Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bakersfield Hag


So full of fire and fun, Merle Haggard is performing like a guy who's been given a second chance at life. And to hear him tell it -- as he did from the stage of Buck Owens' Crystal Palace Friday night March 30, 2012 -- that's precisely what he is. MORE HERE

I'll be attending tonight as well!

Happy Birthday Angus Young

The Presence of Led Zeppelin

March 31, 1976, Led Zeppelin released Presence, their seventh studio album, on their own Swan Song Records in the UK. Presence has now been certified 3 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 3 million copies.

Chuck Berry's Goode

March 31, 1958, Chuck Berry's rock 'n' roll classic 'Johnny B. Goode' single was released. It entered the US charts six weeks later and peaked at No.8 on the chart. The song's original lyrics referred to Johnny as a "colored boy", but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play.

Kissing Cousin Killer


Rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis has rolled down the aisle a seventh time, and his new bride is no stranger to his family tree.

The “Great Balls of Fire” singer married Judith Brown on March 9, 2012 in Natchez, Mississippi.

Brown is the ex-wife of Lewis’ cousin Rusty Brown – who happens to be the brother of Lewis’ former child bride Myra Gale Brown from the late 1950s. MORE HERE

Wedding photos HERE

Lefty Frizzell March 31, 1928–July 19, 1975


Third Man Recordstoreday

Jack White's Third Man Records has some things for record store day that they're REALLY excited about...MORE HERE

Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Eric Clapton

Nashville Honors Bakersfield


Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and other pioneers of West Coast country music are getting a much-deserved salute in Nashville with an expansive new exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. MORE HERE

Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam discuss the Bakerfield sound and Nashville HERE

This news comes on the heels of my Merle Haggard weekend ...two nights at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield!

Tickets for Merle's April 11, 2012 Ryman Auditorium Nashville performance available HERE

Happy Birthday Re Styles

This Concert dates back to 1979, when the band was in their prime. The group, which had built its career on rock parodies and comic-driven hard rockin' epic tales, was continually dancing atop the fence that divided good honest rock with a pinch of outrage and pop culture obscenity.

Grandpa Elliott Playing For Change

In the spring of 2012 the Playing For Change Band went on tour across North America. One of the standout shows took place toward the end of their run, in Folsom, California. Grandpa Elliott gives an unbelievably soulful performance in PFC's rendition of this beautiful blues number. MORE HERE

Party Girl/Lesley Gore

March 30, 1963, 16 year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, 'It's My Party'. The song produced by Quincy Jones went on to be a US No.1.

Party Girl/Devil Woman

March 30, 1957, Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own number one hit when 'Party Doll' topped the US singles chart. Knox would go on to score four more US Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1961.

The B-side to Party Girl is even better's Devil Woman...

Outlaws' Gold

March 30, 1976, The collaborative album "Wanted: The Outlaws"--featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessie Colter--is certified gold

Pietro Settimanale/Weekly Peter


If you’re an Italian Peter Gabriel collector, or are looking for a way to get just about his entire solo discography in one fell swoop, you’ve met your match. Gabriel is partnering with Italian publications TV Sorrisi e Canzoni and Corriere della Sera to sell just about all of his studio albums to create a mega-box for fans.

Beginning with his latest project, last year’s orchestral New Blood album, 18 sets will be sold at kiosks, one per week, and will ultimately provide a semi-definitive album-by-album overview for the iconic performer. MORE HERE

CD purchase info HERE

official website

The Big Easy Kiss


KISS fans can rock out with the band in person at New Orleans’ Woldenberg Park on March 30th for a free performance at the AT&T Block Party! Doors open at 4pm and AT&T will be giving away awesome KISS prizes all night long!

For those of you who can’t make it to New Orleans, the concert will be live streaming at 8 PM Central Time/ 9 PM Eastern Time HERE

official website

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Perry Farrell

Ladies of Labelle

March 29, 1975, Labelle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lady Marmalade', the group's only No.1.

Spinning Blood, Sweat & Tears

March 29, 1969, Blood Sweat & Tears went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self- titled album.

