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06/06/2020
Steve Vai - "For The Love Of God"

Happy Birthday to guitarist extraordinaire Steve Vai!

Steven Siro Vai (/vaɪ/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee,[1] Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa,[2] and played in Zappa's band from 1980 to 1983.[1] He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date.[3] He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake, as well as recording with artists such as Public Image Ltd, Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.[4]

Vai has been described as a "highly individualistic player" and part of a generation of "heavy rock and metal virtuosi who came to the fore in the 1980s".[5] He released his first solo album Flex-Able in 1984, while his most successful release, Passion and Warfare (1990), was described as "the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the '80s".[6] He was voted the "10th Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine,[7] and has sold over 15 million records. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrWyZ0KZuk

Steve Vai performs "For The Love of God" live with the Holland Metropole Orchestra, 2005, featuring orchestration by Chris Opperman. From the amazing DVD "Vi...

06/06/2020
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield, "Live At Montreux 1987"

Happy Birthday to the late Curtis Mayfield!

Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music.[1][2] He first achieved success and recognition with The Impressions during the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to the North Side, he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined the vocal group The Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social awareness into soul music. In 1965, he wrote "People Get Ready" for the Impressions, which displayed his more politically charged songwriting. Ranked at no. 24 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[3] the song received numerous other awards, and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll,[4] as well as being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

After leaving the Impressions in 1970 in the pursuit of a solo career, Mayfield released several albums, including the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Super Fly in 1972. The soundtrack was noted for its socially conscious themes, mostly addressing problems surrounding inner city minorities such as crime, poverty and drug abuse. The album was ranked at no. 72 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]

Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1990.[6] Despite this, he continued his career as a recording artist, releasing his final album New World Order in 1996. Mayfield won a Grammy Legend Award in 1994 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.[7] He is a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Impressions in 1991, and again in 1999 as a solo artist. He was also a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. He died from complications of type 2 diabetes at the age of 57 on December 26, 1999. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bopG1HPsK8

Curtis Mayfield - Live At Montreux 1987 DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004 Live at Montreux: 1987 captures a concert performance by Curtis Mayfield from the...

06/06/2020
Suzi Quatro - Your mama won´t like me -

Happy Birthday to Suzi Quatro!

Susan Kay Quatro[1] (born June 3, 1950) is an American rock singer-songwriter, bass guitarist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star.[2]:1–3[3]

In the 1970s, Quatro scored a string of hit singles that found greater success in Europe and Australia than in her homeland. She reached no. 1 in the UK and other European countries and Australia with her singles "Can the Can" (1973) and "Devil Gate Drive" (1974). Following a recurring role as bass player Leather Tuscadero on the popular American sitcom Happy Days, her duet "Stumblin' In" with Smokie's lead singer Chris Norman reached No. 4 in the US.

Quatro released her eponymous debut album in 1973. Since then, she has released fifteen studio albums, ten compilation albums, and one live album. Her other solo hits include "48 Crash", "Daytona Demon", "The Wild One", and "Your Mama Won't Like Me".

Between 1973 and 1980, Quatro was awarded six Bravo Ottos. In 2010, she was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame. Quatro has sold over 50 million albums[4] and continues to perform live, worldwide. Her most recent studio album was released in 2019 and she also continues to present new radio programmers. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGZwDi8ry-E

Suzi Quatro

06/01/2020
The Howlin' Wolf "Moanin' at Midnight" (1951)

The A-side of the first single by Chester Burnett A/K/A The Howlin' Wolf, recorded at Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service in mid-1951 (pre-Sun Studios). Phillips licensed his recordings of Wolf to Chess Records, who released the song with "How Many More Years" as the B-side.

The A-side of the first single by Chester Burnett A/K/A The Howlin' Wolf, recorded at Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service in mid-1951. Phillips licensed...

06/01/2020
Red - YAR.mp3

Get your week stared off right with a new episode of THEME STREET! A show all about the word on the street. And the word on the street today is RED. Listen to new episodes every Monday at 7am on Yarmouth's own WYAR 88.3FM. Support independent radio!

And check out all the episodes here ---> #themestreetwyar

06/01/2020

Get your week started off right with a new episode of Theme Street! What's the word on the street gonna be? Tune in & find out, at 7am every Monday morning on Yarmouth's own WYAR 88.3FM.

