Welcome to Jukebox, showcasing singers, songwriters, and musicians from a variety of musical genres. Hosted by Donna Linn, Jukebox features the music of both aspiring and established artists from around the world. Check back every month for artists updates. Jukebox is sponsored by lyricist and composer Al Hammerman, Aulik Multimedia and jazz artist Sandy Zacky.
1 - LOVE IS EVERYTHING - A VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL
Jukebox is pleased to present a Valentine's Day special with select music from the "Love is Everything" collection, featuring the vocals of Mike Clifford and Sandy Zacky. The single, "Love is Everything" was written especially for Mike and Sandy by Arthur Hamilton who also penned, "Cry Me a River." Sandy Zacky is a well known Los Angeles jazz artist who has appeared at the Rose Tatoo, Vine Street and the Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club. Mike Clifford has sold millions of records, including his signature song, "Close to Cathy" as well as his new single, "Mack the Knife." Tune into the new "Sandy Zacky Radio" program right here on Showmetalkradio.com. Both Mike and Sandy are also featured artists on our Jukebox show. To order "Love is Everything" go to Sandyzacky.com.
2 - MARY WILSON
As a founding member of "The Supremes" Mary Wilson has been entertaining audiences for over four decades. The Supremes, one of the most successful female trios of all time had twelve number one hits from 1964-1969. In 1988 Mary accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of The Supremes and in 1994 The Supremes received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mary has kept the Supremes legacy alive with a touring exhibit entitled, The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Gown Collection. Today, Mary is a successful recording artist as well as business woman, best-selling author and humanitarian. She works endlessly on behalf of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. She is also the spokesperson for the Humpty Dumpty Institute, an organization that establishes partnerships to raise money and awareness for landmine clearance projects across the globe. Mary is writing her fourth book and plans are in the works for a new CD. To learn more and to purchase CDs go to Marywilson.com.
3 - NAT "KING" COLE
Nat "King" Cole first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist and appeared in the first "Jazz at the Philharmonic Concerts." He was widely known for his soft, baritone voice which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. His first mainstream vocal hit was "Straighten Up and Fly Right" recorded in 1943 for Capitol Records. His signature song later became "Unforgettable." Cole was one of the first Afro-Americans to host a television variety show, debuting "The Nat King Cole Show" in 1956. In 1991, Cole's daughter Natalie recorded "Unforgettable," mixing the voice track with Nat's 1961 rendition of "Unforgettable" as part of a tribute album to her father's music. The song and the album won seven Grammy Awards in 1992.
4 - DARLENE LOVE
Darlene Love recently celebrated 50 years in show business and in 2011 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Darlene was just a high school sophomore when she was discovered out of a gospel choir and asked to join the girl group "The Blossoms." In 1963 she recorded "He's a Rebel" her first number one hit with the legendary Phil Spector. Darlene sang lead on some of the greatest music of the 60s and over the years has recorded a string of hits, including "Da Do Run Run" and "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry." She's worked with some of the top artists in the industry, including Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Sonny and Cher, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and a myriad of others. Darlene has starred in five Broadway shows, including "Hairspray" and Grease." Visit Darlene on her Facebook fan page and at Darleneloveworld.com. Darlene's CDs are available at I-Tunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
5 - DENISE BRIGHAM
Songstress and recording artist Denise Brigham has done everything from opera to pop and show tunes to dance and also performs with the Chicago Actor's Studio. Her latest CD, "Hotel Lafayette" was produced by renowned arranger, conductor and musician Carey Deadman of "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys" fame. Denise's CDs are available on CDbaby.com. To learn more about Denise go to: Denisebrigham.com.
6 - MIKE VALE
Mike Vale is the former lead singer, songwriter and bass player with the legendary "Tommy James and the Shondells." During his stint with the band Mike wrote (or co-wrote) "Crystal Blue Persuasion," "She," "Ball of Fire" and the original version of "Crimson and Clover." Mike, who started out with a blues band known as the Raconteurs, has written a total of seven albums, three on his own, including "It's a Pittsburgh Thing" and "In My Dreams" which you'll hear on our Jukebox show. Mike's music is available at Amazon.com, CD Baby, I-Tunes as well as his website, Mikevalemusic.com. You can also visit Mike on his Facebook fan page.
