My Generation of Sunday 22 May: Majority One, John Mayall [Ed’s Show 2016-21]
MAJORITY ONE * JOHN MAYALL 1967 & 2015 * The Critters, John Sinclair and Wayne Kramer
MY GENERATION & BLUESIDE 2016-21 ( = 2015/45)
Showtime on Sundays:
12:00 My Generation ** 14:00 Blueside ** 16:00 My Generation ** 18:00 Blueside ** 20:00 My Generation ** 22:00 Blueside ** 24:00 My Generation ** 02:00 Blueside ** 04:00 End of Show (Monday morning)
RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET, Paris, Brussels, Rome) is 1 hour ahead of GMT / UTC Time (London). For example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m. in London
MY GENERATION : THE PLAYLISTS
1 NEW SHOW
THE NASHVILLE TEENS ** THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP (sessions, live) ** SPECIAL MAJORITY ONE : MAJORITY ONE , BARRY RYAN (+ MAJORITY ONE), TONY BLACKBURN , THE BEACH BOYS and GRAPEFRUIT ** BAD COMPANY ** HUMBLIE PIE ** BIG BILL BROONZY **
2 LAST WEEK’s
THE OTHERS: The Tony Pike Studio Demos ** BILLIE DAVIS ** SPECIAL: THE CRITTERS, feat. THE CRITTERS, JACKIE DE SHANNON, MATTHEW FISHER, THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL, MIKE PENDER’s SEARCHERS **THE RAY KING SOUL BAND **
Voices: Jim Hightower + Country Joe McDonald: Agent Orange Song
BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS
1 NEW SHOW
THE DOORS feat. JOHN SEBASTIAN * WILLIE DIXON **
SPECIAL: JOHN MAYALL: FIND A WAY TO CARE (2015), JOHN MAYALL & The BLUESBREAKERS: LIVE IN 1967 (released 2015, feat. John McVie, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood), JAY DAVENPORT feat. John Mayall , REG RZAB with BUDDY GUY and ROCKY ATHAS feat. John Mayall (LET MY GUITAR DO THE TALKING) * *
NEW RELEASE: HEATHER CROSSE: : Groovin’ At the Crosseroads) ** LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS: FREE FORM PATTERNS, 1968, feat. Earl ‘Duke’ Davis (bs) and Danny Thome (drms) of The 13th Floor Elevators ** AL STEWART **
John Mayall: Find A Way to Care: thanks to V2 Records Belgium and Forty Below Records
Heather Crosse: thanks to V2 Records Belgium and Ruf Records
2 LAST WEEK’s
SWEET BOURBON & BOURBONNETTES: LIVE AT TRIANNON ** SPECIAL: JOHN SINCLAIR & the Blues Scholars, feat. WAYNE KRAMER: “FULL CIRCLE”; and also JOHN LEE HOOKER, THE YARDIBRDS, RAY CHARLES and PERCY MAYSFIELD ** THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND **
MY GENERATION New Format
A new 60 minute episode of My Generation followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.
First airing Sundays at 12 noon * Repeated: Sundays at 16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and 24:00 hrs (twelve midnight) * RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET), for example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m. in the UK.
SPECIAL NEW SHOW : MAJORITY ONE
The group evolved out of the U.K. band The Majority who released a string of singles between 1965 and 1968 without any success. Still, the band toured with Barry Ryan and The Beach Boys. They also recorded with Barry Ryan and his “Love Is Love” is even credited to Barry Ryan and Majority One. They also backed famous dj Tony Blackburn on a single release. To no avail, success eluded them as a band.
“The group moved to France and issued one final single as the Majority, “Charlotte Rose” though this was only released in some European territories. In 1970, still based in France, they changed their name to Majority One, issuing a few singles in 1970 and 1971 and a self-titled album in 1971, though the latter only came out in France and Holland at the time”. (source: allmusic.com)
Majority One‘s 1971 single “Because I Love” was a hit in Continental Europe and later in Brazil. In fact, they sound very much like Greek pop stars Aphrodite’s Child and their singer Demis Roussos. Majority One also released some tracks as Black Label and Rocky Cabbage, but disbanded in the summer of 1971.
A nice compilation can be found on “Rainbow Rockin’ Chair: The Definitive Collection 1969-1971”, which includes extensive notes tracing their story (RPM records).
