Randy Bachman

Compass Point

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 15/16 Sep 2018

This edition of Vinyl Tap finds Randy Bachman heading to another exotic location for a look at some of the music and artists who helped made Compass Point Studios a legendary recording destination. Compass Point was located in the Bahamas and it was founded by producer Chris Blackwell. Blackwell grew up in Jamaica and formed Island Records there in 1959. He is credited as the man responsible from getting Reggae music out to a larger audience and when he moved his operation to England, he discovered and nurtured a very diverse group of artists ranging from Nirvana to Traffic to Emerson Lake and Palmer and U2 to name just a few. In 1977 Chris Blackwell built Compass Point and it was used by some of the top musical acts in rock history. The playlist this week features just a few of those acts and includes Iron Maiden, U2, Spandau Ballet, Joe Cocker, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits and many others. So set a course for Compass Point Studios near Nassau in the Bahamas and be sure to in to the Tap.

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Flute Songs

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 08/09 Sep 2018

The upcoming cruise down the vinyl highway is the beginning of a new season of Vinyl Tap. For this episode Randy Bachman follows up on a suggestion from a dedicated Tap-head and features a flight of flute songs. The flute, in various forms, is one of the earliest known musical instruments. There was a prehistoric flute found in Germany that was carved from a vulture’s wing bone. In a nearby location, researchers discovered one made from mammoth ivory. Both are believed to be around thirty-five to forty thousand years old. Flutes are played in almost all of the world’s cultures so it was inevitable that they would turn up in rock music at some point. Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, is the man widely credited for being the first rock flute player but the list of bands featuring flute is long and includes the Mamas and Papas, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Canned Heat, Marshall Tucker Band, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and many others. “Can’t You See”… it’s going to be a “Flute Thing” this week so be sure to in to the Tap.

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George Harrison

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 01/02 Sep 2018… first aired 05/06 May 2018

This is the final summer encore edition of Vinyl Tap and the trip down the vinyl highway features just one stop as Randy Bachman pays tribute to another one of his favorite musicians. Randy and George Harrison were born in the same year and he has been a fan of the “quiet Beatle” since he first heard the group. When Randy was thinking about a new project for himself he decided to record reworked version of some of his favorite Harrison songs. The result is an album Randy calls “By George – By Bachman”. George’s contributions to the Beatles catalogue were often overshadowed by the more prolific and domineering team of Lennon and McCartney but he wrote some of the Fab Four’s best tunes… in fact the Harrison song “Someday” is the Beatles second-most covered song. He wasn’t a trained musician or songwriter and when asked about how he got started, George said “I wasn’t Lennon, or I wasn’t McCartney. I was me. And I started to write songs because I thought if they can write them, I can write them.” This week’s playlist includes some of the songs George Harrison wrote performed by himself, with the Beatles, and many others including Randy Bachman and his band. It’s by George, by Bachman so be sure to in to the Tap.

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Home Grown

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 25/26 Aug 2018… first aired 16/17 Dec 2017

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman celebrates the success of some well-known Canadian songs. There is no question that Canada artists have well and truly made their marks on the world stage… Brian Adams, Shania Twain, Paul Anka, Celine Dionne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Sarah McLachlan are just a few of them. However, this week’s playlist has a bit of a twist… Randy picks tunes that were international hits and often performed by international musical stars but some listeners may be unaware of the fact that the songs were written by Canadians. The artists featured include Lenny Kravitz, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Archies, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, Jennifer Warnes and many others. Let’s give them something to talk about and join the celebration of Canadian songwriters when you tune in to the Tap.