Lay Down With Conway Twitty

March 29, 1980, Conway Twitty nets a #1 country single in Billboard with "I'd Love To Lay You Down"

Get Fresh With Sir Paul

Fresh Air's Terry Gross talks with Sir Paul McCartney. He has a new album "Kisses on the Bottom," a collection of standards he heard as a child. It also includes a couple new songs. McCartney talks with Terry from his home studio. MORE HERE

Audio for this story from will be available at approx. 5:00 p.m. ET (3/29/2012) HERE

Dead Sara Comes Alive


Dead Sara, an L.A. quartet is poised to breakout nationally.

The band, fronted by Emily Armstrong with Siouxsie Medley on guitar, Chris Null on bass and Sean Friday on drums, is riding high on the hit single "Weatherman." They're about to go on tour supporting Chevelle, and they've been named as one of the featured acts on this summer's Warped tour. MORE HERE

official website

R.I.P.: Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose hard-driving picking style influenced generations of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music with his guitar-playing partner, Lester Flatt, died on Wednesday March 28, 2012 in a Nashville hospital. He was 88. MORE HERE

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Platinum 'Brother'

March 28, 2001, The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack goes platinum.

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup August 24, 1905 – March 28, 1974

Holy Led Zeppelin!

March 28, 1973, Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed 'Houses of the Holy'.

Three Revolutions Per Minute!


Jack White's Third Man Records recently celebrated its third anniversary. At their anniversary party, they gave away-- get this-- the world's first 3 RPM record. No, not 33 RPM. THREE RPM. That means it's intended to spin on a record player at three revolutions per minute, which is pretty much impossible --it's cut at the slowest speed yet it plays faster than anything you've ever heard. It's a compilation of 7 inch records but it's packaged like a 12 inch. Whoa! MORE HERE

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Brand New Garbage

Garbage have released a new song, "Blood for Poppies," marking the band's official return after a nearly seven-year silence. The cut is the first single from the group's upcoming record, "Not Your Kind of People", you can pre-order the album and for the next week you can grab the track as a free download HERE

Fans will be able to snag a physical copy of "Blood for Poppies" when it's released as a limited edition, white vinyl 7-inch on April 21, 2012 for Record Store Day. MORE HERE

Hot Chocolate Hits

1993, Hot Chocolate went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Their Greatest Hits' album.

Elvis' Final Chart Burner

March 27, 1972, Elvis Presley recorded what would be his last major hit, 'Burning Love,' a No.2 hit on the US chart and No.7 in the UK.

Number One Single Lady Madonna


1968, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lady Madonna', the group's 14th UK No.1 and final No.1 on the Parlophone label.

Rufus Thomas March 27, 1917 – December 15, 2001

Rize of the D

Tenacious D put this video out announcing their glorious return.

The D - Jack Black and Kyle Gass - were last seen failing to rock the masses in the 2006 film Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny and the album of the same name.

The video is a giant trailer for their new album, Rize of the Fenix, which comes out in May. Pre order HERE

Tour schedule HERE

Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Diana Ross

Number One Rich Girl

March 26, 1977, Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rich Girl', the duo's first US No.1

The Ventures In Color


Perhaps the greatest instrumental guitar band of all time, The Ventures recorded legendary instrumental and surf-rock tracks throughout the 1960s, from "Walk, Don't Run" to the "Theme from Hawaii 5-0." The nostalgia-loving Sundazed label has just reissued a raft of epic Ventures albums from the period 1963-64, expertly remastered and available on both CD and 180mm colored vinyl. If you want a taste, check out over 50 samples from the LPs in this slick audio player GO HERE

Bob Weir And The National At TRI Studios

Saturday March 24, 2012 Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and members of indie rock ensemble The National teamed up for an intimate show entitled "The Bridge Session" at Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. Bridging the gap between east and west coasts, the band blended together beautifully for the special event benefiting voter registration group Yahoo! Music streamed the entire show live, so viewers could catch every juicy moment of classic rock goodness! MUCH MORE HERE

Easy Tuskegee

Lionel Richie's country duets album Tuskegee is out today!

