WBEZ | Music Thursday http://www.wbez.org/tags/music-thursday Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: School's out for summer, may be time to make some cash http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-20/morning-shift-schools-out-summer-may-be-time-make <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Crown Fountain 2-Flickr-QUOI Media.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week Chicago area schools are heading out for the summer. Parents and students explain what&#39;s on their agenda. What are you planning to do with more free time during the day? And as the Hawks wrap Game 4, what sports superstitions to you follow?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-schools-out-for-summer-may-be-time-t.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-schools-out-for-summer-may-be-time-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Schools out for summer, may be time to make some $" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-20/morning-shift-schools-out-summer-may-be-time-make Morning Shift: Hawks madness...or is it? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-13/morning-shift-hawks-madnessor-it-107670 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 9.27.35 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Blackhawks are playing for the Cup-the Stanley Cup, of course. Do the &#39;Hawks get love all year from Chicago fans, or does it take a trip to the playoffs to really rally the city?&nbsp;Plus humorist John Hodgman stops by.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-hawks-madness-or-is-it.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-hawks-madness-or-is-it" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Hawks madness...or is it?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-13/morning-shift-hawks-madnessor-it-107670 Morning Shift: Gay Marriage as a civil right http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-30/morning-shift-gay-marriage-civil-right-107427 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6806_AP217659454282-scr_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thinking of the issue of same-sex marriage as an extension of the civil rights movement, and married musicians featuring the great Herb Alpert.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-morning-shift-gay-marriage-as-a-civil-right.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-morning-shift-gay-marriage-as-a-civil-right" target="_blank">View the story "The Morning Shift: Gay Marriage as a civil right" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 08:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-30/morning-shift-gay-marriage-civil-right-107427 Morning Shift: Don't follow leaders, watch the parkin' meters http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-09/morning-shift-dont-follow-leaders-watch-parkin-meters <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_19_1.png" alt="" /><p><p>The above Bob Dylan quote is apt as the City Council follows Rahm further down the parking meter rabbit hole. Plus WWACIED (what would a church in Elgin do), and your musical memories of mom.<script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/don-t-follow-leaders-watch-the-parkin-meters.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/don-t-follow-leaders-watch-the-parkin-meters" target="_blank">View the story "Don't follow leaders, Watch the parkin' meters" on Storify</a>]<h1>Don't follow leaders, Watch the parkin' meters</h1><h2>The above Bob Dylan quote is apt as the City Council follows Rahm further down the parking meter rabbit hole. Plus WWACIED (what would a church in Elgin do), and your musical memories of mom.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Wed, May 08 2013 14:33:59</p><div><b>City Hall </b>-&nbsp;Aldermen received a copy of the new parking meter plan shortly before Wednesday’s City Council meeting leaving little time to dissect the details. Alex Keefe explains what they did talk about instead. <br></div><div><b>The Elgin/Joplin connection</b> - &nbsp;A Church in Elgin is building a new home for a woman whose life was upended by the Joplin, MO, tornado that struck in May 2011. Keith Duncan explains how they’ve been constructing the home in the Church basement. &nbsp;<br></div><div><b>Beckett</b> -&nbsp;Chicago-born actor and playwright Rick Cluchey met Samuel Beckett while imprisoned at San Quentin, and he brings their relationship to the stage in a new performance at Stage 773. <br></div><div><b>Music Thursday Mother's Day</b> - What song reminds you of your mom? &nbsp;Something she listened to when you were a kid? &nbsp;Something you listened to together? Celebrate the woman who made it all happen, and call and tweet us with your mother-music-memories.