From the vinyl vaults and the digital dumping grounds! Music you didn't know you liked until you heard it!
2012 is turning out to be an annus horribilis for WHRW. We lost “Polka Papa” Dan Jan Walikis last month, Now I’ve just gotten word that Binghamton’s most knowledgeable reggae DJ has also gone to be with Elvis.
Ras Charles never lived like a member of the music industry despite having known personally literally dozens of reggae musicians, producers, promoters and record label owners. And if my memory serves me correctly, Charles produced and promoted some shows of his own. He had a walk-in closet which was full of tapes of live shows, many sent in by the artists themselves.
I’ve visited his humble apartment on Binghamton’s west side many times over the last decade. Its walls were papered with posters and photographs of everything from music festivals to old- and new-school reggae personalities, some of whom were photographed with Charles standing right next to them.
Ras Charles’ passing is not just a personal loss to the WHRW family, it’s a loss to an international audience who’d come to know him for his weekly mix of old and new artists’ studio and live performances.
Goodbye, Charles. I’ll miss you.
By now I hope you’ve discovered my podcast page dedicated exclusively to my exclusive interviews with, let’s see, Henry Rollins, Pegi Young (Neil Young’s wife of over 30 years and one heck of a musician), Robbie Krieger from the Doors, three-time Woodstock emcee, Wavy Gravy (“The first one made me famous, the second and third got me paid!”), and a host of others!
If you’ve yet to hear my interviews with the extremely cool, just click this link
(Working on getting this stuff up on Itunes. Stay tuned! Tip of the Bartlehat to Dik “Great White Whale” Fuller for facilitating these interviews and the others which are to come!)