Check it out HERE

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin

Johnny Burnette March 25, 1934 – August 14, 1964

Happy Birthday Elton John

Hoyt Axton March 25, 1938 – October 26, 1999

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe

This clip features a friend of Strictly Hardly Vinyl; WTFs own Marc Maron...

Buck Owens August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006

After a chicken-fried steak dinner, Buck Owens performs for the last time at his Crystal Palace theater in Bakersfield March 24, 2006. He dies in his sleep the following morning. His last song: "Big In Vegas"

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Billion Dollar Alice

March 24, 1973, Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' Also a No.1 in the US.

Harold Melvin June 25, 1939 - March 24, 1997

Happy Birthday Lee Oskar

Manson Girl : Lana Del Rey


Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson could be an item, according to reports coming out of Berlin this week. German newspaper B.Z reports that the pair have been spotted around Berlin on a number of occasions over the past week. MORE HERE

Prepare Thyselves.


Complete List of Record Store Day (April 21, 2012) Releases Announced... It's a long one, so start budgeting appropriately. GO HERE

Paul & Art '66

March 24, 1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with 'Homeward Bound.' Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song was also a No.5 hit in the US.

Kick Start Johnny Winter's Documentary

In order to make the film that Johnny Winter deserves, and have complete creative control in doing so, funds are being raised via Kickstarter.

This is your chance to be part of the definitive portrait of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, directed and produced by Greg Olliver, the filmmaker who co-directed and produced “LEMMY” - the highly acclaimed documentary about the lead singer of Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister.

Donate HERE

Remastering Yellow Submarine


The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team at Triage Motion Picture Services. No automated software was used in the clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was a job painstakingly done by hand, a single frame at a time. The absolutely stunning Yellow Submarine restoration premiered last weekend at the SXSW festival and will be coming on Blu-Ray DVD at the end of May with a new 5.1 multi-channel audio soundtrack. MORE HERE

Steve McQueen March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980

Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Chaka Khan

For The Benefit of Bangladesh

March 23, 1972, The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in world history. The concert raised $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

Willie, Ray And Seven Spanish Angels

March 23, 1985, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson appear at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Seven Spanish Angels"

Akira Kurosawa March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998

Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years.

The song is called Akira Kurosawa and it is from the Bollywood movie Chintu Ji

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Solomon Burke March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010

Bruce Meets Oscar

March 21, 1994, Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for the song 'Streets of Philadelphia.

Leo Fender August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991


Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson's disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.

Joshua Tree For U2

March 21, 1987, U2 scored their third UK No.1 album with 'The Joshua Tree'. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. Also a US No.1.

Willie's Angel

March 21, 1981, "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" lifts Willie Nelson to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

This song is commonly believed to have been written about a friend of Nelsons who was a Hells Angel, who died in a motorcycle crash. This has never been confirmed or denied by Nelson who usually says he's not going to argue with a load of bikers.

Kiss Crüe


KISS and Mötley Crüe gathered L.A.'s Roosevelt Hotel to announce "The Tour," a joint summer package that kicks off July 20, 2012 in Bristow, Virginia and runs through September 23, 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut. Each band will play about 90 minutes and KISS will close every night. MORE HERE

Gene Simmons: 'Come out, we’ll blow shit up, go home and f*ck your girlfriend'

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Get Married In Gibralter Near Spain

March 20, 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono- John & Yoko (Part 3/3)...

Lennon detailed this period in The Beatles' ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ ...

Jerry Reed March 20, 1937 – September 1, 2008

Neil Young And Crazy Horse's Americana


Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their new LP Americana on June 5, 2012. It's their first album together since Greendale in 2003, and their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro since Broken Arrow in 1996. MORE HERE


Neil Young will appear at the annual publishing convention, BookExpo America, in New York June 6, 2012. MORE HERE

Sister Rosetta Tharpe March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973

Beating The Boss


The debut album from the Military Wives' Choir has gone straight to number one in the UK. Their album In My Dreams beat last week's chart topper, Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball by a margin of around 8,000 copies. MORE HERE

Vernal Equinox 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Bruce Willis

Featuring Johnny Winter on guitar...

Amazing Apple


SXSW 2012 is officially over and Fiona Apple's performance has the music industry buzzing...

