Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood

Double Chubby Checker

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From Real Gone Music comes a reissued Chubby Checker twofer containing the 1961 releases It's Pony Time and Let's Twist Again. The albums were the third and fourth of Checker's career.

Oddly, rather than starting the reissue program with Checker's (and the Parkway label's) first two albums (1960's Twist with Chubby Checker and 1961's For Twisters Only), the series jump-starts with the twister's third and fourth albums. Checker ignited a worldwide dance craze with his chart-topping cover of Hank Ballard's "The Twist," and hit the Top 20 again with a cover of the 1940's dance number, "The Hucklebuck." With his third album, he once again topped the charts with a novelty dance number, "Pony Time." The album also yielded the lower-charting "Dance This Mess Around." Later that year, he dropped his third of four albums for 1961, and with it scored a Top 10 (and a Grammy award) with "Let's Twist Again." He'd continue to ride novelty dance songs onto the charts into the mid-60s, including a return trip to #1 with his original recording of "The Twist."

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Beach Boy Brian Wilson

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He heard voices, did drugs and fell apart. Can the Beach Boys’ reunion help put Brian Wilson back together again?

To answer that question, Andrew Romano spent weeks observing rehearsals, interviewing the band, attending concerts, and listening to the forthcoming album. His feature story appears in this week’s Newsweek.
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Happy Birthday Augie Meyers

So Peter Gabriel

May 31, 1986, Peter Gabriel scored his second solo UK No.1 album with 'So' featuring the singles 'Sledgehammer' and a duet with Kate Bush 'Don't Give Up'.

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Unforseen Ween

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For most of his life he's been Gene Ween, the nimble-voiced frontman of one of rock's great genre-hoppers – but Aaron Freeman is finally ready to put his alter-ego to bed. "It's time to move on," Freeman told Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. "I'm retiring Gene Ween."

So does that mean the end for Ween, the band that Freeman formed with high school friend Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in the mid-Eighties?

"Pretty much, yeah," says Freeman. "It's been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run."

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John Bonham 31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980

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Bruce Springsteen touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with the financiers and bankers at a Berlin concert on Wednesday, railing against them as "greedy thieves" and "robber barons." MORE HERE

Dick Dale Gives Birth To Surf



May 31, 1958 - Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Tom Morello

Southern Harmonies From The Black Crowes

May 30, 1992, The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion'.

Shirley Manson's Garbage

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Shirley Manson is now 45. With her signature red hair and creamy complexion, she's as appealing as she was in the mid-'90s. The new record picks up where Garbage left off seven years ago, not veering too far from their meticulously crafted layers of goth-tinged pop-rock.

This is a band that knows it sounds different from everyone else, and doesn't care to conform. MORE HERE

Big Apple Interview

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Ms. Apple has a grown woman’s face now. Her pale blue eyes have grown even more prominent and striking. Yet she speaks with the voluble ups and downs — pensive, breathlessly eager, giggly — of a young girl. While she often looked away or inward, she strove to hide nothing.

Her songs have built Ms. Apple an audience that follows her intently, with both admiration and concern. The New York Times interview is HERE

Buchanan/Beck Fender For Sale

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Christie’s auctions upcoming Rock & Pop Memorabilia sale will present with the chance to bid on a guitar that was once owned and played by legendary guitarists Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan.

Used by Jeff Beck throughout the promotional video for his duet with Rod Stewart, "People Get Ready," 1985 (Epic Records), the composite Fender guitar appears just as Beck intended, comprising a Stratocaster body (c.1961) and a Squier neck (c.1967) in a cream finish. The guitar was previously owned by blues guitarist Roy Buchanan and the famous guitar manufacturer Seymour W. Duncan before being passed onto Beck. MORE HERE

Still Crazy Horse After All These Years

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It's been nine years since Neil Young and Crazy Horse put out an album together (2003's Greendale) and 16 years since Broken Arrow, Young's last LP with the complete Crazy Horse lineup of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro. On June 5, 2012, the supreme team returns to full force on Americana, filled with gritty, ragged and rocking renditions of American folk classics.

You can stream Americana in its entirety HERE, and pre-order it over at Amazon.

