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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 5, 2023 – Happy Birthday Bobby Brown!

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown has been known as a bad boy for YEARS…but he’s also been through A LOT.  To lose an ex-spouse, and then to lose a child; one wouldn’t wish these sorts of things on anyone.  So today, let’s give Bobby just a little break from some of the hate, some of the negativity, and some of the nuances that surround his name.

Bobby turns 54 years old today, so in honor of that, let’s take just a minute or two and enjoy a little bit of Bobby’s best.  Whether it’s his time with New Edition, or it’s his time going solo, Bobby’s given us a lot to celebrate and enjoy.

So Bobby – it’s all about you today.  Thanks for what YOU have brought into this great world of music.  Take the time to love yourself and catch your breath today – you deserve it.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 4, 2023 – Tina Turner – we NEVER KNEW!

From everything we’ve learned through the years about Tina Turner, one thing is for sure; she’s an amazingly TOUGH woman.  And the trials she’s been through have made her one of the strongest women in show business, probably ever.

But after all of her challenges growing up in poverty, with her first husband Ike Turner, and in reclaiming her career in the ’80s, many of us DIDN’T KNOW that Tina suffered a stroke in 2013 that left her unable to walk.  Learning her faculties all over again, she taught herself, through physical therapy, to get up and regain her life.  Unfortunately, she’s continued to deal with ongoing health problems since, even having a kidney transplant in 2017.

She’s considered herself “retired” from music for several years now, and although that makes us sad to think about what she continues to battle, watching Tina Turner continue to be a fighter is one of those moments where you look back after a crummy day at work and say, “my troubles really aren’t that bad.”

Gives life a little perspective, huh?

So here’s to Tina today – and Tina – thank you for ALWAYS fighting on for all of us.  You’re all the hero we need.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 3, 2023 – Can you remember Janet’s first BIG movie role?

For tonight’s Black History Month spotlight, we thought we’d delve into Janet Jackson BEYOND just the music; she’s been a renowned ACTRESS as well!  She got her start on episodes of “The Love Boat” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” which lead to a 1993 starring role in her first major movie.

Can you remember which one?

(Nope… not Nutty Professor – that was a little later.)

If you said “POETIC JUSTICE,” ding ding ding!

Starring Janet and Tupac Shakur, and featuring the poetry of Maya Angelou, the movie tells the story of how two people come together on a cross-California road trip in spite of the violence and turmoil that has impacted their lives.


While it wasn’t necessarily a cinematic masterpiece, it opened a new door for Janet as a creator and a performer, and earned her an Oscar nomination for “Again,” which was a part of the soundtrack, and showed off her range as a performer who could handle dance floor anthems as well as touching love ballads.


So here’s to Janet, expanding her boundaries, flexing her creative juices, and showing off some of her passions BEYOND just her singing voice.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 2, 2023 – Call him DOCTOR, please!

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Billy Ocean had a meteoric rise to fame in the mid ’80s with some of the BIGGEST love songs of all time.  When his mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, he left the recording industry full-time… but his passion for music never ended.  He released several compilation albums and occasional new tracks throughout the ’90s, while teaching, instructing, and mentoring younger musicians with their craft.

That teaching and mentoring work led the University of Westminster in London to award Billy an honorary DOCTORATE of music in 2002.  To top that, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2020 for his continued contributions to the arts.

So with all these honors, we’d like to move that whole “some call me the Doctor of Love” line from the Steve Miller Band song over to Billy.  With honors like that – and songs like these – BILLY might be the doctor of love in the flesh!  Here’s to Billy, and all his great music, today!




BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February 1, 2023 – the INCOMPARABLE Miss Ross!

Early on in her career, Diana Ross was dubbed “The First Lady of Motown,” starting her success with the Supremes, and continuing in the ’70s on a solo tear.  But by the end of the ’70s, her string of hits had slowed; she had shown signs that she wasn’t as cutting edge as newer artists like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and the like.

Alas, Diana asked for a reboot – and she got it.

Enter Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, the leaders of Chic.  Coming off a successful run of songs like “Good Times” and “Le Freak,” they thought they had exactly what it took to bring Diana’s career back to the forefront.  They were right; at least half right.

The NOMINEES are IN for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

We’re on the verge of another great class going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2023, and today’s nominees cross a BROAD SPECTRUM of amazing musicians.

<The envelope please…>

…and our nominees ARE…

  • Kate Bush
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Missy Elliott
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joy Division / New Order
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • George Michael
  • Willie Nelson
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Soundgarden
  • The Spinners
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • The White Stripes
  • Warren Zevon


Here’s how it looked during this morning’s announcement:

So now what?  WE VOTE!  Click here and submit your favorites by April 28th – up to once per day – and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce the inductee list this may, combined from professionals who vote, and our FAN VOTE too!

