At midnight, "The Group Harmony Review" features some of the best 1950's vocal groups, like the dulcet tones of The Cadillacs, Don Julian and The Meadowlarks, Rochelle and The Candles, The Ravens, The Harptones and much more.
Fresh releases abound during these early dog days of August. Tonight on UKNY at 11, music from newer faces, like Annie Eve (pictured), FURS and Nick Mulvey, plus veterans like King Creosote and Simian Mobile Disco. Also, the debut of Little Tornados, the intriguing group founded by former Stereolab chanteuse Laetitia Sadier and filmmaker David Thayer.
"At Last" by Etta James— is it humanly possible to not love that record? I'll bet that there's not one living person who's heard that record who doesn't love it. Besides Etta, or I should say "along with Etta," the person who deserves the most credit for making that record the work of art that it is would be arranger Riley Hampton, a real unsung hero of popular music. For a couple of decades he made the world a more beautiful place, lending his artistry to a ton of classic hit records, many of which are lifelong favorites of mine. The focus of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 will be a tribute to Riley Hampton, featuring Jerry Butler, Etta James, Dee Clark and many other legends.
It's a rainy, contemplative day and on "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa has lined up music from some of his favorite raconteurs, sages and lyrical philosophers, like John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen, Harry Dean Stanton (pictured), Kris Kristofferson, Miriam Makeba and trusty Bob Dylan. Expect some wayward travels from San Francisco to New York to New England too ... and you don't need to pack a suitcase. Just come along for the ride.