Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Marty Stuart

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 12 Full Schedule

2012 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival schedule is HERE

Rosie Flores' Working Girl's Guitar

Few album-openers more effectively assert the artist’s identity than the title track to Rosie Flores’ new solo album. The song is an up-front, declarative statement of purpose, from its surf-inspired opening riff to Flores’ strong voice belting out the lines.

Rosie Flores will release her eleventh album Working Girl’s Guitar on October 16, 2012. Pre-order HERE

Rosie discusses the late rockabilly legend Janis Martin and Janis' just-released final album The Blanco Sessions on NPR's Weekend Edition today Sunday, September 30, 2012. Listen HERE

Marc Bolan 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977

On Drums ...Madeline Albright

After longtime jazz supporter (and former US Secretary of State) Madeleine Albright picked up the Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday night (September 23, 2012), she did a surprise performance at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center during the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and Gala Concert. Albright was accompanied by trumpeter Chris Botti. MORE HERE

Dylan : Time Out of Mind '97

September 30, 1997 - The Bob Dylan album "Time Out of Mind" was released.

Economics & Fender Guitars

IN 1948, a radio repairman named Leo Fender took a piece of ash, bolted on a length of maple and attached an electronic transducer. You know the rest, even if you don’t know you know the rest.

You’ve heard it — in the guitar riffs of Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Knopfler, Kurt Cobain and on and on.

It’s the sound of a Fender electric guitar.

But this heart of rock isn’t beating quite the way it once did. Like many other American manufacturers, Fender is struggling to hold on to what it’s got in a tight economy. Sales and profits are down this year. MORE HERE

Mary Ford July 7, 1924–September 30, 1977

Neil Young & Global Citizens Rock Central Park

Last night (September 29, 2012), Neil Young & Crazy Horse headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.

The band closed the show with Young’s “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World,” and welcomed all of the performers from earlier in the night: Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan on stage for a big rock jam. MORE HERE

The Global Citizen Festival was the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast TV history.The stream is/was HERE


Head over to to find out how you can help support gender equality, primary education, environmental sustainability all throughout the world.

Buddy Rich September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Lewis

Beatles' Original Studio Album Remasters On Vinyl

The Beatles' acclaimed original studio album remasters, released on CD in 2009 and in 2010 for digital download exclusively on iTunes, will make their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut on November 12, 2012 (November 13, 2012 in North America).

Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork,  the 14 albums return to their original glory with details including the poster in The Beatles (The White Album), the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band's cutouts, and special inner bags for some of the titles.  Each album will be available individually, and accompanied by a stunning, elegantly designed 252-page hardbound book in a lavish boxed edition which is limited to 50,000 copies worldwide. MORE HERE

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Tommy Boyce September 29, 1939 — November 23, 1994

R.I.P.: Frank Wilson

Frank Wilson, a Motown singer and producer, has died at the age of 71.

As an recording artist, Wilson only ever released one single. However, 1965's 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)' became a cult Northern Soul track. Only 250 copies of the 7" vinyl record were pressed and most of them were destroyed when Wilson decided he wanted to focus on writing and producing.

Only two or three copies of the single survived. One was sold in 2009 for a massive £25,000, making it the most expensive record ever sold at auction. MORE HERE

Joe "Guitar" Hughes September 29, 1937 – May 20, 2003

Taylor Swift As Joni Mitchell Confirmed

Taylor Swift will play Canadian singer/ songwriter Joni Mitchell in a film based on Sheila Weller’s 2008 book Girls Like Us, which charts the lives of female music icons Joni, Carole King and Carly Simon.

The Newsroom star Alison Pill is being tipped to play Carole and Mad Men’s Jessica Pare is favorite to take on the role of You’re So Vain star Carly. MORE HERE

Haggards' Okie Climbs To The Top

September 29, 1969 : Merle Haggard's single "Okie From Muskogee" is released. The single goes on to reach #1 on the Hot Country Singles Charts, and #43 on the Billboard hit 100.

Shania Twain : Vixen In Vegas

Shania Twain is ready for a full-on musical comeback: She’ll headline her own Celine Dion-style show, Shania: Still the One, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, opening Dec. 1, 2012.

Performing approximately 60 shows a year for 2 years. MORE HERE

Shimmy With Little Anthony & The Imperials

September 29, 1959 : Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop" (Anthony is quoted as saying the song is "stupid")

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Ben E. King

Neil Young Shows His Pono

Music legend Neil Young has unveiled a new high-quality digital music player called Pono that will rival Apple's iPod line.

