Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Shuggie Otis

Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inaugural Inductions

It was a beautiful mingling of generations and genres, of songs, stories and memories, as the Memphis Music Hall of Fame's inaugural class was inducted during a ceremony Thursday night (November 29, 2012) at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Outside the theater, the children of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and iconic radio deejay Dewey Phillips laughed together, and the sons of Otis Redding reminisced with their father's guitarist and songwriting partner, Steve Cropper. Others meeting for the first time, like ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and Booker T. & the MG's rhythm man Lewie Steinberg, talked shop like old friends.


Don "Sugarcane" Harris June 18, 1938 - November 30, 1999

Pussy Riot Documentary Headed To Sundance

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has nabbed the world premiere of "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer," which is to chronicle the arrest and trial of the all-women punk band from Russia. MORE HERE

PLUS... Russian court issues Pussy Riot video ban. MORE HERE

 Amnesty International Free Pussy Riot Petition HERE

Tiny Tim April 12, 1932 – November 30, 1996

Bobby Bare On Folk

There’s this notion that folk and country music have historically been divided by sonics and by politics.

In the ’60s, folk was for the hippies, and country for the hawks, right? Folk was for trust funders with acoustic guitars, country for tobacco-spitting drawlers with fiddles and steels.

Ever discuss it with legendary country musician Bobby Bare? MORE HERE

The Crests' 16 Candles 1958

November 30, 1958 : The Crests release "16 Candles"

Mick & The Stones Go With The Flo

Florence Welch joined the Rolling Stones on stage last night (November 29, 2012) during their O2 arena show in London to help the band perform their hit “Gimme Shelter,” and she was somewhat of a show-stealer. MORE HERE

Lots of Pics HERE

Brownie McGhee November 30, 1915 - February 16, 1996

Michael Jackson's Thriller At 30

Today (November 30, 2012) marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Thriller. Michael Jackson's blockbuster sold more than 100 million copies.

Thriller went places pop music had never gone before: A 14-minute music video that all but obliterated MTV's color line. The moonwalk dance craze. The Van Halen-infused "Beat It" guitar riff. The zombie line-dance that supplanted the hokey-pokey at cheesy wedding receptions for decades to come. MORE HERE

We must admit, we were just as mesmerized as everyone else ...

R.I.P.: Mickey 'Guitar' Baker

Mickey “Guitar” Baker, one of the great session men of early rock ‘n’ roll and the famous male voice on the classic “Love Is Strange,” died November 27, 2012 in Toulouse, France. He was 87.

Baker became a major star in the 1950s, particularly after he and Sylvia Vanderpool collaborate. MORE HERE

Price Recounts Rock and Roll Love Affair

Prince's first official music video in over 3 years has significance because of its release onto YouTube, a medium Prince has rallied against for several years. We might possibly be seeing a shift in thinking, or perhaps simply a concession, by the iconic musician whose 35-year career has spanned several major changes to the music industry landscape.

 No word on a possible album release but the single is out now through Swiss label, Purple Music, and can be ordered as a CD single, 12″ vinyl or 12″ picture disc from their website HERE


R.I.P.: Michael Dunford

Renaissance, the much-beloved British band that combined rock, progressive and folk, lost one of its longest-serving members on Tuesday (November 20, 2012). Guitarist Michael Dunford passed away after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while dining at his house in Surrey, England. His age was not disclosed.

Dunford joined Renaissance in 1970 when founding members and former Yardbirds Jim McCarty and Keith Relf left. Before that Dunford had been in the Nashville Teens, which had a hit in 1964 with ‘Tobacco Road’. MORE HERE

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Birthday John Mayall

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Eric Burdon & the Greenhornes

Eric Burdon does not like to waste time in the recording studio, which made working with the Greenhornes a particular pleasure for the former Animals frontman: they knocked out their new four-song EP in a single weekend this past spring. MORE HERE

The first song on the new self-titled EP is Black Dog. Listen HERE

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George Harrison 25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001

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Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductions Tonight

The new Memphis Music Hall of Fame will celebrate their induction ceremony tonight Thursday, November 29, 2012

25 artists are set to be inducted during the event at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Memphis.The artist induction list is HERE

Ronnie Montrose November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012

Yoko Ono's Fashion For Fun & Fondling

Yoko Ono has collaborated on a new men’s-wear line inspired by her late husband, John Lennon. Per WWD, the 18-piece collection, available at Opening Ceremony stores this week, is based on drawings that the conceptual artist gave to Lennon as a wedding gift in 1969. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

Bobby Darin's Mack the Knife Record of the Year '59

November 29, 1959 : Bobby Darin wins the Best New Artist Grammy and also takes the award for Record of the Year for Mack The Knife.