7 - THE BAMBOO TRADING COMPANY BAND
The Bamboo Trading Company is a new musical journey that takes the listener from Kitty Hawk, N.C. to Surf City, CA. The band was founded in 2011 and features musicians Gary Griffin, Randell Kirsch, Matt Jardine, Philip Bardowell, Chris English and Miami Dan Yoe. The band's music is a combination of several musical genres including pop, rock n roll, jazz and country. Musical influences are numerous and include The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Jan and Dean, The Beatles, The Lovin' Spoonful and The Bee Gees, among many others. Additionally, their music was featured in the 2012 film, "Return of the Killer Shrews." Visit The Bamboo Trading Company on their Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/The Bamboo Trading Company. CDs are available at Amazon, I-Tunes and CD Baby.
8 - ROY ORBISON
Known for his distinctive voice and powerful emotional ballads, iconic musician, singer and songwriter Roy Orbison shot to fame in the 1960s with blockbuster hits as "Only the Lonely," "Crying," "In Dreams" and "Oh, Pretty Woman." Roy's roots were in Rockabilly and during the course of his long career he was a member of several musical groups, including " The Teen Kings," The Wink Westerners," and "The Traveling Wilburys, which also included George Harrison of The Beatles. The 1970s and 80s brought a resurgence to Roy's career when he won a Grammy for his collaboration on "Crying" with singer, songwriter K.D. Lang. Roy is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and in 1987 was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Roy Orbison passed away of a heart attack at the age of 55 in 1988. Check out Roy's official website at Royorbison.com.
9 - GARY DECARLO
Singer, songwriter Gary DeCarlo's smash hit "Na Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye" shot to fame when it skyrocketed to number one on the charts in 1969. An appearance on PBS where Gary performed the song complete with full orchestra and chorus brought Gary national attention again, and now he's back with a dance version of "Na Na," along with a new CD, "Long Time Comin." Gary's music is available on I-Tunes, CDBaby.com and on Gary's Facebook fan page, Facebook.com/GaryDeCarloSteam.
10 - MICHAEL HEAVEN
Michael Heaven hails from Belgium where he grew up on the easy listening genre, and began singing when he was just a little boy. Performing ballads is his forte, and he especially enjoys the music of Engelbert Humperdinck whom he considers his personal mentor and all time favorite artist. Michael performs in a variety of genres, including music of the 50s,60s and 70s, but he also sings country and Spanish songs giving him a well rounded repertoire. Michael's dream is to become an international singing star, entertaining audiences from around the world. His music is available on I-Tunes and CDbaby.com. You can also visit Michael on his Facebook fan page.
11 - THE DOVELLS
The Dovells shot to fame in 1961 when their breakout hit "The Bristol Stomp" became the best selling record in America. They went on to have a myriad of hits including, "You Can't Sit Down," Bristol Twistin' Annie," "Hully Gully Baby" and "Do the New Continental." The two remaining Dovells, Mark Stevens and Jerry Gross continue recording and recently performed concerts in West Virginia, Louisiana and North Carolina. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the recording of "The Bristol Stomp." Special guest on this Jukebox segment is Bonnie Nadley, also known as "Bristol Stompin' Bonnie" who often performs the famous dance on stage with The Dovells. You can also visit The Dovells and Bonnie Nadley on their Facebook fan pages. To learn more and purchase CDs, go to www.dovells.com.
12 - DONNA LINN'S JAZZ, ROCK, POP
Please join me as I host a special and very eclectic one hour Jukebox, showcasing singers, songwriters and musicians from a variety of musical genres. You'll hear from some of your favorite artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis and Stevie Wonder, along with esoteric musicians and composers, jazz pianists Dudley Moore and Christopher Komeda, as well as alto saxophonist Bunky Green. It's a rarity and a real treat to have all of these artists together on one show. Stay in touch with me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Donna.linn.98 and on Twitter at Showmeradio.
