Just 24 hours ago, DJ Izzy returned from a solo road trip to Clear Lake, Iowa, where he saw Brian Wilson perform at the Surf Ballroom. A serendipitous pre-show meeting with his idol on the tour bus was a highlight of the trip, and inspired tonight’s show, which features music from members of Brian’s touring band, including the Wondermints, Falling Wallendas, Nelson Bragg and more.
Tap your toe, shake your butt, get into the groove! Liberty Finch is layin’ it down this week on the Pop Shop. With Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Fatboy Slim, Talking Heads, The Wallets, Gang of Four, Crabby Appleton and more!
Celebrating Steven Carl Isadore……aka DJ Izzy! Pop picks and birthday sentiments from Boyce & Hart, The Cryan Shames, Harry Nilsson, Rockpile, Steve Earle, the Ramones and more. Plus, the “undercover of the night,” featuring Wayne Newton’s rendition of “Hard to Handle”!
They began their partnership in 1950 at the age of 17 when they discovered that they shared a passion for the Blues. By the age of 20, Leiber and Stoller had seen their songs recorded by such artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Esther, Charles Brown, Little Willie Littlefield, and Ray Charles. But the hits began with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s recording of “Hound Dog” in 1953. This record, and others written and produced by them, caught the attention of Atlantic Records.
With his recording of Hound Dog, Elvis became a household word. Presley went on to record more than twenty Leiber and Stoller songs, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Love Me,” “Treat Me Nice,” “Don’t,” “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care,” “Bossa Nova Baby,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town,” “She’s Not You,” and “Trouble.”
In 1969, the team produced the Peggy Lee recording of their composition, “Is That All There Is?” According to music critic Robert Palmer, “Is That All There Is?” was the song that “…clearly pointed to the direction their new work would take,” signaling that, “…the Golden Age of Rock & Roll had come to an end.”
Leiber and Stoller have been the recipients of countless awards and honors, including inductions into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the greatest compliment to any songwriter is to have his songs recorded by the best in the business. Artists who have recorded songs by Leiber and Stoller include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, James Brown, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Joe Williams, Tom Jones, Count Basie, Edith Piaf, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Luther Vandross, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, and over a thousand others.
Special guest host Jean (former proprietor of the Radio Rumpus Room) minds the Pop Shop tonight, while Liberty and Izzy get their last taste of the Minnesota State Fair…….Don’t miss this special edition!
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