Complete Star Trek Original Series Soundtrack

By now, 46 years after the original series' September 1966 debut, one might imagine that every conceivable aspect of "Star Trek" lore and memorabilia has been mined and merchandised.

Not quite. Next week, Burbank-based film-music label La-La Land Records will release a 15-CD boxed set of music from the original "Star Trek" series: every note that was written and recorded for the sci-fi drama, more than 17 hours of music in all and retailing for $225. MORE HERE

Join La-La Land Records as it marks its 10th anniversary with the release of the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA on December 3, 2012, at 7:30pm. MORE HERE

Carl Stalling November 10, 1891—November 29, 1972

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Randy Newman

Pussy Riot Among Person of the Year Nominees

Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were nominated by Time magazine for the 2012 Person of the Year.

The punk band is among 40 candidates, who influenced news this year for better or worse. The list also includes US President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Olympic champion Michael Phelps and others. MORE HERE

Pussy Riot have also been named in a list of the world’s most important contemporary art figures. MORE HERE

Amnesty International Free Pussy Riot Petition HERE

The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed '69

November 28, 1969 : The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed

Dave Grohl Is Sirius About Sound City

Dave Grohl to Host 'Sound City' Show on SiriusXM

The Foo Fighters frontman will tell stories about and play music recorded at the iconic Los Angeles studio that is the subject of his new documentary.

Willie At The Grand Ole Opry

November 28, 1964 : Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Stephen Colbert Gushes Over Dolly

Dolly Parton and Stephen Colbert perform the title track off of Dolly's 14th solo studio album, "Love Is Like a Butterfly."

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Papa Lightfoot March 2, 1924 – November 28, 1971

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Trevor Davies

Stones Fined For Working Overtime

Here are The Rolling Stones, rejoined by Bill Wyman, for "Honky Tonk Women," released as a single in 1969! This was the second song that Bill Wyman played with the Stones on the night.

The Stones face a whopping £200,000 fine because their historic 50th anniversary gig at London’s O2 was 35 minutes too long. They were meant to finish at 10:30pm on Sunday November 25, 2012 — but defied local council rules by continuing to play encores for their cheering fans until 11:05. MORE HERE

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Jimi Hendrix November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Amy Blue On Display

A melancholy painting of Amy Winehouse, made shortly after the singer's death in July 2011, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Amy's parents view the piece (left)

The work by South African artist Marlene Dumas is not huge – no bigger than a sheet of A3 paper – but it packs a punch carrying "tremendous emotive power", said the gallery's contemporary curator Sarah Howgate. "Detail bleeds into and out of her work, directing and dispersing the gaze of the viewer."
The title, Amy-Blue. MORE HERE

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Whip It Up '65

November 27, 1965, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights'.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Will Push the Sky Away

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 15th studio album together, Push the Sky Away, to be released February 18, 2013 in the UK and the following day in the U.S.

This is the first Bad Seeds album since 2008′s Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!,  though Cave has remained prolific scoring films and working with his other band, Grinderman. MORE HERE

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Joe Jones August 12, 1926 – November 27, 2005

The Alicia Keys To New York City

The Empire State Building put on a light show for New Yorkers to enjoy, synchronized to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind.” The LED light show was the first since the election, when the building first showed what the system could do, giving real-time results.

Clear Channel’s also posted a video of Keys talking about lighting up the iconic landmark and her reaction to seeing the display. Keys flipped the switch that started the show. MORE HERE

Alicia Keys will be performing live at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City Tuesday November 27, 2012. The show is in support of first responders and volunteers of relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy and will stream live. GO HERE

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Eddie Rabbitt November 27, 1941 – May 7, 1998

Monday, November 26, 2012

Rolling Stones Live After Five

The Rolling Stones turned back the clock in style on Sunday November 25, 2012 with their first concert in five years, strutting and swaggering their way through hit after familiar hit to celebrate 50 years in business. MORE HERE

The Stones joined Jeff Beck on stage. See HERE

Former Stone, Mick Taylor joined in a rendition of 'Midnight Rambler'. See HERE


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The Beatles Hello, Goodbye Promo On Ed Sullivan

November 26, 1967, The promotional film of The Beatles 'Hello, Goodbye' was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician's union ban on miming.

Uptown With Dick Dale

Dick Dale's finale (Misirlou) at Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, California on Saturday November 24, 2012. Dusty Watson on drums. Sam Bolle on bass.

John Rostill 16 June 1942 – 26 November 1973

Lightfoot Lauded/Beiber Booed At Grey Cup

When it works, having a combination of different artists from different genres performing together can make for a fantastic collide in the music world at live events like the Grey Cup and Super Bowl.