&nbsp;</div></noscript></p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-09/morning-shift-dont-follow-leaders-watch-parkin-meters Music Thursday: Crossover Recordings http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-24/music-thursday-crossover-recordings-105116 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_wrestlingentropy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>&quot;Oh Happy Day&quot; by The Edwin Hawkins Singers</strong></p><p>If you were around in 1969, it&rsquo;s unlikely that you missed hearing a recording by the Edwin Hawkins Singers called &ldquo;Oh Happy Day.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s said to be the first traditional gospel song to ever cross over and hit the pop chart&rsquo;s top 5. And it happened by accident. Hawkins was a gospel pianist and arranger in Berkeley, Calif. &ldquo;Oh Happy Day&rdquo; was one of several arrangements he put together for an album recording session for his choir with Dorothy Morrison on lead vocals. The group used an old two-track machine to record the songs in the church sanctuary. They hoped to sell a modest 500 copies, enough to finance the choir&rsquo;s trip to compete in a competition in Washington D.C. They didn&rsquo;t win, but when they got back home, they discovered that a San Francisco DJ was playing the record. It caught fire locally and then across the country. There was a bit of local controversy about the record: Some members of the denomination circulated a petition asking secular radio stations to stop playing it, though their efforts were unsuccessful. Over the years, there have been several versions of &ldquo;Oh Happy Day.&rdquo; One of those was featured in the 1993 movie Sister Act II with Whoopi Goldberg.</p><p><strong>&quot;Be My Love&quot; by Mario Lanza</strong></p><p>Mario Lanza was an operatic tenor who became a Hollywood movie star in the late &lsquo;40s and early &lsquo;50s. During his early years in opera, he took on a major role in a New Orleans Opera&rsquo;s presentation of Puccini&rsquo;s Madame Butterfly. He also starred in a hit movie called The Great Caruso about the life of opera great Enrico Caruso. I became aware of Mario Lanza when I was about 10. I loved listening to the radio and absorbed everything I heard. It was 1951, so I wasn&rsquo;t distracted by &ldquo;too much television.&rdquo; All the pop music programs consistently played a recording called &ldquo;Be My Love&rdquo; from Lanza&rsquo;s second film. He had a great voice, and I was impressed. As it turns out, I was not the only one. The record hit number 1 on the Billboard pop chart and sold more than 2 million copies. There was no official category called crossover in 1951, but if there had been, Mario Lanza&rsquo;s recording of &ldquo;Be My Love&rdquo; would have defined it perfectly.</p><p><strong>&quot;Stuck On You&quot; by Lionel Richie</strong></p><p>Lionel Richie is perhaps best known as a founding member of the very successful soul/funk band, the Commodores. He&rsquo;s also a Grammy-winning solo artist and songwriter with an astounding track record of writing and recording credits. On his 1993 album release called Can&rsquo;t Slow Down, the fourth single called &ldquo;Stuck On You&rdquo; had a decidedly country flavor. In fact on the cover of that single release, there&rsquo;s a photo of Richie wearing a cowboy hat and a western shirt. &ldquo;Stuck On You&rdquo; did well on the country music charts and hit number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. Richie had success last year with the release of a country album called Tuskegee with a number of guest performers, including Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-24/music-thursday-crossover-recordings-105116 'Morning Shift' #79: Here's to the new year http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-04/morning-shift-79-heres-new-year-104695 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningshiftCopy_6.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-79-here-s-to-the-new-year.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-79-here-s-to-the-new-year" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #79: Here's to the new year" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 09:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-04/morning-shift-79-heres-new-year-104695 'Morning Shift' #78: Politics, I do wed thee http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-03/morning-shift-78-politics-i-do-wed-thee-104669 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningshiftCopy_6.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-78.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-78" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #78: Politics, I do wed thee" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-03/morning-shift-78-politics-i-do-wed-thee-104669 On birthday of Beatle’s producer George Martin, a salute to record producers http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-03/birthday-beatle%E2%80%99s-producer-george-martin-salute <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_badgreeb Records.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Quincy Jones, who was born in Chicago in 1933, has a long list of musical accomplishments that far outweigh most music producers.