Rolling Stone reports that Young created the high-resolution Pono to "confront the compressed audio inferiority that MP3s offer". MORE HERE

Miles Davis May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991

David Byrne & Annie Clark at the Beacon

Art-rock innovator Annie Clark AKA St. Vincent and Talking Heads frontman, solo artist and writer David Byrne recently joined forces for a collaborative album, Love This Giant, released earlier this month. Now, the duo is taking its show on the road... the two performed a horn-filled set at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan Tuesday night September 25, 2012.


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Waylon Jennings' One Ramblin' Man

September 28, 1974, Waylon Jennings' "I'm A Ramblin' Man" resides at #1 on the Billboard country chart

Motown: The Musical Sneak Peek Gala

Many of Motown's best-known figures gathered Thursday September 27, 2012 for a glimpse of Berry Gordy Jr.'s upcoming Broadway show 'Motown: The Musical'.

At the Nederlander Theatre in Manhattan, it was a starry evening that drew Detroit icons -- Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin -- alongside a host of show biz bigwigs and long-loved Motown figures, from Valerie Simpson to songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland.

They were among a crowd of 1,200 that had come for a 90-minute peek at the 2 1/2-hour show that will debut in spring 2013 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. MORE HERE

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Flying Beatles

September 28, 1967 : The Beatles recorded Flying

International Bluegrass Music Awards 2012

The Gibson Brothers (above) took home the “Entertainer of the Year” Award at the 23rd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Thursday night, September 27, 2012 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

It was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson.

An emotional Steve Martin paid tribute to the late banjo innovator Scruggs with a special 30-banjo salute that included many of the world's top five-string players.

The IBMAs also saluted Watson and players Doug Dillard and Everett Lilly, as well as bluegrass promoter, actor and guitar picker Andy Griffith, all of whom died in the last year. Watson won guitarist of the year posthumously. MORE HERE

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Jimmie Rodgers' Pop Hit Honeycomb

September 28, 1957 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Jimmie Rodgers' Honeycomb

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Randy Bachman

Rolling Stones Documentary Via Satellite

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones are readying their new retrospective documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

The film will take a look back at their career and track their rise from their teenage origins to stadium-sized glory and beyond. This preview trailer features footage old and new, from early television clips to massive arena shows and revealing candid shots of the band's more private moments.
Crossfire Hurricane will debut on October 18, 2012 at the London Film Festival and will be broadcast by satellite to over 250 cinemas across Europe. HBO will air Crossfire Hurricane on November 15, 2012. For more information GO HERE

Regatta de Police '79

September 27, 1979 - The Police released, "Regatta de Blanc", their second album.

Lana Del Rey : Jaguar Siren

Lana Del Rey seemed enamored with the new Jaguar F-Type model as she helped to launch the new vehicle in France.

The song siren was the star guest at the Paris Motor Show on Tuesday night (September 25, 2012) as she helped to unveil the car, which is Jaguar's first two-seater type in 50 years since the release of the E-Type. MORE HERE

But it wasn't only her looks that were used to help boost the launch event. Del Rey was also there to entertain the VIP audience at the Musee Rodin. Video HERE

Rory Storm 21 September 1938 – 27 September 1972

The Church of Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys’ voice sounded stronger than ever during her gig at Manchester Cathedral for the MTV Crashes Manchester event Monday September 24, 2012.

Despite selling 30 millions albums, winning 14 Grammy awards, being named by Billboard magazine as the number one R&B female of the noughties and even having Bob Dylan praise her in song, it is hard to define exactly who Alicia Keys is. She’s not an imperious, spangly dancing diva à la Beyoncé, nor is she a streetwise sexpot like Rihanna. She doesn’t have the battle scars of Mary J Blige or the psychedelic spiritualism of Erykah Badu.

Yet the 31-year-old has over the course of five albums been in some way all those women and at times more: in-demand songwriter, Bond theme creator, philanthropist, Hollywood actress, inspiration to the likes of Adele and Emeli Sandé and of late, wife and mother. Keys’ superwoman talent for doing everything and more with a dewy, lopsided smile has given her a kind of dazzling sheen that has often made her hard to pin down or connect to. ...Says Bernadette McNulty ...and we agree... MORE HERE

Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters 1943

September 27, 1943 - "Pistol Packin' Mama" and "Jingle Bells" were recorded by Bing Crosby, the Vic Schoen Orchestra and the Andrews Sisters.

