass the quiz.

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Rs_logo_small Join Dr. Joseph Burns as he runs a solo show this week.  After taking an online quiz about what a list of songs have in common, Joe Burns decides to let you listeners take the quiz with him.  Tune in this week to see if you have what it takes to pass the quiz.

Back Up Singers

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

Did you know Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey all got their starts from singing backup? In fact, a lot more artists than you think began as backup singers. This week on Rock School, Dr. Joe Burns and Beth West discuss your favorite artists who started as backup singers.

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Rs_logo_small Did you know Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey all got their starts from singing backup? In fact, a lot more artists than you think began as backup singers. This week on Rock School, Dr. Joe Burns and Beth West discuss your favorite artists who started as backup singers.

Rock and Roll Myths

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

This week we cover some of the best known myths in rock and roll history and try to set the record straight. It's the truth behind the death of Sid Vicious, the lyrics to "Puff The Magic Dragon", Mick Jagger and David Bowie's sleepover, George Jones' lawnmower liquor runs and many more!

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Rs_logo_small This week we cover some of the best known myths in rock and roll history and try to set the record straight.  It's the truth behind the death of Sid Vicious, the lyrics to "Puff The Magic Dragon", Mick Jagger and David Bowie's sleepover, George Jones' lawnmower liquor runs and many more!

What Makes A Song a Hit?

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:00

So what does make a song a hit? Dr. Burns and Beth West along with special guests, Father Cayet Mangiaracina - co-author of Hello Mary Lou, Paul Sanchez - Member of Cowboy Mouth, Dr. Randy Settoon - Song writer Member of RokBox, Dr. Al Dranguet - Saxophonist with Johnny Rivers, John Fred and others, and of course, Todd Delaney - General Manager and Music Director, KSLU Radio, will shed some light on this interesting topic, and explore every avenue to the top charts for many different songs. Another great learning adventure on this week's Rock School.

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This week we'll be looking (well, you aren't really looking, you're listening) at many different topics pertaining to the ever elusive formula of what makes a song a hit. We'll be exploring and discussing many different rock bands from the most obscure to the most legendary and realizing what it took to make thier songs a great sucess. We'll also be playing songs from the band's featured. This week's Rock School is in session, so rock on!

Earworms

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:01

This episode features songs that get stuck in your head all too easily.

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Rs_logo_small Find out which songs have a higher statistical likelyhood of getting stuck in your head.  Everything is covered from those songs you love to those songs you love to hate. The show also includes research on how earworms work.

Didn't Go to Woodstock

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:01

Everybody knows who played at Woodstock, but this week's show features artists who declined the invite to play.

Rs_logo_small Before anyone knew how big Woodstock would be, it was just a simple concert being organized on a pig farm with a bunch of hippies.  Some really big bands probably regretted looking at things that way in hindsight.  Find out who turned it down, and find out who was set to play and billed but for whatever reasons could or did not attend.  Artists featured include Bob Dylan, the Moody Blues and Led Zeppelin. 

The Miranda Grosvernor Story

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:01

Miranda Grosverner, "The Muse of the Stars," a woman who does not exist was written of, spoken of, and sung about by many famous people in many genres.

Rs_logo_small Miranda Grosverner's story is one you are not going to believe. Miranda Grosverner does not exist. A figment of a woman, she was able to get many famous people From Billy Noel to Sting to write, speak, and dream about her. It all started with a phonecall to Hollywood. Who really is Miranda Grosverner? How was she finally uncovered here in Louisiana? All the answers to these questions can be found in this week's ROCK SCHOOL show!

Lecture Series: Protest Songs

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:01

It is the first episode within a four episode series.

Rs_logo_small These episodes originated within a lecture but went on to be incorporated within Rock School. They decided to make a small four episode series out of it. Within, you will learn information and back story on some of the most influential and popular protest songs in music history.

The Girl in the Song

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 58:50

Explanation for different women in song title's.

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Rs_logo_small If you ever wondered who different songs where named after, you've come to the right place. In this show, you will learn the reason so many different songs were named after women. In between the hits, you will hear the stories of the women and why their names were used for the titles.

