Our salute to Eric Carmen came with the rare one-two punch of “All By Myself” following the Rachmaninoff piano concerto that inspired it, topped by a pint of hits from his band, Raspberries. Also celebrated the work of Karl Wallinger of World Party, who also died this month, as well as works from the lesser known T.M. Stevens and Malcom Holcombe. 

There were birthdays aplenty to mark — for Bill Frisell, turning 73 today; John Kander, 98 (!); Miki Berenyi of Lush, 57; James McMurtry, 62; Lykke Li, 38; Queen Latifah, 58 and Vanessa Williams, 61.

But also Wilson Pickett, born this day in 1941; Grant Hart, 1961; Charley Pride, 1934; Procol Harum drummer B.J. Wilson, 1947; Alan Parsons Project co-founder Eric Woodson, 1945; and “Flight of the Bumblebee” originator Nikolai Rimsy-Korsakov, born this day way back in 1844 — and the second Russian composer featured today. 

Because we’re up on all the hot issues consuming Washington, D.C., there was a whole set about TikTok — though none of the selections, from Fats Domino to U2 are likely on that site’s music charts. 

Here’s a link to the whole show (which actually works this week). The setlist follows: 

Capital Radio, March 18, 2024 1 – 4:30 p.m. www.cygnusradio.com 

  • “Washington, D.C.,” The Magnetic Fields
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op, 18, Warsaw Philharmonic
  • “All By Myself,” Eric Carmen 
  • “Let’s Pretend,” Raspberries 
  • “I Wanna Be With You,” Raspberries 
  • “Go All the Way,” Raspberries 
  • “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” Raspberries 
  • “Don’t Bang the Drum,” The Waterboys 
  • “Put the Message in the Box,” World Party
  • “She’s the One,” World Party 
  • “Way Down Now,” World Party 
  • “Living in America,” James Brown
  • “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” The Pretenders 
  • “Down in the Woods,” Malcolm Holcombe 
  • “I Don’t Wanna Disappear,” Malcolm Holcombe 
  • “Tick Tock,” Connie Stevens
  • “Quarter After Eight,” Patti La Salle 
  • “Tick Tock,” Shyster 
  • “Stop the Clock,” Fats Domino 
  • “4 Minutes,” Madonna with Justin Timberlake 
  • “Tic Toc,” Scots of St. James 
  • “Tick Tock,” Vaughan Brothers 
  • “Tic Toc [remix],” Busy Signal 
  • “Tick Tock,” Aldous Harding 
  • “Tic Tic Tic, It Wears Off,” Todd Rundgren 
  • “11 O’Clock Tick Tock [live],” U2 
  • “End on Tick Tock,” The High Llamas 
  • “Bird on a Wire,” Bill Frisell 
  • “Going, Going, Gone,” Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz & Bill Frisell 
  • “Love Field [live],” Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell 
  • “New York,” Cat Power 
  • “Monochrome,” Lush
  • “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” Charley Pride
  • “Time,” The Alan Parsons Project  
  • “Conquistador [live],” Procol Harum
  • “Bumble Boogie,” B. Bumble and the Stingers 
  • “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Bob Dylan & the Band
  • “Where’s Johnny,” James McMurtry 
  • “Levelland,” James McMurtry 
  • “It’s Not Funny Anymore [live],” Hūsker Dū 
  • “Books About UFOs,” Hūsker Dū
  • “I Follow Rivers,” Lykke Li 
  • “Little Bit,” Lykke Li 
  • “Ladies First,” Queen Latifah
  • “Funky Broadway,” Wilson Pickett
  • “634-5789,” Wilson Pickett 
  • “Hey Jude,” Wilson Pickett 
  • “Colors of the Wind,” Vanessa Williams 

Capital Radio returns live March 25 at 1 p.m. EDT on www.cygnusradio.com, where this and past shows are archived. Also available on the free cygnusradio.com app, available at iTunes or GooglePlay.