Saturday, October 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

We are Back! Funky, Feel-Good Friday is on the Air!


Vinyl Voyage is Down

Sorry for the inconvenience. The servers over at Sonixcast are down. It will be up as soon as possible.

If you are looking for Funky, Feel-Good Friday and need your 70s fix, listen to some of our past episodes of Adventures in Vinyl, featuring K-Tel.







You can access the entire Adventures in Vinyl playlist via Mixcloud.

Hopefully, the servers will come back up soon.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"New York State of Mind" the SOTW

This week we are spinning "New York State of Mind" from Billy Joel's 1976 album, Turnstiles.


Just like all of the Song of the Weeks we have done at Vinyl Voyage Radio, I uploaded a video to Youtube of the song playing on vinyl. The videos are usually flagged for copyright violations, but are usually just monetized by the copyright holder. Not this one. This video was blocked in 239 countries!
As far as I can tell, that's most countries int he world. The only other video to get this Youtube treatment was "A Day in the Life." That video was blocked in "all countries."

If you can, watch it below.


The Song of the Week can be heard on Vinyl Voyage Radio on Wednesday, 10 am and 10 pm (Central) and then throughout the week.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Color Me Pumpkin Orange! Special Halloween broadcast

If you missed "Color Me Pumpkin Orange," a special Halloween mix assembled by F This Movie's JB, you can catch special repeat broadcasts at the following times, Central:

(Click on the date to add to your Google calendar)

Saturday, October 14   10pm
Friday, October 20 11 pm
Sunday, October 29, 1:30 pm
Monday October 30, 8 pm
Tuesday, October 31  4 pm and 7 pm and 11pm



The broadcast is also available via Mixcloud.







Thursday, October 12, 2017

Coming soon: Color Me Pumpkin Orange

This year, Vinyl Voyage Radio is proud to present Color Me Pumpkin Orange, a special Halloween presentation curated by JB, a contributor to F This Movie, one of the best movie websites and podcasts on the internet. Each year, JB puts together an extremely eclectic mix of Halloween songs and sounds and this year we will broadcast his mix in its entirety.

Color Me Pumpkin Orange features obscure movie promos, and a wonderful selection of Halloween themed songs that are "drenched in Halloween goodness." The artists include Louis Prima, the Specials, Cab Calloway, the Monkees, Cher, Harry Nillson, Radiohead and many, many more.

Graphic courtesy of JB.

Color Me Pumpkin Orange premieres on Friday, October 13th at 8pm central. Listen...if you dare!

Click on the link to set a calendar reminder:     


More broadcasts will be announced. And Color me Pumpkin Orange will soon be available on demand, as well.

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SOTW22- Nick Gilder - Here Comes the Night

I was first introduced to Nick Gilder when his song played on Spotlight, a K-Tel album from 1978.  And I was instantly taken by it.

Recently, I picked up an unopened copy of Nick Gilder's 1978 album, City Nights. For this week's Song of the Week, we are featuring "Here Comes the Night."



"Here Comes the Night" can be heard at 10am and 10pm Central on Wednesday, then throughout the week.

Take a listen to the song being played for the first time on vinyl below.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Last Chance: "Tom Petty: A Retrospective"

This is your last chance to hear Tom Petty: A Retrospective. This Vinyl Voyage special will air at 2 pm (central) on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8.

Add to



AIVE51 Get Dancin': Hot Hits to Get You Movin' (1983)

This is the 51st episode of Adventures in Vinyl and we will be spinning a K-Tel album from 1983 called Get Dancin': Hot Hits To Get You Movin'. This album features 12 dance-inspired songs from a variety of artists including Laura Branigan, the Pointer Sisters, Toni Basil, Kool and the Gang and many more!



