This Week on Vintage Favourites: August 27th

Aug 21, 2023

By Gene Stevens

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With accolades from across the music world, film and culture, we mourned the recent passing of Robbie Robertson. ‘A national treasure’, read the Toronto Star headline … ‘one of my closest friends, a constant in my life and my work’ wrote film director Martin Scorsese.  As music and movie fans, he touched us all. From his teenage years shaping ‘The Toronto Sound’ with Ronnie Hawkins, to the young guitarist helping transform Bob Dylan from folk star to rock icon, and the driving – and creative – force behind The Band, as it defined a new music form called ‘Americana’.  Robbie Robertson was one of the greats. And it’s my privilege to recount his story and play 15 of his best songs in a 90-minute salute this Sunday (Aug.27th) between 3:00 and 4:30pm. I hope you’ll tune in.
During the show’s first hour (2-3pm.) it’s ‘Our Sunday Best – A Century of #1 Hits‘ with this weekend’s edition featuring one of the biggest pop-country crossover novelty hits of the late 1940s, the double-sided Elvis hit that re-wrote the record books, the first (and still only) Italian-language song to hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, a song composed in the bitter aftermath of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ ‘Ghostbusters’. 
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