Saturday, May 19, 2007


The heads up is for TRADITIONS:
Gospel music is something that has a great appeal to me and, I believe, to our audience. There is a White Gospel genre and there is a Black (African American) genre. The crossover artist in all this is Elvis Presley.

If you tune in on Sunday you will hear the two different influences and how they differed---and also, later, blended. To some extent. You will hear the White Gospel of salvation as evinced by Roy Acuff and Hank Williams.

Which will lead us into the world of people like these:
The Dixie Hummingbirds---together now for over 75 years.

Then there is always the glorious voice of Paul Robeson and the songs of freedom that will be given to us by Kim and Reggie Harris.

The program will have a lot more, including a some old favorites and some wonderful new material. A few surprises as always.

The Gospel portion will air in the 4 PM hour. Here is a trivia query---in what category did Elvis Presley receive his only Grammys. The first 3 respondents that respond on this website will get a randomly selected CD.
The Heads Up for SUNDAY SIMCHA: Comedy Corner should prove to be a highlight of this program. Though, admittedly, the music and artists featured will be of great interest. Including a little contest---any ideas how to alliterate the title for Trivia on Sunday Simcha. Let me know. We have Traditions Trivia for the other program. What about this---how about Sunday Simcha Sechel? If you can come up with a winner you can get a CD.
Finally, the book about Steve Goodman is issued and the author will be with me shortly. You can get this book now at your favored bookseller. Featuring over 1,000 interviews, a CD, and brilliant writing about an artist who, as he said to me, don't know about him but do know of him. Hopefully this book will change that. So many people know "City of New Orleans" and do not know that the greatest RR song ever written was by Steve Goodman. The song, if you listen carefully to the words, is a metaphor about Steve Goodman and the nation.

In our interview you will also hear of John Denver's recording prior to Arlo Guthrie's and of Denver's claim to partial authorship. Great story.

That interview will be on TRADITIONS---with Steve Goodman music from the CD that comes with the book. So---if you are male---get an athletic supporter--if female--I have no advice. It is a very heavy and worthwhile tome.

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