You can listen to this episode at the following times (Central)

Saturday, 12:30 pm
Sunday, 4:00 pm
Wednesday, 2 am

In addition, you can listen to it on demand via Mixcloud


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tom Petty Retrospective, TONIGHT

Join us for a very special tribute to the late Tom Petty, TONIGHT at 8pm (central).  Repeats at 5 am Friday and Saturday afternoon at 2pm.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tom Petty Retrospective-Tell Us Your Fav Tom Petty Memories

Join us TONIGHT at 8 pm (Central) for a very special Tom Petty Retrospective.  Have a favorite Tom Petty song or memory that you want to share? Let us know. You can leave a message and it may be included in the show.  Call us at

1-224-357-6214



SOTW - "Breakdown" by Tom Petty

Tom Petty never seemed so much a rock star.  Looking more like that awkward child in middle school that we all were, Tom Petty had an ordinary aura about him. Yet he was anything but ordinary.  On Monday after hearing the news and trying to process everything that was happening in the world, I wandered into Barnes and Noble and purchased Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Greatest Hits on vinyl. Looking over the track list is was easy to see that this man was a bonafide rock star.

This week on the "Song of the Week," we are spinning Tom Petty's 1976 classic, "Breakdown."



The Song of the Week can be heard at 10am and 10 pm (central) Wednesday and throughout the week on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Or, listen to it below on vinyl.





Saturday, September 30, 2017

Song of the Week Anthology (Y1E2)

It's been 20 weeks since we started the "Song of the Week."  Join us today at 4 pm (Central) for Episode 2 of the Song Of the Week Anthology, featuring the songs from the last 10 weeks.

This special episode can be heard at the following times, central:

Saturday, September 30   4 pm
Sunday, October 1           1 pm
Wednesday, October 4     8 am and 8 pm
Thursday, October 5        3 am


The episode is also available on demand via Mixcloud:




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Getting Political on this Song of the Week

Yep. It's been a crazy week.  Let's just say it: protesting is as American as it comes. Don't forget: this country was rooted in drunken men throwing rocks and ice at British soldiers.  And taking a knee at a football game is not disrespectful--it is a fulfillment of the American ideal of protest. If you are more concerned about the flag than you are about injustice, especially in communities of color, than this song is not for you.

But it is.

It is for all of us.

"Fight the Power" by the Isley Brothers is this week's Song of the Week.



The Song of the Week can be heard on Vinyl Voyage Radio at 10 am and 10 pm Central on Wednesday, and throughout the week.

Watch (and listen) to this song spinning on the platter below:



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SOTW - "Rocky Mountain High"

This song forms the basis for one of my oldest musical memories. Yes, John Denver was a staple in my house. And this song was one of my favorites.

 

Taken from John Denver's Greatest Hits from 1973, this song, like the majority of songs on the album, were rerecorded versions of the songs. However, this version was the only one I knew growing up.

Listen to the "Song of the Week" at 10 am and 10 pm, Wednesday and throughout the week on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Take a listen to the song played on original vinyl below.






Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nights in White Satin -- Song of the Week

The Vinyl Voyage Song of the week is the quintessential unrequited love song. And it was written by a 19 year old.

From their 1967 release, Nights in White Satin was written by Justin Hayward. The song was inspired by his girlfriend giving him some satin bedsheets.


The Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday on the 10s, am and pm, Central time. It then repeats throughout the week.

Here it is spinning on original vinyl below.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rainy Days and Mondays--The Song of the Week

I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of the Carpenters. And Karen Carpenter had one of the most majestic voices in pop music.

On the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week, we are spinning "Rainy Days and Mondays." This song is a sublime reflection of that melancholy state we have all experienced at one time or another.


Hear this song on Wednesday, September 6 at 10 am and 10 pm (Central). You'll even hear a clip of Karen singing the song without the music track.


Friday, September 1, 2017

AiV 50th Episode: Time Machine!

Back in 2010, I opened up the boxes of records I had in storage in my basement and was taken back to my childhood and to simpler days. Among the albums, of course, were countless K-tel compilations. I wanted to share this with the world and in 2011, Vinyl Voyage Radio was born. In January of that year, the very first episode of Adventures in Vinyl was released. It featured the first K-Tel album that I purchased: Music Power from 1974.

And now, we are at our 50th episode!

In honor of our 50th episode, I decided to revisit an idea I had a few years ago. What if we created our own K-Tel compilation? There are songs that have punctuated the K-Tel catalog throughout the 70s. These songs were a big part of my childhood.  Last year I posted an idea: If K-tel would release a new album featuring iconic songs from their catalog, what would go on that album? My response was Time Machine.


