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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 (6 September 2020)
This week I'm playing the music from two American singer-songwriters - Harry Chapin and Rupert Holmes. Also on the programme a look back at the career of the drummer Hal Blaine.

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

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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