My Place

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Host Joel Najman weaves musicology, anthropology, sociology, and even psychology among the music of the '50s and '60s, creating a snapshot of life at that time. With My Place, you enjoy the music as well as the story behind the song.

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Musician Leon Russell passed away this year. Before emerging as a major rock star under his own name in the early 1970's, Russell was a studio session musician as a member of Los Angeles' elite "Wrecking Crew," that creme de la creme group of first-call players.

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Singer, songwriter and record producer Gary S. Paxton passed away in 2016 at age 77.

Morris Levy was a music industry executive known for having founded Roulette Records in New York City in 1957.

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Guitarist, songwriter and record producer Chips Moman passed away in June of this year at age 79. This week's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Moman with memorable recordings by Elvis Presley, Carla Thomas and many others.

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The early 1960's professional partnership of music industry entrepreneur Lester Sill and record producer Phil Spector was turbulent and short-lived.

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This week on My Place , hear the story behind the big 1950s pop hit "Rockin' Robin," in this concluding spotlight on the Class Records Company of Los Angeles.

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Class Records operated in Los Angeles from 1951 through 1963 and released some of the finest rhythm and blues and rock and roll of that period.

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Both the Excelsior Record Company and the Exclusive Record Company operated in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1950.

Otis René is best known as the co-author of the 1931 song " When It's Sleepy Time Down South ", co-written with his brother Leon René and this week on My Place, we'll hear songs penned by these song-writing siblings.

My Place: Mac Davis

Sep 30, 2016
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Mac Davis is a singer/songwriter from Lubbock, Texas, who not only charted 30 hits under his own name, but also wrote four major hits for Elvis Presley. This week on My Place, we'll trace Mac Davis' five-decade career in music with memorable recordings by Davis, Elvis and Bobby Goldsboro.

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This week on My Place , we'll feature an hour of recordings by married couples who recorded together. You can hear memorable songs made by Sonny & Cher, Louis Prima and Keely Smith and Ike and Tina Turner.

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This week on My Place, we present an hour full of famous and not-so-famous female rock-and-roll singing groups of the 1960s.

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This week on My Place, we'll shine the spotlight on vintage popular songs that prominently mention birds in the song title and lyrics. We'll hear memorable recordings by The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Mills Brothers and The Beatles.

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Tenor saxophonist Andrew Love and trumpeter Wayne Jackson formed a partnership incorporated as "The Memphis Horns."

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As a key member of the Stax Records house rhythm section and a founding member of the Memphis Horns, tenor saxophonist Andrew Love played on hundreds of memorable recordings during a career in music that extended almost five decades.

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson passed away on June 21, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee at age 74. During a professional career that extended over 55 years, Wayne Jackson played horn on 52 chart-topping singles and on 93 gold and platinum albums.

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In the early 1960's Motown founder Berry Gordy thought that he could spur sales overseas by having the Supremes, Temptations and other artists re-record their hits phonetically in foreign languages.

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This week on My Place , pop music lyricist Howie Greenfield is featured.

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This week on My Place , host Joel Najman shines the spotlight on Ode Records, a company founded by Lou Adler in 1967. Among its successes, the record company is famous for catapulting singer/songwriter Carole King to super-stardom in 1971 with the release of her landmark album, Tapestry .

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That bearded, beret-wearing man who often sits next to actor Jack Nicholson at Los Angeles Lakers' home games is music industry mogul Lou Adler.

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