13 - MICHELLE MURLIN
As a teenager Michelle was already working as a professional performing at Disney World Resorts, Toyko Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. She has a renowned theater background in a wide variety of productions including "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Guys and Dolls," Le Miserables" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" of which she's also on the original Broadway recording. Today, Michelle performs her one woman show on numerous cruise lines as The Oceana, The Celebrity and the Coral Princess. Michelle's voice can always be heard in commercials, TV movies and feature films. For more information and to purchase CDs, go to Michellemurlin.com.
14 - KENNY JEREMIAH
Kenny Jeremiah was the lead singer of "The Soul Survivors" who received a gold record for their mega hit, "Expressway to Your Heart." Kenny has toured extensively and has performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin Eric Clapton, Canned Heat and many others. Kenny's latest single is "Get up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose." For more information, go to Kennyjeremiah.com. Kenny's music is available at I-Tunes, CD Baby and Amazon Music. Hear Kenny on the radio every Tuesday night on the worldwide web by going to wvlt.com.
15 - MIAMI DAN AND THE HAYES STREET BAND
Miami Dan and The Hayes Street Band originated in Florida in 1971 with just three members- friends, who enjoyed playing music and writing songs together. The band evolved over the years and now includes five members, including founding member Miami Dan, AKA Dan Yoe and his son Patrick who plays bass and keyboard. The group's music is a mixture of The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett and Rick Nelson, with the Marshall Tucker Band thrown in for good measure. They've produced two CDs- "A Time in the Spotlight" and "Star of the Beach" which was chosen for the film, "Return of the Killer Shrews" with lead vocals by Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean and Matt Jardine, son of Beach Boy Al Jardine. The band is currently working on its third CD, scheduled for release in June of 2013. For more information and to purchase CDs, go to Miamidan.com.
16 - THE CLASSICS IV
The Classics IV, one of the most influential pop groups of the 60s and 70s had 16 Billboard Chart hits, including "Stormy," "Traces" and "Spooky." The group was founded in 1965 in Jacksonville, Florida by singer and drummer, Dennis Yost. Dennis passed away in 2008 and named lead singer Tom Garrett as his hand picked successor. Today, The Classics IV continue performing and touring and recently released "A New Horizon," their latest CD. For more information and to purchase CDs go to The Classics IV.com. Information on The Dennis Yost Brain Trauma Foundation is also available on The Classics IV Website. Please visit the Classics IV on their Facebook fan page as well.
17 - BONNIE BOWDEN
As the former lead singer for "Sergio Mendes and Brazil 77" (and 88), Bonnie Bowden toured the world, singing in a multitude of languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German. From pop to jazz and Broadway to classical, Bonnie's beautiful vocal solos have been featured on 45 albums that include two of her latest, "Classical Meets Broadway" and "Bonnie Bowden Sings the Great American Songbook." She's worked with some of the top entertainers in the music industry as Stevie Wonder, Edyie Gorme and Steve Lawrence, Lou Rawls and Duke Ellington. Today, Bonnie performs in a variety of venues and in recent years has appeared at the Brentwood Westwood Symphony and Vitello's Jazz Supper Club in Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase CDs, visit Bonnie at Bonniebowden.com.
18 - JIMMY CLANTON
Jimmy sang in the church choir as a youngster and learned how to play the guitar at the age of eight. When he was a teenager he joined up with "The Rockets." In 1958 Jimmy wrote the legendary, "Just a Dream," catapulting him into stardom with numerous appearances on The Dick Clark Show. Other national hits include "Go Jimmy Go" , "Another Sleepless Night" , and "Venus in Blue Jeans." His many musical influences are Ray Charles, The Platters and Fats Domino. Jimmy's forte is love songs and ballads, and he wrote all the songs for his recent "legacy" CD, "Everybody Needs Love." Jimmy has appeared in two films; "Go Johnny Go" and "Teenage Millionaire." Visit Jimmy at Jimmyclanton.com.