</p><p>He started his professional career as a trumpet player and soon landed a gig with Lionel Hampton&rsquo;s band. It was quickly noted that his real skill was arranging music. From there Jones went on to become an arranger in great demand, as well as a songwriter and record producer.</p><p>He&rsquo;s produced recording sessions with some of the biggest names in the business, including Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson: Thriller is still the best-selling pop album of all time. Quincy&rsquo;s first time producing a pop record was in 1963 when he did a recording session with 16-year-old Leslie Gore.</p><p>The record was &ldquo;It&rsquo;s My Party&rdquo; and it went to number one shortly after its release.&nbsp; Jones found out that Phil Spector had a version by the Crystals that was about to be released, so he got the Leslie Gore version out first. This version of the song was recorded in 2010 by Amy Winehouse on Quincy&rsquo;s album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.&nbsp;</p><p>The record-producing team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is one of the most successful collaborations in the field of contemporary R&amp;B and hip-hop music.</p><p>They met in Minneapolis in the mid &lsquo;70s while they were still in high school. In their early days as working musicians, Jimmy was a keyboard player and Terry played bass in Flyte Tyme, a group that was managed by Prince and opened for him. On one occasion they missed a gig because they were trapped in a snowstorm. Prince was not happy. Ultimately, though, that storm provided the pair with an exit strategy from the band, and they started writing and producing as a team.</p><p>They had the good fortune to produce Janet Jackson right when she was on the verge of becoming a sexy, mature recording star. Their first project was a hit package called Control, but the second project in 1989 called Rhythm Nation 1814 gave Janet a whole new image and became one of the biggest records she ever made. It launched her into superstar status. This track is called &ldquo;Alright.&rdquo; There was also a phenomenal music video for this recording you should check out online.</p><p>In 1939, Alfred Lion founded the great jazz record label Blue Note, after he had emigrated from Berlin to the U.S. Lion had a keen interest in American jazz, combined with a good head for business.</p><p>He produced the label&rsquo;s first recorded projects, which showcased piano styles called stride and boogie woogie, featuring pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis. Later in 1947 Lion&rsquo;s producer chops showed that he was also something of a visionary: He produced the first recording Thelonious Monk did under his own name. This, a self-titled track called &ldquo;Thelonious,&rdquo; is from that session.</p><p>Carl Davis was an extraordinary Chicago record producer who did not play any instrument or read music. He had the uncanny ability to listen to various recordings and pick the one that would be a hit. His career started in the 1950s, and his first big achievement was producing a record called &ldquo;The Duke of Earl&rdquo; by Chicago recording artist Gene Chandler (with The Dukays). It was released in 1961 and stayed at number one for five weeks. It was the first million-selling record for the Chicago label Vee-Jay.</p><p>Davis went on to produce hit recordings by the Chi-Lites, Jackie Wilson and Tyrone Davis. &ldquo;The Duke of Earl&rdquo; is still one of the most recognizable R&amp;B songs of the 1960s, which is not surprising since it accomplished the rare feat of holding the number one spot on both the soul music and pop charts at the same time.</p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-01-03/birthday-beatle%E2%80%99s-producer-george-martin-salute Eight Forty-Eight for 05.10.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/eight-forty-eight-051012-99001 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/MaureenShaughnessy.jpg" title="(Flickr/MaureenShaughnessy)" /></p><p>On this edition of Music Thursday, we get a head start on celebrating Mother&#39;s Day. Tony Sarabia and WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele line up some of their favorite tunes, sung by Moms, to Moms and for Moms. We&#39;re joined by Kori Gardner from the band Mates of State, a rockin&#39; mom who wrote the blog&nbsp;<em>Band on the Diaper Run&nbsp;</em>while she toured the country with her husband/bandmate and their children. Also, Jessica Hopper, grrl power enthusiast, music writer for the<em> Chicago&nbsp;Reader</em> and author of&nbsp;<em>The Girl&#39;s Guide to Rocking,</em>&nbsp;explains how she juggles being a rock critic and parent.</p><p>At the top of the hour, we were joined by Tracy Baim of <em>Windy City Times</em> as we invited listeners to weigh in with their thoughts on President Obama&rsquo;s historic announcement yesterday regarding gay marriage.&nbsp; Baim is also the author of the 2010 book, <em>Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage</em>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/eight-forty-eight-051012-99001