Originally, my version had just 14 songs. For the 50th episode of Adventures in Vinyl, I decided to go all out. "20 Original Hits, Original Stars!" The album on the show will be comprised of recordings from K-tel Albums between 1972 and 1980. The Best of K-Tel.

Oh, I even made a retro commercial, too:  


The episode Premieres on September 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Central). Hear it throughout the month of September. 



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Escape" by Journey - The Song of the Week

I've been on a Steve Perry kick lately. Man, I miss him. What a voice. Back in junior high, Journey's album, Escape changed my life. Well, that may be just a little exaggeration. However, it did set in motion my taste in music during junior high. I remember walking the dog, my boombox blasting Journey for all to hear.

The title track of the album had a particular resonance to this 13 year old in 1981. And it is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.



This album was so big, it even served as a basis for an arcade game. A very weird arcade game, I must say. A game into which I push countless quarters back in the day.  Check out this below:


Check out my vinyl copy of Escape being played below.



"Escape," the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week, can be heard at 10 am  and 10 pm (Central) on August 30, 2017.  Plus, throughout the week.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Song of the Week - "Cactus Tree" by Joni Mitchell


Hear the song of the week on Wednesday, 10 am and 10 pm (Central) and throughout the week.

Listen to it below played on original vinyl.





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Song of the Week--"Let It Be" by Aretha Franklin

It was a hard weekend, with the news coming out of Charlottesville. As usual, I turn to music and placed a 1970 album on the platter from Aretha Franklin.

Her cover of "Let It Be" moved me. This is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.


Listen to this song at 10 am and 10 pm, Central TODAY and throughout the week on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Or, if you want to hear it now, click on the link below.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Adventures in Vinyl - Episode 49 - Emotions, 1978

We are setting the time machine to 1978 for our 49th episode of Adventures in Vinyl. On the platter: the K-tel soft-rock infused Emotions. This album features soft-rock greats by Seals and Crofts, Crystal Gayle, Player, Kenny Nolan, the Commodores and many, many more.



This episode premeires August 12 at 12:30 pm, central.

Catch it throughout the month on Saturday, 12:30, Sunday 4 pm and Wednesday 2 am -- all times central.

Or, listen to it on-demand via Mixcloud.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Song of the Week--"Kentucky Rain"

"Kentucky Rain" was the first hit of Elvis Presley in the 1970s. And it is the Vinyl Voyage "Song of the Week."



Listen to the Song of the Week on August 9, 2017 on the 10s, AM and PM, Central. Plus, throughout the week.

Watch and listen to it play on original vinyl.




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell Tribute

Today, we lost an American icon. Join us for a special 30 minute tribute to Glenn Campbell.




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Song of the Week: "Adiós" by Glen Campbell



2017 saw the release of Glen Campbell's album, Adiós.  It is his 64th studio album and his last.

In the final stages of alzheimer's disease, Glen Campbell recorded the album after his last tour in 2012. According to his wife, it was to preserve the "magic."

And magic it is. The album features many songs that Campbell had always wanted to record, but never did, including the Harry Nilsson classic: "Everybody's Talkin'."

The final song on the album, penned by Jimmy Webb, a long-time collaborator with Glen Campbell is this week's song of the week. It is the title track.

Instead of playing the usual vinyl version of the song, below is the recently released music video. It is an amazing bittersweet farewell to a career that has spanned almost 60 years.



Hear the Song of the Week on Wednesday, August 2nd at 10 am and 10 pm (Central/-5 GMT) and throughout the week.





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Vinyl Voyage Radio Song of the Week - "Cycles" by Frank Sinatra


Just this week, Frank Sinatra's widow, Barbara Marx Sinatra, died at the age of 90.  So this week, we are dusting off a relatively unknown Frank Sinatra album from 1968.

The song is "Cycles," perhaps one of the greatest Sinatra songs of all time. This song truly highlights Sinatra's ability to interpret lyrics.

The Song of the Week can be heard on Wednesdays, 10am and 10pm, Central (-5 GMT) and throughout the week.

Listen to the song now, played on glorious vinyl.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Song of the Week Anthology, #1-10


Join us today at 2 pm for the first Song of the Week Anthology. We just wrapped up 10 weeks of "Song of the Week."  On this show, we will play all 10 songs as we head into week #11.