So – go wild and root on your favorite!

He’s never gonna LOSE THIS LAWSUIT.

Rick Astley isn’t backing down – and in our opinion, he probably shouldn’t.

The ’80s icon filed suit against rapper Yung Gravy for impersonating his voice without credit in Gravy’s hit song “Betty (Get Money)” which climbed the charts last year.

At first blush, we thought Gravy would play ball given the nature of the copying of Astley’s voice, but apparently he did not.  Legal precedent falls directly into Astley’s favor, and that’s not a rick roll.  Hopefully for Yung Gravy’s sake, his team is willing to negotiate a settlement, or Rick will be rolling to the bank on this one.



Stevie Nicks isn’t stopping at JUST the Billy Joel tour…

…she’s adding more dates to a SOLO tour herself!

(This woman just doesn’t stop.)

Including the nine dates this Spring and Summer she will hang with the king of the 88 keys, Stevie Nicks added 14 more dates of her own between now and the end of June.  It’s undoubtedly been an emotional time for Stevie, still shaken by the sudden loss of friend and Fleetwood Mac colleague Christine McVie.  I’ll be interested to see how Stevie acknowledges Christine – because you know she will – and you know it will be GOOD.




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Don’t cry… it’s Dawson’s Creek’s BIRTHDAY!

“It’s the end of everything simple, and the beginning of everything else.”

There may be no better quote to describe the transitions into adulthood that Dawson’s Creek embodied, and this tag line that was used in the show’s debut 25 years ago TODAY, STILL rings true.  The iconic moments, the iconic love triangles, and the iconic meme (#dawsoncry) have stood the test of time, becoming JUST AS MUCH a part of the pop culture lexicon for ’90s kids as “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink” are for the ’80s generation.

The concept of the show started a few years BEFORE it actually debuted, as creator Kevin Williamson filmed the first “Scream” movie in 1995.  Kevin described the concept of “Dawson’s Creek” as semi-autobiographical of his time growing up near the water in North Carolina, and the rest, as they say, was history.  The brand new WB network loved the concept, greenlit the show, and it debuted with THIS song as the theme on January 20, 1998.

Instant hit.  Instant classic.  Instant connection.  WHY?  Simply put, as someone who was a couple years older than the characters in the show at the time, we could see ourselves in these people.  We understood their feelings; they weren’t trite, dumbed-down, or overdramatic.  Dawson’s Creek is probably the REAL-est of the teen dramas of the ’90s with the feelings that so many of us experienced at the time.  (Without having a creek right in our backyard.)

Six years later, a HUGE success, this defining show of the WB Network wrapped up its run in 2003 with continued fanfare.  In 2018, the cast reunited for “People,” and explained WHY the show has been so iconic for them.  And yes, this is an hour, but if you love this show as much as I did – you’ll watch the whole darn thing and love it.

So today, on the 25th anniversary, take just a minute and soak in some Dawson-y nostalgia.  Whether it’s looking longingly at a body of water near your home, popping in a Steven Spielberg movie, or doing THE UGLY DAWSON CRY, celebrate the friendships of “Dawson’s Creek” today.  And celebrate the friendships of YOUR childhood too.

Another goodbye: David Crosby

Tonight, a longtime voice of the progressive era of the ’60s is silenced, as David Crosby passed away at age 81.  Crosby is responsible for writing and performing songs that became anthems as a member of both The Byrds, and later Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (CSNY).  Songs like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Teach Your Children,” “Wooden Ships,” and dozens more, helped shape a unique acoustic sound of the late ’60s and early ’70s.  The lyrics questioned authority and brought a new era of musicians standing up for social causes – and making positive change for the world.

In the ’80s, Crosby dealt with substance abuse issues, but cleaned up his act after stints in rehab.  In the early 2000s, it was revealed that Crosby donated his sperm to Melissa Etheridge and her partner to father their children.  He was one of the first high-profile celebrities to publicly announce sperm donation.

In recent years, he continued to tour with CSNY members Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, last performing as a threesome in 2015.

As performers, the trio – or quartet – had some of the tightest harmonies ever. Their messages of change helped inspire a generation.  And David’s signature look helped him stand out from the crowd for years to come.

Whether he was a part of your personal collection or not, the messages and inspiration he gave America during the tumultuous times of Woodstock will FOREVER live on in our history.  And for that, we salute you, David.  Thank you for being a voice of reason, a voice for change, and a voice for music.  Godspeed, my friend.



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