This year, Canada celebrated the 100th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League) in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on Sunday November 25, 2012 with a halftime show mixed bag consisting of performances by Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot.

Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming. They booed when his face popped up on the JumboTron. They booed when a host spoke his name at the onset of halftime. And they booed with extra glee as he took the stage and throughout his medley of so-called hits.

The 74-year-old Lightfoot certainly did captivate the crowd Sunday. With the stadium lights down, Lightfoot opened the halftime show by materializing on a modest stage near the 50-yard line, dressed in black and strumming an acoustic guitar. The crowd roared. MORE HERE & HERE

Video HERE

Wilson Pickett Rides Mustang Sally Onto The Charts

November 26, 1966 : Wilson Pickett's Mustang Sally enters the pop charts

Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace

Paloma Faith has been described as smart, vivacious, red-streaked and a singular talent. Before breaking into the music business, Faith worked as a magician's assistant and a dancer. She debuted as a solo artist in the UK in 2009 with the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Her latest album is no less provocatively titled — it's called Fall to Grace.

NPR Interview HERE

More Encore Session video HERE

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Keef Hartley 8 April 1944 – 26 November 2011

R.I.P.: Earl Carroll

Earl "Speedo" Carroll, one of the most colorful and beloved singers of New York-style vocal harmony in the 1950s, died Sunday November 25, 2012. He was 75.

Carroll was known in the music world for more than five decades as one of the lead singers of the Cadillacs.

Their 1950s hits included "Gloria," "You Are," "Wishing Well," "My Girlfriend," "Peek-a-Boo" and one perennial holiday favorite, a jive version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Perhaps the group's best-known song, however, was "Speedo," which was inspired by Carroll's nickname and on which he sang lead. MORE HERE

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Percy Sledge

Beck & Blige Roll With The Stones

Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck will join The Rolling Stones at their show at London’s O2 Arena tonight (Sunday November 25, 2012). The announcement came via the band’s Twitter account. Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor have also confirmed that they will play with the band during their London shows.


Coco Robicheaux October 25, 1947 – November 25, 2011

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Tour Rumor

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have revealed plans for one live date in North America, set to follow the release of their new album.

According to The Scenestar, the Australians will play Humphrey's Concerts By The Sea in San Diego, California on April 16, 2013.

The date of the concert has sparked rumors that the band will also be playing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which next year takes place over two weekends, April 12-14 and 19-21, also in California. MORE HERE

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Emmylou Sings The Last Song At the Last Waltz

November 25, 1976, Emmylou Harris sings "Evangeline" at The Band's farewell concert, "The Last Waltz," in San Francisco. The show is filmed for movie release.

Russian Lawsuit Against Madonna Dismissed

A Russian judge on Thursday November 22, 2012 dismissed a lawsuit against Madonna for actions during a concert in St. Petersburg in August that antigay groups say violated a local law against propagandizing homosexual behavior.

The case has now been thrown out of court after a farcical trial during which the judge had to threaten to ban journalists from the room unless they stopped laughing.  MORE HERE & HERE

Hey Russian Courts ...kiss Madonna's ass!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Johnson

Solitary Confinement For Pussy Rioter

Jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, has been transferred to solitary confinement because of tensions with other inmates.

The singer was jailed for two years in August for performing a crude anti-Kremlin song in Moscow's cathedral.

Another band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is also in jail.

The court's decision to sentence the women to two years each in remote prisons in eastern Russia was widely condemned. MORE HERE

Help Amnesty International help Free Pussy Riot...

Sign the petition HERE

Lord Rockinghams XI MCMLVIII

November 25, 1958, Lord Rockinghams XI were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hoot's Mon'. Lord Rockingham's XI were the house band on the UK Jack Good TV show 'Oh Boy.'

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Clem Burke

There's Good Rockin' In The Bay Area Tonight

The Bay Area is rocking tonight (Saturday November 24, 2012). Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings are performing at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are performing at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
...And legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale performs at the Uptown Night Club in Oakland

Happy Birthday Johnny Carver

Eban Schletter Can't Find A Toy For His Baby

A new video and timely message from our friend Eban Schletter off his latest album 'The 21st Century Doomsday Spectacular'.

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Happy Birthday Dawn Robinson

The Endorphins of Music

Newly published research reveals three alternative ways you can release those mood-enhancing endorphins: Singing, dancing, and drumming.

That’s the conclusion of a study by University of Oxford psychologist Robin Dunbar. He and his colleagues report people who have just been playing music have a higher tolerance for pain—an indication their bodies are producing endorphins, which are sometimes referred to as natural opiates.