RADIO 68 PLAYS: Majority One, Barry Ryan solo and with Majority One, The Beach Boys, Tony Blackburn and Grapefruit (Grapefruit’s George Alexander co-wrote their single “Charlotte Rose”).
SPECIAL PREVIOUS SHOW: THE CRITTERS
The Critters didn’t change the course of pop music, but they released exemplary sunshine pop and surely deserve more attention. The Critters started as a school band called The Vibrations (1964), and were signed by Kapp / Kama Sutra after their first single went nowhere. Record companies always know better, so they forced the band to release “Younger Girl” – written by John Sebastian of their label mates The Lovin’ Spoonful. This minor hit was followed by the song they will always be remembered for: the exquisite and well-deserved hit “Mr. Dyingly Sad”, a wonderful tune written by band member Don Ciccone, pointing out they had great talent in their own ranks. Jackie De Shannon recognized their talent and gave them “Children and Flowers” (a flop, however) and so did Jay Black, singer of Jay and The Techniques!
After more minor hits and drastic line-up changes (Ciccone was drafted!), the band left Kama Sutra and opted for Project 3 Records, an experimental label in terms of sound technique – but not in terms of management and distribution: their Project 3 albums went nowhere at all. Yet, they contain a bunch of carefully crafted songs, many of which are pure examples of flower power pop and light folk psych, like Awake In a Dream or Margie Girl – even if the band is from New Jersey and not California.
After the band broke up , singer and guitar player Jimmy Ryan (who was there from the start) embarked on a versatile solo career, ranging from the cast of Hair to playing with the likes of Arthur Brown, Matthew Fisher (Procul Harum), Dana Gillespie, Carly Simon, etc.
RADIO 68 PLAYS: The Critters: hits and psych pop * Jackie De Shannon who gave them “Children and Flowers” * Matthew Fisher feat. Critter Jimmy Ryan * Kama Sutra label mates The Lovin’ Spoonful * Mike Pender’s Searchers (The Searchers also covered De Shannon’s songs).
A new 60 minute episode of My Generation Blueside followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.
First airing Sundays at 14:00 hrs * Repeated: Sundays at 18:00 hrs, 22:00 hrs and 2 in the morning + Mondays 14:00 hrs ** RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET), for example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m.
NEW SHOW: SPECIAL JOHN MAYALL
RADIO 68 plays tracks from:
John Mayall’s new cd “Find A Way To Care” * a live concert of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers from 1967 released in 2015 and featuring the short-lived line-up of Mayall, John McVie, Peter Green & Mick Fleetwood * solo albums by the members of Mayall’s current band: bassist Greg Rzab (Live On Stage), drummer Jay Davenport (In Good Company) and guitarist Rocky Athas (Let My Guitar Do the Talking).
Bespreking op Keys and Chords: http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/john-mayall-find-a-way-to-care
PREVIOUS SHOW (repeated): JOHN SINCLAIR & WAYNE KRAMER: Full Circle
In 1966, White Panther and poet John Sinclair met the MC5 and became friends with singer-guitarist Wayne Kramer. In 1996, the they meet again and eventually produce that long-awaited album. Sinclair and his Blues Scholars recite, sing, play, perform Sinclair’s lyrics, paying tribute to a host of jazz and blues icons.
“On Full Circle, Sinclair, the former White Panther leader, MC5 manager, and political prisoner, lets loose with help from Motor City and Crescent City associates. Providing musical muscle are special guests ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and trumpeter Charles Moore who performed with the jazz outfit Contemporary Jazz Quartet. Both played a major part in Sinclair‘s early jazz, poetry, and rock escapades (…) Several of the tracks are heartfelt tributes to musical and cultural heroes like John Coltrane, Thelonous Monk, Allen Ginsburg, Sonny Rollins, J.C. Heard, Roosevelt Sykes, and Bukka White. Full Circle continues the Sinclair/MC5 connection achieved back in the ’60s, mixing rock and jazz before it was called “fusion.” (Source: AllMusic Review by Al Campbell )
RADIO 68 PLAYS: tracks from Full Circle: Doctor Blues, Cow, Double Dealing, The Screamers * Percy Maysfield and Ray Charles: because Sinclair’s “Double Dealing” is composed with Maysfield in mind and set to Charles’ “Lonely Avenue” John Lee Hooker, who wrote “Motor City Burning” and MC5 feat. Wayne Kramer, who covered it on their debut album * The Yardbirds with “Who Do You Love?”, since Sinclair’s The Screamers” is based on a Bo Diddley riff **