The Beach Boys Tough Love

The Beach Boys perform Do It Again on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC Two September 25, 2012.

They also performed Barbara Ann ...see it HERE

Meanwhile...Three of the founding members of the Beach Boys have been unceremoniously dumped midway through their UK tour.

Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks were informed of the news via a statement issued by Mike Love - the band's frontman and Wilson's cousin - that the tour would be continuing without them. MORE HERE

Johnny Ace's Number One In '47

September 27, 1947 : Johnny Ace's "My Song" hits #1 R&B.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Carlene Carter

Lana Del Reys' Ride with Rick Rubin

Lana Del Rey is re-releasing her debut album "Born To Die" as "Born To Die - The Paradise Edition" on November 13, 2012 and the first of eight new tracks, "Ride," made its way online on Tuesday (September 25, 2012). The new song was produced by Rick Rubin. MORE HERE

Big Boss Man Elvis Presley

September 26, 1967 : Elvis Presley releases "Big Boss Man"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Walk Like Giants

Neil Young and Crazy Horse fans, your nearly decade-long wait for new material is finally over. Here is the premiere of their video for "Walk Like a Giant."

The album (Psychedelic Pill) hits shelves on October 30, 2012. It's just eight songs long, but some of them are so long it's a double album.


Robert Palmer 19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003

Emmylou Harris & Mumford & Sons In Harmony

Emmylou Harris, an iconic singer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Mumford & Sons, platinum-selling lads from London who have sparked a folk rock resurgence, are joining together to explore their shared love of high harmony, sad songs and, yes, the oft-belittled banjo on an episode of “CMT Crossroads” on Thursday night September 27, 2012.  MORE HERE

Connie Francis' Heart Has A Mind of Its Own

September 26, 1960 : Connie Francis' "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own" hits #1

Loretta Lynns' Golden Grand Ole Opry Anniversary

Loretta Lynn was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 1962, and Tuesday night (September 25, 2012) she was honored with a commemorative Opry show celebrating her 50th anniversary.

Tuesday night’s tributes came from artists including Lynn’s sister Crystal Gayle, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and trio Pistol Annies, which made its Opry debut. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Andy Williams

Andy Williams, whose soothing baritone and relaxed performing style made him one of America's top pop vocalists and a popular TV variety-show host in the 1960s when he recorded hits such as "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses," has died. He was 84. MORE HERE

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Ian Tyson

Ultimate Icon John Lennon

After months of voting, John Lennon has been crowned the ultimate icon of NME's 60-year lifetime. In the new issue, a host of artists explain just what makes Lennon such an enduring hero.

Of course, the best way to comprehend Lennon's genius is simply to listen to the songs he wrote. Consequently, NME presents a selection in lucky dip format...Check it out HERE

Cat Stevens' Peace Train '71

September 25, 1971 : Cat Stevens releases the single Peace Train

The Moody Blues Continue Touring

The Moody Blues, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, will continue to entertain audiences with their timeless music on a new summer 2013 14-date tour. The Moody Blues Tickets are on sale on Friday September 28, 2012. MORE HERE

Tickets available HERE

John Bonham 31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980

The Polaris Music Prize 2012 Goes To Feist

A stunned Leslie Feist won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday September 24, 2012 for her fourth album Metals — then, unsure of what to do next, she hid under her table. MORE HERE

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Those Were The Days of Mary Hopkin

September 25, 1968, Welsh singer Mary Hopkin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Those Were The Days'.

Aftermath of the Lowdown by Ritchie Sambora

On his unexpectedly bloodletting third solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, out today (September 25, 2012), Ritchie Sambora tackles that time in his life with plain-spoken, unsentimental rock music. MORE HERE

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Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes September 25, 1936 – April 2, 1996

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Carson Van Osten

Greetings From Tim And Jeff Buckley

The trailer for the new Jeff Buckley biopic has been released online.

The haunting generational story of rock legends Tim Buckley and his son Jeff, the first dead of an overdose at 28, the second drowned in a swimming accident at 30, is respectfully retold in Greetings from Tim Buckley.

There is no release date for the film as yet, but it received its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. MORE HERE & HERE

Movie trailer is HERE

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1999 In 1982

September 24, 1982 - Prince's "1999" single was released.