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May 30, 1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.

Scandinavian Kiss

Kiss to appear at Kollenfest in Oslo Norway on June 30, 2012.

Tales & Sales Of Madonna's Early Years

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The story of the eBay auction of Madonna's childhood home became much bigger than one family, or even the celebrity.

It was a 30-day auction that just happened to bookend one of the biggest events in U.S. history. At the time, eBay was a relatively new phenomenon, and celebrity worship was at an all-time high. MORE HERE

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A classmate of the queen of pop has released a yearbook from her school days. To be auctioned. See HERE

One By George And Tammy

May 30, 1995, MCA releases "One," the first George Jones & Tammy Wynette single in 15 years

Shades Of Bob Dylan At White House

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It's fairly safe to say that Bob Dylan became the first recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to accept the honor while wearing sunglasses.

Bob's voice, with its weight, its unique gravely power, was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel," Obama said of the legendary singer-songwriter, who joined a Nobel laureate (Toni Morrison), a former Supreme Court Justice (John Paul Stevens) and an astronaut (John Glenn) as recipients of the honor this year.

In his remarks, Obama said Dylan paved the way for other socially conscious artists like Bruce Springsteen and U2. "There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music," he glowed. "All these years later, he's still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth.

And I have to say that I am a really big fan."

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R.I.P.: Doc Watson

Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday May 29, 2012 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89.

Mr. Watson, who came to national attention during the folk music revival of the early 1960s, injected a note of authenticity into a movement awash in protest songs and bland renditions of traditional tunes.

His mountain music came as a revelation to the folk audience, as did his virtuoso guitar playing. Unlike most country and bluegrass musicians, who thought of the guitar as a secondary instrument for providing rhythmic backup, Mr. Watson executed the kind of flashy, rapid-fire melodies normally played by a fiddle or a banjo. His style influenced a generation of young musicians learning to play the guitar as folk music achieved national popularity.MORE HERE & HERE

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor a diverse cross-section of political and cultural icons - including rock legend Bob Dylan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn and basketball coach Pat Summitt - with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Tuesday May 29, 2012. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Noel Gallagher

Rhonda Helps The Beach Boys

May 29, 1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Help Me Rhonda', the group's second US No.1. The recording session was interrupted by the Wilson brothers' drunken father, Murry, who arrived at the studio to criticize the Boys enthusiasm. The recording reel continued to record the confrontation, which still circulates among fans.

The Black Keys To MTV Music Awards

The Black Keys and DJ Martin Solveig have been added to the list of performers at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, joining previously announced acts Fun. and Wiz Khalifa on the big show.

The Keys will be performing their hit "Gold on the Ceiling" — they premiered the video for the song on MTV back in February. MORE HERE

Johnny Cash One Piece At A Time

May 29, 1976, Johnny Cash rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "One Piece At A Time"

Nautical Jimi

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A boat crafted from 1,200 pieces of wood, including fragments from Jimi Hendrix's guitar, launched as part of a national art project to mark the 2012 London Olympics.


Created as a ''floating collage of memories'', The Boat Project has been funded by the Arts Council England's Artists' Taking the Lead project as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. MORE HERE & HERE

R.I.P.: Howie Richmond

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Veteran music publisher Howard S. Richmond passed away on May 20, 2012. He was 94.

In 1949, he established Cromwell Music, the firm that eventually was restructured to become The Richmond Organization (TRO), one of the world's most celebrated independent music publishers.
Over the years his stable included artists as diverse as Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie; Bill Evans and Kurt Weill; the Who, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd; and Shel Silverstein, whose talking blues song “A Boy Named Sue” became, under Mr. Richmond’s stewardship, a hit for Johnny Cash in 1969.

Other musical gems published by TRO are "Fly Me to the Moon", "I Believe", "Those Were the Days" and "A Whiter Shade of Pale". Joining with fellow music publisher Abe Olman and songwriting great Johnny Mercer, Richmond co-founded the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1969. MORE HERE

The Hag With Today's Bush

NBC’s (and daughter of former president George W. Bush) Jenna Bush Hager chats with Merle Haggard, the 75-year-old music legend who has notched 40 No. 1 hits throughout his storied career on the Today show's Monday May 28, 2012 airing of a pre-recorded segment, .

