The Boogie Hustlers perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on April 28, 2016.
“I am from New York City. I went to school at Carnegie Mellon. By the time I had graduated, I was caught up in the local scene here. So, I just sort of stayed. By the time I had lifted my head back up, I recognized that I had made a life here.”
James Brown and his 16-piece band did a week-long stint at Harlem's Apollo Theater late in 1962. This live recording was financed completely by Brown, and he went against his record label's wishes to make it in the first place. The album has been called one of the greatest live albums ever recorded, and was on the album charts for close to a year and a half.
This soundtrack contains music by Toots and the Maytalls, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff (who is also the star of the film). Before its was released, reggae music wasnt really on the pop culture radar in America, this album paved the way for reggae acts to be noticed, not just in the United States, but all around the world.
The debut album from the Ramones was released in the Spring of 1976. The band was already making waves with the fast intensity of their live shows. Recorded over a week on February 1976, for a little more than $6,000, this groundbreaking album is now considered a classic.
American Originals is WYEP's monthly series devoted to essential American artists and their music. This episode is on the career of Lou Reed. From the Velvet Underground to his solo career, Lou Reed's innovative guitar playing, songwriting and provocative nature has made him legendary.
American Originals is WYEP's monthly series devoted to essential American artists and their music. In this episode, we focus on the life of Hank Williams. For a man who spent only twenty-nine years on this earth, Hank Williams had an enormous impact on music.
American Originals is WYEP's monthly series devoted to essential American artists and their music. In this episode, it's Chrissie Hynde. As a singer and songwriter, member of The Pretenders and to her many collborations, she has brought a unique voice and passion to her work.
Charles Bradley's new album, Changes, is our Album of the Week. Pick up a copy today when you become a WYEP member.