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Heavy Blues

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 17/18 Aug 2018… first aired 24/25 Feb 2018

Randy Bachman is very excited this week as he presents a special summer encore edition of Vinyl Tap. And once again, he has the loyal and dedicated Tapheads to thank for suggesting the idea. A few years ago Randy was chatting to his old pal Neil Young and mentioned that he had been offered a new record deal. Neil responded with great… what a good opportunity and encouraged Randy to try something completely new, to really push the boundaries. As a result, Randy went into the studio with Anna Ruddick and Dale-Anne Brendan on bass and drums respectively, and the trio banged out a driving, blues-based album that brought back memories of the great power trios of the sixties and seventies. As an added bonus Randy invited a few of his guitar buddies to play on the tracks. The guests include Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph, Luke Doucette, Walter Trout, the late Jeff Healy and even Neil Young himself. Many listeners have asked Randy to share the stories behind the creation of the album as well as his relationships with the other guitar legends that are featured. He obliges this week so get set for some “Heavy Blues” when you tune in to the Tap!

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Food Part 2

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 11/12 Aug 2018… first aired 20/21 May 2017

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap the ride along the buffet highway continues as Randy Bachman features more delectable songs about food. In Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” Duke Orsino refers to music as the “food of love” and a love of food has inspired music-makers for centuries. Henry Purcell set Orsino’s line to music around about 1690 and the tradition continues… Drake had a song on the charts not long ago called “Passionfruit”. Even though “Passionfruit” did not make the play-list this week Randy features tunes about apples, strawberries and pineapples among others from artists including Tommy Roe, Larry Groce, Millie Small, Herman’s Hermits, The Archies, Little Feat, Jan & Dean and many more. Help yourself to another pop music smorgasbord this week when you tune in to the Tap.

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Food Part 1

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 04/05 Aug 2018… first aired 13/14 May 2017

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” On this edible encore edition of Vinyl Tap, Randy Bachman opens a menu featuring songs about food. It is guaranteed to be a balanced offering with selections from all food groups… from fruit and nuts to meat and vegetables to dairy and dessert. The selections are served up by Don McLean, Neil Young, Dee Dee Sharp, The Newbeats, Fats Waller, Rupert Holmes, and many others. Everything from appetizers to after-dinner treats because as Peanuts creator Charles Schultz said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Help yourself to a cheeseburger in paradise and a plate of sweet cherry pie when you tune in to the Tap.

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Two Guys and Two Guitars Part 2

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 28/29 Jul 18… first aired 16/17 Sep 2017

On September 23, 2017, Randy Bachman inducted Neil Young into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto. On this week’s encore edition of Vinyl Tap he features the second of two shows he called “Two Guys, Two Guitars”. Randy was born in Winnipeg so his roots might go a little deeper but Neil grew up there and they both were fixtures on the same local music scene. Their paths to success ran a little differently… Neil left and became a driving force in the country-rock hotbed of southern California in bands including “Buffalo Springfield” and “Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young”. Randy stayed a little closer to home working his way up the charts with groups including “The Guess Who” and “Bachman Turner Overdrive”. But the two have always been pals and in fact, it was Neil who suggested that Randy put the Turner in Overdrive by hiring vocalist Fred Turner. Old man take a look at your life ‘cuz you ain’t seen nothing yet… and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Two Guys and Two Guitars

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 21/22 Jul 2018, first aired 06/07 Jan 201

This is a special summer encore edition of Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap. On September 23, 2017 Randy was honored to induct his old friend Neil Young into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto. As he rolls down the vinyl highway on this episode Randy passes through his hometown of Winnipeg to share some Neil Young music and memories. They both grew up there and worked up their musical chops in the local scene. Randy calls this show “two guys and two guitars” and the playlist features some of his tunes, Neil’s classics and a few they played on together… including “Mr Soul”, “Shakin All Over”, “Cinnamon Girl”, “Undun”, “Helpless”, “Prairie Town” and many more.

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Two Guys Named John

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 14/15 Jul 2018, first aired 06/07 Jan 201

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap, Randy Bachman shares the road with a couple of guys named John…. John Lennon and John Fogerty. They were born five years apart… one in northern England and the other in northern California. Though the two came from very different backgrounds, they each had incredibly successful music careers with some similar experiences. John Lennon and the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival played the same stage in 1969. John Lennon parted ways with his band in 1970 and John Fogerty said goodbye to Creedence in 1972. Each had success as a solo artist and while John Lennon’s life was cut short in 1980, John Fogerty is still actively performing. In fact, he was part of the line-up at a special 75th Birthday tribute concert for John Lennon.