And get all the past episodes at #themestreetwyar

05/31/2020
Vicki Sue Robinson on Midnight Special 1976

Happy Birthday to the late Vicki Sue Robinson!

Vicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 – April 27, 2000) was an American theatre/film actress and singer, closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music; she is most famous for her 1976 hit, "Turn the Beat Around." Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZfPWp-VGKY

Vicki Sue and her band doing Turn the Beat Around live on the Midnight Special in 1976 VSR -lead vocals, Danny Pickering -flute/trumpet, Joey Melotti -keys, ...

05/31/2020

Happy Birthday to the late Benny Goodman!

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Goodman's bands started the careers of many jazz musicians. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups. He performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZazFYqtQC0

05/31/2020
T-Bone Walker - Goin' to Chicago

Happy Birthday to the late T-Bone Walker!

Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker (May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975) was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was a pioneer and innovator of the jump blues and electric blues sound.[1][2] In 2018 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 37 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGk72L652K4

London. Nov 30th,1966. Jazz at Philharmonic are: Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Moody, Benny Ca...

05/31/2020
Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Happy Birthday to John Fogerty!

John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival ("CCR"), for which he was the lead singer, lead guitarist, and principal songwriter. The group had nine top-10 singles and eight gold albums between 1968 and 1972, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.[5]

Since CCR parted ways in 1972, Fogerty has had a successful solo career,[6] which continues to the present. He was listed on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Songwriters (at number 40) and the list of 100 Greatest Singers (at number 72).[7] His songs include "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Fortunate Son", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Who'll Stop the Rain", and "Centerfield". Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCCfc2vAuDU

Music video by Creedence Clearwater Revival performing I Heard It Through The Grapevine. © 2018 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc. htt...

05/27/2020
Peggy Lee: Fever!

Happy Birthday to the late Peggy Lee!

Norma Deloris Egstrom (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002), known professionally as Peggy Lee, was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, over a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, Lee created a sophisticated persona, writing music for films, acting, and recording conceptual record albums combining poetry and music. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxoAJ3Boyc

Fever!! A classic recording from the late 60's.Featuring Peggy with Max Bennett (bass) and Jack Sperling (drums).Written originally by Davenport and Cooley ,...

05/27/2020
Miles Davis - I Fall In Love Too Easily (Live In Copenhagen, 1969)

Happy Birthday to the late Miles Davis!

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.[1]

Born in Alton, Illinois, and raised in East St. Louis, Davis left to study at the Juilliard School in New York City, before dropping out and making his professional debut as a member of saxophonist Charlie Parker's bebop quintet from 1944 to 1948. Shortly after, he recorded the Birth of the Cool sessions for Capitol Records, which were instrumental to the development of cool jazz. In the early 1950s, Miles Davis recorded some of the earliest hard bop music while on Prestige Records but did so haphazardly due to a heroin addiction. After a widely acclaimed comeback performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Records and recorded the 1957 album 'Round About Midnight.[2] It was his first work with saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Paul Chambers, key members of the sextet he led into the early 1960s. During this period, he alternated between orchestral jazz collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, such as the Spanish-influenced Sketches of Spain (1960), and band recordings, such as Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959).[3] The latter recording remains one of the most popular jazz albums of all time,[4] having sold over five million copies in the U.S.

Davis made several lineup changes while recording Someday My Prince Will Come (1961), his 1961 Blackhawk concerts, and Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), another mainstream success that introduced bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams.[3] After adding saxophonist Wayne Shorter to his new quintet in 1964,[3] Davis led them on a series of more abstract recordings often composed by the band members, helping pioneer the post-bop genre with albums such as E.S.P (1965) and Miles Smiles (1967),[5] before transitioning into his electric period. During the 1970s, he experimented with rock, funk, African rhythms, emerging electronic music technology, and an ever-changing line-up of musicians, including keyboardist Joe Zawinul, drummer Al Foster, and guitarist John McLaughlin.[6] This period, beginning with Davis' 1969 studio album In a Silent Way and concluding with the 1975 concert recording Agharta, was the most controversial in his career, alienating and challenging many in jazz.[7] His million-selling 1970 record Bitches Brew helped spark a resurgence in the genre's commercial popularity with jazz fusion as the decade progressed.[8]