Tribute Don Cornelius

From KSLU | Part of the Rock School series | 59:07

A tribute show to the former host and creator of Soul Train, Don Cornelius.

Rs_logo_small A tribute show to the former host and creator of Soul Train, Don Cornelius.

Mx101 Ep18: Detroit Rock City, 7/19/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

Detroit has a rich rock history and on this week's episode of Music 101, we explore it, starting in the mid-1960's up until the early 1970's.

Music_101_recent_small Detroit has a rich rock history and on this week's episode of Music 101, we explore it, starting in the mid-1960's up until the early 1970's.

Mx101 Ep18: Detroit Rock City, 7/19/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

Detroit has a rich rock history and on this week's episode of Music 101, we explore it, starting in the mid-1960's up until the early 1970's.

Music_101_recent_small Detroit has a rich rock history and on this week's episode of Music 101, we explore it, starting in the mid-1960's up until the early 1970's.

Mx101 Ep 17: Road Trip!, 7/12/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

This edition of Music 101 explores the history, the highways, byways, routes, and allure of the American road.

Music_101_recent_small This edition of Music 101 explores the history, the highways, byways, routes, and allure of the American road.

Mx101 Ep 15: Story Songs, 6/28/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

There's nothing quite like a song that tells a good story and the 70's were chock full of them. This week on Music 101, we explore the story song.

Music_101_recent_small Many story songs had such rich plots and characters they were later adapted into screenplays and made into movies. A memorable story song sucks you right into its plot. Songs like "Ode To Billie Joe" or "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" capture the imagination and we will explore those story songs and more on this edition of Music 101.

Mx101 Ep13: In Another Language, 6/14/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:01

Music 101 explores songs recorded in other languages (by the original recording artist.)

Music_101_recent_small In the age before 24-hour news and an internet connected world, it wasn't uncommon for musicians to record their songs in languages that were not their native tongue. This edition of Music 101 explores songs recorded in other languages (by the original recording artist.)

Mx101 Ep 12 : 50 Years Ago?! Albums Released in 1968, 6/7/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

It's hard to believe that 1968 was 50 years ago. This week on Music 101, we'll highlight some of the albums released in 1968.

Updated_logo_small It's hard to believe that 1968 was 50 years ago. This week on Music 101, we'll highlight some of the albums released in 1968. From Aretha Franklin's second huge album in less than a year to The Doors first and only number one album to other great albums that have made their mark in the 50 years since their release.

Mx101 Ep7: Vietnam and Campus Unrest, 5/3/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 56:59

This episode highlights the music of the Vietnam antiwar movement and its symbiotic relationship with college campuses of the era.

Music_101_recent_small The shootings in 1970 on the Kent State University and Jackson State College campuses horrified the antiwar movement. This episode highlights the music of the Vietnam antiwar movement and its symbiotic relationship with college campuses of the era and the increasingly involved students demonstrating to end the war.

Mx101 Ep 5: Music Plagiarism, 4/19/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

This episode explores music plagiarism.

Music_101_recent_small With a finite combination of notes and patterns sometimes a song will sound like another song. This edition of Music 101 explores the soundalikes, including James Brown, Oasis, and Bruce Springsteen.

Mx101 Ep4: Mercy Mercy Me (Musicians & Ecology) , 4/12/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 57:00

Music 101 explores the early environmental movements in song.

Updated_logo_small Music 101 explores the early environmental movements in song. From the Dust Bowl, to the first Earth Day, the creation of the EPA, through the energy crises of the 1970's. 

Mx101 Ep1: Songs Inspired By Literature, 3/22/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 56:58

Musicians get a lot of song inspiration from literature. This episode of Music 101 explores surprising modern and classical influences in songs.

Updated_logo_small Musicians get a lot of song inspiration from literature. This episode of Music 101 explores surprising modern and classical influences in songs.

