Month: May 2023

Frank Didn’t Really Like It

Frank Sinatra topped the UK chart this week in 1966 with the title track of his most commercially successful album album, Strangers In The Night. The song also reached number 1 in the USA. Sinatra despised the song, apparently calling it “a piece of shit” at one time. Glen Campbell played rhythm guitar on the record.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 27 May 2023

9NewLenny KravitzHow Long Have you Been Blind
8NewTexasAfter All
77Shakin’ StevensAll You Need Is Greed
64Leah Before This War Is Over
45Uriah HeepGolden Light
31Sophie Ellis-BextorBreaking The Circle
22Floor JansenMy Paragon
13ShinedownA Symptom of Being Human

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Music Legend Tina Turner Dies at 83

Tina Turner, whose soul classics like What’s Love Got to Do With It and pop hits like The Best made her a superstar, has died at the age of 83.

Tina had suffered a number of health issues in recent years including cancer, a stroke and kidney failure.

She rose to fame alongside husband Ike in the 1960’s with songs including Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits and River Deep, Mountain High.

She divorced Ike, who was abusive, in 1978, and went on to find even greater success as a solo artist in the 1980’s.

Dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Tina Turner was known for her raunchy and energetic stage performances and her husky, powerful vocals.

Her death was announced on her official Instagram page.

“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” the post said.

“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.”

DMA’s Forever

Three piece Australian rock band “DMA’s” fourth studio album, How Many Dreams? was released on 31 March 2023. Formed in Sydney in 2012 their musical sound led to comparisons to the bands “Oasis” and “The Stone Roses.”

When Noel Gallagher (Oasis) was asked in an interview whether he had heard of the Aussie band that sound like Oasis he said he hadn’t and added: “I’ll have to watch them from side of stage and boo them.” DMA’s have explained that the comparison to Oasis was not their intention and that it mostly came from lead singer Tommy  O’Dell’s voice.

DMA’s latest single Forever is new this week on RadiJohan.

The Birth of Rock Opera

This week in 1969 “The Who” released their album Tommy, a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy who plays a mean pinball. The lavish double concept album introduced a new genre: Rock Opera. The single Pinball Wizard became a classic hit. The album was developed into an acclaimed movie in 1975 starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson.

Mal Pope Marks 50th Anniversary With New Songs.

In the early 1970’s Welsh singer, songwriter, musician and producer Mal Pope signed his first recording contract at age 13 after sending a tape of songs to “BBC Radio 1” presenter John Peel, who invited Pope to perform at the BBC. The session resulted in a recording contract with Elton John’s record label, “The Rocket Record Company.” Mal has written songs for Cliff Richard and The Hollies, sung with Elton John and Bonnie Tyler and toured with Art Garfunkel and Belinda Carlisle.

2023 marks Mal’s 50th anniversary and he has written some new songs for the occasion. His new single, Looking For Love, features the “City of Prague Symphony Orchestra” and is new this week on RadiJohan.

Maria Mena Bares Her Soul

Maria Mena was eighteen years young when she broke through in large parts of Europe in 2004 with You’re The Only One. From then on the Norwegian nightingale captivated people again and again with her soft, fragile voice and profound, sometimes painful lyrics. For her new single Try Again Tomorrow she has called on Norwegian folk duo “Darling West.”

Yet once again it is Maria herself who steals the show, with a dramatic song in which she again lyrically exposes her soul. It is about going to therapy, about daring to admit bad days in life and about admitting your own feelings, about self love, daring to cancel plans and taking care of yourself in an increasingly hectic life. It’s about trying again tomorrow.

Try again Tomorrow is new this week on RadiJohan.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 20 May 2023

104RoxanneOnly a Call Away
9NewKrezipAny Day Now
85Tuk Smith & The Restless HeartsGirls on The East Side of Town
78Shakin’ StevensAll You Need Is Greed
610Birdy Raincatchers
56 Uriah HeepGolden Light
47LeahBefore This War Is Over
33ShinedownA Symptom of Being Human
22Floor JansenMy Paragon
11Sophie Ellis-BextorBreaking The Circle

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The Question is….

English band McFly will be releasing their new album next month. Power To Play will be their seventh studio album. One of the UK’s most successful bands, McFly have scored seven UK number 1 singles, released six albums, two of which were chart-toppers and have played thousands of sold-out shows. They have sold over 10 million records worldwide.

The first track released from the new album, Where Did All The Guitars Go?, is new this week on RadiJohan.

Like Father Like Son

Trev Lukather is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. If his surname sounds familiar to you it will likely be because Trev is the Son of Toto guitarist Steve Lukather. Trev has released The Sound, the first official single from his forthcoming debut solo album, Invisible Friends.

“’The Sound’ is about hope of unity during a brutal time of division. We are so lost in our phones and ourselves. Lack of communication. War. Loss of freedom. Loss of human rights. Racism. Political meltdowns. Misinformation. Deadly earthquakes. We are derailing literally and figuratively. I wanted to send a message of how we are all on this floating speck in the universe together trying to find the meaning of why we are here.”

The Sound, by Trev Lukather, is new this week on RadiJohan.