Thursday, June 30, 2011

Michelle Bachmann Pettiness

Michele Bachmann hasn't exactly gotten her campaign off to the best start. It's bad enough to confuse movie legend John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy and crazily insist that John Quincy Adams was a founding father at the age of nine – but now she's gone and pissed off Tom Petty. The Minnesota congresswoman played "American Girl" yesterday when she walked onstage at a rally, and Rolling Stone has confirmed reports that Petty's management team immediately sent the Bachmann campaign a cease and desist letter. MORE HERE
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is ignoring rocker Tom Petty's plea for her to drop his American Girl hit as her rally anthem. HERE
Who will let Michele Bachmann use their song? Well, Ted Nugent, for one. HERE ...hmmmm...perhaps 'Wang Dang Sweet Poontang'?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Final Experience


June 29, 1969 - The Denver Pop Festival would prove to be the last performance by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. Listen HERE

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

R.I.P.: Fred Steiner

Fred Steiner, who wrote numerous scores for the original Star Trek series and created the memorable theme music to the Perry Mason TV series and the beloved cartoon series The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, died of natural causes in Mexico at his home in the Mexican state of Jalisco at the age of 88.

He was prolific and integral to the art of television music and provided dozens of episodic scores for shows like Have Gun – Will Travel, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Lost in Space, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Hawaii 5-0, Dynasty, Tiny Toons Adventures and many others. MORE HERE

Happy 95th Honeyboy

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Glen Campbell's Farewell Tour

It's some time since popular music was strictly a young person's game, but Glen Campbell's reason for retiring is nonetheless striking: the veteran country singer, now 75, has announced that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. MORE HERE

Sweet Sunday Sounds

Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Jeff Beck

Sly Stone Comeback


The Star Tribune reports that Sly Stone is set to release his new album, "I’m Back! Family & Friends" on August 16, 2011. The album will feature Sly redoing hits including "Everyday People" and "Family Affair," with the help of Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Bootsy Collins, the Doors’ Ray Manzarek and others. The 11-song album also will feature three previously unreleased tracks, including the traditional song "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," the newspaper reports.

Fabulous Friday Freakshow

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Ray Davies

Jimmy Page & The Yardbirds

June 21, 1966, Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club, London. The band was captured in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1967 film "Blow Up" featuring Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck playing at a club.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day 2011

R.I.P.: Clarence Clemons

"It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band."

- Bruce Springsteen

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Rolling Stones '72

June 17 1972, The Rolling Stones album 'Exile On Main Street' started a four-week run at the top of the US charts, (also No.1 in the UK).

Bad Apples

The days of filming a live concert or sporting event on your iPhone may soon be a distant memory. Apple is developing software that will sense when a smartphone user is trying to record a live event, and then switch off the device's camera. MORE HERE

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys

In honor of The Wilburys, their father, Charles Truscott Wilbury, and fathers everywhere, please enjoy a free 24-hour stream of "The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys" this Father's Day -- Sunday June 19th.
Visit on Sunday, June 19. Programme begins at 8am GMT

Bill Clinton Gets Stoned

Asked about the meeting, Keith was coy, but hinted: "Unfortunately, it's under wraps - we talked about saxophones." MORE HERE

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cellists Gone Wild

R.I.P.: Carl Gardner

Carl Gardner, lead vocalist and founder of legendary R&B group the Coasters, died Sunday, June 12. Best known for '50s hits such as 'Yakety Yak,' 'Poison Ivy,' 'Charlie Brown' and 'Searchin',' Gardner was born in Tyler, Texas, and formed the group in 1955 with Bobby Nunn. The group scored its first hit, 'Down in Mexico,' for AtCo Records in 1956 and went on to record some of the most popular rock and R&B songs of the era. MORE HERE

Monday, June 13, 2011

Get Well Soon, Big Man

A source close to Clarence Clemons has confirmed that the beloved E Street Band saxophonist, known as the Big Man, had suffered a stroke at his Florida home. MORE HERE

Saturday, June 11, 2011

P-Funk Goes to Washington

The Mothership — the iconic stage prop made famous by legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic — has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where it will help anchor a permanent music exhibition when the museum opens its doors in 2015. MORE HERE

Friday, June 10, 2011

Howlin' Wolf 101

Chester Arthur Burnett AKA Howlin' Wolf : Born June 10, 1910

'If I Were A Bird' from the rare 'Message To The Young' LP 1971

Rosie Flores' Campaign for Janis Martin

Kickstarter is a website where anyone can pitch their latest project, set a financial goal and then watch and wait to see if enough fans are willing to chip in to get it off the ground. It’s the route that veteran roots rocker Rosie Flores has turned to as she works to finish an album she started four years ago that she calls “the best work I’ve ever done” — and Flores barely sings or plays on it.

It’s an album she has produced with '50s rocker Janis Martin, who was labeled “the female Elvis” for her energetically physical performance and vocal style. She and Wanda Jackson were among the very few women who delved headlong into the exuberant rockabilly music that Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, the Burnette Trio and others created such a stir with at the birth of what soon became known as rock 'n' roll.

Help Rosie get this project released HERE

Rosie Flores - Crazy Mixed Emotions

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day in Vinyl History


June 8, 1954, US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.

When We Were All 'Peppers'

June 8, 1967, The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' went to No.1 in the UK and stayed there for 27 weeks!

Top Five Jazz Duos


On account of the new duo album, NPR asked Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo to offer their personal favorite jazz pairings. Worthy choices ...see HERE

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bob Weir debuts TRI Studios

Bob Weir has built a multimillion-dollar recording and broadcast facility in San Rafael, California called TRI Studios, which he took on a shakedown cruise recently before two dozen guests and the rest of the world via a live Webcast. MORE HERE
TRI Studios website HERE

Monday, June 6, 2011

R.I.P.: Andrew Gold


Andrew Gold, a singer, songwriter and versatile musician who had a Top 10 hit in 1977 with "Lonely Boy" and was a vital component of Linda Ronstadt's pop success in the 1970s as a member of her band, has died. He was 59. He played several instruments, did arrangements and sang on such Ronstadt albums as "Heart Like a Wheel" in 1974, "Prisoner in Disguise" in 1975 and "Hasten Down the Wind" in 1976. MORE HERE

Sunday, June 5, 2011

R.I.P.: Martin Rushent


Music producer Martin Rushent, who worked with bands including the Human League and the Stranglers has died, aged 63. Rushent started as an engineer in the 1970s, working on records by T-Rex and Fleetwood Mac among others.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Charlie Watts

Charting 'Rumours' ...Again

Rumours, the 34-year-old classic album by Fleetwood Mac has returned to the Australian album charts and ranked in Billboards Top 40 Album chart thanks to last week’s Glee episode (television).
Glee’s popular Fleetwood Mac-themed episode propelled the 70’s Rock group’s Rumours album to the #2 spot in the Aussie album chart, with Adele’s 21 staying at #1.
Look for a Fleetwood Mac reunion, album and tour MORE HERE
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