We Have a Winner! Pure Pop Radio’s Poppin’ Prize Pack Goes to…

bill lloyd lloyderingRayPaul_Whimsicality-FinalFrontCover-HR-for website sized…Scott Pazur! Scott, you are the lucky winner of our Pure Pop Radio Poppin’ Prize Pack, consisting of the latest releases from Bill Lloyd and Ray Paul, plus a very cool CD from our archives from Shades of Al Davis. We hope you enjoy them all!

Thanks everyone for entering. More contests on the horizon…stay tuned!

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Win a Timely, Poppin’ Prize Pack from Pure Pop Radio!

winalan-mic-zWe haven’t given anything away in a while, and it is the season of giving…no wait, it’s May, right? Not Christmas? Right…okay, let’s try that again.

We haven’t given anything away in a while, so let’s give something away. We’ve got a timely prize pack for one lucky person–maybe you!–consisting of two, new major CDs from two major pop artists, Bill Lloyd and Ray Paul, and another CD from our prize pack archives.

bill lloyd lloyderingRayPaul_Whimsicality-FinalFrontCover-HR-for website sizedBill’s new covers collection, Lloyd*ering, and Ray’s new album of  new material, Whimsicality, are ace releases that you will absolutely love, and they’re yours, along with a wonderful release from our prize pack archives: Shades of Al Davis’s The Midwest Peace Talks Vols. 1,2 from 1999 (we absolutely adore this long player; the song “Irwin and Irwin” will blow your mind!). All this will be yours, if you’re the winner of this easy-to-enter contest.

Simply fill in the form below. Be sure to include your email address so we can get in touch with you if you win, and type “Prize Pack” in the comments section. Entries must be received by Sunday, May 29 at noon ET. Only one entry per person.

Good luck! Pure Pop Radio is not only your home for the hits, it’s your home for hit prize packs!

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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Bill Lloyd’s In Conversation Appearance Is Now Available on Our Podcast Page

bill lloydBill Lloyd’s May 3 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which he talked about his smashing new collection of covers, Lloyd*ering, is now available for listening and downloading from our PodOmatic podcast page.

bill lloyd lloyderingThe dozen suits of clothes, if you will, on Lloyd*ering are spiffy to the max, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles Bill adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps on this collection from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to classics from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

Listen to Bill talk about the process he uses to choose songs to cover and how he approaches recording them. It’s another rousing hour of in-depth conversation you won’t hear anywhere else. Simply click here to be magically transported to our PodOmatic podcast page and listen to and download this show. And while you’re there, why not check out the other interviews from throughout the history of Pure Pop Radio? You’ll love them all.

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Next Week: Super. Spectacular. Off-the-Charts Fantabulous.

alan-mic-zsurpriseWe’ve had big weeks before, but next week promises to be perhaps our biggest of all time: We’re rolling out four days of new songs and artists just added to our playlist, three brand-new specialty shows, and maybe a few surprises. You never know what surprises are up our sleeves (even Lucy looks surprised)!

mayThe big event next week is our Four-Day New Music Songfest (join our Facebook event page by clicking here (thank you!)), during which hundreds of new songs and artists are being added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, just as May enters our musical lives. It may well be our biggest playlist add ever! We’re excited for you to hear what we’ll be spinning for the very first time on our airwaves. The fun starts next Tuesday morning, May 3, at 6 am ET and goes through to Friday night, May 6, at 11 pm ET, but, of course, all of these new songs and the more than 8,600 others already playing in rotation will continue to be heard any time you click on one of our handy listen links.

bill lloydbill lloyd lloyderingAnd the fun continues! We’ve got an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday night, May 3, at 8 pm ET. Bill Lloyd is Alan’s guest; he’ll be talking about his new covers compilation, Lloyd*ering, in the in-depth way that only we can muster. You’ll hear songs from Lloyd*ering, hear what it takes to deliver a great version of a favorite song, and much more. Don’t miss it.

needle meets vinyl

But that’s not all. Brian Bringelson checks in with another edition of his all-vinyl show, Needle Meets Vinyl, next Wednesday night at 8 pm ET, and our panel of Beatles experts sits around the roundtable to talk about the passing of Prince, and a whole lot more. This new edition of Things We Said Today airs next Thursday, May 5, at 8 pm ET.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todaySo: hundreds of new songs are airing during our festive Four-Day New Music Songfest (next Tuesday through Friday), Bill Lloyd is starring in a new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Brian Bringelson is spinning vinyl on Needle Meets Vinyl, and Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn will be gathered around the Fab roundtable on Things We Said Today.

