Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. MORE HERE
Watch her perform in a great video of a Sammy Davis Jr. tv special (Kaye's set begins at 6:07) HERE
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sang together in the indie film "(500) Days of Summer" and now the two are joining forces again in a YouTube video. The two actors/musicians teamed up to record a cover version of the classic "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" MORE HERE
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The original madcap woodwind player of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Jim Sherwood, passed away on December 25, 2011 at age 69. Cause of death is not yet determined. MORE HERE
Sam Rivers, a widely respected jazz saxophonist and composer who played with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many other giants, died Monday December 26, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. The cause of death was pneumonia; he was 88. MORE HERE
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Grateful Dead game is about to set its itinerary.
Fans can now help game publishers at Curious Sense choose the band's top 10 all-time concerts to be virtually re-experienced within The Grateful Dead Game, The Epic Tour.
Voting on the game's official site lasts until Jan. 31. Then, the first of the 10-show virtual tour is planned for April. In addition to voting, you can create your own bear avatar on the site. MORE HERE
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Van Halen will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a band with a major 2012 tour featuring David Lee Roth.
After months of speculation, the rockers finally announced the news on Van-Halen.com through a series of video clips. Specific tour dates will be unveiled soon, with tickets going on sale Jan. 10, 2012. MORE HERE
Sunday, December 25, 2011
SHV Show 88
Host C.D.Martini has a very shiny red vinyl LP…
Featured vinyl: Drawing inspiration from classic holiday offerings from the likes of the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, and Vince Guaraldi, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s third outing under the She & Him moniker finds the impossibly quirky duo tackling its first collection of Christmas music and its all about the kitsch. From 2011 its A Very She & Him Christmas. If you missed it it's HERE
SHV Show 87
Host C.D.Martini has mono...
This weeks featured vinyl: Released on November 16, 1964 and containing five original songs and seven standards, this seasonal Beach Boys album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons. Presented in monophonic sound. From 1964 its The Beach Boys' Christmas Album. If you missed it it's HERE
SHV Show 86
Host C.D.Martini is jingling all the way...
This weeks featured vinyl: Originally released by Capitol Records; this was Frank Sinatra's first full-length Christmas album. It features the Ralph Brewster Singers along with an orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins. From 1957 its A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra. If you missed it it's HERE
Saturday, December 24, 2011
December 24, 1999, Zeke Carey of The Flamingos died. Had the 1959 US No.11 single 'I Only Have Eyes For You', (which was also a 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel).
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
San Francisco financier Warren Hellman, best known to music fans as the financial force behind the popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, died on Sunday December 18, 2011. He was 77. MORE HERE
*Hellman pictured with Dolly Parton and Hazel Dickens. Dickens was featured at every Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival until her death earlier this year. The 2011 festival was dedicated to her.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
December 18, 1972, Bob Dylan starting filming his role in the Sam Peckinpah film 'Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.'
Dylan also performed the sountrack ton the film; his first film soundtrack recording...
The Main Title Theme (Billy)...
Václav Havel - President of the Czech Republic, principal architect of the Velvet Revolution, musician, playwright, Zappa fan...giving Frank Zappa a position in the Ministry of Culture. MORE HERE
“Some say I’m a naive dreamer trying to combine the incompatible: politics and morality. “I am convinced that we will never build a democratic state based on law if we do not at the same time build a state that is ... humane, moral, intellectual and spiritual, and cultural.”
-- Václav Havel - Summer Meditations (1992)
Saturday, December 17, 2011
*from the film Hail Hail Rock n Roll
Etta James, best known for her rendition of the ballad "At Last," is terminally ill, her doctor told media yesterday. He asked fans to pray for the 73-year-old singer, who has been suffering from leukemia and dementia. MORE HERE
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The United States military officially declared an end to its mission in Iraq on Thursday December 15, 2011 even as violence continues to plague the country and the Muslim world remains distrustful of American power. MORE HERE
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Hubert Sumlin, the longtime collaborator with Howlin' Wolf whose unique playing on such songs as "Wang Dang Doodle," "Spoonful" and "Back Door Man" influenced generations of guitarists, died Sunday December 4, 2011 of heart failure in New Jersey. He was 80. MORE HERE
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will pay for the funeral of blues great Hubert Sumlin. MORE HERE
Keith Richards - About recording with Hubert Sumlin HERE
Friday, December 9, 2011
Sinéad O'Connor married for the fourth time in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas to 38-year-old therapist Barry Herridge on the evening of her 45th birthday yesterday.
O'Connor met Herridge after she advertised for a man on Twitter in August.
She wrote on her blog at the time: "I am in the peak of my sexual prime and way too lovely to be living like a nun. and it's VERY depressing... Am in desperate need of a very sweet sex-starved man." MORE HERE
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Today marks 31 years since the tragic murder of John Lennon, and the people that loved him most remember the Beatle and songwriter as a voice of a generation and an arbiter of peace. MORE HERE
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
December 6, 1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.
Monday, December 5, 2011
December 5, 1964, Lorne Greene star of the NBC TV show 'Bonanza' was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ringo', making him the second Canadian (after Paul Anka) to have a US No.1 single. The song was a No.22 hit in the UK.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
December 4, 1956, The so-called 'Million Dollar Quartet' jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. MORE HERE
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Doris Day’s New Album to Benefit Animals
Screen legend Doris Day made her mark on the world as a Hollywood star, but for the past thirty years, she has devoted herself to something else altogether — animal welfare.
In 1978, she founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a cause she has continued to support even though she left the spotlight long ago. Now she’s stepping back on the scene with a new album — her first in 17 years — and the proceeds will benefit her organization. MORE HERE