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Birthday John Fogerty

Here is an intimate video of John rehearsing "The Weight" by The Band. The rehearsal was for a special tribute performance dedicated to the late great Levon Helm that took place at Coachella Valley Music Festival 2012.

Just Kris

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A couple of nice shots from last night (May 27, 2012) performance in Reno Nevada.

Happy Birthday Gladys Knight

Papa John Creach May 28, 1917 - February 22, 1994

Merle & Kris At The Nugget

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John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno Nevada once regularly filled its showrooms with country acts, then considered taboo in casinos because they supposedly did not draw an affluent audience.

The Nugget proved the naysayers wrong and last night May 27, 2012 Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson proved it. The performance was the best I've seen yet.

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T-Bone Walker May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975

Tales From The Presley Crypt

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For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley's original crypt to the highest bidder as part of his "Music Icons" auction later this month.

The tomb is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.
Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were re-buried at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since. MORE HERE

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Memorial Day 2012

Merle By Matt Miller

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I picked up a very nice Merle Haggard portrait by Matt Miller at the show last night.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Haggard & Kristofferson Tonight!

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Legendary performers Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson are performing together tonight at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino & Resort in Reno Nevada.

The Reno Gazette-Journal interviewed the Hag. Read it HERE

Happy Birthday Siouxsie Sioux

Sex Pistols Save

May 27, 1977, The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.

Golden Gate Chrysopylae Reflections

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A UC marketing professor who calls himself a weekend musician is the winner of the 2012 San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra (SFMO) New Music Competition with the theme of the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. James Kellaris composed a new piece for the contest entitled “Chrysopylae Reflections.” In Greek, the term chrysopylae means “golden gate.”

As the winner, Kellaris will receive $1,200 and his music will be performed by the Mandolin Orchestra at four public performances, including the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Celebration this Sunday, where the piece will be recorded.

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Bluegrass Meets Shakespeare

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Steve Martin has a new writing partner, a guy even more famous than the comedian, actor, writer and banjo player.

Martin has teamed up with no less than William Shakespeare to add music to the playwright’s lyrics for a smattering of tunes at the Public Theater’s production this summer of “As You Like It” in New York City’s Central Park.

The show’s director, Daniel Sullivan, decided to set the action in the rural American South around 1840, a perfect time for folk music.

That’s where Martin stepped in — composing five bluegrass songs to accompany the Bard’s lyrics, helping celebrate the 50th-anniversary season of free Shakespeare in the Park with style. MORE HERE

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

Seventy-five years ago today, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. People walked across the bridge for the first time, marveling at what was then the largest suspension bridge in the world. MORE HERE

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Bob Gruen Photography

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The history of rock 'n' roll couldn't be documented without Bob Gruen's photographs. In a nearly-five-decade career he has shot thousands of bands, and taken some of music's most iconic images.

In his archives you'll find shots of almost every major rock act ... MORE HERE

Free Dylan '63

May 27, 1963, The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan's songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.

40 Year Old Class Clown

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It was forty years ago today (May 27, 2012) that comedian George Carlin recorded the Class Clown album which five years later would inadvertently provoke the Supreme Court to canonize seven simple words as the apotheosis of American verbal vulgarity. That case, FCC v Pacifica, would come to be known as the “seven dirty words” ruling, named for Carlin’s routine. The Atlantic’s Timothy Bella marks this anniversary, while exploring the uneasy history of these words and their legal legacy. MORE HERE

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May 27, 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, 'That'll Be The Day.' A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" was the Inspiration behind the song. It was also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mick Ronson 26 May 1946 – 29 April 1993

George Jones Goes Home

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Here’s a bit of good news that has surfaced today (May 26, 2012) from George Jones‘ camp regarding his recent health scare. The legendary singer has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably at home this Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the wonderful care he received from physicians this go around.

The Country Music Hall of Famer was recently admitted to a Nashville-area hospital for a continued battle with an upper respiratory infection that he just couldn’t seem to kick on his own.

Jones, regarded as the greatest voice in country music history, was hospitalized for the second time this year on Monday May 21, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.. The 80-year-old spent a week in the hospital in March as well.

