A WNCW tradition for the Monday before Christmas for over ten years now, this definitive holiday soundtrack was created in 1965 for the treasured A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special. Vince Guaraldi's piano and arrangements make the perfect soundtrack for conjuring up falling snowflakes ("Skating"), a relaxing holiday spirit ("Christmas Time is Here"), and the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang. Pass your holiday joys and traditions on to the little ones around us with this one -- that is if you let them stay up this late.
Since 1990, WNCW listeners have cast their votes for their favorite albums of the year. This year's snapshot of our favorites is another eclectic list of rock, Americana, blues, bluegrass, jazz, ...and a few artists that defy categorization. Tune in Thursday, Dec. 26 as we count down from 100 to 1 with a tune from each album. Then on Friday, Dec. 27 we'll do it again with different tunes. Thanks to everyone who voted!
It was on 12/16/66 that the first Jimi Henrix Experience single, "Hey Joe" was released in the U.K. It was a hit there, but didn't chart back home in the U.S. What's that they say about third time's the charm? His appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival the following year was the key to his success here, and we'll hear it Monday night at 8. "Foxey Lady", "Purple Haze", "Like a Rolling Stone", and the one that started it all for him -- blistering performances of them with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, from June 18, 1967. As you'll hear Jimi say, Bob Dylan's grandmother was there....W