- Published on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 12:00
Chicago radio legend Moses Linberg Cordell, Jr. is best known by his nicknames "Lucky" and "The Baron of Bounce." Sadly, Cordell passed away
in July of this year at the age of 86. He began working in Chicago area radio in 1952 at WGES-AM. Cordell worked at various other stations in the 1950s and early 1960s -- including a long, popular run at WGRY-AM in Gary, IN and a year at WYNR-AM. In 1963, he became one of the initial "Good Guys" at the launch of WVON-AM. In addition to be a DJ on the air, Cordell moved up the ranks at the station off the air, becoming music director, program director, assistant general manager, and by 1970, general manager. Under his leadership, WVON-AM became one of the biggest radio stations in Chicago and one of the most influential R&B stations in the country.
In 1969, Cordell took time away from his busy schedule of running WVON-AM to record a soul single, entitled "This Is The Woman I Love." The single was a love song produced by WVON-AM DJ and the station's music director at that time, Richard Pegue, who also wrote and arranged the music and co-wrote the spoken word lyrics. (The multi-talented Pegue passed away in March 2009 at the age of 64.) "This Is The Woman I Love" was first released in the late summer/early fall of 1969 as a 45 RPM single on the Cotillion record label, as well as on the Nickel Records label. Included here is that 1969 single that was sung (spoken, actually) by Lucky Cordell. (Running time: 2:42)