The singer has canceled his live performances through the month of June and will reschedule shows where possible. MORE HERE

Miles Davis May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991

Mickey Hart Plays The Golden Gate Bridge

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Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart plans to bring the sounds of the Golden Gate Bridge to life on May 27, 2012 as part of the bridge's 75th anniversary celebration. While the Golden Gate Bridge is not exactly a playable instrument, Hart maintains that it's actually a giant wind-harp. "The Golden Gate Bridge vibrates from its toes (earth, water) to its thighs (pillars of cement and steel), to its torso and crown (air, sky)," said Hart, in a press release for the event. "We have created a musical soundscape based on the real sounds of the bridge." MORE HERE

Blondie '79

May 26, 1979, 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their second UK No.1 hit single. The track was taken from the group's 'Parallel Lines', which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.

Levon Helm May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012

He was born Mark Lavon Helm on May 26, 1940, but for most of his professional career, he was known simply as Levon, the folksy yet soulful singer who also supplied the solid backbeat for The Band, the group that helped Bob Dylan ease his transition into rock 'n' roll and later defined the template for Americana rock music. When he died on April 19, 2012, he left behind a legacy that will forever loom large in the annals of roots rock and the true sounds of the heartland. MORE HERE

Today would have been Levon’s 72nd Birthday.

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Mott The Bowie

May 26, 1972, At the point of the band splitting up David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople two of his new songs, 'Suffragette City', which they turned down and 'All The Young Dudes', which they recorded. The song gave the group a No.3 UK and US Top 40 hit.

Charlie Rose And The Beach Boys

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Charlie Rose interviewed the Beach Boys - Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and Brian Wilson on Friday, May 18, 2012.

Brian Wilson talks about his musical heros - George Gershwin and The Four Freshmen.

Watch it HERE

Jimmie Rodgers September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Merle & Kris

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Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson performing in the Rose Ballroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, NV Sunday May 27, 2012. MORE HERE

Sonny Boy Williamson December 5, 1912 – May 25, 1965

Happy Birthday Lauryn Hill

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May 25, 1968, Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with 'Bookends'. The album featured four US singles: 'A Hazy Shade of Winter', 'At the Zoo', 'Fakin' It' and 'Mrs Robinson'.

Starring Keith's Kid

Model Theodora Richards lets her spirit run wild in the woods above LA in Self-Control, a new film from acclaimed design dynamos Antonio Monfreda and Patrick Kinmonth. Daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith, Richards drew on direct emotion and spontaneity to capture the “California eccentric” ethos behind new label Skaist-Taylor, the brainchild of longtime friends Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy who previously co-founded monolithic loungewear brand Juicy Couture. MORE HERE

Visit Nowness.com's Facebook page to read an interview with Theodora Richards about her experience of working on this film and her favorite looks from the Skaist-Taylor collection.

Procol Harum Pale In Comparison

May 25, 1967, Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a No.1 hit. 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top of the Pops TV show.

The band subsequently made another video using "Scopitone" technology, but by this time, Robin Trower and B.J. Wilson had replaced Ray Royer and Bobby Harrison in the band, so only three of the five musicians on the recording are represented, and no performance footage included - only the five musicians cavorting around London, running across fields, etc.

Happy Birthday Tom T. Hall

Moonrise Kingdom Le Temps De L’amour

Wes Anderson new film Moonrise Kingdom, featuring the likes of Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Bruce Willis opens today May 25, 2012. Having seen a preview of the film, I'll tell you its wonderful PLUS there is a sweet soundtrack.