Thin Lizzy : Vagabond's of the Western World

Proud Camden is pleased to present Vagabonds of the Western World, a photographic retrospective of Irish rock band Thin Lizzy from renowned photographer Denis O'Regan.

These intimate photographs ' a direct result of O'Regan's close friendship with Phil Lynott ' offer a raw insight into the world of Thin Lizzy, both on and off stage.

Vagabonds of the Western World at Proud Camden October 4, 2012  - November 25, 2012. MORE HERE

Linda McCartney 24 September 1941 – 17 April 1998

R.I.P.: Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman

Sam Sniderman, the founder of the legendary Sam the Record Man music store in Toronto, has died. He was 92.

Known widely as Sam the Record Man, Sniderman and his brother, Sid opened a small store on College Street in Toronto in 1937 and together they built a chain of Sam the Record Man stores that spanned the country. MORE HERE

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & Jed Clampett

September 24, 1962, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs record "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett," the theme for "The Beverly Hillbillies"

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen

Emmys For Scorsese's George Harrison Picture

“George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” the Martin Scorsese documentary originally nominated for six Creative Arts Emmys, came away with two of them in the awards announced Friday night September 21, 2012
The documentary itself won “Outstanding Nonfiction Special.” Director Scorsese also won the statue for “Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.” Olivia Harrison attended the event.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards are a forerunner to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, to be awarded tonight (September 23, 2012) in Los Angeles.


Ray Charles September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004

Scotland Town To Honor Bon Scott

AC/DC singer Bon Scott, who died aged 33 in 1980, is to have a monument honoring him erected in his birthplace.

Scott was born in Kirriemuir in Scotland in 1946, before his family moved to Australia when he was six, and a community group want to honor their local hero by erecting a statue. MORE HERE

A statue of Bon Scott exists in Fremantle, Western Australia MORE HERE

Stones Build Bridges To Babylon '97

September 22, 1997 : The Rolling Stones released Bridges To Babylon

Stones In Denial

The Rolling Stones have been rumoured to be playing two shows in New York and two shows in London before the end of this year (2012) to mark their 50th anniversary. The story even spread to them doing one show at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

The Stones have made a statement to say that those stories are not true.

In a tweet, the Stones announced, “Dear fans, no Rolling Stones gigs have been confirmed or announced. Do not buy tickets from the SongKick website, or anywhere else”.


Roy Buchanan September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988

Prince Joins Mary J. Blige On Stage In Vegas

Mary J. Blige stole the second night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, bringing the elusive Prince on stage as her surprise guest. MORE HERE

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Etta Baker March 31, 1913 – September 23, 2006

The Icons of Farm Aid

At a time of uncertainty for family farmers and the nation, Farm Aid used its annual benefit concert to issue an urgent call for eaters, farmers, businesses and politicians to work together to grow the Good Food Movement.

Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, joined by nearly a dozen artists, hundreds of family farmers and advocates, and more than 30,000 fans at Hersheypark Stadium, celebrated the force of the Good Food Movement to create changes in the food system that protect our struggling economy, our fragile environment, and our declining health. Farm Aid organizers pointed to Pennsylvania's farmers as models for this movement, leading the nation in local, organic and sustainable food production. MORE HERE

Before taking the stage to perform on Saturday September 22, 2012, Farm Aid icons Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews gathered at noon in a former ice skating rink outside Hersheypark Stadium to talk about the plight of America’s family farmers — and to pledge their continued support for the cause.MORE HERE & HERE


Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass (4 hr.) Video HERE

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Tony Basil

Florence + the Scottish DJ

Scottish DJ, Calvin Harris, has teamed up with Florence Welch who features in this latest music video for "Sweet Nothing", the fifth single from the upcoming studio album 18 Months - due to be released October 29, 2012. MORE HERE

Florence dominates the vocals and visuals ...We're not sure it's not Florence Welch ft. Calvin Harris... 'cause that's what it sounds like...

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Happy Birthday Nick Cave

BBC Box of Winehouse

A compilation of performances by the late Amy Winehouse at the BBC is to be released for charity November 12, 2012.

The four-disc box set includes 10 live tracks from various sessions she performed for the BBC, chosen by musician Jools Holland.

Candid interviews and rare footage of the star will also be included across the three DVDs and one CD collection.