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Woke up this morning.

Here’s what’s on an encore edition of Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 07/08 Jul 2018, first aired 06/07 Jan 201

On this summer encore edition of Vinyl Tap, Randy Bachman has the perfect collection of tunes to welcome the summer. This week’s playlist features tunes that include the phrase “woke up this morning” in the title or somewhere in the lyrics. It’s a line that seems to have become to blues songs what the phrase “once upon a time” is to folk and fairy tales. And once again the Tapheads have contributed suggestions… everything from Howlin’ Wolf singing “woke up this morning, trouble knocking on my door” to Jim Morrison of The Doors confessing “woke up this morning and got myself a beer”. Other artists who woke up include The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, JJ Cale, The Kinks, Bob Marley, Neil Young and many others. If you don’t want to miss the wakeup call, be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Oh Canada

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 30 Jun / 01 Jul 2018

This week on Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman serves up another heaping helping of fantastic Canadian music. It’s the Canada Day weekend and what better reason could there be to celebrate the success of the home-grown musicians who rock the world? The playlist includes a lot less talk and a lot more rock as Randy features tunes from Trooper, Celine Dion, Crowbar, Loverboy, Nickelback, Shania Twain, Sarah McLaughlin, The Weeknd, Drake, Serena Ryder and many, many others.
It’s a great soundtrack to a rockin’ Canadian long holiday weekend. So, find a deck or a beach or a spot in the woods, fire up the barbecue, dial up a Canadian summer and tune in to the Tap.

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Around The World Part 2

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 23/24 June 2018

This week the around the world balloon ride continues on Vinyl Tap as Randy Bachman plays more music created by artists from all over this little blue planet. The world of popular music seems to be very rich and diverse these days with artists topping the charts from all kinds of countries including Canada, The United States, England, Ireland, Cuba, Spain and Australia among others but this global music scene is not a new phenomenon. In fact, one of the greatest pop songwriters of all time, Irving Berlin, was born in 1888 and lived in Russia before his family moved to America and he became one of that country’s most influential musical creators. You won’t hear any of the more than 1200 songs written by Mr. Berlin this week but you will hear songs from U2, Van Morrison, Santana, Abba, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Electric Light Orchestra , Crowded House, Johnny Clegg and many more. Set a musical course for somewhere and let the rhythms carry you away this week when you tune in to the Tap.

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Around The World Part 1

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 16/17 June 2018

The listeners have spoken and once again Randy Bachman has responded. On this week’s edition of Vinyl Tap he has the first of two shows featuring artists from around the world. While rock and roll may seem like a North American phenomenon that is absolutely not the case. It’s true that experts agree that the musical form evolved in the late forties and fifties in the US but by the end of the 1950’s, the beat had spread around the world and the kids who grew up listening to the guitars, bass and drums blasting out from the southern United States soon began making the new music themselves. It wasn’t long before bands were rockin’ all over the world and this week’s globally-influenced playlist includes artists from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland and Germany among others. Join Randy Bachman and go up, up and away on an around the world musical tour when you tune in to the Tap.

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Seattle Pop Festival

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 09/10 June 2018

More time travel this week on Vinyl Tap as the road leads Randy Bachman back to a memorable weekend in 1969. About a month before Woodstock happened in White Lake, New York, the Seattle Pop Festival ran from July 25 to 27 in Woodinville, Washington. The event was organized by a Seattle music promoter named Boyd Grafmyre and by most accounts it was tremendous success. The festival budget was around one hundred thousand dollars and tickets cost just six dollars for a day or fifteen for the entire weekend! The crowds were large and mostly well behaved and the lineup featured twenty-five of the top musical acts of the day including Led Zeppelin and The Doors; the first and only time they were on the same bill. Chicago, who had just released their first album, was there. Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley , Santana, Ten Years After, Ike and Tina Turner, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds were all there as was The Guess Who playing sets on all three days. In fact, most of the top acts played the main stage more than once over the weekend… all for fifteen bucks. You won’t want to miss Randy’s look back at The Seattle Pop Festival – “the forgotten Woodstock” – so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Motivation