This show will feature our songs from Over the Rhine, the Allman Brothers, Postmodern Jukebox, The Beatles and several more.

You can hear this episode at 2 pm (Central) Sunday July 23 and July 30, 2017.  Plus, Wednesday, 3 pm (Central) July 26 and August 3, 2017

You can also listen on-demand via Mixcloud.





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Motels: The Most Underrated Band of the 80s


Martha Davis can sing.  Boy, can she sing.

The first time I heard the Motels was probably the same for most people when their single, "Only the Lonely" was released in 1982. It had heavy radio and MTV air-play.  That song, though, appeared on their third album.

Yes, the Motels had two albums before "Only the Lonely" was released. In fact, the band was formed int he early 70s.  And they produced some great stuff that is hard to classify, as it spans genres and styles.  Perhaps that is why they weren't necessarily promoted like they deserved. Most wanted to pigeon-hole them as a "New Wave" band. but they were much more than that.

Their self-titled debut album came out in 1979 on Capitol Records and it was ahead of its time.

The last song on the album is "Counting." To me, this is a song that fits in just as well today as it did back in '79.  It is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the week.

Join us for the song on the week at 10 am and 10 pm (Central, -5 GMT) on Wednesday, July 19 and throughout the week.

By the way, Martha Davis is still touring with the Motels and can be seen this summer. Click here for more information.

Watch as an new copy of the song is played for the first time on original vinyl.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

God Only Knows, the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week


I've been on a Beach Boys kick for a bit. Never a big fan of the band, I recently purchased the 50th anniversary mono pressing of Pet Sounds from 1966.  It was an essential album to have in my collection, that is for sure.

I listened to it for the first time in a long time and was blown away.

Although I was never much of a Beach Boys fan, I've always regarded "God Only Knows" as one of the best songs ever written.  The harmonies, the sentiment, the instrumentation -- all come together in a perfect 3 minute pop song.  It doesn't get better than this song.

"God Only Knows" is the Vinyl Voyage "Song of the Week."  Listen to our breakdown of the song, today at 10 am and 10 pm Central.

Listen to the mono version played below.





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bea Wagner's Everly Brothers Album from 1963

I love finding old albums. I recently wrote about the 15 Everly Hits album that I picked up. ("Let It Be Me" is the Song of the Week)



It just so happens that this Everly Brothers album was owned by Bea Wagner. She wrote her name on the back of the album, first in pen then in a large black marker.  When people wrote their names on albums it usually meant something. It was the marking of territory; the declaration of fandom.



I am sure she had her favorite brother; I wonder who it was?

She bought the album for $2.88 at F.W. Woolworth. The price tag is still there.



If anyone knows a Bea Wagner, let her know that her album is in good hands.

Thanks Bea.

Here is "Let It be Me" from Bea's album being played.





Monday, July 3, 2017

The Underrated and Overlooked: The Everly Brothers

I realized recently that I had very little Everly Brothers in the Vinyl Voyage library. After all, I could only name a few songs of theirs off the top of my head.  So it didn't seem to me to be much of a deficit.  I had "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye Bye Love" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream."

What else was I missing?

Two days ago, I stumbled upon a 1963 greatest hits album of the Everly Brothers entitled, 15 Everly Hits.

I gave the album a nice cleaning and put it on the turntable. Almost immediately, I recognized that my library was woefully deficient.

The Everly Brothers had amazing vocal harmonies, and reminded me of a Simon and Garfunkel prototype, singing folk infused, acoustic guitar tunes before it was a thing some 10 years later. Indeed, Paul Simon often referred to the Everly Brothers as his "heroes."

"Wake Up Little Susie," of course, is pure rock and roll. Risque, no doubt for the times, but hitting on the themes that built rock and roll. "Bye Bye Love" and "('Til) I Kissed You" are pop gold.

"Bird Dog" is a fun tune, in the vein of Chuck Berry or the Big Bopper. I knew "When Will I Be Loved" first from the Linda Ronstadt version, forgetting that it was an original Everly Brothers tune.

And then there's "Let It Be Me."