The Worst Records Ever

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:58:00

Everyone has a list of the worst records ever: From NPR to Rolling Stone Magazine. From the NY Post Readers' Poll to noted rock music journalist Robert Fontenot. 31 of them are here.

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We’ve looked at lots of lists through the years. But we’ve never looked at these lists. These have beeen compiled by everyone from NPR's "All Things Considerd," to Rolling Stone Magazine. From New York Post readers to veteran journalist Robert Fontenot who has been covering rock, pop and soul for decades. Many of these records keep showing up on all the "Worst Songs Ever" lists.

But, don’t shut off the radio, switch stations or log out. I was shocked by some of these choices and I know you will be too. There are over 20 #1 hits on the list! The critics of the songs sight things like they take themselves too seriously, the lyrics are benign, the constant repetition is irritating, the sentiment is saccharine, they’re too sexually icky, and some are just plain annoying.

Your listeners will certainly want to weigh in. They'll get mad that some are there and agreee on others. On today’s worst records ever edition of American Jkebox you’ll hear greats like The Beatles, Dionne Warwick, Sonny & Cher and others. They all made the worst records ever list.

Agree or disagree? There is no right or wrong and I’ll weigh in too. If something really gets to you, drop me an email at stack@wmnr.org. I’d love to know what you think.

Singer Songwriters

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:58:00

Starting with the rock era, many singers and singing members of groups wrote and performed their own music. In the '70s, that phenomenon exploded and has grown since.

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Was a time in decades past that there were songwriters and there were singers. Most often the writers handed their songs over to the singers and they became popular. Starting in the rock era (circa 1955), however, solo singers and singing members of groups started to write their own music and record and perform it. Although many musicologists cite Bob Dylan as the start of the singer-songwriter, there were those before him like Fats Domino, Neil Sedaka, Del Shannon and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson who wrote their own material.

This Singer-Songwriter edition of American Jukebox looks at over 30 examples of singers who perform and record their own music. There are certainly enough to do a sequel, but for now let's listen to artists like Sam Cooke, Neil Diamond, Carly Simon, Al Green, Carole King, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and group singers who wrote the music like Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, John Fogerty, John Sebastian, John Phillips, and Christine McVie. Harry Chapin, the master storyteller, provides powerful emotion, while Paul Simon plays with rhythm in his unique style and Dolly Parton hands over a surprise with her dance-floor burner, Baby, I'm Burnin'.

Did we mention Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, John Denver, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder? Singer-songwriters all, on this edition of the jukebox.

Folk Rock & Other Goodies

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:57:34

When acoustic guitars and basses went electric and added drums and other instruments, folk-rock was born in the mid-1960's. Several examples are here along with some great oldies.

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If you liked folk music in its early revival stages brought forth by The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and others, then you heard the sound of acoustic guitars, banjos, and basses. By the mid-'60s, folk artists and those influenced by them experimented by going electric. A dozen or so selections on this edition of American Jukebox illustrate the point.

Along with the folk stuff, we also get a heavy dose of pop, rock and soul oldies.

Tribute To R&B, Soul, Funk & Disco of the '60s & '70s

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:57:24

There would be precious few great hits of the '60s and '70s if it weren't for the thrilling sounds of R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco and the black artists who created them.

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Imagine if there were no records by black artists with their unique brand of popular music. Unthinkable. That is what this American Jukebox program is about. A quick tour of the '60s and '70's supplies some great hits that were huge crossover monsters and others that were strictly on the R&B side.

A partial list of contributing solo artists: Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Wilson Pickett, Millie Jackson, Candi Staton, AL Green, Stevie Wonder, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin. 
As for groups' partial list: The Four Tops, The Temptations, Sister Sledge, Ecstacy Passion & Pain, The O'Jays, The Miracles, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, The Three Degrees, Love Unlimited, The Marvelettes, The Trammps.

Put the lights down, pour some wine and get ready to be blown away by the sound of black artists singing some of the best music ever recorded.

Natural Woman: The Carole King Radio Special - Part Two

From On the Strip Radio Network | 59:16

Carole King's iconic career as a singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire is celebrated with a two-part two-hour special.