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 02/03 June 2018

On this edition of Vinyl Tap the vinyl highway takes listeners on a journey of change as Randy Bachman is motivated to respond to a suggestion sent in in by many fans. Motivational authors and speakers have been bombarding us with inspiring words and catch-phrases for years; since ancient times in fact. Advertisers excel at the art of persuasion. Movies often have memorable scenes featuring stirring speeches and the world of sport is full of those get out there and win one for the Gipper moments. Songwriters also use their art to empower and inspire and this week’s playlist includes stirring words and music from Nelly Furtado, Elton John, Chicago, George Michael, Carol King, Aretha Franklin, Bon Jovi, Pharrell Williams and many others. As Randy says… “It’s the believe in yourself show” so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Two Steves

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 26/27 May 2018

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap, Randy Bachman’s journey along the vinyl highway involves a tale of two… no, not cities.… Steves. The two Steves in this story are Steve Winwood and Steve Miller. While one was born in England and the other in the United States, they have quite a bit in common. Steve Winwood began playing in a band when he was eight years old. Steve Miller formed his first band when he was twelve. Winwood backed blues legends including BB
King and Howlin’ Wolf when they toured England. Miller also played with Howlin’ Wolf but in the US. Steve Miller released his first single in 1965 and Steve Winwood appeared on his first single release with Traffic in 1964.
Both have gone on to have long and successful careers and the playlist this week includes some of their best. It’s a tale of two Steves so whether you fly like an eagle or roll with it, if you see a chance take it and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Pirate Radio #2

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 19/20 May 2018

Randy Bachman finds himself all at sea again this week on Vinyl Tap as he concludes his look at Pirate Radio and the bands that used the illegal airwaves to help launch them to stardom. In the early 1960’s the British Broadcasting Corporation had a strict music policy and controlled virtually all of the music heard on the air. The playlist were very conservative and the station was only on-air for part of the day. Pirate Radio countered by beaming out a signal all day and night and most importantly… by playing the rock and roll young Brits were eager to hear. BBC eventually decided to move with the times and created Radio 1 which served the younger audience and even hired some of the best known pirate radio DJs. For the British audiences rock and roll was here to stay. Randy’s playlist this week includes The Kinks, Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, Cream, Procol Harum, The Seekers, Petula Clark and many others. Enjoy another listen to the tunes even the mighty BBC couldn’t silence as Pirate Radio continues this week on the Tap.

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Pirate Radio #1

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 12/13 May 2018

The vinyl highway takes a detour to the high seas this week as Randy Bachman has the first of two Vinyl Tap shows dedicated to Pirate Radio. Originally, radio was generally a lawless free-for-all and the domain of hobbyists and enthusiastic experimenters. Slowly, more and more regulations were devised and applied and, in England in particular, it became much harder for people to get their music heard on the air unless it was courtesy of the BBC and fell under their strict rules. As a backlash, pirates of the airwaves operated outside the territorial boundaries of Britain and Europe and were completely unregulated. Among the most famous was Radio Caroline, a ship in the English Channel and home to a band of radio pirates who broadcast rock and roll to the eager youth in Britain in the 1960’s. It’s where a lot of the early British rock and rollers first got heard including, Cliff Richard, The Kinks, The Who, Tom Jones, Manfred Mann, Lonnie Donnegan, The Moody Blues, Donovan, The Hollies and many others. So Avast Me Hearties! Hoist the flag of rock and roll and set sail aboard the good ship Pirate Radio when you tune in to the Tap.

