(Sept.7, ) Radio Ray … remembers a classic from Billy Joel














Lionel Ritchie sang 16 songs Friday night. This was the last and the 68-year-old had the words for the crowd to sing along running behind him.]


The sound of the harmonica and the piano begins one of the greatest songs that  tells a great story, Piano Man.

Click Ray’s notebook to read a great question and answer piece with Billy Joel







This is a personal favourite from 1978. I love the horns and the horns and the beat. This, from Wikapedia


September” is a song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the I Am sessions and released as a single in 1978. Featured on the band’s album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, “September” reached number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and number three on the UK singles chart.[2]

There is no evidence that White’s unusual lyrics for the chorus have any concrete meaning (whether as a reference to the Persian king Bardiya, said to have been murdered in September 522 B.C., or otherwise), and were questioned by Willis: “I said, ‘We are going to change ‘ba-dee-ya’ to real words, right?’ … I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”[3]


You know what.? It’s Friday. Manager Mike is away. I love this song. So …

















Going back to 1993, Yanni released this wonderful balad to mark the close of summer, called the End of August, recorded on his In My Time CD.
















It was 1969 when Sly and the Family Stone released this monster hit that went was later named Number 246 of Billboard Magazine’s top 500 songs.






What You See is What You Get was released in March of 1987 by Tina Turner.

Hall and Oates covered it in 2004 in their Our Kind Of Soul.