The movie preview’s main track is courtesy of Françoise Hardy, and goes by the title of “Le Temps De L’amour.” It’s a beautiful French song with a cool bass-line. The soundtrack, which was released May 22, 2012 also includes music by Hank Williams, Leonard Bernstein and Alexandre Desplat, who scored Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. MORE HERE

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Doc Watson Hospitalized

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Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson was in critical condition Thursday at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Kathi Goldmark



Kathi Kamen Goldmark was an author, columnist, publishing consultant, radio and music producer, songwriter, and musician. Goldmark was the author of the novel And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You, co-authored or contributed to numerous other books, wrote a monthly column for BookPage with her husband, author and musician Sam Barry and produced the radio show West Coast Live. She was a member of the San Francisco band Los Train Wreck, and the founder and a member of the all-author rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders. As President of “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” Productions inc., she supervised the production of ten music and spoken-word CDs. MORE HERE & HERE

I had the pleasure of knowing Kathi personally ...one of my favorite memories is when Kathi introduced me to legendary photographer Richard Avedon. She will be missed.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan

May 24, 1969, Bob Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline peaked at No.3 in the US chart. The singer's ninth album, it also scored Dylan his fourth UK No.1. The album featured 'Lay Lady Lay', which became one of Dylan's biggest pop hits, reaching No.7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.

Elmore James January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963

Aerosmith From Another Dimension

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Steven Tyler spoke about the new Aerosmith record, Music from Another Dimension, during a press conference at last night's American Idol finale.

The album is slated to drop August 28, 2012, and Aerosmith premiered the album's first single, "Legendary Child," in a performance during last night's show. MORE HERE

The track is featured in the upcoming 'G.I. Joe Retaliation' flick.

Earth, Wind & Fire Shine

May 24, 1975, Earth Wind and Fire went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shining Star', the group's first and only US No.1.

Small Faces Deluxe


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The Small Faces were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame a little over a month ago. In conjunction with that honor, their first four albums are being reissued as two-disc expanded CD sets.

From The Beginning was originally released in 1967 as a spoiler by Decca, the Small Faces' old label, to coincide with the release of their new album on the Immediate label entitled Small Faces (confusingly, the only album they made for Decca was also self-titled). The Small Faces did not especially appreciate the gesture, and made a point of specifically discouraging people from buying From The Beginning in the advertising for their new album. MORE HERE & HERE

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Heidi Klum Sings And...

German model Heidi Klum sings, smokes, pole dances and generally succeeds in finding her inner rock chick for an exclusive video for Hunger magazine. MORE HERE

Elton John Hospitalized

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Elton John has been forced to cancel three upcoming shows in Las Vegas after being hospitalized for a “serious respiratory infection”. MORE HERE

Gene Clark November 17, 1944 – May 24, 1991

Jessi Colter Is Not Lisa

May 24, 1975, "I'm Not Lisa" brings Jessi Colter her only #1 country single in Billboard

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Jewel Kilcher

David Johansen At The CBGB Festival

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David Johansen to perform...

The CBGB Festival will be presenting emerging artist showcases in over 20 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn on July 5 and 6, 2012. Mixed in with the emerging talent with be some of today's best touring artists making for memorable nights of new and established music from some of today's best talents. On July 7, 2012, CBGB Festival will be presenting a large free concert in New York City at this great city's iconic outdoor music venue: Summerstage in Central Park. MORE HERE

Rosemary Clooney May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002

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The legendary Jimi Hendrix was so in love with his Fender Stratocaster guitar that there is an etching of it on his Washington gravestone. Another rock ’n’ roll enthusiast, Chris Black, made history by marrying his “faithful” Fender in a church service in 1995.

With such adoration for this legendary 66-year-old American guitar-maker, Fender Musical Instruments Corp., is hoping to use the strength of its iconic music brands to string along investors in its upcoming $200 million Nasdaq IPO. MORE HERE

Sir Paul Solo Debut

May 23, 1970, Paul McCartney's debut solo album, 'McCartney', started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Apart from Linda McCartney's vocal contributions, McCartney performed (and recorded) the entire album solo.

24 Hour Flaming Lips

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Indie rockers The Flaming Lips are giving hip-hop icon Jay-Z a run for his money, or rather, a run for his world record.

The band revealed on Wednesday May 23, 2012, at the stroke of midnight on the east coast, that they will be featured during the upcoming O Music Awards, where they will attempt to perform the most live concerts in multiple cities in 24 hours. The Guinness world record, currently held by Jay-Z, stands at seven. MORE HERE

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012

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The Austin City Limits Festival will be held this year from October 12 to 14 at the city's Zilker Park. Always boasting one of the best lineups among American festivals, they've put together a 130-artist bill that includes such veteran artists as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Iggy and the Stooges, Steve Earle and, in their eleventh straight appearance, Asleep at the Wheel. MORE HERE

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The Everly Brothers Clown Around

May 23, 1960, The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown', which also spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers' biggest hit single and their third and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide.