Although not written by the brothers, "Let It Be Me" was undeniably performed with an Everly Brothers style when recorded by them in 1960. It was originally a French tune from 1955, adapted into English by songwriter Manny Curtis and given to the Everly Brothers.

What can I say? The song is sublime.

I've heard the song performed many times by many other artists (the first time was probably the Petula Clark version, played often in my childhood). Even though I have heard the Everly Brothers version many times before, this time the song really struck me.

It reminded me of "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys--perhaps the greatest pop song ever
written.

And here are the Everly Brothers, a full six years before Brian Wilson penned "God Only Knows" with what seems to be the forerunner to that song.  Not just the themes, but the harmonies, the use of strings, the structure and the sentiment are very similar. Musical relatives, actually.

One has to wonder if Brian Wilson would have ever written "God Only Knows" in that way if it had not been for "Let it Be Me."

Take a listen below. "Let It Be Me" is the upcoming Song of the Week.







Saturday, July 1, 2017

AiV-Episode 48: K-Tel's "Hit Explosion" from 1983


On this new episode of Adventures in Vinyl, we are taking a time trip back to 1983 for the K-Tel compilation, "Hit Explosion." This album features hit songs from 1982 and 1983, including Haircut One Hundred, Toni Basil, Pat Benatar, Santana, Rush and many, many more.

This album was released in 1983 simultaneously with another K-Tel compilation, "Get Dancin'."



You can hear "Hit Explosion" on weekends throughout the month of July. Saturdays at 12:30 pm, Central (-5 GMT) and Sundays at 4:00 pm, Central (-5 GMT) and Wednesdays at 2 am, Central (-5 GMT)

Or, listen on demand via Mixcloud.





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Song of the Week: A Day in the Life from Sgt. Pepper 50th Aniversary Edition


"A Day in the Life" is one of the the greatest songs ever written. It brilliantly blends together two different Lennon and McCartney tunes and ends Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  I just recently purchased the 50th Anniversary Edition on vinyl.  It was remixed from the original tapes by George Martin's son, Giles.

This, perhaps, is the way Sgt. Pepper's was meant to be heard.

You can hear this track on Vinyl Voyage Radio on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10--am and pm, central time. Or, if you can't wait, listen to it below as it plays on the turntable.

Grab some headphones. It'll be worth it.




Monday, June 19, 2017

Song of the Week: Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells

This is the first "official"week of summer. I know, it's probably felt like summer much longer. It's been hot here for the last month or so.

What better way to celebrate summer than with the quintessential summer song?  I'm talking of course about "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James and the Shondells.  This song was released in 1969 and, for me, represents the essence of the late 60s.


Check out this song being played on vinyl below. Listen to the Song of the Week presentation on Vinyl Voyage Radio at 10am and 10pm (Central/ -5 GMT) on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and throughout the week.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Song of the Week: "Anna Begins" by Counting Crows

Premiering on Wednesday is "Anna Begins" by Counting Crows, this week's Song of the Week. This song is off a new 180g copy of their debut album, August and Everything After which was released in 1993.


Here is a video of the first time this album was played.


New episodes of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week can be heard every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm (Central time/ -5 GMT) and at various other times during the week.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Song of the Week: "Why Can't I Touch You?" by Ronnie Dyson

The first time I heard this song, I thought a woman was singing. But no, it was Ronnie Dyson, one of those rarities in music who had an incredible vocal range.

Ronnie Dyson got his start at the age of 17 in the musical Hair. This is the title track from his debut album released two years later in 1970.

This song is from a musical called Salvation and is Dyson's first hit.


New episodes of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week can be heard every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm (Central time/ -5 GMT) and at various other times during the week.

Take a listen to the song on vinyl below.





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Music Magic, this Month on Adventures in Vinyl

This month we are going back to K-Tel for the 1978 compilation Music Magic.  This album features some top hits from 1978--mostly disco, but also some Foreigner and Steely Dan thrown in for good measure.


This album comes from a listener's suggestion. If there is a K-Tel album you'd like to hear, let us know.

Hear Music Magic on the weekends throughout June, 12:30 pm (Central/ -5 GMT) Saturday and 4pm (Central/-5 GMT) Sunday. Plus, 2am (Central/ -5 GMT) Wednesday.

All episodes of Adventures in Vinyl stream on demand at Mixcloud.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

ABBA Merch Anyone?