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George Harrison

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 05/06 May 2018

This week the trip down the Vinyl Tap vinyl highway features just one stop as Randy Bachman pays tribute to another one of his favorite musicians. Randy and George Harrison were born in the same year and he has been a fan of the “quiet Beatle” since he first heard the group. When Randy was thinking about a new project for himself he decided to record reworked version of some of his favorite Harrison songs. The result is an album Randy calls “By George – By Bachman”. George’s contributions to the Beatles catalogue were often overshadowed by the more prolific and domineering team of Lennon and McCartney but he wrote some of the Fab Four’s best tunes… in fact the Harrison song “Something” is the Beatles second-most covered song. He wasn’t a trained musician or songwriter and when asked about how he got started, George said “I wasn’t Lennon, or I wasn’t McCartney. I was me. And I started to write songs because I thought if they can write them, I can write them.” This week’s playlist includes some of the songs George Harrison wrote performed by himself, The Beatles, and many others including Randy Bachman and his band.
It’s by George, by Bachman so be sure to in to the Tap.

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Natural Disasters

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 28/29 April 2018

The season is changing, winter misery is over in most of Canada at least, but on this encore edition Randy Bachman has to carefully navigate the Vinyl Tap vinyl highway as he chases down some natural disasters.
These events usually occur as a result of a natural process on or in the Earth and can result in very large amounts of damage. The disaster list includes earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and other events that you wouldn’t normally associate with pop music. But that doesn’t stop songwriters from using them as inspiration and this week’s playlist features songs about everything from fire and rain to blizzards. Sometimes the song is actually about a disaster and other times, it’s just a metaphor as you will hear in tunes by The Bee Gees, Carole King, Great Big Sea, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Martha Reeves and many others.
There may be smoke on the water and it might be the end of the world as we know it so you are not going to want to miss tuning in to the Tap.

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Guitar Faves #2

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 21/22 April 2018

The shredding continues this week on Vinyl Tap as Randy Bachman plays more of the favourite guitar tunes from his personal collection and some suggested by Vinyl Tap listeners. The guitar is considered to be the most popular instrument in the world for its versatility, portability, relative economy and availability. It can be used for all styles of music and it is the perfect choice for soloists or to accompany singers… the guitar does it all. In fact, the great Ludwig Van Beethoven is reported to have said “the guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself”. Guitars come in all shapes and sizes… as do guitar players and this week’s “who’s who” of the fretboard includes Joe Walsh, Lenny Breau, Chet Atkins, Dick Dale, John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, Stanley Jordan, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Page, Django Reinhardt, AC/DC and many others.
Prepare to be thunderstruck when you tune in to the Tap.

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Guitar Faves #1

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 14/15 April 2018

On Vinyl Tap this week it gets personal for Randy Bachman. He has gone through his record collection and chosen some of his favourite guitar players and guitar songs. And being the unselfish guy that he is, Randy has also included many of the choices sent in to him by Vinyl Tap listeners. Anyone who knows Randy knows that he has a passion for guitars so it’s a suggestion that he is happy to follow up on. The playlist includes songs with hot guitar playing, songs played on famous guitars and songs that just include guitar in the title. Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton, Jeff beck and BB King are just some of the hot players featured this week.
So, if the guitar is what gets you going be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Rock Around The Clock

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 07/08 April 2018

This week the Vinyl Tap vinyl highway travels in a circular route and though the journey is short, it is going to eat up a lot of time. With some input from the listeners Randy Bachman has chosen a whole set of tunes that mention time in the title or somewhere in the lyrics. Possibly the most well-known time related tune is “Rock Around The Clock”. It was a huge international hit for Bill Hailey and his Comets in 1954 and though it wasn’t the first rock and roll record, it did go a long way in helping bring rock into mainstream culture. And of course it’s the song Randy chose to kick off the show this week. Other artists helping keep track of the time this week include Eric Clapton, ABBA, Styx, Chuck Berry, Simon and Garfunkel, Rush, Chicago, Alan Jackson, The Chambers Brothers… and there will still be time for more.
Saturday night’s alright for fighting and it’s also a great time to rock around the clock so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Specialty Records and Imperial Records