In their experiments, simply listening to music did not produce this positive effect. “We conclude that it is the active performance of music that generates the endorphin high, not the music itself,” the researchers write in the online journal Evolutionary Psychology.


Donald “Duck” Dunn November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012

R.I.P.: Jim Lang

Known as Northern California's Most Dangerous Surf Band, The Deadlies' drummer Jim Lang has died. We have not discovered any media stories.

Find The Deadlies music HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE

Freddie Mercury 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991

The Smartest Man In The World at A Record Store

Our buddy Greg Proops is an avid music fan and loves record stores just as much as we do.

Check out Greg's 'Proopcast' HERE

The Andrew Sisters First Hit Released '37

November 24, 1937 : The Andrews Sisters release "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön"

R.I.P.: Larry Hagman

Actor Larry Hagman was so popular in American pop culture as the villainous 'J.R. Ewing' on television's 'Dallas' that when the character suffered a gunshot from a mystery character, the nation asked (with a little help from the promotions department) "Who Shot J.R.?"; which quickly became an iconic phrase. So massive was the fad, a song was recorded in honor of the phenomenon.

Of course, Hagman had other roles in a long Hollywood career; notably, the popular sitcom 'I Dream of Jeanie' and films 'Failsafe', Mother, Jugs & Speed, and Blake Edwards' Hollywood spoof 'S.O.B.'. His mother was the fabulous Mary Martin; most known for her role as Peter Pan on stage.

Larry Hagman played another role in rock n roll folklore ...

Not long before his death from a drug overdose Keith Moon asked his then neighbor Larry Hagman to drive him to the hospital to dry out. See below.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Gloria Lynne

When Willie Met Ke$ha

Dozens of guests visit the TODAY show every week, and sometimes that makes for unexpected pairings.

In that tradition, on Tuesday November 20, 2012 pop star Ke$ha met country music legend Willie Nelson on the plaza in between her live performances.


R. L. Burnside November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005

Green Day Trilogy Plus Quatro

Green Day are going beyond their album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! with ¡Quatro!, a documentary set for next year.  

¡Quatro! will give a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that resulted in the trilogy and their various live shows across the U.S. "

Highlights of the documentary will premiere November 28, 2012 at midnight on VH1. ¡Uno! and ¡Dos! are out now; ¡Tré! is due December 11, 2012.


Rolling Stones Like Rock n Roll '74

November 23,1974, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll'. The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at No.2 in the UK.

Coldplay Finale Down Under

Coldplay quite literally lit-up Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium Wednesday (November 21, 2012) night during a tour-wrapping show in which Chris Martin dropped big hints that his band won't be back for some time. MORE HERE

O.C. Smith June 21, 1932 – November 23, 2001

Reviving Velvet Revolver

While the remaining members of Velvet Revolver have been rocking out with their latest solo efforts, former vocalist Scott Weiland seems hopeful about the revival of the band and his potential return as the frontman of the currently defunct supergroup. In fact, he even suggests they are set to start writing new material. MORE HERE

Roy Acuff September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992

Sir Paul Recalls Weirdo

The fallout from the allegations of sexual assault by Jimmy Savile continues to reverberate as more people come forward to claim the late DJ abused them when they were in their early teens.

Sir Paul McCartney has disclosed how the Beatles spent time with Savile while playing gigs...“So we always thought there was something a little bit suspect.” MORE HERE & HERE

Black Friday 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Tina Weymouth

Throwing Stones Back In The Band

Amid the flurry of activity surrounding The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary, the band has confirmed that original bassist Bill Wyman (above right) and former guitarist Mick Taylor (above second from right) will join Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company onstage for the Stones' concerts Nov. 25 and 29 at the O2 in London. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Karen O

Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees 2012

The Recording Academy has announced its annual list of works to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and they include recordings by Big Mama Thornton, Buck Owens, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Whitney Houston and 22 others. MORE HERE

L.V. Johnson December 25, 1946 – November 22, 1994

Florence + the Machine Present Lover To Lover

On November 19, 2012 the English indie rock band Florence + the Machine released an official music video for their song "Lover to Lover"

Michael Hutchence 22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997

Henry Rollins Carves Thanksgiving In San Francisco

Henry Rollins lives -- and has always lived -- an extraordinarily unusual life. He may have first come to the world's attention as frontman of one of Black Flag, but what he's done since has arguably been even more important.

His work as a writer and spoken-word performer has seen him travel the globe many times over, offering audiences a combination of Rollins' personal world view and thought-provoking facts, in a way that is both consciousness-raising and immensely entertaining.