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Part Two looks at her enormous career as a solo artist, from her Tapestry album that sold 25M copies worldwide through her sold-out tour in 2010 with longtime friend James Taylor.

Hosted by syndicated broadcaster Mike Etchart.

Natural Woman: The Carole King Radio Special - Part One

From On the Strip Radio Network | 59:09

Carole King's iconic career as a singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire is celebrated with a two-part two-hour special.

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Part One looks at Carole King's early career when she wrote great hits for other artists - from her first songwriting hit in 1961 at aged 18 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow to her huge hit for the Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday. Included are such classic songs as Up on the Roof (The Drifters), Take Good Care of My Baby (Bobby Vee), One Fine Day (The Chiffons), I'm Into Something Good (Herman's Hermits), and many, many others.
 
Hosted by syndicated broadcaster Mike Etchart.

Everything Was Right: The Beatles' Revolver

From Paul Ingles | 01:58:00

Either a two-hour program (with optional 5:00 newscast length content in each hour that can be dropped), or a one-hour program (with additional newcast friendly 54:00 cut) in which musicians, writers, and Beatle fans explore what made Revolver one of the top rock albums of all time.

Showlogo1athumb_small NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL OF PUBLIC RADIO. "AWESOME! BEST PIECE OF RADIO I HAVE HEARD in ages. A must listen for any Beatles fan." PRX REVIEW by Jonathan Fahey When rock music critics and fans are asked to rank the top rock albums of all time, The Beatles' 1966 release Revolver either heads the list or falls into the top tier. To mark the 40th anniversary year of the album's release, award-winning producer and host Paul Ingles presents Everything Was Right: The Beatles' "Revolver" Ingles explores the landmark album's story and influence in depth, talking with historians, musicians, music critics, and fans and spotlighting each Revolver track (along with the 1966 single "Paperback Writer and Rain") The Beatles experimented with new sounds and subject matter on Revolver, pioneering psychedelic rock on some tracks and exhibiting extraordinary song-craft on others. Listeners learn about the sources for the tunes, the studio experiments The Beatles used to get their ground-breaking sounds, and the lasting impact of the collection on the pop/rock music scene. Among the guest commentators is Mark Lewisohn, author of The Beatles Recording Sessions. The only journalist to have listened to every second of the Beatles' studio recordings, Lewisohn is a major authority on the band's history. Everything Was Right also features music writers Jim Derogatis, Steve Turner, Jeff Sobul, and Stuart Maddow. Musicians Shawn Colvin, Mark Erelli, John Leventhal, Deborah Holland, Richard Goldman, David Gans, Kristy Kruger, and Jon Spurney join other Beatle fans to talk about their favorite tracks on what is arguably the greatest album by the greatest band of all time. "...it does do a solid job of dissecting the psychology, backstory and musicianship of each song note for delicious note. This is the kind of program that makes musical pedants like myself pant with delight...this documentary does offer solid journalism, excellent production values and a style that leaves most of the talking to the interviewees. Highly recommended." PRX REVIEW by Jonathan Groubert    "...relentless, meticulous work on the part of the producer and host, with a rich overflow of excellent interviews. Finally, once each song has been perfectly framed, they actually let you hear it in its entirety, or nearly. And it's like you're hearing it for the first time." PRX REVIEW by Marjorie Van Halteren

The Last Year In The Life of The Beatles - 1969/1970

From Paul Ingles | 01:58:01

A two-hour special that chronologically follows The Beatles through 1969 and 1970 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.

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Although their fans didn't know it, the music The Beatles were making in 1969 turned out to be the last recordings they would ever make as a four-some.  When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gathered in the studio the day after New Year's that year, the last chapter of their remarkable journey began with the sometimes contentious Get Back / Let It Be sessions.  The band's business affairs began to unravel soon after and several members' minds started drifting toward getting off The Beatles' merry-go-round.  Still they managed to pull off one final masterpiece, Abbey Road, before being photographed together for the last time in August and formally closing the book on the Beatles early in 1970.
 