Grateful Dead Added To National Recording Registry

From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Summer’s 1977 hit “I Feel Love” is joining the Grateful Dead’s famous 1977 Barton Hall concert as sounds of cultural significance, among 25 additions that are being announced Wednesday by the Library of Congress as part of its registry.

The world’s largest library has chosen a diverse array of songs and sounds from history to retain for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry. Among the new choices this year are Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” Prince’s “Purple Rain” and more. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Robert Nix

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During a career that spanned five decades, Robert Nix held down the beat for many famous rock ‘n’ rollers while writing and recording songs with the band he helped start in 1970. The co-founder and longtime drummer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section died at 67-years-old on Sunday morning (May 20, 2012).

Nix got his start as part of Roy Orbison’s band the Candymen. During the ’60s and ’70s however, he freelanced to befriend and jam with southern rockers like the Allman Brothers Band and Ronnie Van Zant, lending his talents to Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s ‘Tuesday’s Gone.’ MORE HERE

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Morrisey

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May 22, 1971, The Rolling Stones album 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at No.1 on the US charts, the group's second US No.1 album.








The artwork for Sticky Fingers, which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs, was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro's crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the "Tongue and Lip Design" designed by John Pasche.

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Embed performed an exclusive live set at Miracles Happen 2012 with some very special guests. The fabulous Shea Seger Joins regular lyrical architect Kapulet on 'Shame' .. with Uvray providing the Beats.

One Young Girl

May 22, 1968, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Girl.' The song which was about under-age sex, was the acts only UK No.1.

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Singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, best known for solo hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” and for “What a Fool Believes,” recorded while a member of The Doobie Brothers, has filed suit against Warner Music Group, claiming the company underpaid him for online music sales. MORE HERE

Golden Fender

May 22, 1975, Freddy Fender gains his first gold single, for "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"

R.I.P.: Doug Dillard

The bluegrass, folk and country rock worlds are in mourning today with the death of banjo player Doug Dillard at the age of 75. Dillard died Wednesday May 16,2012in Nashville following a lengthy illness.

Along with his brother Rodney, the Dillards would become one of the dominant acts during the acoustic music boom of the 1960s, also gaining prominence and widespread exposure as occasional guest stars on "The Andy Griffith Show" as the mountain family 'The Darlings.' He also left his mark on the country rock genre as half of Dillard & Clark, which he formed in 1968 with ex-Byrds frontman Gene Clark. MORE HERE

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Ronald Isley

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After being honored with Billboard’s Icon Award, Stevie Wonder paid tribute to two other music icons, who made big contributions to the industry. The music legend spoke to reporters about Donna Summer, who died May 17, and Bee Gees member Robin Gibb, whose death was reported hours before the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

Wonder went on to reflect on music’s ability to endure, saying we will forever have the voices of those we’ve lost, which can be used to “educate others about how great that person was.”

Wonder performed with Alicia Keys during the awards show. MORE HERE

Taylor, Zooey & Kris

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Before Taylor Swift took the stage to accept her 'Woman of the Year' award, Kris Kristofferson celebrated Swift while the crowd and audience were treated to a montage of her chart accolades.
Then, Zooey Deschanel took the stage to give Swift even more props for her charitable endeavors and to officially present the award. MORE HERE

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Fats Waller May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943

Jack White Vinyl Version

The 7" vinyl version of "Freedom at 21," featuring the exclusive non-album b-side "Inaccessible Mystery," is now available to pre-order, with official on sale being June 11, 2012.

Tune into SiriusXM Radio's SiriusXMU (channel 35) at 5 pm ET tomorrow May 22, 2012 to hear an interview with Jack, followed by a live broadcast of his show at Roseland Ballroom in NYC at 9 pm ET. The concert will be rebroadcast on several SiriusXM music channels throughout the week, including Alt-Nation (channel 36), The Spectrum (channel 28) and SiriusXMU (channel 35). If you aren't already a SiriusXM subscriber, you can get a free 7-day online trial here.