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 31 March/01 April 2018

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman leads us on a tour of a couple of the most influential independent rock and roll record labels… Specialty Records and Imperial Records. Specialty was founded in Los Angeles in 1945 and some of the greats to appear on the label include Little Richard, Percy Mayfield and Lloyd Price. Original owner Art Rupe was known as one of the most honest men in the record business who treated his artists fairly and with respect. Lew Chudd, founder of Imperial Records, was born in Toronto, Ontario. He began working with NBC in New York before heading out to Los Angeles where he started Imperial Records. The label was based in LA but Chudd signed most of his talent in New Orleans where he helped establish the careers of Fats Domino, Huey “Piano” Smith, Johnny Rivers, Frankie Ford and many others.
So, whether you find yourself on blueberry hill or slow dancing, swaying to the music be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Falsetto Part 2

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 24/25 March 2018

Vinyl Tap really hits the heights again this week as Randy Bachman plays more great tunes that feature falsetto singing.
As you probably know, falsetto is the term used to describe a voice singing in an unnaturally high range. But it should definitely not be a scream or shriek and to actually sing in controlled falsetto takes a great deal of practice and technique. Most people hear falsetto voices used by some of the great R & B singers but the style is used in almost all forms of pop. And it is certainly not new… centuries ago when women were banned from singing in church the high vocals parts were handled by boy sopranos or male falsetto singers. The high pitched voices on the Tap this week include Justin Timberlake, Prince, Al Green, Del Shannon, Lou Christie, Steve Perry, Aaron Neville, Freddie Mercury and many others.
Remember, when it comes to the high notes, you can’t stop the feeling so don’t stop believin’ and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Falsetto

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 17/18 March 2018

This week, the trip down the vinyl highway hits some real high points as Randy Bachman plays tunes that feature voices at the top of the vocal range. All of these songs were big hits and the thing they all have in common is falsetto singing. Falsetto comes from the Italian language and means literally, an unnatural or false voice. It occurs when the voice is pitched higher than the normal range and singers use the technique for dramatic affect or to make a part stand out. Falsetto can be heard in almost all types of pop music…disco, rhythm and blues, the blues, country and bluegrass. In fact, bluegrass music is sometimes referred to as “High and Lonesome”. But a little falsetto can go a long way… sing too high for too long and you might end up lonesome! The playlist this week includes Canned Heat, The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, The Bee Gees, Neil Young, Frank Ocean and others.
It’s the truth about falsetto so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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The Bass

Here’s what’s on Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 10/11 March 2018

This week on Vinyl Tap we’ll get the low down on the down low as Randy Bachman puts together a show dedicated to the bottom end of the band… the bass. As Randy is among the first to point out, it’s usually the lead guitar or lead singer that gets all the attention. This could be a real ego bash to some bass players but there is actual science that says the bass is actually one of the most vital parts of the band. The bass helps creat a feeling of power and control. And this information is not new… Musicologist Robert Challoner wrote in 1880 that “The bass part is, in fact, the foundation upon which the melody rests and without which there could be no melody.” The playlist this week features many bassists who would agree with that including Sting, John Entwhistle, Chris Squire, John Deacon, Mark King, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius and many others.

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Saturday Night

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 3/4 Mar 2018

In this encore presentation we celebrate popular music that features one of the best days of the week. Playlist includes Little Richard, The Bay City Rollers, Sam Cooke, Tom Waits, Chicago, Stan Rogers & more.

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Heavy Blues

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 24/25 Feb 2018

Randy Bachman is very excited this week as he presents a special edition of Vinyl Tap. And once again, he has the loyal and dedicated Tapheads to thank for suggesting the idea. A few years ago Randy was chatting to his old pal Neil Young and mentioned that he had been offered a new record deal. Neil responded with great… what a good opportunity and encouraged Randy to try something completely new, to really push the boundaries. As a result, Randy went into the studio with Anna Ruddick and Dale-Anne Brendan on bass and drums respectively, and the trio banged out a driving, blues-based album that brought back memories of the great power trios of the sixties and seventies. As an added bonus Randy invited a few of his guitar buddies to play on the tracks. The guests include Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph, Luke Doucette, Walter Trout, the late Jeff Healy and even Neil Young himself. Many listeners have asked Randy to share the stories behind the creation of the album as well as his relationships with the other guitar legends that are featured. He obliges this week so get set for some “Heavy Blues” when you tune in to the Tap!

