Natalie Cole, October’s Breeze Artist of the Month

In October the Artist of the month spotlight shines on the late Natalie Cole.

Aided by her father’s last name but carried by raw talent, Cole began performing in front of live audiences at the age of 11 and later, inspired by her father’s musical gift, pursued her own career as an R&B singer. She later gravitated toward smooth pop and jazz genres. Her first album, 1975’s “Inseparable,” won two Grammys, one for best new artist and one for best female R&B vocal performance for the hit “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).”

She put out a number of concept albums, including the 2013 Grammy-winning “Natalie Cole in Espanol.”

Here’s a list of her accomplishments, as compiled on her official website:

Natalie Cole Career Highlights

 

    • Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and her first two Grammy® awards for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

 

    • In 1977, Cole scored a No. 1 R&B hit with “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” from her third release, Unpredictable, which became her first platinum album. Cole continued her winning streak that same year with her fourth album, Thankful, which also went platinum and featured another signature hit, “Our Love.”

 

    • The singer expanded her success with her own TV special in 1977. It was the first of more than 300 major television appearances in her career, including dramatic roles on “Law and Order” and “Touched by an Angel” as well as guest spots on talk shows with Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Larry King.

 

    • In 1979, Cole was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

    • After overcoming personal challenges, Cole returned in peak form with 1987’s Everlasting, an album which garnered three hit singles: “Jump Start (My Heart),” the Top 10 ballad “I Live For Your Love,” and her dance-pop cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.”

 

    • Cole marked a career milestone in 1991 with the release of Unforgettable…With Love, featuring the celebrated duet with her late father, Nat King Cole. The album spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, earned six Grammy® awards, and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

 

    • In 1996, Cole released a follow-up album of American standards, Stardust, which featured another duet with her father on “When I Fall in Love.” The album went platinum and won another Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

 

    • Subsequent albums, Snowfall on the Sahara (1999) and Ask a Woman Who Knows (2002), both merited the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist

 

    • Cole took home her ninth career GRAMMY® award for 2008’s Still Unforgettable, which won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. It also earned Natalie a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist.”

 

    • In 2001, she starred as herself in “Livin’ for Love: the Natalie Cole Story,” based on her autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder, which detailed her harrowing drive to overcome drug addiction. She received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. As an actress, Natalie starred in director Delbert Mann’s “Lily in Winter” and co-starred with Laurence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson in Walter Mosley’s “Always Outnumbered

 

    • Cole released a second memoir in 2010 titled “Love Brought Me Back,” the heart-wrenching chronicle of her quest for a kidney transplant.

 

  • Natalie Cole now serves as spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization, a nonprofit organization supporting medical research related to the prevention, treatment, and eradication of all form of kidney disease.

 

— Compiled by Agustin Gurza
Sadly, Natalie died of congestive heart failure on December 31, 2015. But her great music lives on.

Tony Bennett: Artist of the Month for September!

diana krall hanging off of tony bennett's shoulders

September brings our first encore appearance as Breeze Artist of The Month and that honor goes to the great Tony Bennett. Later this month he releases a brand new duet album with Diana Krall, so Tony Bennett gets the spotlight treatment for September.

He is one of the icons of American music and has been carrying the torch for the Great American Songbook throughout his career that has spanned an amazing 7 decades. He just recently celebrated his 92nd birthday in August, and Bennett shows no so signs of slowing down his new album and a touring schedule that taken him to every corner of the world for Sold Out shows.

Celebrate the Sultry Sounds of August with our Artist of the Month, k.d. lang!

Believe it or not, Grammy Award winning singer KD has been on the music scene now for more than 30 years and now she’s our Breeze Artist of The Month in August. Not defined by any onemusic genre, this talented Canadian born singer has a staggering vocal range and has recorded in her career with the likes of Tony Bennett and Roy Orbison. She has even recently appeared on Broadway.

But, as her official bio reports, “But her best-known collaboration has been with veteran crooner Tony Bennett, with whom she recorded the 2002 Wonderful World duets album and continues to tour regularly, often in symphonic settings. Bennett may, in fact, be her biggest fan and he declared to the press what so many fans have come to believe over the last two and a half decades: ‘She’s the best singer of her generation.'”