Rollins performs tonight (Thursday November 22, 2012) through Saturday (November 24, 2012) at Yoshi's in San Francisco.

Rollins interview HERE

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George & Tammy Are Going To Hold On '73

November 22, 1973, George Jones & Tammy Wynette sing "We're Gonna Hold On" in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Michael Jackson : Bad 25 Television Premiere

In a welcome break from the traditionally saccharine holiday programming, ABC is airing "a version" of Spike Lee's documentary "Michael Jackson: Bad 25," which had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival before having a short theatrical release. Lee trimmed almost an hour for the television version, but "Bad 25" is still something to be thankful for, a hypnotic homage to the performer's gift and, more important, his dedication. MORE HERE

The documentary film by award-winning director Spike Lee, airs Thanksgiving Day, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2012 9:30|8:30c on ABC.

Thanksgiving Day 2012

Be Thankful for what you've got...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. John

GRRRolling Stones Doom & Gloom Video

The Rolling Stones have released the video for their recently released single 'Doom and Gloom' as the trailer from their current greatest hits collection GRRR!


Happy Birthday Björk

View Willie On The View

Willie Nelson appeared as a guest on ABCs 'The View' Tuesday November 20, 2012.

Robert Lockwood Jr. March 27, 1915 – November 21, 2006

Newfound Jimi Hendrix Recordings Coming 2013

On March 5, 2013, a collection of 12 previously unreleased recordings by Jimi Hendrix will see the light. People, Hell and Angels follows Hendrix in 1968 and 1969 as he works on material apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and suggests new, experimental directions. MORE HERE

The Who Sell Out In 1967

November 21, 1967 : The Who release The Who Sell Out

Flaming Lips, Grenades And The TSA

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne found himself at the center of a bomb scare at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City on November 10, 2012.

A dead grenade in his carry-on set off alarms at a TSA checkpoint.

Wayne was reportedly on his way to Los Angeles to catch a preview of the new Flaming Lips musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and told police that the grenade was given to him at a party as a joke. Coyne was released once the TSA determined that the grenade was harmless. Several flights were delayed as a result.


Fiona Apple's Commendable Canine Concern

Fiona Apple, the brilliant and intense singer-songwriter, has been on tour to support her new album, The Idler Wheel..., but she just cancelled her upcoming South American tour for a very good reason: She wants to be with her beloved dying dog. She posted a handwritten four-page letter on her website and Facebook explaining. MORE HERE

Hadda Brooks October 29, 1916 – November 21, 2002

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Joe Walsh

Willie Nelson Today On Today

Willie Nelson appeared on NBCs Today program this morning (Tuesday November 20, 2012).

The music legend, who has made over 100 albums, chats about his new book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road,” which chronicles his decades-long career, and says he loves performing with his kids, some of whom have also become musicians.


Duane Allman November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971

Record Store Day’s Back To Black Friday Event

This Friday, November 23, 2012 marks Record Store Day’s Back To Black Friday event.

Record stores will be featuring unique, limited edition releases, many lovingly created by the artists themselves, all perfect for underscoring just how much music and other things regularly found at a record store are treasures, for giving and getting. The day also highlights the stores themselves, offering customers an alternative to the crazed, crushing national chain retailers, and a chance to choose their local, independently-owned shops. MORE HERE

List of items available HERE

Banning Bo Diddley 1955

November 20, 1955, Bo Diddley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show television show. The show had requested that he sang his version of ‘Sixteen Tons’, but, when he appeared on stage, he sang his own song ‘Bo Diddley’ resulting in him being banned from further appearances on the show.

Europe Breaks Out With The Hives

Today (November 20, 2012) marks the first day of The Hives European Tour (in Berlin with pals The Bronx) . Limited edition tour poster on sale at the shows. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Frank Marino

This Land Is Your Land Singalong

Be a part of the THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND PROJECT, an interactive documentary to record us all singing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” in his centennial year (from American Masters, Woody 100, and PBS): GO HERE

In addition to the final compilation video, the website’s focus will be the crowdsourced “This Land Is Your Land” songs: a place to experience as well as catalog for the historical record a diverse collection of a song that’s a part of our national canon, reflective of our American way of life.

Incense, Peppermints And Strawberry Alarm Clock

November 20, 1967 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Incense And Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock

Meeting the Needs of Meat Loaf's Knees

Classic rocker Meat Loaf underwent knee surgery yesterday (Monday November 19, 2012). A statement was made via his Facebook page Monday afternoon minutes before he was set to go under the knife.

Meat Loaf’s tour schedule is empty now that he’s finished the Mad, Mad World tour. The final four dates of that show have been postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Sandy.

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