In my copy of ABBA's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, I found this ad for ABBA merchandise. The ad also states that ABBA will be going on their first North American tour in 1979.

Man, I can sure use one of those "disco visors."





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Song of the Week: "Melissa" by the Allman Brothers Band

"Melissa" by the Allman Brothers Band, released in 1972 is one of my favorite songs.

Gregg Allman, who wrote the song in the late 60s, died on May 27, 2017. He was 69 years old.


New episodes of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week can be heard every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm (Central time/ -5 GMT) and at various other times during the week.

Take a listen to the song on vinyl below.





Monday, May 29, 2017

The Original Fidget Spinner!

Fidget Spinners are all the rage at the moment.

What little do people know is that we had our own version of the Fidget Spinner in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

And our fidget spinner came with music.


Get this new design on a t-shirt. Two styles, many options. The basic T-Shirt is only $15.49!



Check out our other designs as well. Father's Day is coming up!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Song of the Week #2: Maps, by Postmodern Jukebox

So Morgan James is one of my favorite singers right now. And boy, can she sing.

I first became acquainted with the singer through Postmodern Jukebox, a very cool and eclectic group that produces modern songs in different historical styles. Many different singers have been featured and Postmodern Jukebox has accumulated an impressive number of views for their videos.

Recently, they released an album in 2016 entitled The Essentials.

Morgan James is on this album singing a 70s soul-like version of Maroon 5's 2014 hit, "Maps."

This version is the Song of the Week.



Morgan James is an amazing singer.  Give her Youtube page a listen.

You can catch new episodes of Song of the Week every Wednesday on Vinyl Voyage Radio, played  at 10 AM and 10 PM Central time.




Monday, May 22, 2017

The Year So Far....

The passing of Chris Cornell last week has set 2017 to be very similar to last year, when we lost such greats as David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher and many others.

Here is a rundown of those we lost so far in 2017 in the music world.

Chris Cornell (May 17, 2017)

The frontman to Soundgarden and Audioslave was the voice of the grunge movement. A distinctive voice, to be sure; a powerful voice that was close to four full-octaves

Singer-songwriter Tom Flannery has a great take on Chris Cornell. Read it here.

Here is Chris Cornell singing his version of Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."



Jonathan Demme (April 26, 2017)

Although not a musician, Jonathan Demme greatly contributed to the world of music through his music documentaries.  Stop Making Sense chronicled the landmark Talking Heads tour. He also created documentaries about Robyn Hitchcock and Neil Young.

Of course, he made other films as well, most notably Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Something Wild (to name just a few).

He died on April 26 at the age of 73 due to complications from esophageal cancer.



Cuba Gooding, Sr.  (April 20, 2017)

Cuba Gooding, Sr., father of actor Cuba Gooding, was the lead singer of the  R&B group Main Ingredient. He died on April 20 at the age of 72.

Here he is singing lead in the band's biggest hit from 1972, "Everybody Plays the Fool."



Allan Holdsworth (April 16, 2017)

Allan Holdsworth was a guitar virtuoso. In fact, he inspired so many others. You may not know him by name, but he was a big part of the Progressive Rock movement of the 70s.

He died on April 16 at the age of 70.



J. Geils (April 11, 2017)

The guitarist John Warren Geils formed the J Geils Band in 1968. The band found fame in the MTV era of the 80s with such songs as "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold."

He was 71 years old.

Here he is discussing guitars.



Sib Hashian (March 22, 2017)

Sib Hashian was the drummer for the band Boston. He had, perhaps, the best hair of the 70s.

He collapsed and died on stage at the age of 67 playing a set of Boston's greatest hits.



Chuck Berry (March 18, 2017)

There is no one more influential in the development of rock and roll than Chuck Berry.  His distinctive guitar playing and lyrics helped define the rock and roll sound.

He died at the age of 90 on March 18.



Joni Sledge (March 11, 2017)

Joni Sledge was a founding member, along with her three other sisters, of the funk/disco inspired band, Sister Sledge.

She died of natural causes on March 11 at the age of 60.




Tommy Page (March 3, 2017)

Tommy Page was best known for his 1990 single "I'll Be Your Everything."  He set the standard for boy-band pop of the 1990s.