Award-winning producer Paul Ingles continues his documentation of The Beatles' story with The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles, a two-hour special that chronologically follows the band through 1969 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.  Listeners will hear behind the scenes studio chatter, rehearsal takes of songs, and finished classics, mixed with informed commentary from a host of music writers, musicians and fans.  Clips from news events and other classic music from the tumultuous year that ended the 1960's will also be blended in.
 
Commentators include writers Steve Turner, Anthony DeCurtis, Mikal Gilmore, Richie Unterberger, Greg Kot, and Ann Powers, and musicians Shawn Colvin, Richard Goldman, Jon Spurney, and David Gans.

(Song List Will Be Posted Shortly)
 
Ingles has produced programs spotlighting many Beatles albums as well as documentaries on Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin and Bob Dylan.  More information about his work is at www.paulingles.com.

A Spin Down Abbey Road (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

Music writers, musicians and Beatles fans weigh in on The Beatles' Abbey Road, the album that turned out to have the last songs the band ever recorded together. It was released in September of 1969.

Beatles_abbey-road_small Award-Winning producer Paul Ingles adds another installment to his series of programs spotlighting The Beatles album releases with A Spin Down Abbey Road.  A panel of music writers, musicians and Beatles fans offer historical background on the tracks and their own personal feelings about this landmark album.  Their comments are woven through the music of Abbey Road.

Featured guests are music writers Anthony DeCurtis, Steve Turner, Ann Powers, Richie Unterberger, Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot.  Musician guests include Shawn Colvin, Glen Phillips, Richard Goldman, David Gans, Phil & Tim Hanseroth and Jon Spurney.


The Beatles Finale: Let It Be (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

Music writers, musicians and fans offer a track-by-track assessment of the 12th and last official Beatles album, LET IT BE, released in May of 1970.

Let_it_be_small The word had been out for about a month that the legendary Beatles were splitting up, when fans were able to buy what would be their 12th and last official release.  The cover featured an individual photo of each Beatle, bordered by black under just three words, Let It Be.  While few would consider it one of the Beatles' best, there are still some undeniable classics, good rockers and some clues to the dissolution of the most famous band in music history.

In this program, producer Paul Ingles presents the 5th in his series of programs deconstructing great Beatles albums.  His panel of musicians, music writers and Beatle fans includes: Anthony DeCurtis- writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Times Critic Ann Powers, Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Beatle book authors Steve Turner and Richie Unterberger, and musicians David Gans, Jon Spurney, Richard Goldman and (in the 59:00 version only) Shawn Colvin.

Dan Ingram-All Mixed Up

From Peter Bochan | Part of the All Mixed Up series | 59:34

A Tribute to Dan Ingram who guided us through the sixties over Top 40 Music Radio Giant "77 WABC"-with airchecks, music and cultural atifacts including The Great Northeast Blackout of November 1965.

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Some RESPECT for Aretha

From Paul Ingles | 59:00

Aretha Franklin's over 6 decade career is recalled by music documentarian Paul Ingles and a panel of music writers and commentators.

Aretha-franklin_small Aretha Franklin's over 6 decade career is recalled by music documentarian Paul Ingles and a panel of music writers and commentators in the wake of Aretha's August 2018 passing at the age of 76.

Featured in the program are 20 of Aretha's legendary performances and commentary from Ann Powers of NPR Music, Writer and educator Rob Bowman, writer Ashley Kahn, writer and musician John Kruth, and public radio host Gwen Thompkins.

RESPECT: The Aretha Franklin Story

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:58:00

The Queen of Soul earned that title with nearly 60 years of performing under her belt. This is a career-spanning tribute.

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In 1960, when Aretha Franklin was 18, she was signed to Columbia Records. But, there was little soul. For six long years in those studios, under boss of A&R Mitch Miller, they tried one formula after another. Nothing clicked with the public. Nine albums, 22 singles later, with scant sales, the two parted company in 1967. On to Atlantic Records.

