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11/03/2020 07:55 AM
DJ: John Richards
Time Has Come Today
by The Chambers Brothers
(47 plays) | (1 fan)

The Chambers Brothers started performing "Time Has Come Today" in 1965. The following year, they signed with Columbia Records, whose label boss Clive Davis surprised them by forbidding them to record it. Willie Chambers told the story in his Songfacts interview: "After we signed with Columbia Records, there was a big party with all the food and booze and all this stuff. All the important people were there and we got to meet all of the head hogs and Clive was there. He was there for a couple of hours and he says, 'Well, I must be going, I have other appointments.' He immediately leans back in the door, 'Oh, by the way, that song 'Time Has Come Today' that you guys do, we won't be doing that. We won't do that kind of s--t on this label.' That was it, and he walks away. I looked at my brothers, and we were looking at each other like, 'What the heck?' And our producer [David Rubinson], he was in tears now - he was crying. He says, 'I've waited my whole life to record this song, now he's going to tell us we can't record it. Why?' A couple of days went by and our producer came by and said, 'I don't give a s--t what he says, we're going to record that song. When we get our recording date, you guys show up an hour early, we're going to go in the studio, we're going to turn on the tape, we're going to play it live, we're going to do it like a live performance. We're going to record it and whatever we get we're going to have to live with it. We can't play back, we can't overdub, we can't splice, we can't fix something if there's a mistake, we're just going to have to live with it.' He says, 'I'm probably going to lose my job, but that's how important it is to me to record this song.' Later on, Joe and I went to Columbia Records to have a pow-wow with Mr. Davis to have him explain to us just why he thought we shouldn't record this song. We didn't have an appointment with him, we just showed up. We were six-feet-four tall, angry black guys. So, we walk in to the receptionist and we say, 'We need to speak to Mr. Davis.' 'Do you have an appointment?' 'No, we don't but we want to speak to him.' We were persistent. So, she calls his office and says, 'The Chambers Brothers are here, and they say it's important, they need to talk to you.' He says, 'Well, I'm very busy, I don't have time.' I said, 'You're going to take time.' So, we kind of forced our way into his office and we said to him, 'Why can't we record this song?' He says, 'It's not the kind of music that black guys produce or play.' Clive says, 'You're four black guys, you're going to be sending up that stream into the world, 'Time Has Come Today.' It's too profound of a statement for four black guys to be saying to the world.' That was his reason. He says, 'We'll get a white artist to record the song, it's not your kind of music.' My brother Joe says, 'What do you mean it's not our kind of music? We wrote this.' So, after having that conversation with him, we were ready to do whatever the producer said. We were going to record it anyway. When we got our moment, we went in the studio and did it in one take. 'Time Has Come Today' was done in one take. There was no listening back - we couldn't listen back. When we came to the end of it, we had no idea where it was going to go. Once we ended it, we shut down the machines and then we left the studio and came back at the time we were supposed to. Clive Davis didn't find out about it until it had been mixed, prepped and released. When he found out, he fired everybody he could. He fired our producer, I think he fired the guy that opened the door for us. He fired everybody that got involved with recording that song."
11/03/2020 07:50 AM
DJ: John Richards
When The World's At Peace
by The O'Jays
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

Election day voter Registration! If you live in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, or Wyoming, you can register to vote today!
11/03/2020 07:47 AM
DJ: John Richards

Believe it or not, the lyrics of 'The Declaration' were controversial at the time, considered an anti-government, anti-President Nixon protest. At the time, statements like 'a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing, invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism' hit home for war protesters.
11/03/2020 07:39 AM
DJ: John Richards
We Are Family
by Sister Sledge
(15 plays) | (0 fans)

This song became an anthem for women's groups and a message of unity. The sisters of Sister Sledge told Top 2000 a gogo they're proud of the song because it gives them a familial connection with their fans, who often share stories with the group about their own families. It also represents the closeness of the sisters, who grew up singing as a form of recreation. Their grandmother was an opera singer who taught the girls how to harmonize and invited them to sing at her church. As a result, in their early days of performing around Philadelphia, they were known as Mrs. Williams' Granddaughters.
11/03/2020 07:37 AM
DJ: John Richards
Everyday People
by Sly & the Family Stone
(1 play) | (0 fans)

Sly Stone wrote this about how everyone is essentially the same, regardless of race or background.
11/03/2020 07:33 AM
DJ: John Richards

The lyrics list a multitude of problems that were tearing the world apart in 1970: the Vietnam War, segregation, white flight, drug abuse, crooked politicians, and more. Vote!
11/03/2020 07:29 AM
DJ: John Richards

In 2016, Sharon Jones' close friend and Dap-Kings bandleader Gabriel Roth wrote a touching tribute after Jones died. It was just as Donald Trump was becoming president of the US. “Using a dark reharmonisation of Yankee Doodle Dandy as an intro, the Dap-Kings rearranged This Land as a rough bluesy march, setting the tone for Sharon to tear into the lyrics of the song with the fiery gusto of a revolutionary,” wrote Roth. “However, it was the inclusion of Guthrie’s rarely heard original verses that really enabled Sharon to reclaim the song as an urgent and unambiguous demand for equality and human dignity in a nation rife with social injustice and patriotic hypocrisy. “Today, as we inaugurate a rapacious billionaire to the highest office in the land, those original verses resonate with us as loudly as the day they were written.” https://bit.ly/329mnds
11/03/2020 07:24 AM
DJ: John Richards
Freedom
by Richie Havens
(1 play) | (0 fans)

"'Freedom' has become the anthem of youth wherever I go," Havens told DISCoveries magazine in 1994. "But I'll sing it for the rest of my life, if only to show the rest of the world what I think an American is. Sometimes I think we don't know ourselves. But people are all the same, everywhere. They laugh in the same places, even if they don't know the language."
11/03/2020 07:20 AM
DJ: John Richards
Lift Every Voice and Sing
by Beyonce
(12 plays) | (0 fans)

11/03/2020 07:18 AM
DJ: John Richards
Freedom
by Beyonce
(27 plays) | (0 fans)

In an Instagram post yesterday, Beyonce shared her support for Biden/Harris and while targeting her home state of Texas, she reminded everyone to vote! "“Come thru, Texas! #Vote” " https://bit.ly/3oQo6xP
11/03/2020 07:18 AM
DJ: John Richards
America The Beautiful
by Beyonce
(1 play) | (0 fans)

11/03/2020 07:13 AM
DJ: John Richards

In 1968, the Queen of Soul drew a fierce, racially charged reaction when she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Democratic National Convention. https://politi.co/2TT8zPm
11/03/2020 07:06 AM
DJ: John Richards

The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers, who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. Chorus members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes. The RRC centers women in music, and addresses how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry. https://www.resistancerevivalchorus.com/
11/03/2020 07:04 AM
DJ: John Richards

Joy writes: buenos dias, sparkle motion. i couldn't sleep. i was so stressed my chin saw an acne breakout on par with what my students see every day. i feel like there's this collective holding of breath and all i want is to exhale long and hard. you will be on in the background this morning, as i plan more remote classes and as the clock ticks down on this last day of nationwide voting. i'm not even asking for a specific song because i trust john has been on that playlist for days and that at least half of what comes into my ears between 7-10am would've been things i would have requested anyway. thanks for letting me talk into the ether. and for making me feel less alone. --- Today we vote like our democracy depends on it. We remember those who are unable to vote: those who died this year from COVID-19, those killed by state violence, those who fought and still fight for voting rights. Put on a mask, call your friends and family, give rides to those who need rides, ask for a ride if you need one, get to your local polling places, and do your part. -The Bitter Southerner
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