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Long & Short

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 117/18 Feb 2018.

On this edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman responds one more time to a suggestion sent in by a bunch of listeners. And this time, the vinyl highway takes him on a search for the longest and the shortest songs. The longest official release was an epic by a German band that took one hour and thirty minutes to wade through. The shortest was “You Suffer” by a band called Napalm Death. It clocked in at 1.316 seconds… yep, seconds. Fortunately, Randy won’t be playing either of those. His playlist includes only songs that made it onto the pop charts. Commercial radio, and particularly AM radio, seems to like songs that fell into the three to three and a half minute range but there were some exceptions. According to Billboard magazine, the longest song to hit #1 on their chart was “American Pie” by Don Mclean at eight minutes, thirty-three seconds. The shortest, at one minute, forty-nine seconds, was “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits. The playlist this week also includes Bill Withers, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Stones, Queen, Elvis, Fats Domino and others. Get right to the long and short of it this week when you tune in to the Tap!

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Paul and Paul

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 10/11 Feb 2018 first aired 11/12 Feb 2017.

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap, Randy Bachman takes a look at another pair of music-makers who share a first name…. and this time the spotlight is on Paul Simon and Paul McCartney. Though the two were based on opposite sides of the Atlantic, they had quite a bit in common. Our pair of Pauls is just about the same age. Simon’s dad was an amateur musician and so was McCartney’s. They are both hugely talented songwriters and they started creating their first tunes while still in their early teens. Both began their rise to stardom as part of a well-known group. Paul Simon was half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel while Paul McCartney was a member of the Beatles. And each of them has gone on to have amazing careers and success as solo artists and are still making music today. Between them, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney have written hundreds of songs that have enriched popular music for over 50 years. So whether you’re looking for a bridge over troubled waters or the Mull of Kintyre, be sure to tune in to the Tap!

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8-Bar Songs

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 03/04 Feb 2018.

On this week’s edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman is once again going inside the music as he puts together a playlist of eight-bar tunes. Don’t worry… this is not going to be a short show with just eight songs you might hear in a bar. Randy is talking about musical bars, the building blocks on which a tune is constructed. In past shows he has featured twelve-bar songs, and songs with a memorable or significant middle-eight… the break between the repetitive verse/chorus pattern… as well as other song structures. This time Randy features songs that are composed with the verse and chorus sung over the same chords and made up of eight bars. The examples come from many artists including The Diamonds, Louis Armstrong, The Irish Rovers, The Beatles, ABBA, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more. So… count to eight… repeat… and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Flowers

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 27/28 Jan 2018.

With most of the country still firmly in the clutches of winter, this technicolor trip down the Vinyl Tap vinyl highway should help to brighten things up a bit as Randy Bachman presents a whole bouquet of tunes about flowers. 1965 was the year that poet Alan Ginsberg coined the expression “flower-power” and the concept really blossomed during the summer of love. But songwriters have been inspired by nature’s glorious beauty for a lot longer than that. Many Vinyl Tap listeners made suggestions for tunes that should be included and the collection crosses over many musical formats. Lots of rock and roll with some jazz, folk and country thrown in for good measure. The artists featured include The Statler Brothers, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, the Kingston Trio, Skylark, Scott McKenzie, Seal, Eva Cassidy, JJ Cale, Sting and many more. If you’re going to San Francisco, take some time to stop and smell the roses and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Texas

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 20/21 Jan 2018.

