On a day devoted to remembering the sacrifice and devotion of Canadians who defended our way of life, the theme for this Friday’s edition of Boss Radio (4 – 6pm) may seem somewhat irrelevant in context to Remembrance Day. But the complex problems addressed in the music coming up on this November 11th edition amply and aurally illustrates the anger, devastation, hope and longing that music inspired by war expresses.
The majority of the music for this Friday’s show will consist of Soul Music inspired by the heartbreak wrought by America’s role in The Vietnam War: a disproportionate number of African-American men went to Southeast Asia to fight after then-American President Lyndon Johnson instituted “Project 100,000” in 1966 (a policy designed to increase on-the-ground troop numbers). Of the 246,000 men recruited under this policy 41% were African-Americans, even though this same group represented only 11% of the United States’ total population. Despite having to serve a country where economic opportunity, hope and equal justice under law was far from being offered, much less guaranteed, Black Americans served with distinction, all the while uncertain of what kind of country they would eventually return to. You won’t be hearing any Vera Lynn or Andrews Sisters on this show, but you will hear some of the greatest Soul performers of the late sixties’ through early seventies’ tackle one of history’s most complex and divisive armed conflicts and it’s eventual homebound consequences.
On this Saturday’s edition of The Prairie Lily Special (6 – 8pm), The Bookender Spotlight features the duet recordings of Buck Owens and Susan Raye from the early 1970’s (if Buck thought enough of someone’s talent to start making records, then you HAD to have more than sufficient talent , and Susan surely did). I’ll continue with more great, rare recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis during the Rockabilly Boogie segment of the show as well in hour two.
Lest We Forget
‘Later Friday Freedom Riders and Pards’ Of All Ages!