Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

R.I.P.: David Honeyboy Edwards


Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honey Boy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday in his Chicago home, his manager said. He was 96. MORE HERE

Monday, August 29, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Willie Nelson offers tribute to Glen Campbell

Willie Nelson pays tribute to friend Glen Campbell, according to Rolling Stone. Willie is interviewed as saying that Campbell helped him when he was starting out in the music business. Rolling Stone features Glen Campbell in it’s latest issue.  Reporter Patrick Doyle talks with different artists about Glen Campbell, and Willie Nelson spoke of Campbell’s generosity.

Nelson said, “He’s always been a big help to me. During one of my down years, he signed me to his publishing company and paid me a lot of money.   “I only wrote one song, and it was Bloody Mary Morning. I hope he got his money back.” MORE HERE

Glen Campbell plans farewell tour. The 75-year-old country singer, who has amassed four platinum and six gold albums over the course of his music career, said that he wants to say goodbye to his fans properly having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier this year.

Stevie Ray Vaughan October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990

Friday, August 26, 2011

R.I.P.: Esther Gordy Edwards

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Esther Gordy Edwards, an executive who built Motown Records along with her brother Berry Gordy Jr., died on Wednesday at the age of 91.MORE HERE

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another Leiber & Stoller Classic!

Day's Not Over

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Hollywood legend Doris Day is set to release her first new album in 17 years.









The 87 year-old actress and singer releases ‘My Heart’ on September 5, 2011 which is made up of a selection of re-mastered recordings, including new material and cover songs. MORE HERE

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vinyl Revival

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ONE common trend in many Western countries, regardless of the health of their recorded-music markets, is clear: vinyl is back. Sales of LPs were up in both Britain and Germany last year. In America vinyl sales are running 39% above last year’s level. In Spain sales have risen from 16,000 in 2005 to 104,000 in 2010. That is an increase from a tiny base, but any rise in media sales in Spain’s ravaged market is noteworthy. MORE HERE

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R.I.P.: Nick Ashford

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Nick Ashford, one half of the legendary Motown songwriting team Ashford and Simpson – who penned the classics "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" – died of throat cancer at a New York City hospital on August 22nd. He was 70.










Ashford met Valerie Simpson at a New York City church in 1964 and they quickly began writing songs together. They scored their first big hit in 1966 when Ray Charles recorded their track "Let's Go Get Stoned" and brought it to Number One on the R&B chart.

They began writing for Motown that same year, and hit it big in 1967 with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The song was originally recorded by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, but Diana Ross recorded it in 1970 and made it her first solo Number One single on the Hot 100. MORE HERE

Before his union with Valerie, Nick Ashford released some solo material ...here's a favorite : Dead End Kids

R.I.P.: Jerry Leiber


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Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78.










Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Leiber and his lifelong writing partner, Stoller, wrote hits that included Elvis Presley's rat-a-tat-tat rendition of "Hound Dog" in 1956 and Peggy Lee's 1969 recording of the jaded "Is That All There Is?"

But they may be best remembered for the ebullient, impudent hits written for black groups like the Clovers ("Love Potion No. 9"), the Drifters ("Ruby Baby"); the Cheers ("Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots"), the Robins ("Smokey Joe's Cafe," "Riot in Cell Block No. 9") and, especially, a Robins' spinoff group that Leiber and Stoller helped create, the Coasters ("Searchin'," "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy," "Charlie Brown," "Down in Mexico," "Little Egypt"). MORE HERE

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pirate Broadcast News

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Radio Valencia recieves a bit of noteriety via the legendary Ben Fong-Torres and the San Francisco Chronicle ...check it out HERE

Joe Strummer 21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002

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Phil Lynott 20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986


originally posted 8/20/2011

Happy Birthday Robert Plant


originally posted 8/20/2011

Gallagher vs. Gallagher

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Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is suing his brother Noel over his claims the band once cancelled a gig because the singer was hungover. MORE HERE
originally posted 8/20/2011

Happy Birthday Ginger Baker


originally posted 8/19/2011

Kris & Rita


August 19, 1973, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married in Malibu, California. The couple divorced near the end of 1979.
originally posted 8/19/2011 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Björk Brings Big Hair

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Björk just Tweeted  the actual cover of upcoming app album Biophilia, which is out September 27, 2011. 