 

More on k.d. lang:

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/7988679/kd-lang-songs-best-hits-list

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/kd-lang-in-the-end-i-knew-it-would-all-come-back-to-the-music-and-it-did-2298353.html

The Mighty Louis Armstrong is Artist of the Month for July

Louis Armstrong playing coronet with a young friend

This July the great Satchmo gets the spotlight treatment as our Breeze Artist of The Month. Without question one of the most important figures in all of music history, Armstrong’s Jazz trumpet playing and distinctive singing voice are timeless.

In addition to his scat singing and trumpet skills, he also appeared in over 35 movies.

His recording of What A Wonderful World was named one of the most important recordings of the 20th century.


For more information on Satchmo’s life and work, see A&E’s great collection of videos https://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

John Pizzarelli: Artist of the Month Deluxe

We give June the Deluxe treatment because the host of The Radio Deluxe Show, John Pizzarelli is our Breeze Artist of The Month….Pizzarelli has now released more than 20 solo albums and recorded with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing and even Paul McCartney. The New Jersey native comes from a very musical family headed by his father, the legendary Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

John Pizarelli playing with his dad, bucky pizarelli

John and his wife, Jessica Molaskey, are fixtures of the New York City scene, and have done much to further the appreciation of the Great American Songbook.

Here are a few things other people have to say about John:

http://www.mr-mag.com/man-of-style-john-pizzarelli/

http://t2conline.com/my-view-john-pizzarelli-theres-no-one-like-him-except/

http://www.johnpizzarelli.com/bio.html

 

Here’s a playlist of just a few Pizzarelli videos we’ve enjoyed:

May’s Artist of the Month is Bobby Caldwell

Bobby Caldwell in fedora

One of today’s best interpreters of the Great American Songbook is Bobby Caldwell and he’s our Breeze Artist of The Month in May…The 66 yr old Caldwell started as a Pop singer but over the course of the last 20 years has put out a fine series of recordings very much in the style of Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack era singers. While Bobby Caldwell has made a name for himself singing Standards, he also has a very big following in Japan.

You’re Now Listening to WGXI!

WJUB is now WGXI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 11, 2018

 

1420AM The Breeze introduces new WGXI call letters

PLYMOUTH, WIS. – Galaxie Broadcasting of Plymouth Wis. is changing the call letters for radio station 1420AM WJUB The Breeze to WGXI, effective immediately.

The change ushers in the third set of call letters in the station’s storied 64-year history. In 1954, the radio station signed on as WPLY, and in 1991 Jubilation Ministries changed the call letters to WJUB.

Galaxie Broadcasting’s switch to the call letters WGXI has been officially granted by the Federal Communications Commission.

The change to the WGXI call letters is part of a series of moves planned by new station owners David Hendrickson and Stuart Muck of Galaxie Broadcasting. Hendrickson and Muck had intended to bring back the original WPLY call letters, but they are currently assigned to another radio station in Roanoke, Va.

“The WGXI call letters really help to mark the start of the station’s new ownership,” Hendrickson said.

Galaxie Broadcasting’s purchase of the radio station became official on Dec. 28, 2017.

The station will continue to be known as 1420AM The Breeze with an Adult Standards music format, CBS Radio News and affiliations with Marquette Golden Eagles men’s college basketball and Plymouth Panthers high school football.

For more information or to learn about marketing opportunities with 1420AM WGXI The Breeze, contact David Hendrickson at 920-892-9191, david@galaxiebroadcasting.com or www.1420thebreeze.com.

Nat King Cole: Breeze Artist for April

We’re reserving the entire month of April for one of the greatest icons in music history, the incomparable Nat King Cole.  With of the most amazing and recognizable voices of all-time, Nat Cole’s place in music history is among the very, very best with countless recordings identified as classics and his album output on the Capitol label contain some of the most celebrated records of the 1950’s and 60’s. And that just scratches the surface of a discussion on Nat King Cole who’s life was cut tragically short when he left us at the young age of 45 in 1965.

 

Nat King Cole with his wife

 

To read an archive of Mr. Cole’s obituary from the LA Times, click here.

 

Here’s a complete 1963 special featuring Nat King Cole on the BBC.

Steve Tyrell Breeze Artist for March

It’s a salute to Steve Tyrell in March as our Breeze Artist of The Month. Tyrell’s 1999 album A New Standard is often cited as the one that started a revival of the Great American Songbook in the 21st Century.  To date Tyrell has now released 12 albums and is a popular concert attraction in some of the best venues around the world. Steve’s recording of The Way You Look Tonight from the romantic comedy Father of The Bride is one of the definitive versions of that iconic song.