Sounds like a great week of programming to us. Pure Pop Radio is all set to deliver the pop goods!

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Bill Lloyd Talks About his New Covers Collection on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

bill lloydBill Lloyd makes a return appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). The topic of the hour is Bill’s smashing new covers collection, cleverly titled Lloyd*ering; Bill talks about the songs he’s covered through the years and his process for choosing and recording them.

bill lloyd lloyderingThe dozen suits of clothes, if you will, on Lloyd*ering are spiffy to the max, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles Bill adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps on this collection from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to classics from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

On this all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, airing next Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), Bill goes behind-the-scenes and talks about the making of Lloyd*ering, a truly wonderful collection of covers of great songs, each and every one delivered by Bill with heart and soul. You won’t want to miss a minute.

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

Click on the image to listen to Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio through players like iTunes

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Version Vision: Covers in the Key of Bill Lloyd

bill lloyd lloyderingBill Lloyd | Lloyd*ering (SypderPop, 2016)
Review by Alan Haber

It’s easy to be an armchair musician sitting in front of your stereo with the remote in front of you, an ice cold beverage always within reach, and the air instrument of your choice at the ready. Your favorite musician belts out his version of one of your favorite songs, and you shake your head with the might of a gale force wind and bellow, “If you had a clue, you’d be doing that tune this way!

This is why the professionals take on the task of doing the heavy lifting. In the hands of a master musician, one whose vision and ability are well regarded and keenly tuned, a cover version of a favorite song sounds suddenly fresh and new. Such is the case with the twelve favorite songs gathered together on the cleverly titled Lloyd*ering, a new release from SpyderPop that presents proof positive that Bill Lloyd is the man for the job–the job, in this case, being the wearing of someone else’s suit of clothes and making them look just as, or even more, spiffy.

These dozen suits of clothes, if you will, are indeed spiffy, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles he adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to ones from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

bill lloyd with guitarA sweet, country-flavored reimagining of Nilsson’s “The Lottery Song,” capped by a highly satisfying, a cappella close, is only one of the highlights of an equally sweet bunch. A weighty take on Badfinger’s “Lonely You” draws out the sadness in Pete Ham’s lyric, surrounding it with ramped up electric guitars and a deeply-felt drum track. A reverent take on the Byrds’ “The World Turns All Around Her” celebrates, with an energetic presence, the song’s gorgeous melody, golden-voiced harmony vocals, and deft electric guitar work.

Bill has an enormous amount of fun playing through the Bobby Fuller Four’s joyous “Let Her Dance,” stomping with glee as the mix of percussive hits, lyrical bass and that incredible melody swirl around him. His take on the Hollies’ equally joyous upbeat confection “Step Inside” may well be the best thing here, which is truly saying something: the glorious harmonies, intoxicating melody and the head-turning key change near the end are simply out of this world, which you might think is the only possible place this kind of magic could be performed.

But, of course, you’d be mistaken, for we regularly encounter this kind of legerdemain right here on earth as the tricks of the trade of such inventive, decidedly brilliant musicians as Bill Lloyd, who dazzles whether he is working in pop, country, rock or who knows where else.

Lloyd*ering, twelve cover versions of favorite songs, are presented here in the key of Bill Lloyd for your listening pleasure, wrapped in an eye-catching package fronted by one of the most colorful, effective covers I’ve seen this year. We’re playing all of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Sing along if you know the words.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Interview with Bill Lloyd Now Available for Listening and/or Downloading on Our PodOmatic Podcast Page

bill lloydAlan Haber’s interview with Bill Lloyd, first broadcast last Tuesday on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, is now available for listening and/or downloading on the show’s PodOmatic podcast page.

bill lloyd ep 2015 2Bill talks extensively about his new single, which pairs two great pop songs, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile.” The single, available for download on iTunes, also appears on an extended CD-EP, along with three additional, never-before-heard numbers from the artist’s archives. The CD-EP is available from Bill’s website.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to and/or download more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android or iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

Click on the image to listen to Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio through players like iTunes

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