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Rod Cuts Deep

May 21, 1977, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double A sided single 'I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.'

Apocalyptic Slash Love

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Behind the opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" was a musician with a sound and look all his own. Slash was the lead guitarist of the legendary band Guns N' Roses. His new album is called Apocalyptic Love. He was interview on NPR. GO HERE

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Back To The Basics of Waylon Jennings

May 21, 1977, Waylon Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)" begins a six-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart

Back Is Black

Black Sabbath made their live return on Saturday night (May 19, 2012) at a homecoming gig at Birmingham, England's O2 Academy.

The lineup featured original members vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler, along with drummer Tommy Clufetos. Original sticksman Bill Ward is sitting out the influential metal band's reunion shows due to contractual differences between him and the group. MORE HERE

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R.I.P.: Peter Jones

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Peter Jones (above, second from left), who played drums for Crowded House, died on Friday May 18, 2012 at the age of 45. Australia's Herald Sun newspaper reports that he had been suffering from brain cancer.

The band left a statement on its website confirming Jones' passing. MORE HERE

Sunday, May 20, 2012

R.I.P.: Robin Gibb



Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday May 20, 2012 after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," reads the statement. "The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a "spectacular recovery," a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia. The singer was hospitalized in mid-April and fell into a coma at one point, although the singer was later said to have regained consciousness and communicated with family members. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Joe Cocker

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In addition to being a fairly clear reference to a George Romero flick, Grateful Dead documentary, Dawn of The Dead tells a pretty fascinating story. The film mainly concentrates on the first five years of the band, and of the San Francisco sound in general during the mid-to-late '60s. To be released on DVD May 22, 2012. MORE HERE

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Saturday Night Fires



Mick Jagger performed three songs with Arcade Fire on NBCs Saturday Night Live last night. They played a trio of The Rolling Stones hits, including 'Ruby Tuesday', 'The Last Time' and 'She's A Rainbow'.

Montreal based Arcade Fire who backed Mick Jagger for three songs on Saturday Night Live last night (May 19, 2012), wore visible red patches - not as fashion statements, but very pointed acts of protest in support of Quebec students who were quite literally setting fires in Montreal at the same time. MORE HERE

T. Rex Last One

May 20, 1972, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart 'Metal Guru', the group's fourth and final No.1.

Jack White Hangout

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Jack White took the stage long after the sun had set over the stretch of white-sand beach the Hangout Music Festival calls home. Spurred on by the cheers of a raucous crowd and cooled by the gentle breeze of the Gulf, he tore through a wild 90-minute set. It was one that dove deep into his back catalog — featuring not only White's new Blunderbuss tunes, but also songs from the White Stripes, the Dead Weather, the Raconteurs and the Danger Mouse-helmed Rome project too — and saw him break out roughly 100 fret-assaulting guitar solos, two backing bands ... and exactly one fedora. MORE HERE & HERE

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Hangout Festival Streaming Schedule HERE

Foos Times Twos

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Mid-way through a blistering two-hour set at the Bamboozle Festival, the 50,000 Foo Fighters fans in attendance must have been wondering how the heck the band was going to make it from Asbury Park, New Jersey to New York City where they were scheduled to perform on the Saturday Night Live finale. MORE HERE & HERE

“We are going to take a helicopter back to Saturday Night Live,” Dave Grohl announced. “Mick Jagger thought that was the coolest thing he ever heard.”


Marty Robbins '57

May 20, 1957, Marty Robbins is in fashion: "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)" takes the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart.

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Some NBC affiliates apparently didn't like it when host Mick Jagger did a profanity-laced political song on "Saturday Night Live."

Near the end of Saturday's season finale, the 68-year-old Rolling Stones frontman performed "Tea Party," a bluesy number featuring guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck. Jagger told the audience he wrote the song, which is about the current presidential campaign and its candidates who "have to strategize a bit."

The next line included a curse word (rhymes with bit) that evidently led some stations to cut away early to commercials, according to numerous Twitter users. However, other stations -- including KNBC-TV in Los Angeles -- ran the whole number uncensored. MORE HERE


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