19 - MARK PRESTON Part 2
Mark Preston was featured a couple of months ago on Jukebox, and now by popular demand is back with all new songs. He began his career as a young boy in So. Bend, Indiana and has been going strong ever since. Mark has toured around the world and for several years was the opening act for comedianne Phyllis Diller. Additionally, Mark was a member of The Lettermen for 10 years, and in 2001 was recognized for his contributions when the group were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Tune into Mark Preston, Part 1 as well, right here on Jukebox. For more information, schedueling and to purchase CDs, go to Markprestonsinger.com.
20 - LINDY GRAVELLE
Veteran artist Lindy Gravelle began performing at the ripe old age of three with her family in Tillamook, Oregon and and hasn't stopped since. Lindy went on to have a stellar career as a singer, songwriter and pianist, performing in the San Francisco Bay area and later in Nashville, Tennessee for 15 years. While in Nashville, Lindy wrote "A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline" which reached the Billboard Magazine Top 40 Chart. Another of Lindy's songs, "Exit 99" was featured on Lorrie Morgan's RCA Records gold selling album, "Warpaint." Although Lindy's repertoire is rooted in country, her music also has elements of rockabilly, swing and pop. She recently released her ninth CD, entitled "Music and Me." For more information and to purchase CDs, visit Lindy at Lindygravelle.com. Lindy's music is also available on Amazon and I-Tunes.
21 - SANDY ZACKY Part 2
Veteran performer and jazz stylist Sandy Zacky returns to Jukebox by popular demand with all new songs. Sandy began her recording career as a teenager, and was once mentored by the late, great singer and pop icon Sam Cooke. Sandy continues to record and perform in a variety of venues and is currently working on her new musical production in Los Angeles. For more information and to order CDs, go to Sandyzacky.com. You can also visit Sandy on her Facebook Fan Page, I-Tunes and My Space. Tune into Sandy Zacky Part 1 as well, right here on Jukebox.
22 - DONNA LOREN
Donna Loren began singing at the age of five when she won second place in an amateur contest. For the next decade she appeared in a variety of television programs, including Playhouse 90 and The Mickey Mouse Club. In 1963, Donna was chosen as the first and only "Dr. Pepper Girl," promoting the soft drink in radio, TV, magazines and personal appearances. Over the years she's appeared in The Red Skelton Show, Dr. Kildare, American Bandstand and was a regular with Bobby Rydell on The Milton Berle Show. Donna also starred in several of the "Beach" films alongside Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. By the end of the swinging 60s, Donna had released 20 singles and the LP soundtrack from Beach Blanket Bingo. A CD entitled The Very Best of Donna Loren: Beach Blanket Bingo was released by Collectables Records in 2000. Today, Donna continues her recording career and in 2010 released "Love it Away," her first all-new album in decades. To visit Donna and order CDs, go to Donnaloren.net.
23 - MARK PRESTON
Mark Preston began singing at the age of eleven and was a member of "The Lettermen," one of the most popular vocal groups in history. He performed with the Air Force's "Tops in Blue," and was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal, as well as the Air Force commendation Medal. Mark was a featured entertainer in Las Vegas, where he performed at the Dunes, The Silverbird, The Marina and Sahara Hotels. Additionally, Mark made numerous appearances in the hit TV series, "Vegas" as was the stand-in for the show's star, Robert Urich. In 2001, Mark was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to "The Lettermen." Mark continues performing today and entertains in a variety of venues. For more information and to order CDs, go to Markprestonsinger.com.
24 - SANDY ZACKY Part 1
Veteran vocalist Sandy Zacky has been a popular performer with an extensive series of engagements at leading venues across the United States. In her teens she was introduced to the legendary Sam Cooke who quickly took her under his wing and mentored her early singing career. Sandy has opened for a variety of acts, including comedian Milton Berle at the renowned Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Today, Sandy collaborates with pop icon Mike Clifford with whom she's had a long standing musical production, culminating in their first CD together, "Love is Everything." Sandy serves on the board of governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital and is the founder of Three Sun Productions in Los Angeles. For more information and to order CDs, go to Sandyzacky.com. You can also visit Sandy on her Facebook fan page and I-Tunes.
