"The Group Harmony Review" at midnight is a special presentation, thanks to listener suggestions. It's the second edition of vocal groups from 1956, a very significant year for the development of of the popularity of rhythm and blues and rock and roll vocal group harmony! Artists will include The Cadillacs, The Heartbeats, The Moonglows and The Flamingos.
On UKNY at 11 tonight, an array of new releases from Manchester's Julie Campbell, better known as LoneLady, as well as Fold, Clark, Jon Hopkins and the Buzzcocks. We'll dive headlong into a track from Bristol newcomers Spectres that takes a brazen left turn, midway through, that's akin to standing in the middle of a cyclonic sonic duststorm (no, there's nothing wrong with your radio, just hang in there). Also, the legendary Johnny Marr (aka Johnny "effing" Marr) is headed to the New York area for three shows next week, so something from that brilliant guitarist too, pulled from his terrific second solo album, Playland.
Tonight on "The Bottomless Pit," at 10, two weeks after the fact, we'll acknowledge the passing and celebrate the legacy of the great Jack Bruce (1943-2014). Jack is someone with a unique artistic voice, who made a huge impact on popular music. On the afternoon of October 25, when I read that he'd died, it was an unpleasant surprise; he was a musical hero of my youth, and beyond. So this evening, This evening, spanning from Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated (1962) to Spectrum Road (2012), we'll sample as much from Jack's recorded legacy as we can fit in an hour. In other words, we'll just be scratching the surface, but it will all be stellar.
Celtic rockers Black 47 have been a part of the fabric of New York for 25 years and frequent guests of Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight'® since the early '90s, but on Saturday, November 15, the dynamic band will play its final show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Tonight at 8, Vin will have his own radio-style wake for the group that frontman Larry Kirwan and former member Chris Byrne first brought to the show years ago, swaggering with punkish hubris, uilleann pipes, and rich tales of the politics, perils and poetry of the Irish experience and beyond.