Proceeds will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation MORE HERE

Pre-order HERE

The Cultural And Historic Significance Of The Band

September 22, 1969, The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the US chart, and included Rag Mama Rag, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.’

Autumnal Equinox 2012

Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Press Conference

Led Zeppelin's press conference to launch their new concert film Celebration Day has surfaced online. See it HERE

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - the surviving members of the legendary rock band - made a rare public appearance September 21, 2012 to discuss the movie, which is a concert film of their 2007 show at the London's 02 Arena, and answered questions from the assembled press after screening the flick at the Odeon West End. MORE HERE

Eddie Fisher August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010

Eddie Fisher sings an Irving Berlin song. Berlin also passed on this day ...Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) ...he was 101 yrs. old.

Universal Takes Over EMI

European regulators on Friday September 21, 2012 approved a reduced version of Universal Music’s  $1.9 billion takeover of EMI Music, allowing Universal to expand its dominance as the world’s largest music company but significantly paring down its ambitions.

Universal agreed to divest  itself of about a third of the assets of  EMI, including most of Parlophone, its flagship label in Europe.

The divestment include global rights to release the music by the artists on those labels, which means that EMI will no longer release records by some of its biggest acts, including Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Kylie Minogue. One consolation for Universal is that it will not have to sell recording rights for the Beatles. MORE HERE

The First Farm Aid 1985

September 22, 1985, Willie Nelson sponsors the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, with Merle Haggard, John Cougar Mellencamp, Roger Miller, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alabama, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, B.B. King, Judy Rodman and Waylon Jennings, among others

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Leonard Cohen

Farm Aid 2012

Farm Aid is synonymous with star-studded rock concerts, like the one expected to draw 30,000 people to southeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday September 22, 2012. But the real work of the organization happens mostly behind the scenes across rural America every day.

Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, president and co-founder of Farm Aid, believes the group's commitment to protecting farmland puts it on "the right side of history."

With more than $40 million raised through the musical performances and private contributions since the first Farm Aid concert in 1985, the organization works to keep family farmers on their land by awarding modest cash grants to groups that help small- and medium-size farms across the country. Farm Aid awarded nearly $308,000 to 42 organizations last year. MORE HERE

Lineup Schedule & Concert Update HERE

Farm Aid Webcast from 8-11pm (EDT) on September 22, visit HERE to watch Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass. In addition to performances from the stage, it will give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2012, featuring interviews with artists, farmers and fans;

FarmAid2012 Logo design by Lauren Swanson

The Bees Gees' Children of the World

September 21, 1976 - The 20th album by the Bee Gees, "Children of the World," was released.

A Shot of Joe Perry

Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry appeared on Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” a couple of weeks ago, in an attempt to restore and repair an antique, black powder Lyle cannon he owns. MORE HERE ...MORE Video HERE

John Du Cann 5 June 1946 – 21 September 2011

Introducing Billie Tweddle

The incredible 12-year-old singer is one Billie Tweddle with an original song entitled "Headlights". The song was performed for Ont' Sofa, who does a series of music sessions with talented musicians. And there is no question that Billie Tweddle is definitely one very talented musician and probably going to be getting a lot of attention in the near future. MORE HERE

Springfields' Silver Threads and Golden Needles '62

September 21, 1962, The Springfields' Silver Threads and Golden Needles becomes the first British song to reach the top 20 in the US. Later, member Dusty Springfield would have several more solo hits of her own.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Gogi Grant

Beach Boys At The Grammy Museum

The Beach Boys christened a yearlong exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California with stories and songs, capped by a 20-minute acoustic performance featuring three No. 1 singles. MORE HERE

Blind Faith Leads To One

September 20, 1969, Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US.

The Hives Farewell To France

Those Swedish rockers, The Hives depart France ... MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

Eric Gale September 20, 1938 - May 25, 1994

Ke$ha's Warrior All-Stars

The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Iggy Pop will all feature on Ke$ha's new album 'Warrior'.

The album, which is the follow-up to the eccentric pop singer's 2010 debut LP 'Animal', will be released on December 3, 2012 in the UK and December 4, 2012 in the US. MORE HERE

Natalie Merchant : 10,000 to 1

September 20, 1995 - Natalie Merchant started her first solo tour after leaving the 10,000 Maniacs. She was supporting her first solo album "Tigerlily."

