Thursday, 2 June 2011

Dig Deep: Gil Scott-Heron Special

On this week's show we pay tribute to legendary composer, musician, poet and author, Gil Scott-Heron with two full hours of his inspirational music.

Having written his first novel at the age of 19, by the late 1960s and early 70s Gil was a spoken word soul performer, colloboratiing with musician Brian Jackson to fuse jazz, blues and soul with Gil's dynamic vocals and unique proto-rap style.

Gil's lyrical content was often a poignant take on social and political issues of the time - ranging from racism, Nuclear power, substance abuse, over commercialism, slavery, illegal immigration, and oppression.

Between 1972 and 1980 Gil recorded at least 13 studio albums, as well as several live albums, that still sound fresh 30 years later. Considered by many to be an influence in today's music, Gil released his last album, I'm new here, in 2010.

Sadly Gil Scott-Heron died at St. Luke's Hospital, New York City, on 27th May 2011 aged 62 after becoming ill upon returning from a European trip.

So with a heavy heart and a lump in our throat, it is only fitting that we dedicate this week's show to one of soul music's true masters, the grandfather of rap, Gil Scott-Heron RIP.

Please watch the Rest In Peace video at

Live show - Thursday 3rd June 2011
Preston FM

Listen online or tune to 103.2fm

Tracks played:
Gil Scott-Heron - Delta Man (Where i'm coming from) (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - We almost lost Detroit (Strata East)
Gil Scott-Heron - Winter in America (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Lady Day & John Coltrane (Arista)
Gil Scott-Heron - The revolution will not be televised (Harmless)
Gil Scott-Heron - Alien (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Johanesburg (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Show business (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Home is where the hatred is (Ghetto Defendant Re-Edit) (Ghetto Defendant)
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - It's your world (Arista)
Gil Scott-Heron - Shut em down (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Race track in France (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Hello Sunday, hello road (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Madison Avenue (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle Live (Strata East)
Gil Scott-Heron - The Liberation (Red, black and green) (Soul Brother)
Gil Scott-Heron - Angel Dust Live (Strata East)

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