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Beloved Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett tops WEMU's Sweet 16 with "I Can Make That Happen"

It was a bittersweet occasion when Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to cancer. 

As soon as we received the CD at WEMU in early July, hosts started playing it and the phones were ringing with enthusiastic listener response.  As far as Johnnie's band members and his label Sly Dog Records were  concerned, this recording was destined to bring Johnnie his long over-due international recognition.  If WEMU listener reception is any indication, this disc will bring Mr. Bassett his deserved acclaim posthumously.  He will be missed by WEMU listeners and staff alike, but his memory will linger on the 89.1 airwaves.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY August 6 to August 12, 2012:  

1. JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)
2. CHRISTIAN SCOTT   “Christian Atunde Adjauh”   (Concord Jazz)
3. JIMMY CLIFF   “Rebirth”   (Sunpower)
5. TUMBAO BRAVO   “Casa Versailles”   (PKO Records)
6. CASSANDRA WILSON   “Another Country”   (eOne Music)
7. DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)
8. BRUCE BARTH   “Three Things Of Beauty”   (Savant)
9. BÉLA FLECK AND THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO   “Across The Imaginary Divide”  (Rounder)
10. HOT CLUB OF DETROIT   “Junction”   (Mack Avenue Records)
11. GREG LEWIS   “Organ Monk:  Uwo In The Black”   (
12. ERIC REED   “The Baddest Monk”   (Savant Records)
13. LAKECIA BENJAMIN   “Retox”   (Motema Music)
14. ORRIN EVANS   “Flip The Script”   (Posi-Tone Records)
15. SARA GAZAREK   “Blossom & Bee”   (Palmetto Records)
16. JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)


Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!