After a five-year retirement due to poor health, Davis resumed his career in the 1980s, employing younger musicians and pop sounds on albums such as The Man with the Horn (1981) and Tutu (1986). Critics were generally unreceptive but the decade garnered the trumpeter his highest level of commercial recognition. He performed sold-out concerts worldwide, while branching out into visual arts, film, and television work, before his death in 1991 from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure.[9] In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,[10] which recognized him as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz."[10] Rolling Stone described him as "the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century,"[9] while Gerald Early called him inarguably one of the most influential and innovative musicians of that period. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc12IZ0k3bA

Miles Davis performing "I Fall In Love Too Easily" from Live In Copenhagen, 1969 Listen to Miles Davis: https://MilesDavis.lnk.to/listenYD Subscribe to the o...

05/27/2020
The Last Waltz (1978) - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Scene (5/7) | Movieclips

Happy Birthday to the late Levon Helm!

Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012)[1] was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style, highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

Helm also had a successful career as a film actor, appearing as Loretta Lynn's father in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), as Chuck Yeager's friend and colleague Captain Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff (1983), and as a Tennessee firearms expert in Shooter (2007).

In 1998, Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, which caused him to lose his singing voice. After treatment, his cancer eventually went into remission, and he gradually regained the use of his voice. His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008, and in November of that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 91 in its list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[2] In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, a category inaugurated in 2010.[3] In 2011, his live album Ramble at the Ryman won the Grammy in the same category.[4] On April 17, 2012, his wife and daughter announced on Helm's website that he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer" and thanked fans while requesting prayers. Two days later, Helm died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dDbnwQlCek

The Last Waltz - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down: Levon Helm leads The Band through a passionate take of the Civil War-inspired song, "The Night They Dro...

05/27/2020
Stevie Nicks - If Anyone Falls

Happy Birthday to Stevie Nicks!

Stephanie Lynn Nicks (born May 26, 1948)[1] is an American singer and songwriter. Nicks is best known for her work as a songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac, and her chart-topping solo career. She is known for her distinctive voice, mystical stage persona and poetic, symbolic lyrics.[2] Her work both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist has produced over forty top 50 hits and sold over 140 million records, making her one of the best-selling music acts of all time with Fleetwood Mac.

Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 along with her then-boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, was the best-selling album of the year of its release and to date has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the fifth biggest-selling studio album of all time. The album remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks and reached number one in various countries worldwide. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. It produced four US Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles, with Nicks's "Dreams" being the band's first and only Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

In 1981, while remaining a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks began her solo career, releasing the studio album Bella Donna, which topped the Billboard 200 and has reached multiplatinum status.[3] She has released nine solo studio albums, with her most recent, Stand Back, released in 2019.

Nicks was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by Rolling Stone.[4] She is the only woman to have been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and as a solo artist in 2019.[5] She has garnered eight Grammy Award[6] nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist. She has won numerous awards with Fleetwood Mac, including a Grammy Award and five Grammy Award nominations. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTz40F11ufQ

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In memory of Judge Carl Bradford. A great man, an excellent lawyer and judge, an outstanding musician, and a friendly and informed host of the WYAR Jazz Show. (I'm sending a donation to the station in his honor).
Thank you for playing Lili Marlene just now. Brings back great memories of my dad. He was in WWII and always sang this song, in German and in English. ❤️
Novel playbook sweeps across musical styles from Roy Rogers to blues to early rock and light opera.
New Country, Bluegrass, Swing, Line Dance, Zydeco, Americana, Contemporary Donna the Buffalo w/ Hambone at Bayside Bowl Saturday April 13 - 8:00 PM
Keep up the grand effort to bring good music to our banal lives !! Bob in Phoenix, Az
Listening to Judge Carl Bradford now, his shows are so interesting!
My husband & I have been listening for quite awhile & are contributors so obviously we love the music. I grew up listening to a variety of music and playing classical piano. Keep up the great work!!
Martini Mix.
I happened to accidentally find your station today while driving from Falmouth to Bath. It's great! Love it! Thanks so much! You have changed my life!
A taste of what you might hear on the Jazz Oasis Maine Friday nights here on WYARor on Live streaming http://player.streamlicensing.com/5650?l&stream_id=11172