He died at the age of 46, a victim of suicide.



Al Jarreau (February 12, 2017)

A jazz singer by heart, Al Jarreau broke out into the pop world in the 1980s with the album Breakin' Away.  He even sung the theme for the TV show, Moonlighting.

He died on February 12 at the age of 76.



Maggie Roche (January 21, 2017)

Maggie Roche was the eldest of the three sisters forming the folk and A cappella vocal group The Roches.  They had a very unique sound and provided the soundtrack to the delightful 1988 film, Crossing Delancey.

Maggie Roche died on January 21 at the age of 65 from cancer.



Sylvester Potts (January 6, 2017)

Sylvester Potts was a longtime member of the Contours, a R&B band famous in the 60s for their number one smash "Do You Love Me."

He died on January 6 at the age of 78.






Sunday, May 21, 2017

Antique Audio, Episode 1: "Black and Blue"

Yesterday, my stylus broke and I was unable to play vinyl.

However, I did have an extra 78 rpm stylus and a bunch of 78 rmp records. These records are not vinyl, but for the first half of the 20th century, music was delivered on shellac.

This is a recording of "(What did I Have to Do to Be So) Black and Blue" by Louis Armstrong, from August, 1929.

Check back frequently for new episodes of Antique Audio, spinning some of the oldest and historic recordings.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Song of the Week #1: Nobody Number One

Welcome to the very first edition of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.

On this first episode, we are featuring "Nobody Number One" by Over the Rhine.

Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler form the core of Over the Rhine. Ohio, their seventh studio album was released in 2003. To be honest, there is not a bad song on this album and I had a hard time picking a song for this very first edition of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.

I was excited to finally get this album on vinyl, which they re-released a few months ago.

This is "Nobody Number One."

More information can be about the band can be found at Overtherhine.com. Listen to it on vinyl below.




I have been listening to Over the Rhine since I stumbled on their 2nd album, Patience, in 1992. In fact, their song "Flanders Fields" inspired a novel I am writing. That novel is entitled, Lilac Wine.

Vinyl Voyage Radio Song or the Week is a new feature. New episodes premiere on the 10s central, every Wednesday. And then throughout the week.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Additions for May (So Far)

As always, we are constantly adding new music to Vinyl Voyage Radio.  Here are some new additions to our library for May, 2017.  Most of the albums are from the 80s--just in time for Manic Monday!




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rio, 35 Years Later


Join me as I play my original 1982 copy of Rio, by Duran Duran on this, the 35th anniversary of its release. 8 pm, Central.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shhhhh. We're cheating on K-Tel

I feel a little bad right now. This station began in 2011 as a means to highlight my many K-Tel record compilations. Indeed, the very first thing we played on the station was K-Tel's "Music Power" from 1974.

This month, all of that changes with the new episode of Adventures in Vinyl.

On this episode, we are featuring a different compilation album.

From K-Tel's primary competitor: Ronco.

This month, listen to Ronco's 1973 compilation, "Good Vibrations." This album features hit songs from Mac Davis, Melanie, Albert Hammond and many more.

This episode can be heard all month at

Saturday 12:30 pm (Central/GMT -5))
Sunday 4 pm (Central/GMT -5)
Wednesday 2 am (Central/GMT -5)

Or, listen to it on-demand via Mixcloud.





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Last Weekend to Hear K-Tel's Country Road

As we wrap up the month of April, this will be the last weekend to hear K-Tel's 1975 compilation, Country Road. This episode can be heard at 12:30 pm (Central/ GMT -5) Saturday and 4 pm (Central/ GMT -5) Sunday.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another place to Listen to Vinyl Voyage

Vinyl Voyage is now available on Longtail.fm!

This is a great site with a wide variety of internet music stations, including Vinyl Voyage Radio. Plus, there are opportunities to listen to some other stations as well, especially if you are tired of the Pandora and Spotify models. These are real stations run by real people. Give it a listen.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Two-For-Tuesday

It's one of the oldest tropes in radio.

And now it is on Vinyl Voyage.

Two for Tuesday is now here. Every Tuesday we will be playing songs in pairs--two songs by the same artist all day Tuesday.  Enjoy!