Her so-called comeback show at Lincoln Hall is being decribed as "riveting" and "intense" MORE HERE & HERE

Jason Jude posted a bunch of videos...'Criminal' is HERE

Pitchfork published their best and worst of SXSW 2012 HERE

Bound Bowie


SPEED OF LIFE, the new publication born out of a 40-year collaboration between musician, actor and producer, David Bowie, and photographer and designer, Masayoshi Sukita.

In their fine bound edition, the authors have opened up Sukita's archives to assemble a 300-page photo essay which, captioned with their own recollections and memories.

2000 signed copies to be made available SEE HERE

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Glimmer Twins Truce

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has apologized to Mick Jagger for derogatory comments he made about the lead singer in his 2010 memoir Life, which caused a rift within the band. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker

Tammi Terrell April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970

March 16, 1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye's arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 'Your Precious Love' and the 1968, ‘Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing’. Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.’

Blue Debut

March 16, 1998, LeAnn Rimes' debut single, "Blue," is certified gold

Willie In Oakland


Willie's guitar playing was exceptional last night! A marvel to behold.

I'll post pics soon.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Willie Weekend


I will be spending the next three nights with Willie Nelson and his Family

March 15, 2012 Fox Theater Oakland

March 16 & 17 Silver Legacy Reno

Oakland pics HERE

Happy Birthday Ry Cooder

Roger Miller '66

March 15, 1966, Roger Miller wins six times at the eighth annual Grammy Awards. "King Of The Road" takes Best Contemporary Male, Contemporary Single, Country & Western Male, C&W Single and C&W Song, and "The Return Of Roger Miller" snags C&W Album 

New Zealand Pre-Flight


For New Zealand fans, the wait is over. This June is Business Time. Bret and Jemaine are going to Rock the Party. So leave your epilepticdogs at home cause there’ll be Too Many Dicks on a Dance Floor near you.

Tour schedule HERE

Lightnin' Hopkins 100 March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982

Video from the Les Blank film 'The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins' available HERE

Sam 'Lightnin'' Hopkins style was born from spending many hours playing informally without a backing band. His distinctive style often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. His musical phrasing would often include a long low note at the beginning, the rhythm played in the middle range, then the lead in the high range. By playing this quickly - with occasional slaps of the guitar - the effect of bass, rhythm, percussion and lead would be created. MORE HERE

100 Years Since The Birth Of Lightnin' Hopkins at Getty Images 

Rush v Rush


It’s been a bad week for controversial radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Following offensive comments he made after Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke’s testimony before Congress, more than 35 companies have pulled their advertising from his syndicated radio show. Earlier in the week, Peter Gabriel demanded that his songs not be used by Limbaugh, and now Rush has joined Gabriel. MORE HERE

So has Tom Morello SEE HERE

And, The Fabulous Thunderbirds SEE HERE

Stones Roll 2012


The Rolling Stones will not tour to mark their 50th anniversary this year, Rolling Stone has learned after separate interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. "Basically, we're just not ready," says Richards. Instead, 2013 is the new goal. "I have a feeling that's more realistic," he adds.

But Stones insiders say that one reason for the delay is Richards' health, which has raised questions about his ability to make it through a worldwide tour.MORE HERE

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Linda Jones December 14, 1944 - March 14, 1972

Pardon The Hag

March 14, 1970, Merle Haggard's "The Fightin' Side Of Me" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart

Also on this day...March 14, 1972, California Governor Ronald Reagan pardons Merle Haggard for a 1957 attempted robbery that landed the singer in prison

The Boss is Number One

Bruce Springsteen scored his ninth official number one album in the UK with his new release Wrecking Ball. MORE HERE

Bruce Springsteen Beats Adele On US Billboard Album Chart and Ties Elvis Presley's Record of 10 Number One Albums. MORE HERE


R.I.P.: Michael Hossack


Michael Hossack, longtime drummer for the Doobie Brothers passed away on Monday March 12,2012 at age 65. MORE HERE

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Buon Compleanno Neil Sadaka

Big Running Bear

March 13, 1960, Johnny Preston was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Running Bear', also No.1 in the US.

