British singer-songwriter Roger Whittaker has died at age 87. He passed away in a hospital in southern France surrounded by his wife Natalie and their five children.
Before taking up a career in music, Whittaker studied medicine and trained as a teacher in Kenya, where he was born to English parents. He also completed his National Service in the Kenya Regiment, a unit of the British Army. Whittaker said that he was “stupid, selfish and angry” in his youth and that the army “made a man” out of him.
In 1959 he moved to Wales to continue his studies. At that time he treated his musical career purely as a part-time occupation, entertaining small groups of friends and playing the occasional folk club date. However, by 1961, having played many cabaret slots and recording an independently-funded single for charity, he secured a contract with Fontana Records. When his second single, “Steel Man”, reached the lower regions of the UK charts, he decided to abandon a promising career in science in favour of one in entertainment.
Roger Whittaker went on to sell an estimated 50 million records globally and will be remembered for hits like “New World In The Morning,” “Durham Town,” “I Don’t Believe in if Anymore” and “The Last Farewell.”
Chvrches’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry has released her debut solo single, “Are You Awake?” Mayberry announced her intention to release songs outside of “Chvrches” last month. In a post on Instagram she wrote:
“For a long time, I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything outside of Chvrches. Since I was 15 years old, I have always, only, ever been in a band. I always wanted so badly to belong somewhere — to be one of the boys, and to fit in. But as I sail/stumble through this era of my life (your 20s really do go by in a flash, kids), it has started to feel like there are things I want to write and say and do that need to be done on my own.”
Lauren Mayberry’s “Are You Awake?” is new this week on RadiJohan.
“Other Side Of The Rainbow” is the fourth single from hard rock band Extreme’s latest album, “Six.” The song shows off the band’s more intimate side, reminiscent of previous singles like “Hole Hearted” and their 1991 number one smash hit “More Than Words.”
“Every once in a while, we’ll harness some kind of magic, and I think we did on this one,” says front man Gary Cherone of “Other Side Of The Rainbow.” “It’s a universal theme. It’s about restoring someone’s faith in love… it’s the perfect marriage of lyrics and melody.”
Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has revealed this track includes his favorite guitar solo of the album.
“Other Side Of The Rainbow” by Extreme is new this week on RadiJohan.
The formation of Swedish progressive metal band “Soen” was announced in 2010 and, since releasing their debut album “Cognitive” in 2012, they have gradually increased in popularity, particularly in Europe. In March of 2021 their song “Illusion,” a superb ballad from their fifth studio album “Imperial,” spent three weeks at number one in the RadiJohan Top 10.
Soen’s new album, “Memorial,” was released earlier this month and once again includes a noteworthy ballad. “Hollowed” is a composition for which Soen enlisted the help of Italian singer “Elisa.” Having a guest contribution is new for Soen and appears to have worked out great. The song explores a relationship from which the harmony has disappeared.
The Rolling Stones have released “Angry,” the first single from long-awaited new studio album “Hackney Diamonds. “Angry” has that very distinctive Stones sound that’s almost impossible to mistake for anything else. With more than sixty years on the clock they still manage to sound contemporary, while keeping their unique sound intact. The song comes with a great video that takes a trip through Stones history.
The band revealed more details about the album, out October 20, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. “Hackney Diamonds,” which is an old East London slang for “broken glass,” will be the first Rolling Stones album with new music since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.” The album will be their first with new drummer Steve Jordan who, according to the band, was identified long ago by original Stones drummer Charlie Watts as his replacement, should anything ever happen to him.
“Angry” by the Rolling Stones is new this week on RadiJohan.
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is one of the most successful and best-selling music artists of all time. Bryan joined his first band when he was only 15 years old and, at age 20, released his eponymous debut album. His 1984 album “Reckless,” which contained six charting singles and included the classic “Summer of 69,” made him a global star.
Numerous albums and singles later Bryan appears to have no thoughts of slowing down. His 2022 album “So Happy It Hurts” went to number 2 on the German and Swiss album charts and reached number 3 in the UK and Austria. Earlier this year the single, The Thing That Wrecks You,” a collaboration with Canadian country music star, Tenille Townes, rose to number 4 on the RadiJohan Top 10.
Bryan has started off the month of September 2023 by releasing two new songs. “Sometimes You Lose Before You win” and “You’re Awesome are both from the soundtrack for the upcoming Comedy Central feature film “Office Race.”
“Sometimes You Lose Before You win” is new this week on RadiJohan.
Gary Wright, the musician best known for his hit singles “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive” has died. He was 80.
Wright, a soulful singer, keyboard player and synthesiser pioneer, was a founding member of British blues rock band “Spooky Tooth.” He was also an in-demand session musician who played on all of George Harrison’s solo albums, Ringo Starr’s early singles, songs by Nilsson, B.B. King and many others.
Gary’s son Justin shared that his father died on Monday morning at his home in California surrounded by family. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia for several years.