Welcome to the 13th installment of Rick’s Radio Show for Radio Turia. This show is all about my birthday! I am loving this week as I celebrate my birthday – today is my birthday and Happy Birthday to me. I am including tracks from people I know personally, good friends and people I worked with through the years. While there is not enough time to have everyone I know on this show I will get a few choice tracks for you.
Just a word to make sure you know that there is a website for all this at RicksRadio.com. You can find all the information about these shows there and complete play lists that have just about all the information I give on radio plus it is translated to Spanish for all my fans in Spain. Big shout out to Radio Turia for bringing this show live to the Valencia province.
On to the first track that is a celebration song for today because it sort of declares this is my birthday and my party. The song is a cover of a really neat song from the early 60’s done as a remake in 1980. So I present to you,
I was lucky to be brought up at a time when freedom in the USA was still alive. In the summers of the early 60’s music took a turn to fun, sun and mostly California’s easy surfing lifestyle. No one encompasses this phenomenon better than The Beach Boys. I was a big fan of hot cars, racing, surfing and the nightlife at the drive in burger bins. So I present to you,
This next track exemplifies the early teen years after American Bandstand. The early British invasion really started with The Beatles and they took me by storm. I had the best luck to have several times encountered John Lennon and the Beatles so I present to you,
Oh it’s a great day to have a birthday – right in the middle of summer. In the later part of the 1960’s music took a psychedelic turn and one of the best groups of the time were The Doors. I remember the song “Come on Baby Light My Fire” and so many others but one of my favorites was “Back Door Man.” The song sort of says the best friends come in the back door. So I present to you,
While the Vietnam war raged, the draft took the best America had to offer, and the government was shooting students who were peacefully protesting in Ohio it was easy to lose you way. Trust was waning in a government bent on conquest and I was starting on the road to independent thought. Cream had just broken up so that Clapton could take a new direction and for a short time the band Blind Faith was formed. I present to you,
Moving right alone with the years of psychedelic psychosis I can’t tell you how many tablets of acid we took while partying with music from The Byrds. With a soaring melody and a message eliminating the boundaries of mind and body came this next song. I present to you,
Yet again I return to the amazing Eric Burdon. Eric had songs that gave a message to the youth of that time. His tasty music added to thought provoking messages gave us all pause for change. Of course on my birthday I am getting too old and just do not want to think about how many years I have roamed the earth. Like some pre-historic dinosaur. I present to you,
Now is the time of this show where I have decided to give you the great collection from bands playing the song “Louie Louie.” Each week about mid way through the show I will be giving you a track of the famous song “Louie Louie.” This song was composed by Richard Berry and was taken to first fame by a version by The Kingsmen in 1963. I will save that version for another show. So this is the second of 11 versions of the song and comes from none other than my good friend Joan Jett. I present to you,
On to the next track from the famous Led Zeppelin. I saw these guys for the first time on the first tour of the USA. The record company had set them up as the warm up act for Iron Butterfly. The set was like this, opening was Jethro Tull, next was Led Zeppelin and then Iron Butterfly. No one had heard for these new English bands but when they took the stage they were stunning and it certainly changed my taste in music as it added this new hard rock to my life. I present to you,
Ahh, now on to some great warm thoughts as I bring you a track from Karen Lawrence. I met Karen back in the early 1980’s through Jack Douglas and soon started to manage her. My job was to remove her boyfriend/husband from the stage. He was a guitarist but really could not complete a good lick without errors and the record companies did not want him on the stage. In the end Karen refused to have him move off stage and gave up her recording career for a limited life playing small clubs in LA. Nonetheless Karen is a talent that cannot be ignored and a good friend. I present to you,
Time moved along and new music directions were happening everywhere. Prince had taken the spotlight and with him was his long time friend Morris Day. Morris had a similar sound, as they both started music and bands with each other out in California. The new syncopated beats really got us to tap our toes to the music and one of the big hits from this guy sort of made him mistakenly a one hit wonder. I present to you,
Ahh just love this next guy. I met him in Ibiza in 1971 when my band was playing sunset gigs near the beach a couple days a week. He came up to the stage and asked if he could sing a few songs and I welcomed him on. He rocked the house. The man might be the greatest front man a group could ever have even though his songs all revolved around his obsession with burning. So I present to you,
Well, I want to return to Karen Lawrence because I really loved this act. She is so talented. Did you know she was a ventriloquist? Well anyway, once she shunned the record industry to keep her husband on stage with her she was banished to small clubs in LA. That did not hide her away but allowed her the space to play the music she loved, the Blues. Jack Douglas wanted her to play more modern and polished sounds from a studio and Karen wanted raw blues. I present her as the great blues artist she is and present to you,
My life long friend and accomplice is none other than Richard Black. There were a few years we were separated because of the Vietnam War but we eventually rejoined our lives and continued to help each other grow musically and emotionally. There just is not a nicer guy around and his acting and playing abilities took him around the world on tours for music and entertainment. I present to you,
I hope you enjoyed today’s show as we celebrated my birthday and friends with another great summer musical set.
That’s all the time I have right now and it is now time to close the show. I want to thank everyone for making this show possible and to the great artists who played the music. Remember that everything about this show including this script is up on RicksRadio.com in both English and Spanish, so get on the site. Register and comment about the shows. Let me know what you like and what you want to hear more of. I have a pretty large collection of music and you will be hearing more of it as we go along.
Next week will be another special show with plenty of rare tracks from my own archives. It’s a party that will continue and I am going to play songs that will keep you in the spirit of summer fun. I will be bringing you rare tracks from some famous people. Some tracks you may have already heard and some will be completely new. So remember our summer shows are Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm and Fridays from 7pm to 8pm. Archives for the last 3 weeks are always online in the archives at Radio Turia so if you miss any show or want to hear it again it is there when you want it. Now all you have to do is tune in, turn on and be here now.