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The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 2

by Marshall Crenshaw
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Etta James (photo by Gilles Pétard)

"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.

I'll also wrap up my simultaneous tributes to the great and never-to-be-forgotten Charlie Haden and Tommy Ramone.

And of course, there'll be much much more tonight on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10pm EDT, on 90.7FM WFUV and streaming online.

You can also find The Bottomless Pit in the FUV archives for up to two weeks after broadcast.

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