Tonight at 7 PM ET TheREWIND re-airs The George Michael Tribute Special that was originally aired this past June 25th,which became our #1 edition of TheREWIND//UK. I’ve gotten a lot of request to air this groundbreaking show so,here we go! We’ll be back to regular programming this Wednesday September 13th at 7:00 PM-19:00 UK time//2:00 PM ET-US time for a LIVE edition of TheREWIND//UK. Until then ….enjoy the show.
This past Sunday,September 3rd, the music world lost a MAJOR player,not a spectacular “POP” superstar or a music hit machine or anything like that. More like a silent GIANT,someone who you could probably walk up to and not even recognize at first,but his music and songs spoke volumes. Walter Becker,musician(lead,bass and rhythm guitar)songwriter,record producer and co-founder of Steely Dan died on Sunday Sept. 3rd,2017. No details were made available on how he passed. He first met with his longtime music writing partner and the other co-founder of Steely Dan,Donald Fagen while attending Bard University in New York. Fagen was walking past a student cafe’ and heard someone playing guitar. Fagen said the person played very “professionally”,he sounded like a black guy playing. He went over,introduced himself and the rest is history. Over a period of 40+ years,they released 9 albums and all but their last one has either gone platinum or gold. Becker and Fagen in early 1970 were recruited by guitarist Denny Dias to play in his band. Slowly but surely Walter and Donald started to take charge of the band that the band was no longer Dias’s,it was Becker and Fagen’s. In 1971,Walter and Donald moved to Los Angeles and asked Dias to join them. They brought in guitarist Jeff “Skunk”Baxter and drummer Jim Hodder and formed the “original” lineup of Steely Dan.In 1974 Becker and Fagen were tired of touring and wanted to be just a group that recorded albums only. This infuriated bandmates,Baxter and Hodder eventually left the band although Denny Dias continued to record with the band until 1980. Walter of course had his demons,which I won’t go into here but he fought thru them eventually. Unfortunately Walter’s personal life caught up to his musical life and he and Fagen split up after recording the album,”Gaucho” in which was released in 1980 after taking more than two years to complete. Donald Fagen went on to record the masterpiece LP,”The Nightfly” in 1982 and Walter moved to Hawaii to get clean from drugs. In 1993 Fagen and Becker reunited and Walter produced and played guitars for Donald Fagen’s 2nd solo LP,”Kamakiriad”.In turn Fagen produced and played keyboards on Becker’s debut solo album,”11 Tracks of Whack” released in 1994. Although these two albums are considered solo efforts,both Becker and Fagen consider these albums Steely Dan “offshoot” projects. They “properly” got back together in 2000 and released the LP,”Two Against Nature”,their first album in 20 years. It was a huge success, reaching #6 on the Billboard Pop albums Charts and #11 on the UK Album Charts and went platinum. The LP went on to win four Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year,Best Pop Album Of The Year. They released one more album in 2003,”Everything Must Go” in which they also released a DVD on the making of the LP filming in Las Vegas for a “Special Edition” of the HBO series Taxicab Confessions with cabbie Rita acting as a sort of host and driver. Walter and Donald performed live together over the years but this past summer,Becker did not play in the Classics East concert at Citi Field,N.Y. or Classics West at Dodgers Stadium,Calif. due to illness. Becker had success in his own right as he was a sought after record producer,producing for such artist as Micheal Franks,Rikki Lee Jones,Rosie Vela among others. He and Fagen were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001,Becker himself was inducted into The Long Island Music Hall Of Fame in 2008. That year he also released his 2nd solo LP entitled,”Circus Money”,a reggae-inspired album. Walter leaves behind his wife, Elinor and two children. On a personal level,I quite frankly love Steely Dan and I consider their great songs as a reason that I love music so much. and as deeply saddened of Walter’s passing,I do know this…his music and his body of work will last a lifetime!! ……… RIP Walter
Leslie “LRob” Robinson
This Thursday on TheREWIND,we’ll listen to the vast music catalog of pop music ICON’s Steely Dan in tribute to the group’s co-founder,guitarist and songwriter Walter Becker who passed away this past Sunday at the age of 67. We’ll hear such songs as “Do It Again” and “Peg” and “Babylon Sisters”,”Any World(That I’m Welcome To)”,”Green Earrings” and much much more. We’ll also spotlight Steely Dan’s input on the career of The Great vocalist/keyboardist Micheal McDonald and how he contributed to the great music that is Steely Dan. Steely Dan is one of my favorite bands EVER so this show will be very difficult to do but we’ll make this into a celebration of life and great music ALL in honor of Walter Becker.