Head of Atlantic, Ahmet Ertegun, knew Aretha had talent but was reluctant to sign her because of the dismal record sales at Columbia for over six years. Jerry Wexler convinced Ertegun to let him take Aretha down south to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Fame Studios had a killer rhythm section. Ertugun flew off to Europe to work on some other deals and Wexler and Franklin flew off to Alabama. 

Sure enough, Wexler's hunch paid off. Aretha blossomed in that environment and they cut two sides including I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You). Atlantic released it and BOOM! It soared up the charts into the Top-10. (Of the 22 singles Columbia previously released, only one even reached the Top-50.) The Muscle Shoals crew was flown to New York to cut an album. They did - in one week. On that first album was Respect, an Otis Redding song aretha liked. No fancy Columbia orchestrations. No holding back Aretha. R-E-S-P-E-C-T burst into the consciousness of America, went to #1, and "Lady Soul" was soon to become "Queen."

On this edition of American Jukebox we take a career-spanning look at Aretha: Columbia, Atlantic, Arista, and live perfromances. 

Hail the Queen.

The Sound of Resistance: Protest or Pose

From WFHB | Part of the Interchange series | 55:38

We’ll look at three songs: “Strange Fruit” sung by Billie Holiday (and recently sampled by Kanye West); “We Almost Lost Detroit” by Gill Scott Heron; and “Warzone” by T.I. As our title suggests, we’ll discuss how we come to designate some songs as legitimate forms of protest, and how some songs might be better described as commercially opportunistic. So, songs as instruments of protest–or products of protest–or if they’re sometimes just products.

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“Protest or Pose” begins a series of programs under the heading The Sound of Resistance. Joining me in the studio is Rasul Mowatt, associate professor in The School of Public Health and the American Studies Department at Indiana University.

We’ll look at three songs: “Strange Fruit” sung by Billie Holiday (and recently sampled by Kanye West); “We Almost Lost Detroit” by Gill Scott Heron; and “Warzone” by T.I.

As our title suggests, we’ll discuss how we come to designate some songs as legitimate forms of protest, and how some songs might be better described as commercially opportunistic. So, songs as instruments of protest–or products of protest–or if they’re sometimes just products.

SEGMENT ONE: “Strange Fruit”
“Strange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans.

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

SEGMENT TWO: “We Almost Lost Detroit”
The song “We Almost Lost Detroit”, written by Gil Scott Heron and on the 1977 album Bridges, recounts the story of the nuclear meltdown at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station near Monroe, MI, in 1966. It was performed at the No Nukes concert in September 1979 at Madison Square Garden.

SEGMENT THREE: “Warzone” (2016)
T.I. has said the video is in response to the “All Lives Matter” slogan: “We wanted to give ‘the other side’ — and when I say the ‘other side’ I don’t mean police, I don’t mean white people, I mean people who think we’re just overreacting, the ‘All Lives Matter’ people — we wanted to give them the least amount of ammunition to oppose our message. (Rapper T.I. Presents Counterpoint to ‘All Lives Matter’ Crowd

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Rasul Mowatt is Associate Professor of American Studies and Associate Chair and Associate Professor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies with the School of Public Health at Indiana University.

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MUSIC
“Rumble” by Link Wray
“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
“Blood On the Leaves” Kanye West
“Strange Fruit” by Rokia Traoré
“We Almost Lost Detroit” by Gil Scott Heron
“We Almost Lost Detroit” by Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
“Warzone” by T. I.
“We Almost Lost Detroit” by Ron Holloway (featuring Gil Scott Heron)

NEXT TIME
american-slave-coastThe Capitalized Womb…We’re joined by Constance and Ned Sublette, authors of The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry. This is the brutal story of how the slavery industry made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as “breeding women” essential to the young country’s expansion. The book’s narrative is driven by the power struggle between the elites of Virginia, the slave-raising “mother of slavery,” and South Carolina, the massive importer of Africans—a conflict that was central to American politics from the making of the Constitution through the debacle of the Confederacy.

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Assistant Producer: Rob Schoon
Board Engineer: Jennifer Brooks
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford