#NowSpinning On #VWRadio: SNL’s Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman

How many Saturday Nights have I spent dancing and singing along with the Beehive Queen? SO many, I have lost count. So, imagine how stoked I am to be spinning the Queen’s own music on my radio station now. 

Christine Ohlman was a founding member of The Scratch Band, legendary throughout the Northeast for their incendiary and eclectic live shows, and her stark, piano-accompanied version of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” from their first LP was a turntable hit in the U.K. A portion of The Scratch Band reunited in the studios of NBC’s Saturday Night Live with Christine joining guitarist/vocalist/musical director G.E. Smith and bassist Paul Ossola, both former Scratch Band members, in the SNL band. 

Ohlman has now been the featured vocalist with the SNL Band for 29 years, appearing on both the 25th and 40th Anniversary SNL telecasts; in addition, SNL40’s post-show concert also featured her star turn onstage with Jimmy Fallon (pulled onstage by Fallon at the Plaza Hotel, Ohlman was treated to Elvis Costello and the B-52s joining her as back-up vocalists). 

At one show, the 11-member SNL Band, featuring in its repertoire a heavy dose of Christine’s favorite music—southern soul—took the stage (joined by Ry Cooder, Steve Cropper and Maceo Parker) as the house band for The Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards, a performance that was, in Ohlman’s words, “just about the biggest flat-out thrill of my life. We were doing ‘Tell Mama’ and I looked around to catch Steve Cropper’s eye only to spot Clarence Carter, who wrote the song, standing in the wings waiting to come on. I thought—”well, it just doesn’t get much better than this.”

Christine on the SNL stage - Lenny Pickett to her right
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

Christine has been recording and performing with her band, Rebel Montez for many years. We’ve added several of their amazing tracks to the #VWRadio licensed library, including, “Let’s Burn,” “House Of Love,” and “Longtime Woman” off of her album, Wicked Time, as well as “Sugar Melts,” “A Shot Of You,” and “Love Is all Around,” from The Hard Way album.

Rebel Montez is:

Christine Ohlman – Vocals, acoustic & electric guitar

Michael Colbath – Bass, vocals

Larry Donahue – Drums, percussion

Cliff Goodwin – Lead guitar

Lorne Entress – Drums, percussion, vocals

Chris Bickley – Lead guitar, vocals

Find out more about Christine Ohlman at her official website: www.ChristineOhlman.net