Rhythm Club

A tribute to Brian Eagan

Podcast of Brian's Radio Shows

New episode: We're a Winner! 60's Soul

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Podcast of Brian's Radio Shows

Brian got his first broadcasting license in High School, some time in the early '70s, and did radio shows on the local college radio stations, WMUA and WAMH throughout his life. He became a professional DJ, first at WGAM and WRSI in Greenfield, then for a time in Atlanta, then back to western Massachusetts.

I have started a podcast of his shows. I will add an episode twice a month or so. You can subscribe with any podcast player here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/369995

I would like to add pages to this site with pictures and writings and I apologize that this site is so bare for now. But I want to make sure that Brian's passion, taste and knowledge of music lives on, so I have concentrated on that.

2020-07-19 We're a Winner! 60's Soul

Great standards as well as rarities: how well do you know Theola Kilgore? Thank you, Brian.

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2020-06-27 20's and 30's Jazz

Hot tunes (mostly) from the 20's and 30's, including "Reefer Songs", 20's music from Martinique, and classic Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five. I love Floyd Ray's version of "Three O'Clock in the Morning".

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2020-06-07 Late 60's Pop

What do you think of when you think of the late 60's? If you think of Cher and Merrilee Rush then this show is right up your alley. If you don't, give this show a listen and learn a bit about the late 60's you might not have known.

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2020-05-02 Planet Lavender

This show, Planet Lavender, was explicitly for gay and lesbian interest: music by women, love songs sung by men about men or by women about women. This show, themed on the 1930's, provides a rich harvest and fine music.

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2020-04-26 Early 70's - as seen from 1992

From 20 years out, Brian looks back at 1972. I'll admit: I really liked "Please go all the Way" by the Raspberries. But who can forget Rock', Roll Part2 by Gary Glitter? If you were there, you'll remember it when you hear it.

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2020-03-16 Late Forties Gold from June '92

Great vocalists from the late 40's.

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2020-02-24 WRSI Oldies: Airplane, Etta, Amos, Perry

Brian's own 50's and 60's oldies show.

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2020-02-07 TCP 40s Swing 12/30/1993

"Twentieth Century Panorama" from 1993, with many fine Swing tunes.

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2020-02-01 Early 50's R&B and Pop Early '92

Two shows featuring the early 50's: a "Rhythm Radio" from 4/92 a "Twentieth Century Panorama" from 3/92. Come for Wynonie but stay for Doris!

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2020-01-11 Rhythm Radio R&B 8-4-93

A great R&B show from WMUA, unusual in being only one hour (with news). However, this is an excellent show. Along with some standards ("The Wallflower" - aka "Roll with me Henry") and one of Brian's favorites, "Convicted" by Oscar McLollie, there are some lovely rarities, like the Ernie Fields Orchestra's version of "In The Mood" and a personal favorite of mine (not really R&B!) "Hearts Made of Stone" by the Fontane Sisters.


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2019-12-23 Golden Age of Soul 3-92

Here is a very fine soul show from March 1992.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

2019-11-30 Disco & Soul on WMUA

Fun Disco and Soul show from WMUA. I'm not sure of the air date...

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2019-11-23 Thanksgiving Rhythm '92 part 2

Second half of the Thanksgiving '92 Thanksgiving show. Happy Thanksgiving!

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2019-11-15 Thanksgiving Rhythm '92

Brian loved to work on holidays and he knew his family and friends were listening. Here is a fine R&B show. Happy Thanksgiving!

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2019-11-01 Tammy and Aretha, part 1

This is a special show. No one but Brian could have thought of a show like this: alternating hits by Aretha Franklin and Tammy Wynette.

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2019-10-19 50's Country

Here is another "20th Century Panorama", this time featuring C&W from the 50's. Brian was comfortable with so many genres. Features Ernie Ford, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Margaret Whiting and many rarities.

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2019-10-05 New episode!

"20th Century Panorama" was a show name Brian used for a wide variety of genres, usually pop music and usually focused on a half decade, but ranging widely in time period. This show features the last half of the 1940's, and is mostly Pop (Perry Como, Dinah Shore and one of my personal favorite vocalists, Jo Stafford), but Brian couldn't resist putting in some R&B (Louis Jordan) and a Charlie Parker standard that was very important to him and everyone who know him, "Klact-Oveeseds-Tene".

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2019-09-28 First episode!

This is one of my favorites, a “Jump and Shout” show from July 1988 that I have listened to many times. “Jump and Shout” was the title Brian used for his Rhythm and Blues shows. This show brings me back to when I first met Brian, in Amherst Regional Junior High School in '72, when he would tell me he had a record I just had to hear, and we would go to the library and listen to 45s in a “study room”.

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