This week’s journey down the vinyl highway is going to begin with a full tank of gas and a road map of the largest of the southern United States. Randy Bachman has put together a Vinyl Tap playlist featuring music about Texas and by Texans. The Lone Star State has an economy that exceeds Canada’s and the population is nearly the same. It should come as no surprise that Texans pioneered almost all of the major forms of pop music from country and bluegrass to the blues and rock and roll. In fact the state capital, Austin, boasts more live music venues than any other city in the US. The Texas-sized playlist includes tunes from Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Waylon and Willie, Roy Orbison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Dixie Chicks, ZZ Top, Beyoncé and many more. So for a toe-tappin’ good time go deep in the heart of Texas and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Jungle

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 13/14 Jan 2018.

This week the trip down the vinyl highway has plenty of exotic twists and turns as Randy Bachman takes Vinyl Tap listeners on a journey into the jungle. Many of the tunes were suggested by Vinyl Tap fans and Randy rounded out the playlist with some ideas of his own. But every song has some mention of the jungle… everything from the concrete jungle, to the king of the jungle, to life in the jungle or jungle love. The artists featured include Creedence Clearwater, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, Bob Marley, Randy Newman, Jethro Tull, The Tokens, Steve Miller and many more. The lion may be sleeping tonight but remember, it’s a jungle out there so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Woke Up This Morning

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 06/07 Jan 2018.

It’s the first edition of Vinyl Tap for the New Year and Randy Bachman has the perfect collection of tunes to welcome the dawn of 2018. This week’s playlist features tunes that include the phrase “woke up this morning” in the title or somewhere in the lyrics. It’s a line that seems to have become to blues songs what the phrase “once upon a time” is to folk and fairy tales. And once again the Tapheads have contributed suggestions… everything from Howlin’ Wolf singing “woke up this morning, trouble knocking on my door” to Jim Morrison of The Doors confessing “woke up this morning and got myself a beer”. Other artists who woke up include The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, JJ Cale, The Kinks, Bob Marley, Neil Young and many others. It’s a New Year wakeup call so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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NYE Mashup Party

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 30/31 Dec 2017.

The year that was 2017 is winding down but the holiday celebrations continue this week on Vinyl Tap as Randy Bachman offers up a party punch to say so long to the old and ring in the new. Randy wraps up 2017 with his favorite massive mix of mashups. You will hear some familiar artists in ways you may not have heard them before plus some brand new acts as the beat goes on for two hours. The party playlist includes Deep Purple, Daft Punk, Adele, AC/DC, The Doors, James Brown, Robin Thicke, Eurythmics and many, many more. It’s going to be a whole lotta mixin’, shakin’ and mashin’ so shove back the furniture, shine a light on the mirror ball and be sure to tune in and turn up the Tap.

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Xmas Gifts 2017

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 23/24 Dec 2017.

On this holiday edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman treats listeners to another collection of his seasonal favorites… but this time with a bit of a twist. These days, the push for holiday shopping seems to begin right after Halloween. In most stores, the pumpkins and skeletons move out and the elves and Christmas trees move in. In response to that trend Randy has put together a playlist around the theme of giving… but not gifts in the tangible or physical sense. His theme includes the gifts of friendship, hope, support and love that are so important always but perhaps even more so at this time of year. Among the artists sharing gifts are Carole King, George Harrison, Supertramp, Ed Sheeran, Whitney Houston, Ron Sexsmith, Dido, the Beatles and others. So this Christmas just reach out, give a little bit and treat yourself to a seasonal goody when you tune in to the Tap.

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Home Grown

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 16/17 Dec 2017.

This edition of Vinyl Tap will help to get listeners into a bit of the holiday spirit as Randy Bachman celebrates the success of some well-known Canadian songs. There is no question that Canada artists have well and truly made their marks on the world stage… Brian Adams, Shania Twain, Paul Anka, Celine Dionne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Sarah McLachlan are just a few of them. However, this week’s playlist has a bit of a twist… Randy picks tunes that were international hits and often performed by international musical stars but some listeners may be unaware of the fact that the songs were written by Canadians. The artists featured include Lenny Kravitz, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Archies, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, Jennifer Warnes and many others. Let’s give them something to talk about and join the celebration of Canadian songwriters when you tune in to the Tap.

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