Radio Guide to SXSW 2012


Radio Survivor did the leg work ...check it out HERE

Rolling Stones : 50 years : 50 fascinating photographs


On Thursday July 12, 1962 six young lads took to the stage of the Marquee Club and a legend was born.

They have rocked the world for 50 years and the Mirror’s photographers have captured all the ups and downs so when the Stones decided to release a book to mark the milestone, they knew where to come to find the best images.

The Rolling Stones: 50 is crammed with amazing snaps hand-picked by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

Lots of pics HERE

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Hives Go Right Ahead


The Hives have been mostly silent over the past five years, but the Swedish rockers are ready to make their comeback in June with the release of Lex Hives, their fifth studio album.

Listen to "Go Right Ahead," the first single from the album HERE

A 7" single will also be released on Record Store Day (April 21, 2012).
Limited to 750

Happy Birthday James Taylor

The Allman Brothers Live Breakthrough

March 12, 1971, The Allman Brothers Band played the first of two nights at the Fillmore East, New York. Both show's were recorded and released as The Allman Brothers live double album, which became the groups breakthrough album.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Nina Hagen

Kate and the Cold Gun


March 11, 1978, The debut single from Kate Bush, 'Wuthering Heights' a song inspired by the Emily Bronte novel, started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Record company, EMI had originally chosen another track, 'James and the Cold Gun' as the lead single, but Bush was determined that 'Wuthering Heights' would be the first release from the album.

Young Harvest '72

March 11, 1972, Neil Young went to No.1 on the US & UK album chart with 'Harvest.'

Unusual One

March 11, 1965, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Not Unusual.' The Welsh singers first of 16 UK Top 40 hits during the 60's.

5 Hives Set To Arrive







Spring Forward

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Dean Torrence

EPs & LPs 1960

March 10, 1960, UK trade paper Record Retailer published the UK's first ever EP (extended player) chart and LP chart. No. 1 EP was 'Expresso Bongo' by Cliff Richard & The Shadows and No.1 LP 'The Explosive Freddy Cannon.'

James Brown In Nashville

March 10, 1979, James Brown plays the Grand Ole Opry at the invitation of Porter Wagoner, lacing his 17-minute soul performance with the country songs "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Tennessee Waltz." Jean Shepard complains; Barbara Mandrell says the appearance is overdue. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman, a founding member of the surrealist comedy troupe Firesign Theater, whose albums became cult favorites among college students in the late 1960s and ’70s for a brand of sly, multilayered satire so dense it seemed riddled with non sequiturs until the second, third or 30th listening, died on Friday March 9, 2012. He was 72. MORE HERE

Mr. Bergman hosted an all-night radio call-in show on KPFK in Los Angeles beginning in 1966, “Radio Free Oz”.

Radio Free Oz Podcast

Peter's last show on Oz two days before he caught the last train for the coast March 9th. Hobos call it the Westbound...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Robin Trower

A young Robin on lead guitar.

Dylan 1 & 2


March 9, 1968, Bob Dylan started a ten week run at No.1 on the UK chart with John Wesley Harding. The album marked Dylan's return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching No.2 on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.

Buttonfly Clash

March 9, 1991, 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi's TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album Combat Rock album.

The Four Preps Missteps

March 9, 1964, Capitol Records releases a song called 'Letter To The Beatles' by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he's lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.

R.I.P.: Jimmy Ellis

Jimmy Ellis, the soulful lead singer of the Trammps, whose 1970s hit “Disco Inferno” was immortalized in the film “Saturday Night Fever,” died Thursday March 8, 2012. He was 74.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Micky Dolenz

Changes is the ninth studio album by The Monkees. The album was issued after Michael Nesmith's exit from the band, leaving only Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones to fulfill the recording contract they signed in the mid-1960s. Changes was their last new album for Colgems Records and the last album by the group until 1987.

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973

Golden Pride

March 8, 1972, "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'" brings Charley Pride a gold single

Radio Watts


Steve Wright and the BBC Radio 2 team chatted with Rolling Stone Charlie Watts March 8, 2012

If the player above does not function GO HERE

Radio Rey


Lana Del Rey visited the Kevin & Bean radio show... was interviewed...HERE

...and performed an in studio rendition of her hit 'Video Games'...


