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Wey Valley Radio
 
Sunday 9 - 11pm

Born in the USA is a celebration of the cream of American pop, rock and soul music from the 1950's to the present day.

The show doesn't just cover the classics from the 1960's, 70's and 80's - we celebrate current and new artists who contribute to the rich variety of music produced in the USA.

The show is produced and presented by Philip Grant. 

This week's show (4 October 2020)
This week I look at Surfin' Music, something that was popular in Southern California in the early 1960's and in the second hour I pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Listen Again
You can listen again to some of the longer features from the programme.

Philip Grant writes:
Having produced a series looking at the best British pop and rock music from the last 60 years (The Best of British) I decided to explore the musical heritage of the USA. 

The USA gave us rock n roll in the 1950's, flower power in the 60's and a whole range of musical styles since. This show celebrates everything from Buddy Holly to Tamla Motown, rock artists such as the Eagles and singer-songwriters such as Carole King, Paul Simon and Harry Chapin. I'll be featuring, not just the recording artists, but the producers, the songwriters and putting the music into context to the time they were made.

There are 52, one hour programmes planned and I wonder how much I can fit in.

I hope you enjoy what I've chosen and if you have any suggestions I would love to hear from you. Email Philip 


Listen Again

Bob Dylan
Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dylan has been a major figure in 
popular culture for more than 50 years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his lyrics incorporated a range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. Songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. 
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 20 September 2020)

American Radio 
American radio played a large part in the development of Rock and Roll and pop music from the 1950's. This feature plays a number of songs about the radio including tracks about maverick DJ's (Tom Petty's Last DJ and Mark Germino's Rex Bob Lowenstein) and there is a tribute to the legendary American DJ Wolfman Jack.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 20 September 2020)

Brian Wilson 
Brian Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who co-founded the Beach BoysThis feature looks at some of his creative work including the 'Smile' project, his interpretation of classic Gershwin tunes and his take on classic Disney songs.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio v13 September 2020)

Hal Blaine and other influential drummers 
This feature celebrates some prolific American drummers including the late Hal Blaine, Steve Gadd and Bernard Purdie. You may not of heard of them but their work can be found on countless songs by artists as diverse as Paul Simon, Steely Dan and the Ronettes.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 6 September 2020)

Harry Chapin 
Harry Chapin was an American singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He achieved worldwide success in the 1970s and became one of the most popular artists selling over 16 million records worldwide. As a dedicated humanitarian, Chapin fought to end world hunger. He was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977 and is credited with being the most politically and socially active American performer of the 1970s. 
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 6 September 2020

Rupert Holmes 
Rupert Holmes, is a British-American composer, singer-songwriter, musician, dramatist and author. He is widely known for the hit singles "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". This feature looks at some of the highlights of his career.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 6 September 2020)

Phil Spector 
Phil Spector is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the 
Wall of Sound. It’s a music production formula he described - as a Wagnerian approach to rock and roll. He’s regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop music history.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 30 August 2020)

Motown 
Motown is the hugely successful American record label founded by Berry Gordy Jnr.  It created the Motown Sound,
a style of soul music with a mainstream pop appeal. Many successful artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, started their career with Motown. This feature looks at the history of the record label and plays some classic Motown tracks.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 23 August 2020)

Carol King
A musical prodigy and one of the most influential and
successful female songwriters of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, Carol King's written or co-written 118 hit songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 and 61 hits that charted in the UK. NOTE: This programme features the disturbing song by the Crystals - He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss).
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 17 August 2020)

Stevie Wonder
An American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, Stevie Wonder's use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments during the 1970's reshaped the conventions of R&B music.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 9 August 2020)

Buffalo Springfield
This short feature looks at the story behind Buffalo Springfield's second album "Buffalo Springfield Again"
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 2 August 2020) 

Stax Record label
Stax Records were a major factor in the creation of Southern soul and Memphis soul music. By 1962, the pieces were in place that allowed Stax to turn from a successful regional label - into a national R&B powerhouse – alongside Motown and Atlantic Records. This feature looks at their heyday in the late 1960's with music from the likes of Arthur Conley, Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio " August 2020) 

Beach Boys
If you think of California, the sun and the sea, you no doubt will think of the Beach Boys. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. Philip Grant looks at the bands career and celebrates their music.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 26 July 2020)
 

Classic Album - King and Queen by Otis Redding/Carla Thomas
King and Queen is an album by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, released in 1967. In this feature, Philip Grant looks at the story behind the album and some of it's songs.
(first broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 26 July 2020)

Paul Simon
Paul Simon is one of the most influential singer songwriters to come out of America. He started off performing as part of a duo until he pursued his solo career from 1970. In 2018, Paul Simon gave up live performing - his farewell tour was called Homeward Bound. This feature celebrates his music.
(broadcast on Wey Valley Radio 12 July 2020)

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