Please join us for a Special Edition of TheREWIND//UK as we celebrate The Music of Queen in honor of the group’s front man/keyboard player Freddie Mercury who would have been 71 years old,September 5th. Not only will we listen to Queen’s vast musical catalog we’ll listen to other artist enjoyed by Queen fans such as The Eurythmics,David Bowie,Pink Floyd,Lisa Stansfield,Journey,Kiss,Whitesnake and Marillion. So please join us for a special celebration done the only way we know how,this Wednesday September 6th!
Tonight at 7 PM EST on TheREWIND it’s a “All Request” Thursday as “We play what YOU say” as long as it’s from the 70’s and 80’s! Also we’ll hear music from Pop ICONS The Bee Gees in honor of Barry Gibb as we celebrate his 71st Birthday. So please,if you have a favorite song that you want to hear,please post it on Facebook either now or during the show and if I got it,YOU got it!!
Today on TheREWIND//UK , It’s an “All Request” Show via Facebook! It’s simple,you pick a hit song from the 70’s and 80’s and I’ll play it for you.(If I have it..LOL)We’ll also preview our Micheal Jackson Special this Sunday September 3rd which will be heard at a special time,10:00PM/22:00 UK time//6:00PM/18:00 EST~US time and one week from today,Wednesday September 6th, we’ll broadcast a special show as we pay tribute to The Music Of Queen. We’ve got a big week planned and need YOU to be a part of it! So think of a song or artist that you want to hear,let me know via Facebook and I’ll play the hits! See you then!
This Sunday we conclude the end of summer this Labor Day Weekend playing the music and celebrating music legend Micheal Jackson at an earlier time,starting at 6 PM for a fantastic 4 hour show! We’ll go back to the beginnings to 1969 with his brothers in The Jackson 5ive,his early solo hits,mid 70’s success with The Jacksons on Epic Records,songs from the ICONIC album “Off The Wall” in 1979 and his record breaking 1982 LP “Thriller”thru his 1988 follow-up album “Bad” and 1991’s “Dangerous”. We’ll also play music from his siblings solo efforts,Jermaine and Janet! So much music to play,3 hours just WON’T cut it,we have to make it a 4 hour show so adjust your Labor Day weekend to enjoy the many,MANY hits of the ORIGINAL MJ,Micheal Jackson!!
Tonight TheREWIND (finally)returns to finish of with Volume 3 of our series”AM GOLD” as we delve into the years 1975 thru 1977 listening to those classic Top 40 hits we know and love! We’ll hear from such artist as The Captain and Tennille,Wild Cherry,Earth Wind & Fire,Eagles,Barry Manilow(yes even him),Wings and more! So we start as always at 7 PM EST so be ready to enjoy!
Sorry everyone but due to tech issues tonight’s REWIND won’t air. Hopefully we’ll get those kinks out and have a live show on Sunday at 7PM. However the station is on the air 24 hours a day,7 days a week,365 days a year so you’re never too far away from the Greatest Hits from The 70’s and 80’s!
Today at 7:00 PM UK time//2:00 PM EST time we continue our salute to the good Ol’ days of Top 40 Radio stations from yesteryear,AM Gold Volume 2 1972-75. We’ll listen to artist from the past,some you may have heard of like Elton John,Steve Wonder,Paul McCartney& Wings,Al Green and some you have not like Gilbert O’Sullivan,Al Wilson,Looking Glass,Dobie Gray and more. It’s gonna be a full load today,so buckle up and get ready for a blast from the past,courtesy of TheREWIND//UK!