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Ernie Isley

Townes Van Zandt March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997

Brian Wilson '66

March 7, 1966, Brian Wilson released 'Caroline No' the first solo single by a Beach Boy.

Sammy Honors Ronnie


"For me Ronnie's passing is the end of an era. Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a front man, as a recording artist and as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful. The first Montrose album was the first album I ever recorded and it still stands as one of the best recordings I have ever been a part of..." -- Sammy Hagar    MORE HERE

Gabriel Uses 'Sledgehammer' To Crack A Nut

Advertisers aren't the only ones pulling their products from The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show.

In the wake of host Rush Limbaugh's attack on Georgetown student and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, musician Peter Gabriel has moved to have his music withdrawn from the controversial program. After learning that his song "Sledgehammer" was played during Limbaugh's rant, in which he called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute," a spokesperson for Gabriel released a statement: MORE HERE

The dB's Reunite


Falling Off the Sky is the first new dB’s album in a quarter-century. It’s also the first in three decades to feature the band’s original lineup of singer/songwriter/guitarists Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, bassist Gene Holder and drummer Will Rigby — the same lineup that recorded the beloved early-’80s classics Stands for deciBels and Repercussion. Street date is set for June 12, 2012 on Bar/None Records. The band is also performing at this years SXSW festival. MORE HERE

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday David Gilmour

Manson Music

March 6, 1970, Charles Manson released an album called 'Lie' to help raise money for his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, 'Cease To Exist'. The title was changed to 'Never Learn Not To Love' and was released as the B side of the single 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain', which eventually climbed to number 61 in the US in early 1969.


Bob Wills March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975

The Great Eagles Ripoff

Above is a screenshot of a Frank Ocean Tumblr post claiming that the Eagles’ Don Henley is trying to sue him for his use of “Hotel California,” which Ocean blatantly rips-off for his American Wedding track. MORE HERE

'Ocean did not merely 'sample' a portion of 'Hotel California'; he took the whole master track,' Don Henley's spokesperson tells MTV News. MORE HERE

Björk's Hollow Video

It takes an artist like Björk to turn the complex process of DNA replication and transcription into something as simple and beautiful as a pop song. For the video of her song "Hollow," from last year's app-based album Biophelia, Björk has collaborated with biomedical animator Drew Berry to create a partly-scientific representation of the haunting song. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Robert Sherman

Songwriter Robert Sherman, best known for penning the infectious Disney tunes “It’s a Small World After All” and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," died Monday, March 5, 2012. MORE HERE

Here's a less annoying version of 'small world' ...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by Diana Ross & The Supremes...

Monday, March 5, 2012

John Belushi January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982

Streetlight Manifesto Manifesto


Over the years, record label Victory Records has worked up quite the... um.... reputation from artists it has signed. Let's just say that a number of them are less than pleased. The latest such example: the band Streetlight Manifesto has put up a, well, manifesto, asking fans to boycott its albums, because of an ongoing dispute with the label, who it claims isn't passing along royalties owed.


Patsy Cline September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963

March 5, 1963, Country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. They were traveling to Nashville after appearing at a benefit concert for the widow of Kansas City disc jockey 'Cactus' Jack Call, who had died in a car crash. On 7 March, country singer Jack Anglin was killed in a car crash on his way to Cline's funeral. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist.

'86 Earle

March 5, 1986, MCA releases Steve Earle's "Guitar Town" album

Hacking Jacko


Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue has been stolen by Internet hackers.

Sony music suffered its second major security breach in a year, with thieves targeting songs and unreleased material by Jackson. The company will not confirm how many tracks or what material was taken in the online attack. MORE HERE & HERE

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Bobby Womack

Saturday Night White

Jack White made his solo US network television debut Saturday March 3, 2012 on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
White was introduced by guest host Lindsay Lohan and performed  ”Sixteen Saltines” (above), as well as ”Love Interruption” which came as a duet with Ruby Amanfu.

Roky Erickson On Tour


 Roky Erickson at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco March 3, 2012

More on Roky HERE
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