25 - ALEC McINTOSH
Singer/songwriter Alec McIntosh hails from the UK where he's had a lifelong love of music. His interest in melody began as a youth while watching classic films such as West Side Story, The King and I, and Oklahoma. A child of the 60s, Alec was influenced by not only the British sound of the Kinks and The Beatles, but by American bands and credits Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys as having the most influence over his songwriting career. Alec also has an affinity for The Mamas and Papas as well as the Motown sound. To learn more, go to Alecmcintoshmusic.co.uk. Order CDs by going to Rockhopper-studios.co.uk.
26 - NATHAN OSMOND
Nathan Osmond is an accomplished singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who has shared the stage with some of the industry's biggest names. He grew up on the set of the Donny and Marie Television Show and is the son of 70s pop star Alan Osmond. In the early 90s, Nathan toured and recorded with his brothers - The Second Generation of Osmonds. Nathan has also appeared in the North American tour of the hit musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoats". Today, Nathan concentrates on his solo country career and recently recorded his first solo album, "Feels Like Heaven". For more information and to purchase CDs, go to Nathanosmond.com.
27 - THE BUCKINGHAMS
In 1967 The Buckinghams were declared a pop sensation and voted as the most listened to band in America. With hits like "Susan" and "Kind of A Drag," The Buckinghams appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In 2010, the group's founding members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna embarked on the "Happy Together" tour also starring The Turtles and The Grass Roots. For more information on The Buckinghams and to purchase CDs, go to: TheBuckinghams.com.
28 - THE WRIGHT BROTHERS BAND
The versatility of The Wright Brothers Band has kept this group together for close to 40 years. Known as "Indiana's Band," The Wright Brothers have performed around the United States and Canada. In 1968 they did the soundtrack for and appeared in the film "Overboard" starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. To visit the Wright Brothers or order music go to: Wrightbrothersband.com. Listen to The Wright Brothers Interview on Donna Linn and Company on Showmetalkradio.com.
29 - AL HAMMERMAN
Known for his love of the "American Songbook," the music of lyricist and composer Al Hammerman has been featured on Fox's "The Good Guys," CBS's "The Defenders" and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Al's CDs, "Just Lucky," and "All New Songs" are available on CD Baby and I-Tunes. Visit Al at Alhammerman.com. To hear Al's interview, go to Donna Linn and Company on Showmetalkradio.com.
30 - MEL CARTER
Well remembered for his signature song, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," recording artist Mel Carter began singing at the age of four when his grandmother took him to a penny arcade recording booth. He was later discovered by the now legendary Quincy Jones and debuted his pop session on Mercury Records. Mel performs today and is also known for his successful list of film and television credits. Visit Mel and purchase CDs at Mel-Carter.com.
31 - MIKE CLIFFORD
Mike Clifford began singing at the age of five and before graduating high school had a recording contract. He regards his signature song "Close to Kathy" as one of his all time favorites. Mike continues performing and recently recorded "Mack the Knife" in Los Angeles. Mike's CDs are available on Amazon.com and Mike Clifford, "Close to Kathy" on Facebook.
32 - DON GRADY
Composer and musician Don Grady has performed in a variety of musical genres and in the early part of his career composed the theme for "The Phil Donahue Show." The former Mouseketeer recently recorded his CD "Boomer," in Los Angeles to rave reviews. Listen to Don's Interview on The Uncommon Story on Showmetalkradio.com. To visit Don or purchase CDs go to: Dongrady.com.
33 - BOB KUBAN
It all began In 1966 when Bob Kuban and the In-Men soared to the top of the charts with "The Cheater." Bob has worked with luminaries Ike and Tina Turner and Chuck Berry among many others. In 1976 Bob launched The Bob Kuban Entertainment Agency. He continues making music today and is the author of "My Side of the Bandstand." Visit Bob at: Bobkuban.com. Hear Bob's interview with Donna Linn on The Uncommon Story on Showmetalkradio.com.