Rolling Stones Gorilla Goes Global

The Rolling Stones GRRR! gorilla is now live in 50 cities & thousands of locations around the world! Get involved and enter an exclusive competition to win very special prizes. Find out more at HERE

Jim Croce January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Birthday David Bromberg

Neil Young New York Times September 19, 2012

Neil Young remains one of rock music's most intransigent renegades. In an era when veteran rock stars are falling all over themselves to make polished pop records that flaunt the latest wonders in keyboard technology, Mr. Young continues to make scrappy sounding, spur-of-the-moment albums that cut defiantly against the grain. "In today's pop climate, I'm an island,'' he once boasted. ''I don't fit in anywhere.''

New New York Times interview "Neil Young Comes Clean" HERE

Nick Lowe Video Features Paul F. Tompkins

In the countdown to venerable indie rock label Yep Roc’s 15th anniversary bash — an event which takes place 10/11/2012 - 10/13/2012 in Carroboro, NC — they’re letting some unreleased and rare stuff out of the vault each week. This week’s special is an unreleased Nick Lowe video for the song “Stoplight Roses,” a clip that features a friend of Strictly Hardly Vinyl, Paul F. Tompkins, forlorn and wandering away from a party to find a place to be alone.


Skeeter Davis December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004

Railroad Revival & Wine

For all you railroad, music loving wine drinkers and collectors, The Railroad Revival Tour has partnered with the fine folks in the heart of the California wine country from Brack Mountain Winery to create a very unique and delicious piece of history to commemorate the 2012 Tour.

The collection is only available online and is a winery-only Exclusive on sold by the winery. MORE HERE

Gram Parsons November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973

Big B.B. King Box Set

This multi-format career retrospective is being released to celebrate B.B. King's 50th Anniversary signing to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962. Leading the way with a 10 CD, 194 track collection chronicling his entire career from his first recordings in 1949 through to his most recent studio album.

By ‘pre-ordering’ or pledging, you will jump the queue and get your copy before anybody else. As the campaign progresses, you will also be able to choose from a growing range of items and some amazing extras. By pledging, you will also gain access to a special Pledgers-only Updates Page where we will post exclusive content, news and updates. MORE HERE

Ray Price Is Right On Top

September 19, 1970, Ray Price nets a #1 Billboard country single with "For The Good Times," written by Kris Kristofferson

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Michael Franks

Wild Charms Kills

The Kills - Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart - are thrilled to announce an exhibition of their recently published book of photographs Dream & Drive.

The exhibition will run at East London's Hoxton Gallery from September 28, 2012 to October 2, 2012.

The band have also announced a video for the track 'Wild Charms' (above) from the album 'Blood Pressures'


George Jones' Golden LP

September 18, 1981, More than 25 years after earning his first hit, George Jones finally scores his first gold album, with "I Am What I Am"

Battle Zombies With Cat Power

Cat Power has unveiled the video for her new single 'Cherokee'.

The song, which is taken from the singer's brand new album, 'Sun', which is out now. The video features Cat Power - real name Chan Marshall - battling zombie-like creatures with a silver ray gun in the Californian desert.

The Who's Next One

September 18, 1971, The Who scored their first and only UK No.1 album with 'Who's Next', the bands sixth LP release, featuring 'Won't Get Fooled Again'. Cover artwork shows a photograph, taken at Easington Colliery, of the band apparently having just urinated on a large concrete piling. According to photographer Ethan Russell, most of the members were unable to urinate, so rainwater was tipped from an empty film canister to achieve the desired effect.

Peaches Does Herself On Film

Canadian electro-pop artist Peaches has unveiled her new musical, Peaches Does Herself.

The film, based loosely on her own life, is based around a show filmed at Hebbel Hau Theater in Berlin, where the singer now lives. She assembled over 20 songs across four of her albums to create a retrospective musical called 'anti-jukebox'.

A film of the show – featuring exploding penises amongst a string of her traditionally provocative performances – made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. MORE HERE & HERE

Jimi Hendrix November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Brian May : Badgers Best Friend

Queen's Brian May has spoken out in defend of badgers again.

The guitarist appeared on BBC Breakfast to defend the striped furry creatures, who are currently under threat after farmers in England have been given a license to shoot them in a bid to reduce tuberculosis in cattle for the first time in Gloucestershire.

