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PLUS Extra Plays to New Rock Hall of Fame Inductees!
THE TRADITIONAL WISDOM is that April Showers bring May Flowers, which, in turn, brings May Flowers. This April brings more than April Showers, it brings Special Attention to April born singers and to the bands with members born in April. April also brings the annual ceremony to honor the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and our tribute to the latest inductees by playing their songs often all month long.
The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the third time. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote.
The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the Fans’ Ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2017 Inductees. Four of the winners of the Fans’ Ballot (ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, and Yes) will be inducted as performers in 2017. Other 2017 performer inductees are Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.
Nile Rodgers receives the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Award for Musical Excellence. The award is made in recognition of his work with the disco era popular band called Chic and numerous other recording projects through the years. Nile Rodgers rocked beyond the boundaries of disco with guitar riffs fundamental to Hip-Hop, Rock and EDM.
Starting in 1979, Rodgers and bass player Bernard Edwards tried their hand at production and scored a massive success right out of the gate with Sister Sledge’s “We are Family.” In the 1980s Rodgers became one of the most sought after producers, helping to create albums that redefined an artist’s career, including Diana Ross, David Bowie, INXS, Madonna, Duran Duran, The B-52s, and the Vaughn Brothers.
In the process of producing hit albums, Rodgers developed his own dance-rock signature sound that was imitated by numerous artists in a range of music styles. The 80s and 90s also saw him arranging film scores, releasing solo albums, and even reforming a version of CHIC. Nile Rodgers has left his mark on rock and roll, and any of today’s dance band, funk-inspired, soul groove, electro musicians can trace their roots right back to him.
OUR SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE APRIL BORN BIRTHDAY BUDDIES comes in the form of GreatGold.fm Internet Radio shining a spotlight on their contributions to the Soundtrack Of Our Lives by giving their songs Extra Plays in our mix of hits from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1990s, and the best of the 2000s.
APRIL BORN MUSIC STARS GETTING EXTRA PLAYS THIS MONTH: MARVIN GAYE; KURT WINTER of Guess Who; LEON RUSSELL; LEON WILKERSON of Lynyrd Skynyrd; TONY ORLANDO; RONNIE LANE of Small Faces; DORIS DAY; GARY MOORE; MICHELLE PHILLIPS of the Mamas and Papas; MUDDY WATERS; DAVID ROBINSON OF the Cars;
RUDOLPH ISLEY of the Isley Brothers; BOBBY RYDELL; JOHN KAY of Steppenwolf; SHEENA EASTON; ELLA FITZGERALD; WILLIE NELSON; ALLAN CLARKE of The Hollies; DEBBIE REYNOLDS; DUANE EDDY; TONY WILLIAMS of The Platters; ANN-MARGARET; JIMMY DESTRI of Blondie; ALBERT KING; GLEN CAMPBELL.
JANIS IAN; KERAN JANE WOODWARD of Bananarama; BILLIE HOLIDAY; JAN BERRY of Jan and Dean; DAVID CASSIDY; PHIL MARGO of The Tokens; HERBIE HANCOCK; MEL SCHACHER of Grand Funk Railroad; BILLY JOE ROYAL; SHEB WOOLEY/BEN COLDER; LARRY FERGUSON of Hot Chocolate; BUDDY KNOX; and BARRY PRITCHARD of The Fortunes.
MORE APRIL BORN STARS: AL GREEN; DUSTY SPRINGFIELD; JACK CASADY of Jefferson Airplane/Starship; BOBBY VINTON; RICHARD MANUEL of The Band; LUTHER VANDROSS; PICK WITHERS of Dire Straits; PETER FRAMPTON; BERRY OAKLEY of Allman Brothers; ROY ORBISON; BARBRA STREISAND; Gary Wright; Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor; Carl Gardner of The Coasters; Tommy James of Tommy James and The Shondells; Lonnie Donegan; Klaus Voorman of Manfred Mann; Tammi Terrell; Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips; Kian Egan of Westlife; and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA.
SO, IF YOU WERE BORN IN APRIL, everytime you hear one of these singers or bands while listening to The GreatGold.fm Mix of Classic Hit Oldies and Great Gold Hits during the day or night, you’ll know that it’s another one of your April Birthday Buddies from the music world, sharing your Birthday Month and celebrating right along with you.
HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY to April Born Listeners and Performers from GreatGold.fm!