Month: January 2024

RadiJohan Top 10 on 27 January 2024

10NewMagnumBlue Tango
94The DryesTake Me Out
8NewNitrateNeeds A Little Love
79Kimberly Perry Fool’s Gold
63Exit Eden ft. Marko Hietala Run
58Hugo’s VoyageA Friend Like You
45Overpass Beautiful
36The Struts I Won’t Run
22Moon Safari Emma, Come On
11D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings Tiny Little Fires

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Melanie Dies Aged 76

Singer-songwriter Melanie, who performed at Woodstock in 1969 and had big hits with “Brand New Key” and “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” in the early ’70’s, passed away peacefully Tuesday according to a statement on her Facebook page.

Melanie was one of only three female solo artists to perform at the original Woodstock festival in 1969 alongside Janis Joplin and Joan Baez and was helicoptered into the festival as a virtual unknown before she had any hits on the radio.

In 1970 “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain),” a gospel-flavored collaboration with the Edwin Hawkins Singers was Melanie’s first pop hit. It reached number 1 in The Netherlands and Canada, and number 6 on the USA Hot 100. Her biggest hit came the following year, when “Brand New Key,” which was taken as a sort of children’s tune by some and full of sexual innuendo by others, reached the top 10 in The Netherlands, Ireland and the UK, and number 1 in The USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Melanie’s other (minor) hits included “What Have They Done To My Song Ma,” “Nickel Song,” “Beautiful People” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.”

By the mid-1970s Melanie’s popularity had waned, but she maintained a following and kept recording and playing live. She had recently been working on a new album of cover songs.


The Emergence of a New Supergroup?

Liam Gallagher (Oasis) and guitarist John Squire (The Stone Roses) have released a joint single called “Just Another Rainbow.” It’s the Manchester musicians’ first collaboration.

Gallagher and Squire have a history that dates back to 1988, when a 16-year-old Gallagher, accompanied by his older brother Noel, saw “The Stone Roses” play at a live music venue in Manchester. It was a “life-changing”experience for Liam which ultimately inspired him to join local band “the Rain,” which ultimately became “Oasis.”

Gallagher and Squire have indicated they are planning more for 2024. “Just Another Rainbow” is new this week on RadiJohan.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 20 January 2024

103At 1980Back To Me
9NewKimberly Perry Fool’s Gold
810Hugo’s Voyage A Friend Like You
72Games We PlayToo Young
6NewThe Struts I Won’t Run
58Overpass Beautiful
41The DryesTake Me Out
35Exit Eden ft. Marko Hietala Run
27Moon Safari Emma, Come On
14D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings Tiny Little Fires

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Magnum’s Last Waltz?

British rock band Magnum have just released their 23rd studio album titled “Here Comes The Rain.” The release comes shortly after the unfortunate passing of the band’s founding guitarist and songwriter, Tony Clarkin, after a short illness.

Known for their unmistakable signature sound, Magnum have consistently delivered a unique blend of classic rock and melodic hard rock, carefully seasoned with some progressive elements since their debut album “Kingdom of Madness” in 1978, creating a distinct musical experience. “Here Comes The Rain” continues in the proud Magnum tradition, offering ten tracks that serve as a fitting finale for Tony Clarkin, the musical maestro.

“Blue Tango,” the new Magnum album’s first single, is new this week on RadiJohan.


RadiJohan Top 10 on 13 January 2024

10NewHugo’s VoyageA Friend Like You
95The Castellows Hurricane
7NewMoon SafariEmma, Come On
64Jason Aldean Let Your Boys Be Country
57Exit Eden ft. Marko HietalaRun
410D’Virgilio, Morse & JenningsTiny Little Fires
33 At 1980 Back To Me
22Games We Play Too Young
11The Dryes Take Me Out

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Magnum legend Tony Clarkin passes aged 77

Magnum founder, guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin has died after a short illness. The news was confirmed in a statement shared by his family on Magnum’s official social media channels. Last month the band revealed that Tony had been diagnosed with a rare spinal condition, which brought about the cancellation of their Spring 2024 tour.

Tony Clarkin founded Magnum in his hometown Birmingham together with vocalist Bob Catley in 1972 in order to appear as the resident band at Birmingham’s “Rum Runner” nightclub. Clarkin and Catley remained at the centre of the band, producing 23 studio albums across six separate decades. Tony Clarkin was the sole songwriter throughout Magnum’s history, writing all of their material.

Magnum’s latest album, Here Comes The Rain, is due for release this Friday, January 12.

“I didn’t look to live forever”
(TC 2024)

R.I.P. David Soul

Actor and singer David Soul has died at the age of 80, his wife Helen Snell has confirmed. David Soul, born David Richard Solberg on August 28, 1943, was an American-British actor and singer, best known for his role as California detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson in the series Starsky and Hutch from 1975 to-1979. After a successful singing career, Soul led an obscure life throughout the 1980’s and had a lengthy battle with alcoholism. He recently appeared in various American television series, playing relatively small roles.

David Soul scored his biggest hits in the mid 70’s, including the 1976 chart topper “Don’t Give Up On Us” which went to number 1 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 06 January 2024

10NewD’Virgilio, Morse & JenningsTiny Little Fires
910StreetlightHit The Ground
8NewBlink-182Dance With Me
78Exit Eden ft. Marko HietalaRun
66The StrumbellasHold Me
51The CastellowsHurricane
43Jason Aldean Let Your Boys Be Country
35 At 1980 Back To Me
24Games We Play Too Young
12The Dryes Take Me Out

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Frampton Found The Way

It was released on the 6th of January 1976, was the best-selling album of that year in the USA and is one of the best-selling live albums of all time. “Frampton Comes Alive!” is a double live album by guitarist, singer and songwriter “Peter Frampton.”

Peter Frampton, a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, gained prominence as the lead singer for “The Herd” when he was only 16. Later, he formed the band “Humble Pie” with Steve Marriott from “The Small Faces.” During his time with Humble Pie, Frampton also engaged in session recording for other artists including George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, and Jerry Lee Lewis. After four studio albums and one live album with Humble Pie, Frampton left the band.

In 1971, after four studio albums and one live album with Humble Pie, Peter Frampton decided to pursue a solo career. His early albums did not achieve significant commercial success. However, everything changed with the release of “Frampton Comes Alive!”  Three tracks from the album, “Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way”, and “Do You Feel Like We Do” were released as singles, with all three reaching the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100.