WEMU50: Vote For Your Favorite Jazz, Blues, & Americana Albums From 1987

Sep 15, 2015

As 2015 develops, so will WEMU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. We began broadcasting at 10 watts to EMU dormitories in 1965 and are now the award-winning and nationally recognized NPR, news, jazz and blues service you know and depend on.

What are your favorite jazz, blues and Americana recordings of each year of WEMU’s existence?

We have created a ballot for your votes on the finest of each year from 1965 until 2015, but welcome your write-in thoughts.

Vote for your favorite from 2002 (click here)

All of the results will come together in a special broadcast of “50 Years Of WEMU” on December 8th – our official anniversary. Help us develop the playlist to commemorate 50 years of broadcasting at Eastern Michigan University by casting your vote today.   WEMU has become a cultural beacon thanks to discerning listeners. The list of “50 Years Of WEMU” will truly reflect you and your unique musical tastes. 1965

  

1966

  

  • Miles Davis  “Four + More”
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band   “East West”
  • Simon & Garfunkel  “Sounds Of Silence”

  

1967

  • Thelonius Monk "Straight, No Chaser"
  • Nina Simone  "Nina Simone Sings the Blues"
  • Arlo Guthrie  "Alice’s Restaurant"

  

1968

  • Miles Davis "Nefertiti"
  • Marvin Gaye  "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
  • Johnny Cash "At Folsom Prison"

  

1969

  • Miles Davis "In a Silent Way"
  • Sly And The Family Stone "Stand!"
  • The Allman Brothers Band "The Allman Brothers Band"

 

  

1970

  • Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
  • Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues
  • The Grateful Dead: American Beauty

 

  

1971

  • Weather Report “Weather Report”
  • Marvin Gaye “What's going on?”
  • Allman Brothers “Live at Fillmore East”

  

1972

  • Chick Corea "Return To Forever"
  • Albert King "I’ll Play the Blues For You"
  • Jim Croce "You Don’t Mess Around With Jim"

1973

  • Herbie Hancock "Head Hunters"
  • Howlin’ Wolf  "Back Door Wolf"
  • Bonnie Raitt  "Takin’ My Time"

1974

  • Charles Mingus "Mingus At Carnegie Hall"
  • Stevie Wonder:  "Fulfillingness First Finale"
  • Joni Mitchell:  "Court And Spark"

1975

  • Keith Jarrett  "The Koln Concert"
  • Muddy Waters "The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album"
  • Joan Baez  "Diamonds & Rust"

1976

  • Charles  Mingus – Mingus At Antibes
  • Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
  • Tom Waits – Small Change

1977

  • John Scofield - East Meets West
  • Muddy Waters - Hard Again
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - CSN

1978

  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – In This Korner
  • Muddy Waters – I’m Ready
  • Bob Dylan – Street Legal

1979 

  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – In This Korner
  • Muddy Waters – I’m Ready
  • Bob Dylan – Street Legal

1980

  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - Live At Montreux And Northsea
  • James Brown - Hot On The One
  • Bob Dylan - Saved

  1981 

  • Wynton Marsalis – Wynton Marsalis
  • BB King – There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
  • Willie Nelson – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

1982

  • Weather Report - Weather Report
  • BB King - Love Me Tender
  • Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind

 1983

  • Wynton Marsalis - Think Of One
  • Dr. John – Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, Vol. 2 (The Brightest Smile In Town)
  • Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

​1984

  • Bobby McFerrin – The Voice
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand The Weather
  • Los Lobos – How Will The Wolf Survive?

​1986

  • Wayne Shorter – Atlantis
  • Stevie Wonder – In A Square Circle
  • Tom Waits – Rain Dogs