The United States and Kate

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Although the success Kate Bush enjoyed in the U.K. didn't translate stateside, her influence is palpable on both sides of the pond. What's interesting is not that Bush never had a Top 10 U.S. hit (she did make it into the Top 40 in 1985, with "Running Up That Hill"), but that her influence so strongly pervades today's indie pop. MORE HERE

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Billy Joe Shaver

Elvis Aaron Presley January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

The Hive is Alive!

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The energetic frontman for The Hives, 'Howlin'' Pelle Almqvist took a pretty serious tumble on stage in Switzerland Saturday (August 14, 2011). He landed on his head and suffered a concusion. Xrays, brain scans and other tests are being conducted. As usual, Pelle seems to take it all in stride, hopefully self-depricating humor will assist in his recovery. MORE HERE

Patti Smith's Memoir Adaptation

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National Book Award winning author and rock star Patti Smith will work with Tony Award winning playwright John Logan on an adaptation of her memoir, Just Kids. MORE HERE

Friday, August 12, 2011

R.I.P.: Jani Lane

Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the band Warrant, was found dead in Los Angeles Thursday night. The '80s metal rock icon was just 47. MORE HERE

Moon Walker

Moon Child is Texas singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker’s latest album (2009), but in one very important respect it is different from the 30-plus releases that preceded it. Moon Child is available exclusively as a digital download through Walker’s website HERE.

The original version of 'Moonchild' appears on the 1972 album 'Jerry Jeff Walker'

Super.

Superheavy — Mick Jagger's collaboration with Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Indian theatrical composer A.R. Rahman — is some pretty worldly stuff. Jagger really goes for it, tasting every word he rolls out over the soul-splashed roots-reggae groove.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This Life Rocks!

The Beatles, Jesus & John Lennon

August 11, 1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus".

Tenth song from the album "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band"...God

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

History Repeating

The Ice Age Is Coming!

The London riots, which started in Tottenham Sunday August 7, 2011, have been spreading across the city and country while growing in size and intensity. The wave of unrest started as a peaceful demonstration in the northern area of Tottenham, but anger and suspected police antagonization quickly escalated the situation. PICS HERE

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Proper Cropper

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Steve Cropper, founding member of R&B instrumental band Booker T. and the MGs, was also the guitar cornerstone of the Stax Records house band, who backed everyone from soulmen Sam & Dave to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, with whom he co-wrote "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay."

His influence on Southern rock, classic R&B, soul, gospel and even Motown is enormous -- so who inspired him?

Cropper answers with his new album, "Dedicated," a tribute to the incredible and often forgotten 5 Royales, the '50s R&B/doo-wop act from North Carolina. MORE HERE and HERE

Pre-order & sample track HERE

R.I.P.: Marshall Grant

Marshall Grant, the first bassist for the late Johnny Cash and a member of the Tennessee Two, died Sunday following an aneurysm. He was 83. MORE HERE

Rosanne Cash was with him and said that Grant was meant to perform at the Jonesboro concert Thursday and even appeared at rehearsal where he "played his bass on stage 1 last time, with so many friends." Tweet

Boom Chicka Boom!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ya Know ...Like We Used To...

August 5, 1978, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Miss You', the group's eighth US No.1, it made No.3 in the UK.

Who Gets Stoned

The Saucy Side of Joe Perry

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Purchase Joe Perrys latest solo album "Have Guitar, Wiil Travel" and receive a free bottle of Mango Tango Sauce! This offer won't last long so get your album and a bottle of Mango Tango from Joe to you! GO HERE

Nice track from the album ...Wooden Ships

Tuesday, August 2, 2011