May has been campaigning on the issue for some time, founding Team Badger – an umbrella organization of numerous animal welfare groups who hope to lobby the Government to reverse the decision.Video HERE

That'll Be The Day The Crickets' Pop The Top Spot

September 18, 1957 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Crickets' That'll Be The Day

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Fee Waybill

Merle Haggard in San Francisco

Merle Haggard performed at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco September 16, 2012. MORE Pics HERE

Are You Ready For The Stones With Some Football?

ESPN will commemorate The Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary on Monday nights throughout the National Football League season this fall with Legend to Legend, a unique collaboration with the Universal Music Group that will combine Monday Night Football highlights with classic tracks from the legendary band featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

ESPN is licensing 16 Rolling Stones tracks, spanning the early 1970’s release of Exile on Main
St. through the mid 2000’s A Bigger Bang. MORE HERE

There's a video available on YouTube but we hear no you? Check it out HERE

Hank Williams September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953

For The Love of Levon Helm

On October 3, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm at “Love for Levon.”

The star-studded benefit concert will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by friends and admirers gathered together to celebrate and honor Levon Helm.

Performances will include Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and many more.

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Love Child Supreme

September 17, 1968 : Diana Ross & the Supremes record  Love Child

CBS Has Heart

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson were featured on yesterday’s edition of “CBS Sunday Morning” (September 16, 2012).

The sisters visit their old family home in Seattle, discuss their new book, “Kicking & Dreaming”, and forthcoming album, “Fanatic”.

Ann and Nancy Wilson are also getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their star will be unveiled September 25, 2012.

Check it out HERE

Hear Fanatic HERE

Magic Melody of Les Paul & Mary Ford

September 17, 1955 : After DJs keep complaining that Les Paul's "Magic Melody" single ends abruptly, Capitol Records releases the shortest single of all time, Les Paul's "Magic Melody Part 2," which is merely the final two notes of the old "shave and a haircut" tag. Released only as a promo, it lasts exactly one second.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Birthday B.B. King

Lana Del Rey Covers Blue Velvet

Lana Del Rey – who became the new face of the H & M fashion brand’s LA noir collection in July 2012 – appears in a 30-second clip modelling the brand’s autumn/winter selection.

The 26-year-old performs the song Blue Velvet, first made famous by Tony Bennett, popularized by Bobby Vinton and immortalized on screen by David Lynch. The feel of the video is certainly in homage to the latter. MORE HERE

Blue Velvet will be available to download on iTunes US on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. MORE HERE

Marc Bolan 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977

Willie Nelson for President 2012

What more is there to say?

Merchandise available HERE

Willie guitar picks (not available - unless you get lucky) HERE

Willie for President on Facebook HERE

Speaking of Presidents; Jimmy Carter joined Willie on stage back in June 2012 MORE HERE

More on the Jimmy Carter/Willie Nelson connection HERE

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Of Entering The Charts

September 16, 1967 : The Jimi Hendrix Experience's LP Are You Experienced? enters the charts.

Up On The Roof With Santigold

Santigold's live performances are second to none - she's as notorious for her outlandish attire as she is for her boundary crushing live shows.

Amazingly, this style icon has never performed in Ibiza....until now. She played inaugural gig of the newly opened Es Vivé rooftop as part of Sony Entertainment Network Ibiza.


You're Sixteen Johnny Burnette

September 16, 1960 : Johnny Burnette records "You're Sixteen"

Chuck Berry Reunited With Guitar

A guitar stolen from Chuck Berry earlier this week was returned to the music legend Friday September 14, 2012.The 1978 Gibson ES 355 guitar, valued at $50,000, was reported stolen Monday afternoon September 10, 2012 from an office at a home Berry owns.

Three suspects, all from the St. Louis area, were released pending charges. MORE HERE

Mary Travers November 9, 1936 - September 16, 2009

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Jimmy Gilmer

Americana Honors & Awards 2012

The best and brightest in roots music gathered at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium this past Thursday night (September 13, 2012) for the Americana Music Association’s 11th annual Americana Honors & Awards.  

Gillian Welch and her musical partner Dave Rawlings, picked up two of the evening’s biggest honors. Relative newcomers The Civil Wars (who won New/Emerging Artist in 2011) and the Alabama Shakes each went home with new awards, and the Guy Clark tribute album This One’s For Him took Album of the Year. A list of winners and honorees HERE.

Performers included Lifetime Achievement honorees Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, and Booker T. Jones.

On November 10, 2012, Austin City Limits on PBS will broadcast an edited version of the program.
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