My Exit: Sandy McKnight

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My Exit DJ Sandy McKnight

Each week with My Exit our friends at WEXT give us a chance to check out what's on the playlists of people in the Capital Region. It's been a great way to discover new music and rediscover some old favorites.

This week's DJ, Sandy McKnight, pays tribute to the man behind some well-known hits of the British pop invasion...

Who?
I'm Sandy McKnight, singer/songwriter, producer, and co-founder/president of Columbia Arts Team, a non-profit performing arts company. My new single, "No One in this World," is currently being featured on WEXT.

How would you describe your taste in music?
I like all kinds of music, and have played a little of everything, but I have a special fondness for British Invasion era pop.

Five songs from Sandy's My Exit:
The show is a tribute to songwriter Graham Gouldman. He wrote such classics as "Bus Stop" for The Hollies, "No Milk Today" for Herman's Hermits, and "I'm not in Love" for 10cc, a band of which he was a member. He later worked with L.A. guitarist Andrew Gold in a band called Wax. His exquisite melodies and lyrics make him one of my favorite songwriters of all time.

"Bus Stop" -- The Hollies
This was the first major hit for The Hollies in the United States. I always thought it was one of the best songs of that era, so evocative and melodically adventurous.

"No Milk Today" -- Herman's Hermits
This was was actually a 'B' side of a Herman's Hermits single, but was so haunting and lyrically compelling that it got tons of airplay and helped the band's image as purveyors of the top songs and songwriters of the time.

"Rubber Bullets"-- 10cc
This song was a big smash in England, but might have been a bit eccentric for U.S. audiences. It was always a favorite of mine.

"I'm not in Love" - 10cc's
This was 10cc's worldwide #1. It is one of the most-played songs in radio history.

"Look Through Any Window" --Graham Gouldman
This was the first chart record written by Graham Gouldman. It has a unique charm, lyrically and melodically, and is the title of a great documentary about The Hollies that's worth seeing.

You can hear Sandy's My Exit show Monday night at 11 pm on 97.7, Saturday at 8 am, or at exit977.org.

Here's how to schedule your own My Exit show on WEXT.

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