Month: February 2023

RadiJohan Top 10 on 18 February 2023

10NewDolly PartonGonna Be You
93Tuk Smith & The Restless HeartsEverybody Loves You When You’re Dead
810KrezipIn The Water
79Visions of AtlantisClocks
66The White BuffaloNot Today
57Jethro TullGinnungagap
45Jelly RollShe
34Six60Never Been Tonight
22 TenThe Tidal Wave
11RouletteReady For Friday Night

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Introducing Lady Blackbird

A few years ago “Lady Blackbird” (aka Marley Munroe) burst onto the Jazz scene. When she was a child her parents listened to artists like Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Kool and the Gang and gospel singers like Andraé Crouch. When her mother realized Marley could sing she used to follow her around with a tape recorder. She has kept all the tapes of her as a small child singing and reciting various songs and nursery rhymes.

Marley got her start by performing at family gatherings, church, funerals, weddings, fairs and even sports events. At age 12 she traveled back and forth to Nashville after signing with a Christian record label and, as a teenager, she toured the U.S. performing in arenas with Toby Mac from “DC Talk.”

Before starting her career as Lady Blackbird, Marley Munroe explored other musical styles, eventually finding her Jazz-tinged calling as Lady Blackbird. Her debut single, Blackbird, a cover of a 1963 song by Nina Simone about the struggles of being a black woman, was released in May 2020. Her 2021 debut album, Black Acid Soul, received many 5 star reviews and she recently won ‘International Artist of the Year’ at the “Jazz FM Awards.”

Lady Blackbird’s latest single release, Woman, is new this week on RadiJohan.

Belle and Sebastian – Late Developers

Less than a year after their most recent album, A Bit of Previous, Scottish band “Belle and Sebastian” have released another new full-length 11 track effort called Late Developers. The band were formed in Glasgow in 1996 and their previous albums have been particularly successful in the UK where they’ve also scored a number of hit singles. They also received an “Outstanding Contribution to Music Award” at the UK’s “NME Awards” in 2014.

Late Developers is Belle and Sebastian’s 12th studio album. The album’s lead single, I Don’t Know What You See In Me, is new this week on RadiJohan.

An Introduction to understanding “Groupies”

This week in 1969 Rolling Stone magazine’s front cover featured an article on “groupies,” a term used for the ladies who hang out at the stage door hoping for some intimate interaction with the band. Some sources have attributed the coining of the word to The Rolling Stones former bass player, Bill Wyman, during the group’s 1965 Australian tour. However Wyman has said he and his band-mates used other “code words” for women on tour.

For a more detailed understanding of the “Groupie” phenomenon please watch the video below.

Noel Gallagher Goes Back to The Beginning

“Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” are an English Rock band formed in 2010 after Noel Gallagher’s departure from “Oasis.” The band have released three studio albums, all of which topped the UK Album chart. Their forthcoming new album, Council Skies, is due out in June. Noel Gallagher stated:

“𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 … 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 ‘90’𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘺𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵.𝘛𝘰𝘱 𝘖𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘰𝘱𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘛𝘝 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺.”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ new single, Easy Now, is new this week on RadiJohan

RadiJohan Top 10 on 11 February 2023

10NewKrezipIn The Water
910Visions of AtlantisClocks
84Bishop BriggsSuperhuman
79Jethro TullGinnungagap
68The White BuffaloNot Today
55Jelly RollShe
46Six60Never Been Tonight
31Tuk Smith & The Restless HeartsEverybody Loves You When You’re Dead
23 TenThe Tidal Wave
12RouletteReady For Friday Night

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Composer Burt Bacharach has died

Renowned American composer Burt Bacharach has passed away at the age of 94. The author of songs such as “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” reportedly died of natural causes with his family by his side.

Bacharach began his career as a songwriter in the 1950’s and became Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich’s pianist, which shot him to fame. The songwriter and pianist scored dozens of hits in his decades-long career, many of which he wrote together with Hal David (1921-2012). Bacharach and David met Dionne Warwick in 1961 and she had 39 of her hit singles penned by the musical duo. Bacharach also worked with big names like Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Elvis Costello. Many others covered his songs, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

The legendary composer was a frequent guest at the White House, whether the president was Republican or Democrat. He scored 73 Top 40 hits in the United States and 52 in the United Kingdom over the decades. In total he composed more than 500 songs, won six Grammys and three Oscars.

Introducing Polish Progressive Rock Band Riverside

“Riverside” was formed almost by accident when two of its members listened to the band “Marillion” on a car stereo back in 2001. The friends both played in heavy metal bands at the time but had a common interest for progressive rock. They decided to get together with another mutual friend, who owned a studio, to start experimenting with progressive rock.

Friend or Foe?‘ is Riverside’s new single from their latest album, ID.Identity, the band’s 8th studio album. Riverside’s Mariusz Duda commented:

One of its strong points is the lyrics which talk about how we’re perceived by others, especially these days, when pretending to be someone you’re not on social media has become the norm. Can we still be ourselves or do we have to keep adapting to the requirements of new algorithms? Perhaps we’ve already lost our identities and we’re only waiting for instructions from a Siri or Alexa?

Friend or Foe?‘ by “Riverside” is new this week on RadiJohan

Once I Had a Love…

This week in 1979 “Blondie” topped the singles chart in the UK with Heart of Glass. Featured on the band’s third studio album, Parallel Lines. The song was originally called ‘Once I Had a Love’ and was inspired by The Hues Corporation’s disco hit, Rock the Boat. A 12-inch single version of “Heart of Glass” was first released in December 1978. Some radio stations in the United States were reluctant to play the song because of the “pain in the ass” lyric, so an edited 7-inch single was released in January 1979. The original album version was released as a single in the UK where the BBC bleeped out the word “ass”. Lead singer Debbie Harry told The Guardian:

“At first, the song kept saying: ‘Once I had a love, it was a gas. Soon turned out, it was a pain in the ass.’ We couldn’t keep saying that, so we came up with: ‘Soon turned out, had a heart of glass.’ We kept one ‘pain in the ass’ in – and the BBC bleeped it out for radio.”

Heart of Glass was a mega hit around the world and, apart from topping the chart in the UK, also made number 1 in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and West-Germany.

New York, New York

On the 7th of february 1985 New York’s Mayor “Edward I. Koch” proclaimed Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York the city’s official anthem, although it was never actually made official.

The song was written and performed by Liza Minnelli in the movie of the same name in 1977. In 1979 it was recorded by Sinatra for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980), and became closely associated with him as one of his signature songs. It made the Top 40 in the US and some European Countries and reached Number 4 in Ireland and Number 2 in Canada.

New York, New York was Frank Sinatra’s last hit song.